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Trip Overview

Start –  Rishikesh

Finish – Rishikesh 

Destination – Chopta – Tungnath Temple – Chandrashila Peak

Highest Point – Chandrashila peak 13000 feet.

Theme – Trekking

Duration – 4 Nights 5 days

Category – #trekking  #adventure #camping 

Style – #original  #diy #fixeddeparture

Trip Summary

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”

John Muir

Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila trek is known for its mesmerizing beauty. It passes through the   Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary full of Deodars, Rhododendrons and other flora and fauna. Himalayan snow laden peaks are a treat to eyes as well as soul. Tungnath is famous for its 1000 year old Lord Shiva temple believed to have been built by Arjuna himself. Chandrashila peak offers panoramic views of Gangotri peaks, Chaukhamba and other Himalayan peaks. It is one of the few peaks that can also be climbed in winters.

Chopta, popularly known as Switzerland of India, due to its large meadows and widespread pine forest, is an unspoiled natural destination lying in the lap of the Uttarakhand Himalayas and offers views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. It is located at an elevation of 2,709 meters (8,888 ft) above sea level. Chopta village is surrounded by forests of pine, deodar and rhododendron and is rich in flora and fauna including rare species of birds and musk deer.

Tungnath is one of the highest Shiva temples in the world and is the highest of the five Panch Kedar temples located in the Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The Tungnath mountains form the Mandakini and Alaknanda river valleys.

Chandrashila is the summit above Tungnath temple in India. It literally means “Moon Rock”. The height at the summit is 13000 ft and is one of trekkable peaks in Himalayas. It is also one of the peaks that can also be Climbed in winters.

The total distance of the trek from Chopta to summit and back to Chopta is around 10 km.

Why you will love this trip?

  • Transportation, accommodation and meals  included.
  • Widespread lush green meadows.
  • Panoramic view of Himalayan Range.
  • Amazing campsite at Chopta.
  • Small Group Size – Freedom to Explore more.
  • Professional and certified guides with experienced cooks.
  • Bird watching in Chopta.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is mostly suitable for seasonal  trekkers who have an experience of trekking upto 12-13k feets.
  • The trip involves steep ascents of trekking. It is recommended to prepare for strength and endurance  at least one month before a trek.
  • Try to pack accordingly and try to make your luggage as light as you can. There will be porters, but it is recommended that you carry your own backpack.
  • Keep the clothes considering the weather.
  • Before taking any adventure activity, please mention if you are pregnant, have heart related disease.


Reach Rishikesh early morning by taking overnight volvo/train from New Delhi. We start our day 1 from Rishikesh after having morning tea at a cab stand. Enroute Chopta, we stop at various locations to have breakfast and lunch. By evening, we reach Chopta  village. We will check into our camp site. We will brief the trek details and other important information with the participants of the trek over a bonfire.

After dinner, stay at the camp.

After an early breakfast, we will start our trek to Tungnath with a packed lunch. Tungnath is situated at the height of 3680 mts above the sea level. The trek is 3 kms upward and en route you will find lush green meadows. The trail is full of Rhododendron trees, famous for their summer refreshment drink made from its flowers. You can witness a wide range of snow capped Himalayas. Upon arriving, pay a visit to Tungnath Temple. Stop to admire the temple, the highest of its in the world dedicated to Lord Shiva, before making your way to Chandrashila peak. The peak is 1.5 km above the temple complex. During winter, this trail is completely buried in snow and the climb from Tungnath to Chandrashila is a steep, 600-ft ascent. But the views from the peak are incomparable! You will be able to sight some of the most notable mountains Uttarakhand, including Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Kamet, Dunagiri, Chaukhamba, Kedar dome, Thalay Sagar, Gangotri ranges, Jahanukut and more. There is also a small temple here. If you are lucky, you can even  Himalayan Griffon encircling the peak.

The descent is quite an easy one.

Start descending to Chopta just before the sunset as it offers brilliant and vibrant sky.

Upon reaching the campsite, enjoy the refreshments. Share your experience of the trek among other participants over a bonfire. Enjoy the sky watch and after dinner, stay in the camp.

After breakfast, drive back to Rishikesh. After dinner, stay in a hotel. End of the trip.

Kindly Note – If you have more days for holidays, You can choose a different destination trip, starting from Rishikesh or you can spend a day in Rishikesh. will give you the information about the things to do in Rishikesh.



Breakfast - 2 Breakfast (at the camp in Chopta)
Dinner - 2 Dinner (at the camp in Chopta)
Lunch - 1 packed Lunch (on the trek)
Bonfire at the campsite in Chopta

Transport - Rishikesh - Chopta - Rishikesh

Sedan cab - 2 to 3 people
Suv cab - 4-5 people
Tempo traveler - 8 people


2 nights in a luxury camp in Chopta.
1 night in a hotel in Rishikesh.


1. Trekking to Chandrashila peak.
2. All camp gears , mattresses, sleeping bag, etc.
3. An experienced guide and cook.
4. GST

Add on activities (Chargeable )

1. Single sharing camp while on the trek


  1. Meals not mentioned in inclusions.
  2. Transport that is not mentioned in inclusions.
  3. Any porter charges
  4. Any entry fees to monuments/ wildlife region/fort
  5. Any expense of personal nature packaged drinking water/ phone calls/ laundry/camera,etc
  6. Any kind of travel insurance.
  7. Costs arising due to force majeure
  8. Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusions.

Essential Trip Information

Why you will love this trip? What weather you can expect during the trip? What are the best months to visit? What to pack and what not to?

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Things to do during this trip – 

  1. Trek to Chandrashila peak
  2. Camping in the wild.
  3. Visit Tungnath temple.
  4. A trek full with flora and fauna

Best time to go –

  • Mid of March to June 1st week, Mid of September to 1st week of December – This is the best window to carry on the trek. The trails are free of snow . The flora is blooming. Clear campsites to pitch the tents. Vast meadows are a treat to the eyes.
  • December to March –  You can see the snow just after trekking 1-2 kms from Barsu. After 2 kms, the whole trail is full of snow ranging from 1-3 ft deep. Best time to go on snow trekking or skiing. 
  • Mid June to Mid September –  heavy rainfall and roads are also blocked due to landslides. Not advisable to trek as it is difficult to trek on slippery slopes at higher heights.

Weather –

  • April to June, September to November – mornings and evenings are cool, day temperature are pleasant, nights are very cold
  • December  to March   – Full of snow, days are cold, nights are sub zero temperature.
  • July and August – Heavy rainfall, local landslides, not advisable to trek.


What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the places you are visiting and when you are traveling. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short distances or up or down a flight of stairs. Our travelers usually find the smaller their luggage is, the more they enjoy the trip without having to worry about carrying heavy bags! Aim to keep your main luggage under 15kg.

You’ll also need a day pack/bag to carry water, camera, swimming suit, hiking shoes and jacket etc. when you’re exploring during the day.

Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:


Due to the diversity and breadth of our trips, our ultimate packing list should be used as a guide only and is not intended to be a complete packing list to suit every trip.

What you bring will vary according to the trip style you’ve chosen, the places you’re visiting and the time of year and the weather when you’re traveling. Please check the Essential Trip Information of your chosen trip, which will detail any specific requirements for your trip and is tailored to suit your needs. It will also cover the type and size of luggage that can be taken, as for some trips there may be certain weight (ie. for trips with included flights) or size (ie. for trips using safari vehicles) restrictions for your luggage. Some packing guides for some of our most popular destinations are also listed at the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions about what to pack, please get in touch with our customer service team.

Travel documents

  • Passport/ country specific id card
  • Visas if required
  • Travel insurance policy if taken
  • 24 hr emergency travel insurance contact and policy number
  • Flight/ train/bus  e-tickets 
  • Your travel itinerary
  • Photocopies of important documents
  • A print out of your trip’s Essential Trip Information
  • Spare passport photos
  • Youth/student/seniors cards for travel discounts
  • International driving licence if needed
  • Diving licence if needed
  • Cash/credit cards
  • 2500 INR contingency fund in cash
  • Money belt or pouch


On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage. Most travellers use a small, wheeled suitcase although the type of luggage most suitable will vary depending on your trip and destination. Please refer to the packing section of your Essential Trip Information for any specific luggage requirements. You will also need a daypack/bag to use during the day.

  • Main luggage
  • Daypack
  • Padlocks & keys

Personal items

  • First aid kit
  • Personal medication/prescriptions
  • Glasses & sunglasses
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Antihistamine/insect bite cream
  • Antibacterial gel/wipes
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Travel vaccination certificates
  • Aspirin and/or paracetamol
  • Rehydration powder
  • Anti-diarrhoea pills
  • Toiletries
  • sanitary pads
  • Travel hair dryer
  • Shaving equipment
  • Small travel towel
  • Small sewing kit and safety pins
  • Consult your doctor for detailed advice on any medications

Travel accessories

  • Electrical adapter 
  • Camera and equipment
  • Spare batteries/charger
  • Phone
  • Portable games/playing cards
  • Something to read
  • Water bottle
  • Pen/paper/diary
  • Travel pillow
  • Cloth/reusable shopping bags
  • Torch/flashlight
  • Water purification method
  • Photos or postcards of your home country/family/pets to share with locals
  • Binoculars
  • DVT socks


Please check your Essential Trip Information for details on appropriate clothing for your itinerary and destination. On some trips access to laundries may be limited so you may need to plan to hand wash your own clothes while on trip. For longer trips we recommend you choose clothing that is easy to wash and fast drying.

  • Sun hat
  • Windproof jacket
  • Long-/short-sleeved shirts
  • Jeans/trousers/shorts/skirts
  • Socks/underwear
  • Flip-flops
  • Sleepwear

Cold weather

  • Thermal underwear or base layers
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Hand warmers  
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm socks
  • Scarf


  • Swimwear
  • Beach towel
  • Reef shoes
  • Reef-safe sunscreen

Wet weather

  • Raincoat/waterproof jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof bags for rain protection
  • Waterproof trousers

Walking or hiking

  • Walking/trekking shoes
  • Trekking/leech socks
  • Hiking poles/walking sticks


  • Inner sleep sheet
  • Travel pillow
  • Camping mattress
  • Sleeping bag
  • Head torch/lamp