Ideal Time
Jan-Dec
Total Trek Distance
15 KM
Minimum Time Required
2 Days
Nearest Large Town
Rudraprayag
Highest Altitude
12,500 ft.
Difficulty
Easy
Guide
Not required but recommended

Description

The trek to Chopta and Chandrashila offers amazing views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba, and is one of the most popular treks among trekking enthusiasts. Chopta is popularly known as the 'Mini Switzerland' in Uttarakhand and is situated amidst thick forest of pine, deodar and rhododendrons. The trek route takes one to Tungnath (literal meaning: ‘Lord of the Peaks’) – the highest Hindu temple in the world dedicated to Lord Shiva. Beyond Tungnath is the summit to the Chandrashila peak (it literally means ‘Moon Rock’) – an impressive vantage point that offers 360 degrees panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas. Religious significance -The trek gives you the opportunity to visit the 1000 year old Tungnath temple, which is the highest shrine of Lord Shiva. It is one of the Panch Kedars and is believed to have been built by Arjuna himself. Generally, the pilgrimage to Tungnath is undertaken as part of the Panch Kedar trekking covering all five temples over a 170 km route (road cum trek length) in the order of: Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheswar and Kalpeshwar.