Life comes back to normal with more people visiting Chopta in summers. The roads become busier and fully operational, unlike winters. The long and stretched meadows are now much more visible, inviting trekkers from across the world. Meanwhile, the temperature of the valley yet remains pleasant and is perfect for escaping the city heat!
The following article will act as your complete guide if you plan to visit Chopta during the summers. You can consider it a reference to find out the route, temperature, food, pricing and some of the best stays in Chopta during your journey. Let’s get started!
When do summers arrive in Chopta?
The first week of May brings the summer season to Chopta as the temperature starts rising. The locals, however, determine the emergence of summers with a flower species known as Rhododendron. They say that the Rhodos cover the entire Chopta valley during the spring and start falling with the emergence of the summer season. The summers in Chopta end with the first monsoon showers in the last weeks of June.
Chopta’s temperature in summers
Even on the hottest day in summers, the temperature of Chopta never rises above 26 degrees celsius. It is a common saying that the summers of Chopta are the winters of metro cities. Meanwhile, the nights are still cold, and you need to put on a sweater to keep yourselves warm. The temperature at night in Chopta during summers hovers between 5-6 degrees Celcius.
If you are travelling on a two-wheeler at night, you should carry a jacket with you. The tourists visiting Chopta in summers are pleased mostly with the temperature here, hence, the rush.
Who should plan visiting Chopta in summers?
1) The Char-Dham Yatris:
Chopta is one of the stoppages of the Char-Dham or Do-Dham Yatris. The sacred yatra starts in April/May and ends in October/November. Of the four destinations, the Kedarnath & Badrinath (Do-Dham) are the most visited ones. Chopta falls in between the route of Kedarnath & Badrinath (National Highway-107A.) Chopta also consists of Tungnath Mahadev Temple, the highest Shiva temple in the world (3, 680metres.) You can reach the temple after a hike of 3.5km from Chopta. The yatris prefer visiting Tungnath too during their journey towards Badrinath from Kedarnath. Hence, they generally take an overnight break at Chopta.
2) People planning for family vacations:
May & June are the most preferred for a family trip to Chopta. One of the reasons is the summer vacation of the school-going children. Chopta has sufficient facilities for people planning to travel with their families. Ever since the advent of Covid-19, the valley has also become a choice of families who plan to visit here for ‘long stays.’ Some hotels in Chopta also offer special packages for families during the summers. You must always prefer booking before your journey and confirm the availability and pricing before you lock your deal!
3) Trekkers :
The Chopta & Kedar Valley consists of numerous small and long treks. Some of them are the Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar, Bisuri Tal, Rohini Bugyal, DeoriaTal & Syalmi Bugyal treks. Interestingly, Chopta is situated close to most of these treks and hence visited along with these destinations. If you are a trekker & plan visiting Chopta in summers, we also recommend trekking to the ‘Panch Kedars.’
The Chandrashila peak, located right above the Tungnath temple, is a must-visit place while you are in Chopta. We recommend you to visit here early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise from the summit. However, always take a guide with you while trekking early-morning. The trail after Tungnath is not visible sometimes, and you may find it difficult to reach the top.
4) College-Going Students:
With the end of their semester exams, our young fellows from colleges flock to Chopta. As Chopta is not very far from Dehradun or even Delhi, you can reach here easily on public transport. If you are on a low budget and yet planning to travel, you should stay at hostels in Chopta. These are best suited for backpackers and people on a tight budget.
Chopta comes under the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary Area and houses numerous species of flora & fauna. Right from mid-May to last October, Chopta witnesses the movement of bird-watchers. The Royle’s Pika or Himalayan mouse hare, can be spotted here during the summers. You might spot a multicoloured ‘Monal’ bird while you trek to Chandrashila, especially early in the morning!
How to reach Chopta?
There are two routes to reach Chopta from Rishikesh.
The first route passes through Rudraprayag & Kund to reach Chopta. It is the general route for travelling to Chopta. While people travelling from Badrinath or Auli take the other road. Both the roads are open if you plan visiting Chopta in summers. Meanwhile, the nearby places to Chopta are well connected with the road network.
Recent Updates on Chopta:
Is Chopta Open Now?
- Yes, Chopta is open for tourists as of 16th July 2021. The tourists need to remember the following things before coming to Chopta.
- You need to register yourselves at the website/portal issued by the government of Uttarakhand.
- Even if Chopta is open now, you still need to carry a Covid Negative report with you. An antigen/RT-PCR/Trunaut report which is not older than 72hours will work.
- You need to upload a photo of your Aadhar card, covid report and your hotel booking receipt at the given portal.
- You may connect with our team in case of any doubt.
Chopta’s Weather in July:
The weather of Chopta in July remains pleasant. The valley may experience occasional rainfalls that keep the entire valley cool. Unlike before, the roads to reach Chopta are now well built and can be accessed even during monsoon!
You can connect with our team to know the present condition of roads in Chopta.
The entire Chopta valley turns joyous as more visitors land Chopta every summer. We must say that the valley yet has many places unexplored. Visiting Chopta in summers can be fun with a well-planned itinerary. Come, live and create memories of a lifetime! Cheers!