Tungnath temple, at an altitude of 3680 Mtrs, is considered to be the highest temple of Lord Shiva and is one of the Panch (Five) Kedars. Madhmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath, and Kalpnath with Kedarnath form the Panch Kedar and considered as the five most important temples of Lord Shiva in Garhwal Himalayas.

An ultimate travel guide of Tungnath & Chandrashilla Trek
An ultimate travel guide of Tungnath & Chandrashilla Trek

Chandrashilla, at an altitude of 4000 Mtrs, is the highest point of the mountain on which Chopta and Tungnath lie. Chandrashilla offers 270-degree views of the Himalayan range and lies 1.5 km further upwards from Tungnath Temple which makes it a 5 km trek from Chopta.

Tungnath Temple and Chandrashilla Peak, Uttarakhand

Chopta is situated at an altitude of 2600 Mtrs in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand and is well known as a base point for a trek to Tungnath Temple and further to Chandrashilla peak. But, Chopta itself offers a beautiful snow meadow in winters locally called Chopta Bhugyal (Bhugyal, meaning meadow). The place is extremely rich in flora and fauna, and you can find lots of species of birds around the Chopta and Tungnath region.

No wonder these locations are considered to be the offbeat places in Uttarakhand.

Tungnath Temple in Snow


Tungnath Temple is located at a trekking distance of 3.5 km from Chopta and comes under the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Chandrashilla peak is further 1.5 km ahead of the temple.


The altitude of Tungnath Temple is 3,680 Mtrs or 11,220 Feet and that of Chopta is 2600 Mtrs or 7,925 Feet. Chandrashilla Peak is further ahead at an altitude of 4,000 Mtrs or 12,192 Feet.

Tungnath Temple in Snow

Best Time to visit Tungnath or Chandrashilla

The best time to travel or visit Tungnath Temple is in April – November (exclude monsoon). In winters i.e December – February, when the snowfall starts the Tungnath becomes inaccessible. Soon, Chopta also gets snowbound and gets cut-off from the rest of the valley.

Monsoon season is generally not a suggested time period to visit the region of Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashilla – Deori Tal due to landslides which are common in Uttarakhand.

At the end of February, the snow starts to melt around Chopta, Duggalbitta, and Baniya Kund, which creates a ray of hope for people looking for Snow Trek to Tungnath / Chandrashilla and experience some real adventure. However, be ready to trek more than 6-7 km on either side as the roads to Chopta are not accessible almost till March (mid) from December (after snowfall).

Travel Tip: You can check out my list of places to play in snow or snowfall in Uttarakhand which are near Delhi.

Can I find snow in Chopta in winter?

So, if you are looking for an abundance of snow, then February (Mid) to March is the ideal time but be ready to snow trek to Chopta from Duggalbitta or Baniya Kund as the road to Chopta do not open up to March (Mid). If there is plenty of snow on the trek to Tungnath, it is sometimes difficult to climb and complete the trek. It is also worth noting that you may need a guide too if you are doing a snow trek to Tungnath.

If you are interested in Chandrashilla as well, then better make your plans post April (mid) because the amount of snow becomes huge after crossing Tungnath Temple in these months. December to March, Chandrashilla may not be possible at all subject to the amount of snow present and should only be attempted if you are an experienced trekker.

Since the roads are not accessible in winters (December to March (mid)) and the options of stay at Chandrashilla and Tungnath are none. You will need to come back to either Duggalbitta or Ukhimath for overnight stay. Hence, do not take any chance and move further, if you feel that you won’t return from Chandrashilla / Tungnath before the sun goes down.

If you are not visiting in winter, you can pretty much do this trek as a beginner without any guide. There is a well-paved track to the top.

Tungnath Temple in Snow

How to Reach Tungnath / Chandrashilla

By Air

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Bhaniawala, Dehradun, 41 km from Haridwar. After reaching Haridwar, you need to carry the rest of the journey by road only. Haridwar to Chopta is about 225 km by road.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is at Haridwar. After reaching Haridwar you need to carry the rest of the journey by road only. Haridwar to Chopta is about 225 km by road.

By Road

Below is the route that needs to be followed to reach Deoria Tal from Delhi –

Delhi – Haridwar (212 km) – Rishikesh – Dev Prayag – Srinagar – Rudra Prayag (take left towards Kedarnath) – Agustmuni – Syal Saur – Kund – Ukhimath – Duggalbitta – Baniya Kund – Chopta (448 km) – Tungnath – Chandrashilla

Vehicles can go up to Chopta only, and you need to trek about 3.5 km from Chopta to reach Tungnath. If you are interested in Chandrashilla, you need to trek about 1.5 km from Tungnath further to reach the Chandrashilla peak. There is no motorable road to Tungnath and Chandrashilla.

The trek is a paved path from Chopta up to Tungnath temple. But then an unpaved track exists from there on to Chandrashilla. People generally complete the trek to Tungnath (without snow) in about 2-3 hours and to Chandrashilla in about 3-5 hours from Chopta. Hence, makes it one of the easy treks in Uttarakhand.

However, the presence of snow on the trek scripts a different story altogether. The time and feasibility of trek then depend entirely upon the amount of snow present on the trek and the weather on a particular day.

Road Conditions

When I visited, overall, the road conditions were not that bad. In between Dev Prayag and Srinagar, the road is quite dusty and at some places in poor shape. It slightly improves after Srinagar and up to Rudra Prayag with few bad sections.

After Rudra Prayag, the road condition further improves up to Agustmuni. You can cruise as you like after Agustmuni as the roads are in the best of shape up to Chopta.

Views from Snow Trek

Preferred Vehicles

Almost any vehicle (car/bike) in perfect running condition can take you to Chopta from where the trek to Tungnath and Chandrashilla starts.

Suggested Itinerary for Tungnath / Chandrashilla

Let us look at one of the most popular itineraries that you can follow to visit these places.

Day 1 – Delhi to Syal Saur, GMVN or Ukimath GMVN

I would suggest that on day one you prefer to stay at Syal Saur, GMVN, Ph. 9536384724 (15 odd km before Ukhimath) right on the banks of River Mandakini. But, in case you do not opt to stay here (which I won’t suggest), then do halt here for a cup of tea on the way back on Day 4 or even Day 1. You will get an excellent view of Kedarnath peak over calmly running the Mandakini river… Not sure if they ever renovated Syal Saur GMVN after the 2013 flashfloods.

Day 2 – Syal Saur / Ukimath to Chopta to Tungnath to Chandrashilla

This day you can utilize to go towards Tungnath to see snow (if in winters) and capture beautiful sunset near Chopta meadow. You will also find lots of beautiful birds there, especially, Magpie, en route Chopta. There will be lots of red-colored flowers around April – May; I guess Rotadendrum is the name.

In our case, we reached at 5 PM at Sari Village in the evening on Day 1 and hiked in the evening to stay overnight at Deoria Tal, which gave us a day extra to trek to Tungnath easily and at comfort. Hence, start early morning from Syal Saur by 7 AM, say, to complete the Tungnath Chandrashilla trek in that day. Stay overnight at Duggalbitta or Chopta or Ukhimath after completing the trek.

Day 3 – Chopta or Duggalbitta or Ukhimath to Sari Village to Deoria Tal

In the first half of the day, you can even go towards Ukhimath and visit the local temples. After having lunch, you move towards Sari Village and trek to Deoria Tal to enjoy the sunset. Keep in mind that it will take about 1.5 Hrs to trek for a normal person to complete the trek. So, start at 3 PM so as not to miss the sunset reflections. Stay overnight at Deoria Tal.

The road only goes to Sari Village and hence, you need to park the car at Sari Village. Call either of Bharat Puspwan: 09719875326, 09456108780, Umeid (09411737835), Mr. Hira Singh Negi (09410241543) or Mr. Surendra (09410367921, 08958329376) few days before so that he can book the room for you at Deoria Tal, FRH or arrange tents for you with proper bedding. He will be available for you near the BSNL tower at Sari Village. The FRH caretaker will also charge you some fees for entry to Deoria Tal, give him just the tip … he will be more than happy.

Day 4 – Deoria Tal To Sari Village to Delhi

Enjoy the early morning reflections of Chowkhamba range in Deoria Tal and have your breakfast. On the way back, check the local temple of Sari Village as well. After getting down, start the journey towards Delhi. You can opt for dinner at Bikano or Moolchand Resorts or Cheetal, all near Mujjaffar Nagar. If you forget the diversion to Cheetal you may miss by running over a flyover, hence do not miss that turn from the highway, if you like Cheetal.

You can also check the itinerary which I prepared for myself and followed to some extent only, at the below link: Itinerary | Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashilla – Deoria Tal

Views from Chandrashilla Snow Trek

Where to stay at Tungnath / Chandrashilla

Syal Saur

I will always prefer to stay at Syal Saur, GMVN (Ph. 9536384724) whenever I will be visiting the region next time at least either on the first day or on the last day. It is right next to the Mandakini River and an awesome place to spend the evening. Not sure if they ever renovated the Syal Saur GMVN after the 2013 flashfloods.


Nearest GMVN is at Ukhimath for winters, 25-27 km before Chopta from where the trek to Tungnath and Chandrashilla starts. Contact or phone number for Ukhimath, GMVN is 9568006692. The caretaker is Umeid. Ask him to give rooms at discounted rates. 550 was the price for double-bedroom, and you can always ask him regarding further discounts by letting him know upfront that you won’t need any GMVN bill 😉

Travel Tip: Did you know that you can also club a visit to Auli when visiting the Chopta region?


I guess there is a Rest House of GMVN at Duggalbitta as well, confirm from Ukhimath, GMVN for the food and the electricity in winters. Hotel Mayadeep is also a good place to stay at Duggalbitta. If you think you can shell some money for a more comfortable and knowledgeable stay then perhaps, Magpie Camps at Duggalbitta may suit your needs.

For the stay at Hotel Mayadeep, Duggalbitta, you can talk to Dinesh at 09410115787 for the bookings. We couldn’t stay there due to bad weather, so we opted for GMVN, Ukhimath only but that is in the opposite direction from Chopta – Tungnath – Chandarshilla, if you are at Sari Village or Deoria Tal.

Chopta and Tungnath

The limited accommodation options at Chopta are only open when there is no snow or road is open either from the Gopeshwar side or the Ukhimath side. April – November is the best bet, you will find them open. There are few guesthouses and dhabhas at Chopta.

Even Tungnath does have 1-2 guest houses as well. One of them is the GMVN rest house, I guess.

Sari Village and Deoria Tal

Check accommodation option for Sari Village and Deoria Tal at the following link: Delhi to Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand | Travel Guide.

Special Notes

There is no electricity at Duggalbitta, Chopta, Tungnath and Deoria Tal. If you think you will need electricity, then do confirm with the hotels or guest houses at these places if they have a generator or not. Mayadeep hotel at Duggalbitta may run the generator for you.

In winter, there is no accommodation at Chopta or Tungnath which you will find open. When there is ample snow even Duggalbitta is hard to reach.

View from Chopta Snow Trek

Where to eat

I am not sure of any famous food joint at the place, and you will either be eating in the hotel or some dhabha in the day while you are on excursions, as we did on our trip.

You should always carry your water bottle and refill it as many times as you need water. It will not only keep you hydrated always, but you will also help in saving the Himalayas from plastic garbage. Remember, every tiny step counts and your step in this direction can help save the Himalayas too !! 🙂 🙂

Phone Signals at Tungnath / Chandrashilla

We couldn’t find any signals of Phone on the trek to Tungnath and Chandrashilla. Nearby Chopta, the phone signals were present but with inferior connectivity. There is no issue of Phone connectivity on the entire route before Duggalbitta. We had BSNL, Airtel and Idea connections with us.

Travel Tip: Do not forget to check this list of things to carry on a trip to Uttarakhand.

Petrol Pumps

Nearest Petrol Pump is at Kund about 7-8 km before Ukhimath. I will suggest that you top-up the fuel either at Srinagar or Rudra Prayag.


Although there is a number of ATMs on the route as well and we used Chandrapuri ATM which comes after Agustmuni and before Syal Saur. Chandrapuri ATM is the closest ATM because I guess there is no ATM present at Ukhimath.

Important Places around Tungnath / Chandrashilla with Distances

  • Do not forget to carry these must-have things for a trekking trip.
  • Syal Saur to Ukhimath is 18-20 km approx. When traveling towards Ukhimath from Delhi, Syal Saur comes first.
  • Kund is the bifurcation point where left turn goes to Guptkashi – Gauri Kund – Kedarnath and the straight or slightly right turn goes to Ukhimath – Sari Village – Chopta.
  • The distance from Kund to Guptkashi is about 25 km. A further 22 km is Gauri Kund where the road ends. From Gauri Kund, a 14 km trek starts for Kedarnath.
  • Ukhimath to Sari Village is 13-14 km approx. You need to go straight from Ukhimath, and you will find a board on the right side stating directions to Deoria Tal. Here, you need to take a U-Turn towards left for Sari village – Deoria Tal. If you do not take the U-Turn and follow the road coming from Ukhimath then you go towards Duggalbitta – Chopta.
  • Sari Village to Chopta is 32 km approx and Duggalbitta is 4 – 5 km before Chopta.
  • Overall Delhi to Syal Saur/Ukhimath/Sari Village/Duggalbitta/Chopta is almost alike, with an overall span of about 50-60 km. Hence, from any place, you can travel to Delhi in one day without much time difference.
  • You can get in touch with two good local guides Bharat Puspwan: 09719875326, 09456108780, and Umeid (09411737835), maybe if you need they can be of much help with everything, and you can directly get in touch without involving any travel agent. Both Bharat and Umeid are good people at heart and friendly company on the trek. Bharat is working as a guide for almost for more than 14 years. You can also check with Umendra Singh Negi at +918958647802 and +919456534062, who runs a dhabha at Deoria Tal and camps as well.

Local Sightseeing in Chopta

There are locale temples of Usha and Anirudh, Shiva and Parvati at Ukhimath which are worth visiting too.

Deoria Tal and Sari Village are nearby Chopta, Tungnath Temple and Chandrashilla which can be included in the trip. For more details check the Travel Guide for Deoratal linked above in the article.

Views from Tungnath Snow Trek

Personal Travelogues


Tungnath & Chandrashilla trek is a great place to go if you really like to see the raw beauty of Himalayas. This beginner-level trek will help you get used to trekking and see the beautiful Himalayas has to offer when you are ready to go the extra mile. You will get a chance to play in the snow as well in winter because this region gets decent snowfall.

So, if you have not yet visited Chandrashilla and Tungnath or Chopta region in Uttarakhand, make it to the top of your travel bucket list.

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  2. im planning a trip here in 12 august but weather forecast is showing rain aon all the days. please recommend if this will be a good decision as i am really keen on going there.

  3. Hi dheeraj ..m planning to chandrashila in june ..is it the good time to visit ?..if not then where should i visit this june.

  4. Shridhar Vaidya on

    16 April 2017

    Hi Dheeraj

    I will be traveling from Gangotri to Phata and then from Phata, I will take helicopter service to Kedarnath. Considering the climatic conditions in the month of May, please advise me can I cover the distance from Gangotri to Phata in one day if we start at @ 8.00 am from Gangotri. Or else if you advise to take a halt in between, which is the proper place to take halt on this rout. Suggest names of some good places to stay. The tentative date of our travel by our own vehicle (4 wheeler) is 29 May 2017.

    Shridhara Vaidya
    Kolhapur (Maharashtra)

  5. Shridhar Vaidya on

    Hi Dheeraj…

    Your blog about Tungnath is highly informative. I am going to travel to Kedarnath in the month of May 2017 (After 22 May). I will be traveling with my own vehicle (4 wheeler). In my chardham yatra, first I will visit Yamanotri, then Gangotri, then Kedarnath and finally Badrinath. This is a normal rout. Your blog has really made me to think about visiting the beautiful place of Tunganath. Since I am traveling in this area for the first time, please advise me about a few things.
    1) Is Chopta on the way from Gangotri to Gaurikund
    2) I am traveling with my wife. Is the trek from Chopta to Tungnath very steep and can we cover it in a day. We both are above 50 and no experience of trekking.
    3) If we stay at Chopta, is there any staying arrangement. Possibly we will visit Chopta on 28 to 30 May 2017.

    Once again congratulations and thanks for a highly informative blog.

    Shridhar Vaidya, Kolhapur (Maharashtra)

    • Hi Shridhar,

      Chopta is near Ukimath which is near from Kedarnath dham. When you travel from Kedarnath to Badrinath, you can take Ukimath – Chamoli – Gopeshwar route where Chopta will come on the way to it. You can trek to Tunganath in case you are trekking rest of the dhams. It is well-paved path. There are some options of stay at Chopta and Duggalbitta near Chopta.

      • Shridhar Vaidya on

        17 April 2017

        Hi Dheeraj

        Thanks for a prompt reply. I will follow your instructions and will go to Tunganath on my way from Kedarnath to Badri.

        Thanks once again.

        Shridhar Vaidya
        Kolhapur (Maharashtra)

  6. Hi,

    Am thinking of going on a bike trip from rishikesh to chopta. Is renting bikes a sensible idea? if so, can you point us towards any good agencies? Also can vehicles be safely parked before the trek from chopta?

    Thank you!

      • Ramesh Kumar Ojha on

        Dheeraj ji, namaskar
        I m planning for Chopta trip around 5april 2017 with my friend on bike from Delhi.
        Will it be possible to reach Chopta for tungnath trek nd get accommodation there?
        Is there guide necessary for the trekking?
        Will it be possible to reach chandrashila?
        Pls help us by your precious suggestions

        • Well, Chopta may not have anything open but if open, well yeah you should get it. In case there is snow on the route, better take the guide with you else it is marked to the top. Most likely you should be able to reach Chandrashilla.

  7. HI dheeraj, we are planning to go to tungnath/chandrashila on our bikes in last week of feb-2017. Is it possible?? we are a little experienced with bike trips.

    • You will not be able to reach Chopta but can reach around Duggalbitta and from there may be up to Baniya Kund. After that I feel there will be too much of snow and you will not be able to ride further and hence, you will have to trek the remaining distance to reach base of Tunganath/Chandrashilla trek.

  8. Hello Dheeraj,

    Hope you are good. Writing to you again for getting your tips.
    As you suggested in my earlier query, we (me & wife) are going to Chopta to see snow in the last week of Dec and have booked Hotel Mayadeep for 3 days. As we don’t have a group, we need to plan everything ourselves. Could you please suggest some itinerary about how we should plan these 3 days to see the places around properly ? Also it would be a great help if you suggest important things required to carry in this time/weather and if any pre-booking is needed for the sight seeing & guide ?
    I have some plan and preparation but as I’m not a frequent traveller It would be of great help for us and for other people who visit this blog as well. Looking forward eagerly for your help.

    Thanks for your time again 🙂

  9. Aravind Babu Raj on

    hi am from kerala .is it good to visit chandrasila in november and how can i reach choptha from haridwar or dehradun (public transport or share taxis) and how much expense will take for 5 days stay at chopta including travel .am expecting ur reply ASAP.

  10. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning to visit tungnath on 31st Dec 2016, is it the right time to visit? are the places really inaccessible during end of december ? we are 6 peoples so please suggest if it is the right time. we want to go till chandrshila as well.

    • Sher, the trek should be doable in case it is not snowing up there. Chandrashilla trek depends upon the amount of snow. At times, it is fine and can be trekked in December.

      • Thanks Dheeraj, I talked to one guide Bharat as well. he is very nice person , he told me about everything we need to know to go there in end of the year. I got his number from your article.

        and one more thing when I told him that I am your friend he was very happy and praising you. he is thankful that you are giving them “Roji Roti and free publicity”

        Thanks Bro. keep writing such articles so that we can plan a trip very easily to unknown places too.

        • Thank you Sher, please pass on my regards to Bharat. They deserve more than that and always happy to help in any way we can to spread smiles in Himalayas. Have a wonderful trip.

  11. Hi sir,
    I wanna plan trip to tungnath temple uttrakhand with my family. Can you explain details. How to reach, money packages and all.

      • Ramesh Kumar ojha on

        Bro,we are going to chopta in 1st week of September, will reach haridwar on 1st september at 6am.is there any bus service from haridwar to chopta or ukhimath?Is it safe to go there in monsoons? Can we get glimpse of snow there?plz tell about all these things!

        • Sorry Ramesh, do not have much idea of the bus. But, I strongly feel that there should be some bus for Ukhimath from Haridwar for sure. Snow might not be possible in September except distant snow views.

      • Ramesh Kumar ojha on

        Thanx bro,1 more question, we are 6 adults and 4 kids below 5years,we have 6days,will you plz tell where can we go including chopta within this limited period?

        • Ramesh, I will suggest to just be around Chopta and Deoriatal. You can spend couple of days at Deoriatal and couple around Chopta. Around there, you can also visit Guptkashi and travel to the point where trek to Kedarnath starts.

  12. We are planning on going to Tungnath Chandrashila during diwali. Can anyone tell me the closing date of Tungnath temple?

  13. manoj kumar on

    Hi Dheeraj

    Great blog. Its very informative and helpful. We (4frnds) are planning to visit chopta on 30th May 2016. We will be starting from Delhi. Few queries.

    How is the road condition?
    Whether Honda city/i20 will be suitable care for this journey from Delhi to Chopta.
    If we start at 9:00pm from Delhi , can v reach chopta by 5:00 pm next day.
    How will be the weather at chopta. Should we carry winter clothing.?

    Thanks is advance

    • 1. Road conditions are fine except few patches in between
      2. Cars should be fine, try i20
      3. Yes, you can easily reach by that time in fact you will reach in morning itself.
      4. Should be pleasant

    • Hi Manoj,

      Hope you are back from your trip and had a good one. Can you please let me know the road and weather conditions at chopta. We are scheduled to visit on 10th June 2016. What are the stay arrangements like and contact number of any one there would be good to have.


  14. Hi Dheeraj
    Great Info. We are palnning to do this itinerary stqrting 31st May. So is it a good time? Also can we trek to deoria tal in eve? And head to tungnath and chandrashila from deoria tal in morning?how much is the distance? When to return back?same day or next?and to where?

  15. Pranshu saxena on

    Hi dheeraj, thank you so much for the lovely blogs you’ve been writing..
    I am planning to go till chandrashila but I have only Friday night to Monday nights time.
    I was also thinking of doing the river rafting at rishikesh , so is possible all to cover up if I rent up a bike and travel on road? And I am planning this trip April third week. Is it a good time to visit and Can I make it up to all ?

  16. Mary Joyce Joseph on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning on going to Chopta around May 6th – 11th. Please confirm if this is a good time to go and we will be reaching Chopta Via Delhi. Please suggest an itinerty.

    • You should be go to travel to Chopta during that time of the year. The weather will be cool up there not cold but there wont be any snow at Chopta – Chandrashilla during that time of the year.

    • Yogesh Raheja on

      Hi Mary,

      I came back from Chopta (day before yesterday: 27th March). Its an awesome place to visit for peace. You can even listen to your breath at the top of chardershilla. You may not find snow in May but currently the view is completely surrounded by snow. One must visit this place in our lifetime, All the best!.

      Yogesh Raheja

        • Yogesh Raheja on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Firstly I would like to thank you for this blog, it helped me a lot as I use to make a plan in my brain and then on paper with the routes and places to explorer. This blog of yours really helped me to discover long lasting destination Tungnath jee and Chandershilla.

          Thanks for the offer to share the traveling experience, I will definitely do that. I am processing the natures photographs which I tried to captured in camera. Once done I will create a blog and will surely share the experience with you all so that it can help someone. I have already covered some of the trek’s and converted them into words at http://www.yogeshraheja007.blogspot.com which is my personal blogging site.

          Thanks and keep rocking bro!. You are doing an awesome job specially being an IT manager 🙂

          Yogesh Raheja

  17. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am a travel freak .. & now gradually my hubby has become used to it and happily comes with me to all places ,…
    Thanks a lot for your so detailed article on Tunganath Chandrashila ..
    Although we got all the required info, we just wanted to know that we are planning a little comfortable journey / stay in nearby places ..

    our Plan Haridwar – Tunganath – Haridwar : total 5 days.

    please suggest ,,,


    • Hello Pam,

      You can in that case follow below plan for Tungnath and Chandrashilla

      Day 1 – Reach Sari Village and trek to Deoria Tal
      Day 2 – Stay at Deoria tal and do some short hikes around it or ogle at the might peaks of Himalayas. Get down from Deoriatal in evening and stay at Sari Village or Chopta or Duggalbitta
      Day 3 – Trek to Tungnath and Chandrashilla
      Day 4 – Start the journey back and stay at Rishikesh or before near Kodilya on the banks of Ganga river
      Day 5 – Reach haridwar and start back

  18. manishmudgal16@gmail.com on

    we are planning for the new year trek ..so can we find snow there ?

  19. Shailendra Maurya on

    We are planning Tungnath between 27 Nov to 1 Dec. I know it is not Good Time..But can we GO.

    And Just want to let u know..Your article is very helpfull..

    • Shailendra, you can go but the doors of the temple are closed and in case there is much snow after enquiring from the locals, do take a guide along with you. It will be less costly than any risk of getting into some trouble, my personal advice.

      Thanks, glad you loved the article on Tungnath.

  20. Saurav Ghosal on

    hi guys! if anyonje can help me…. is the tungnath temple remains open in the moth of october?

  21. Dear Sir,

    I am interested to do the Chopta – Tungnath Temple – Chandrashilla trek, with Deoria Taal and Kartik Swami Temple added if possible, but solely relying on public buses, coming/leaving from Reshikesh or Nainital, during mid to end November.
    How will the November scene looks like and and do I need special gear or boots to do it ?
    I have no experience in trekking or walking on snow.
    Is this possible and how much minimum day/time is required ?
    Since the difference between Chopta and Chandrashilla is 1,400m within such a short distance, is there any acclimatisation needed ?
    According to google map, Chopta is around 20 km away from Tungnath, is that a mistake or a different Chopta ?

    Thank you.

    • Stanley, it is completely possible public transport. All these places are connected properly by buses in Uttarakhand. To visit all these places from Haridwar, you will need at least 5-6 days to explore at leisure place and enjoy the beauty of the place. Else you will get a bus to Rudraprayag or Ukimath directly from Haridwar and then explore around couple of days finally visit the KArtik Swami temple after that and then come back.

  22. Aditya Vasa on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to go Deoriatal on 3rd October. I just wanted to know about weather at that time. Have heard that temperature drops to 0 Degree at night. is that true?

    • Aditya, not really. Weather shall be OK during this time of the year. Zero, I doubt at Deoria Tal but yes night will be cold but I really doubt that cold.

  23. Hi,

    Is there any place to park vehicles safely form where we start trek to Tungnath mandir and also from where the trek starts for Deoria tal?
    Also, provide me the contact details for a person how can arrange accommodations at an affordable rate at Ukhimath, Tungnath & Deoria tal.


    • Aadesh, I parked my vehicle on the side of the road. People in hills do it as is only. It will be mostly safe. The contact numbers are mentioned in the article, you can get in touch with these guides and they can surely help you. Bharat is a really nice person.

  24. Saksham Goel on

    Dheeraj, your travelogue was an amazing read.
    I needed some guidance. I along with 3 of my friends am planning for a trip to chopta. No we have 3 days at hand. 2nd oct (Friday)- 5th oct (Sunday). We can leave on thursday night but have to be back in delhi by sunday night. And as we all have just started working a few months back, budget is a major issue here. So I eed your help regarding some points.
    1. What would be better, a bus till rishikesh and then hire a bullet, or a self drive nano from delhi itself. Frankly I shall prefer the latter as there would be no well established rentals in rishikesh. And yes nano as budget cuts.
    2. We plan to stay in chopta because we want to enjoy the scenery, specially in the eve (yes you got me), and want to trek as well. What would you suggest stay at chopta or some other place?
    3. If we take a self driven rental, where all would we have to deposit tolls?

    Please address my query as soon as possible.

    • Thank you Saksham. 3 days is going to be quite hectic to plan a trip to Chopta.

      1. You might not get rented bikes in rishikesh AFAIK. Better get some self drive car from Delhi
      2. Start early morning or late night to reach Sari Village, trek to Deoria Tal to stay overnight Or stay at Chopta only
      3. There are not much tolls on the route to Chopta, few will come till you reach Mujjaffarnagar

  25. Dheeraj, planning a trip to Char Dham Yatra ( 2 people ) from Delhi in the next week August 2015 and need your assistance regarding the route in such a way that WE will reach Kedarnath ji for Darshans on the 29-8-2015.

    Also wish to visit Yamunotri, Gangotri & Badrinath ji and if possible to cover the Panch Kedars as well along with Chandrashilla & Deoria Taal.

    Have 12-13 days of time & wanted to start the Yatra from Delhi on 21st / 22nd Aug 2015.

    Have Tata Vista & Tata Aria (4×4) so which vehicle should WE take and above all does it OK to travel in this month or not ?

    Really appreciated, for your valuable suggestion.

  26. dilip desai. mumbai. on

    dear dhiraj, is it ok to go to deoria tal, tungnath n syal sur in sep on 13th to 16, this year.

      • dilip desai on

        thnks a lot dhiraj for ur reply. my further querry r as follow 1, budget hotels in ukhimath, 2.bus timing from ukhimath to chopta n back.3 are share a jeep awailable here, what rate n there timing. once again thnks to be with us as friend, our group travel a lot in himalaya regularly at remote places for last 10 years. my mobi no is 09820453719. i m a family physician, mbbs,inmumbai.

        • Hi Dilip,

          GMVN Ukhimath is good and has dormitory too. Else there will be some guest houses. Regarding the bus timings please connect with guides mentioned in the article above who will be able to provide upto date info on bus timings.

  27. deepak gupta on

    Sir I m planning to gotungnath and chandrashila peak .. is it ok to be there on coming 19 to 25 June. One more thing what about the buses or public taxi, are these going to this place like chopta and can I get the accommodation there easily this time and can I come back in a day from Chopta to tungnath and chandrashila peak

  28. Hey,

    I am planning to visit this place in mid July. Is it safe considering the landslides?

    • Yeah Divya, it shall be fine to travel. Just check about rains and rest should be OK. Please note Gharwal hills are a bit more fragile in comparison to Kumaon, so saying it is 100% that no one can do, it is less safer than Kumaon hills but in case it does not rain they are OK to travel. The element of landslide risk in Himalayas cannot be negated anytime of the year, just that rains increases the probability more.

  29. Renu Makhija on

    Hi Dheeraj, Your blog is such an excellent source of information. Thank you so much.
    I am planning to do Chopta solo trip this weekend or next week (1st week of May/2015);
    Do you think Tungnath temple would be open at this time !?

    Also are their guest houses both at Deoriatal and Chandrashila !?
    If I reach Rishikesh at 5:30 am, can you suggest me best itinerary to cover Deorital, Tunganath and chandrashila, I wish to go slow and easy.

  30. Anirban Sarkar on

    Planning a trip to chopta. Leaving Delhi on 5th, night. Since, we are only two, budget is constraint.
    Still two things to know, are buses available from haridwar to Chopta?
    Are the roads closed now?

    • Anirban, yes buses will be available from HAridwar to Ukhimath or Guptkashi or Gopeshwar. You can take either, get down and take relevant shared jeep or local bus to Chopta from there. I am not sure if there is any direct bus available from Haridwar to Chopta or not. Roads were open as per couple of weeks back.

      • Anirban Sarkar on

        Thanks, so Ukhimath or Rudrapryag, the best place to change transport for Chopta.
        And I belive hotels will be available there.

  31. Prashnat Pandey on

    hii dheeraj,

    i am planning a bike trip to chopta from rishikesh on 2nd march & it’s raining out in uttrakhand for few days. So, how feasible is to go there on bike.

    • Prashnat, there are only few stretches which are bad in shape and can be bad in case it rains there and can form slush. apart from that, most of the route shall be fine. If it says heavy rains then better avoid it.

  32. Hi Dheeraj, thanks for your detailed descripition about chopta.I am very excited to visit chopta this new year with my friends. Please tell me how long the route is from delhi to chopta and approx. Travel Time from delhi to chopta by car. And chances of snowfall and where to accommodate during December end. Is it advisable to trek to tuganath??? Please help

    • Saurabh, not sure if you can go all the way up to Chopta due to snow but for sure you can reach about Duggalbitta or Baniya Kund, about 5-8 KMs before Chopta where you can stay too

    • There will be high chances of snowfall in December end and regarding trek, all the way up to Tunganath it will be difficult but you can ask for suggestions from locals on safety of it or get in touch with couple of guides mentioned in the article above. It will take about 12-13 Hrs to reach Chopta from Delhi

  33. Mash Swarup on

    Thanks for an in depth article Dheeraj, a personal question, sometime back you were using Dezire car and now you have shifted to Duster, just wanted to know how is it doing, especially in mountains, i too plan to take one, but considering XUV500, my main aim is that, vehicle should be able to do to and fro from Ladhak area via Manali.
    much regards

    • Swarup, I am still using by dZire buddy 😉 … The Duster you might have seen was of my friend who accompanied me on White Spiti trip. XUV is completely capable enough to do the entire Ladakh circuit.

  34. vaibhav sharma on

    hey heii can you plz suggest wedr its feasible to go chopta nd tungnath nd chandrashila on around 25 dec .. we guys are planning to visit dere…by our own car plz suggest d road blockage conditons nd stay nd wedr we will be allowed to climb up d hills by car,, hotels ,,

    • vaibhav, it is very much feasible to make a trip up there. If it snows heavily then it may be possible that you need to stay at Ukhimath or Duggalbitta but from there you can trek up to Chopta. Depending upon the weather, you can trek as far as possible & safe towards Tunganath

      • Can u just suggest us sm few hill station where we cn find snowfall in last week of dec..have option of chopta; auli ; reckong peo..rest u suggest..where 100% we cn find snow nd shud b within 500 km frm delhi..will b very thankful to u..

        • Vaibhab, please check out the series of articles on places to see snowfall near delhi starting from the link: Snowfall Near Delhi | 7 Places to Visit in Himachal

  35. Mash Swarup on

    Dheeraj, Thanks a lot, I regularly read your blogs and articles, you guys are doing indeed a very good job and motivating whole lot of people.
    Thanks a lot for being there for us.
    keep up the good work
    with best best wishes

  36. Hi,

    M.planning to visit chopta on 08 th Nov.. Would we find snow at this point of time

    • Rinky, I doubt there will be any snow at this time of the year. You can call up Bharat Guide mentioned in the article above and get to know the exact status

  37. is the trek possible for a single girl?? will it be safe?? what caution should i take beforehand??

    • and yes, i forgot to mention want to visit this place in the first week of Nov and i really hope i am not being too ambitious? thank you for your help in advance.

    • Aditi, trek is indeed possible but you need to see up the snow scenario there. If there is too much of snow present, then better not attempt it at least alone. Get in touch with the guides mentioned and may be they can help you out in that case. Otherwise, it should be OK as the path is all paved and marked upto Tunganath

  38. i am planning to go to chopta on 15th august.. is it safe to go in august and what are the travelling option available from delhi to chopta?

    • Saurabh, please check with some local guest house there at Chopta or KMVN Ukhimath about the road conditions and current weather before venturing up there. The roads especially near Agustamuni were quite bad in shape sometime back and I am sure rains would not have helped the issue too.

  39. sanchitatiku on

    Hii Dheeraj, No doubt that your article is very informative. I have few doubts.
    1. I am visiting Tungnath temple in the mid october with my parents. Will the path be safe for them to trek?
    2.How to travel To chopta from Utkimath?

    • Sanchita, it should be fine to travel Tungnath during mid of October and trek path shall be doable with no or very less snow during that time. From Ukhimath, you can take a taxi to Chopta.

  40. Is there any option to stay around Tunganath temple for a night? Like, it is possible in Madamaheshwar temple. We stayed there overnight.

      • We recently visited Tungnath in June. Yes..there were some guest house type rooms available at the top. Can’t remember exactly but 5-6 persons’ space was there.

  41. How about Monsoons
    Travelogues in DevilOnWheel was very informative. Inspired, I’m planning a trip in the Monsoons (Aug, 2014)– Deoria Tal, Ukhimath, Tunganath, Chandrashilla.

    • Sidhartha, monsoons will be a bit tricky in terms of road conditions near Augustmuni. So, please confirm first there at GMVN Ukhimath before proceeding with the plan. Rest it should be OK. Carry rain gear with you.

  42. Lovely travelogue Dheere.of course I read your write ups on BCM Touring as well..Just a clarification..Tungnath to Chandrashila peak is 1.5 km..trek time from Chopta to Chandrashila us 3-5 hours as mentioned in your blog..is this correct.

    • Yes, Jayant it takes that much and much dependent upon person to person and season as well. In snow, we had very very tough time while in normal time when one need to walk the track, it can be less too. For an average person who takes trekking less frequently it should be likely figure.

  43. Srikumar Balial on

    Hello Dheeraj-Nice report.ike it very much with beautiful picture.Please can you tell me in December(1st to 7th) 2014 is it possible to go their?How will be weather?Thanks for sharing informative Trip report.Regards-Srikumar

    • Srikumar, yes, it should be possible in December but you have to brave the conditions of cold up there and in case of bad weather may even want to cancel the trek up to Tunganath. Weather will be quite quite cold up there during December 1st week.

      • What about the idea of trek tunganath and chandrashila at the end of the December? I want to visit there at the end of this year.

        • Oliver, it will not be possible during that time due to heaps of snow for sure to Chandrashilla and even Tunganath ji should be out of reach too in case it snows too much by then.

  44. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning to visit Tungnath in June End. Is it possible to trek from Ukhimath to Tungnath/and Deoria tal or its better reach to Chopta by vehicle? We have roughly 3-4 days from and to haridwar. What you expect the weather condition during that time? Also we are not sure about dates, so do you recommend unplanned journey or not? for any prior bookings/arrangements!

  45. rajeev jha on

    i have few queries.
    1) rudraprayag to chopta distance
    2) rudraprayag to ukhimath distance

  46. sandeep kanojia on

    i would like to travel chopta tungnath in coming days and i want to know that how much it cost to one person to travel there….

  47. Arjun Puri on

    Hi Dheeraj – I just returned from a trip to Deoritaal, Tungnath and Chandrashila. Firstly, let me congratulate your on your very well and comprehensively written review. Just a few updates to your review.

    The road conditions are really bad these days, work is still on going to recover from last years disaster. From Rishikesh it will take a good 7 hours up to Chopta.

    Phone connectivity is good, in fact I was connecting to Vodafone even on top of Chandrashila. Chopta town has no electricity so recharging phone batteries is an issue. The temple is still to open, will do on 5th May.

    Lastly, the views on this trek are breathtaking. The camp sites are just awesome. If you have 4 days for a trek, go for this, you will not regret it.

    • Thank you so very much Arjun for this update !! I am sure you must have loved the journey and yeah it will take time to repair those roads. However, good part is things are getting restored.

  48. Dear Dheeraj Ji,
    I,m,Rahul,want to go to Tungnath-Chopta-Deoriatal on April 6th 2014 along with my frnd.I want to stay at night near Deorital in Tent.Can u told me what is d per day charge for 1 tent?

    • Rahul you will get it there for aout 700-800 types, may be food will cost you a bit more above it. Deoria Tal is lovely and you will love the stay there. Check with Bharat, contact mentioned in the article, he will be able to help you with most stuff up there at Deoria Tal as well as Tunganath – Chandrashilla trek. The guy is really nice and humble.

  49. What is the expected cost of the tour….5 days….as you article above….


    I’m planning to visit Uttarakhand in 2-weeks tour during 3rd. week of October to 1st. week of November with my wife, 8-year old son and mother-in-law (58 years). During my visit at Chopta in the last of October, I opt for a day’s visit to Tungnath. Please tell where should I stay overnight before the day to Tungnath, at Chopta or anywhere else? Who will be the guide on the trek-route?

    • Sib, you can stay at Chopta or near Duggalbitta if nothing is available at Chopta. You can take Umeid as guide if required. Contact info present in the article above.

  51. is 3 days enough to reach tungnath . iam planning to fly to delhi from chennai on friday and from there reach tungnath and return back to delhi by sunday as i have my flight on monday morning ..

  52. Binny Rehsi on

    Hi Dheeraj, Loved your article, it has all the required information + never boring. But I still have a few questions as I’m planning to visit Tungnath from Delhi with another 3 gals. Our first preference is that we want to see Tungnath temple, so, it should not be closed due to snowfall and we also want to trek to Chandrashila (don’t wana miss anything). W’d love it is we get to enjoy snow too, but that’s a second preference. Please let me know if end of March would be a good time for us to see Tungnath temple, Chandrashila + snow, all three. Thanks in advance!

    • Hello Binny,

      End of March, there will be snow for sure at Tungnath and towards Chandrashilla. I will suggest only in April mid types or late April types may be this year because of abundant snowfall.

      Dheeraj sharma

  53. Hello Sir,

    This is extremely informative and nicely written. Me and some of my friends are planning to go to Tunganath around March 10, 2013. Will it be possible if we go with the guides? Please suggest

    • Brato, well, there will be loads of Snow and you can see these pictures are from March only. May be it might be possible but do not venture in on your own. Guide would be a nice option to have with you. Couple of contacts have been mentioned in the above article itself.

  54. Jayant P. Bhatkhalkar. on

    Planing to go to TUNGNATH and CHANDRASHILA in last week of jan 13

    • Jayant, please do not attempt without proper advice of local guide there in January. It will all be covered with snow. Chandrashilla not at all recommended, though you may try Tunganath ONLY after any local guide advice. I will still stay away from it in January. Go there and enjoy snow and come back rather making all the way to there. If you are some professional/experienced trekker then only I could say, go and attempt.

      Dheeraj sharma

  55. Hi! which month did you go- these photographs are from which month? We are planning for mid-feb but are not sure about the snow and whether we will get accomodation in chopta bec. of the snow. Please guide. Thanks.

    • Hi Narayani,

      These are from the month of March. Chopta will be closed and cut off due to snow in Feb. Max you may reach will be Duggalbitta by car and from there you will need to trek towards Chopta and further. I will not advice climbing towards Tunganath in February if you are not one of those insane adventure seekers and even if you want little enjoyment towards it, prefer taking a local guide with you as snow there could be really deep at that time as it was when we visited it in March.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  56. Dear Dheeraj you are simply great your experience sharing is really worthy, the mobile numbers which you have mentioned – are there any chances of changes in the no. – is there any system of hotel booking & cab booking through some websites over there?

    • Hi Nikhil,

      Yes, they might be working I think though not sure about it. Hira Singh ji is not present now and has been replaced but you can contact Surinder. I am not sure of any cab bookings but you can book KMVM/GMVN hotels through their websites.

      Dheeraj sharma

  57. Dineshkumar.A on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Hope your fine,ok, This is my doubt. I want to snow trek tungnath & chandrasila during January month. Will it be snow covered & viable for us to trek..

    • Nopes Dinesh, it will not be viable to snow trek Chandrashilla or Tunganath at that time of the year. If you want to do it then do with some experienced group/guide end of February or in March.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  58. Hello Mr.Dhiraj,

    on 30 july,2012 we have planed to visit valley of flowers. and we will come at dehradun on 22 july,2012. so we have 1 week, so I am thinking to cover tunganath anddeorai tal. Is it comfortable and worth for us to go there now. please give your opinion as early as possible. If not then please do suggest other plases(trecks)whih can be covered in 5 days. please reply as early as possible.

    • I guess, yes Pushkar Tunganath ji and Chandrashialla trek would be great one for one for you. There is Deoria Tal as well. So, all of them can be covered in 3 days and then you can continue for Valley of Flowers trek.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  59. Ashuthosh,Kerala on

    Very nice and informative, like us from far most south………..Thank you buddy…

    • Glad you liked the information present on the blog. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Ramesh ojha on

        dear bro,I m planning for tungnath track,please tell me,when buses will be available up to chopta and from where I can get them.is there budget hotel in chopta?plz reply.

        • Ramesh, you should be able to get a bus for Rudraprayag or Guptkashi or Ukhimath from Rishikesh/Haridwar and from there ther shall be taxis/shared tempos running in between Chotpa – Ukhimath for sure. Else you can hitch hike. There are only few budget guest houses only up there at Chopta.

      • Ramesh ojha on

        thanks for reply,pz tell me w hen accomodation will be available in chopta in stead of dugallibatta or baniyakund?

        • Ramesh, as soon as the road opens the caretakers/owners come back to Chopta to open their closed guest houses. I feel road should open by April.

  60. Neeraj Kumar on

    Thanxxxxx Dheeraj sir for the Information about Chopta Traveling

  61. Kiran Bisht on

    Hie Mr. Dheeraj,

    I find the travelogues given on devilonwheel very interesting and informative.

    This time inspired by your travelogue we are planning a trip from Faridabad – Tunganath – chandrashilla in the first week of April (1-5th).
    Just want to check whether the time will be good for a snow trek. I want to make sure "Ample of Snow"

    • Hi Kiran

      Thanks alot. Yes, April first week will be ideal time to find ample of snow at Tunganath and Chandrashilla. Let me know incase you need any other details or have any doubts/queries. All the best for your trip,

      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for your reply.

        Would you recommend a full day drive from delhi to chopta. How much time would it take to reach from delhi (we plan to start early) to chopta/nearby.

        • Hello Kiran,

          Well, you can reach Chopta in about 12 Hrs from Delhi. I guess it is not that hectic but just to cut short journey by another 40-50 odd KMs, I will any day prefer to stay at Syal Saur just before Ukhimath, aside Mandakini river to peace and rest myself before I enjoy rest of the valley thoroughly. I hope this helps.

          Dheeraj sharma

  62. We are going to rishikesh by train and then hire a cab(innova) from there to chopta…

    • Sounds good I guess. The whole Chopta valley is very nice and in Spring, very nice. You will find extremely rich flora and fauna there.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  63. Hi Dheeraj,

    A great post i must say..we are planning a trekking trip to tunganath in march…march 14-18…is it a good time to go?

    • Hi Ravish,

      Thanks a lot and sorry for the delayed reply. Well, I will say shift about a week as it may be possible that by then no one had trekked it. That will mean no foot marks to follow and will make it very difficult for you guys in that case. So, make it around late March and you will be good to go I guess. It is an awesome place and you will enjoy alot. Let me know incase you need any details.

      Dheeraj sharma

      • Thanks Dheeraj…We can't shift the dates now…If the whether is all clear by then, we should be the first ones to create foot marks for this season 🙂