Frozen Zanskar River ‘Chadar’ Trek (11D9N)

 

Depart Singapore:

05 February 2015 (Thursday)

 

Depart Leh:

15 February 2015 (Sunday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a trekking trip Trekking

 

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The ultimate adventure! For just a few weeks each winter, the people of the remote Zanskar valley are able to make their way to Ladakh’s capitol of Leh by following the frozen Zanskar river from their mountain stronghold to its confluence with the Indus river. This is not a journey for everyone, but for those with a Himalayan-sized of adventure, it is truly one of the world’s greatest journeys.

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. 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!

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 (05 Feb): Depart Singapore – Delhi International Airport

  • Depart Singapore for our overnight flight to Delhi International Airport.

Meals provided: -

Accommodation: Transit at airport

 

Day 2 (06 Feb): Delhi International Airport – Leh (3,500m)Leh Airport

  • Early morning flight out from Delhi International Airport to Leh.
  • Arrive in Leh and transfer to hotel.
  • Rest of the day free and easy for acclimatization.
  • Evening familiarization walk to Shanti Stupa.

Meals provided: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Shanti Holiday Home/ Hotel Panorama/ Dolma Guest house or similar

 

Day 3 (07 Feb): Leh SightseeingShey Palace

  • Acclimatization day in Leh.
  • Visit Shey Palace and Thiksey monastery in the morning.
  • Visit Hemis monastery in the afternoon.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Shanti Holiday Home/ Hotel Panorama/ Dolma Guest house or similar

 

Day 4 (08 Feb): Leh – Guru Dho – Shingra (3,369m)

  • ChadarAfter breakfast, drive for around 2.5 hours from Leh to Guru Dho (trek starting point).
  • Trek Day 1: Walking time 4-5 hours.
  • Start walking from the bridge point beyond Guru Dho on the icy frozen Zanskar river.
  • After an hour, stop for hot lunch at Takmar Yogma. From here, there is beautiful view of the junction where Zanskar river meets the Zara Chu (river).
  • After lunch, trek for another 1.5-2 hours.
  • Arrive at Shingra and set the camp for overnight stay.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camp at Shingra

 

Day 5 (09 Feb): Shingra – Tip Yogma Bao (3,350m)

  • ChadarTrek Day 2: Walking time 5 hours
  • In the morning, pack up and trek on ice of the frozen Zanskar River, Chadar, as we continue towards our second camp at Tip Yogma.
  • The Zanskar Valley is the most isolated of the Trans-Himalaya valleys and that true sense of remoteness will become all the more evident as we approach our camp.
  • After walking for 3 hours, stop for hot lunch and rest.
  • Today, there is more of zig-zag crossing and the valley gets narrower.
  • Arrive at Tip Yogma and set the camp for overnight stay.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camp at Tip Yogma

 

Day 6 (10 Feb): Tip Yogma Bao – Nryakpullo (3,300m)

  • ChadarTrek Day 3: Walking time 5-6 hours
  • As usual with the sunrise, pack up and start walking on the ice chadar.
  • The whole view does not change much today. We will encounter some spots of hot spring in which the ice are not strong which needs to be checked by the guide. If the ice is weak, we may have to climb a small peak to avoid river crossing.
  • Trek on the frozen river till Neyrak - one of the windiest places in the gorge.
  • Come across some stunning frozen waterfalls on this day.
  • An old, dilapidated bridge on the river, claimed by the villagers to be more than 1,000 years old.
  • Arrive at Nryakpullo and set the camp for overnight stay. Nyrek village is situated just above a small cave where we plan to setup the camp.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camp at Nryakpullo

 

Day 7 (11 Feb): Nyrakpullo – Tip Yogma Bao (3,350m)Chadar

  • Trek Day 4: Walking time 4-5 hours
  • Trek back to Tip Yogma.
  • You will be retracing your steps back to the previous campsites. The most astonishing fact about the Chadar trek is its ever changing nature. Though you have trekked the same way back, you will still be amazed at how different the trail and surroundings look on the way back.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camp at Tip Yogma

 

 

Day 8 (12 Feb): Tip Yogma Bao – Tilat Sumdo / Bakula Bao (3,340m)Chadar

  • Trek Day 5: Walking time 5 hours
  • Today will be much safer and easier comparing to the previous days. We can see the great ice fall closer to Takma on the way.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camp at Tilat Sumdo / Bakula Bao

 

 

Day 9 (13 Feb): Tilat Sumdo / Bakula Bao – Guru Dho – Drive back to LehChadar

  • Trek Day 6 (end of trek): Walking time 3 hours
  • Trek for 3 hours until Guru Dho.
  • Vehicle will be ready to drive back to Leh (2-3 hours).
  • Pamper yourself with a much needed hot shower.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Shanti Holiday Home/ Hotel Panorama/ Dolma Guest house or similar

 

Day 10 (14 Feb): Pangong LakePangong Lake

  • Morning, drive 5 hours to Pangong Lake - largest brackish water lake in Asia and an important breeding ground for migratory birds crossing the Himalayas.
  • Along the way, cross Chang-La pass, the world’s 3rd highest motorable road at an altitude of 5,360m.
  • Drive back to Leh after enjoying the frozen lake.

** Note: If there is bad weather, we will not go to Pangong Lake as the pass will not be accessible due to heavy snow. The alternative will be to Tsomoriri Lake but again depending on weather. Worst-case scenario is to stay in Leh town F&E.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Shanti Holiday Home/ Hotel Panorama/ Dolma Guest house or similar

 

Day 11 (15 Feb): Depart Leh

  • Depart for the airport around 6am in the morning for your return flight home.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Twin-Sharing (Price Per Pax)

SGD1799.00

Single Pax

SGD2099.00

(Price is for minimum 2 pax to depart. For solo traveller or bigger group, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Highlights

  • The ultimate once in a lifetime trek when you walk over the white frozen Zanskar river
  • Amazing landscape, wild gorges and frozen waterfall
  • Chance to see rare wildlife of high Himalayas
  • Extreme cold conditions
  • Unique winter trade route
  • Have fun sliding on ice (and falling! – everyone falls at least once)

Package Inclusions

  • 4 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room at Shanti Holiday Home/ Hotel Panorama/ Dolma Guest house or similar in Leh
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in high altitude trekking tents
  • All meals starting from lunch on arrival day at Leh till breakfast on final departure from Leh.
  • Transportation by Scorpio 4WD for arrival / departure transfers, sightseeing as per the itinerary and pick up / drop to and from the trek starting / end point
  • English speaking, knowledgeable and well mannered local guide for sightseeing and very professional trekking guide during trekking
  • All Trekking arrangement as follow:
    • Two-men tent
    • Dining tent
    • Toilet tent
    • Mattresses
    • Kitchen equipment like cooking utensils, camp crockery, tableware, lamps, wash bowls
    • Trek support team including 01 cook & 01-03 helpers, with enough porters to carry the provisions and client luggage during trekking
  • Miscellaneous entrance fee and charges:
    • Wildlife fee
    • Camping fee
    • Inner-line permits for Pangong Lake

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore - Delhi – Leh – Delhi – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Visa (if required)
  • Travel insurance
  • Clothing of personal nature like trek shoes, kit bags, day packs, sleeping bags, down jackets and other special clothing’s etc
  • Medical expenses (apart from first aid) and insurance of any kind
  • Personal expenses (e.g. mineral water, liquors, shopping, cigarettes, telephone calls and etc.)
  • Transportation is not on disposal basis. It is strictly as per the programme, any extra running will be charges extra
  • All arrangements for trekking as pre-planned and pre-paid. In case of not completion of the trek due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services. Any extra expense due to the same has to be paid extra
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, political situation, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Drinks other than drinking water
  • Tips or gratuities for driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Flight cost and information as at 17 Dec 2014. Subject to availability and change.

 

05 February 2015

Singapore (SIN) to Delhi (DEL):

Jet Airways (9W 17) 1935hrs – 2255hrs

 

06 February 2015

Delhi (DEL) to Leh (IXL):

Jet Airways (9W 2368) 0630hrs – 0755hrs

 

 

15 February 2015

Leh (IXL) to Delhi (DEL):

Jet Airways (9W 2369) 0830hrs – 1005hrs

 

15 February 2015

Delhi (DEL) to Singapore (SIN):

Jet Airways (Jet Airways 20) 2230hrs – 0650hrs (+1 day)

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and 20kg baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD695.69

 

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