Musmola Valley & Chopta valley

Musmola village is a small settlement of perhaps 16 families located in a very remote and unexplored part of the Garhwal Himalayas. Most of the inhabitants of the village depend on the resources of the village for their survival. Now it relates to the road, but when there were no roads the people walked for days to reach the town of Srinagar, which is the biggest town for nearby villages.

The water resources in the valley are natural. It’s a perfect place for meditation, yoga, nature walks, bird-watching and to experience outside silence and inside peace. The lush green forests of this region are home to an astounding multiplicity of flora and fauna.

A description of the charismatic beauty of this village would be incomplete without a mention of the people who inhabit this blessed village – simple, willing to help and hardworking.

The other phase of the trek lies in the Chopta valley which is one of the most beautiful valley in the Kedarnath region. The hikes in the valley are amazing and from every hike one can see “The Great Himalayan Belt”. The forest are full of wildlife and rhododendron trees.

Trek Facts :

Area : Musmola Village &Chopta Valley, Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India
Duration : 08 days/07 nights
Type : Culture, local traditions, homestay & trekking
Grade : Easy to little moderate
Highest Point : 4090 mts (13415 ft) Chandrasilla Top
Highest Sleeping Point : 2900 mts (9512 ft)Chopta
Accommodations: o2 night homestay in MusmolaVillage, 05nights inDaunda Village &Chopta Valley.
Highlights : Homestay experience with local villagers, local organic & vegetarian Garhwal Indian Food, local Garhwal Himalayan Tradition and Culture, breath-taking Himalayan Views, Trek to TungnathTemple, climb to Chandrasilla top and most importantly, a pure and complete unmatched trip.

Detailed Itinerary :

Day 01: - Drive Rishikesh to Village Musmola (1400mts)approx 5-6 hrs (1300mts)

We start our trip from Rishikesh. In morning hours, we start approx. 5-6 hrs drive upstream to Musmola Village. Enroute we stop at Deoprayag to watch the confluence of rivers Alaknanda& Bhagirathi. From here the Ganges start and travel all the way to the Bay of Bengal. We continue our road journey and approx.

after 1. 5 hrs from Kirtinagar Bridge, we leave the main high way and continue our ride to village Musmola for approx. 2.5 hrs. The drive is very scenic and shows a different view of the foothills of the Himalayas. Upon arrival in village check in to the Village Homestay. Evening to be spend in leisure. Explore the village. Later enjoy the home cook food by the locals. Overnight stay in Musmola Village.

Day 02: - Trek to Bhumidar top (2400mts) and return trek to Musmola Village

After the breakfast, we hike for approx. 2.5 – 3 hrs to reach to the Bhumidar top apporx (2400 mts). The trail passes through village which gives an idea about the day to day life of the locals. On the way, we also get the opportunity to visit a local school.

The trail to the top is steep at some places. The top offers a great view of the Himalayan foothills valleys. Later we trek back to the village. Evening to be spend in leisure. Dinner & overnight stay at village homestay.

Day 03: - Trek to village Dangiya (1950 mts)apprx 4 hrs

Enjoy the early morning of the country side of the village. Hear the magical voices of the birds. After the breakfast,which is also made in a local kitchen made with local ingredients we pack our bags and start walking to our next destination village Dangiya via village Manjuli.

Visit the local school and enjoy the local hospitality of the locals. After the lunch at the village we continue hiking up to reach a pass from where we can see Himalayas and our campsite. From the pass, we start walking on a gradual mountain trail fornext 25 min to our campsite. Dinner and overnight stay at camps in village Dangiya.

Day 04: - Trek to Maithyana Temple (2000mts)apprx. 4-5 hrs

After the breakfast, we start trekking down to the village Daundaforapprox. 45 min to 1 hour and from here we start walking to our next destination Temple Maithyana Devi. The trail passes through the different kind of vegetation and different villages.

We reach to a point from where Himalayas are visible again. At this point we enjoy our lunch. We continue our walk-through pine forest which leads us to Temple Maithyana Devi. The temple is dedicated to GoddessDurga and has lot of importance in the nearby villages. Every year there is a big festival for the goddess. Check in to your tents. Dinner & overnight stay in camps at temple.

Day 05: - Drive to village Sari (1600mts) & trek to Lake Deoria Tal (2450 mts) approx. 1hr.

After the breakfast,we pack the campsite and our belongings. From here we drive for approx. 3 hrs to reach village Sari. After a chai break in Sari village we start our trek for 2.5 kms approx. 1 hour to reach the Lake Deoria Tal at (2450mts). In the evening, we walk to a nearby top for 25 min and enjoy the magnificent view of the Sunset. Return to camp. Overnight stay and dinner at Lake Deoria Tal.

Day 06: Trek Deoria Tal - Sari - Chopta (2900 mts) approx 5-6 hrs

Wake up early morning to capture the Beautiful Views of the Peak Kedarnath and Chaukhamba group of peaks with their reflection in the Lake. After morning breakfast, we trek down to Sari village (3 kms) and from here we trek to Chopta through dense forest and meadows, with packed lunch. Upon arrival at Chopta set out your tents for overnight stay.

Day 07: Trek Chopta –Tungnath (3680 mts) - Chandrashila (4000mts.)- Chopta approx. 4-5 hrs

After early morning breakfast we trek to Tungnath with packed lunch. Tungnath is situated at the height of 3680 mts from the sea level, the highest Lord Shiva Shrine in India. Enroute we will find lush green meadows and we can see the entire range of snow-capped Himalayas.

Upon arrival at Tungnath visit the temple. After relax we further trek 1 km trek to Chandrasilla Top, which has the magnificient views of the Great Himalayas and with the view of highest peak of India Nanda Devi (7848 mts.). Later trek back to Chopta for meditation dinner and overnight stay.

Day 08: Drive Chopta – Rishikesh (185 kms/7-8 hrs)

After a morning breakfast, we drive back to Rishikesh with the sweet memories of the trip. Lunch enroute. Upon arrival at Rishikesh trip concludes.

Gallery : Musmola & Chopta Valley