Chadar trek becomes a frozen ice trek during winter and hence called the Zanskar trek in Ladakh Himalayas India

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Chadar Trek ::  Experience of Zanskar Frozen lake Trek ::--- >>  The word "Chadar" means " white sheet or blanket ". And that's what it appears like when you walk over the white frozen Zanskar river. This trek though a demanding one gives you all the thrills of a great adventure. Temperatures can plummet to as low as -30° and even though you walk through amazing landscape you have to be prepared for a really cold experience of course kept warm by glowing fires which we light up each evening at camp. Our daily trek begins at around 9:00am and by then the sun's up and blue skies bring cheer despite the cold temperatures. The trek goes along the Zanskar River in the region of Lingshed and constitutes a walk of around 15 days with 3850m / 12,628ft. Being the highest altitude reached. Many of these spots cannot be accessed during the summer months as they go through spectacular deep canyons and gorges. A once in a lifetime trek.

Chadar Treks::--> Highlights ::-----> Chadar trek becomes more adventurous by trekking across the frozen river of . Get an adventurous experience at ladakh  frozen lake.
> An exceptional travel for adventurous souls
> A well-balanced program between the walk on the frozen lake and the stops in the villages
 

The CHADAR trek is well known as a very unique winter trek & expedition in Ladakh. It is called Khado sanglam in Zanskari language, the (Dakini Path) which people of Zanskar use as the last way to connect when there is no link with the out side world and hence it is left almost isolated from the rest of the world for a few months each year after the routes remain cut off due to heavy snow fall. Chadar means white sheet of crystal ice and it is a lifetime experience for the trekkers.

This trek is considered as one of the most exciting and unique treks – a very Chadar Trekkingspecial and an extraordinary trek onshiny ice on the bank of Tsarap River. You will be dropped by a vehicle at Chilling Sumdo (crossed road) then yourtrek leads in a narrow valley filled with breath-taking views of ice-peaks and unexpected hanging icicles that will attract your gaze for some time. You will spend the night at cave camps with the help of a born fire that will keep you warm and relaxed.


Our daily trek begins at around 9:00am and by then the sun's up and blue skies bring cheer despite the cold temperatures. The trek goes along the Tsarap River in the region of Nyerag, Lingshed and constitutes to Zanskar!

 

Mindruk trek & Meditation team is local and well equipped by the experience of this Adventurous ice expedition Chadar Trekking.

 

Trek duration: Option 1.Leh-Chilling Lingshed back to Leh 14 days
 

Option 2.Leh- Chilling Padum Zanskar back to Leh 18days
Best season: 15.January to 15 February
Temperature: below –20 (min) to 30 (max).
Note. You need to have warm sleeping bags, warm clothing, gloves, some pairs of socks and specially walking sticks.

 

The ancient kingdom of Zanskar is hiding in the heart of Ladakh. This magnificent valley lives in complete autonomy for about eight months per year because of the uncanny snowfalls blocking the passes. In the middle of the winter, the Zanskar River offers an opportunity that temporarily ends this isolation. The water is freezing because of the cold and an icy avenue in the middle of the mountains is created. The turbulent Zanskar then becomes Chadar, the frozen river. Four to five weeks of travel are possible for the Zanskaris.

 

Tour Program for Chadar trek ::------>>

 

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
On arrival; warm welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel located in the center of Delhi. Rest of the day is free to relax. Stay overnight at the hotel.


Day 2: Delhi-Leh (3500m)
Morning; transfer to the airport to board a flight to Leh. On arrival in Leh; transfer to the guest house. Rest of the day is to take complete rest to acclimatize you according to the weather. It is highly recommended because of the high altitude. Stay overnight at the guest house*.
 

Day 3: Indus Valley (3500 m)
Morning; leave for the sightseeing of eastern part of Indus valley visiting the monasteries of Tikse, Chimre and Hemis. Evening; drive back to Leh and stay overnight at the guest house*.
 

Day 4: Leh - Chiling (3200 m)
Morning; drive to Chilling by a private vehicle. On arrival; meet with our staff and visit the house of Ishe Namgyal, the greatest Ladakhi copperware artist. Stay overnight at an inhabitant’s home in the village of Chilling.
 

Day 5: Chiling - Zaribago (3250 m) [6/8 H of walk]
Morning; start trekking towards Zaribago. Arrive at Zaribago and experience the night with the endless silence of the mountain which is disrupted only by the crackles of freezing ice. Stay overnight at the camps.
 

Day 6: Zaribago - Deepyokma (3300 m) [6/8 H of walk]
Morning; continue with trekking towards Deepyokma. Reach at the village and stay overnight at the camps.
 

Day 7: Deepyokma - Nyrak Pulu (3400 m) [6/8 H of walk]
Morning; start trek going deep into an incredible maze of impressive canyons passing through frozen icefalls and find traces of humanity next to Nyrak Pulu. Stay overnight at the camps.
 

Day 8: Nyrak Pulu - Lingshed (3800 m) [3/4 H of walk]
Morning; start trekking towards the magnificent valley of Lingshed, stopping to visit the great monastery of the region. Stay overnight at inhabitant’s home.
 

Day 9: Lingshed - Deepkongma (3450 m) [6/8 H of walk]
Morning; start trek going down the Lingshed valley and get back to the soft and icy surface of the Zanskar River. Stay overnight at the camps.
 

Day 10: Deepkongma - Warsanglo (3500 m) [6/8 H of walk]
Morning; start trekking towards Warsanglo and get back to the life of villages (Hanamur and Pidmo). Stay overnight at the camps.
 

Day 11: Warsanglo - Pishu (3500 m) [4/5 H of walk]
Morning; start trekking on the firm grounds towards Pishu. Reach at Pishu and stay overnight at inhabitant’s home at this magnificent village.
 

Day 12: Pishu - Karsha (3700 m) [3/4 H of walk]
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. Stay overnight at inhabitant’s home in the village.
 

Day 13: Karsha (3700 m)
A well deserved free day where you can relax and visit the most important monastery of Zanskar called ‘Karsha Gompa’. Stay overnight at the home of an inhabitant of the village.
 

Day 14: Karsha - Zangla (3600 m) [5/6 H of walk]
Morning; start trekking towards Zangla visiting through Tongde village and its monastery. Later, visit the magnificent site of Zangla. Stay overnight at an inhabitant’s home.
 

Day 15: Zangla - Sarakdo (3500 m) [6/8 H of walk]
Morning; start trekking back to the Zanskar gorges taking the same path. Stay overnight at the camps.
 

Day 16: Sarakdo - Nyrak Pulu (3400 m) [6/8 H of walk]
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. Stay overnight at the camps.
 

Day 17: Nyrak Pulu - Tsomo Paldar (3300 m) [6/8 H of walk]
Morning; continue return to Ladakh and stay overnight at the camps at Tsomo Paldar.
 

Day 18: Tsomo Paldar - Tilatdo (3200 m) [6/8 H of walk]
Morning; the valley finally widens and the sun makes an appearance again. Start trekking towards Tilatdo. Reach at Tilatdo and spend our last night at the camps and with our staff.
 

Day 19: Tilatdo - Chiling - Leh (3500 m) [3/4 H of walk]
Morning; start trekking back to Chiling. On arrival at Chiling; board the private vehicle which is already waiting for you and drive back to Leh. On arrival in Leh; stay overnight at the guest house*.
 

Day 20: Leh (3500 m)
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. Stay overnight at the guest house*.
 

Day 21: Flight Leh - Delhi
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. Rest of the day is free to relax at the hotel. Stay overnight.
 

Day 22: Delhi - International airport
Leisure day. Or an optional paid visit of Delhi/Agra. Evening; transfer to the international airport.
 

* Possibility to lodge in hotel in Leh during "A la Carte" trips, with an extra charge (please contact us).

 

 

 

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