Chandrashila peak is one of the most visited destinations for trekking in India and also one of the most enchanting short treks. It lies in the Garhwal region of Himalayas. On the way you see the pristine meadows, shepherds, wild animals, Himalayan birds and rare species of flours fauna.
We start trek from Chopta –Chandrashila- Tungnath. Chandrashila is summit of the Tungnath, we also called "Moon Rock". It is located at a height of approx 3,682 metres. From here you can see views of the Himalayas, including Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks.
According to one belief, this is the place where Lord Rama meditated after defeating the demon-king Ravana. Another belief says that moon-god “Chandra” spent time here in penance.
Tungnath 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 winter season due to snowfall this trek becomes hard as road to Chopta gets closed. Trekkers use a different route during this period (Deoria Tal - Duggalbitta - Tungnath - Chandrashila).
The Tunganath is one of the Panch Kedar temples built by the Pandavas. Tungnath is at the top of the ridge dividing the waters of the Mandakini River (raising from Kedarnath) from those of the Alaknanda River (raising above Badrinath). The valley between Chopta and Tunganath temple has wooded hills with rich alpine meadows with rhododendron coppices and also agricultural fields. The rhododendrons, when they are in full bloom during month of March, display dazzling colours ranging from crimson to pink.
Climate of Chopta-Chandrasila-Tungnath trek is generally cool throughout the year. Summer is the best & pleasant season with average temperature hovering around 14 degrees Celsius during the day time. Winters are very chilly and temperature drops below the freezing point very frequently. Tungnath temple remains closed for around November-March month because of heavy snowfall.
Because of cool weather you can bring Warm clothes and Comfortable clothes like t-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 and basic medications or Personal toiletries and belongings.
Pay proper attention to the trek guides and instructors in order to enjoy a safe trek, avoid using earphones during the trek; this might hinder your audibility. Avoid consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek. Do not disturb the local life while trekking. Do not encourage trekking during the nights; this might lead to unforeseen mishaps. Avoid using plastic bags and maintain the ecological balance of nature. In case, the trek needs to be cancelled, the authorities should be informed beforehand.