First timer’s guide to Tungnath

Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the Garhwal region, Uttarakhand. It’s at the height of 3680 m from sea level and the best time to visit this place is during the month of May to October.

Since the region receives heavy snowfall during the winter season.

During the winter season, the deity is shifted to Markandey Temple in Makku Village also known as Mukkumath.

Best time to Visit Tungnath

November – April (Winters): Mountains are mostly covered with snow so it’s a bit hard to reach Tungnath but for people who love adventure and some time away from the crowd. You can definitely climb to Tungnath during winters as well.

Note: It’s highly recommended that you carry lots of water and don’t go without a guide during winters.

May – June (Summers): This can possibly be the best time to visit Tungnath as it’s a lot easier to trek and overall weather is quite pleasant.

August- September (Monsoons): During rainy seasons you can easily trek to Tungnath but some parts of Chandrasila trek might be a bit too risky for you. So I’ll suggest you avoid monsoons if you are planning for Chandrasila peak as well.

Also Check: Complete itinerary for Tungnath

How to reach Tungnath

The easiest and cheapest way to reach Tungnath is by road only. So in order to reach there, you can either choose to go with a bus or you can take your car as well.

Tungnath by Road

If you travelling by bus then first you will have to reach Haridwar from there you can easily find a bus till Ukhimath.

You can also reach there via Rishikesh as well but I will suggest you go through Haridwar. As there are a number of options available from there.

Hari ki Pauri, Haridwar
Hari Ki Pauri, Haridwar

The road conditions of the region are not that good so the last bus leaves Haridwar at around 10 AM. It’s better you catch an early morning bus from the GMOU bus stand which is close to the Haridwar railway station. From there multiple busses are available at regular intervals. From there it will take an almost full day to reach Tungnath.

If you are going by your own vehicle keep the below-mentioned route in mind.

Delhi – Haridwar 230 Km

Haridwar – Rudraprayag 160 Km

Rudraprayag – Ukhimath 44 Km

Ukhimath – Chopta 65 Km

Chopta — Tungnath (3 km Easy Trek)

Tungnath – Chandrashila Peak (1 km Moderate Trek)

Tungnath by Air

The closest airport to Tungnath is Jolly Grant airport which is close to Haridwar. After that, you can either book a cab or just go through public transport till Ukhimath. From there you will have to book a cab till Chopta the closest town to Tungnath.

Tungnath by Rail

Closest railway station to Tungnath is Haridwar only from where you can either book a cab or can board a bus as I mentioned earlier.

Also Read: Best weekend destinations for camping and trekking near Delhi

Things to do at Tungnath

  • Trekking, People from around the globe visit Tungnath to experience beautiful views of the meadows while trekking here. It’s an easy 3 km trek which takes around 2 hours to complete. If you are new to trekking then this might feel a bit difficult to you as it’s a steep trail to Tungnath.
Trail to Tungnath Temple
The trail to Tungnath Temple

There are a number of trekking options available in this region which I’ll mention later in this post.

  • Camping, this region is also pretty good for camping as well whether you are looking for a family outing or just want some time away from the hustle of the Metropolitan cities. Then is the right place for you as well.
  • Witness sunrise from Chandrasila, Chandrasila is the highest peak of the region and trust me if not the best it is one of the best things to do in this region. It’s a magical experience there.
  • Bird watching, this region also offers a very rich flora and fauna. So if you are interested in viewing some of the rarest and most beautiful species of birds, then this is also a good destination for you.

Trekking at Tungnath

In order to reach Tungnath, you will have to start your journey up from Chopta. It’s a 3km easy trek which will take you around 2-3 hours depending upon your fitness. There are a number of small shops on the way to Tungnath, which will offer you tea and some snacks as well. So you don’t need to carry a lot of stuff there.

Since the temple and most parts of the trail are covered in snow during the winters. So these shops above might be closed. So to confirm that while starting your trek.

I’ll share the details of the person to contact for stay at the end of the post so do contact him in order to know real-time conditions of the place.

Also Check: Sunrise from Tungnath (Complete Video)

Stay at Tungnath

There are a number of options to stay close to Tungnath. You can either choose to stay in tents or can go for small home stays available there.

I’ll personally suggest you go for the home stays and enjoy the hospitality of the locals. But if you came here for camping only then you can choose to go to camps, it’s totally up to you.

Homestays will cost you somewhere between INR 500-1000 depending upon the room you choose. Still, you will have to pay for your meals separately.

I’ll highly recommend avoiding staying at Chopta as rooms there are quite expensive and the view from the rooms at chopta is nothing compared to that from Tungnath.

If you are looking for more luxurious stays then you can click here.

Other trekking options

  • Chadrashila
  • Deoriyataal
  • Rudranath Temple (12 km)
  • Atri Muni trek (30 km from Chopta)

Tungnath to Chandrasila

As I mentioned above, Chandrasila is the highest peak in the region and it about 1 and a half km from Tungnath.

Many people climb till top in order to witness sunrise from there.

View from Chandrasila peak
View from Chandrasila peak

In order to reach Chandrasila before sunrise, you got to start your trek at around 4:00 Am in the morning. It’s quite bright by then so you won’t require any torch or flashlights to start your trek in this region. You just got to follow the trail ahead of Tungnath Temple and follow the signboard which mentions the way to the trail to Chandrasila peak.

It’s not that difficult considering the distance and duration of this trek but its a little tiring. But the view from the top is always worth it.

It’s a magical experience trekking to Tungnath which everyone must experience at least once. It is a versatile though scenic location at the same time.

You can either be here on a family trip or can just be an adventure junkey to enjoy trekking to an offbeat destination, totally depending upon you.

Sunrise at Chandrashila
Sunrise at Chandrashila

Person to contact:

  • Sujan Singh Rana: 9927-590165

He is the owner of a shop named Devlok at Tungnath and even offers stays there. He’s a nice and humble person so feel free to contact him for a stay there.

Hey, I am a photographer and a blogger based out of Lucknow. I love to travel and capture photographs, that's why I started this blog with an aim to share my experiences and tips which I have acquired by travelling.

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