Tungnath Trek is the third Panch Kedar, and is the highest of all the five.
The 1000 year old Tungnath temple devoted to Lord Shiva is located here at a height of 3680 m. Along with the Lord Shiva temple, the compound also houses a temple devoted to Goddess Parvati and Vyas.
At Tungnath, the Nandadevi temple is also situated near the spectacular Akash Ganga waterfall. The Trekking Trail leading to Tungnath is straight and you pass through dense alpine forest area. The grasslands below the temple are ideal for pitching your camp. Above the temple of Tungnath, there is a rock face formation called Chandrashila.
Chandrashila Peak offers a panoramic view of the surrounding Himalayas and is a broad summit. You can enjoy the splendid vista from the vantage point (3,950m), which provides a magnificent view of the Mandakani and Alaknanda Valleys”the Nandadevi, Trishul, Kedar, Chaukhamba peaks.
The trekking level is considered to be an easy one and the trail is well-defined. You have to negotiate the rocky terrain and tapering slopes as you take a round from Tungnath to Chandrashila Peak.
How to Reach
Chopta- (3 ½ km) Tungnath - Chandrashila Peak
Chopta is well-connected by motorable roads. To reach Chopta, there are two routes, one via Ukhimath and another via Gopeshwar if you are starting from Chamoli. From Chopta, the Tungnath temple is a 3 km trek away, and Chandrshila Peak is 5 km away. The nearest airport is in Dehradun, and the nearest railhead is in Rishikesh.
Trek Length: Tungnath to Chandrashila Peak: 2 ½ km.
Best Time to Visit: May to June and August to September.
- Professional mountaineering gear required.
- At many places Uttarakhand roads close after 8 pm.
Things to Carry
- Walking stick
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes
Other Attractions in the Vicinity
Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary: Located at a distance of 7+ km on the Chopta-Gopeshwar road, the sanctuary is known for its musk deer population. This small sanctuary houses some of the rare Himalayan wildlife, both flora and fauna.
Ukhimath: A major pilgrim site for the Hindus, Ukhimath is a tranquil and picturesque town. When the Kedarnath Temple closes during winter, the deities of the sacred temple are brought to Ukhimath.
Deoria Tal: Deoria Tal is located on the Chopta-Ukimath road. The lake is bounded by lush-green forest area. One can see the reflection of the magnificent Chaukhamba peak in the waters of the placid lake.