Chandrashila is a summit of the Tungnath and is located at a height of about 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) above sea level. This peak provides a spectacular view of the Himalayas, especially Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks.
Chandrashila trek is one of the most popular treks among Indian trekking enthusiasts. The trek to the peak is 5 km. The trek route that starts from Chopta takes one to Tungnath (highest Shiva temple in the World), from here it is a kilometre long, and a steep trek. Though shorter in distance, steep climbing makes this trek rigorous.
Today in this Guest article by Amit Kushwah, would like to share the details about this awesome trek with you guys. Hope this would excite you to pack for bags and go for it!
So, ending my intro session and letting his article speak about the special journey…
It is rightly said that “The Journey is more important than the Destination“, which somehow stands true here too. But the destination was an eye candy ;)
Few basics to plan your trip:
- Can travel through your own vehicle or Hire a bus (From Delhi)
- Bus from Kashmiri Gate depot, Delhi. Book UTC buses online for Rishikesh; Takes around 5 hrs to reach. Prefer overnight travel.
- From Rishikesh-Chopta there are buses, but they have fixed timings.
- We took bus till Rudra Prag; Cost around Rs 100 and takes around 4 hrs
- From Rudra Prag-Chopta; Jeep costs per passenger but in that case have to wait for it to be full. You can book the entire jeep too but that would be expensive; takes around 1hr.
- The bus journey is very tiring and time-consuming.
- Economical option is by buses, but comfort is in your own vehicle ;)
- The Roads are good to drive though.
On Reaching Chopta:
- Chopta is famous for its meadows
- Trek starts from Chopta to Tungnath temple; and from temple through a tough trek of 1.5 km to view the peaks.
- Chopta has options to stay at various hotels or camps
- Pre-book these camps and they will arrange everything for you; trek, food, activities etc
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- Reaching Tungnath you can stay in dhabas/homestays, but not suggested as its very chilly.
- It’s a Simple trek, proper road, hilly way
- You can get tea joint, Maggi etc on the way
- Near temple, the dhabas open till late
- Room rent cost Rs 200/person with bedding n washroom facility
- It’s a day trek up down; but we started around 11 PM, stayed there and returned next day around 4-5 pm; reached up in 2:30 hrs and came down in 1:30 hr
- Plan your trek according to sunset/sunrise
- Can view India’s top peaks on one side
- Some cities of Uttrakhand on another side if the weather is clear, try to reach around sunrise for clarity.
- Visited in the month of September, towards the end, quite cold.
- The trek is closed for 6 months in winters due to heavy snowfall
I am sure, these views can’t hold you back. Do not wait, pack your bags and off to conquer the Chadreshilla peak! Go Banjare! :)