Introduction to the Chandrashila Trek:
Evoking excitement and adventure, the Garhwal Himalayan trails have lofty terrains that lead to the summit. They make your experience incredible with the enchanting surrounding beauty. Chandrashila trek is one of the most challenging and thrilling trails that you tread in Uttarakhand. This is a must-take trek that soars up at 13000 ft, decorated with dews, coniferous trees and beautiful white snow.
At the heart of the Uttarakhand, the Chandrashila trek is an year-round thrill. In this, you walk the snowy trails, living in attractive campsites with picturesque backgrounds. Chopta, Tungnath, Chandrashila and Deoria Tal summits are places that bring you close to nature, providing to you an unforgettable excursion. Walking this fudgy trail brings you some of the most priceless moments ever!
About Chopta Town:
A small tourist spot located at 2600 metres, Chopta is also the final road head of the trek to the temple Tungnath and the Chandrashila peak. The distances and quality of this trek make for a sought-after weekend holiday for people from Delhi and the rest of North India. This guide aims at making the trek easier for the prospective travellers. It is located at a height of 2,680 m (8,790 feet) and surrounded by jungles of deodar, rhododendron and pine. Chopta itself is a very famous tourist spot.
The summit of the Tungnath, Chandrashila is located 1.5 km upwards from the temple at an altitude of over 4,000 m (13,120 feet). Literally, Chandrashila means “Moon Rock”; and there are numerous legends related to it. According to one of the legends, this is the spot where Lord Rama had meditated after having defeated the demon-king Ravana. Another legend states that the name comes from the moon god “Chandra” having spent time here, at the peak.
Time Needed for Chopta Tungnath Chandrashila Deoria Tal Trip:
A minimum of 5 days would ensure you being able to explore and enjoy all that is there to see out. Iteneraries for both 4 and 5 days are suggested; but if addition of more days is possible, then stay at any one of the summits can be extended.
Best Time to Visit:
To simply visit Deoria Tal and Chopta, any time of the year is suitable. However, to reach to Tungnath and Chandrashila also, you must plan for any period between April and December. It is dangerous to plan anywhere from January to March because of too much snow. The harsh cold winters and monsoons don’t mean any fun trekking either. Therefore, summers are the best time to trek here.
Acute Mountain Sickness:
At Chandrashila, you stand at an elevation of slightly over 4000 meters, making it possible for you to suffer from Acute Mountain sickness. This is possible either at the peak or on the way. In such a case, stop immediately and climb down to a lower height. Symptoms of this sickness are somewhat similar to those of high fever. If at all you start feeling dizzy, find difficulty breathing, have fatigue, headaches, chest pain or fever, then discontinue the trek. Returning to Chopta as soon as possible will make you feel better.
Routes for the Trip:
Based on aforementioned two routes, we have two itineraries that are as follows:
This is for the first and the most commonly used route.
- Day 1 – Delhi to Devprayag
- Day 2 – Devprayag to Sari Village to Deoria Tal
- Day 3 – Deoria Tal to Sari Village to Chopta to Tungnath
- Day 4 – Tungnath to Chandrashila to Tungnath to Chopta to Rudraprayag/ Srinagar/ Devprayag
- Day 5 – Rudraprayag/ Srinagar/ Devprayag to Delhi
The second route takes you through Lansdowne, another popular tourist spot.
- Day 1 – Delhi to Chopta
- Day 2 – Chopta to Tungnath, Chandrashila to Chopta
- Day 3 – Chopta to Deoria Tal
- Day 4 – Deoria Tal to Rishikesh / Lansdowne
- Day 5 – Rishikesh/ Lansdowne to Delhi
Clothes and Items to Bring:
- Clothes and other Apparel
- Full Sleeve Windproof Jacket/ Windcheater
- Comfortable Trek Pants (No Jeans or Trousers)
- Full Sleeve Collared T-shirts
- High quality Trekking Shoes with Good Grip (for slippery trails)
- Sports socks
- Wear light, quick-to-dry clothes; avoid body-hugging apparel
- Raincoats are a must for Monsoons, or, carry a Poncho
- Warm muffler/scarves
- Hand Towel
- Additional Items to carry along
- Water Bottle
- LED Torch with Extra Batteries
- Cosmetics and Toiletries:
- Toilet paper
- Mosquito Repellent
- Lip balm
- Cold Cream/ Vaseline
- First Aid Items:
- Cold and Flu Medicines, like Crocin – cold n flu
- Medicine for fever, like Crocin and Calpol
- Medicines for headache and body ache, like Crocin advanced, Combiflam and Dispirin
- Crepe-Bandage (In Case Required)