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Karsha return from Zangla by snow trek via Charchar La Chadar Trek 2020

Walking 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. Mid January to the end Of February.

Tour Route

Karsha return from Zangla by snow trek via Charchar La

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.
After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour of Leh with visits to Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa. 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 07: Rest in Lingshed village (4000m) and visit monastery:
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:  Lingshed – Tsarakdo 7hrs.
Start the trek early as today you will have to walk for 7 hrs to reach Tsarakdo. Overnight camp.

Day 09: Tsarakdo – Pidmo 5hrs.
Trek on the ice trail through the gorge. The gorge ends at Hanamur and the view opens at Pidmo. Overnight camp.

Day 10:  Pidmo – Zangla (3370m) 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 in Zangla village

Day 11:  Zangla – Karsha, 3hrs
Morning after breakfast, drive to Stongde village & visit the  beautiful  Stongdey monastery built on a hill top by Lama Marpa 950 years ago. From the monastery, you will get an amazing and spectacular view of mountains. Overnight camp.

Day 12: Karsha full day (3800m):
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 – Zangla 3 hrs drive. 
Today you will be driven to Zangla from Karsha.
Overnight camp.

Day 14: Zangla to Zanglasumdo 4hrs.
Simple walk through the wilderness of deep gorges following the trail beyond the chortens which enters a side gorge. For 5-6km of gorge would be populated with willows after which it opens into a broad valley .Overnight camp.

Day 15: Zanglasumdo to Chupchak  via  CharChar-La (4950m) 7hrs. 
From the camp the trail ascends eastward entering a dry silent valley. Ascending the CharChar La affords view south to the Himalayan range while the ridges and gorges of Zanskar extend to the North as far as eye can reach. Overnight camp.

Day 16: Chupchak to Wangchuk chenmo 5hrs. 
Simple trek through the gorge with lots of tress. Overnight camp.

Day 17: Wangchuk chenmo to Kharnak sumdo 6 hrs
Simple walks  in the valley will take you to Kharnak sumdo.  Overnight camp.        

Day 18: Kharnaksumdo to Rabrang 6hrs.
Always walk in the valley. Stiff cliffs called Ngari Ngartsak thang lies on the way. This route opens only in 2nd week of Sept. when the level of water decreases only then the horses can walk. Overnight camp.        

Day 19: Rabrang to Themkachen crossing Langhru-La (4300m) 6-7hrs.
Overnight camp.        

Day 20: Themkachen to Markha 6hrs. 
Markha village consists approximately of 50 houses & is by far the biggest village in the valley. It  has a monastery on a mountain spur at the lower end of the village. Overnight camp.        

Day 21: Markha to Skiu 7 hrs.
Visit Markha monastery in the morning and then start walking towards Sku which which will take about 6-7hrs. Overnight camp.        

Day 22: Skiu to Chiling to Leh 5hrs.
Start the walk from Sku to Chiling. From Chilling you will be driven to Leh by Jeep. Overnight Hotel.       

Day 23: Rest in Leh: 
Spend the day at your leisure. Overnight Hotel 

Day 24: Leh - Delhi.
In the morning you will be driven to the airport from where you will board the flight to Delhi.

Tour Ends

See what our Customers say about Karsha return from Zangla by snow trek via Charchar La 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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