Hidden Himalaya Logo

HIDDEN HIMALAYA
                     Destination Ladakh & Zanskar
Registered under J & K Tourism

 

 Frozen River Trek (Zanskar Chadar Trekking)

Duration: 18 days 

Feasible Time: January and February 

Region: Zanskar 

Attractions: Frozen River, winter life in Zanskar, Lingshet and Monasteries 

Grade: Challenging

 

Walking on Frozen river of Zanskar is an ultimate experience for adventure lover. The traditional name of the trek is " Chadar trek" the frozen sheet, which was only way in and out for Zanskaris in winter when all other ways are closed due to heavy snow fall at high passes. In this trek you will come to know the winter life in Znaskar. Therefore, through centuries this has been the winter gateway to Zanskar.Now the route is also famous as winter trekking among adventure lovers. For last several years, we have been organizing this winter trek in three different options with trained local Zanskari potters and our well-experienced guide and staff.

 

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. Chilling 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.

 

Tour Program:

 

Day 01: Leh - Chilling (5 hrs drives)

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 02: Chilling - 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 03: Zaribago - Deepyokma (4 hrs)

Today we will trek up to Deepyokma. Dinner and overnight stay at cave.

 

Day 04: Deepyokma 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 05: Nyrakpulu – 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.

 

Day 06: Lingshed

The day is for relaxed. This is one of the most remote villages in Ladakh, visit Lingshed monastery, school for monks, and explore the village. Dinner and overnight stay at village houses.

 

Day 07: Lingshed - Deepkongma (4-5 hrs)

Today we will trek up to Deepkongma. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 08: Deepkongma - Warsangdo (5 hrs)

Trek up to Warsangdo. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 09:L Warsangdo - Pishu

In the morning we will trek up to Pishu. Dinner and overnight stay in cave.

 

Day 10: Pishu – Karsha

In the morning trek to Karsha. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 11: Karsha

After breakfast trek to Nerak Pullu. O/n CaveThe rest day at Karsha. After breakfast visit Karsha Gompa. Dinner and overnight stay in tent.

 

Day 12: Karsha – Zangla

Today we will trek up to Zangla. Upon arrival at Zangla visit the Zangla Gompa. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 13: Zangla – Sarakdo

Trek up to Sarakdo. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 14 Sarakdo – Nyrakpulu

Today we will trek up to Nyrakpulu. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 15: Nyrakpulu – Tsomopaldar

Trek up to Tsomopaldar. Dinner and overnight stay in cave.

 

Day 16: Tsomopaldar – Tilatdo

Today we will trek up to Tilatdo. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 17 Tilatdo – 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.

 

Day 18 Leh

Full day rest in Leh. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in India

Golden Triangle Tour in Rajasthan

Monastic Festival in Ladakh, India

Map of Leh, Ladakh