The Frozen River Trek – Chadar Trek
- Experience the walk on a blanket of ice and snow
- Experience the legendry culture inherited by Zanskari People
- Ancient monasteries of the Indus Valley
- Skilled copper smiths of the Chilling Village
|Title||The Frozen River Trek – Chadar Trek|
|Details||Delhi – Leh – Thiksey – Chemrey – Hemis - Chilling - Zaribago – Deepyokma – Nyerak pulu – Lingshed – Deep Kongma – Warsanglo – Pishu – Karsha – Zangla – Sarakdo – Nyerak Pulu – Tsomo Paldar – Tilatdo - Chilling – Leh - Delhi|
|Duration||21 Nights / 22 Days|
Walking on the frozen river of Zanskar is an ultimate experience for adventure lovers. The traditional name of the trek is "Chadar trek" the frozen sheet, which was the only way in and out for the people of Zanskar in winter when all other ways are closed due to heavy snow fall at high passes. Therefore, it had been a trade route for centuries for Zanskari People. Now the route is also famous as a winter trekking route among adventure lovers. For the last several years, we have been organizing this winter trek in three different options with trained local Zanskari potters and our well-experienced guide and staff. The most isolated and made inaccessible for nearly eight months a year due to heavy snowfall resulting in closure of all the access passes, Zanskar has the distinction of being the least interfered with microcosms of Ladakh, and thus one of the last few surviving cultural satellites of Tibet. This geographical isolation together with the esoteric nature of Buddhism practiced here has enabled its some ten thousand inhabitants to preserve and perpetuate their cultural identity. This Chadar trek allows you to penetrate this isolation and to examine some of the 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. A visit to the ancient monastic establishments of Karsha and Zangla promises to heighten your insight into the mysteries of this Shangri-la, a land and culture frozen in time behind the ramparts of the Zanskar Mountains. Chilling and Lingshed are the only sizeable villages on this trek until Hanamur and Pidmo before Pishu and Zangla in Zanskar, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.
Although this intense trek does not include extreme changes in height (we walk on a river), the altitude is considerable (between 3700m and 4300m), and requires full dedication: the ice of the river can force us to use some difficult passages, where sometimes it will be necessary to use ropes.
This travel doesn’t require any special technical knowledge. However, it requires the traveler to completely let-go and has total confidence in our ability to deal with any situation. But after all, what do you expect? A once in a lifetime opportunity like this does not come easy.
Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, drive to visit Humayun’s Tomb built in the Indo Persian style and a predecessor to The Taj Mahal in Agra; India Gate - A War Memorial Arch. Also drive past the President's House called Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House, Government Secretariat buildings and Connaught Place - the heart of New Delhi and a busy shopping center.
After an early breakfast you are transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Ladakh. You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet! During the afternoon, you can walk through the old town, beneath the Leh Palace, to allow you to get oriented to this fascinating city.
Visit the monasteries of Thiksey, Chemrey & Hemis. Everning drive back to Leh for dinner and overnight stay at the guest house.
Today after your breakfast you will drive to Chilling where you will meet out staff for the trek. You can visit the village which has the best artists for Ladakhi copperware. Dinner and overnight in a local house or at your camp.
In the morning after breakfast you commence your trek towards Zaribago. Spend and experience the night of endless silence of the mountain which is disrupted only by the crackles of freezing ice. Stay overnight at the camp.
We are now getting used to walking on the ice and the initial anxiety is past, but that doesn’t mean we will stop falling altogether.
In the morning commence your trek going deep into an incredible maze of impressive canyons passing through frozen ice falls and find traces of humanity next to Nyerak Pulu. One more spectacular day when it comes to seeing frozen waterfalls and narrow gorges.
Morning start trekking towards the magnificent valley of Lingshed, stopping to visit the great monastery of the region. Enjoy the comfort and cozy atmosphere of a private at an inhabitant’s home.
Morning start walking down the Lingshed valley and get back to the soft and icy surface of the Zanskar River to Deep Kongma.
In the morning start trekking towards Warsanglo and get back to the life of villages (Hanamur and Pidmo).
Morning start trekking on the firm grounds towards Pishu.
Morning start trekking in the large and flat valley going through the village of Rinam and reach to Padum plain and the beautiful site of Karsha.
A well deserved free day where you can relax and visit the most important monastery of Zanskar called ‘Karsha Gompa’.
Morning start trekking towards Zangla visiting through Tongde village and its monastery. Later, visit the magnificent site of Zangla.
Morning; start trekking back to the Zanskar gorges taking the same path
Morning; long day of trekking (but you will be used to be it by then) through gorges on the way to Nyrak Pulu towards Nyrak Pulu walking through the gorges.
Morning; continue return to Ladakh.
Today the valley finally widens and the sun makes an appearance again. Start trekking towards Tilatdo. Reach Tilatdo and spend our last night at the camps and with our staff.
Morning start trekking back to Chiling. On your arrival at Chilling board the private vehicle which is already waiting for you and drive back to Leh.
The day serves as a buffer for any unexpected delay in the itinerary or as an opportunity to visit a few monasteries of the Indus valley.
Early morning; transfer to the airport to board a flight back to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi; transfer to the hotel located in the city center.
In time transfer to the International airport to board your flight back home/onward journey.