Chopta - Mini Switzerland

Chopta is a picturesque hamlet which is still unexplored by travelers, is also famous as "Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand". Wake up with cool salubrious breeze and chirping of birds in Chopta which is a far cry from the blaring horns of the cities and other hill stations, morning view from Chopta is invigorating when the crimson rays of sun kisses the snow-laden Himalayas.

This hushed abode is enclosed by the dwindling pines, deodars, rhododendrons and other conifers that can be found in this region, which makes Chopta rich in flora and fauna.

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Why Visit Chopta Hill Station?

Beautifully garnered amidst the quintessential velvety meadows, Chopta serves as the base for trekking to Tungnath and Chandrashilla, the third holiest temple among the (Five) Panch Kedars.  This unspoiled destination is snuggled in the lap of the Himalayas, offering an unobstructed view of Trishul, Nanda Devi, and Chaukhamba peaks. 

Chopta has become the hotspot for the solitude seekers, the avid trekkers, and nature lovers as it is blessed with a scenic yet peaceful aura. The resplendent beauty of this place is accentuated by the evergreen forests which is a part of the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary. One can see the diverse Himalayan flora-fauna along with the various species of birds and musk deer. The perk of visiting this quaint hamlet is that you can commence the Tungnath (about 3.5 km from Chopta) and Chandrashila Trek (about 1.5 km from Tungnath) altogether. If you want to explore further then you can also head to Deoria Tal

  • Scenic beauty: Chopta valley is situated at an altitude that varies from 1800 meters near the village of Sari to 4090 meters at the summit of Chandrashila peak. It and offers panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Chaukhamba. The surrounding forests are also home to a variety of flora and fauna.
  • Trekking: Chopta is the Base for many popular treks, such as Tungnath, Chandrashila, Deoria Tal, Atri Muni Fall & Ansuyamata Temple and Bisudital . These treks offer stunning views of the Himalayas, and the natural beauty of the region makes the journey truly memorable.
  • Spiritual significance: Chopta is considered a sacred place, and the Tungnath temple is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. which is one of the highest Shiva temples in the world. The temple is located at a height of 3680 meters and offers stunning views of the Himalayas.
  • Adventure activities: Chopta offers a variety of adventure activities like Snow Trekking, Hiking, Jungle Walking, camping, rock climbing, rappelling, and river rafting. These activities are perfect for those who love to experience the thrill of the great outdoors.
  • Peaceful atmosphere: Chopta is a peaceful and quiet place, far from the hustle and bustle of city life. It's a great place to unwind and relax in the lap of nature.

Overall, Chopta is a great destination for those seeking adventure, natural beauty, and spirituality. It is an ideal place to unwind and reconnect with nature, making it a perfect destination for a rejuvenating vacation.

Chopta in Sep - Oct 

During the months of September and October, Chopta and Tungnath offer pleasant weather with clear sky. The monsoon in Chopta generally settles by the end of August or mid-September. October is a good time to get a clear view of the Himalayan ranges from Chopta and Tungnath.

Chopta in April - May

During the months of April and May, Chopta and Tungnath Trek are dotted with red, pink and white Rhododendron flower which is locally known as Buransh. The Rhododendron trees are in abundance in Chopta and the red beauty will definitely leave you spell-bounded.

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Chopta Travel News

07 Mar 2024
Roadblock due to Heavy Snowfall in Chopta

Due to heavy snowfall in Chopta, the road route is closed now. There have been 3 to 6 feet snow on the road to Chopta & Tungnath.

20 Feb 2024
Uttarakhand Snowfall Update 20 Feb 2024

Snowfall was reported on Monday in regions such as Kedarnath Dham, including Madmaheshwar, Tungnath, Chandrashila, etc. Additionally, light snowfall was observed in tourist spots like Chopta, Dugalbitta and in Deoriatal. 

The phenomenon extended to Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham, Harshil Valley, and other high-altitude areas of Uttarkashi. Despite the snowfall, road movements remained unaffected at present.

Activities in Chopta

Trekking in ChoptaThe trek route to Chandrashila commences at Chopta and involves easy to medium grade trekking. The enthralling treks take some through enchanting meadows, hushed hamlets, and conifers and oak forests. In winter, the trekking route is covered in snow. You can also trek to Devariyatal, Bisurital or indulge in 4-5 days trekking expedition in Chopta as well.

Photography: Chopta offers mesmerizing views of the undulating valleys and one cannot resist capturing the majestic snow-covered peak with their camera. The 360-degree panorama one witnesses form the Chandrashila summit is one of the reasons to make Chandrashila one of the best spots to capture snow-capped mountains.

Camping in Chopta: Being situated en-route to Tungnath, Chopta is an ideal place to camp and enjoy the beauty of nature. Camping is an amazing experience to have with family and friends when you are surrounded in the lap of nature. 

Bird Watching in Chopta: Chopta has a great forest line which has hundreds of different species of bird. Bird watchers from all around the globe can visit Chopta and explore. Ideal season for bird watching is from Feb to April.

Yoga and Meditation in Chopta: Peaceful environment, lush greed meadows, majestic Himalayan views in Chopta enhance the meditation and yoga activities in Chopta. Many foreigners come to Chopta for medidation as Rishikesh gets crowded sometimes.

Things to do/places to see in Chopta Region: 

Chopta Travel Tips

  • The trek route from Chopta is relatively easy to moderate and can easily be done with kids.
  • It snows heavily in winters at Chopta and Tungnath and the trek tends to get quite difficult but the views cannot be described in words.
  • Last ATM is in Ukhimath (not sure about working condition), but it is better to carry cash with you. You'll find last working ATMs in Srinagar.
  • Nearest market is in Ukhimath (30 kms before Chopta), so carry all the essential items you may require during your stay in Chopta

Staying in Chopta

Chopta is, in all its essence, the base camp for the Tungnath – Chandrashila trek. There are few of hotels and swiss tents available in the region starting from Makkuband, Dugalbitta, Baniyakund and in Chopta. All of them offers basic facilities at nominal charges.

For groups and families you can consider Mayadeep Resort in Chopta. Earlier camping was another popular option for staying in Chopta. But due recent order of High Court camping in Chopta is banned for some time, till the ban is lifted.

It is important to book your accommodation in advance, especially during peak season, as the town can get crowded with tourists and trekkers. It is also a good idea to check reviews and compare prices before making a booking.

Chopta Food Guide

Being a small hamlet, Chopta doesn’t offer many dining options. However, the place is does have some local eateries and roadside food stalls (Dhabas) that offer some of the popular North Indian and Chinese dishes. Although, some resorts may have in-house restaurants that serve selected delectable cuisines.

About Chopta Tourism Guide

The Chopta-Tungnath-Chandrashila trek is quite popular among the trekkers as it takes you through the grasslands and covers some of the best views of nature. Bird watching is also possible here as the region harbors great species of Himalayan birds, including the Himalayan Monal. Some of the leisure activities that you can do in Chopta are camping, trekking, yoga, snow trekking, skiing, rock craft, rock climbing, rappelling, bird watching, and photography.   

Chopta, Tungnath and Chandrashila are covered with snow during winters. If you visit the place during Dec-Feb, you may witness snowfall and enjoy trekking in snow But the roads are occasionally blocked near Chopta in case of heavy snowfall. Check out Chopta in Winters

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Chopta Photo Gallery

A variety of Rhododendron flowers, on the way to Tungnath.
Tranquility at Chopta
Trekking route in Chopta
Burans Flowers or Rhododendron on the both side of Chopta - Tungnath Trek.
Chopta in Summer
Chopta Tungnath trek during winters
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Chopta Weather

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Chopta Weather in May

The minimun and maximum temperature in May in Chopta is 4°C and 20°C respectively. The weather is generally pleasant and clear in May and you would feel cold throughout the day. Light Woolen clothes are recommended for Chopta in May.

What is Chopta famous for?

Chopta is famous among tourist as Hill Station, Trekking, Camping, Bird Watching, Yoga, Meditation, Temple, Weekend, Snowfall, Winter Trek.

Chopta is recommended destination for Corporates, Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Chopta is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Base Camps (Trek), Biking, Bird Watching, Camping, Char Dham Route, Christmas and New Year, Emerging Destinations, Hiking, Hill Station, Honeymoon Destination, Leisure, Meadows, OffBeat, Romantic, Trekking, Weekend Getaway, Winter Treks, Yoga and Meditation.

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