Chadar Trek

Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days

The word "Chadar" means " white sheet or blanket ". And that's what it appears like when you walk over the white frozen Zanskar river. This trek though a demanding one gives you all the thrills of a great adventure. Temperatures can plummet to as low as -30° and even though you walk through amazing landscape you have to be prepared for a really cold experience of course kept warm by glowing fires which we light up each evening at camp. Our daily trek begins at around 9:00am and by then the sun's up and blue skies bring cheer despite the cold temperatures. The trek goes along the Zanskar River in the region of Lingshed and constitutes a walk of around 15 days with 3850m / 12,628ft. Being the highest altitude reached. Many of these spots cannot be accessed during the summer months as they go through spectacular deep canyons and gorges. A once in a lifetime trek.

Day 01:

Take the early morning flight from New Delhi to Leh. On arrival we meet you and check you into a comfortable warm hotel.

Day 02:

Morning sightseeing of Sankar Gompa and the modern Shanti Stupa. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03:

Drive from Leh to the village of Pishu where we meet our porters and drive further to the village of Chilling by Jeep. Overnight.

Day 04:

We begin our Chadar trek by walking on the frozen Zanskar river from Chilling to Zaribago a trek of about 5 hours. Camp.

Day 05:

Walk on the frozen Zanskar river for about 4 hours from Zaribago to Deepyokma. Camp in a cave.

Day 06:

Today's walk involves 4 to 5 hours from Deepyokma to Nyrakpulu below the Nyarak village. Camp

Day 07:

Leaving Nyrakpulu it's a one hour walk to the small village of Lingshed. Today we enjoy the comfort of a private house with heating. Overnight.

Day 08: Pang - Rumtse (94 km)

Today in the morning after having our breakfast we leave Pang. We will enjoy motor biking on flat stretch of road at the height of 4730 m. We have lunch at More Plains. Then we bike towards Rumtse and cross the Tanglang Pass (5360 m), which is the second highest motor able pass in the world. Arrive in Rumtse by evening. We will have an overnight stay in Rumtse.

Day 09: Rumtse - Upshi (35 km)

Today in the morning after having our breakfast we leave Rumtse for Upshi. Arrive in Upshi by the afternoon. Evening free for leisure and relaxation. We will have an overnight stay in Upshi.

Day 10: Upshi - Leh (51 km)

Today in the morning after having our breakfast we leave Upshi for Leh. Arrive in Leh by the afternoon. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel. Evening free for leisure and relaxation. We will spend night in Leh.

Day 11: Leh - Thiksey

In the morning after breakfast we will visit the famous Sankar Monastery, which is situated in the Indus valley. We will also visit the famous Hemis Monastery, which has some of the most precious Tankhas, silver Stupas and enshrines statues of various Buddhist gods and goddesses. Later we will bike to reach to Thiksey. Enroute we will stop at Stakna Bridge and have Lunch. We will arrive at Thiksey by evening. We will spend night in Thiksey.

Day 12: Thiksey - Spituk

In the morning after breakfast we will drive to visit Thiksey Monastery. This imposing monastery, situated on a hill overlooking the village has a huge statue of Shakayamuni Buddha. We will also visit Shey Palace, which was earlier the Royal Palace. We will drive back to Thiksey and then on our bikes reach Spituk. In Spituk we have an overnight stay.

Day 13: Spituk - Leh

In the morning after breakfast we will visit Spituk Monastery overlooking the whole Indus valley. Later we will drive to Leh. Evening free to explore the local market.

Day 14: Leh - New Delhi

In the morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board flight for New Delhi. Evening free at leisure (opportunity for the last shopping or enjoy a massage in the Hotel) After Dinner we leave the hotel for the airport.

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"Thanks , Stanzin Tundup, was a best trek and trip organized to us Ladakh,Zanskar,( J&K) Himachal, (H,P) Nepal. His excellent service is being to us fantastic. I well known him Since 1996. He have a much Knowledge about Ladakh and zanskar region."
- Merce Alian Hurstel (France)

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