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Chilling to Phuktal Chadar Trek 2020

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. This trek demands physical fitness and the age should be from 20 to 50 years. The best season would be from Mid of January till the mid of February.

Tour Route

Leh-Chilling to Phuktal to Leh

Tour Program

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.
Overnight Hotel.

Day 3: Leh – Chiling/Tilatdo/Shingra Yokma to Shingra-Gongma (3200m) 5 hrs drive (Taxi/Bus):/1 ½  Hrs Trek
In the morning after breakfast drive towards Nimoo where the confluence of river Zanskar and Indus is located, from there take left and drive along the Zanskar River till you reach Sumdado. At Chiling after Lunch visit the White Copper artists famous for their handmade works. After lunch drive Shingra Yokma from where the Trek will start till you reach Shingra-gongma ( 1 ½  hrs).  Today is the day you will actually start walking on the frozen river, you will pitch your camp at the bank of Zanskar River.  As the dusk ascent the coldness will arise too, your sleeping bag and the warm water will keep you warm.  Spend your night in the tent. 

Day 4: Trek Shingra Gongma to Deep Yokma(3300m) 5 hrs.
In the moring after having your breakfast with a hot cup of tea to beat the freezing weather and energise you for yet another challenging 5 hours trek to Deep. Starting this trek to Deep where you’ll see numbers of caves, and you will also see Tsomo Paldar, naturally flowing spring water. After a day long trek you will set your tent at Deep for your night stay.

Day 5: Deep Yokma  to Nyrakpulu  (3400m) 4-5 hrs.
Start the trek from Deep, after 4-5 hours of walk you will be reaching Nyarakpulu. After Lunch visit the Big water fall and beautiful village called Nyarak. Reaching this village you will get to know about Zanskar people and its way of life. From there Singee-La will be visible, which is a summer trek.Overnight Camp.

Day 6: Nyarakpulu – Lingshed (3800m) 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 7: 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 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 .
Overnight camp.

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.

Tour Ends

See what our Customers say about Chilling to Phuktal Chadar Trek 2020

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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