Chilling to Karsha Chadar Trek 2019Walking 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.
Leh - Chilling - Karsha - Chilling - Leh
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
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.