Chadar Trek - lone ancient travel route of zanskar
Zanskar valley lies to the south west of leh,surrounded by the Himaliyan and Zanskar ranges,which is the most isolated of all the trans-Himaliyan valleys..
Zanskar comprises of two valley of Stod and Lungnak which coverage below at Padum.The valley has an area of about 5,000 sqr.km.and elevation of 13,154ft.The area remains inaccessible for nearly 7 months in the year.All the high passes are close in the winter and rivers freeze on the surface.Zanskaris walk along the Frozon river to reach the Indus river in Nimoo village,which is know as the Chadar trek
One of the toughest and most adventurous trek, the total distance of this tour (one way) is approximately 105 Km and will be covered with average distance of 15 to 17 km a day. The temperature remains minus 15 to 20 during the day time and – 25 to –35 during the night.
After keeping all the facts in one's mind bring your warmest Jackets and sleeping bags and good shoe.
Most of the trek is done on the ice (Chaddar) but at some places we must climb icy rocks or trails and in Zanskar itself we can walk through the normal trail used by the people daily.
Any person thinking joining this unique adventure must be fully prepared to accept tough camping and walking conditions. Most of the nights will be spending in the caves and in Zanskar we may sleep in the houses provided by the local people. The porters and the kitchen team will be totally Zanskaris, dedicated and who are perfect to work in any weather conditions...
Fixed depature every year - 15th of January
Day 1Delhi – Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatisation)
Take the morning flight for Leh. Check into the guest house and relax the whole day. This is necessary for getting acclimatised. Overnight at the guesthouse OR Hotel.
Day 2Leh – Shey – Thikse - Hemis
On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.
Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17'Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.
Thikse Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.
Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17'Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Day 3Leh (local Sight seeing) In the morning Day trip Phyang, Shankar Gompa & Leh Palace. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4 Leh - Chilling(5 hrs drive)
In the morning drive to chilling along with our porters from Pishu village of Zanskar, visit coppersmith workshops. Dinner and overnight stay at guest house.
Day 5Chilling – Zaribago (5 hrs)
In the morning set out for a walk on ice of the frozen Zanskar river, Chadar. Feel the thrill of adventure. Dinner and overnight stay at cave.
Day 6Zaribago - Deepyokma (4 hrs)
Today we will trek up to Deepyokma. Dinner and overnight stay at cave.
Day 7Deepyokma to Nyrakpulu (4-5 hrs)
Trek up to Nyrakpulu. Today we will camp below Nyarak village, ten minutes up along a small stream. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 8Nyrakpulu – Lingshed
Today we will trek an hrs walk on frozen river (Chadar), after that 5 hrs steeply up to Lingshed village. In this day we will stay in private house, relax in a heated room. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
The day is for relax. This is one of the most remote villages in Ladakh, visit Lingshed monastery, school for monks, explore the village. Dinner and overnight stay at village houses.
Day 10Lingshed - Deepkongma (4-5 hrs)
Today we will trek up to Deepkongma. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 11Deepkongma – Warsangdo (5 hrs)
Trek up to Warsangdo. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 12Warsangdo – Pishu
In the morning we will trek up to Pishu. Dinner and overnight stay in cave.
Day 13Pishu – Karsha
In the morning trek to Karsha. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
The rest day at Karsha. After breakfast visit Karsha Gompa. Dinner and overnight stay in tent.
Day 15 Karsha – Zangla
Today we will trek up to Zangla. Upon arrival at Zangla visit the Zangla Gompa. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 16Zangla – Sarakdo
Trek up to Sarakdo. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 17Sarakdo – Nyrakpulu
Today we will trek up to Nyrakpulu. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 18Nyrakpulu – Tsomopaldar
Trek up to Tsomopaldar. Dinner and overnight stay in cave.
Day 20Tsomopaldar - Tilatdo.
Today we will trek up to Tilatdo. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 21Tilatdo – Chilling
The last day of our trek. Today we will trek up to chilling and from here return back to Leh by Toyota Qualis/jeep. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
Full day of rest in Leh. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 23 Leh – Delhi.