chopta and tungnath

Continuing from our previous trip to

Rishikesh – Gangotri – Gaumukh trek and

to Sri Kedarnath temple

{Day 10}: 4th June 2009
From: Chandrapuri-Ukhimath-Chopta-Tungnath-Gopeshwar
By: Road and Trek
Distance: 40km/2hrs (Ukhimath) and 27km (Chopta) and 12km (Gopeshwar)
Chopta-Tungnath: 3km trek

It rained last night, so the clouds still gloom over the morning sky, but we really need a clear sky so that we can enjoy the semi-circle view of mighty Chaukhamba from Tungnath. But, they say morning shows the day!

On the way to Chopta that is roughly 4 hr from Chandrapuri, we had a very short break at Ukhimath.
Ukhimath is winter residence of Lord Kedarnath and has a very beautiful Panch kedar temple.

panch kedar temple ukhimath

Beautiful panch kedar temple @ Ukhimath

Deoria Tal is located at Chopta-Ukhimath road and is 2km trek from Sari. The nearby Chaukhamba peak is reflected on the waters of the lake creating a beautiful sight.

A long drive of 27km (may take 2hrs because of narrow roads) on curvy roads amidst dense oak forests from Ukhimath leads us to Chopta. The steep climb meandered its way through thick forests filled with deciduous trees, ferns, lichens and moss.

Chopta is one of the jewels in the crown of entire Garhwal region. Lofty snow-capped peaks surround this beautiful and pristine Himalayan hamlet with alpine meadows and dense forest. It is aptly called as mini Switzerland!

chopta

Hills and meadows of Chopta

The trek to Tungnath starts from Chopta. Sturdy ponies are also available for old people and children.

Tungnath is 3km from Chopta but the entire gravelly path is highly steep almost cutting at 45 degree. This makes the climb difficult and strenuous. We took almost five hrs because of my injury but on an average, one can reach there within 3-4hrs.
The entire trek path is through the thick forest, beautifully laid amidst the alpine meadows with patches of flowerbeds at places and one can enjoy the awe-inspiring view of Himalayas.

chopta tungnath

A very scenic shot from Tungnath

However, as the luck could have been, there was no trace of any peaks in the distance. The entire region was thickly covered in the mist. When we reached Tungnath, it starts drizzling.

Tungnath is among one of the five most sacred Shiva temples that forms Panch Kedar. The temple nestles at an altitude of about 4000m, which makes it the highest Shiva shrine among the Panch kedars.

Chandrashila is another 2km trek from Tungnath.
After taking a break for one hour, we decide to descend down to Chopta.

While going down we caught in between the heavy showers and have to take shelter in the tea stalls. When it rains it, also lift and moves the clouds away. Finally, we have some glimpses of Chaukhambas and that makes our day.

chaukhamba peaks

The majestic Chaukhamba peaks

Down in Chopta, we had some aloo ke paratha and magi and quickly started to Gopeshwar before darkness sets in.
Gopeshwar is a busy town and GMVN’s hotel is in the middle of the market.

A word of advice: Travel Light for your trekking. Refreshments are available on the way.

 

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