Chilling to Phuktal Chadar Trek 2017This is a trek into some of the most isolated yet inhabited regions in the Zanskar mountains, most notably the village of Lingshed. Trekking on ice, the frozen Zanskar River,on an average five to seven hours daily at an easy pace. But at a
Leh - Chilling - Phuktal - Leh
Region: Zangskar Lungnak
Best Period to trek: Mid January to End of February.
Maximum Altitude: 3870m
Minimum Tempreture: -40 degrees
No of days: 17 days
Age group: 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
Day 01: Delhi – Leh
Arrive at Leh airport, to be received by our representative & transferred to the Hotel. Spend rest of the day in the hotel as you need to acclimatize well to the high altitude. Overnight Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing around Leh.
Day 03: Leh - Chiling to Tilat do to Shingra gongma by Jeep 3 hrs walk 3 hrs
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. Reach Chiling after sometime. After Lunch visit the White Copper artists famous for their handmade works. Overnight in a home stay.
Day 04: Trek Shingra gonma to Deepyokma. 5hrs Overnight camp.
Day 05: Trek Deepyokma – Nyrakpulu. 5-6 hrs Overnight camp.
Start the Trek, after 4-5 hrs reach Nyarakpulu. Camp will be 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 camp.
Day 06: Trek Nyrakpulu – Lingshed 6-7 hrs
Walk on Chadar / Frozen sheet for 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 local heating is available. Overnight Homestay.
Day 07: Lingshed
Spend the day exploring Lingshed Village, 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 Homestay.
Day 08: Trek Lingshed - Tsarakdo. 7hrs
Start the trek early as today you will have to walk for 7 hrs to reach Tsarakdo. Overnight camp.
Day 09: Trek Tsarakdo – Pidmo 7 hrs
Trek on the ice trail through the gorge. The gorge ends at Hanamur and the view opens at Pidmo.
Day 10: Trek Pidmo – Zangla 4 hrs
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 in Zangla village.
Day 11: Zangla- Karsha drive 3hrs .
Day 12: Karsha rest:
Spend the day exploring the valley & visiting the Karsha Monastery one of largest monastery in Zanskar, founded by Great Lama Phagspa Shesrab. Overnight camp.
Day 13: Karsha- Raru: Drive 3-4 hrs
Day 14 Raru to Tsetang Trek 6 hrs
Day 15 Tsetang to Purne Trek 6 hrs
Purne (3820m) located just above the confluence of the Tsarap river and the Kargyak river.
Day 16 Purne to Phuktal to Purne Trek 5 hrs
Start walking from Purne to Phuktal where you will visit the famous Phuktal Monastery built in 12th century by Gangsem Sherab Zangpo. Trekking is the only way to reach here. It is built into a Cliffside like a honeycomb & stands at the mouth of lateral gorge of the Lungnak or Lingti-Tsarap River. Walk back to Purne. Overnight camp.
Day 17: Trek Purne – Ichar 7hrs
Ichar campsite is at 3740m. To further acclimatize climb up 150m to Ichar village (3900m). you can explore the remote valley North of the village.
Day 18: Trek Ichar – Padum 6 - 7hrs w
Day 19: Padum- Tsarakdo Drive 5hrs
Day 20: Tsarakdo – Nyrakpulu 6 hrs
Day 21: Nyrakpulu – Deepyokma 6hrs
Trek through the same route back from Nyarakpulu to Tsomopaldar. Overnight camp.
Day 22: Deepyokma – Tilatdo to Chilling to leh 6 hrs & 3 hrs drive
Trek back from Tsomopaldar to Shingra gongma & then to Tilatdo. Overnight camp.
Day 23: Leh – Delhi:
In the morning transfer to the airport from where you’ll board the flight to Delhi.