Walking on Frozen River, Chadar Trek

The region that I am going to talk about and is known to the globe as Zanskar is located towards the south-east of Leh and is enclosed by the Himalayan, Zanskar ranges and mountains that border Zanskar and Kashmir valley. A brief proem as to how this trek became a reality- chadar trek rested in my radar range since last year but calculating the expenses and days off required, it always got postponed. But as my luck turned out, with a plentiful of time on my part to spare and good fortune mingling with venturesome mood, I decided to take up Chadar frozen river trek. It was a seven day trek in inhospitable conditions. A winter trek over a frozen river in Ladakh! But if the cold and the harshness of the terrain is neglected, Chadar is not a difficult trek otherwise. It is an almost even walk with a few ups and downs and one is rarely breathless. Zanskar trek felt like stepping into arctic conditions. My tenacity got tested by day 2 itself. It was damn cold. At that tricky time my multi-layers of clothing really helped me a lot. it was something that I just cannot describe in words. All my team members- not a crowded one- were having a good time though, including me. Crawling, scrambling, skating on ice- was a regular part of our fun routine. Yummy foods and hot drinks plus gossips heating up till late nights are some of the memorable experiences. The whole trip was an exhilarating experience. Zanskar is one place in the world where inspite of so many hardships prevailing, people out there are truly happy. ‘” Tarlok...