The plan for the day was to reach Chopta and start hiking towards Tungnath (3600 mtr) one of the Panch Kedar, and Chandrashila, a cone shaped hill perched at a very high altitude of 4000 mtr.
After refreshing ourselves with some Malta juice, an energetic pahadi drink, made lovingly by an elderly shopkeeper, we descended down towards the detour from the day before and started walking towards Chopta. After hitching another ride(luck!), we reached our destination within half an hour.
Chopta is a small hamlet just like Sari, situated at an altitude of 2,608 mtr. It is also known as the Mini Switzerland of India, a title which several other hill stations in the country claim. One thing to note is that Chopta is a completely vegetarian place owing to it being the base for a holy temple.
Lunch consisted of a typical thaali; dal, rice, roti, sabji, raita and chutney. The quantity was enough to completely fill one for the journey ahead; a 4km uphill trek towards Tungnath and a further 2 km to Chandrashila, the high point of the journey.