Chandrashila is situated at a height of 4,000 metres above the sea level. The place is located at a distance of 5 kilomtres trekking distance from Chopta. Starting from Chopta one goes to Deori Tal and then Tungnath after which it is a one kilometre steep slope to Chandrashila.
Chandrashila literally means “Moon Rock”. The peak provides a spectacular view of the Himalayan ranges including Chaukhamba, Bandarpunch, Nanda Devi, Kedar and Trishul peaks. The 360 degree panoramic view is a delight for every nature lover. Though the distance is short, trekkers find the trek rigorous due to the steep slope. The trek is undertaken throughout the year although it becomes difficult in winters due to snowfall which makes the path difficult to walk in.
According to a popular legend, this is the place where Lord Rama meditated after defeating the King Ravana. It is also believed that the moon god Chandra spent time in Chandrashila for peace and this is from where the place got its name.
Chandrashila Trek Iternary:
Trek to Chandrashila is an easy to hard trek. The trek is easy to moderate in summers while in winters the trek becomes hard due to snowfall on the way which makes walking on the steep slope rigorous. The trek starts from Chopta and spending a night in Chopta one can start early in the morning.
Day 1: Starting from Chopta one has to walk a distance of 2 kilometres first reaching Sari village and then finally reaching Deori Tal which is a beautiful lake which falls on the way. One can do camping and spend a night under the stars in Deori Tal and start the trek to Chandrashila the next day. One can also start the same day if they want to (optional).
Day 2: The next day a trek of 2 kilometres will take you to the Tungnath Temple. After reaching Tungnath Temple one can seek blessings and camp overnight to start the trek to Chandrashila the next day. One can also start the trek further the same day which is steep slope which makes the trek more rigorous.
Day 3: Starting early morning the next day with the beautiful sunrise in the mountains, one has to trek a distance of 1 kilometre to reach Chandrashila Peak. The trekking route although difficult but is a path full of natural beauty. One can do camping in Chandrashila and stay overnight at the peak. One can also go back to Chopta taking the same route Tungnath-Deori Tal-Sari village-Chopta (optional).
Day 4: Taking the same route one can reach back to Chopta and taking a rest for a day or on the same day can return back to the desired destination.
Chandrashila can be reached by trekking a distance of 5 kilometres from Chopta and one can reach Chopta by shared taxis coming from all the neighbouring towns.