Chopta is a defined as mini Switzerland of India and is famous for its alpine meadows. Trek to Tungnath temple starts from Chopta. Tungnath is the third temple of Panch Kedars and is situated at a height of 3680m. From Chopta the trek to Tungnath is 4 km and another one and half kilometer trek takes you to Chandrashilla peak. Chandrashila is at a height of 4100 m above sea level. From Chandrashila peak you can see the 360° view of snow clad Motherland range including Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Meru-Sumeru, Ganesh parwat and Trishul. Chopta is situated at a height of 2680 m and is still unexploredby tourists. If you love nature and willing to visit the place where you want least number of tourists than Chopta is the right place to go. You can camp and trek during your trip to Chopta, Tungnath and Deorial Tal (Lake).
You can find dense forests of pine, Deodar and Rhododendron in Chopta. On your trip you should not forget to visit Deoria Tal and Chandrashila peak. Deoria Tal is 1.5 km trek from village Sari. You should camp at Deoria Tal see the morning and evening golden color of snowclad 180 degree view of peaks. You can a mirror image of the snow-clad mountain ranges in Deoria Tal.
Location of Chopta / How to Reach Chopta
Chopta is approximately 280 kilometers from Haridwar and 480 kilometers from New Delhi. From Haridwar you need to go via Deoprayag, Srinagar Rudraprayag. From Rudraprayag there are two options money to go along with river Mandakini and go via Ukhimath and this is shorter route. But if the road is closed due to landslides or other natural reasons (Like one happened during the great floods in Kedarnath during June 2013) you can go further along with river Alaknanda till Chamoli and then use road from Gopeshwar to Guptkashi to Reach here. This route is 80 kilometers longer. From Gopeshwar it is 36 kilometers.