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Chopta Chandrashila Trek

Go on the Winter friendly Chopta Chandrashila Trek

The Chopta Chandrashila Trek in Uttarakhand has become a famous name in the trekking community. Known for its small distance, well-paved trail and rewarding panoramic views of the Garhwal Himalayas are what make this a great trek. Starting from a beginner to a seasoned trekking enthusiast must surely trek the relatively short Chopta to Chandrashila trek distance of 9 Kilometers. Though there is no particular Chopta Chandrashila trek best time to visit, for beginners looking for snowy winter treks it is a perfect trek. The Chopta Chandrashila winter trek starts from the base camp at Chopta in Uttarakhand. The Chopta Chandrashila trek itinerary includes Tungnath on the way, which is the highest-altitude Shiva temple in the world.

Complete the Chopta Tungnath trek on way to Chandrashila

One of the great benefits of the Chopta Chandrashila trek package is that the package itself is made up of two treks. During the trek to Chandrashila, you automatically cover the Chopta to Tungnath trek distance of 4 Km, then you go on to climb the rest of the 5 km, from Tungnath to Chandrashila. The perfect weekend getaway from Delhi, Rishikesh or Dehradun, the Chopta Tungnath weekend trip package is perfect for people looking for a weekend trek. The short trek can be covered in one day, Chopta to Tungnath trek time can take between 4 – 6 hours depending on your fitness levels.

What is so unique about the Tungnath Chandrashila Trek?

If you notice, the Chopta Chandrashila trek map goes through the deciduous forest near Chopta. As the altitude gain increases, you are welcomed with Rhododendron blossoms depending on the season. The terrain also opens up to these incredible views of the Garhwal mountain ranges of Uttarakhand. The Tungnath to Chandrashila trek distance of 4 KM takes you to the highest abode of Lord Shiva, where the Pandavas built a temple during their exile in the Himalayas. And, if you are a seasoned trekker try to beat the Tungnath Chandrashila trek best time of 3 hours.

Why should you trek to Chandrashila from Chopta?

First of all, this trek is the finest opportunity to hike the Chopta Chandrashila trek from Delhi on a weekend. Moreover, the trek’s basecamp travel takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Uttarakhand Himalayas. The real trip starts with the mesmerizing town of Rishikesh as the base camp to Chopta. The best time for the Chopta Tungnath Chandrashila trek is all year long, one can attempt the trek to Tungnath even during monsoon season because of the well-paved trail. The treks remain open all year long and can be considered one of the best winter weekend treks in the Himalayas. Though with Moustache, you get to hike the Chopta Tungnath Chandrashila trek itinerary at a comfortable pace, letting you enjoy the full scenery of the mountains.

Chopta Tungnath Chandrashila trek itinerary can be divided into three parts:-

Chopta Trek: – Chopta is the base camp for the Chopta Chandrashila trek. You can reach Chopta through a shared taxi and private cab from Rishikesh. You can also choose public transport from Rishikesh too. The Chopta trek distance from Tungnath while descending is quite a steep section of 4 km. The Chopta trek height of 8560 feet above sea level offers panoramic Himalayan views.

Tungnath Trek: – The Tungnath trek is quite a famous trek on its own. The trail end of the Tungnath trek height is 12,100 feet above sea level. Tungnath trek km distance of 4 Km is an easy hike section. The section is steep but easy to climb. There are water points and the temple of Tungnath at the end of the trail.

Chandrashila Trek: – The Chandrashila trek distance of 5 Km. from Tungnath is the toughest section of the whole trek. The trail towards Tungnath and Chandrashila can be snowy in winters. Yet, it is the most rewarding endpoint of the whole trek. Chandrashila trek height is 12,110 feet, right above Tungnath. The Chandrashila trek package includes all the above-mentioned destinations by default.

  • Itinerary for the Chopta Chandrashila TrekDay 1: – Drive from Delhi to ChoptaAltitude: 8,556 ft.
    • The journey from Delhi begins at 10:30 p.m. Enjoy the overnight road trip to Rishikesh.
    • Start your ride from Rishikesh to Chopta the next day. The ride to Chopta will take 6 hours covering over 166 kilometers.
    • Find the famous confluence site Alaknanda and Mandakani at Rudraprayag on the way.
    • Reach the campground, an ideal location for experiencing Himalayas’ splendor.
    • Today, enjoy the Switzerland of India views at Chopta and get a good sleep in your allotted swiss tents after a delicious dinner included in your trek.
    Day 2: – Chopta to Chandrashila via TungnathAltitude: 8,556 ft to 13,120 ft at Chandrashila returning to 8,556 ft.
    • Start your day early with breakfast before beginning your trek to Tungnath.
    • The first 4 kilometers of the trek to the Tungnath temple are easy and well-paved with cement.
    • Visit and pray at the well-known Tungnath temple.
    • Start your 5 km trek to Chandrashila from Tungnath.
    • Soak in the breathtaking views from Chandrashila mountain on the refreshment break.
    • Good visibility will offer you some grand views of the mighty Nanda Devi, Kedar, and Chaukhamba peaks.
    • Warm up for the downhill trek to Chopta
    • Arrive at Chopta basecamp to the bonfire and delicious dinner to mark your amazing adventurous day.
    Day 3: – Surprise hike to Deoria Tal and back to DelhiAltitude: 8,556 ft to 6,600 ft to Deoria Tal and to 8,000 ft
    • The first portion of the day will consist of Chopta to Sari.
    • Another incredible Himalayan surprise from Moustache is, experience of the trek to Deoria Tal.
    • The trail will be 3 kilometers long, with a wonderful jungle trail in between.
    • After the Deoriatal hike, return to Rishikesh after a quick snack.
    • Arrive in Delhi late at night to complete the trek package.
Things to Carry of Chopta Chandrashila Trek

1.    Shirts / T-shirts –2/3, Jeans / Trekking Pants -1

2.   Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood

3.   Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater

4.  Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Scarf/muffler (optional)

5.  Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)

6.   Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)

7.   Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers

8.   Raincoat / Poncho, Small light weight towel

9.   Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!) 

10. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face

11.  Sun glasses, Walking stick / Trekking pole

12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)

13.  Medicines, if requiring any specific medication

14.  Personal toiletries 

15.  Backpack 60L

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