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Chopta Tungnath Temple Trek 

Chopta is a small hamlet in Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of about 3000 m. The legendary Tungnath Temple is mere 4 km from Chopta on a well-paved hiking trail. Every year thousands of devotees and passionate mountaineer do the Chopta - Tungnath Temple - Chandrashila Peak trek and enjoy the pristine sights of mountains. Moreover there several more trekking options for avid trekkers.

 

Mansoona to Deoria Tal Lake - A breezy 08-km hike takes you through Himalayan forests and villages.

Deoria Tal Lake to Chopta - The trek from Deoria Tal lake to Chopta is a mesmerizing experience for some who adores forest and wildlife. The woods of Himalaya and the trek parallel to high Himalayas makes a perfect day for trekking in Himlayas.   

Chopta to Tungnath Temple and Chandrashila Peak - For someone new to backpacking, the experience of climbing the Chandrashila Peak, via famous Tungnath Temple is a mesmerizing experience. From Chandrashila Peak (4090 m) you will get a panoramic view of Himalayan range.

 

Pictures from Deoria Tal - Chopta - Tungnath Temple - Chandrashila Peak trek: 

 

 
Camping at Deoria Tal Lake 

 

 
Trek from Deoria Tal Lake to Chopta

 
Chukhamba Peak from Giriya village

 
 Our Team - Yogendra Joshi and Mohan Singh Rawat at Deoria Tal

 

The entire region falls within the Kedarnath Wild Life Sanctuary. Details of this sanctuary is given below:-

Country and State - India, Uttarakhand
Coordinates - 30°45′00″N 79°36′00″E
Established - 1972
Area - 975 square kilometers (376 sq mi)
Elevation - 1,160 meters (3,810 ft)
Time zone - IST (UTC+5:30)
Nearest Airport - Jolly Grant, Dehradun
Nearest Railway Station - Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
               Avg. Temperatures
Summer - 25 °C (77 °F)
Winter - −10 °C (14.0 °F)
    
Description

Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, more popularly known as Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary was established to conserve the endangered Himalayan musk deer been hunted by mankind for their wicked vested interests. The musk of this deer sold at high price for its smelling property as well as used as psychotropic substance made it hunters delight. Today, Musk Deer are few and far and it is within the Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary that this endangered specie is getting its due protection

Other Wildlife species in the park region:-

  • Snow leopard (Uncia uncia)
  • Himalayan Brown Bear, 
  • Himalayan black bear (Selenarctos thibetanus)
  • Yellow-throated Marten (Martes flavigula),
  • Leopard cat (Felis bengalensis), 
  • Common leopard (Panthera pardus),
  • Jackal (Canis aureus),
  • Fox (Vulpes vulpes),

The study on Himalayan wildlife of Birds, Reptiles and insects is still in its nascent stage, due to its inaccessible terrain.  

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