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.
Chandrashila Trek route: Haridwar – Sari (base camp) – Deoria Tal – Chopta – Circuit (Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila Peak – Chopta) – Haridwar
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. 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. 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. Day 4 – Chopta To Chandrashila Via Tungnath And 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. 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 valley 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. 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. Stays And 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.