Chandrashila, which actually means moon rock is the summit of the Tungnath located at an altitude of 12,110 feet above sea level. The mountain is filled with snow and trekking here will be once in a lifetime opportunity. The temples, the beautiful sites, and the beauty of the entire place will leave you mesmerised. This peak is located in the Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary of Uttarakhand and is totally worth all the efforts you put in. This trek is a treat for those who want to seek peace from nature. The flora and fauna at this place will leave you awestruck. You will easily fall in love with this place considering the beauty it has to offer. This trek is accessible for almost six months a year. The mountain is surrounded by a forest of oak trees and is very rich in flora and fauna. This is by far one of the most beautiful treks in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas. From its peak, you will get a glimpse of other majestic Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, and Bandarpunch. So you carry your camera along because of this trek because you for sure don’t want to miss capturing amazing shots. Also, don’t forget to enjoy the native food and the people here are really welcoming. You can even enjoy camping in the snow-capped mountains with your friends and make memories that you would never forget.
LOCATION OF CHOPTA CHANDRASHILA
The village of Chopta is 254 km from Rishikesh and 34 km away from Gopeshwar. You can start from Delhi and reach Rishikesh and there are a lot of modes of transport available to reach Rishikesh. You can reach Rishikesh and Haridwar by road easily and from there you can reach Gopeshwar and then move ahead to Chopta village.
WHEN TO VISIT CHOPTA CHANDRASHILA
Even at this height, the trek is accessible for nearly six months in a year and hence can be visited by most people. But the most advisable time to visit Chopta ChandraShila trek is in the months of April, may, June that is summer, and also in the months of
winter that is from October to December. It totally depends on what you want to experience, snow-filled mountains or beautiful flora and fauna. In winter, the mountain is filled with snow and offers the best view. But it’s also a bit difficult to
trek in this season keeping in mind the heavy snowfall. It takes around four to five days to finish the trek.
Chopta Chandrashila trek is quite an easy one in summers but could be a little difficult in winters. But unlike most treks, this one is quite a safe one. Even if you are not an experienced hiker, you can easily complete the trek. You can witness the most beautiful sites of the peak and all the efforts you put on the trek will be totally worth it.
OTHER PLACES TO VISIT WHILE ON THE CHOPTA CHANDRASHILA TREK
Since your trip starts at Haridwar/Rishikesh, you can visit all the famous temples at Haridwar and believe me, it is one of the most beautiful places this country has to offer. There are so many other peaks and places where people can witness the beauty of flora and fauna and the rivers and many more things to enjoy on the hike. This trek will for sure give you a sense of satisfaction.You can also visit the Tungnath temple, which is also the highest Shiva temple in the worth and also the highest patch Kedar temple in the entire Uttarakhand. Some nearby villages like sari are also a sight to behold. Few other places include Deoria Tal, Ukhimath, Kalimath, Bisurital, etc.
WHAT TO CARRY ALONG ON THE TREK
1. Take along with you a couple of warm clothes and thermal wear because you might experience cool temperature while reaching the peak of the hill. 2. Carry spare socks, undergarments, and pick waterproof shoes/slippers. 3. Make sure your tent is zipped up and waterproof at all times while camping. 4. Avoid trekking at the night and especially if you are alone.
5. Carry mosquito repellents and other antiseptic creams just in case. 6. Carry an insulated water bottle and even a water purifier along. 7. A sturdy walking stick or a trekking pole
8. A flashlight along with some extra batteries because you don’t know what you would get to face on the journey.
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