|Ancient temple (1000yrs old Tungnath which fulfills your wish|Which is the highest temple in the world?
There is a strong belief that if you pray here, all your wishes are fulfilled
At an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft), and just below the peak of Chandrashila, Tungnath temple is the highest Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is
What's the legend behind Tungnath?
|Pandavas in search of Lord Shiva in Himalayas|
The Tunganath myth is indelibly linked to the origin of the Panch Kedar temples b
The heavenly trek
|Amazing Trek in winter to Tungnath|
Other than being a religious destination, Tungnath is also a well known trekking destination. The 4 km (2.5 mi) trek starts from Chopta (9,600 ft (2,926 m)), the nearest place on the NH 58.
Easy Trek Suitable even for kids, women and physically fit elderly
|Approaching Tungnath on a winter morning|
|Devotees visiting Tungnath during summer|
Of all the Panch Kedar trek routes, the route to Tungnath is the shortest
Only 4 km (2.5 mi) from Chopta (on the Ukhimath Gopeshwar road) that can be covered in approximately 3–4 hours (depending on the trekker's physical ability).
The trek is a moderate (and sometimes steep) climb (9,600–12,000 ft (2,926–3,658 m)), the trek path is a
For physically fit and spiritually oriented travelers
I strongly recommend Panch Kedar road cum trek package or plan your own itinerary, the Tungnath being a part of this route.
Road cum trek
This is covering all five temples over a 170 km (105.6 mi) route (road cum trek length) starting from Rishikesh in the order of: Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheswar and Kalpeshwar. The few pilgrims undertake this trekking pilgrimage to the shrine do so during summer months (end April or early May to September/October).
The beautiful trek of Chopta-Tungnath during winter
The stunning trek in winter to the "Lord of the peaks" or "Kingdom of Lord Shiva" starts from Chopta in Uttarakhand.
One can reach the nearest settlement Chopta on Ukhimath-Gopeshwar road. There is a GMVN Tourist Guest House Ukhimath.
On a sunny day in winter, it may take few hours to trek to Chopta. This place offers stunning views of Himalayan peaks - Kedar and Chaukhambha peaks.
The trail to Tungnath is five km uphill and is accessible by foot only. The trek is heavenly in winter with incredible surrounding views and awesome snow covered path and peaks.
Some precautions for winter trekkers
- Carry packaged food and sufficient water.
- Take a pair of snow-boots (or lease it from Duggalbitha).
- Should wear sunscreen and shades.
- Consider starting earlier in the day.
Airport and Rail Head
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun (258 km (160 mi)). The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh (241 km (150 mi))