Chopta Tungnath trek is an anticipated trek that takes you to one of the highest Shiva templee in the world. Happening in the enchanting state of Uttarakhand possessing the mighty Himalayas, this short trek is a kind of weekend detox for hikers to find solace. You will be starting from the Sari village to know more about the traditions and life of the people who belong to the mountains. Captivating waterfalls, lush greenery, forests, and snow-covered peaks will be a part of this marvelous journey. You will cross the trail possessing red and yellow flags across the little shrines ascending to the Rohini Bugyal Village and the temple. The trek is set through the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, presenting you with the rare fauna of the mountains like monal birds, red foxes, and musk deers. The trek takes you to 12,100 ft through a trail covered with beautiful snow, to offer prayer to Lord Shiva. You will be conquering the Chandrashila summit moving through the mesmerizing scarlet rhododendrons, oaks, and deodars. The panoramic peak views of wonders like Kedarnath, Nanda Devi, Trishul Nilkanth, and Panchachuli will impress you from the heavenly heights. The shrine of Lord Shiva witnesses hundreds of Pilgrims as the temple rests on the Chandrashila mountain.
Maximum altitude: 12,106 ft or 3,690 meters
Duration: 4 days and 3 nights
Chopta to Tungnath trek distance: 5 kilometers
Trail type: Easy to moderate & it is through forests and meadows
Railhead: Rishikesh Railway Station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Snow Season: November to Early March
Service from: Last ATM is at Ukhimath, 13 km away from base camp
Base camp: Sari Village
End Point: Sari Village
Tungnath Temperature: Day: 8°C to 15°C and Night: -5°C to 3°C
Best season: Summers and Autumn through April and November
Who can participate: Beginners to intermediate-level trekkers
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1: Haridwar to Deoria Tal
Day 2: Deoria Tal to Chopta through Rohini Bugyal Village
Day 3: Chopta to Tungnath and return
Day 4: Depart from Sari Village to Haridwar
Haridwar to Deoria Tal
Altitude: 2438 meters
Distance: 215.7 km
Duration: 7-8 hours
Transfer to Sari village from Haridwar via road in 7-8 hours.
Travel by the side of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi River.
Start trekking to Chopta on a rocky trail.
Get mesmerized by the look of Chandrashila summit and Tungnath temple from the bottom.
Ascend through the thrilling trail with a steep uphill bend.
Rest for 20 minutes at a resting spot made by the forest department.
Reach beside the shimmering lake of Chaukhamba to enjoy the campsite.
Rest for the night beside the lake of Deoria Tal.
- Toiletry: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, tissues, moisturizer, cold coral, sanitizer, and anti-fungal cream.
- Medicine and first-aid kit.
- Cutlery: Carry water bottles, leakproof lunch box, mug, spoon, and disposable plates.
- Eatables: Snacks like biscuits, protein bars, glucose-based chocolates, cup noodles, dry fruits, and quick energy bites.
Tungnath Temple was built in North Indian style dedicated to Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati and her idols.
Tungnath Temple was discovered by Adi Shankaracharya, thousands of years ago.
It is believed that ‘Arjuna’, the best archer and one of the five Pandavas, laid the foundation of Tungnath Temple in ancient times of Mahabharata.
Word ‘Chandrashila’ translates to ‘Moon Rock’, depicting the time of punishment Lord Chandra Dev or the moon god spent in this place.
It is said that Lord Ram meditated in Chandrashila after defeating the demon-King Ravana.
Visit a doctor before the trek to know about your fitness level and important medical checkups.
Avoid planning to trek during monsoons as the rain can make you uncomfortable by steep climbs.
Don’t climb too quickly as there are steep ascents.
Avoid being disturbed while walking, as this could result in you losing your toe hold and dislocating your legs.
The Tungnath trek package requires you to carry documents like ID proof and a fitness medical certificate by a verified practicing doctor.
Keep cash with yourself as there is no ATM or UPI facility after Ukhimath.
There would be no mobile phone network after Ukhimath. Hence, you should inform your known people prior to the trek.
The sudden drop in oxygen may cause elevation sickness, keep your medicine kit handy with yourself.
If you are trekking in winters, the thermal layers or multiple layers of clothes to protect yourself from cold.
When in snow, cover your head as cold waves hit your head and face causing your body temperature to drop.
Carry sunglasses to terrain from damage due to UV reflected back from the snow.
You must choose Tungnath trek because of the multiple rewards of nature it comes with. The thing you will love about the trek will be its beautiful trail that takes you through the forests of maple, oak, and pink-colored rhododendrons. Mesmerizing waterfalls, lush green meadows, and snow-covered peaks will be a part of this enchanting trek. The trek will take you through the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, presenting you with the rare fauna of the mountains like red foxes, and musk deers. After reaching Tungnath Temple and offering prayers, you will trek to the heavenly heights of Chandrashila to witness breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
Tungnath trek is rated from easy to moderate as it can be taken by beginners to intermediate-level trekkers. The trail takes you mostly through the forests, meadows, and well-laid-out roads. There are a number of steep ascents and descents throughout the journey but the path changes to simple after successful climbs. If you choose to trek during the winter, the trail can be a little challenging due to the snow. The trekking route after Tungnath Temple, to Chandrashila summit, is a bit difficult due to the steep terrain. This trek can be your first one if you train well a month before the start. You can try 5 kilometers of walking per day and a series of ascents and descents on the staircase.
Tungnath Temple is at a height of 3,690 meters above sea level.
Yes, the Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary is a part of the trek. The Wild Life Sanctuary or Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary is the largest natural protective habitat for the preservation of the endangered Himalayan musk deer. You will go through the place, as a part of the trek, to witness Musk Deer, Red Fox, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan Black bear, Snow Leopard, Monal Birds, etc.
Tungnath Temple is open every day from 06:00 AM to 07:00 PM with evening Arti at 06:30 PM.
Yes, you can find snow during the winter season. From November to early March, a thick blanket of snow covers the entire trail and the temple.
Yes, you can do Tungnath Temple trek during the winter as it will add more thrill to your journey. The entire trail and the temple are covered under a thick blanket of snow, owing to low temperatures. It will be challenging to climb steep ascents and move through the dense snow trail in the winter.
Yes, this trek takes you beyond Tungnath Temple. After visiting the temple, you will conquer the summit of Chandrashila.
Beyond Ukhimath, mobile networks aren’t accessible you will get network on the summit. Hence, you should inform your family and concerned people before heading out from Ukhimath.
The trek is a combination of simple walks and steep climbs. It can be taken by fit beginners and intermediate-level trekkers. You can start practicing every day by walking 5-6 kilometers and climbing stairs repeatedly.