A night with friends in the meadows,
right by the river, gazing at the stars,
Such is the company that upholds your spirit,
and lets your soul soar far.
The true magic of outdoors can be felt in Chopta – a place owned by majestic nature in the heart of Kedarnath Valley in Uttarakhand. Stunning location, perfect setting, and the glorious views of Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, and Trishul Peaks all covered in snow make camping in Chopta sheer delight for mountain lovers.
Chopta is just an overnight-ride from the National Capital Region, 10.5 hours to be precise. There are a lot of things that attract groups of friends and families here. You can look forward to trekking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and rappelling while you are camping in Chopta. Go ahead, set up a camp, light a bonfire, play some tipsy music, and savor the moments under stars. Nothing betters the moments spent in the wilderness…
Best time for camping in Chopta
Chopta is a year round destination which is looked upon by adventure enthusiasts who love trekking and camping. The weather in summer is mostly pleasant for camping. The roads are clear and temperature stays between 15-25 degrees.
Winters in Chopta are beautiful with frequent snowfall. Temperature stays between 2-14 degrees and conditions are perfect to plan an outing with friends or family. For camping, winters in Chopta are slightly harsh in terms of the weather and road conditions.
Suggested Read: 13 Stupefying Winter Treks In Himalayas
How to reach Chopta
By air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Chopta – 220 km. Government buses and private cabs regularly ply from Dehradun to Chopta.
By rail: Rishikesh is the nearest railway station to Chopta. The remaining 160 km from railway station can be covered by a bus or a cab.
By road: Chopta is well connected to Delhi – 405 km and major cities in Uttarakhand by road. UTC buses make traveling quite convenient in these areas. Some of the cities from where Chopta can be easily accessed are:
Rishikesh – 164 km – 5 hours
Haridwar – 184 km – 5 hours 45 minutes
Dehradun – 203 km – 6 hours 15 minutes
Camping in Chopta
If you are planning camping in Chopta, you’ll be glad to know that the camping duration is quite flexible. It is suitable for weekend and as well as a long weekend getaways from Delhi and other nearby towns. 1 night, 2 days camping is an ideal weekend getaway wherein you stay in camp, perform some adventure activity, or plan sightseeing during the day, and after a fun filled night, end the trip on a high. 2 nights, 3 days camping, on the other hand, includes the trek to Tungnath Temple and Chandrashila Peak (covered under places to visit near Chopta), which adds to difficulty and adventure quotient.
Day 0 – Day of departure
The day of departure from your respective places to Chopta. There are no direct buses from Delhi to Chopta. Assuming that you are traveling from Delhi, the bus journey from Delhi to Haridwar takes almost 5.5 hours. Further, you will have to take a roadways bus or a cab to reach Chopta, which is a 6 hours journey from Haridwar.
Cab charges: INR 1500-2000
Day 1 – Arrival & getting a feel of the environs
The day of arrival usually goes by embracing the best of surrounding views and making your camp. Enjoy the sunset, have some evening tea & snacks, and make the best of the camping moments as you mingle with the people around.
Day 2 – Adventure activities and stargazing
A range of fun activities and guided treks await you in the camp on day 2. Indulge in activities like hiking, photography, bird watching, and adventure sports. The adventure activities offered during camping in Chopta include rock climbing, rappelling, tree climbing, snow skiing, and cycling.
Wait, if you that that this was the end of day 2, you’re wrong! The night is even better and beautiful when you camp under the stars, bond with friends around the bonfire, and music does the rest of the magic.
Day 3 – Breakfast & departure
With wonderful memories of a momentous getaway and exciting nature views, you embark on the journey back home. However, there’s a lot more that Chopta has to offer. Of all the popular places near Rishikesh, there are a few that fall in the vicinity of Chopta and you can easily club a trip to these places if you have a day or two to spare.
Places to see near Chopta
Mostly covered in a day trek, these places near Chopta act as the perfect getaway for an extra day that you adjusted with your weekend. The peaks and stunning locales near the Chopta campsite is just too good for an ideal day out in the lush green alpine.
i) Chandrashila Peak – At 4000m, this is the slice of moon you must visit near Chopta
ii) Tungnath Temple – Go & see what the world’s highest Shiva Temple looks like
iii) Deoria Tal – Located in Devprayag region, the lake in mountains is a must-visit
Camp organisers in Chopta
Camps are the best kind of accommodation you would come across in Chopta. You can choose to stay either in a Swiss tent (accommodating up to 12) or opt for an individual tent. The camping charges for 1 night, 2 days come to about INR 2000. For 2 nights, 3 days, the cost goes up to INR 5500. Also, the rates may vary depending upon inclusions and exclusions.
Some of the top camping service providers in Chopta are
1. Pristine Peaks Eco Camp
2. Alpine Adventure Camp
3. Magpie Jungle Camp
4. Himalaya Resort
5. Neelkanth Camp
Things to carry
- Warm clothes – windproof jacket/fleece jacket, full sleeve sweater, thermals, woollen cap and socks, and scarf
- Comfortable clothes like tee-shirts, trousers or tracks
- Raincoat or poncho
- Trekking pole
- Trekking/ hiking shoes
- Water bottles
- Sunscreen lotion
- Torch or flashlight
- First-aid kit
Make the most of your holidays as you embrace the best of nature going up, close, and personal. Camping are holidays done right!