Chopta, Deoriatal and Chandrashila is a window into Himalaya’s spring shading dynamic quality. An all-around adored trek for mountain goers of assorted types, this trek thrives with blooms, particularly rhododendrons red and pink, in late spring while winters are a murky shade with enough degrees to paint the town in spilling snow. The entire visit covers a swoop to the Chandrashila Peak, going by the captivating Deoriatal lake side, and opens up an exhibition of dazzling snow crests the distance.
This all-season trek is known for its scenic beauty. It passes through some beautiful forests and affords excellent views of the snow clad peaks. The trek gives one the opportunity to visit the 1000-year-old Tungnath temple, which is the highest shrine of Lord Shiva. It is one of the panch-kedars and is believed to have been built by Arjuna himself. Chandrashila is famous for its breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. It is one of the few peaks that can also be climbed in the winter months.
Little background on Chopta- Chandrashilla - Tungnath -Deoriatal
Chopta is situated at an altitude of 2600 Mtrs in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It is well known as a base point for the trek to Tungnath temple and further to Chandrashilla peak. But, Chopta itself offers a beautiful snow meadow in winters locally called as Chopta Bhugyal (bhugyal meaning meadow).
Chandrashilla, at an altitude of 4000 Mtrs, is highest point of the mountain on which Chopta is situated. It offers 270 degree views of Chaukhamnba range. It is located 1.5 KMs further of Tungnath Temple which makes it a 5 KMs trek from Chopta.
Tungnath temple, at an altitude of 3680 Mtrs, is considered to be the highest temple of Lord Shiva and is one of the Panch (Five) Kedars. You can reach it by trekking around 3.5 KMs from Chopta. Madhmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpnath with Kedarnath forms the Panch Kedar, the five most important temples of Lord Shiva in Garhwal Himalayas.
Deoriatal lake, at an altitude of 2438 Mtrs, offers mesmerizing reflections of Chaukhamba range in its crystal clear water. One needs to drive about 12 KMs to Sari Village from Ukhimath and from Sari Village one can reach Deoria Tal by a trek route of 2 KMs.
The Best Season to Visit Chopta-Tunganth
It is technically accessible throughout the year although a lot depends on weather and landslides. The winter trek is more difficult as the route is completely covered in snow. But the best season is spring and early summer when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom. Between mid March to early May should be your preferred time.