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For some years, adventure seekers all around the world have been talking about Chadar Trek in the Zanskar Region. Until this year, hundreds of people have experienced the thrill hidden and the mind blowing sights around Chadar frozen river. In fact, Chadar Trek is the most sought after and one of the breathtaking treks in the Himalayas. The winter trek is so special for those who are ready to have adventure at the maximum level. The river trek starts from Chilling where the river begins to freeze and mostly, travelers choose February as the best time to cross the frozen river as the ice sheets will be comparatively stable. The precarious snow-flakes would pose severe threats during the trek but in some other time, the challenges would be kind to the trekker. The surrounding of the river are completely vertical cliffs tall up to 600 meters. The Zanskar River is a tributary of the Indus and is 5 meters long. A trekker would have to cover 16 kms per day to complete the Chadar Trek. Usually, people opt for 10-15 days of trek depending on the climatic conditions persisting here. The temperature at Chadar will come to the lowest at -35 degree Celsius during winter and thus Chadar Trek becomes more intimidating. Approximate trekking distance one would have to cover in total is 75 kms.Maximum altitude: 11123 feet is the height at which Chadar Trek would lead you to.Location: To take part in Chadar Trek, one should arrive in Leh and from Leh, the journey starts and goes to Chilling, the beginning of the Zanskar River in the frozen state. From Leh it would take about 65-70 kms to reach Tilad via Chilling, the base camp of the trek.Best time to visit: January end to February is the best time suitable for trekking in the frozen river of Chadar. Quality and safe trekking gears and highly warm clothes are required.
The two major sects of Buddhism, Drukpa and Gelugpa had two gompas in Mulbekh Monastery. The location is 45 kms away from Kargil and 260 km from Leh town. The nine meter statue of Maitreya Buddha placed in the premise catches the eyes of every visitor. Also, the two gompas are closely connected to the palace of Rajah Kalon of Mulbekh located nearby. To reach the gompa, there is a steep footpath arranged behind the building.HistoryThere are different opinions about the establishment of the gompa but the idol of Buddha placed here dates back to the 8th century and some others believe that it was built in the period of Kushan. The sculptor is the contribution of the missionaries but there is a saying that the artwork present in the sculptor shows that the missionaries were not Tibetans but mostly Ladakhis. Kharoshti scripts were also found in the main sculptor.Structure of the monasteryApart from the limestone idol of Buddha carved in the rock face, there are other relics of statues and frescoes. The entire monastery is made charming with the very valuable paintings and some relics of the prized items of the ancient period. As Maitreya is famous as Chamba among the Buddhist sets, the monastery has gained the name Mulbekh Chamba later.Location: Mulbekh gompa is located in Kashmir, 45 Km from the town and 260 km from Leh in Ladakh region. You can reach the gompa by bus or jeep.Timings: It is open on all days from 08:00 am to 06:00 pmEntry fee: Entry to the gompa is freeHighlight: The gompa is 3504 meters above the foothills which gives a mesmerizing view of the valleys down.
Phugtal or Phuktal gompa or monastery, a significant Buddhist monastery located in the Lungnak Valley that too very remotely from the main town and this one is reachable only by walking. The essential things for the monastery will be carried by animals during summer days and during winter they will be transported through the frozen Zanskar River.HistoryThe etymology of the name Phutkal is interesting and the name means the cave of liberation or leisure as per the information given by scholars. The birth of Phutkal Monastery was 2500 years ago and it was built around a cave with the aim of inviting any number of sages or saints to come and meditate. But the current status of Phutkal Gompa is because of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. It was established in the early 15th century by Jangsem Sherap Zangpo. Structure of the monasteryThe honeycomb structure of the monastery surprises every one. Given the increased number of tourists, the monastery is popular now as a favorite trekking point. The cliff side structure houses a temple, prayer rooms, apartments, quarters, library with sacred manuscripts, teaching facilities and the original cave and a spring. Around 70 monks who are residing in the monastery are always seen chanting or meditating.Location: The location of the monastery is Lungnak Valley in south-eastern Zanskar.Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 06:00 pm to 04:00 pm.Entry fee: To enter the monastery no entry fee is required. But cameras and food from outside are not allowed.Highlights: There are a number of festivals happen everywhere at the monastery which are celebrated for different reasons. Every year the dates of the festivals change depending on the lunisolar calendar. Smonlam Chenmo is the most important one as it signifies the entry of the New Year.
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The Zanskar River Expedition is a nice and a classy vacation to take. It was once in a lifetime kind of experience. The river expedition felt as if it was never ending. I loved it totally. It was quite intriguing and interesting. One must take it to feel the happiness of this vacation. Also, this vacation was just perfectly organized. Thanks to my husband and the organizers. The River expedition was neither too risky nor a laid back kind. It was a perfect amount of adventure and fun. This vacation was so meant to be. I loved it. It was mind boggling good. One can enjoy this even if he or she is not a pro in swimming.
Though the first 5 days of our trip was really beautiful, we got to taste the exhilarating rapids from the 6th-1th day. And to be honest, while rafting from Lamaguru to Nimu, we all were scared to our bones and spines. But all thanks to the facilitators of Thrillophilia for encouraging us and keeping us motivated all the way.
Pros: this is a cost effective and a fun vacation. This is super duper fun. This does not require any additional skill set. Any common person can take this trip. This is highly safe even for solo travellers. I totally recommend this. Cons: Travel to this place is a literal pain. The transport facilities are not that great. The travel guide speaks only Hindi and at times it’s quite annoying and tough to understand instructions. Overall, it was indeed a good and a nice experience.
Rafting in the Zanskar was so enthralling and adventurous. Started from Reymala with grade-III rapids. By god, every moment is so unpredictable. At the end, when our team reached Nyerak, the essence of the rafting expedition was still alive in our minds. Had the best of river rafting experience in life with Thrillophilia team. kudus to you guys!
If you are an adventure freak, a travel lover, and a person who loves to do challenging things, this trip is for you. This is some high quality fun. You will love this trek totally. I had a really great time with this. It was quite awesome and even interesting. It is quite expensive though, but the cost is totally worthy for the things done is my opinion. So go ahead and take this trip. You will never ever regret it. It is super awesome. I totally enjoyed it. Give it a try you will not regret it at all.
The Zanskar Expedition is something that I really liked. I loved the vacation. It was quite awesome and interesting. I had a really great time with the whole experience. It was just awesome. I totally loved it. I never felt that any trip can be this exciting. This is a trip that you need to go with a bunch of like-minded friends. The more the merrier kind of trip: Try it out, you will definitely love it.
Zanskar River Expedition was a new experience to me. I cannot describe how nice it was. It was adventurous and fun. Thrilling and beauty roped in to one is this vacation. That being said, the food all through the trip was exotic. Travel to this place was the best travel in my life. Also, the expedition was quite affordable.
The Zanskar River expedition is kind of fine and good. I cannot call it the best trip or anything. It was just fine and average in fact. I wish I have taken better expeditions than this.
I really loved this trek. The trek was quite awesome. It was a nice and a fun trip. The vacation was quite enjoyable and great. I loved the whole weekend. It was so meant to be. Also, this was quite inexpensive too for what it is worth. Do try it, you will not regret.
It was a great and a breath taking experience. I loved the river expedition. The travel to the meeting point was a menace. However, apart from that the whole trip was perfect and nice. We had some great, high-quality fun. It was simply the best and the nicest trip ever. I am so happy and glad to have taken this.
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