Tungnath Trek Overview

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.

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  • Trek to one of the highest Shiva temples in the world and discover utmost tranquility
  • Capture a chance to explore unique villages, forests trails, massive maple, oak and pine trees, crystal clear lakeside, and much more
  • Hike to 12,072 ft. and admire breathtaking views of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpuch, and Chaukhamba Peaks
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Must Know Before You Go
  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • The management reserves all the right to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
  • Consult a physician before undertaking the trek. Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
  • Pay heed to the trek guides and instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound trek.
  • The trek takes place through an eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites. Travellers littering may be fined.
  • Water is very precious, so conservation is appreciated.
  • Do not encourage trekking during the night unless it is a part of the itinerary and a guide is with you; this might lead to unforeseen mishaps.
  • Avoid using earphones during the trek; this might hinder your audibility.
  • Avoid using plastic bags and maintain the ecological balance of the destinations.
  • In case, the trek needs to be cancelled, the authorities should be informed beforehand.
  • Guidelines issued by the State-Government is to be followed. Social distancing to be maintained. Frequent hand sanitisation and use of mask recommended.
  • Please provide a valid ID at the time of check-in.
  • The exact location will be shared with you post-booking.
  • Professional guide(s) are available to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek.
  • Neat and clean vehicle for the journey with experienced driver especially for hilly terrains available.
  • All the activities depend upon the weather.
  • Camping is very basic in nature. One must not expect luxuries. Electricity may be available only at a few locations.
  • Mobile & laptop charging points may/may not be available on campsites at a common point.
  • Carry dry snacks/food from home (you will save a lot of money). Carry water bottles with you, so that you can refill.
  • Keep your luggage minimum; the more you carry, the more you hassle.
  • Permit charges are not included in the Chopta Tungnath Trek package.
  • Children below the age of 7 years are not recommended for Chopta trek.
  • It is recommended to carry enough warm clothes and the right kind of shoes for the Chopta Tungnath trek.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicants during the Chopta trek.
  • Any personal expenses, items of personal nature, meals not mentioned, etc. will not be the part of Chopta Tungnath trek package.
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Essential Information of Tungnath Trek

Essential Information of Tungnath Trek

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

Region: Uttarakhand

Who can participate: Beginners to intermediate-level trekkers

Short Itinerary for Chopta Tungnath Trek

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

Tungnath Trek Detailed Itinerary

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Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 1

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.

What To Pack for Chopta Tungnath Trek?

What To Pack for Chopta Tungnath Trek?

Must wear

  • Suitable hiking shoes for steep and difficult terrain.
  • Hiking pants.
  • T-shirts.
  • Sunscreen and cap to protect yourself from the sun.

Winter Essentials

  • Trekking shoes for snow.
  • Thermal wear like inners, sweaters, and jackets are best suited for this kind of climate.
  • You can beat the winter weather on Chopta Tungnath trek by wearing multiple layers of T-shirts as you can add/remove layers depending on the weather change at different points.
  • Carry 2 trek pants with zippers.
  • Scarves, caps, and woolen covering to protect yourself from cold waves.
  • Carry gloves and Socks to protect your limbs.
  • Rainwear should be carried in case of any emergency as winters sometimes witness downpours.
  • Sunglasses for preventing snow blindness with UV protection.


- 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.

Others:- Plastic covers for separating used clothes from fresh clothes and eatables. - Chargers, power banks, and a magnetic compass for proper navigation.

Know Before You Go to Tungnath Trek

Tips for Tungnath Trek
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Tips for Tungnath Trek
  • 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.

Facts About Tungnath Trek

Facts About Tungnath Trek
  • 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.

Why to Go for Chopta Tungnath Trek?

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.

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FAQ's of Chopta Tungnath Trek

How Difficult is the Tungnath trek?

    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.

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