9 Days
Duration
Ladakh
Location
Difficult
Physicality
January
Treks according to Months

Overview

When the Zanskar River freezes, it forms massive slabs of ice spreading for miles and miles known as Chadar. Walking on a frozen thick glass-like river, with dramatic mountains on both sides, is an experience of a lifetime. The landscapes and overall experience will leave imprints on your hearts forever.

Region: Zanskar (Ladakh)

Difficulty: Hard

Duration: 8N/9D

TREK SCHEDULE

Day1: Arrival at Leh airport.

Day 2: Leh sightseeing.

Day 3: Leh (Medical check up Insurance / permits).

Day 4: Drive to Lower shingra and Trek to Gyalpo. (9km- 5 to 6 hours)

Day 5: Trek to Dibb. ( 14kms7 to 8 hours)

Day 6: Trek to Naerak. (12km 6-7 hours)

Day 7: Return trek from Naerak to Dibb

Day 8: Return trek from Dibb to Road head. (Drive to Leh).

Day 9: Return flight from Leh to Delhi to Mumbai

Inclusions:

  • Pick up and drop from Leh airport to hotel and back.
  • Tent and double layer sleeping bag during the trek.
  • Pure veg & Jain food throughout the journey and trek.
  • Travel bus for sightseeing.
  • Experienced and qualified guide throughout the journey.

Exclusions:

  • Travel till Leh
  • Government Charges

TREK SCHEDULE

Day1: Arrival at Leh airport.

Transfer to lodging at the guest house, a day of leisure and acclimatization. Backpack preparation for trek. Overnight at Leh guest house.

Day 2: Leh sightseeing.

Shantisupta, Leh palace, Hemis monastery, Thikshey palace, Leh Market.

Day 3: Leh (Medical check up Insurance / permits).

Visit Snm Hospital get Medical check up done. Get Insurance and Permits from local authority.

Day 4: Drive to Lower shingra and Trek to Gyalpo. (9km- 5 to 6 hours)

In the morning we leave by private vehicles with our support staff to begin this amazing and most exciting winter trek. Shortly after leaving Leh, we reach Nimoo, the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers. The sight is amazing as the iced up and frozen Zanskar meets the fast flowing Indus. We stop here for around 5-10 mins for all to have a view and a click. We then turn down from Nimoo following the track parallel to the frozen River Zanskar, a drive towards the road head beside the frozen river is another amazing experience.Travel distance between Leh and Chilling is around 64 KM. We reach now to the point, past the village of Chilling to where the roadhead ends. Touching the Chadar first time, we start the trek for 5-6 hrs along the magnificent frozen river Zanskar till TilatSumdo. Overnight in tent.

Day 5: Trek to Dibb. ( 14kms7 to 8 hours)

Wake up time is around 7:00 am, freshen up. Breakfast with hot tea and you are ready for a day full of frozen ice river trek by 8:00 am. Hearing the different sounds of Chadar forming and breaking, you will soon get familiar where the Chadar or the ice cover is thick and thin. Lunch is in between the trek.Not to say about the frozen waterfalls! Though today is the longest day of the trek, we pass through some magnificent beautiful waterfalls and frozen ice cliffs on the left – it is like walking through a giant freezer! The walk also crosses through narrow gorges, where the trekker may have to climb briefly on to the Rocky River bank. Lunch in between on a flat rocky hill side by the river. We trek again on frozen ice towards the designated camping site for the day. The sharp bends and current of the river breaks the ice in some places. Overnight at camp

Day 6: Trek to Naerak. (12km 6-7 hours)

Again one of the magnificent days on the Chadar trek. However, the caution being that this can become a difficult if the Chadar is not very firm. The vistas are stunning though as we pass through giant frozen waterfalls, ice cliffs and one may even catch sight of the mountain fox. After lunch we pass the ‘incense

tree’, so called because the locals use its branches to burn in their morning rituals, and the prayer flag draped tree marks the entrance to Zanskar proper. The porters will normally take a few twigs from the tree. We reach Naerak campsite by late afternoon. An old, dilapidated bridge on the river as folklore goes is thought to be more than an 1000 years old. A trail is normally beaten through in the snow towards the village up high in the mountains. Overnight at camp

Day 7: Return trek from Naerak to Dibb

Though technically it is the same way back, it is also quite different. The Chadar or the blanket of ice that is forming on the River Zanskar is always changing, breaking up and forming itself again. As the Chadar dynamics are ever changing, the same route and place would look and feel different as the texture and conditions change. All along the way, trekkers will pass by and meet a lot of locals wearing their traditional woolen Gonchas, trekking their way towards the village of Padum, Lingshed and Naerak. Pleasantries are exchanged and even a few stories and legend about Zanskar and its people can be heard. Their warmth and smile is amazing among all the hardships. Overnight at camp.

Day 8: Return trek from Dibb to Road head. (Drive to Leh).

Today is the last day of this amazing and unique trek. We finally return back to the road head where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to our guest house at Leh. A huge goodbye to the support staff; their absolute dedication and support is nothing short of amazing. Finally on reaching at Leh, the guest house room of Leh after some 8 days is most welcome, yet the experiences of this ice trek linger and will be remembered forever. Overnight at guest house in Leh.

Day 9: Return flight from Leh to Delhi to Mumbai:

So finally a goodbye and good wishes for your return flight to Leh as you board the early flight back to your home town, and definitely some great memories and a lifetime of an experience to narrate to many a friend and family.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Trekkers should follow the schedules and rules. Leaders decision will be the final decision.
  • Beyond Altitudes reserves the rights to make any changes in the program or schedule without any prior notice.
  • Trekkers will have to bear extra charges if any unavoidable expenses occurred due to change in program or group over-spending.
  • Non-Veg. Food, Smoking, Alcohol, Drugs, Narcotics and any kind of Intoxication, Firearms, and Gambling strictly prohibited.
  • All the programs include purely vegetarian healthy food only.
  • Do not carry or wear any VALUABLES, ORNAMENTS / JEWELLERY, etc. The Organisers are not responsible for any loss or theft of the valuables.
  • Take care of the mountains. Plastic items, wrappers, toilet paper, empty boxes should not be littered but carried up to the next camp for necessary disposal.
  • Beyond Altitudes reserves the rights to cancel the booking of the trekkers if required.
  • Beyond Altitudes / Organisers / Leaders cannot be held responsible for any accident, death, illness and such other unforeseen eventualities occurred during Mumbai to Mumbai program.

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