Chopta is today well known to trekkers as a refuge, but many are still unexplored. Make way for the fun possibilities, if you take a less-traveled path who knows what you will find in Chopta! Get ready for the 7 thrilling stuff in Chopta that will lead you to build an amazing life.
The Tungnath Trek – Beautiful Green Trail
It is located at about 2700 meters above sea level in the Himalayan Range. This area is enclosed within a high wood populated by trees such as deodars, oaks, and rhododendrons for a magnificent path. It’s about 3.5 km long on this hiking trail. Travelers will walk through a paved way to the 3680-meter summit of Tungnath. This route is very straight with only a few steep climbs.
Tungnath summit harbors an ancient temple that has existed for over 1000 years and provides good views of the incredible Mandakini and the river valley of Alaknanda below.
Baniyakund – Camp at the Meadows
Camping is considered one of Chopta’s best activities, so it’s a must-do! It is a long stretch of wetlands situated 4 kilometers far from Chopta and is surrounded by a few villages in and around the Garhwal Himalayas with the best view possible. It is normally a stop for Tungnath – Chandrashila Trekking travelers.
It is also seen as a perfect place to observe birds, particularly the parakeets in Baniyakund Meadows, in abundance. Any nearby stores make it a comfortable spot to relax.
Due to the charming weather, the greenery and clear skies and the cool climate, summers, and monsoons are truly amazing to camp. However, during winter it receives heavy snow, so the best time to visit this region is not this season.
The Chandrashila Trek – Another Great Trail
The whole trail is approximately five kilometers long from Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila. The highest peak in the Chopta region is the Chandrashila peak. Its location at 4130 meters above sea level and it is therefore of strategic importance. The path is a little steep but it is easy to explore elsewhere. Trekkers can immerse themselves in many activities while enjoying the glorious view of the Himalayas. The trekkers feel the warmth just as they witness the Kedarnath and Chaukhamba peaks.
One such trail is still well preserved and untouched by marketing. Throughout their journey, walkers will meet the wildlife of this area, such as mountain goats and the abundance of birds, including the famous Fire–Tailed Sunbird, Brown Dipper, and many more.
Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary
This refuge is situated about 7 kilometers from Chopta on the road to Chopta-Gopeshwar. It covers a surface of 5 km2. The musk deer among many other animals is also known for breeding. There are even several rare flowers in the sanctuary that delight your eyes. There is a lush green environment and all year round it remains beautiful. You can learn this through various activities and take a closer look at the rare wildlife of the Himalayas as a nature lover.
This small village of Ukhimath is famously known as ‘The Kedarnath Winter Seat’ at approximately 28 km from Chopta. It’s not just a great place to tour but also gives travelers the opportunity to discover its well-preserved culture. The Madhameshwar Mela and many ancient temples, for example, give a clearer insight into the colorful culture and vitality of this place through folklore, songs, and dances. The Pandavas dance, also with the initiatory events of Mahabharata, is part of the festivals.
Deoria Tal is the most famous tourist attraction for its beautiful view, located on the road Ukhimath – Chopta, a distance of 3 km from the village Sari. The cool, quiet, and dense forest surrounds it and it attracts everybody and everyone. The lake is on the base of the silver peaks of Chaukhamba and also features a view of the peaks of Neelkanth, Yellow Tooth, and Kedar that appear to make a visitor feel rejuvenated like the brilliant joys of the Deoria valley. It’s also a great place to watch birds. That’s why it can’t be missed by bird lovers.
The majority of the campsites are preferred. But it’s a bit of a walk 2 km away from the village of Sari. It’s an unpaved rocky path and in the monsoon, or in winter, you will have to go with a guide. If you are lucky, a deer or two who will make your walk so much magical will be found as well!
Trekking must be found if you are looking for both quiet and exciting stuff to do in Chopta. The Missouri Valley is a 4100-meter high pool. In the Chopta region, it is the highest point of a lake. The lake is about 30 km long from Chopta. The whole journey would take approximately 5 days. The Tungnath, Chandrashila, and Deoria Tal treks are difficult to reach, but the Missouri Valley Trail is only for the courageous hearts. It is also not just because it’s complicated, it’s also less visited, but because it was only recently discovered.
Trekking, hiking, enjoying the wildlife of the Himalayas, savor the luxuriant greenery of the meadows or trees, the serenity of rivers and cascades, Bisuri Tale packs the whole Chopta experience for life.