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Chilling to Karsha Chadar Trek 2018

Walking on Frozen River of Zanskar is an ultimate experience for the adventure lovers. The traditional name of the trek is "Chadar Trek" the frozen sheet trek, which was only way in and out for the people of Zanskar in winters when all other ways are closed due to heavy snow fall at high passes.

Tour Route

Leh - Chilling - Karsha - Chilling - Leh

Tour Program

Best Period to trek:        Mid January to End of February.
Maximum Altitude:         3580m
Minimum Temperature:   -40 degrees
Trekking Days:               17 days
Age group:                    An above 20 to 50 years
Transportation:              By Jeep to Chilling and from Chilling to Leh.
Trek Grade:               Simple walks on Ice (frozen River) every day four to seven hour, strictly depend on weather conditions.
Grading:                       A reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed for this trek.
Special interest:          Excellent view for photographers, ideal place for nature lovers and best spot for adventure lovers

Trekking Program

Day 1: Delhi – Leh:
Arrive at Leh airport,to be received by our representative & transferred to the hotel. Take a full day rest as you need to acclimatize well to the high altitude. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Leh. 
After breakfast you can proceed for the sightseeing tour of Leh with visits to Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, and overnight is at Hotel.

Day 3:Leh – Chiling  - Tilatdo  to  Shingra gongma (3200m) 3-hrs drive (Taxi/Bus)  & 3 hrs Walk.
After breakfast drive towards Nimoo where the confluence of river Zanskar & Indus is, from there take left & drive along the Zanskar River till you reach Sumdado. At Chiling after Lunch visit the White Copper artists famous for their handmade works. Overnight is at Camp.

Day 4: Trek Shingra-gongma to Deepyokma (3300m) 5 hrs.
After breakfast start the 4hrs trek to Deepyokma where  you’ll see no. of caves, Tsomo Paldar, naturally flowing spring water. Overnight is at camp.

Day 5: Trek Deepyokma – Nyrak pulu (3400m) 5-6 hrs 
Start the trek to Deepyokma, after 4-5 hrs reach Nyarakpulu. Camp at irrigation field.Another 1hr walk up along with a small stream you will reach a beautiful village called Nyarak. From here Singee-La will be visible, which is a summer trek pass. Overnight is in camp.

Day 6: Trek from Nyrakpulu – Lingshed (3800m) 6-7 hrs
Walk on Chadar/Frozen sheet (1-2hrs) & then another 5hrs steep walk up to Lingshed Village. All your tiredness will vanish after spending the night at Lingshed village Home stays where heating is provided. Overnight is at Homestay.  

Day 7: Lingshed Full day rest:
Spend the day exploring Lingshed Village (4000m), its Monastery & a school for the monks. Lingshed is connected with other parts of Ladakh only through trek routes therefore in winters hardly any tourists visits this place. Overnight is at Homestay.

Day 8: Trek Lingshed – Tsarakdo 7hrs.
Start the trek early as today you will have to walk for 7 hrs to reach Tsarakdo. Overnight camp

Day 9: Trek Tsarakdo – Pidmo 5hrs.
Trek on the ice trail through the gorge. The gorge ends at Hanamur and the view opens at Pidmo. Overnight is in camp.

Day 10: Trek Pidmo –Zangla 5hrs.
A short walk on the road will lead you from Pidmo to the village of Zangla. We cross the Chadar by bridge to reach Zangla, where the erstwhile king of Zanskar resides. We will visit the fort and go around the large village. Overnight is in Zangla village. 

Day 11: Zangla – Karsha 3-4hrs drive
 Morning after breakfast, drive to Stongde village & visit beautiful  Stongde monastery built on hill top by Lama Marpa 950 years ago. From the monastery, you have amazing and spectacular view of mountains. Overnight is in camp.

Day 12: Karsha (3800m): 
Spend the day exploring the valley & visiting the Karsha Monastery one of largest monastery in Zanskar, founded by Great Lama Phagspa Shesrab. Overnight is in camp.

Day 13: Karsha – Tsarakdo drive 4-5hrs.

Day 14: Tsarakdo - Nyrakpulu: 6 hrs
 Start from Tsarakdo & reach Nyarakpulu. Camp at an irrigation field. Another 1hr walk up along with a small stream you will reach a beautiful village called Nyarak. From here Singee-La will be visible, which is a summer trek pass. Overnight is in camp.

Day 15: Nyrakpulu – Deepyokma 4-5hrs.
Start the trek from Nyarakpulu & after 4-5 hrs reach Deepyokma.

Day 16: Deepyokma – Shingragongma to Tilat doChilling to Leh 9 hrs. 
Trek from Deepyokma to Shingra gongma to Chiling via Tilatdo. From Chiling you will be driven to Leh in a Jeep. Overnight in at Hotel.

Day 17: Leh - Delhi.
In the morning you will be transferred to the airport from where you’ll board the flight to Delhi.


Tour Ends

See what our Customers say about Chilling to Karsha Chadar Trek 2018

I have travelled with teams of Overland Escape on 6 occasions now and every single time the experience was wholeheartedly positive. On two occasions, Tundup organised lengthy treks through remote parts of Ladakh, Zanskar and Nubra and his organisation was absolutely reliable and spot on on every occasion. The trekking teams we travelled with were excellent, the food outstanding and the support available whenever it was needed. We were trekking during the floods in Summer 2010 in Zanskar and Changtang, and were, ultimately, the only trekking group that reached Tso Moriri during the middle of August, in the week just after the flooding. This was due to the competence of our guide, Namgyal, who changed our route to enable us to proceed, who knew exactly where to cross the swollen rivers and who kept us completely safe at all times. On 4 occasions, Overland Escape organised Easter expeditions through the Markha Valley for relatively large school groups. This, of course, needed extraordinarily good organisation, and on each occasion, this was exactly what we got. Not only were all timings kept and all information was relevant and 100% reliable, the trekking teams Tundup organised for us, were amongst the best teams I have ever travelled with. In particular, Namgyal is in all likelihood the best guide I have ever trekked with. His knowledge of the region, its culture and wildlife is outstanding, and he is also an excellent travel companion. He can empathise with and enthuse adults and youngsters to the same degree. Overland Escape certainly is one of the best trekking outfits I have come across in the Himalayas or indeed anywhere in the world (I have also trekked in Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, Peru and Jordan). I would wholeheartedly recommend travelling with this organisation.

Edwin Gruber



"Tundup, have really a sixth sense...his associate in Manali (Kuram) is really a good man...a really good man where you can trust and give the full faith for everything. As already said, Tundup, know very well how to choice his partners. Concerning the driver choose by Kuram for the transfer from Manali to Dharmasala and then to Amritsar...he was a very good professional driver. All of us were surprise to find out in India a special driver, very professional, very polite...typical western style driver. Few words, always agree for everything, never complain and at the end he wanted to refuse our tips and we forced him to have it. I don't know if this choice has been affected by Tundup or by Kuram...but in any case...compliments to all of you. Now we are here into our house, very sad...our holiday has finished so quickly that we didn't realize. Everything has gone well, everything perfect. We'll be always in debit with Tundup for his great service and we really hope to see him again in a close future for another trekking. Thanks again for all, thanks for your book guide and for your full assistance."

Fausto & Silvia, Italy



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