So last week I went on a trek to Chandrashila along with 5 of best friends. It was an awesome trek. Being a college student, all the planning is done keeping in mind the costing and budget constraint. Chopta /Chandrashila trek is a must go for the beginners / intermediate trekker. Chandrashilla Trek Distance is 6KM. It is also called as Mini- Switzerland Of Uttranchal In this blog, I will be guiding how to plan for the trek, how much time it would take, which season to go too, what are the precautionary measure that you should take
Now before I start classifying all the expenses, I just wanna throw a disclaimer that .. it was my trip and will vary from person to person, depending upon your lifestyle and whom with you are going, cause it’s very cheaper if you go with your friends than family. Now moving on since we are 5 friends, the bill split up and the cost per person comes down to 5000 per person. So let’s start the trip ……..
Before Starting Let us know a bit about this place
Chandrashila is a summit of the Tungnath. It literally means “Moon Rock”. It is located at a height of about 4,000 meters (13,000 ft) above sea level. This peak provides views of the Himalayas, including Nanda Devi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks. Chandrashila treks are 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 kilometer long, and a steep trek. Though shorter in distance, steep climbing makes this trek rigorous. This trek is undertaken throughout the year although during the winter season due to snowfall this trek becomes hard as the road to Chopta gets closed. Trekkers use a different route during this period (Deoria Tal – Duggalbitta – Tungnath – Chandrashila)
The Journey Begins
We started our journey on 3rd June 2019. We took an Uber from Delhi to Dehradun, It cost 2500 one side, so 500 per person. It is recommended if you are more than 3-4 person take a cab service. We started at 12:00 and reached Dehradun by 5: 00. When we Reached their and Booked an OYO room for that night. OYO room was available For 1200 For 4 person. So 400 per head. Later that night we Roamed around the street of Dehradun.
The Next day (beforehand ) we hired a Taxi to Chopta. The Cab was with us for 2 days. The Cab took 7500 for that, so again by splitting it comes down to 1500 per person. We started our journey to Chopta around 6:00 AM. It is highly recommended to leave as early as possible. The distance from Dehradun to Chopta is around 250km (8 Hours of Travelling). We took a via Mussoorie, Dhanaulti, Tehri Dam. It is a bit of Longer route but we decided because we want to visit Tehri Dam. We Had a Breakfast at Dhanaulti around 10:00 AM. Weather was pleasant and cool. We continued our Journey after a Breakfast and by 2:00 we reached Tehri Dam. There we clicked some photos and had lunch. By 6:00 we Reached Chopta
We Reached our Camp (Booked Earlier). The camp was a bit costly but worth every penny. The Cost of Camp was 1500 per person in which Snacks, Lunch, Dinner is provided by them. The View from that Camp is mesmerizing. And it hardly 500m away from the point where the Chandrashila trek begins, so you don’t need to take any transport to reach there. The only downside is that you have to trek for 500m to reach camp. Had snacks there and watched beautifully Sunset. Later that night we stargazed and bonfire which was provided by staff. Around 10 PM we moved toward Dinner.
We woke up early at 5:00 AM to view the sunrise. And begun our Trek to Chandrashilla at 6 AM. I AM PUTTING EMPHASIS AND IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO LEAVE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. THE EARLIER THE BETTER. There are several reasons for it
- The pleasant weather
- No Crowd and Beautiful Scenery
- Cleaner and easier to trek because no khachar riders are there in morning
There are 4-5 Stalls between the Trek to Tunganath where you can eat and drink. You can make stops in between if you want. The Trek to Tunganth Mandir is For 5KM, But keep in Mind that it is a little bit steep. There is Proper Cemented trek till Tunganath. Chopta Height is 2,680 meters altitude and Tungnath is 3,680 meters altitude. Tungnath is one of the highest Shiva temples 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). Trek to Tungnath on an average is a 3-4 Hour Trek. We reached Tungnath by 10:30 AM visited the Temple which took half an hour.
At 11:00 we continued our trek to Chandrashila. Tunganth to Chandrashila is 1 km trek (4000m altitude ) There is no proper trek route from there. It slightly more tough trek compared to the earlier one. It is advisable not to trek if you ‘re not physically fit.ABOUT 80% of the people only trek till Tungnath. We were at Chandrashila by 12: 00. Then we came all the down which took us 2 and a half hour
RS 1000(DELHI / DEHRADUN) + 500(OYO ROOMS) +1500(DEHRADUN /CHANDRASHILA)+1500(CAMP)+ FOOD/Mislanious Expense (500)=5000
Best Time to Visit Chopta /Chandrashila Trek
Best time to travel to Chopta is in summers (April – June) and winters (Oct-Dec). Winter treks are also conducted and the best months to trek are between Jan and March.
In Summers: The weather of Chopta remains salubrious during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible and the cool breeze can felt early in the morning and in the late evening. Carrying light woolens is advised.
In Monsoon: Chopta turns greener during the monsoon season. Although trekking becomes challenging and there are chances of getting roads blocked for a couple of hours due to landslides, the scenic beauty of Chopta during monsoons is worth taking the risk for. Carrying raincoats is advised.
In Winters: The region gets blanketed in snow during the winter season and the accommodation options are also restricted to few. But looks the best during winters and indeed the trek becomes more difficult. Carrying heavy woolens is advised.
Chopta Tungnath Chandrashila Trip Highlights
- Tungnath Temple
- Confluences at Devprayag and Rudraprayag
- Crystal Clear Lake: Deoriatal
- Snow capped Himalayan Peaks: Nanda Devi at 7,817 meters, Trishul at 7,120 meters, Kedarnath at 6,831 meters, Bandarpunch at 6,316 meters and Chaukhamba at 7,138 meters.
- Low altitude trek with cavernous gorges.
- Murmuring Waterfalls, lush green meadows & Mountain Goats.
- A glimpse of an ancient culture of local people.
- Possible sightings of some wildlife
- Nights in Hotel, Guest House and Tents
Things To Carry
- Warm clothes like windproof jackets, fleece/full sleeve sweater, thermals, woolen cap and socks, mittens and scarf
- Comfortable clothes like tee-shirts, trousers or tracks
- Raincoat or poncho to avoid rains
- Walking stick or trekking pole
- Comfortable trekking or hiking shoes
- Water bottles
- Sunscreen lotion, lip balms, skin ointment and basic medications (or prescribed if any)
- Torchlight or flashlights with extra number of cells and bulbs
- Personal toiletries and towels
So here was under 5000 trek to Chandrashila. Hope you found something informative here. And if you want to know anything else, feel free to contact me. You can either comment or DM me on my Instagram Account – agrim.27 or write a comment in the blog
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