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Switzerland of India: Deoriatal – Chopta – Tungnath Trek

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6 days 5 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

2 people


English, Hindi


On this trip you will thank your stars for giving you a dose of Switzerland in India! Yes, Chopta is celebrated as the mini Switzerland of India & on this trip you will engage in trekking on the Himalayan mountains. At Deoriatal, the high altitude lake, the trekkers are rewarded with mesmerizing views of the Chaukhamba peak. Your stay in Ukhimath takes you to several ancient temples known for their spiritual prowess. At Chopta you will be greeted by the sheer beauty of rhododendron trees, the state tree of Uttarakhand. Trekking your way up to Tungnath brings you to Asia’s highest Shiva temple. From these higher reaches of Himalayas, wind your trip at Rishikesh along the serenity of Ganga.

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  • Trek to the high altitude emerald lake, Deoriatal perched at 7,998 feet.
  • Day visit to temples at Ukhimath, an ancient township dedicated to lord Shiva, Parvati,Usha & Aniruddha.
  • Trek to Tungnath temple at 12,000 feet & witness 360 degree Himalayan panorama.
  • Chopta is adorned with green meadows & splendid views of nature.
  • Unwind at the Yoga Capital of the world, Rishikesh.


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Day 1: Dehradun Airport – Ukhimath (Drive/ 180 Kms/ 7 -8 hrs)

a. Today on arriving at Dehradun Airport we will drive straight to Ukhimath. (Early arrival is recommended today)

b. Check in to the hotel at Ukhimath.

c. Dinner & Overnight at Ukhimath.

Day 2: Ukhimath – Guptkashi (Drive/ 15 km/ 40 mins) – Vishwanath & Ardhnarishwar Temple – Guptkashi – Narainkoti Temple Complex (Drive/ 3 kms/ 15 mins) – Kalimath Temple (Drive/20 kms/ 1.5 hrs) – Omkareshwar Temple (Drive/ 25 kms/ 1 hr.15 mins) - Ukhimath

a. Today we will do a town tour of Ukhimath, an ancient township dedicated to the marriage of Usha & Aniruddha (The Grandson of Krishna)

b. We will first be driven to Guptkashi, a town which worships Lord Shiva. It is here that Lord Shiva went incognito from the Pandavas as they were looking for Shiva to help them get rid of the sin of war.

c. Guptakashi, houses the famous Vishwanath temple which was the place where Lord Shiva proposed to Goddess Parvati for marriage.

d. From Vishwanath temple visit to Narain Koti temple complex, which is a group of temples dedicated to Laxmi Narayan built in the 9th C AD. Nine planetary temples are also enshrined in this temple complex & it is here that Lord Krishna showed his 1 crore Narayan forms to the Pandavas.

e. Kalimath, regarded as a Shakti Peeth is the place where Goddess Kali killed the demon, Raktavija & went under the Earth.No idol is worshiped in this temple, instead Sri Yantra is the object of devotion.

f. From Kalimath a visit to the Omkareshwar Temple, will complete the spiritual search within you. Omkareshwar temple is the winter seat of Lord Kedarnath as here the idol of Lord Kedar is brought down from Kedarnath during winters. A legend also has it that here Lord Shiva appeared to Mandhata (ancestor of Lord Rama) who did penance for 12 years by standing on one leg. Appeased by his devotion, Lord SHiva appeared to him in the form of the sound “OM”, the sound of the Universe.

g. End your day with a stroll along the Ukhimath market.

h. Dinner & Overnight in the hotel.

Day 3: Ukhimath – Sari (Drive/ 20 kms/ 1.5 hrs) – Deoriatal (Trek/ 2 hrs) – Sari (Trek/ 2hrs) – Ukhimath (Drive/ 20 kms/ 1.5 hrs)

a. Today rise with a lark & drive to Sari village.

b. From the hamlet of Sari we begin the 2.5 km hike to the emerald lake, Deoriatal.

c. The trek is an easy to moderate hike taking you amidst a well defined rocky terrain.

d. Once you reach the lake you will be greeted with the warm embrace of Chaukhamba peaks.

e. Deoriatal falls under Kedarnath musk deer sanctuary so the lake is often visited by animals.

f. Spend the afternoon by the lake & enjoy a packed lunch over the meadows.

g. Post lunch, begin your hike down to Sari, as the weather changes after noon in altitudes like these can be unpredictable.

h. From Sari be driven back to the hotel at Ukhimath.

i. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Ukhimath – Chopta (Drive/ 30 kms/ 2 hrs) – Tungnath (Trek/ 4 kms/ 2.5 -3 hrs) – Chopta (Trek/ 2.5 hrs) – Ukhimath (Drive/2 hrs)

a. Today post breakfast be driven to Chopta along the roads strewn with rhododendron flowers.

b. From Chopta we begin the hike along the meadows to reach Tungnath, highest Shiva temple.

c. The hike takes you along the finest views of sunrise in Himalayas with chirping birds & snow capped peaks getting illuminated with the sun rays.

d. Once you reach the temple premises, visit the temple at 12,073 ft and be ready to be charmed by Himalayan spiritualism.

e. Spend some time at the temple premises & seep in the views of a fine Himalayan morning.

f. Enjoy some packed snacks at the summit & cherish the accomplishment of being in the mini Switzerland of India.

g. Trek down to the base on the road at Chopta & enjoy a brunch at the roadside Dhaba, with all the local flavors.

h. From Chopta be driven back to Ukhimath.

i. Dinner & Overnight in Ukhimath

Day 5: Ukhimath – Rishikesh (Drive/ 175 kms/ 6 -7hrs)

a. Post early breakfast, drive to Rishikesh.

b. Check in to the homestay at Rishikesh & unwind your long journey.

c. Towards evening, spend some time along the riverside to take back much more than just the mountains.The flow of River Ganga here is said to soothe you of all troubles.

d. Alternatively you can do a walking tour of Parmarth Niketan & Chotiwala, across Janki Pul to take away the last dose of this spiritual city.

e. Return to the hotel.

f. Dinner & Overnight at Hotel.

Day 6: Rishikesh – Dehradun Airport (Drive/ 18 kms/ 40 mins)

a. Today post breakfast, depart for onward journey.

b. Trip ends here.

Tour's Location


Trip Season
Ukhimath + Chopta + Deoriatal = Throughout the year
For a visit to Tungnath Temple - ( May - November), in case you travel in the months of Dec - Mar, you can hike up to the temple but cannot enter the temple complex.
Age Group
10 - 60 Years (Reasonably fit & Trekking Enthusiasts only)
Trek Grade / Difficulty
Deoriatal - Easy to Moderate
Tungnath - Moderate
Where & when the tour starts & ends?
Dehradun (Jolly Grant) Airport
Do you arrange cab transfers?
Yes, on prior request, depending on the availability & season in which you are traveling.
Weather Update
This trip is in the Higher Himalayas, where an ideal time to travel is during summer (Apr - June), June 15 - Sep 15 are monsoons that can lead to roadblocks & landslides, so one can skip these months & travel from Oct to Dec during WInters.

MONTH DAY/NIGHT Temperature (In and around Chopta)

APR- 25/ 11 DEGREE °C
MAY- 29/ 14 DEGREE °C
SEP - 22/13 DEGREE °C
OCT- 25/ 11 DEGREE °C
NOV - 23/9 DEGREE °C
DEC - 18/ 4 DEGREE °C

MONTH DAY/NIGHT Temperature (In Rishikesh)

APR- 32/ 18 DEGREE °C
MAY- 38/ 21 DEGREE °C
SEP - 31/22 DEGREE °C
OCT- 30/18 DEGREE °C
NOV - 27/15 DEGREE °C
DEC - 21/ 9 DEGREE °C

NOTE - Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes.
Packing Checklist
As per the requirements of this specific trip, please ensure you carry these things while you pack:

For daily need as per 5 day Itinerary in the Higher Himalayas-
For Summers & Monsoons
4 Full sleeves Tee Shirt
2 Jeans/ Shorts
2 Trekking Pants
5 pair cotton Socks
1 Fleece (For sudden weather change)
Windproof Jacket with hood

For Winters
- 2 Thick Fleece
- 1 Down Jacket with hood
- 2 Full sleeve Woolen Sweater
- Woolen pajamas for night
- 2 Woolen tracks/ Jeans
- 2 Trekking pants (Water resistant, with inner liner)
- 1 Thermal Inner wear
- 4 Woolen Socks
- 1 Woolen Cap
- Scarf/ Mufflers
-1 Pair Warm Gloves
-1 Pair waterproof snow glovesComfortable waterproof) Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole and high ankles are recommended)
Day Pack
1 Sun Cap
Trekking/ Hiking shoes of good quality
Poncho/ Rain Cover
Rain cover for day packs
Water Bottle
UV protection sunglasses
Northern Pinnacles Travel Pvt. Ltd. will take all possible measures to provide you a safe & enjoyable trip. We believe in direct communication with our clients regarding the possibilities of unforeseen circumstances, like landslides, bad weather & natural calamities. So, incase of any such happening on the trip you choose, Northern Pinnacles will not be liable for any injuries caused during a mishap. All our trips require the clients to fill an indemnity bond
Which they will have to duly fill as per the norms of the High Court.
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