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 trail goes through paradise and you are marvelled at the scenic beauty of the place on each step.
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, 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.
Trek to Chandrashila
The trek to the majestic peak of Chandrashila 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.
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 trek route to Chandrashila peak is this: Haridwar – Sari village(near Ukhimath) – Deoria Tal – Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila peak
Before 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.
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.
Where To Stay At Chandrashila?
There 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.
Chandrashila Trek Key Points:
- 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.
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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