Chopta Chandrashila Trek

A trek for beginners with a panoramic Himalayan view!

3 Days
Trek Altitude
12,959 Feet
Trek Distance
8 KM
Group Size
Best Time
All Year

Chopta Chandrashila Trek

Chopta Trek is known for its scenic beauty all season. It passes through some beautiful forests and affords excellent views of snow-clad peaks. The trek gives one the opportunity to visit the 1000-year-old Tungnath temple, which is the highest shrine of Lord Shiva in the world. It is believed to have been built by Arjuna himself. According to legend, the arms of the bull form of Lord Shiva appeared in Tungnath. The five temples (panch-cedars) designated in the usual pecking order to be followed for pilgrimage for worship are the Kedarnath (3,583 m), the Tungnath(3,680 m ), Rudranath (2,286 m), Madmaheshwar (3,490 m) and Kalpeshwar (2,200 m)

Chandrashila is famous for its breathtaking 360-degree view of the Himalayan ranges. It is one of the few peaks that can also be climbed in the winter months.

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In Himalaya Shelter, we provide you with the option to customize your trekking experience. Whether you're a solo traveller, a group of friends, or a family, you can opt for our personalized tailor-made trekking program. This customized trek will be exclusively designed for you, taking into account your specific requirements for transportation, accommodation, meals, and any other premium facilities you may need during the trek. No other participants will be added to your group. Choosing a customized trek will enable you to fully enjoy the trek with your loved ones.

Chopta Chandrashila Trek Map:



Drive: 205 km, 7-8 hrs

Altitude: 2,100 ft (640 m) – 8,556 ft (2,608 m)

Accommodation: Hotel/luxury Tents

Meals: Dinner


We drive through the towns of Devprayag, Rudraprayag and Ukhimath to reach Chopta. This is a reserved forest and the nip in the air is easily felt due to the omnipresent oak trees. We pitch tents in Chopta and spent the night in the forest with hot dinner.

Trek: 8 km, 6 hrs

Altitude: 8,556 ft (2,608 m) – 12,073 ft (3,680 m) – 12,960 ft (3,950 m) – 8,556 ft (2,608 m)

Accommodation: Hotel/luxury Tents

Meals: Breakfast + Packed Lunch + Dinner


We start early today. From the picturesque environs of Chopta, we take the path through the arch leading up to the temple. Along the way, one may be able to spot a monal bird in the forest towards left. Himalayan Monal is the state bird of Uttrakhand. Tungnath is a short 2 km trek from Chopta. The temple is only visible in the last few hundred metres. It opens only in early summer and remains closed in winters. There are a few shops before the temple. We head up past the temple to the peak. According to a legend, Chandrashila is the place where Lord Rama meditated after defeating the demon-king Ravana. Another legend says that moon-god Chandra spent time here in penance. Stories apart, one gets to see a wide expanse of the most famous peaks of Garhwal from here. Soaking in the beautiful 360-degree views of the Himalayas we begin heading down to Chopta and reach by late afternoon.

Drive: 205 km, 7-8 hrs

Altitude: 8,556 ft (2,608 m) – 2,100 ft (640 m)

Meals: Breakfast


On this day, we can visit Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath. It is the winter abode of the idols of Kedarnath and Madmaheshwar temples. The idols are brought here in palanquin when the Kedarnath temple closes in autumn. We drive back to Dehradun and reach by early evening.

FAQ's about Chopta Chandrashila Trek

  • The trek is easy and does not require trekking for long hours.
  • Children above age of 12 can trek depending on their fitness level.

Chopta is situated within the Kedarnath Reserve National Park. There have been sightings of foxes and jackals in the past. But they do not usually come in when there is a lot of tourist activity.

  •  The trek can be done all year round but the best time is spring and autumn.

The trekking route through Chopta gets closed during winter post December due to heavy snowfall. Thus, the best time to trek is during spring and autumn upto december.

  • Chandrashila offers splendid views of the Himalayas including Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch, Gangotri ranges, Chaukhamba peaks and more.


  • The trek is famous for the visit to the 1000-year old Tungnath temple which is the highest shrine of lord Shiva in the world. It is believed to have been built by Arjuna himself
  • According to legends, the arms of the bull form of Shiva appeared in Tungnath
  • Chandrashila is famous for its breathtaking 360 degree view of the Himalayan ranges. It is one of the few peaks that can also be climbed in the winter months

Ukhimath is where you’ll find the last ATM.

At Chopta, signals remain sketchy most of the time. Sometimes Airtel and BSNL work.

Electricity is luckily available at base camp sari.

Ukhimath is the nearest hospital which is almost an hour’s drive from Baniyakund.

The minimum requirement to join our team, Trek Leaders should have done the Basic Mountaineer Course

Trek leaders in Himalaya Shelter have extensive experience in trekking and mountaineering. They are familiar with the specific terrain, weather conditions, and challenges of the region where the trek is taking place.

“I have been doing treks with Himalaya Shelter for the last two years and they are awesome people with pure humbleness.“

Writes Priyesh.

We at Himalaya Shelter consider our trekkers part of our community, a family of sorts and really understand the efforts that you put into taking that much-needed break and setting off to the mountains. Some of you may wait for months and even a year to plan out that perfect excursion. That’s why we want it to be “a perfect excursion” for you.

Our testimonials (read below) are a testament to our service-oriented mindset.

We take safety into great consideration and ensure our team is trained to handle emergency situations.

For a better experience, we provide accommodation on Twin Sharing throughout the trek. With most trekking operators you would get triple or even quad sharing accommodation.

Our Accommodation will have attached washrooms


Furthermore, we provide the essential safety gear for your trek –

Without any additional charges.

We pamper you with great food which keeps you going on the trek. (On our google maps out of 300 reviews over 80 Trekkers mention great food😋)

We do not outsource services to ensure topmost quality throughout your journey. We use our own fleet of Vehicles to ferry you to the base camp and return.

The best time to undertake the Chopta Chandrashila trek is during the months of April to June and September to November when the weather is pleasant and the trails are clear. Avoid monsoon months (July and August) due to the risk of landslides.


The Chopta Chandrashila trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty. It involves some steep ascents and descents, but it’s manageable for those with a reasonable level of fitness.


The total trekking distance from Chopta to Chandrashila and back is approximately 10 to 12 kilometers, depending on the specific route taken. It usually takes around 3 to 4 days to complete the trek.


Chandrashila Peak stands at an altitude of about 13,000 feet (3,978 meters) above sea level.


While the altitude is not extremely high, it’s recommended to spend a day in Chopta for acclimatization before attempting to reach Chandrashila. This helps your body adjust to the altitude and reduces the risk of altitude sickness.


Essentials include trekking shoes, warm clothing, rain gear, a good quality backpack,  a water bottle, a first aid kit, and personal toiletries. It’s important to pack light but also be prepared for varying weather conditions.


Yes, camping is allowed and it’s a popular option for trekkers. There are designated camping sites along the trail. However, it’s advisable to carry your own camping equipment or check with a trekking company for arrangements.



  1. Transport support from Dehradun to Dehradun
  2. Pick-up location: Prince Chowk, near Dehradun Railway Station
    Pick-up Time: Around 7:30 am
  3. All vegetarian meals starting from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the last day
  4. Professional Guide, Cook and Support staff
  5. First-Aid kit with Oximeter and Portable Oxygen Cylinder
  6. Kitchen tents, common tents, toilet tents with portable toilet seats
  7. Rent for camping equipment like Clean sleeping bags and foam mattresses, Good quality ‘A’ shaped or dome tents, Camping stools, Table and Crampons and gaiters if required
  8. Forest entry charges for Indian nationals (Additional charges will be applicable for international tourists)
  9. Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment and NOT personal luggage
  10. Accommodation throughout the trek on a triple-sharing basis
  11. Guesthouse accommodation on the first and second last day on a triple-sharing basis
  12. All applicable taxes
  1. Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
  2. Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above
  3. Any cost or services not mentioned in the Inclusions
  4. Accommodation in Dehradun
  5. Adventure Insurance
  6. Cost arising due to unforeseen incidents like bad weather, medical evacuation, roadblocks etc
  7. Porter and mule support to carry personal Luggage can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 350 per bag per day (weighing up to 12 kg)
  8. Please carry a lunch box for packed lunch/breakfast to avoid using polythenes and Aluminium foils. Keeping the Himalayas clean is our own responsibility. Reduce the use of Plastic when you are in the abode of the Sacred Himalaya. 🌱