Zanskar: Chaddar Trek

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India, ASIA & PACIFIC

Zanskar lies to the south west of Leh, surrounded by the Himalayan and Zanskar ranges, which is the most isolated of all the trans-Himalayan valleys. The valley has an area of about 5,000 sq kms and an elevation of 13,154 ft. The route from Kargil to Padum is the only motor able road to reach Zanskar Valley. The area remains inaccessible for nearly 7 months in the year due to heavy snowfall. All the passes are closed in winter and the only alternate route out of Zanskar in winter is the frozen Zanskar River, which has become a popular destiny for winter tourist hikers. This is popular as Chaddar trek.

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LAD005

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8, 18 & 23/01/15

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INDIA

type:

Trekking

duration:

18-24 days

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1/16 MIN/MAX

Best months:

January

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For this expedition you are accompanied by local staffs from Zanskar, all the porters, and guide are from Zanskar itself, in every sense we want to give you a local feeling, and it helps the visitors to interact easily with local families, and monks. You will never forget the gathering and camp fire in evening, at some places you have to sleep in caves, which will give you a life time experience.
After arriving in Delhi we will fly to Leh where the surrounding monasteries and villages will be an excuse to acclimatize. Our first steps on the Chaddar will lead us in imposing gorges watching over by the Himalayas. After one week of moving in this unreal world with our Zanskaris porter’s caravan, we go up to Lingshed to experience calm, serenity, greatness of the landscapes, monasteries, nunneries and praying flags, which will offer us a brief respite.This travel doesn’t require any special technical knowledge. However, it demands to the traveler a total let-go and a total confidence in our ability to deal with any situations. But after all, a live travel rarely insipid experience

Tour Itinerary

OPTION 1

Day 1: Arrival in Leh to be received by our representative and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is to take complete rest to acclimatize you according to the weather. It is highly recommended because of the high altitude. Stay overnight at the hotel. Day 2: Indus Valley (Leh – Shey – Thikse – Hemis-Leh) On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings ofLadakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17’Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.Thikse Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order. Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17’Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Back to Leh by evening. Stay overnight at Hotel Day 03: Sham Valley (Leh-Likir-Alchi-Leh) After breakfast drive for full day sightseeing to the Likir and Alchi Monastery. Back to Leh by evening. Overnight hotel. Day 4: Leh - Chiling (3200 m) In the morning drive to Chilling by a private vehicle. On arrival; meet with our staff and visit coppersmith workshops. Stay overnight at an inhabitant’s home in the village of Chilling. Day 5: Chilling - Zaribago (3250 m) [5 hrs of walk] In the morning set out for a walk on ice of the frozen Zanskar river, Chadar. Feel the thrill of adventure. Arrive at Zaribago and experience the night with the endless silence of the mountain which is disrupted only by the crackles of freezing ice. Stay overnight at the camps/cave. Day 6: Zaribago - Deepyokma (3300 m) [4/5 hrs of walk] Morning continue with trekking towards Deepyokma. Reach at the village and stay overnight in cave. Day 7: Deepyokma - Nyrak Pulu (3400 m) [5/6 hrs of walk] Morning start trek going deep into an incredible maze of impressing canyons passing through frozen icefalls and find the human trace next to Nyrak Pulu. Stay overnight at the camps/cave. Day 8: Nyrak Pulu - Lingshed (3800 m) [3/4 Hrs of walk] Morning; start trekking towards the magnificent valley of Lingshed visiting the great monastery. Stay overnight at inhabitant’s home. Day 9: Full day rest in Lingshed, one of the most remote villages in Ladakh, visit monastery, school for monks and explore the village. Day 10: Lingshed - Nyrak Pulu (3400 m) (5 hrs of walk) Early in the morning start descending towards Nyrak pulu from Lingshed. Stay overnight at camp/cave. Day 11: Nyrak Pulu - Tsomo paldar (3300 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk] Morning; continue returning to Ladakh and stay overnight in cave. Day 12: Tsomo paldar- Tilatdo (3200 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk] Morning; start trekking towards Tilatdo having the valley being widen. Reach at Tilatdo and stay the last night in cave. Day 13: Tilatdo - Chilling - Leh (3500 m) [3/4 Hrs of walk] Morning; start trekking back to Chilling. On arrival at Chilling; board the private vehicle which is already waiting for you and drive back to Leh. Stay overnight at hotel. Day 14: Leh (3500 m) The day is a buffer for any unexpected delay in the itinerary. Stay overnight at hotel. Day 15: Flight Leh - Delhi Early in the morning transfer to the airport to board a flight back to Delhi.

OPTION 2

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi On arrival warm welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel located in the center of Delhi. Rest of the day is free to relax. Stay overnight at the hotel. Day 2: Delhi-Leh (3500m) Morning transfer to the airport to board a flight to Leh. On arrival in Leh; transfer to the guest house/hotel. Rest of the day is to take complete rest to acclimatize you according to the weather. It is highly recommended because of the high altitude. Stay overnight at the guest house/hotel. Day 3: Indus Valley (Leh – Shey – Thikse – Hemis) On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings ofLadakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17’Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.Thikse Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order. Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17’Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Maniwalls. Back to Leh by evening. Overnight stay Hotel Day 4: Leh - Chiling (3200 m) In the morning drive to Chilling by a private vehicle. On arrival; meet with our staff and visit coppersmith workshops. Stay overnight at an inhabitant’s home in the village of Chilling. Day 5: Chilling - Zaribago (3250 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk] Morning start trekking towards Zaribago. Arrive at Zaribago and experience the night with the endless silence of the mountain which is disrupted only by the crackles of freezing ice. Stay overnight at the camps/cave. Day 6: Zaribago - Deepyokma (3300 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk] Morning continue with trekking towards Deepyokma. Reach at the village and stay overnight in cave. Day 7: Deepyokma - Nyrak Pulu (3400 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk] Morning start trek going deep into an incredible maze of impressing canyons passing through frozen icefalls and find the human trace next to Nyrak Pulu. Stay overnight at the camps/cave. Day 8: Nyrak Pulu - Lingshed (3800 m) [3/4 Hrs of walk] Morning; start trekking towards the magnificent valley of Lingshed visiting the great monastery. Stay overnight at inhabitant’s home. Day 9: Lingshed - Deepkongma (3450 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk] Morning: start trek going down the Lingshed valley and get back to the soft and ice surface of the Zanskar River. Stay overnight in cave. Day 10: Deepkongma - Warsanglo (3500 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk] Morning; start trekking towards Warsanglo and get back to the life of villages (Hanamur and Pidmo). Stay overnight in tents. Day 11: Warsanglo - Pishu (3500 m) [4/5 Hrs of walk] Morning; start trekking on the firm grounds towards Pishu. Reach at Pishu and stay overnight at inhabitant’s home at this magnificent village. Day 12: Pishu - Karsha (3700 m) [3/4 Hrs of walk] Morning; start trekking in the large and flat valley going through the village of Rinam and reach to Padum plain and the beautiful site of Karsha. Stay overnight at inhabitant’s home in the village. Day 13: Karsha (3700 m) Day is free to relax and to visit the most important monastery of Zanskar called ‘Karsha Gompa’. Stay overnight at the home of an inhabitant of the village. Day 14: Karsha - Zangla (3600 m) [5/6 Hrs of walk] Morning; start trekking towards Zangla visiting through Tongde village and its monastery. Later, visit the magnificent site of Zangla. Stay overnight at an inhabitant’s home. Day 15: Zangla - Sarakdo (3500 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk] Morning; start trekking back to the Zanskar gorges taking the same path. Stay overnight in tents. Day 16: Sarakdo - Nyrak Pulu (3400 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk] Morning; start trekking towards Nyrak Pulu walking through the gorges. Stay overnight in tents Day 17: Nyrak Pulu - Tsomo Do (3300 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk] Morning; continue returning to Ladakh and stay overnight in cave. Day 18: Tsomo Do- Tilatdo (3200 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk] Morning; start trekking towards Tilatdo having the valley being widen. Reach at Tilatdo and stay the last night in cave. Day 19: Tilatdo - Chilling - Leh (3500 m) [3/4 Hrs of walk] Morning; start trekking back to Chilling. On arrival at Chilling; board the private vehicle which is already waiting for you and drive back to Leh. On arrival in Leh; stay overnight at the guest house/hotel. Day 20: Leh (3500 m) The day is a buffer for any unexpected delay in the itinerary. Or visit few monasteries of Indus valley. Stay overnight at the guest house/hotel. Day 21: Flight Leh - Delhi Early morning; transfer to the airport to board a flight back to Delhi.

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