Best time to do Chandrashila trek
Chandrashila situated at around 4000m from the sea level is a moderately easy trek from Chopta. Though open for the entire year, best time to do Chandrashila trek should be decided keeping in mind your preferred landscape type. If you are more into colourful scenaries, then the best time for you would be April-early may, when the Rhodedendrons are at their full bloom, or September-October, when the landscape starts changing its colour from green to brown. However, if you are more into snow, then go for November-December. Avoid this trek in winters after December, because it gets very hard to trek in the thick blanket of snow.
Below listed is a detailed report of the changing topography with the changing seasons.
Chopta-tungnath-Chandrashila trek in April-
Clear skies and a pleasant weather are two of the main factors that can contribute in making a trek comfortable and memorable. The sky generally remais clear and you can see the peaks of Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi and Trishul very clearly. Also the trek from Chopta to Tungnath gets more special with the Rhodedendrons having started to bloom.
Chopta-tungnath-Chandrashila trek in May-
It is advisable to go on this trek by early May, if you want to experience the beauty of the Rhodedendrons at their fullest. The landscape remains more or less same. The fresh gurgling streams, bright green meadows, pink rhodedrons and the clear 360 degree view of the mighty mountain ranges from the Chandrashila top, will definitely add a lot of colours to your life.
Chopta-tungnath-Chandrashila trek in September and October-
Along with free flowing streams, the other thing that adds charm to this trek in September and October is the changing colour of the landscapes. The green meadows start turning brown and you get to see Autumn as a magical season of beautiful transitions.
Chopta-Tungnath-Chandrashila trek in November-
The weather gets chilly and the region starts experiencing snowfall. Though chances of finding snow on your way to Tungnath from Chopta are rare, you will most definitely start seeing snow, even if little, at Tungnath and from there onwards to Chandrashila. The mountain peaks that are visible also start getting covered in snow. The skies are clear and the overall beauty is unmatched.
Chopta-Tungnath-Chandrashila trek in December-
The only drawback of the winter season in this trek is that the Tungnath temple remains closed during this time. In December, the temperatures start falling even more, and so expect to experience some snow on your trekking trail. The best part is that the amount of snow in December is just enough to enhance the enchanting beauty of this expedition, without making it tough for the travelers to trek their way to the summit.
All seasons have a different charm and an appeal that cannot be compared. You can come to the same place a multiple times and still be astounded with the beauty it has. However, if you do not want to invest in the same place and trek for more than once, do keep in mind your preferred topography before packing your bags for a particular date.