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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
01 February 2018
Amazing trek.. Thanks a lot to THRILLOPHILIA. Life changing experience. This is the master of all the treks. I am marathon runner, always wanted to go for a trek. Finalized to go for Chadar trek with...
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 bee...
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 ...
11 February 2018
"The vendor took a very good care of the trekkers and made the journey really awesome. It was a great journey with lots of adventures and unique experiences! Pros:- Great food at all camps. It was tas...
13 February 2018
As I set my first foot on the Chadar, a long kept dream of mine started to materialize out of my imagination and took a perfect shape when I threw my walk-pole into the air upon completion of the trek....
27 January 2018
" i am pro mountaineer from nim uttarkashi , but this chadar trek experience is new for me i thanks to ladakh ride adventure to giving me a chance like this thrilling adventure thank u tundup sir & th...
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 ...
21 April 2018
Amazing lifetime experience . Very well organized .
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 cl...
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