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About the Chandrashila Trek with Chopta Tungnath:
Here is a 4 day 3 nights Chandrashila Trek with Chopta Tungnath starting from Haridwar. Sari is the base camp of the trek from where you will be easily connected to Deorital located at a height of about 2438 meters. Deorital trek would amuse you definitely, for it is the most visited lake with enthralling sights around it and then you will also be getting the mind-blowing sunset views from Chaukhamba Peak on the way. Chopta as a destination is reverberating, because of the largely vivacious patches of pine, oaks and rhododendron are quite alluring to watch. From 3000 meters height above sea level, one will be entertained by the visibility of Himalayan ranges pretty closer.
Chopta to Tungnath would also be an exciting trekking trip since the short trek has tricky trails to make you happy as well as anxious. The holy Tungnath temple is situated at 3400 meters above sea level. It is the right space to experience peace of mind and even does meditation to rejuvenate yourself by absorbing the pure radiance from the sun coming in between the swaying trees. Chandrashila Summit trek will also be happening on the same day that is almost near to Tungnath but at a height of about 3600 meters. Kedar, Chaukhamba and some of the other major peaks come closer to you while you are on the top portion of Chandrashila. Golden-breasted eagles are a normal sight from the summit.
This trek is comparatively easy making it suitable for beginners and also for children. Yet, advanced trekkers would also find it quite interesting passing by the thick green forests and watching the snow-clad peaks at the distance. Normal fitness is only necessary to do this trek and those who love nature deeply would get a feast to their eyes with this closer to nature trek and the sights will be varying depending on the season you choose.
On the last day of the trek, you will be travelling back to Haridwar watching the beautiful Alakananda and other rivers. While you take this trekking expedition, you will be walking for 6-7 hours on an average every day but it will be really smooth and soothing for your body and mind, truly.
About the destination:
Nestled amidst the astounding Himalayas is the famous treks for adventure junkies that is Chandrashila Trek with Chopta Tungnath which acts as the gateway to the vibrant colours in the Himalayas. It is a favorite trekking route for all kinds of travelers as well especially in summer when the entire region will be filled with rhododendron flowers and of course when the whole region would be blanketed by spine-chilling snow cover in winter.
The unwinding trails to Chandrashila via Chopta and Tungnath will show you the major peaks of Western and Eastern Uttarakhand and they are the tallest ones in the region. As every trekker has shared his experience about watching the peaks from the top of Chandrashila summit, it is a blessed feeling. Mainly Chandrashila trek goes through the enchanting Deorital Lake and then to a stunning valley and peaks proceeding to the vast forest greenery with high chances to spot many rare birds and wild species.
Tungnath is always the starting point of the Chanadrashila summit trek which possesses a captivating beauty with the help of many deodar and rhododendron forests. Chopta has myriad collection of pictorial sights to bewitch the visitors which is marvelously engulfed by huge vegetation in spring and summer. During winter it would be appealing to all eyes since the thick cover of snow will be an amusing part of the region.
Chandrashila Trek with Chopta Tungnath Highlights:
- The summit views including the high mountain peaks in the Himalayas with snow-caps on them are the major highlight of the trek.
- Birding is a favourite activity that keeps inviting nature lovers in plenty to the region.
- Peaceful lakeside picnic can be the best to do with your family watching the blossoms in the forest ranges around.
- Watch the valleys with small houses and experience the stay at Himalayan eco-lodges and huts.
Temperature: Day: 8°C to 15°C and Night: -5°C to 3°C
Maximum Altitude: 12,083 ft
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Base Camp: Sari Village (6 hrs drive from Haridwar)
ATM: Last ATM is in Ukhimath, around 13 km before Sari.
Transportation can be availed at an extra cost from Haridwar.
Pick Up Point- Haridwar Railway Station
Pick Up Time- 6:00 am
From Haridwar to Sari village is a journey of 7-8 hours. The Alaknanda & Bhagirathi river will keep you company throughout, reaching you at Sari by 6:00 in the evening.
If you are missing any minor requisite for the journey ahead, visit the market area in Sari, just might find something useful!
The trek on the first day is easy with mixed ascent and descent. A well-defined rocky trail will show you to the end, from where the Chandrashila summit is clearly visible and the Tungnath temple is a speck of colour. After this point, it’s a steep uphill bend on the ridgeback of the mountain. Get ready for an acutely laborious climb, giving you the first taste of challenge. Soon, you will reach the Forest Department built a resting stop. Clocked timely by your Trek Leader, you can afford a 20 minutes break here. An excellent view of the way of the mountain fall waits here.
A grand vista of Chaukhamba massifs is unveiled in the background of the lake. It will be evening by the time you reach the spot. Hot dinner on this day will be served on reaching our lakeside camp in Deoriatal.
Distance- 16 km
Trekking Time- 7-8 hours
Altitude at Chopta-8,700 ft
Today’s trail will familiarize you more with the Chaukhamba massif and Mount Kedar summit, rising closely as you process.
The trail is sprinkled with little shrines that stand out in the greenness by the red and yellow flags tied on them.
After crossing a clearing in the forest-lined with scarlet blossoms, we are directly ushered up an ascending path towards Rohini Bugyal and Chopta.
The ascending trail gives way to level land and some leeway in the rigorous uphill hike. A resplendent view of the Chandrashila awaits on the other side of the forest margin.
After the level-land, you will have to re-enter the forest now characterized by old oaks and maple beside the rhododendrons. This forms part of the Kedarnath Sanctuary, and with some luck, trekkers can spot red fox and other small wild things.
Chopta to Tungnath, Chandrashilla Summit and back (Trek 11km)
Trekking Time- 7-8 hour
Altitude- 13,100 ft.
We commence the hike today early morning. Starting in the wee hours of dark will let us have a beautiful sunrise experience from Tungnath top. The trek runs on a well-defined concrete-bound trail from Chopta to the temple.
Today, the hike will be fraught with steep climbing challenges with sharp turns to cross by. There will be other shrines on the way, of which a particular temple with a flagpole is notable.
This one comes after the 10th bend of the road and marks the opening of a splendid view of Chandrashila up ahead. From here, you will also get a clear vision of a connecting peak to Chandrashila. This one is named Ravanshila.
In the winter, you will find snow from here. The 11th bend marks the entryway to Tungnath above which the splendid Chandrashila peak towers at 12, 083 ft. The route to the peak bends from behind the temple complex.
At the end of a steep and arduous climb, the summit will be reached with a 360-degree view of the Garhwal and Kumaon mountains welcomingly lying ahead. Notable peaks in this panorama of grandeur are—Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Dronagiri, Chaukhamba, and Kedar. Glimpses of the Thalaysagar and Gangotri ranges too could be made out at the edges.
Drop Off Point- Haridwar Railway station(At around 6:30 PM)
Distance- 210 km
A ride back from the Chopta road head to Haridwar is scheduled for day 5. After this 7-hour journey full of mellow reminisces of the hills, you will be reaching Haridwar in the evening.
An overnight journey to Delhi will hopefully work out best.
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Rated : 5.0
The stay at kund was a very pleasant one. It had wonderfull golden views of Kedardome. Sound of mountain river just below the campsite was like a soothing lullaby. The fully blooming rhododendron gave the perfect reddish look of the season FALL. Now as we come to the part of the trek to deorital, the day started with a double puncture of one of our car which was to take us to SARI. But to our joy it provided us the perfect excuse to start our trek right from kund. The opportunity gave us time to photograph the kedar dome from a height and on the way we also came by a hilly waterfall which gave us plenty to take home some mesmerizing photographs. By the time our car was ready to take us to Sari. On reaching Sari we started our climb to Deorital Lake . On the way we filled up our water bottles from a mountain spring and wow the most refreshing drink i had in my life off cousre accompanied by chewing of rhododendron petals. On reaching deorital we were greeted with patches of snow and a mesmerizing view of snow clad-en peaks of Chaukhamba. We could even capture the reflection of the cliffs in the clear water of the lake. After having a packed lunch we descended down to sari by taking a visit to hilly temple. On the way back we went to Ukhimath, the winter home of BABA Kedarnath. The secondays climb was from Chopta. There was snow right from Chopta. We claded our shoes with the mandatory spikes and started our climb throw the snow laden valley and mountain sides of chopta taking occassional breaks. The temple of Tungnath was almost under snow. After taking a break at tungnath we further ascended to Chandrasila peak making new path through the fresh snows. And like we were on the top of the world with 360 degree view of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba. The weather had by then started getting little naughty with patches of black clouds hovering around. After taking a quick packed lunch we started our descend, which was packed with thrills and surprises courtesy our guide Monu Rana. We went back to our childhood days by sliding and rolling through the snows like 3 year old toddlers and just yelling in excitement. On reaching chopta we boarded our cars to be back to kund. A heavy downpour welcomed us to Kund and let us have a unique experience of heavy mountain lashes. Next day we were back to Haridwar after having a tastefull lunch at Jayalgarh. A wow experience of lifetime in my sixth trek.
Rated : 4.0
To start with this Review has nothing to do with the grandeur and Majestic Experience offered by nature as a service provider but Thrillophilia. Most of my experience was ultra smooth since it was pre discussed and well planned. Kudos to team Thrillophilia .
Rated : 5.0
This is one of the finest treks I have ever been to. The food was too good. Love the team and how they talk is a treat to watch. Overall, it was a relaxing and mind-blowing.
Rated : 5.0
The trek was awesome and I am out of words to explain the beauty of the trek. I so love this trek, and I am pretty sure that you all will love it too. It is absolutely breath taking. It feels like it is out of the world. The snow capped mountains are truly something to watch. I recommend this trek to all nature lovers.
Rated : 5.0
It was a great experience, especially for someone who hasnt been on a trek before. Our trek leader, Pawan was awesome throughout and made sure everyone was safe and enjoyed to the fullest.
Rated : 5.0
Tungnath actually seems to be blessed by the lords above with unparalleled natural beauty. It was great fun amidst natural beauty Challenging at times but I guess HE was watching over all of US!
Rated : 4.0
The highest temple of the Garwal is Tunganath. The tallest Shiva Shrine is here. Although, this might all make it sound in your head like a holy or spiritual trek, no, this trek is sheer brilliance and a class of its own that anyone can enjoy. While trekking, we witnessed the pristine clear view of majestic peaks like the Kedarnath, Panchchuli, Nilkanth, and even Nanda Devi.
Rated : 5.0
The Chopta Chandrashila trail goes through paradise and you are marvelled at the scenic beauty of the place on each step. Be it the reflection of Chakumbha and adjoining mountains on Deoria Tal, the starry nights or the mountains basking in moonlight. On day 2 you go through forests blooming with rhododendrons and beautiful green meadows. The final trek to peak is majestic with walk through snow clad woods and elevated fields of snow. May is the time if you want greenery and December/January if you are looking for snow. Anybody fit enough to jog mile or two can take the trek.
Rated : 4.0
What an amazing trek this was. We were 3 friends who joined a group of 11. We all enjoyed each other's company. This trip was very well organized and managed by Thrillophilia. Our guide (Monu Rana) was extremely helpful throughout our stay and guided us patiently. We did this trek in December 2018. Tungnath temple and Chandrashila peak were covered by snow. Our guide provided us Crampons (i.e. anti-slip shoe covers) which made our trek less risky and joyful. This is MUST ACCESSORY to have for anyone who is doing this trek in Snow season. A good Trekking Pole is also required. We stayed in tents which were placed near Mandakini river. The tents were clean and comfortable. The food offered to us was nutritious and tasty. They should improve their packed lunch. Overall, it was a great trek. Can't expect for more.
Rated : 5.0
We have trekked with two kids (4 and 8 years) and my parents (65 years) late Oct to beginning of November. Both days of trekking were really stunning, unforgettable beautiful views! We have rented the mule for our younger child first day which proved to be a smart decision and he went up all the way. The second day unfortunately being out of season there were no mules available so he only went part of the way... made it to the temple (the last part of the trek the Chandrashilla peak is quite steep and tricky and probably not for the little kids anyway)... It was very well organized, the Thrillophilia contact was always very helpful and the actual company who provided the treking very much also....the only tricky part was that the forest fee for the foreigners was not included (for the Indians it was) in the price even though it was written in the confirmation so that it something which should to be adjusted in the details! The Himalayan highway is being renovated so prepare for quite a bumpy and dusty ride above the scary cliffs!
What is the best time to go for Chandrashila trek?
This is an ‘All Season Trek,’ however, the best time to go for the trek is between September and November, when the views are extremely clear and no snow. On the other hand, if you go for the trek between January and March, the trek trails will be full of snow
What is the total distance of Chopta Chandrashila trek?
The distance from Chopta, which is the starting point of the trek, to the Tungnath Temple is around 3 kilometres. Tungnath, the 1000-year-old temple, is the highest Lord Shiva temple in the world. From here, the summit of Chandrashila Peak is located at a distance of around 1 kilometre.
Will there be snow during Chandrashila Chopta trek?
If you going for the trek between January and March, the trails will be full of snow and you can experience the snow fall too.
What is the cost of Chopta Chandrashila Trek?
The cost of 4-day and 3-nights Chopta Chandrashila trek is Rs. 7250 and is being offered at a discount of 32%. This cost includes trek guides, trek equipment, first aid medical kit, all permits, vegetarian meals, and porter charges.
Will there be mobile connectivity?
Mobile network is available for Airtel, Vodafone and BSNL numbers at Sari. However, at some places, there may not be connectivity so finish your calls at Sari and inform your family about limited phone connectivity.
How do you travel to Chopta?
Chopta is located around 408 kilometers from Delhi and is reachable by direct private and state-run buses from Delhi. You can also opt for a self-driven car. Alternatively, you can take a flight from Delhi to Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport. All the major carriers like Air India, Spice Jet, and Indigo, etc. connect all the major cities to Dehradun through regular flights. From here, Chopta, located around 225 kilometers from here, is well connected by buses and cabs.
Which type of shoes should I bring?
Please do not carry the normal sports shoes. As you need the good traction during the trek, shoes from Woodland or Forclaz 500 is a recommended choice.
What are the clothing and equipments that need to be carried from our end on Chandrashila trek?
As the temperature is cold throughout the trek with the possibilities of rain, we recommend that you carry woolen clothes, which can be full sleeves woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, windproof jacket, etc. along with a raincoat.
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
Veg meals along with the egg dishes and safe drinking water is provided throughout the trek.
How much weight will I have to carry?
It is advisable to carry a 6L backpack, weight to be carried will depend on your requirements and capacity.
Is Tungnath temple open in December?
No, the Tungnath temple is not open in December. Every year the Tungnath Temple closes for six months during winters. It closes around the end of October and reopens in May. During this time, the seat of the deity shifts to the nearby Makkumath Temple, which is around 19 kilometers from Tungnath.
When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
Consuming alcohol while you trek to the high altitudes and in cold climatic conditions will be dangerous to your body. Also, consuming alcohol will make you dehydrate fast since it makes your pores in the body open and get the cold inside. It is always better to avoid drinking alcohol while trekking and most of the travel agencies prohibit the consumption of alcohol.
How to go for Chopta Chandrashila trek from Delhi?
There are 3 ways to reach Chopta Chandrashila trek from Delhi:
Air: Take a flight to Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport. From here, Chopta is around 225 kilometres, which is reachable by cabs and private & state-run buses.
Road: Chopta is well connected from neighbouring cities like Rishikesh, Haridwar, and Delhi. From Delhi, Chopta is at a distance of around 408 kilometres and can be reached by a self-driven vehicle, bus, and taxi.
Train: The nearest train station to Chopta is at Haridwar, at a distance of around 225 kilometres from Delhi. From here, you can take a bus or taxi and reach via Kund-Gopeshwar Road.
How is the Chandrashila trek weather?
Weather is unpredictable in Chandrashila but except monsoon, all the other seasons are good for trekking. From April to June, the climate would be sunny and also a bit hot and the temperature at night would be in the range of 5 to 10 degree Celsius. From September to November, the days will be clear and warm with a temperature of 18 degree Celsius on an average. With the onset of October, the cold climate starts embracing the valley and till mid-March, there will be thick snow cover and extreme cold weather.
Can we go for Chopta Chandrashila trek in April?
Yes, Chopta Chandrashila trek can be done in April and it is considered to be one of the best months for this trek . The temperatures are pleasant during the month of April ranging between 10-30°C and the place offers a great escape from the heat of the plains. The skies are clear and the forests are abundant with the blazing red rhododendrons.
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