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Everything You Need to Know About The Tungnath Trek in Uttarakhand

by Geetika Gautam

The Tungnath trek in Uttarakhand is a robust and adventurous experience. It offers breathtaking views of the Garhwal Himalaya.

It includes the Chandertal peak, Kusumtala, Niti Pass, and Tungnath peak. The trek takes you through dense forests and across meadows sprinkled with blue flowers that bloom in the summer months. You’ll also see tulsi plants (known as holy basil) growing along the trail. Also, a few apple orchards add color to the greenscape.

The Tungnath trek begins from Chandertal and takes you up to Niti Pass, from where the trail to Tungnath peak starts. This trek is linked with the Pin Parvati Trek, which offers another loop around Parvati Valley with views of Kasol and mighty peaks such as Trishul.

During this one-week backpacking trip, you’ll spend time in villages inhabited by the local Gadwal tribe. 

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Tungnath Trek  in Uttarakhand, Trekking Route

If you’re looking for a trek with an untouched, picturesque landscape and the most staggering vistas in all of Garhwal then look no further than Tungnath. Situated on a ridge at an incredible height of 3,680 metres, it is the highest point in Roopkund as well as Rohtang Pass.

The route to Tungnath starts from Govindghat and ends at Panwali Dwar. The route is not that difficult, but it’s quite long – around 22 km. The main trekking route is through Panchachuli forest and passes through the forest reserve of Tungnath.

The total time taken to reach Tungnath will be around 15-20 hours if you keep a steady pace. You should plan extra time so that you can enjoy a bit of sightseeing. It takes 2 days to reach Roopkund from Panchachuli. The trek to Roopkund takes around 4-5 hours.

Once in Tungnath you can take up treks to Hanuman Chatti and then head towards Gaura Parvat, which is famous for its waterfalls. This trekking route is one of its kind – it extends through the forest and is hardly used by anyone. In fact, there is no tourist facility available anywhere on this trek. So if you’re fussy about staying in hotels then another trek may be a better option for you.

Tungnath is one of the highest pilgrimages in the Hindu religion. It is believed that at Tungnath Shiva placed his foot while carrying the mountains. The mountains are known as ‘Tunga’ to build his abode in Kedarnath.

Tungnath Trek  in Uttarakhand, Travel Tips & Guide

This article is all about the best places to visit when you are in Uttarakhand and the best way to tackle the beast that is Tungnath. So here we go.

Tungnath trek has become quite a famous one and it’s not hard to see why. The trek that is undertaken from the base camp can be completed in just two days. The experience of trekking through the cool and dense forest of these hills is a definitely recommended one.  Also, you’ll surely never regret trying it out.

Tungnath trek will prove to be an amazing experience for the avid nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. This climb has different sections with varying degrees of difficulty. So there will be something for everyone among the group. The weather conditions are favourable for the trek in most of the seasons and is also clearly defined. To know more about Tungnath Trek, you can check out this blog.

Best Time For Tungnath Trek in Uttarakhand

The best time for Tungnath trek is when the temple is open in the month of May (summer) and September (monsoon). If you are visiting or trekking outside of these seasons, you may be required to hike the entire Tungnath trail . 

There are several other monsoons in Uttarakhand. Here, we tell you when and why to trek in every season.

All our treks are guided and recommended for any season. All you should do is choose the one that fits your schedule, interest and accessibility.

Tungnath Trek Uttarakhand in May:

The temple at Tungnath is open from May 15 to June 15. The first day of the month is auspicious and most local people climb up the temple to pay their prayers. 

Tungnath Trek Itinerary

Day 01:- Haridwar/Rishikesh – Chopta

Start for Chopta ( Approx 240 km one way/11 hrs drive). After arriving at chopta check in your pre book hotel/ Camp. Overnight at Chopta.

Day 02:- Chopta – Tungnath – Chopta

After having breakfast, meet your local guide and start your trek for Tungnath temple, which is a 4 km trek one way. Later you can trek down to your camp/ lodge in Chopta. Overnight at chopta.

Day 03:- Chopta – Haridwar/Rishikesh

After breakfast you can enjoy the Chopta Valley and drive to Haridwar or Rishikesh. Evening drop at hotel/Station.

Journey Ends

Things to do on Tungnath Trek

Are you thinking what you can do on the trek besides admiring the view, then here are some beautiful experiences you can get:

  • Temple

You must seek the blessings of the holy Tugnath temple. People mostly suggest not to visit the temple during December as it is mostly not open. The reason being the area receives heavy snowfall and the idol of Lord Shiva is shifted to the Mukku Village. Pilgrims can visit the temple during the summers at the end of April but the doors are shut in November.

  1. Bird watching

On the route to Tungnath, you can treat your eyes with the views of magnificent exotic Himalayan birds. Tungnath is part of the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and is home to the most beautiful bird of India – Himalayan Monal. Also, if you are thinking of going in winters, you will get a chance to see Snow Partridge from nearby distance.

Important Tips: Tungnath Trek

This post contains some important information about Tungnath Trek and the necessary precautions to be taken while trekking in order to have a safe and enjoyable trip.

  • Avoiding or preventing altitude sickness is one of the most important things to do when you are trekking in Himalayan regions. The major causes of altitude sickness are high-altitude pulmonary oedema, cerebral oedema and hypoxia. 
  • Symptoms can include headaches, dizziness and poor sleep. For mild cases where you are feeling well enough to continue on your journey, immediate descent may be possible but treatment is required for severe cases.
  • Carry snacks to munch on, for instance, chocolates, biscuits, nuts, etc. You will also need to reach higher terrain where there is a reliable water supply. 
  • Carry extra clothing to wear in the event that you sweat and need to change, for instance, cotton clothes for summer season and woolen clothes for winter season.
  • Avoid Trekking during night time. 

 

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