How To Reach Tungnath and Chandrashila Peak Via Chopta
Tungnath and Chandrashila Trek is one of those treks which is completed in a day during summer but is very difficult during winters. Follow this simple itinerary guide on how to reach Tungnath and Chandrashila Peak in just 2 days which starts from Chopta, Uttarakhand.
Although there is a different trekking route which starts from Sari village and crosses the mesmerizing Deoria Tal Lake on the way to Chopta. But that trek cannot be completed in a day. I’ll definitely post a separate itinerary for that route whenever I visit that place next time.
Chopta Tungnath and Chandrashila Trek Itinerary
- Day 1: Dehradun -> Rishikesh -> Srinagar -> Rudrapyarag -> Ukhimath -> Chopta by road
- Day 2: Trek from Chopta -> via Tungnath Temple -> Chandrashila top and back to Chopta -> Back to Dehradun
Chopta to Tungnath trek distance in 8 Km and Tungnath to Chandrashila trek distance is 1 Km.
Difficulty– Easy to moderate.
A complete trekking guide on how to complete Tungnath and Chandrashila trek from Chopta.
Day 1. A ride through luscious green Uttarakhand till Chopta
Total Distance by road from Dehradun to Chopta is 245km. It may take around anywhere from 8 to 12 hours to reach there.
You can catch a morning bus from Dehradun which will drop you at Ukhimath. This bus departs around 07:30 Am in the morning but make sure to contact Dehradun ISBT 2-3 days prior for accurate information. And from Ukihmath, you can take a local jeep or taxi to Chopta. Delhi Travelers can take a bus from Delhi to Dehradun and then carry on with the same journey.
I along with my 2 friends made a road trip on our bikes to Chopta. We reached there after longs 11 hours of riding the motorcycle because of constant raining and low visibility after 7 pm. To be honest, there is nothing fun till Srinagar. And even after Srinagar, there is not much to talk about. Maybe that is just my opinion because I have been on this route many times now.
But once you take a turn at Ukhimath towards Chopta, that road is worth riding for. It is a narrow road passing through luscious green trees and hills. This area is not touched by commercialization, therefore, you can feel the peace and sanity in the air. I thought nothing was greener than the road from Dalhousie to Khajjiar but I was so wrong.
After parking our bikes, we Stayed in the hotel for the night in Chopta. Try to take rooms in front of or nearby the trek entrance gateway in Chopta. Our room was just in front of the gate.
Day 2. Trek To Chandrashila peak and back to Chopta.
Total trek distance is 9 km and the approximate Chopta to Chandrashila trek time is 5-6 hours. You will be walking on a well laid out Concrete trail for almost 90% of this trek. But don’t take this hike so easily. Unlike other treks in which you ascend for a time and then walk on the plain path, this trek has a gradual ascend all the way up to the top. You will hardly find any easy plain walking path here.
You will find some green meadows between halfway through this trail. A clear sight of glacial Himalayan range and many famous peaks are visible from here. The perfect location to get some pictures clicked.
After the second last bend, you will be able to see the flagpole marking the location of Highest Shiva Temple in the World, Tungnath. But this stretch to the last bend towards the temple is so exhausting. Almost there but still far away.
Pray and pay your respect to the Pandits in the temple and start moving towards Chandrashila Peak. If you are a beginner or have just gone on short 1-2 day treks, then this will be the toughest steep climb you have ever faced. Although the distance is 1 km yet it felt more like 3km. There is a shortcut path between the midpoint of this stretch from where Chandrashila top is visible. Just take this shortcut and save some trouble. It will be exhausting but totally worth it.
Enjoy the view from the top. There is a small temple at the top too. You will be blown by the 360-degree view of mountains all around. Himalayan Range is clearly more visible from here. And many of the famous mountain peaks from Garhwal and Kumaon region like Nanda Devi, Nandaghunti, Kedarnath peak, Gangotri ranges, Trishul and many more can also be seen.
Descending down is easy. We reached back to Chopta in just 35-45 minutes. Take shortcut wherever you find one. Make sure to step sturdy if the grass is slippery. We started this trek at 06:30 in the morning and were able to finish it at 01:45 Pm. And after resting for 15 minutes, we started riding towards Dehradun through the same road.
Why this trek?
This trek has a lot of attracting factors like Highest Shiva Temple in the world, 360 views of the epic Himalayan range and mountain peaks, vast green meadows, and whatnot.
It is a perfect trek for those people who want to experience more difficulty than the basic beginner treks like Triund and Kheerganga. I won’t recommend this hike for those who have never gone to any of the trails. In the end, it all comes down to your endurance and willpower.
Just like any other trek in Uttarakhand, do not even think of trying this trail in Monsoon. Apart from that season, the best time to visit Tungnath and Chandrashilla are:
- April to June: This is the time period when I did this trek.
- October to December: Surely the best Tungnath and Chandrashila trek time. But the roads get blocked due to snowfall, therefore, the transportation might be an issue. Yet, the view is the best at this time. And two days are just not enough during winters.
This was my travel guide on how to reach Tungnath and Chandrashila peak via Chopta. I did this trek in the month of May, this year only. And I am planning this trek also for winters and will surely let you know the conditions during that time. So keep tuning in for more information.