Chadar Frozen River Trek – Zanskar Valley

If you are an adventure lover with lots of trekking experience and want to take your trekking to the next level of difficulty then Chadar Frozen River Trek is the place for you. Chadar Frozen River (11,123 ft) is located in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir.   Trekking to Chadar Frozen River requires full nine days and for trekking first day you need to come to Leh by flight. You will feel very cold once you reach Leh as the temperature there would be around -10 to -15. The second day you will move further towards Chilling through a 3hours drive. While driving to Chilling you will go through Pishu village of Zanskar. Once you reach Chilling, from there you will get to walk over frozen river ice.   Walking on the frozen ice will turn out to be the most exciting as well as toughest thing in the trek. After walking for 1hour you will reach Tilak: the campsite for today. The next day you move towards the Gyalpo camp. The morning walk on the frozen ice will make you feel like you are walking inside a freezer. Although all your body will be covered with heavy woolens still the coldness out there can be felt on your face. By the sound that the chadar makes you will be able to recognize where the snow is thick and where it is thin.   The sound of the chadar changes with the thickness of chadar. Moving further you will go through “Chadar Gate”. After walking for some 6 hours you will reach Gyalpo camp and stay in the tent for...

Chadar Frozen River Trek – Trekking in Ladakh

Ladakh can be a difficult place to travel. The mountains are steep and in the winter snowfall closes many of the mountain passes and makes the few roads treacherous. Some villages become completely inaccessible between November and March. One method of accessing snow-bound villages during the winter trekking on top of the ice of frozen rivers. The Chadar Trek is one such route, connecting villages in the Zanskar valley (deep in the mountains) with Chilling (on the road to Leh) along the frozen Zanskar River. This route has been used for centuries for trade and transportation, and is most reliable in February when the ice is most stable. Now, We should make it clear that the Zanskar river is big and fast-flowing. For most of its length between Chilling and the Zanskar valley the river is confined within a steep canyon. If the idea of walking over frozen river ice with a large pack on your back and very cold rushing water a few inches below your feet is terrifying, then you are not alone. People sometimes die on the Chadar Trek, usually local porters who carry goods on the river for their livelihood and can’t afford to be conservative. The hike from Chilling to the Zanskar valley takes more than a week, and at night porters usually sleep in caves in the canyon walls. This trek is considered as one of the most exciting and unique treks – a very special and an extraordinary trek on shiny ice on the bank of Tsarap River. You will be dropped by a vehicle at Chilling Sumdo (crossed road) then yourtrek...

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...

5 Reasons Why Valley Of Flowers Trek Is A Must For All Nature Lovers

Are you looking for an off-beat trek? A trek that is beautified with carpet of flowers so that there is no ruggedness at every step! Well, the Valley of Flowers Trek is certainly the best option for you. The picturesque and vibrant flowers that you see here is something that you will not find in any other trek. Thus, this trek is definitely special, and it will be an experience of a lifetime for you. Especially, if you are a nature lover, you should not miss this trek. Reasons Why This Trek Is Special And Must: The Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand is famous for its flora and fauna, trek and vegetation. The amazing aroma and the scenic beauty are sure to enthrall the heart and mind of any trekker. Off-beat destination– If you are keen to spend your holiday away from the crowd and want to fall in endless love with varied species of flowers, it is a must do trek for you. It involves almost a week trek. Easy trek– Though it is a high altitude trek, yet it is a comparatively easy trek. Hence, it is suitable for every type of trekker. This trek will helps you in cleansing the body and soul with its divine beauty. Route to Gurudwara– The route to this trek is also similar to the route of Hemkund Sahib In fact, the trek to the valley of flowers is incomplete if you miss the divine surroundings and the Gurudwara itself. The beauty of the Himalayas– The might Himalayan Peaks that you will witness in this trek will fascinate you in every sense...

What are the highpoints of chopta chandrashila trek?

A popular Uttarakhand Trek in the Indian Himalayan Range, Chopta Chandrashila Trek is an excellent way to find happiness in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is definitely a delight for trekking enthusiasts– A remarkable vantage spot that provides 360º panoramic sights of the great Himalayas. This beautiful trek comes under moderate difficulty level. Read this Chopta Chandrashila trek review to know more. Chopta Chandrashila Trekking offers incredible views of the well-known peaks in the Himalayas which include Chaukhamba, Nandadevi, Kedarnath,Trishul, Kalanag, Massif, Bandarpuch, Neelkanth,Yellow Tooth. This trek is often done with Chopta, Chandrashila, Tungnath, and Deoria Tal. Some of the amazing places that come on the way of this trek are Rishikesh, Augustmuni, Rudraprayag, Ukhimath, Chopta and Sari Village. The main attractions are: Chopta: The 12 km trek ahead to Deoria Tal leads to Chopta, 2900 meters. Chopta could be reached by road and its 34 km from Ukimath, 254 km from Rishikesh and 450 km from New Delhi. Chopta is a small settlement and starting point to Panch Kedar Tungnath and offers an amazing view of Himalayan Peak including Nanda Devi (the most sacred mountain), Trishul, and Chaukhamba. Chopta is home to varied flora and fauna and has thick forest pine deodar and rhododendron. Chandrashila: Chandrashila is 2 km ahead and the peak of Tungnath. Chandrashila means the “Moon Rock”. This is situated at an altitude of approximately 13,000 ft higher than sea level. The peak offers a magnificent view of the Himalayas, especially Nandadevi Peak, Trishul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpuch and Chaukhamba Massif peaks. This place also has various legends linked with it. Tungnath: The World’s highest Shiva temple...