Chadar Trek

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Leh - Alchi - Lamayuru - Leh - New Delhi

12 Nights / 13 Days

Experience a frozen ice trek during winter and trek over the amazing zanskar river with your friends this winter!

Flying over miles and miles of heavily snowed mountains will tell you just why it’s impossible to reach Ladakh by road in the winters. The moment you land at the Leh airport, one of the highest airports in the world, you will feel the fresh and crisp air, and a drastic drop in the temperature. The town has just begun shedding off the thick winter slumber and is slowly coming to life. Taking a stroll through the Leh market, you will find that very few shops and eateries in the town are open for business; but if required, some last minute-shopping for the trek can be done here. The chill in the air will serve only as a preview of the temperatures during this winter trek.

Overnight The Grand Dragon Ladakh

Full day visit, after early Breakfast drive Leh to Sham Valley 128 Kms (3 to 4 hours). Enjoy the Scenic beauty of mesmerizing Moon Landscapes and Lamayuru Monastery (one of the oldest Monastery in Ladakh).  m en route visit Confluence of – Indus Zanskar River, Magnetic hill, Pather Sahib – ALCHI .

At Nimo - Zanskar River joins Indus River which ultimately called Indus. The river coming from the left is Indus, which is very clear, and forms the fertile Indus valley (Leh, Saspol, Basgo, Alchi etc) and one on the right is the muddy Zanskar, whose water is not much useful for  cultivation purpose.

Overnight The Grand Dragon Ladakh

You can start the morning by witnessing the sunrise from the Shanti Stup, from where you can get a panoramic view of the entire town of Leh and its surroundings. You can also see the peak of Stok Kangri almost beckoning you to climb it. But today’s agenda includes a very picturesque and thrilling-drive to Chilling. The roller-coaster ride takes you along the Indus to the village of Nimu, where the Zanskar converges in to Indus . After stopping at this confluence point to take in the view, the drive continues and the road begins descending right into the river valley. There are quite a few heart-stopping moments as the vehicle negotiates the steep hairpin bends over snow covered road. The road goes past Chilling to Tilad Do. Among these mammoth mountains, the feeling of insignificance of one’s being does not escape anyone.

To reach the camp-site, you have to cross the frozen Zanskar; and this is when you take your first steps on the Chadar. It takes a while to get a hang of walking on the ice sheet. As the evening comes, the team pitches tents on the banks of the Zanskar, and hands out thick warm sleeping bags. To get some exercise and keep warm, you can climb up the nearby mountains and get a good look at the frozen river. As the sun sets, it drags the temperature down with it, and the sleeping bags in the tents look quite inviting. Overnight Camp

The biggest challenge of this day, and all the remaining days, is to get out of the warm toasty sleeping bags and go out into the giant freezer outside; but the steaming cups of tea being served provide ample motivation.
Today is a long walking session, about 12 km, on the Chadar. The trek leaders gives a briefing about the day, and give tips on how to walk on the Chadar. Depending on the weather, the Chadar can assume various forms. It can be a cold and hard surface of slippery ice, or it can have a dusting of snow over it, providing a good grip. The ice can be thick or thin, and its best to keep closely following the guide. The locals, it appears, have a sixth sense as to where exactly to step on the Chadar. At places, it might be necessary to wade through ankle deep water, or climb on the cliffs at the side of the river. Eventually you get used to walking on the Chadar, which looks like a cross between gliding and skating. Mid way to Gyalpo, the porter-cum-cooks prepare hot bowlfuls of soupy noodles for lunch. It is important to keep up a decent level of fluid intake. Nothing makes you adapt to the conditions faster than nicely circulating blood in your system.

After passing Shingra Koma, you reach the camp-site for the day at Gyalpo, where the tents have already been pitched by the porters. The Gyalpo campsite is at a bend in the river, surrounded by high peaks and walls of rock-faces which almost look man-made. All that is left to do is to soak in the views, have an early dinner and call it a day. Overnight Camp

This day follows the same early morning routine: bed tea at 7, breakfast at 8, and quick-march at 8:30. Have a good breakfast, as today is the longest walk of the day – almost 14 km. But that is nothing to worry about, all the walking keeps you incredibly warm.

Today’s walk through the deep ravines of the Zanskar is stunning. The sublime walls of the mountains on either sides of the river keep the sunlight away from the Chadar for most part of the day. There are numerous caves in these mountains, big and small. Today is the day when you can see frozen waterfalls, some higher than the others. As the fable goes, centuries ago the local villagers faced a dearth of water and went to Tibet to plead for water. They were given a box which they were to open once they reached the village, and not any time sooner. But curiosity got the better out of them, and when they opened the box, two fishes jumped out of it, creating two huge waterfalls. One of those waterfalls, miraculously, is not iced-up even in such freezing cold. The rocks below this waterfall are covered with moss, and this is the only greenery you’ll see on this trek.

At Tibb, there is a big cave. This cave is the dwelling of all the porters, and they welcome you warm-heartedly in here. Overnight Camp

Today is the most spectacular of all days on this trek. Walking on the river you cross deep gorges and reach a point where Juniper trees are covered with prayer flags. The porters give you a twig of this tree tied with a piece of prayer flag as a badge of good-luck and good-health. A few steps away stands the mother-of-all frozen waterfalls – a huge instance of suspended animation several feet tall and equally wide. You can see dozens of colors in this enormous ice structure as sunlight plays off its surface. Right next to the waterfall is a bridge across the river which is a part of the summer-time road from Zanskar to Leh.

The Nerak village lies several feet above the river, a vigorous hour-long trek can take you to village if you want to see the life of a Zanskari. The camp is set up close to the river. Overnight Camp

Overnight The Grand Dragon Ladakh

After breakfast drive 30 miles southeast of Leh to Hemis gompa. Tucked away up a winding glen in the mountains south of the Indus, Hemis is the largest and richest monastery in Ladakh.

Founded in the 1630s by King Sengge Namgyal, it has superb murals and thangkas. Hemis is also famous for its spectacular annual festival dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, the 8th century Indian apostle who took Buddhism to Tibet.

Continue drive to Thikse gompa, a 15th century architectural gem crowning the crest of a hill dedicated to Maitreya, consecrated by the Dalai Lama.

Return to Leh in the afternoon en route visiting Shey, the ancient capital of Ladakh.

Tour of Shey includes visit to the Shey Palace and monastery, picturesque gardens, gold victory Stupa and a gigantic double storied statue of Buddha surrounded by murals of deities, painted in rich colors and gold.

Overnight The Grand Dragon

After Breakfast transfer to the Airport and fly back to Delhi.

On arrival in Delhi - transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.

Overnight in Delhi at Hotel Blueberry.

Morning in time transfer to the airport to board flight for home.

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Temperature and Best Season

The best time to visit the north is between October and March; temperatures are pleasant, the days dry and sunny. From December through to mid-January early morning fog in and around Delhi can disrupt travel plans with flights often delayed or sometimes cancelled. Night temperatures in Rajasthan and the plains often reach freezing point during the winter and it can be chilly before sunrise. April through to August is hot. Early summer is good for wildlife viewing, the parks are free of visitors, vegetation is dry and game easily spotted.