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Chaddar or Frozen Zangskar River Trek

Chaddar or Frozen Zangskar River Trek

Destinations:
Leh / Shey / Thiksay / Hemis / Chilling / Chaddar / Nyaraks / Lingshed
Trip Duration:
11 Nights - 12 Days
Best Time:
January to February
Altitude:
3600 m
Highlights:
Frozen Zangskar River / Chaddar Trek
Villages:
Leh, Chilling, Nyaraks, Lingshed (optional)
Grade:
Hard
Price Available on Request
11N/12N


 

Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi to Leh(3500m)

Leh is also the western tip of Tibet’s Changthang plateau. In term of climate, geology, culture, and religion Tibet and leh are very similar. Being a cold desert – barren mountains hostile to most forms of flora and fauna, Leh isn’t the most convenient town to ease into. Overnight at guest house.

In Zangskari Traditional dress, women at Losar Celebration at Leh.

Day 2: Visit the monasteries in and around Leh, and local sightseeing

We spend the day allowing our bodies to adapt to the high altitude and soak in the local culture. We visit some of the monasteries in and around Leh such as the Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. There is also the option of visiting the old Leh Palace and the Khardung La Pass (world’s highest motorable road at 5,600m/18,400ft). overnight at guest house.

Day 3: Drive (4 hrs)  to Shingraks (3100m) via Chilling (35550m) trek to Shingraks Gongma 2hrs

In the morning we leave Leh and drive past Nemu, the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers. The Zanskar valley is perhaps one of the most remote Himalayan Valleys in India and the true sense of remoteness become more evident as we approach our first camp. Overnight at Camp.

View of Chaddar Trek from above

Day4: Trek to Dibyokma (7 hrs).

The Zanskar gorge is as beautiful and sceneries are great except the harsh temperature. Alas, the gorge can’t boast to be in a Hollywood flick, yet. The barren landscape changing colors with the movement of the sun is one of the most rewarding sights in the Himalayas. Overnight at Camp.

Porters pulling the camping gears on trolley during Chaddar Trek Ladakh.

Day 5: Trek to Nerak Pullu (3390m) 5-6 hrs

We continue walking in the gorge, which is inaccessible in any other season and come across some stunning frozen waterfalls. An old, dilapidated bridge on the river, claimed by the villagers to be more than 1,000 years old, marks Nerak and we leave the river to climb for 10 min to a small campsite. Overnight at Camp.

Nyaraks traditional bridge over Chaddar Trekking Route, Ladakh

Day 6: Trek to Lingshed (6-7 hrs) 3800 m

Today, we continue walking on the river for about an hour before we leave the Zanskar river and follow the Lingshed nala. In the village, we stay with a family in their home. Overnight  stay at Lingshed Village in a home stay.

Lingshed Gonpa and villge view from Lamayuru to Padum Trek in Summer.

Day 7: Rest day. Around Lingshed.

Today is a rest day. The more adventurous can visit the Lingshed Monastery, where the monks treat us with tea.  Lingshed is one of the most interesting villages of the region which is cut off by any transport means and its stunning monastery overlooking the  small beautiful village is a must visit  on the day. Overnight at Lingshed village/homestay.

Day 8: Trek to Nerak Pullu

We retrace our step back to the infamous Nerak Pullu. Overnight Camp.

Porters negotiating the early morning freezing temparature on Chaddar Trek.

Day 9: Trek to Dibyokma

Overnight at Camp.

Day 10: Trek to Tilat Sumdo

Today we trek all the way down till Tilat, so that Day 11 is a shorter walking day and we can get back to leh in daylight. If the group is up to it, we can make a short excursion to search for some firewood and have our final bonfire of the trip. Overnight at camp.

On the Frozen Chaddar during heavy snowfall.

Day 11: Trek to Alam Tilat and later drive to Leh

Day 12: Leh to Delhi

Board the early morning flight back to Delhi. Trip ends!