Chilling to Phuktal Chadar Trek 2020This 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.
Leh-Chilling to Phuktal to Leh
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 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 .
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.