Chandrashila Trek Complete Travel Guide

Chandrashila peak is a summit of Tungnath. It means “Moon Rock”. Chandrashila is located at a height of about 4000 metres(13,000ft) above sea level. The Chandrashila provides beautiful views of the Himalayas, including Trishul, Kedar Peak, Nandadevi, Chaukhamba Peak and Bandarpunch. There are many legends associated with this site.

According to one legend, this is the place where Lord Rama meditated after defeating the king Lankapati Ravana. Another legend says that moon-god Chandra spent time here in penance.

Why Trek to Chandrashila?

Chandrashila is located high altitude. Many travellers like to commence the exhilarating Chandrashila trek that can be completed by a short trekking route of 5 Km from Tungnath.

The base camp for the Chandrashila trek is Chopta. Chandrashila is one of the most popular treks of Uttarakhand that can be undertaken throughout the year. But in winters the trek route remains hidden under the heavy layer of snow and the trek remains closed. Trekkers use different routes during this period(Deoria Tal – Duggalbitta – Tungnath – Chandrashila).

How to reach Chandrashila

The bus can be directly taken from Haridwar or Dehradun to Ukhimath or you can take a shared taxi up to Rudraprayag and then for Ukhimath.  It takes about 8 hours to reach there. There is no taxi service for Chopta from Ukhimath, it’s better to hire a taxi for the whole tour if you are 3 or more people.

Note: Don’t follow Google Map to reach Chopta because it will not provide you with the incorrect information and you will reach a different Chopta which is near Rudraprayag. Chopta is well connected by roads with major towns of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. Follow NH-58 to reach Rudraprayag and after that follow the route to Kedarnath and take a right turn to Ukhimath. Chopta is 29 Kms away from Ukhimath. You can reach Chopta from Gopeshwar also.

chandrashilla peak
Chandrshilla Peak


Chopta distance chart

Delhi to Chopta – 451 Km
Ukhimath to Chopta – 29 Km
Meerut to Chopta – 368 Km
Rishikesh to Chopta – 200 Km
Pauri to Chopta – 126 Km
Haridwar to Chopta – 225 Km
Dehradun to Chopta – 246 Km
Mussoorie to Chopta – 212 Km
Devprayag to Chopta – 130 Km
Tehri Garhwal to Chopta – 151 Km
Kotdwara to Chopta – 229 Km
Srinagar to Chopta – 96 Km
Joshimath to Chopta – 96 Km
Kedarnath to Chopta – 64 Km
Gopeshwar to Chopta – 41 Km
Badrinath to Chopta – 136 Km
Rudraprayag to Chopta – 136 Km
From Chopta the trek is approximately 6 Km.

How to reach Chandrashilla

Below is the travel guide to Chandrashila Trek day by day.

Day 1: Rishikesh to Chopta

Take Bus from Rishikesh to Ukhimath that will follow the route via Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Ukhimath or via Rudraprayag – Karanprayag – Chamoli – Gopeshwar. It will take around 8 to 10 hours to reach Ukhimath or Gopeshwar, from where you can take a taxi to Chopta. Here you can find hotels and resorts, camps in Chopta for night stay.

Day 2: Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila – Chopta

Wake up early in the morning and after breakfast get ready to trek to Chandrashila. On the way to Chandrashila, you will see the beautiful meadows, wild animals, shepherds, Himalayan birds and rare species of flora and fauna. After trekking for 3.5 Km you will reach Tungnath temple which is the highest Shiva temple in the world at an elevation of 3,680 meters. Stay at the temple and relax there and commence the short 1.5 Km trek to Chandrashila peak.

On reaching Chandrashila enjoy the beautiful and stunning 360-degree view of snow covered the Himalayas. Trek back to Chopta and take your lunch. Enjoy the beauty of Chopta and overnight stay in Chopta, Ukhimath.


Day 3: Departure from Chopta

If you are a traveller from Delhi, NCR so you have to catch train or flight otherwise you can also take the bus from Ukhimath to Rishikesh and Rishikesh to Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate).

Travel Tips for Chandrashilla Trek

If you are planning to trek Chandrashila, make sure that you are physically fit because the site is a high altitude of 4000 meters so that you can trek the route easily.

Hire a travel guide during winters, this is the time when trek to Chandrashila is completely covered with snow.

As Chandrashila is a Summit itself, it is inhabitable. Facilities like petrol pumps, ATMs etc are not available here, even at Chopta. One has to go from the Gopeshwar route to find these facilities.

Accommodation in Chandrashila Trek

Chandrashila is the summit of Chandranath Parvat. There are no accommodation facilities available here, also camping at Chandrashila is not allowed. One has to trek down 1.5 Km to Tungnath Temple to find accommodation but there are only a few rooms in an Ashram and cannot be pre-booked. Best is to find a place to stay at Chopta and trek to Chandrashila via Tungnath.

What is Chandrashila Trek famous for?

Chandrashila trek is famous as Temple, Easy grade trek, Snow trek, Chandrashila summit, beautiful Himalayan views, winter trek.

Chandrashila trek is a recommended location for Corporate, Couples, Kids, Groups, Foreigners, Family and Solo.

Chandrashilla trek is popular for the following – Adventure, Peaks and Mountains, Trekking, Winter destination, Himalayan views and Temple.

Chandrashila Trek overview

Temperature: 10(Maximum) and 6(Minimum) in August month
Location: Rudraprayag, Garhwal
Trek distance: 6 Km
Trek grade: Easy
Starting point: Chopta
Altitude: 4000 meters
Nearest railway station: Rishikesh, 209 Km
Nearest airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun 226 Km
Famous for: Trekking, Snow trek, Himalayan views, Temple

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