Zanskar Chadar Trek, Zanskar Canyon
Zanskar – a remote valley in Ladakh is the fabled “Land of White Copper” - a land of glaciers and extreme cold, snow leopards and the ibex, black wolves and the rare Himalayan blue poppy, and of spirits and monks. At an average altitude of over 13,000 ft, the strange aspect of this valley is that it has no entrance. The two rivers that flow in it meet to carve a gorge so long and deep that one cannot travel down it to enter or exit the region. The only way out is crossing the Zanskar range of mountains, through high passes that are closed eight months in a year. This gorge of the Zanskar therefore, remains un-trekkable during the summer when the snow melt sends the river raging, but forms a corridor of ice in winter which serves as the only way, albeit dangerous, out of the Zanskar valley.
Day 01: Delhi/Leh
Met on arrival in Leh and transferred to hotel. Day free to acclimatise. Overnight guest house on full board.
Day 02: Leh
Acclimatise and half day sightseeing of monasteries. Overnight guest house on full board.
Day 03: Leh/Nimu/Chilling/Start trek to Bakula (3-4 hours trek)
Transferred by jeep on a tarmac road till Chilling. Then drive on jeep track for a few kilometers before starting the trek. Overnight camp by the river.
Day 04: Bakula/Dibyongma (5-6 hours trek)
Trek on the frozen river. Overnight camp at Teeb cave.
Day 05: Dibyongma/Nyeraq (6-7 hours trek)
Walk on frozen river. Overnight camp at Neeraq.
Day 06: Nyeraq to Lingshed (8 hours trek)
Some distance from Neeraq we leave the frozen river and trek along the Lingshed Nala to the beautiful villageof Lingshed. Overnight Zanskari house.
Day 07: Rest day at Lingshed
Visit the famous Linghsed monastery on top of the village, read, write or justbask in the sun. Overnight at Zanskari home.
Day 08-11: Trek Lingshed to Chilling and drive to Leh
Return trek to Chilling in four easy days. Board the waiting vehicles at the road head a little upstream of Chilling to be driven to the Guest house in Leh. Overnight Guest House.
Day 12: Fly Leh-Delhi
Early morning transfer to the Leh airport to board the flight back to Delhi.
- Departure/Arrival transfers at Leh.
- Guest House Accommodation in Lehfor 3 nights on twin sharing full board basis.
- Guided sightseeing of monasteries for half day at Leh with an English speaking guide.
- Transport to Chilling (road head) and return to Leh at the beginning and end of the trip by bus/jeeps.
- Camp and kitchen equipment, fuel and food for duration of Ice Trek.
- Stay charges in Zanskari homes where applicable.
- Guide, cook and Zanskari porters for the duration of Ice trek from Leh to Lingshed and back.