Chandrashila is the summit of the Tungnath peak. It literally means ‘Moon Rock’. It is located at a height of about 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level. This peak provides a spectacular view of Himalayas, especially Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandar punch and Chaukhamba peaks. The trek to Chandrashila is very popular amongst tourists. The trek to the peak is 5 kms long. The trek route that starts from Chopta takes one to Tungnath (the highest Shiva temple in the world); from here, it is a kilometer long, and a steep trek. Though shorter in distance, steep climbing makes this trek rigorous.
History and Mythology
There are various legends associated with this place. According to a popular legend, this is the place where Lord Ram meditated after defeating the demon-king Ravana. Another legend says that moon God Chandra spent time here in penance.
This trek is undertaken throughout the year although during winter season due to snowfall this trek becomes difficult as the road to Chopta is closed. Trekkers use a different route during this period (Deoria Tal - Duggalbitta - Tungnath – Chandrashila).