Takeover Point: Delhi/Manali/Leh
Grade : Moderate
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. Chiling 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.
Day 1: Early morning flight Delhi to
Leh, transfer to hotel and rest.
2: Morning sightseeing - Shanti Stupa, and
Sangkar Gompa; lunch at hotel, afternoon rest.
3: Day trip to Shey and Thikse monasteries
4: Leh to Chiling (by private bus or jeeps)
along with our porters from Pishu village of Zanskar,
5 hours; visit coppersmithing workshops.
5: Walk on ice of the frozen Zanskar river,
Chadar, commences from Chiling, stage one to Zaribago,
6: Zaribago to Deepyokma 4 hours.
7: Deepyokma to Nyrakpulu 4 to 5 hours; camp
below Nyarak village, ten minutes up along a small stream.
8: 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.
9: Full day of rest in Lingshed, one of the
most remote villages in Ladakh, visit monastery, school
for monks, roam around the village.
10: Trek Lingshed to Deepkongma.
11: Trek Deepkongma – Warsangdo.
12: Trek Warsangdo – Pishu.
13: Trek Pishu – Karsha.
14: Rest and visit the Karsha Gompa.
15: Trek Karsha to Zangla, visit the Zangla
16: Trek Zangla to Sarakdo.
17: Trek Sarakdo to Nyrakpulu.
18: Trek Nyrakpulu to Tsomopaldar.
19: Trek Tsomapaldar to Tilatdo.
20: Trek Tilatdo to Chiling; return to Leh
21: Full day of rest in Leh.
22: Return flight to Delhi; depart 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.