Chadar Trek - Short

Departure Date

15 Jan - 20 Feb

Duration

11 Nights/ 12 Days

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Maximum Seats

50

Tour Overview

Briefing

Walking on Frozen river of Zanskar is an ultimate experience for adventure lover. The traditional name of the trek is “Chadar trek” the frozen ice blanket sheet, which was only way in and out for Zanskaris in winter when all other ways are closed due to heavy snow fall at high passes.Therefore, it had been trade route for centuries for Zanskari People. Now the route is also famous as winter trekking among adventure lovers. For last several years, we have been organizing this winter trek in three different options with trained of local Zanskari porters/ peoples and our well-experienced guide and staff.The coldest temperatures may shudder your bodies in the mornings when the temperatures are often at their lowest. You’ll be up at 7AM and we start walking around 8:30AM.
Highlights

This is a trek into some of the most isolated yet inhabited regions in the Zanskar mountains, most notably the village of Lingshed. Trekking on ice, the frozen Zanskar River, we average five to seven hours daily at an easy pace but a reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed to sustain walking for nine days during winter conditions. The trek commences from the village of Chiling located not far from the confluence of Indus and theZanskar River. trek follows the river gorge through a spectacular landscape, a photographer’s paradise, offering occasional sighting of wildlife. Although pleasant on clear, sunny days, the weather conditions can change abruptly, with wind temperatures known to plummet minus 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. Chilling, Nyerak and Lingshed are the only sizeable villages on this trek, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.
Day 1

Delhi to Leh(3500m) Acclamatise

Leh is also the western tip of Tibet’s Changthang plateau. In term of climate, geology, culture, and religion Tibet and leh are very similar. Being a cold desert – barren mountains hostile to most forms of flora and fauna, Leh isn’t the most convenient town to ease into. Overnight at guest house.
Day 2

Sight seeing around Leh

Visit the monasteries in and around Leh, and local sightseeing, Shey palace, thiksey gonpa and Stok Palace and measium. We spend the day allowing our bodies to adapt to the high altitude and soak in the local culture. We visit some of the monasteries in and around Leh such as the Shey, Thiksey and Stok Palace. There is also the option of visiting the old Leh Palace and the Khardung La Pass (world’s highest motorable road at 5,600m/18,400ft). overnight at guest house.
Day 3

Drive car to chilling along the Zanskar river. (4 hrs) to Shingra kongma and after tea break trek start to Dambuchen Camp. Walk 5 hrs

In the morning we leave Leh and drive past Nemu, the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers. The Zanskar valley is perhaps one of the most remote Himalayan Valleys in India and the true sense of remoteness become more evident as we approach our first camp. Overnight at Camp.
Day 4

Dambuchen to Dibyokma (7 hrs).

The Zanskar gorge is as beautiful and sceneries are great except the harsh temperature. Alas, the gorge can’t boast to be in a Hollywood flick, yet. The barren landscape changing colors with the movement of the sun is one of the most rewarding sights in the Himalayas. Overnight at Camp.
Day 5

Dibyokma to Nyerak Pullu (3390m) 6-8 hrs

We continue walking in the gorge, which is inaccessible in any other season and come across some stunning frozen waterfalls. An old, dilapidated bridge on the river, claimed by the villagers to be more than 1,000 years old, marks Nerak and we leave the river to climb for 10 min to a small campsite. Overnight at Camp.
Day 6

Nyerak Pullu to Lingshed village (6-7 hrs) 3800 m

Today, we continue walking on the river for about an hour before we leave the Zanskar river and follow the Lingshed gorge along the valley. In the village, we stay with a family in their home.Overnight stay at Lingshed Village in a home stay.
Day 7

Rest day. At Lingshed. Visist Lingshed old Monastery and inhabitant of village

Today is a rest day. The more adventurous can visit the Lingshed Monastery, where the monks treat us with tea. Lingshed is one of the most interesting villages of the region which is cut off by any transport means and its stunning monastery overlooking the small beautiful village is a must visit on the day. Overnight at Lingshed village/homestay.
Day 8

Trek back to Nerak Pullu

We retrace our step back to the infamous Nerak Pullu. Overnight Camp.
Day 9

Nyerak Pullu to Dibyokma, Overnight at Camp.

Day 10

Tibyokma to Hotong Cave. Over night camp

Today we trek all the way down till Hotong cave so that Day 11 is a shorter walking day and we can get back to leh in daylight. If the group is up to it, we can make a short excursion to search for some firewood and have our final bonfire of the trip.Enjoy with the trek staff and crew. Overnight at camp.
Day 11

Hotong Cave to Shingra Kongma . last day walking, after r-tea break pick up by car to Leh city. Night at Hotel

Day 12

Leh to Delhi, airport Transfer

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