Chader Trek is one of the adventures trek during winter in Zansker Valley and its popular among trekkers.Chader is a Hindi word meaning bedsheet so we can say snow layer above Zanskar River. Zanskar River freeze during winter so trekkers…
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Chader Trek is one of the adventures trek during winter in Zansker Valley and its popular among trekkers.Chader is a Hindi word meaning bedsheet so we can say snow layer above Zanskar River. Zanskar River freeze during winter so trekkers pass through above river, sometime it becomes risky if layer started melting.Zanskar valley lies to the south - west of Leh, surrounded by the Himalaya and Zanskar ranges, which is the most isolated of all the trans - Himalayan Valleys. Zanskar comprises of two main valleys the Stod(Doda Chu) and the Lanak (Tsarap Chu)which coverage below at Padum. Zanskaris walk along it to reach the Indus River in Nimoo (Chilling village),
which is known as the Chadar (frozen blanket) Trek. The geographical isolation has resulted in the preservation of the Buddhist heritage and identity. Many ancient monastic establishments are still actively involve in religious activities some remote caves are believed to have been used by the successive Buddhist saints to sustain meditation in pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment.
During winter Leh only accessible by air because roads will closed due to snow from manali, Kargil and temperature will be freezing in Leh.
Total Duration – 8 Nights / 9 Days (Ex Leh)
Maximum Altitude – 3303 m/ 10900 ft
Grade – Challenging
Best Season – January to feburary
Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse in Leh; Organized Campsite
Food – On trek – All meals included
Distance – 45 KM
On arrival in Leh airport. Transfer to lodging at the guest house; a day of leisure and acclimatization. Overnight stay in Leh.
Naerak – Dibb:
Though technically it is the same way back, it is also quite different. The Chadar or the blanket of ice that is forming on the River Zanskar is always changing, breaking up and forming itself again. As the Chadar dynamics are ever changing, the same route and place would look and feel different as the texture and conditions change.
All along the way, trekkers will pass by and meet a lot of locals wearing their traditional woolen Gonchas, trekking their way towards the village of Padum, Lingshed and Naerak. Pleasantries are exchanged and even a few stories and legend about Zanskar and its people can be heard. Their warmth and smile is amazing among all the hardships. Overnight at camp.
Trek to Tsomo Paldar:
Hearing the different sounds of Chadar forming and breaking, you will soon get familiar where the Chadar or the ice cover is thick and thin. With a early lunch break in between, we would soon reach the majestic. Lunch is in between the trek, where we all stop where sunlight is abundant though duration is much less as the river flows through a gorge and direct sunlight time is limited.
Tsomo Paldar – Dibb:
We trek again on frozen ice towards the designated camping site for the day. Overnight at camp The sharp bends and current of the river breaks the ice in some places. Lunch in between on a flat rocky hill side by the river. Overnight at camp.
Trek from Dibb to Nyerak Pullu
Again one of the magnificent days on the Chadar trek. However, the caution being that this can become a difficult if the Chadar is not very firm. The vistas are stunning though as we pass through giant frozen waterfalls, ice cliffs and one may even catch sight of the mountain fox.
After lunch we pass the 'incense tree', so called because the locals use its branches to burn in their morning rituals, and the prayer flag draped tree marks the entrance to Zanskar proper. The porters will normally take a few twigs from the tree. We reach Naerak campsite by late afternoon. An old, dilapitated bridge on the river as folklore goes is thought to be more than an 1000 years old. A trail is normally beaten through in the snow towards the village up high in the mountains.
Trek from Tibb to Shingra Koma:
Trek from Shingra Koma to Tilat Do, and drive to Leh.
Today is the last day of this amazing and unique trek. We finally return back to the road head where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to our guest house at Leh.
Depart from Leh
Today is the last day for the trip, Say Good bye to Leh & depart for your destination.
- Local transport during Trek
- Highly Advanced and qualified Guide from Himalaya Destinations
- Skilled Local Guide who has ample knowledge of the route
- Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
- Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/)
- Equipment’s – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mattress
- While on trek all meals will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental.
- Basic First aid Kit with portal oxygen.
- Forest Permits and camping charges.
- GST 5%
- Food in hotel/guesthouse won’t be included.
- Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks
- Personal trekking equipments – like trekking poles or sleeping bag liners
- Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
- Medical Charges at Leh hospital payable by client
- Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
- Food to/from the trailhead.
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