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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.
Just as the name suggests, the place is heaven on earth. It may be difficult to believe, but the Valley of Flowers seems too surreal to believe. The Valley of Flowers is in full bloom in the months from June to October and appears as a carpet of myriad colours.
The Valley of Flowers is the second core zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and has been now declared as a World Heritage Site. The entire landscape springs into full bloom right after the monsoon rains. The Valley of Flowers attracts a number of tourists, botanists, florists and trekkers all throughout the year.
The Valley of Flowers is open to the public only during the summers. It is an excellent place for trekking and can be reached on foot by trekking 17 km from the nearest town of Joshimath in Garhwal. You will have to trek about 14 km from Govindghat, which is situated near Rishikesh, to reach Ghangaria. Ghangaria is the last settlement on your way to the Valley of Flowers. You reach the gorge over the River Pushpavati where the valley starts. There are fixed timings for entry into the valley and camping is prohibited there. You will have to return to Ghangaria the same day.
The beautiful valley is situated at an elevation of 3650 m and is delightful to look at. The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is mid-July to mid-August. The trek to the Valley of Flowers is very easy and can be undertaken by people who have limited or no experience of trekking.
The Valley of Flowers has a very pleasant climate during the day time with the temperatures hovering between 15 to 20 degrees. However, it gets pretty cold during the night time and you may want to dress in layers to protect yourself from the cold. The treks are always led by professional guide trekkers who have completed the basic and advance mountaineering course and are certified in first-aid.
The Zanskar Valley is the place to witness enchanting visuals of snow
capped peaks and alpine lakes. Located in the Ladakh district, there
are numerous places to see here. Visit the Zongkhul Monastery by
undertaking the exciting Padum-Kishtwar trekking route.
Visit Zangla, which is an ancient castle that also houses a chapel
and also feel amazed at the captivating beauty that you see from the
Penzella Pass. Take a village tour through a human settlement in this
divine land at Karsha. Get more breathtaking views from Panikhar and
also visit the Panikhar Fort.
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What You Should Know More About Tours in Kargil
Kargil is the second largest city in the district Ladakh. After it has been opened to the general public for visitation, the population of the city has grown immensely. It is arguably amongst the most attractive cities in the whole world. Some of the famous places one should visit in Kargil are:
Jammu and Kashmir are the heart and the pride of the country. They house the mighty Himalayas, therefore mountainous activities are very common here. There are some outstanding mountains and terrains present in Kargil which makes trekking the most common adventure activity here. The trekking experience one gets in Kargil is quite different from the rest of the world. Trekking on the mighty Himalayas will always take the top spot on any adventure junkie’s bucket list. Kargil also offers one of the most adventurous and dangerous trekking experience and best tours to experience it are:
Camping is the best activity to do if one wants to explore nature and some clarity of thought. The experience of camping is increased exponentially if the site is a hilly region. Kargil can be considered to be the ideal place to carry out camping expeditions. One is cut off from the rest of the world for days in camping. Lying down on the ground at night, gazing at the dazzling stars in the sky and delving deep into the world of imaginations are some of the things one does on a camping tour. Some of the best sites to go camping in Kargil are:
Kargil is a place where people love to do adventurous activities. Cycling s one such activity which people do here in order to get a taste of adventure. The experience of cycling is a different ball game altogether. One’s cycling skills will be tested to its limits as the routes on which people cycle is very uneven. The best part about cycling in Kargil is the awesome weather and the lovely view which one enjoys while riding a cycle. It is one of the best experiences one can have in Kargil. Some of the most famous cycling tours in Kargil are:
Jammu and Kashmir are the ideal places to visit one’s vacation and the same can be said about Kargil. It is an amazing city. There are some outstanding sites present in Kargil which one can visit. The best way to enjoy and explore the city is by walking. Walking tours helps one find many things which they could have missed otherwise. Kargil is a city where many walking tours take place as tourists take a lot of interest in this kind of expeditions. Some of the most famous walking tours in Kargil are:
The most common way of touring Jammu and Kashmir is by biking. Hundreds of people travel to Ladakh on their bike. There are many travelers who set out on the travel alone on the bike and find a group of bikers on their way. Biking is by far the most thrilling, exciting and fun way to explore Kargil. The hilly regions make biking even more exciting as their riding skills are tested. Nowhere else in the world can a person get the same experience as biking in Kargil due to the presence of the mighty Himalayas here. Some of the best places to bike in Kargil are:
Jammu and Kashmir is a mountainous region and people from all over the world visit the place. Kargil, a city of Jammu and Kashmir, houses a portion of the Himalayan range. The wildlife present in Kargil is very different from what people find in normal cities as Kargil is a hilly region. Many photography enthusiasts from all over the country come to Kargil and visit the places which house wildlife in order to capture the creature in their camera. Few of the best places to visit in Kargil for wildlife experience are:
Kargil is like heaven on earth. It is arguably one of the prettiest places in India. Three rivers flow through the city, therefore, enabling water activities such as river rafting. A group of people is made to sit on a raft with an oar in river rafting. Then they are made to row their boats through the currents and against the rapids of the river. The experience one gains from this activity are unparalleled. River rafting is a lot of fun and the whole experience of rafting enhances if the river has lots of rapids. There are many places in Kargil where one can do river rafting and the best amongst them are:
Trekking is probably the most sought-after activity in Kargil. Due to the presence of a number of a number of hills here, many trekking expeditions take place in Kargil. Zanskar River Valley Trek is one such trekking expedition which takes places in Kargil. It offers one of the most dangerous and adventurous trekking experience to the people.
Traveller Tales From Kargil
16 November 2017
Our Chadar Trek adventure was one of the best and most memorable treks for all of us. I along with my friend went for this incredible trekking adventure in January 2017. Very well arrangements have been made for us by the team. I have heard about the beauty of trekking in Zanskar River but when I was actually there it was a lot more amazing. You will fall in love with the views and the whole surroundings. We took our flight from Delhi to Leh from where our tour would start, we were joined by another group of trekkers at Leh. I love to keep a track of each day in my diary and today I will share this with you as well. Day 1: We reach Leh on our first day, such a beautiful place, the airport was very well maintained and that too high up in the mountains. It was a very pleasant day and the cool mountain air was keeping us more active. We visited the markets and the nearby places on our first day and also bought few items for the trek and some energy bars too. Day 2: On our second day, we started with a thrilling ride to Tilad Do via Chilling. Passing through the steep hairpins was a bit scary but we had a wonderful driver Gorakh with us. The day was a bit colder and we started climbing to Shanti Stupa, the sunrise was just breathtaking. It was our first-day trekking in the Zanskar. At first, I was scared a bit to walk on the ice but as we continued I was able to walk properly. We reached our campsite by late evening and the sleeping bags were quite a saviour through the night. Day 3: On our third day, we trekked from Tilad Do to Shingra Koma. After a short brief about the whole trek and how to walk on the ice by our trek leader, we started our trek. We had to cover around 10 km today. Be careful while you walk on the ice as it can be very slippery at times, I faced this problem while walking and had to take small steps when I walk. When we reached halfway our cook cum porter prepared some maggi and soupy noodles for our lunch. I just loved to have something warm at the top of the mountain. We passed Shingra koma, and reached our campsite at Gyalpo. The campsite was very beautiful and we could see the mountains on all sides. After our dinner, we enjoyed a sound sleep. Day 4: On our fourth day, we started our morning with a warm cup of tea and delicious breakfast and then went for a quick march. Today was a big day for us as we had to cover around 15 km, we started trekking through the deep ravines of Zanskar, and the day was a bit colder as there was no sunlight at all. We passed through many caves and saw few frozen waterfalls. We reached Tibb cave where we will be camping for the night. We had a wonderful dinner with some roti and a sabji. Day 5: We started our day with a morning breakfast and some tea. Today we had to trek from Tibb cave to Naerak camp. As we started trekking we came across many Junipers and prayer flags tied on a twig. It was such a beautiful sight. We also came across a huge waterfall on our way to the camp. We had to walk slow as few of the paths were bit slippery. We could also see the Narek village and the distance light flickering in the small huts. We set up our tents near the river, it was biting cold and so we made a small bonfire. Our trek leader Mohan was really helpful enough and he told us about the place and our next route. Day 6: Today our trek was from Naerak to Tibb Cave which was basically our return journey. I would advise you to wear thermals to keep off the biting cold, the day was very cold when we started. We saw the local people wearing their traditional woollen Gonchas and few monks taking making their way to the Lingshed Monastery to Leh. It was such a wonderful view to see people how these people have adjusted to the biting cold here. We reached Tibb cave by late evening and then set up our camps for the night. Day 7: Today our trek was from Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma. We came across many pug marks of a fox. We reached our campsite and there we were cooked a delicious warm dinner by our cook. He made us rice, sabji and dal. Day 8: We were almost coming to an end of our trek. Today we had to trek from Shingra Koma to Tilad Do and drive to Leh. We reached Tilad Do, from where we had to bid farewell to our team. Thanks to Mohan ji and Gorakh for making our trek such an awesome one. We checked into our guesthouse Dorje Guest House for the night and spend the night there. Day 9: Today was our last day at Leh, we enjoyed a delicious morning breakfast and was ready for our return journey. We took our flight back home. We had the best time doing this incredible trek, a must do trek for all the adventure seekers, you will just love everything about this trek. Just remember to wear thermals and wear gumboots during the trek. You can buy them at Leh on your first day itself. And click a lot of pictures to cherish these memories. Huge thanks to team Thrillophilia. Keep rocking guys.
16 November 2017
Being fromSouth India, I always had the desire to explore the mountains and I did few treks like Valley of Flowers and Stok Kangri. This time one of my friends asked me for Chadar trek. I was hesitant at first but he forced that we should do this time. The package was really great and the price was very decent including the number of days. We did this trek on February this year and it was the best adventure we had so far. We had a very great organizer and they have done quite good arrangements for us. We both went and bought Gumboots and some thermals for the trek from the local markets here. We started our trek on our second day and took a drive from Tilad Do via Chilling. We had some great view during our drive. Trekking was through remote villages, valleys, snow-covered fields, large white meadows and frozen rivers were just awesome. From Tilad we continued our trek to Shingra Koma, on our third day, our trek leader Subham was very brief about our day and also told was to keep ourselves warm as the temperature seems to drop. It was a beautiful day; today we were able to walk properly on the ice. Our fourth and fifth day was the best. We could see frozen waterfalls, hot springs, large rock faces which was just fantastic. Camping on the Tibb cave was totally a different experience for all of us. It was a wonderful trekking experience for me. During this trek there are few things I would like to mentions. Few do’s and don’ts that we all need to remember. Do’s While you are heading out for your Chadar trek always make sure that you take warm clothes with you and wear thermals inside your woollen wear, the night can be very cold. Always wear Gumboots and waterproof shoes. These boots will help you to have a firm grip on the snow and walk without much difficulty. Although you will have medical emergencies it is advisable to carry your own medical kit and medicines. There will be very less drinking water during your trek so carry water bottles with you and also fill your bottles where ever there is a stop. Also, carry energy bars with you. Trekking in the thin sheet of ice may be difficult so always listen to your trek leaders and follow the guidelines. Don’ts: Always be careful that you don’t pollute the place by littering. This trek is known as the most beautiful trek and so it is advisable that you keep the grounds clean. Do not use shampoos or soaps and contaminate the waterfalls. The local tribe use this water for drinking. Do not point any fingers at the monasteries or the local people, they might find that offensive. Also, don’t click pictures of the monks.
16 February 2014
Frozen River Chadar Trek was good. I was initially wondering how good this trek is gonna be, but it was nevertheless nice. It’s not every other day we happen to witness the beauty of the nature to its fullest form. Chadar Trek is one such trek where we get to see the beauty and magic of the nature to its fullest. This is a frozen ice trek within India. India is truly incredible. Whoever says that we have no winter should see this place. It’s gigantic and spellbinding beauty. I felt like I am walking inside a fairy tale. This place was that great. I totally loved it.
05 January 2015
Even today when I think about my journey to the completion of Chadar trek, I literally get goosebumps. Walking steadily over the frozen Zanskar River was the best ever I did do far. At times, had to climb the nearby rocks and find the way forward. The drops in the temperature were also the challenging part. But at the end, with the help of the experienced guides and trek leaders, I completed this Chadar River trek and got a million of super enthralling memories with me. Great experience of Ladakh Chadar trek!
18 August 2015
You just don't get such amazing treks everyday! Really man, the Chadar trek is the ultimate for a trekker. I and our entire groups was totally enthralled on the Chadar trekking experience. All the 9 days had something new for us. The walks on the snow blanket was no less than a dream come true. Honestly speaking, this Zanskar region is the paradise for the trekkers. Loved the trek; awesome experience of life.
17 October 2015
Chadar trek is one trek that I think all trekkers should embark on as the entire experience is simply breathtaking and equally beautiful. I successful completed this trek last year and I’m still not over the trek.
19 March 2014
I rarely write any review but my experience was so wonderful that I really want everyone to know that how beautiful was to trek on the frozen river. I literally wanted time to stop right there. Those beautiful mountains and white snow everywhere. Super chilling wind and that thrill, it can't be described in words. Juts go there and you will realize that your decision was absolutely correct. And a big thanks goes to Thrillophilia for making me the witness of that Magic by Nature.
02 March 2015
It was all white, snow all around and we were walking on a Frozen River which is on its own an amazing experience. Different destinations one by one and each destination decorated with nature’s ornaments. The Karsh Monastery one of the oldest Monastery and we happened to reach there on the day of festival and was mesmerized by the colorful mask dance and other rituals. This trip is just like being in heaven. Thanks a lot Thrillophilia.
22 November 2017
ok, i was waiting to head back and write this review. being a solo female traveller and chadar being my first trek (Yes you heard it right! ) i believe this will be useful for a lot of folks out there: Before writing about my experience, let me give you a glimpse of preparation you MUST DO, so that your excitement of Chadar will not turn disappointment. Physical fitness is very important. even though it is not hiking and just walking, we had to walk atleast 6 hours a day, that too on ice which makes it even more challenging. should be prepared well in advance and make sure you start building your stamina. Being from down south, i was never I was never exposed to extreme cold. One need to be prepared to take up that climatic condition. Change in your environment actually hits your health.. your body should adapt to thin air.. so be prepared with right clothing..clothing should be in layers as nights can go upto -35.. it is Body and hand warmers, thermal inners, gum boots, fleece jacket,Insulating Gloves, rain poncho, sunglass, good pairs of socks and buff/woollen cap.so the whole point is the right clothing is extremely important. you can search for more essentials on internet which will be helpful..Personal medical kit is mandatory. Please carry Thermal water bottles,Dispirit,cotton buds, a crepe bandage, wet tissues, Volini spray and hand sanitiser which is a must. To get a good grip on Ice, it is good to carry a trekking pole.. please Carry energy bars and dry fruits even though you will get nice hot food.. to carry all this a nice backpack too :P Even though this is not summing the MUST DO’s of Chadar let me lapse into DONT'S ... i would like to give a shout out to the trek leader, Sumod here.. he took up the entire ownership and was responsible enough t ask all the fellow trekkers not to litter the pristine trail. If you want to Chadar even after few years down the line, please do not litter. do not even think of exposing your hands/legs to cold directly for a long period. I did and suffered.. Frostbite sucks! Do not get panic if you get breathing problems.. give time for your body to acclimatise.Do not worry as the operators from Thrillophilia took care of such emergency situations really well.. Be good to the guides, they do a fantastic job to make sure the journey is as smooth as possible. I do not wanna mention the instance happened in my trip which made me write this.. but yeah its good to be nice to those people. Now me being crazy about this frozen trek and booking through Thrillophilia was the only RIGHT step i took.. I was not prepared even though Tarun from Thrillophilia used to remind me on all the preparations i need to take being a solo traveller.. I was casual about lot of things.. but trust me when I experienced Chadar N i understood how good is to get guidance from experts and its good for us to follow them.. If someone ask me how hard is chadar, its difficult to answer.. but to me the RIGHT THINGS to make Chadar experience good is the right preparations, right operator and a right platform.. Thanks to all..
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