Chopta, Tungnath and Chandrashila Travel 2019
The temple of Tungnath is the highest temple of Lord Shiva. The temple is considered 1000 years old. The temple of Tungnath is located at an altitude of 3,680 m above sea level. The temple can easily be reached 4 km on foot from Chopta.
The Tungnath temple was found as the highest temple of Shiva in the world and is also the highest among the five Panch Kedar temples. It is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, in the Tunganath mountain range, in the Rudraprayag district. The word Tunganath literally means the God of the mountain. This temple is the highest shrine of the Hindus dedicated to Shiva and is located just below the peak of Chandrashila. It is believed to be 1000 years old and in the order of Panch Krdars, it is the Tritiya Kedar. The temple has a great connection with the heroes of Mahabharata Pandavas.
Chopta, Tungnath and Chandrashila Trek
Chopta – Tungnath trek is accessible throughout the year it’s the snowfall which makes it difficult to trek but not impossible. Chopta – Tungnath trek is the shortest of all Panch Kedar trek routes and it’s distance can be covered in approximately 3 – 4 hours. Further 1.5 km is Chandrashila.
Chandrashila offers majestic 360 – degree view of Himalyan peaks such as Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Chukhamba and Trishul.
You can also rent camps if you want to, else there are guest houses, lodges are available in Tungnath.
How to reach Tungnath
By Road – Total distance from Delhi to Chopta is 403 km, can be reached via Rishikesh – Chamoli – Gopeshwar Chopta route. From Chopta you have to trek 4 km to reach Tungnath Temple and further 1.5 km to reach Chandrashila summit.
By Air – Closest airport is Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun from where Chopta will be left 178 km.
By Rail – Rishikesh Railway station is the closest to Chopta from Rishikesh you can reach Chopta only by Road.
Tungnath Temple Kapat opening dates
Tungnath Temple Kapat will open on 2nd May 2019 at 10:30 am. Temple is closed during festival of Diwali.
Best time to visit Chopta – Tungnath
Chopta – Tungnath trek is open throughout the year, you can wish to travel anytime of the year. it’s the snowfall which makes it difficult to trek but you can still make it to the top. Monsoon doesn’t act as any kind of problem for the trekkers.
Tungnath trek is the easiest trek among other Panch Kedar treks. Path is well laid out to the temple there are number of small shops along the way.