The trails of Garhwal Himalayas evoke thrill and adventure. Lofty terrains leading to the summit make for an incredible experience and the surrounding beauty leaves you enchanted. Chandrashila Trek with Chopta and Tungnath is one of the most exciting and challenging trails you can tread in Uttarakhand.Soaring up at 13000 feet, adorned with mists, coniferous, and snow, this is one heck of a trek you must take.
Right in the heart of the Uttarakhand, Chandrashila Trek is a year-round adventure. Here, you walk the snow trails and live in charming campsites with some of the most scenic backgrounds. Deoria Tal, Chopta, Tungnath, and Chandrashila summit are the places that take you closest to nature and your escape, in no time, takes the shape of a memorable excursion. Walk the fudgy trail and buy yourself some of the most precious moments ever!
What’s special about Chandrashila Trek
The best part about the Chandrashila Trek is that it is a year-round trek as the level of fun, thrill and excitement are exclusive for every season. Autumn and winter treks are the most popular. If you want to fuel your inner adventurer, this trail will certainly put your strength to work. Get ready to lose yourself in the mighty Himalayas.
Ideal duration: 4 days; can also be covered in 5 & 6 days span
Difficulty level: Moderate
Maximum altitude: 12100 feet
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How to reach Chandrashila Trek starting point, Sari Village
By air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Chopta. It takes around 6.5 hours to cover the 211 km distance from the airport to Sari Village near Chopta by road in a private vehicle.
By rail: Haridwar is the nearest railhead which is well connected with major Indian cities. Taxi and local bus options are available from Haridwar to Sari Village – the base camp for Chandrashila Trek.
By road: Private buses, government buses, and taxis all the way from Haridwar to Chopta. 200 km in little less than 8 hours.
Chandrashila Trek Route Map
Chandrashila Trek route: Haridwar – Sari (base camp) – Deoria Tal – Chopta – Circuit (Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila Peak – Chopta) – Haridwar
Chandrashila Trek itinerary
There are 2-3 suggested routes for Chandrashila Treks. The itineraries are suggested depending upon the facilities and stay preferred. Kund Camp and Sari Village both act as starting points for different routes. Also, one must understand that the route doesn’t follow an order, so don’t get confused with the route on the map. In case you aren’t good with maps then you don’t need to worry much. Either go ahead with the route suggested by your tour operator or fellow trekkers or pick the best one that I have to suggest.
Taking a closer look at the trail and nature views in both routes, I suggest you take the Sari to Chandrashila route.
Day 1 – Reaching Sari from Haridwar
Sari acts as the picturesque base camp for the great trek to Chandrashila. The base camp, located in Rudraprayag district, is almost an 8-hour drive from Haridwar. Campsites, homestays, and guest houses are available for trekkers.
Sari is mostly used for overnight halt before setting off for Deoria Tal the next day. The lofted landmass of the village and imposing mountains around are a magnificent spectacle. Keep soaking in the best.
Altitude: 6600 feet
Day 2 – Sari to Deoria Tal
The beautiful campsite of Deoria Tal is located at a distance of 3 km from Sari. The entire walk takes an elevation of almost 1300 feet and you need about 1 hour to complete it. Halfway into the route while traversing the maple forest, you come across a hawa ghar constructed by the forest department for the convenience of fellow trekkers. The emerald lake at 8000 feet is a beauty nestled in gigantic peaks.
During the trek, you see stretches of beautiful farmlands, ancient temples, and a few village houses. And upon reaching Deoria Tal, you find exceptional viewpoints to soothe your eyes. Overnight stay is planned in tents at the campsite near the lake.
Altitude: 7850 feet
Day 3 – Deoria Tal to Chopta
Bid adieu to Mount Chaukhamba looming into the pristine Deoria Tal Lake as you start trekking on the third day. This is the big day of Tungnath Chandrashila Trek when you further attain an elevation of 1000 feet. Further, you have to negotiate treacherous pathways cutting through the dense forest and jagged alleys. The 14 km distance from Deoria Tal to Chopta takes close to 9 hours.
The trek begins with steady ascent followed by a rapid descent. There are 2-3 water points en route, which you find right before Rohini Bugyal, Akash Kamini Waterfall, and Bhrujgali. The trail continues leaving Forest Guest Lodge and maple trees behind.
Walking across the forest ridges and Rohini Bugyal, you find spectacular views with Himalayan birds chirping all around. Bugyal region is also known for its spectacular sunsets. Following the trail, you find tiny huts of shepherds along the mountains.
Pretty as they appear, you can stop by to interact with the locals and rejuvenate for the onward journey. After walking the entire day, you come finally reach Chopta around 5 pm in the evening. A wonderful campsite awaits you at Chopta.
Altitude: 8800 feet
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Day 4 – Chopta to Chandrashila via Tungnath & then back to Chopta
More adventure awaits you on day 4! Chopta Tungnath trek is one of the highlights of this circuit where the trek route surpasses the 1000-year-old Shiva temple. Sharp ascent and steep climb lead you to Chandrashila Peak located 8 km from Chopta; time taken is close to 5 hours. This route passes the iconic Tungnath Temple at 12000 feet. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is located in Tungnath Range and happens to be the highest Shiva Temple in the world.
Carry adequate water and keep yourself hydrated. The Chandrashila Peak is located 1.5 km above Tungnath Temple complex which is a 600 feet ascent from here.
From here you move towards the Upper Chandrashila base and 45 minutes from here you finally reach the summit. 360-degree views of Garhwal and Kumaon ranges await you at the top. Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Kamet, Dunagiri, Chaukhamba, Kedar dome, Thalaysagar, Gangotri ranges, and Jahanukut are some of the prominent peaks visible from here.
Getting back to Chopta via the same route will take you not more 2 hours. Overnight stay in Chopta; a few guest houses here make your stay in the mountains comfortable.
Altitude: 12100 feet
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Day 5 – Chopta to Haridwar
This is the day when you head back to Haridwar after having a great breakfast. By evening you can comfortably reach back to Haridwar Railway Station. With memories of one of the most thrilling treks in the Himalayas, you return back home.
Average trek cost: INR 9000 per person for a 5-day trip
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Stays & accommodation during Chandrashila Trek
Tents, guest houses, and lodges are available for a comfortable stay during the trek on the single as well as sharing basis. While campsites are available in Sari, Chandra Tal, Chopta, and Chandrashila, there aren’t too many lodges available in the area. Sari and Chopta have a few good guesthouses.
If you have booked your trip through a tour operator then be assured of your stays, they will take all the pain arranging stays for you. If you are planning solo, keep a tent and sleeping bag handy in your rucksack. Should you not get a stay available, you’ll never feel abandoned.
Things to pack for Chandrashila Trek
Dos & Don’ts
1. A trekking pole is a must, never move in mountains without a trekking pole.
2. Wear light and quick dry clothes; avoid jeans and other body-hugging clothes.
3. If you don’t have much idea of the place never roam around without a guide, mountains are unpredictable.
4. Carry sufficient water with you before commencing the trek and keep yourself hydrated.
5. Never move without a raincoat in the mountains.
6. A good trekking shoe is a must, make sure you have the best.
7. Walk across and flat-footed while descending; always dig in your heel first while ascending. (useful in rains and snow)
8. Never take any medicine without consulting the trek guides.
Frequntly asked questions about Chandrashila trek
1. How much distance is from Delhi to Chandrashila?
Delhi to Chandrashila is 454 km, which takes 12.5 km to cover by road.
2. What is the best time to visit Chandrashila peak?
Chandrashila is a year-round destination and can be visited in different seasons depending on your preferences.
3. Can one go to Chandrashila Peak alone in March?
Yes, it is absolutely fine to travel to Chandrashila Peak in March. The winter trek is one of the highlights of Chandrashila. Occasional snowfall can also be experienced in the region. Equip yourself adequately.
Life is all about challenges faced while making it to the top, moments cherished when we make it there, and the feeling of accomplishment while heading back home! Precisely the feelings experienced when you’re on Chandrashila trek via Chopta and Tungnath. To live it, book an Uttarakhand tour package now!