Takeover Point: Delhi/Manali/Leh
Grade : easy
Walking on Frozen river
of Zanskar is an ultimate experience for adventure lover.
The traditional name of the trek is "Chadar trek"
the frozen 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 local Zanskari potters 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 8AM and we start walking around
9:30AM. By then the days are typically sunny with blue
sky although cold and truly fresh! Of course, by now
you'll be spellbound by your surroundings all over again
and so easily will forget the discomforts of cold. As
the sun climbs higher, temperatures become not only
tolerable but pleasant and you'll no longer will be
preoccupied with weather, enjoying the surroundings
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 the Zanskar
River. The 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 30 degrees Celsius. Chiling and Lingshed are the
only sizeable villages on this trek, all the rest are
names of places and caves along the route.
Early morning flight Delhi to Leh, transfer to hotel
Morning sightseeing - Shanti Stupa, and Sangkar Gompa;
lunch at hotel, afternoon rest.
Sightseeing around Sham, the lower part of Ladakh, visiting
Likir and Alchi monasteries.
Leh to Chiling (by private bus or jeeps) along with
our porters from Pishu village of Zanskar, 5 hours;
visit coppersmithing workshops.
Walk on ice of the frozen Zanskar river, Chadar, commences
from Chiling, stage one to Zaribago, 5 hours.
Zaribago to Deepyokma 4 hours.
Day 7: Deepyokma
to Nyrakpulu 4 to 5 hours; camp below Nyarak village,
ten minutes up along a small stream.
Nyarakpulu to Lingshed, one hour walk on Chadar, then
5 hours steeply up to Lingshed village; stay in private
house, relax in a heated room.
Full day rest in Lingshed, one of the most remote villages
in Ladakh, visit monastery, school for monks, roam around
Day 10: Ligshed
to Nyarakpulu, 5 hours.
11: Nyarakpulu to Tsomopaldar, 4 hours.
12: Tsomopaldar to Tilatdo, 5 hours.
13: Tilatdo to Chiling, and return by jeep
to Leh, 5 hours.
14: Full day of rest in Leh.
15: Return flight to Delhi; depart from India.
Taking part in the above tours to Ladakh that
will take you into altitudes above 4,500 meters/14,000
feet, you should be familiar with the prevention, recognition,
and treatment of altitude illness including shortness
of breath, restlessness, sleeplessness and headaches
as well as other health dangers potentially arising
from trekking at high altitude. To learn more about
this topic, dial +91 9815620040 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do note that for some treks we will require proof
of your medical fitness, a thorough physical exam and
certification from your doctor that you have no general
medical problems that could result in any potentially
serious medical consequences while on a trek. Trekking
at high altitudes is strenuous and you must be in top
physical shape in order to endure up to eight hours
of trekking over steep, often rocky terrain as well
as snow. To be able to sustain and hopefully enjoy such
a demanding exercise, you need to possess good cardiovascular
endurance and muscular strength. In order to prepare
yourself for your trekking tour you should undertake
regular aerobic exercise or training that includes jogging,
cycling or swimming, exercising 3 -5 times per week
for at least six months prior to your trip.