Uttarakhand is home to some of the most breathtaking treks in the country. One of the most popular among them is the Chandrashila – Chopta trek in Uttarakhand. It is believed that Lord Laxman (younger brother of Lord Ram) meditated at Chandrashila for many years after defeating Ravan. This place is named Chandrashila after Chandra Dev, known as the “Moon God. “This trek offers a perfect blend of adventure and scenic beauty. Let’s dive into the details of this wonderful trek.
- The highlight of the trek is the summit climb to Chandrashila, which offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas. The trek takes you through dense forests, beautiful meadows, and serene lakes.
- The Chandrashila trek with Chopta and Tungnath is a 4-day trek that takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Uttarakhand.
- Along with the trek, you will also get to visit the ancient Tungnath Temple, which is one of the highest Shiva temples in the world.
- Get lost in the crystal clear waters of Deoriatal Lake and unwind.
- Perfect spot for birdwatchers and photographers as you will get ample opportunity to connect with nature throughout your trek.
- Maximum altitude: 13,100ft
- Temperature range: Day: 8°C to 15°C; and Night: -5°C to 3°C
- Approx. trekking distance: 16 – 18 KM
- ATM: Last ATM is in Ukhimath, around 13 KM before Sari
- Grade – Easy to moderate
- Chopta is the basecamp for Chandrashila trek. In total, the trek from Chopta- Tungnath- Chandrashila and back will take about 8 hours both ways.
Chandrashila – Chopta Trek Overview
The Chandrashila trek with Chopta and Tungnath starts from the picturesque town of Sari, which is located at an altitude of 6,601 feet. The trek takes you through dense forests of rhododendron and oak trees, stunning meadows, and pristine lakes. On the third day of the trek, you will climb to the summit of Chandrashila, which is located at an altitude of 13,100 feet. From the summit, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Himalayas, including Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Chaukhamba.
The base camp of the Chopta trek at Kund or Sari village is where the trekkers begin their hike to Tungnath. The trek from Chopta to Tungnath is 3kms. After reaching, you can take a pit stop at Tungnath temple, and offer your prayers and meditation amidst tranquillity, the trail then leads to Chandrashilla summit. On the Chopta Chandrashila Trek, Chandrashila is the summit point.
Chopta Tungnath trek is short and easy, the trekking distance is 3.5-4km and it’s covered in 3 to 4 hours. Whilst, Chopta to Chandrashila trek distance is approx 5.5 km. From Tungnatht to Chandrashila trek distance is around a km.
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Chandrashila – Chopta Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Drive from Haridwar to Sari, Trek to Deoriatal
Day 2: Trek from Deoriatal to Chopta
Day 3: Trek from Chopta to Tungnath Temple and Chandrashila Summit, back to Chopta
Day 4: Trek from Chopta to Sari, Drive to Haridwar
The trek is graded as moderate and can be done by anyone who is physically fit. The best time to do this trek is from March to June and September to November. The Chandrashilla – Chopta trek offers a perfect escape from the city’s hustle-bustle and lets you enjoy the serene beauty of nature.
How to Reach?
The trek starts from Sari, which is located at a distance of 215 km from Haridwar. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, which is located at a distance of 225 km from Sari. The nearest railway station is Haridwar Railway Station, which is well-connected to major cities in India. From Haridwar, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Sari village.
To book your slot, you can visit this link. – Chopta Tungnath Trek with Nomad Adventures