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Himalayan Gypsy-Best Traveller Blogger India-Best Travel Photographer India-Abhishek Saraswat

The Chandrashila trek is an adventure amidst the clouds and breathtaking views.

Situated in the Garhwal Himalayas Chandrashila is a summit 13000 ft above sea level. Chadrashila trek is pure brilliance and a class of its own that anyone can relish. The Chopta Chandrashila trek goes through paradise and you are marvelled at the scenic beauty of the place on each step.

Tugnath Trek

It is one of the most enthralling and challenging excursions one can experience in Uttarakhand. Blessed with beautiful terrains, a flowering bed of rhododendrons, snow-clad woods and elevated snow, this trail is sure to leave you mesmerized.

Chandrashila-Tungnath History

Chandrashila, which means the “Moon Rock” has a few stories attached to it. For instance, Lord Rama meditated here after defeating Ravana thus giving it mythological significance.

Tungnath is one of the Panch-Kedars and is the highest Shiva temple in the world. According to lore, the Panch-Kedars were constructed by the Pandava brothers to please Lord Shiva and get released from their sin of killing their cousins, the Kauravas.

Chandrashila Trek

The incredible Chandrashilia Trek starts from Chopta village.

How to reach Chopta?

En route by Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest to Chopta. Then it is a 211 km ride to Sari village near Chopta from the airport by road.

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En route by Rail: Major Indian cities are well connected with Haridwar which is the nearest train station. From there you can take a bus to Guptkashi, then a private vehicle or a taxi to Chopta.

En route by Road: Buses from Delhi to Haridwar is available. The GMOU bus stop near Haridwar will have buses to Joshimath and from there you need a taxi or shared car to commute the distance to Chopta.

The route followed for the Chandrashila Trek is this: Haridwar – Sari village(near Ukhimath) – Deoria Tal – Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila peak

Chandrashila Trekking

Chandrashila TrekBefore embarking on their trek to the Chandrashila peak one can also take a little detour to the Deoria Tal which is at an altitude of 7800 ft and is at a distance of 3 km from Sari village.

It takes about 1 hour to reach Deoria Tal from Sari village but the promising views and the majestic beauty of the lake make it all worthwhile.

The glistening water of the lake situated in the mountains gives a view of the grand Chakumbha in the background leaving one mesmerized. At night you can experience the stardust sky by staying in one of the tents or camps at Deoria Tal and leave for Chopta the next morning.

Chandrashila Trek

A properly paved concrete path from Chopta up to the temple of Tungnath marks the beginning of the trek. It a 6 km hike which consists of some steep climbing paths and sharp turns. The trekking distance from Chopta to Tungnath is about 5 km and can take around 2 to 3 hours to complete.

A marked path to Chandrashila is visible from the temple. It is a steep climb of about 1.5 km which can be covered in an hour.  At the peak, one can witness the pristine clear views of the majestic peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Dronagiri, Chaukhamba, and Kedar.

One can savour this tranquil beauty and the heavenly ambience for some time and then trek back to Chopta. 

Difficulty Level of Chopta Chandrashila: Easy to Moderate

Maximum Altitude: 13000ft

Where To Stay At Chandrashila?

 

Chandrashila Trek Base CampThere are various accommodations available to stay at Chopta. Guesthouses ranging from as low as INR 100 to 500 can be found. Dugalbitta a place close to Chopta (approx 5kms) provides tents that one can get for INR 1500 per person. The Dhaba owners also provide stay, on a cost basis.

It is easy to find accommodations in Chopta however, bookings can be made in advance. Moreover staying in guesthouses at Tungnath is also a good option. Spending the night at Tungnath gives one a chance to watch the spectacular sunrise from Chandrashila the next day.

Also, the locals accept a moderate fee to put up personal tents.

Brief Itinerary of Chopta, Tungnath & Chandrashila Trek:

Day1: Haridwar/Rishikesh/Dehradun-Sari

Sari is the base camp for the lovely trek to Chandrashila. Sari is located at a distance of 20km from Chopta hill station. The village is surrounded by Oak and Rhododendron trees. Numerous campsites, guest houses, lodges and homestays are available for trekkers.

Dehradun to Chopta: 204km(6-7hours by road)

Delhi to Chopta: 403km

Rishikesh to Chopta: 165km

Haridwar to Chopta: 185km

Altitude:6600 ft

Day2: Sari-Deoria Tal

Deoria Tal , Chandrashilia

The stunning Deoria Tal is located at a distance of 3km from the basecamp Sari. It is hardly a one hour walk to Deoria Tal. The walk is very pleasant and refreshing.

The route passes through a beautiful maple forest that also has a hawa ghar built by the forest administration. Also, the route has some stalls selling tea and snacks.

The lake lies at a height of around 8000 feet and has lush green surroundings with snow-clad mountains in the background. The Deoria lake is known for its wide-angled panoramic view. Famous mountains like Bandarpunch, Chaukhamba, Kedar Range, Kalanag and Nilkantha are visible from here.

Altitude: 7999 ft

Trekking Distance: 3km

Day3: Deoria Tal-Chopta

Chopta, Chandrashila Trek base camp

On the third day, we bid goodbye to the mighty Chaukhamba Mountain and begin trekking towards Chopta. The traversing route contains dangerous pathways surrounded by dense forests and rugged lanes.

The trek first goes uphill followed by a swift descent. On our route falls the lovely Akash Kamini waterfall.  The sweet chirping of the Himalayan birds while cherishing the captivating sunset at Rohini Bugyal is bound to cast a spell upon you. We stay the night at Chopta.

Trekking Distance: 14km

Trekking Time- 8-9 hours

Altitude: 8800 ft

Day 4: Chopta-Chandrashila(via Tungnath)-Chopta

Chandrashila Peak

On the day 4 of the Chopta Tungnath Trek, we pass through the historic Tungnath temple. The Tungnath Mandir is a 1000-year-old Shiva temple and it is located at an altitude of 1200ft.

It is the highest Shiva temple and its foundation was laid down by Arjuna. We continue our trek filled with sharp ascents to reach Chandrashila Peak.

From the Tungnath temple, it is only a short 1.5km trek to the Chandrashila Peak. At the peak, you will get 360-degree views of the snow-capped Himalayas. Some of the well-known peaks that are visible are Kamet, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Dunagiri, Kedar Dome and the Gangotri ranges.

It is a two hour descend from the Chandrashila peak to Chopta. The night stay is at Chopta.

Trekking Distance: 5km uphill and 5km downhill

Chandrashila peak altitude: 13000ft

Tungnath temple altitude:12000ft

Day5: Chopta-Haridwar/Rishikesh/Dehradun

Departure from Chopta with fond memories of the trek.

Chandrashila Trek Advisory:

  • Carry a small bag of food and water as water is not available on the trek from Chopta to Tungnath.
  • Get good grip shoes if planning to go in the winter season as there is snow. Even crampons are useful.
  • Do use a stick or hiking pole, it will make your trek easier.
  • Take your necessary medications if any and a first aid kit.
  • Carry heavy woollens even during summers because the temperature tends to get low.
  • It is advised to carry some cash as ATMs are available only in Rudraprayag and Ukhimath.
  • Carry less weight with you.
  • Some travel essentials are flashlights, raincoats, thermal wear, and comfortable headgear.

Unknown Facts About Chandrashila:

  • Tungnath temple is about 1000 years old.
  • The best time to travel to Chopta in summers is April to June and in winter is October to December. 
  • The temples close for winter in November and Ukhimath is the winter home of the deities.

Frequently Asked Questions About Chopta & Tungnath:

Q. Where is Chandrashila Peak located?

Ans: The Chandrashila Peak is a peak located in the Gharwal Himalayas Of Uttarakhand, India.

Q. How can I reach the Chandrashila peak?

Ans: You can trek to the Chandrashila Peak from Chopta. To reach Chopta-

En route by Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest to Chopta. Then it is a 211 km ride to Sari village near Chopta from the airport by road.

En route by Rail: Major Indian cities are well connected with Haridwar which is the nearest train station. From there you can take a bus to Guptkashi, then a private vehicle or a taxi to Chopta.

En route by Road: Buses from Delhi to Haridwar is available. The GMOU bus stop near Haridwar will have buses to Joshimath and from there you need a taxi or shared car to commute the distance to Chopta

Q.How long is the Chandrashila Trek?

Ans: The distance of the base camp Chopta to the Chandrashila peak is 5km.

Q. Is there snow in Chandrashila?

Ans: Chandrashila is covered with snow in the months of January-March.

Q. What is the height of Chandrashila peak?

Ans: The height of Chandrashila peak is 13000ft.

Q. What is the height of the Tungnath temple?

Ans: The height of the Tungnath temple is 12000ft.

Q.How difficult is the Chandrashila Trek?

Ans: The difficulty of Chandrashila Trek is easy to moderate.

Q.How far is Tungnath from Chopta?

Ans: The trekking distance from Chopta to Tungnath is 4km.

Q. What is the distance from Delhi to Chopta?

Ans: The distance from Delhi to Chopta is 403km.

Q. What is the distance from Rishikesh to Chopta?

Ans:  The distance from Rishikesh to Chopta is 165 km.

Q. What is the distance from Dehradun to Chopta?

Ans:  The distance from Dehradun to Chopta is 204km.

Q. What is the distance of Rudraprayag to Chopta?

Ans: The distance from Rudraprayag to Chopta is 24km.

Q. Which place is called mini-Switzerland of India?

Ans. Chopta is called the mini-Switzerland of India.

All in all, you will be awestruck by the extensive beauty and the tranquillity of this trek.

So go ahead and fall in love with this treasure of a place and make memories to cherish for life. 

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