Cycling in Chopta

Mountain Biking must be tried in Chopta region as the roads are beautiful well metaled, full of green covers around and majestic views of snow capped Himalayas. The stunning route of Chopta provides an adventurous trail for mountain bikers. The route is apt for mountain biking with ascents, descents, and turns that’s thrilling, fun, and everything in between.

Every year there is one Cycling event in Chopta, sometimes organized by Government Authorities of Rudraprayag District and sometime privately organized by local people or travel companies. There are few Camps in Chopta which provides Cycles to the guest to enjoy cycling in Chopta.

“There is nothing, absolutely nothing, quite so worthwhile as simply messing about on bicycles.”

Tom Kunich

How to make the most of mountain biking in Chopta Region?

To make the most out of mountain biking in Chopta make sure you are proficient in balancing, speed control, endurance, and have an experience in uphill riding. But even if you aren’t a mountain biker, there are easier trails suitable for non-mountain bikers going through beautiful forests with no traffic and comfortable route. Or you can just take the fun of downhill cycling.

Begin your ride by riding in areas that are relatively easier. Once you are familiar with the terrain you can start exploring.

You can either get your own mountain bike or hire one from Rishikesh. Don’t forget to check the condition of the bike thoroughly and get all your safety gears. If you hire a mountain bike, make sure you learn from the experts about the trail, tips and tricks of mountain biking.

Note: There are few campsites and hotels which offer Bikes on Rent as well in Chopta.

Chopta Cycling Trails

There are many routes for mountain biking in Chopta. You can choose the trail that’s serves the best to your skills and interests. All the trails are extremely beautiful passing through mesmerizing meadows and lush green forests.

Trail 1: Chopta to Ukhimath (via Sari Village)

Total Distance: 30 kms
Terrain: Downhill Road
Type: Easy
Details: Cycling down from Chopta to Ukhimath via Baniyakund and Duggalbitta. The region is covered with evergreen forest famous for bird watching. You can also visit Sari Village (starting point of Deoriatal Trek) by adding 5 kms of cycling each side from the main road.

Trail 2: Chopta to Makkumath to Bhiri

Total Distance: 40 kms
Terrain: Downhill Road
Type: Easy
Details: From Chopta once you reach Makku bend, take right turn towards Makku Village. The terrain is beautiful with lush green forest and multiple waterfall during summer and monsoon season.

Trail 3: Chopta to Gopeshwar (via Manal Village)

Total Distance: 35 kms
Terrain: Downhill Road
Type: Easy
Details: This is simple amazing and just after 1 km you can see the valley and Himalayas of Auli side (Nanda Devi, Trishul, Hathi Ghodi Parvat, etc). The trail is famous for its bird and wildlife and crosses through Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary to reach Mandal followed by Sagar Village and Gopeshwar.

Trail 4: Trek and Cycling (Tungnath to Chopta)

For this one has to trek with his MTB (Mountain Bike) to Tungnath (3.5 kms) and then start the cycling down hill. The trek is easy but becomes difficult with bike and especially during winters.

Very few cyclist has taken this challenge till now. One of them is Deepak Bagwari of Club Group of Resorts from Guptkashi.

Things to Remember for Cycling Tour of Chopta (Tips)

  • Physical Fitness is required for mountain biking
  • One should be good at cycling and balancing
  • Should have good control over cycle, due to twists and turns in hilly terrain.
  • Tracks are narrow and single one should at slow speed.
  • Be aware of your equipment, ability and the region
  • Always wear a helmet and other safety gears.
  • Keep water bottle and first aid kit handy

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