Trekking on mountains during the harsh winters is not everyone’s cup of tea! Except you! You baddass nomadic traveller. Singh sisters know how you love to explore the snow-capped white mountains and challenge yourself by going for a trek during the super harsh winters of North India. For badass like you, we are writing about one of the most sought after trekking destinations in India which also boasts of having the highest temple of Lord Shiva in India, Tungnath.
The trek is basically Chopta, Tungnath, and Chandrshila and if you don’t get tired due to travelling or trekking then you can easily do this trip in three days during an extended weekend
How To Reach Chopta?
Chopta is a small hill station at an altitude of 2600 m in Garhwal region of Uttrakhand. It is filled with meadows and evergreen forest area which is a part of Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary. This town is the base for trekking to Tungnath. Deli to Chopta is a beautiful 11 to 12 hours drive. You would drive along with tributaries of Ganga, Alaknanda and Bhagirathi. Beautiful unspoilt scenery of the drive will absorb you. If you don’t have your own vehicle, then you can take a bus to Haridwar from ISBT Kashmiri Gate and reaching Haridwar in the morning at around 4-5 am.
There is a GMOU (Garhwal Mandal (Bus) Operators’ Association) bus stand (Read geemu) almost 500m walk away from main Haridwar bus stand. You can ask anyone where is Geemu Bus Stand. You won’t get direct buses
So take a bus to Joshimath (Get down at Rudraprayag)
Change bus to Badrinath (Get down at Rudraprayag)
Change bus Gaurikund or Kedarnath (Get down at Kund)
Take the shared cab/sumo or Bolero to reach Chopta. Following this, you’re likely to reach Chopta before the end of the day.
Trekking And Stay in Chopta
You would find lots of camps in Chopta and nearby areas. You can stay in any of the camps for the night and start your trek early morning.
The trek to Chopta to Tungnath (4 km) is an easy trek. An average person might take 2.5 to 3 hours in completing the trek. Tungnath has the highest temple of Lord Shiva located at an altitude of 3680 m. There is Chandrashila above Tungnath which takes almost 40 mins to an hour. Start early in the morning at the dawn say at 6to 6:30 pm. You would reach Tungnath by 9:30 am. You can spend some time there, enjoy the beauty of the mountains, visit the temple if you wish and then move ahead to Chandrashila.
If you follow this itinerary then you’re likely to be back by 1 or 1:30 pm. You can have your lunch at the small Dhabas on the trail. It would take you almost half the time to go back than going up. So can be back latest by 3 pm even if you spend some time on the trek observing and absorbing the beauty of nature.
Come back to your camp, relax and then tomorrow start your journey back to Delhi.