Badrinath / Chopta[140 kms / 05 hrs drive approx.]
After breakfast at hotel, departure from Badrinath for Chopta - Gateway to the gods!! Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Chopta, very simply put, is a trekker cum explorer's heaven. If you aren't an adrenaline junkie but inclined towards pushing your limits, visit the valley of Chopta for a life altering experience and expand the boundaries of your physical horizon. Chopta is possibly the only valley town in Uttarakhand, that has minor human alteration, and a good place for intermediate trekkers to brush up their skills while exploring locally renowned tourist spots, like the Tungnath Temple and the Deoria Tal, which are both accessible after a well guided trek. Talking about the rare opportunities that Chopta offers, what cannot be missed is the Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary, which attracts wildlife enthusiasts who are into exploring rare Himalayan animal species. Chopta slopes on softly, among alpine and grassy meadows, and in this valley of abstract but absolute natural beauty, one does actually stand at any hilltop and spin around as a practice of spotting the multitude of peaks visible. Later proceed for a trek to visit Tungnath temple (3680 km) – 4 kms / 03 hrs trek ). Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The Tunganath (literal meaning: Lord of the peaks) mountains form the Mandakini and Alaknanda river valleys. Located at an altitude of 3680 m (12073 ft) and just below the peak of Chandrashila, Tungnath temple is the highest Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be a 1000 years old and is the second in the pecking order of the Panch Kedars. It has a rich legend linked to the Pandavas. If time allowed, we will do 2 kms further trek from Tungnath to Chandrashila peak , which is a 600 feet ascent from here. From here you move towards the Upper Chandrashila base and 01 hr from here you finally reach the summit. 360-degree views of Garhwal and Kumaon ranges await you at the top. Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Kamet, Dunagiri, Chaukhamba, Kedar dome, Thalaysagar, Gangotri ranges, and Jahanukut are some of the prominent peaks visible from here. Getting back to Chopta via the same route will take you not more 2 hours. Dinner & Overnight stay at hotel.