Chopta to Tungnath Temple & Chandrashila Peak
We started our day around 7:00 am and reached the base point chopta at 8:30 am. There are some good options to have breakfast at the base point. We had some good breakfast and filled some healthy stuff and started our trek at 9:00 am sharp
The trek is so beautiful loaded with rhododendron trees and since I visited in last of April I was lucky enough to get a good sight of flowers in full bloom.
After around 200 mtrs from starting point the route opens up to a beautiful view from where the range of himalayas are visible.
The total trek is around 4kms from base point till Tungnath temple and one has to cover extra 1 km for Chandrashila peak which is ahead of temple
We reached Tungnath temple around 11:00 am and after that we started our journey for Chandrashila peak which took us additional 1.5hours. The view was incredible from peak.
The other options to visit temple from chopta is to hire a pony which costs around ₹1200 both ways. For Chandrashila you have to trek as the trek is quite steep and a pony is just not the option.
Tungnath temple is the highest shiva temple in the world situated at 3680m. It is one of the panch kedars which was built by pandavas.
The kapats of this temple is opened on the same day as of Kedarnath temple and during winters the dholi of lord shiva is brought down to a temple in Ukhimath
We returned to the base village around 4:00pm on the very same day and started our journey back home.
We took a stop in Gopeshwar and spent the night there.