Chandrashila trek is one of the most popular treks among Indian trekking enthusiasts who only have a short period of time for trekking in the Garhwal Himalayas. Chandrashila is summit of the Tungnath. It literally means “Moon Rock”. It is located at a height of about 3,700 meters (12,100 ft.) above sea level. This peak provides panoramic views of The Himalayas, including Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks. There are various legends associated with this place. According to one such legend, this is the place where Lord Rama meditated after defeating the demon-king Ravana. Another legend says that moon-god Chandra spent time here in penance.
The trek to the peak is 5 km. The trek route that starts from Chopta takes you to Tungnath (highest Shiva temple in the World). The trek till Tungnath is well maintained by the Govt. of Uttarakhand. From Chopta till Tungnath, the trek goes through the alpine forests of Deodar, Red Buransh & Oak. People can enjoy mesmerizing views of sunset, sunrise, The Himalayan range, Monal bird, musk deer, snow leopard, bears, foxes etc.
From Tunghnath till Chandarshila, the trek is approximately 1 kilometer long, and quite steep. Though shorter in distance, the steep ascent makes this trek rigorous. This trek is undertaken throughout the year although during winter season due to snowfall this trek becomes hard as the road to Chopta gets closed.
Duration: 2 Nights | 3 Days
Trekking Days: 1 Day
Best Season: Round the Year
Level: Moderate till Tungnath & Challenging from Tunganath to Chandarshila
Weather: Day: 10°C – 20°C and Night: 4°C – 10°C
Traditional Culture: Traditional Dance & Photography in traditional clothes
Total Trekking: 9 Km
Chandrashila-TungnathTrek– 2 Night & 3 Days (Package Cost-INR 7,500+5% GST)
- Home Stay
- Traditional Dance
- Traditional Foods
- Hot Water
- Buransh Juice
- Traditional Dress Photo Shoot
Day 01: Dehradun To Chopta(Drive-204 KM, 8Hr)
We will start the day early morning from Dehradun to Chopta, from Rishikesh we will move along the Ganga river till Devprayag. At Devprayag you can witness the holy confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers. After Devprayag we will take the route of Srinagar, Chamoli & Gopeshwar along with the Alaknanda river. The route is extremely beautiful where you can enjoy the view of the river Ganga, Cable Bridges, Monkeys, Vultures & Kites, etc. Gopeshwar is the district headquarter of Chamoli district. Here you can have access to good mobile networks, ATM & Health facility. After Gopeshwar we will reach Chopta by Mandal Ghati. Mandal Valley is a very beautiful valley with a scenic view of river & step farming. Our parent Company (E-Hands Energy) has Installed Micro Grid Street Lighting system here, After Mandal village, the road is narrow till Chopta. In Chopta you will stay at hotel. Dinner & Snacks will be served at Hotel
Total Road Distance till Chopta: 204 Km from Dehradun
Time to Start journey from Dehradun: 6.00 Am
Tea: Vyasi (8.30 AM)
Breakfast: Teendhara (10 AM)
Lunch: Srinagar (12 PM)
Tea Snacks: Chamoli (2 PM)
Night Stay a Chopta (Hotel): 5 PM
Chopta is popularly known as ‘Mini Switzerland’ of Uttarakhand. It is an unspoiled natural destination lying in the lap of the Uttarakhand Himalayas and offers views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. It is located at an elevation of 2,680 meters (8,790 ft.) above sea level. Chopta village is surrounded by forests of pine, deodar and rhododendron (Buransh) and is rich in flora and fauna including rare species of birds and musk deer.
Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is the highest of the five Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The Tunganath (literal meaning: Lord of the peaks) mountains form the Mandakini and Alaknanda river valleys. It is located at an altitude of 3,460 m (11,352 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, heroes of the Mahabharata epic.
Dinner: Organic Rajma with flavor of garlic & onion, organic fried potato with Jakhya (Jakhya –Cleome Viscose, is the spice used in Garhwali dishes to feel the exotic taste of buds), Kandali ki Sabji (Vegetable of Nettle), chapatis & red hilly organic rice with clarified butter of Badri cow & Aamlach (sauce made from local fruits; the taste is very sour and your mouth will salivate whenever you think of the taste)
Day 02: Chopta to Chandrashila& Back to Chopta (Trek 4.5 Km/One Way, 8Hr)
We will Start our journey in early morning towards Tungnath. The trek runs on a well maintained concrete route from Chopta to the Tungnath Temple. Till the Tungnath temple the trek has numerous bends with green meadows which are covered by alpine forests of Deodar, Red Buransh, Oak etc. & various species of flowers and birds. After the 10th bend of the route, it provides splendid views 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 winters, you will find snow from Chopta to till Chadrashila, which will make the route slippery & you need to be very careful while on the trek. The 11th bend marks the entryway to Tunganath above which the splendid Chandrashila peak towers at 12, 083 ft. At Tungnath we will visit the Tungnath Temple of Lord Shiva, which is the highest Temple of Lord Shiva in the World. Here Lord Shiva is worshiped by the temple visitors and they chant the Mahamirtyujay Mantra 108 times. After half an hour break we will take the route to the peak bends from behind the temple courtyard. From here till Chandarshila the trek is approximately a kilometer long, steep and with boulders. Though shorter in distance, the steep ascent makes this trek rigorous. After an hour of trek, we will reach the summit which will provide fabulous &an extremely beautiful 360-degreeview of the Garhwal and Kumaon mountains. 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. Here we will take rest for an hour & will enjoy the various view of beautiful Himalayan range. Here we will serve you packed lunch with Buransh Juice. After an hour, we will come downwards till Chopta by taking same route.
The downhill journey is relatively less time consuming and smoother. It will take you about 2 hours to climb down to the Chopta campsite.
Evening tea, Snacks & Dinner will be served in Tents/Hotel
- Traditional Dance
- Arsa& Rote in Snacks with organic tea
- Dinner: Chansoo(Made of various colors of Kidney Beans), Jhangora (Small Hilly Rice),Egg Curry, Rice, White Organic Rajma, Chapatis& Kheer of Raamdana (Amaranthus Red seeds)
Day 03: Chopta to Dehradun (Trek 204 km, 8 Hour)
On day three, we will start our journey back to Dehradun from the Same way which we have taken to Dehradun to Chopta. Here we have arranged a four-wheel drive till Dehradun. Lunch & Tea will be served on the way.
Participants must bring:
- Backpack of 30-50 Liters
- Hiking Boots
- Any Adventure tools you may want to carry.
- Woolen Socks, Jacket, Thick Wool Monkey Cap, Thermal Underpants, Full sleeve Shirts, Rain Coat, Warm Gloves.
- Sun Glasses, One Ltr Water bottle
- Toiletries & Towel
- Sun Protection Lotion, Lip Balm & Ankle Support.
- Light Weight Sandals for wearing in Camps
COSTS INCLUDES IN PACKAGE:
- Accommodation/food in Village Pithadi.
- All meals, foods, Tea, Soup, Drinking Water, Coffee, Chocolate, date fruits while staying in camps & Trekking.
- Good Experienced Local Guides, Porters & Mules.
- Permits and Entrance Fee.
- Pick & Drop Facility from Dehradun to Dehradun.
- Traditional Costume for Photography Purpose
- Traditional Dance
COSTS EXCLUDES IN PACKAGE:
- Personal Insurance
- Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit
- Anything that is not included in the “Inclusions” list