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  • Chopta Chandrashila Trek

    About the Chopta Chandrashila trek

    Chopta is a quaint hill station in the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary located in Uttarakhand, India. It is located in the midst of rolling green meadows and pine-forested slopes, earning it the name 'the Switzerland of India'.

    Chopta trek - An easy Himalayan trek for beginners

    The Chopta trek is a short, easy trek that takes you up to a spectacular height of over 13,000 feet. It runs along the high Himalayas, offering you great views of Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Trishul, Chaukhamba and more. It is a good trek for beginners, but you should be prepared to do about 5-6 hours of walking each day.

    The Chopta Chandrashila trek itinerary

    You'll start from Haridwar, and enjoy a long drive to Sari, the start point of the Chopta trek. The next day, you'll begin trekking to Deoriatal. This is a short, scenic trek, and you'll end at a lakeside campsite. You'll proceed from here to Chopta, and will trek to Tungnath and onwards to Chandrashila. After that, most itineraries take you back to Chopta for the night. Your trek ends after that.

    Chopta summer trek

    In the summer, this is one of the Top 10 treks in Uttarakhand. Many families visit Chopta to escape the heat and enjoy the summer vacations with their children. Those who are looking for a bit more fun will take on the Tungnath and Deoriatal stretch too. The trek winds through forests of pine, oak and rhododendron. You will be camping beside crystal clear mountain lakes such as the Deoriatal Lake and eating under the stars. You can expect spectacular sunsets, vast green meadows, and gorgeous mountain views.

    If you're visiting Uttarakhand in the summer, you should check out our list of Top Things to Do in Uttarakhand.

    Chopta winter trek

    This is one of the best snow treks in Uttarakhand. You will get a chance to explore Himalayan slopes carpeted in pure white snow, as well as enjoy camping and snow fun. The views from here, while always beautiful, are especially lovely in the winter, when all the peaks around are capped with white.

    Trek to Deoriatal on the Chopta trek

    The Chopta trek itinerary begins with a halt at Deoriatal. This is a beautiful emerald green lake with ample space for camping all around. One of the most unforgettable moments of your Chopta trek will be the morning you wake up here. After that, you'll proceed to Chopta.

    Visit Tungnath on the Chopta trek

    After a night of camping at Chopta, you'll see the trail becoming more mountainous as you approach Chandrashila Peak. Tungnath temple is where many people stop their trek. At 12,000 feet, this is the world's highest Shiva temple, and it can be a bit of a challenge to get here. The small temple is peaceful and has wonderful views of the mountains around, and you'll want to sit here for hours to soak it all in.

    Trek to Chandrashila peak on the Chopta trek

    The Chandrashila mountain peak is a summit of 13,123 feet, and can be difficult for children or first-timers who are not used to physical activity. However, many fit beginners enjoy the challenge of climbing to the peak. The 360-degree panorama of the mighty Himalayas from here is a stunning reward at the end of this climb.

    Best time for the Chopta trek

    Chopta is open almost all year round, but the best time to visit for an easy and pleasant trekking experience is in early summer, from April to June. During these months, the days are comfortable and nights are chilly, just perfect for bonfires and cosy camping.

    The Chopta trek is also one of the most popular winter treks in Uttarakhand. Beginners will enjoy their snow trek experience here, with easy trails and lots of snowy views.

    Find other snow treks for beginners in our blog post titled Top Easy Snow Treks in India.

    Chopta Chandrashila Trek Summary

    • State: Uttarakhand
    • Nearest city: Dehradun
    • Total days: 4-7 days
    • Grade: Easy to moderate
    • Max altitude: 13,123 feet
    • Total trekking distance: 24-30 km
    • Season: Summer and winter
    • Avg temperature: -2 to 32 degree Celsius
  • 4-Day Chopta-Chandrashila-Deoriatal Trek

    Sketch itinerary:

    Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Sari

    • Driving distance: 200 km
    • Driving time: 8 hours
    • Drive through Rajaji National Park, across Rishikesh and Rudraprayag
    • Overnight stay: Guesthouse

    Day 2: Trek to Deoriatal

    • Trekking distance: 9 km
    • Trekking time: 6 hours
    • Altitude: 7,999 feet
    • Overnight stay: Guesthouse

    Day 3: Trek to Tungnath and Chandrashila

    • Trekking distance: 15 km
    • Trekking time: 8 hours
    • Altitude: 13,000 feet
    • Overnight stay: Guesthouse

    Day 4: Drive from Sari to Dehradun

    • Driving distance: 200 km
    • Driving time: 8 hours
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    Detailed itinerary:

    Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Sari

    You'll meet the team early in the morning at Dehradun from where you'll be driven to Sari. The beautiful ride takes you alongside the Ganges river, across Rishikesh and Rudraprayag, through dense forests of Rajaji National Park.

    Day 2: Day trek to Deoriatal

    Today, you'll trek up the hills to Deoriatal through gorgeous rhododendron forests until you reach the mountain ridge. After spending some time at the lake, you'll return to Sari.

    Day 3: Day trek to Tungnath and Chandrashila

    You'll begin your day with a short drive to Chopta from where you'll begin your trek to Tungnath temple. From there, you'll trek to the Chandrashila peak. You'll return to Sari by late evening.

    Day 4: Sari to Dehradun

    Today, you'll be driven back to Dehradun. You'll reach the destination by evening. Your trip ends here.


    This package includes transport as per itinerary in a private, shared SUV/Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle. For the three nights of your trip, you'll be staying in comfortable twin/triple sharing rooms with attached washrooms, in guesthouses. You'll be served vegetarian meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 4, and will be accompanied by an experienced trek leader and crew. This package also includes your permit charges and entry fees, as well as all applicable taxes.


    This package does not include any transport from your home city to Dehradun. Any personal expenses like meals or snacks during transit to and from trek points, tips to staff, additional snacks or beverages, etc is not covered. You can pay extra to hire porters/mules to carry personal luggage during the trek. This package does not cover any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc, as well as adventure travel or health insurance. Anything not mentioned in inclusions is to be considered an exclusion.

    5-Day Chopta, Chandrashila and Deoriatal Trek

    6-Day Snow Trek to Chopta, Chandrashila and Deoriatal

  • Best time to go/Weather

    The Chopta Chandrashila trek is a year-round trek, however, the best time to visit is during summer or winter. During monsoon, from June to August, the landscape flourishes in greenery but the view of the Himalayan mountains are obscured due to heavy overcast. In summer, the trek offers gorgeous views with clear skies and lush greenery, and in winter, from November to March, the landscape gets covered in deep snow where snowfields take over the green meadows.

  • Chopta Chandrashila Trek - Route Map / Altitude Map

    • Check the trekking route map for the Chopta Chandrashila

    • Check maximum and minimum altitudes for every day of the Chopta Chandrashila.

  • Chopta Chandrashila Trek - Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I do this trek with children as a beginner?

    Yes. The Chopta trek is suitable for beginners or families with children who can walk 5-6 hours a day. The climb to Chandrashila can be steep and difficult, and is not recommended for beginners. If you are not ready for it, the itinerary can usually be adjusted to exclude it.

    Do I have to do the whole five-day itinerary or can I do a shorter itinerary?

    What should I pack for the Chopta trek?

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  • Chopta Chandrashila Trek Reviews


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  • Chopta is well connected to the neighbouring towns of Uttarakhand by road with many buses that come to Chopta at regular intervals. You can even hire a private taxi to reach Chopta. However, if you're coming from a different state then you should book your flight to the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun, which is the closest airport to Chopta at a distance of 226 km. The nearest railway station is Rishikesh which is connected to most major cities of the country. From Dehradun and Rishikesh, you can reach Chopta by bus or taxi.

    If you are going for the Chopta Chandrashila trek during the summer months, then you only need to focus on basic clothing which includes a hat, full sleeve t-shirt/shirts paired with good quality trek pants. You also need to carry light woollens since it can get a bit chilly during the nights. However, if you're going on the trek during winters, you need to wear inner thermals, fleece jackets, down jackets along with waterproof gloves and woollen head-scarf. Regardless of the season, you also need to carry raincoat/poncho since the weather can be unpredictable in the Himalayas. Avoid wearing denim jeans or restrictive clothing that can hamper your movement or cause skin rashes.

    Your Chopta trek provider will carry all the camping and technical equipment you need, so you only need to carry your personal gear. Make sure you have sturdy trekking boots, preferably waterproof, and a sturdy backpack that is comfortable. Apart from this, you should also carry warm clothing, woollen cap, gloves, thermals, etc. depending on the weather. The tour operator too will provide an equipment list when you book the trek, make sure you follow the list properly.

    The Chopta trek is an easy trek which is suitable for families with children or beginners who can trek for 5-6 hours a day. You can start preparing for the trek by doing some form of exercise like running, cadio, yoga, etc.

    The Chandrashila trek is not suitable for beginners as it consists of some steep sections which are difficult to trek. To prepare for this trek, you need to begin training a few months prior to the trek by doing exercises such as cardio, running, cycling, yoga, etc.

    If you are going for the Chopta Chandrashila winter trek then you need to focus on cardio exercises more as they will improve your lung capacity, making it easier for you to trek during the cold winters.