The Chandrasilla trek is unique in that the peak can be summit relatively easily in the winter and also acts as a day trek from Chopta via Tungnath in the summer. The summer trek to the peak is a short and pleasant trek and is often extended into a longer trek with an overnight halt at Chopta.The climb in the winter involves scaling and trekking on a rich route of flora and fauna, through meadows full of fresh snow. Relatively difficult, it requires mountaineering experience and requires a certain degree of skill.
In Chamoli District, above Chopta and Tungnath, Garhwal Himalayas Best accessed from Chopta. The route involves travelling to Okhimath or Chopta and starting the trek. The route used is Rishikesh – Rudraprayag – Okhimath – Chopta Access is from Dugal Bitta in winter.
Length: 4km from Chopta to Chandrasilla; the distance increases by 4km in the winter
Type: Adventure / Winter
Season: Year round
Difficulty and grading: Grade II (summer); Grade III (winter)
Day 1: 16km trek to Dugal Bitta from Deoria Tal, through dense forests ascending from 1,500m to 2,000m
Day 2: includes a 9km trek to Chopta on winter snow slopes
Day 3: involves an attempt on the Chandrasilla peak (3,679m) via Tungnath; trek of 7km
Scenic quality: High visual quality, especially in the winter from the peak. The summer trek is pleasant and not very arduous.
Awareness / popularity: Is one of the lesser-known trails in the region and is generally climbed by locals rather than outsiders
Logistical support: Chopta is the road head for the region and is the centre for all porters and mule hire for the trek in the summer. However, arrangements need to be made from Okhimath or Deoria Tal in the winter.
Local authority assistance: Local forest officials and villagers are helpful