Chadar Trek Zanskar (Frozen River Trek)Walking on the Chader (Frozen River) of Zanskar is an ultimate experience for adventure lover. This is the 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.This 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 a reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed to sustain walking for nine days during winter conditions.The trek commences from the village of Chilling located not far from the confluence of Indus and the Zanskar River. The trek follows the river gorge through a spectacular landscape, a photographer’s paradise, offering occasional sighting of wildlife. Although pleasant on clear, sunny days, the weather conditions can change abruptly, with temperatures known to plummet minus 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Chilling and Lingshed are the only sizeable villages on this trek, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.
Best Period to trek: Mid January to End of February.
Maximum Altitude: 3580m
Minimum Temperature: -40 degrees
Age group: Above 20 to 50 years
Trek Grade: Simple walks on Ice (Frozen River) every day on an average four to seven hour, strictly depends 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
Leh / Chilling / Lingshed / Chilling / Leh
Day 1: Delhi – Leh
Arrival at Leh airport, to be received by our representative & transferred to the hotel. Take a full day rest at the hotel as you need to acclimatize well to the high altitude. Overnight Hotel in Leh.
Day 2: Sightseeing of Hemis, Thiksey and Shey
After breakfast drive for a full day sightseeing with visits to Shey Palace, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Overnight Hotel in Leh.
Day3: Full day sightseeing of Phyang, Liker and Alchi
After breakfast proceed for a full day sightseeing with visits to Phyang, Liker and Alchi monasteries. Overnight Hotel in Leh.
Day 4: Leh – Chiling (3200m), 5 hrs drive (Taxi / Bus)
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 in a home stay.
Day 5: Chilling - Tilatdo - Shingra-gongma, 5 hrs.
After breakfast start walking towards Tilatdo (0.5hr) from where the Trek will start till you reach Shingra-gongma. Stay overnight in the tent.
Day 6: Trek Shingra-gongma - Deepyokma (3300m), 4hrs.
After breakfast start the 4hrs trek to Deepyokma where you’ll see no. of caves, Tsomo Paldar, naturally flowing spring water. Overnight camp.
Day 7: Deepyokma to Nyrakpulu (3400m), 4 - 5 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 camp.
Day 8: Nyarakpulu – Lingshed (3800m), 6 - 7 hrs.
Walk on Chadar / Frozen sheet for 1-2 hrs & 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 9: Lingshed (Full day rest)
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 10: Lingshed – Nyarakpulu, 6-7 hrs.
Walk back through the same steep path for 4-5 hrs & then walk on the frozen sheet for another 1- 2 hrs till you reach Nyarakpulu. Overnight Camp.
Day 11: Nyarakpulu – Tsomopaldar (3300m), 4 hrs.
Taking the same route back from Nyarakpulu to Tsomopaldar. Overnight camp.
Day 12: Trek Tsomopaldar – Tilatdo (3200m), 5 hrs.
Trek back from Tsomopaldar to Shingra gongma & then to Tilatdo. Overnight camp.
Day 13: Tilatdo – Chiling – Leh, 5 - 6 hrs.
Walk for half an hour from Tilatdo to Chilling. From Chiling 5hrs drive by Taxi or Bus to Leh. Reach Leh by evening. Stay overnight in hotel.
Day 14: Departure from Leh
In the morning transfer to the airport from where you’ll board the flight to Delhi.