It is believed that celestial maidens descend to the high altitude lake of Devariyatal to partake in its natural beauty. Though we cannot confirm this legend but we can attest to its spectacular location surrounded by a dense jungle of rhododendron and oak with the towering edifice of four-horned snowy Chaukhamba rising in the distance. This amazing experience is complemented by the verdant grasslands of Chopta, the spirituality of the highest Shiva temple in the world – Tungnath and the spell-binding panoramas witnessed from the Chandrashila Peak. The trek is ideal for first-time hiking enthusiasts looking for an adventure in the Himalayas that is mild in challenge but extremely rewarding in terms of Himalayan beauty.
Arrive early morning at Dehradun/Haridwar. Hire a taxi and drive to Ukhimath. Overnight stay at guesthouse/lodge/home-stay in Ukhimath town. Visit the famous Omkareshwar Temple in Ukhimath which is the winter seat of Kedarnath deity.
Drive to village Sari and trek to the beautiful high altitude lake of Devariyatal. One can see beautiful reflection of mountains and rhododendrons (flowering season is March and April) in the lake. Overnight camping near the lake.
Explore around the lake of Devariyatal in the morning and thereafter descend to the village of Sari and drive from Sari to Chopta. The beauty of Chopta is indescribable with lush grasslands, jungles turned red/pink during rhododendron blooming season (Mar-Apr) and views of snow laden peaks. Overnight in tents near Chopta.
Early morning start trek to Tungnath which is 3.5 km of walk along cemented path. Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and its lovely location adds to the spiritual energy found here. Climb further to the summit at Chandrashila (1km ascent) and witness the 360 degree of Himalayan ranges. Descend to Chopta and drive to Ukhimath. Overnight stay at guesthouse/lodge/home-stay in Ukhimath town.
Drive back to Rishikesh/Dehradun/Haridwar. Witness evening Ganga Aarti at Rishikesh or Haridwar and catch the night bus/train to New Delhi.