And finally the day of trek to summit arrived. We had our breakfast before 7am and left. 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. As it was the winter season, there was snow right from the start, making the trek slippery yet enjoyable. It was completely different feeling while walking through the snow along with scenic views. We decided to reach the chandrashila summit first, so we didn't take halt near the temple.
After all the snowy ascend we finally reach the summit, and trust me it was the greatest feeling to be on the top. Seriously on the 13500ft with all the clear views of mightiest peaks like Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Kamet, Dunagiri, Chaukhamba, Kedardome, Thalaysagar, Gangotri ranges, Jahanukut etc. We spent some time there, clicking pictures and getting those vibes.
We didn't want to get down but we had to. While descending we visited the tungnath temple and had our packed lunch.
Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world[and is one of the five temples from panch kedar. The Tunganath (literal meaning: Lord of the peaks) mountains form the mandakini and alaknanda river valleys. It is located at an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft), and just below the peak of chandrashila. The temple is believed to be 5000 years old and is the third (Tritiya Kedar) in the pecking order of the Panch Kedars. It has a rich legend linked to the pandavas.
After some photoshoot and relax begun the main task, descend through the snow. As it was almost 3 ft snow, the descend made tough but totally the memorable one. I slipped 2-3 times but the one where I slipped and fell down and took trek leader down with me also was the most thrilling moment. But then we almost got aware how to descend and we came by doing skate. It was hell lot of an awesome experience.
So then came back to our tents for dinner and got our certificates. Shared our experiences throughout the trek.