CHADAR (FROZEN RIVER) TREK

Best season : Mid-January - End of February
Grade : Moderate to Strenuous.
Altitude : 3850 mts/12628 ft
Temperature Minus : Day time: -15 to -20 /Night time: - 25 to - 35

Chadar Trek is an unusual yet thrilling expedition of walking on frozen river. The Zanskar River freezes in winter, enabling walking on the thick ice sheet along the area that is inaccessible in summer. Chadar Trek allows us to penetrate this isolation and also to examine some of the picturesque remote villages along the Zanskar River in the midst of winter and thus catch a glimpse of the lifecycle during this unique time of the year. The traditional name of the trek "Chadar " means the frozen sheet, which served as the lifeline for the people of Zanskar for centuries as they had to go back and forth to the outside world, when the passes were inaccessible due to heavy snowfall. Now the route is also famous as winter trekking as walking on Frozen Zanskar River is an ultimate experience for adventure lover. Most of the trek is done on the ice (Chaddar) but at some places we must climb icy rocks or trails which can be pretty challenging. In normal course of journey along the villages, we follow the trail traditionally used by the people of Zanskar for ages.

Any person thinking of joining this unique adventurous trek must be fully prepared to adapt to the tough walking and inhospitable camping conditions at times. The total distance of this tour is approximately 210 Km and will be covered with average distance of 15 to 17 km a day. The temperature remains minus 15 to 20 during the day time and - 25 to -35 during the night. Most of the overnight halts will be done in the caves and in Villages we may sleep in the houses provided by the local people devoid of many basic amenities of modern life. However the porters and the kitchen team will be totally Zanskaris, who are naturally trained to work in any harsh weather conditions, so you can really count on them for the best service possible.

We have two options for Chadar (frozen river) trek, the longer route- up to Padum, the main town of valley and the shorter one is up to Lingshed village.

CHILLING TO KARSHA TREK.

Duration : 23Night / 24 Days
Grade : Strenuous
Destination Covered : Delhi-Leh - Chilling - Zaribago - Deepyokma - Nyrakpulu - Lingshed - Deepyokma - Warsangdo - Pishu - Karsha - Zangla - Sarakdo - Nyrakpulu - Tso Mopoaldar - Tilatdo - Chilling - Leh Season: (December - February)

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 01 : Arrival at Delhi International airport and day sightseeing.

Day 02 : Fly from Delhi to Leh at Kushok Bakula Airport. (3524 mtrs)

Day 03 : Full day Jeep tour Sightseeing to biggest and famous monasteries of Ladakh at Indus valley.

Day 04 : Half day hiking to adjacent villages of Leh market including sightseeing to Shanti Stupa, Samkar Gompa, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa and 17th Leh palaces.

Day 05 : Full day Jeep sightseeing to 11th century Alchi Choskor Temple the Living heritage of Ladakh and 15th century Likir Monastery of Sham valley.

Day 06 : Leh - Chilling (Altitude 3200 Mtrs) 5 Hours Drive.

Day 07 : Trek from Chilling to Zaribago (Altitude 3250 Mtrs. 4/5 hrs trek)

Day 08 : Trek from Zaribago to Deepyokma (Altitude 3300 Mtrs. 4/5 hrs trek)

Day 09 : Trek from Deepyokma to Nyrakpulu (Altitude 3400 Mtrs. 4/5 hrs trek)

Day 10 : Trek from Nyrakpulu to Lingshed (Altitude 3870 Mtrs. 5/6 hrs trek)

Day 11 : Lingshed (Day at Leisure)

Day 12 : Trek from Lingshed to Deepyokma (Altitude 3450 Mtrs. 4/5 hrs trek)

Day 13 : Trek from Deepyokma to Warsangdo (Altitude 3500 Mtrs. 5 hrs trek)

Day 14 : Trek from Warsangdo to Pishu (Altitude 3600 Mtrs. 4-6 hrs trek)

Day 15 : Trek from Pishu to Karsha (Altitude 3700 Mtrs. 3/4 hrs trek)

Day 16 : Karsha village.

Day 17 : Trek from Karsha to Zangla (Altitude 3600 Mtrs. 5/6 hrs trek)

Day 18 : Trek from Zangla to Sarakdo (Altitude 3500 Mtrs. 6/7 hrs trek)

Day 19 : Trek from Sarakdo to Nyrakpulu (Altitude 3400 Mtrs. 6/7 hrs trek)

Day 20 : Trek from Nyrakpulu to Tso Mopoaldar (Altitude 3300 Mtrs. 6/7 hrs trek)

Day 21 : Trek from Tsomopaldar to Tilatdo (Altitude 3200 Mtrs. 6/7 hrs trek)

Day 22 : Trek from Tilatdo to Chilling (Altitude 3500 Mtrs. 3/4 hrs trek). Later drive from Chilling to Leh.

Day 23 : Free day at Leh. Folk dance show in the evening.

Day 24 : Fly back to Delhi from Leh and connected to international flight to Home.

CHILLING TO LINGSHED TREK

Durations : 16 Nights/17 Days
Grade : Strenuous
Season : January to Mid February

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 01 : Arrival at Delhi international airport and day sighseeing around Delhi.

Day 02 : Fly from Delhi to Leh at Kushok Bakula Airport. (3524 mtrs).

Day 03 : Full day Jeep tour sightseeing to biggest and famous monastery of Indus valley. Overnight stay at Leh in Hotel.

Day 04 : Half day Hiking to adjacent villages of Leh town including sightseeing to Shanti Stupa, Samkar Gompa, and Namgyal Tsemo Gompa.O/N at Leh in Hotel

Day 05 : Full day Jeep tour sightseeing to most famous 11th century Alchi Choskor Temple and Likir Monastery. O/N at Leh in Hotel.

Day 06 : Leh - Chilling (4/5 hrs drives) O/N at Family Homestay Guest House.

Day 07 : Trek from Chilling to Zaribago (3250 mtrs 5 hrs trek). O/N at Camp.

Day 08 : Trek from Zaribago to Deepyokma (3300 mtrs 4/5 hrs trek) O/N at Camp.

Day 09 : Trek from Deepyokma to Nyrakpulu (3400 mtrs 5/6 hrs trek) O/N at Nyrakpulu.

Day 10 : Trek from Nyarakpulu to Lingshed village. (3800 mtrs 3/4 hrs trek) O/N at Lingshed village in family Homestay Guest House.

Day 11 : Rest day at Lingshed village. (3800 mtrs)O/N at Family Homestay Guest House.

Day 12 : Trek from Lingshed village to Nyarakpulu (3400 mtrs 5 hrs trek) O/N at Camp.

Day 13 : Trek from Nyarakpulu to Tso Mopoaldar (3300 mtrs 6/8 hrs trek) O/N at Camp.

Day 14 : Trek from Tso Mopoaldar to Tilatdo (3200 mtrs 6/8 trek) O/N at Camp.

Day 15 : Trek from Tilatdo to Chilling (3/4 hrs trek). Upon arrival at Chilling village, drive back to Leh. O/N at Leh

Day 16 : Free day at Leh. Evening folk dance show. O/N at Leh in Hotel.

Day 17 : Fly back to Delhi from Leh and connected to international flight to Home.