Frozen River Trek -Lingshed Trek

Frozen River Trekking

 

Walking on Frozen river of Zanskar is an ultimate experience for adventure lover. The traditional name of the trek is “Chadar trek” the frozen sheet, which was only way in and out for Zanskaris in winter when all other ways are closed due to heavy snow fall at high passes. Therefore, it had been trade route for centuries for Zanskari People. Now the route is also famous as winter trekking among adventure lovers. For last several years, we have been organizing this winter trek in three different options with trained local Zanskari potters and our well-experienced guide and staff.

The coldest temperatures may shudder your bodies in the mornings when the temperatures are often at their lowest. You’ll be up at 8AM and we start walking around 9:30AM. By then the days are typically sunny with blue sky although cold and truly fresh! Of course, by now you’ll be spellbound by your surroundings all over again and so easily will forget the discomforts of cold. As the sun climbs higher, temperatures become not only tolerable but pleasant and you’ll no longer will be preoccupied with weather, enjoying the surroundings with zest

Highlights: This is a trek into some of the most isolated yet inhabited regions in the Zanskar mountains, most notably the village of Lingshed. Trekking on ice, the frozen Zanskar River, we average five to seven hours daily at an easy pace but a reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed to sustain walking for nine days during winter conditions. The trek commences from the village of Chiling located not far from the confluence of Indus and the Zanskar River. The trek follows the river gorge through a spectacular landscape, a photographer’s paradise, offering occasional sighting of wildlife. Although pleasant on clear, sunny days, the weather conditions can change abruptly, with wind temperatures known to plummet minus 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Chiling and Lingshed are the only sizeable villages on this trek, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.

Day 1: Early morning flight Delhi to Leh, transfer to hotel and rest.

Day 2: Morning sightseeing – Shanti Stupa, and Sangkar Gompa; lunch at hotel, afternoon rest.

Day 3: Sightseeing around Sham, the lower part of Ladakh, visiting Likir and Alchi monasteries.

Day 4: Leh to Chiling (by private bus or jeeps) along with our porters from Pishu village of Zanskar, 5 hours; visit coppersmithing workshops.

Day 5: Walk on ice of the frozen Zanskar river, Chadar, commences from Chiling, stage one to Zaribago, 5 hours.

Day 6: Zaribago to Deepyokma 4 hours.

Day 7: Deepyokma to Nyrakpulu 4 to 5 hours; camp below Nyarak village, ten minutes up along a small stream.

Day 8: Nyarakpulu to Lingshed, one hour walk on Chadar, then 5 hours steeply up to Lingshed village; stay in private house, relax in a heated room.

Day 9: Full day rest in Lingshed, one of the most remote villages in Ladakh, visit monastery, school for monks, roam around the village.

Day 10: Ligshed to Nyarakpulu, 5 hours.

Day 11: Nyarakpulu to Tsomopaldar, 4 hours.

Day 12: Tsomopaldar to Tilatdo, 5 hours.

Day 13: Tilatdo to Chilling, and return by Jeep to Leh, 5 hours.

Day 14: Full day of rest in Leh.

Day 15: Return flight to Delhi; depart from India.

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Gangotri- Badrinath – Kalindi Khal

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This is high altitude trek and requires some experience of trekking in himalayas. You will be provided ( using ) mountaineering equipment like ice axe, climbing shoes, ropes, zhumars, carabiners, harnesses. We will be equipped with wireless sets and life saving medicines -while we are with you.

NOTE: You are required to book well in advance for us to complete necessary paper work required for this trail. If permit required by state Govt.-we will arrange for the same and no extra charges will be levied upon you.

Day 01: Arrival New Delhi.
Meeting upon at IGI – Indhira Gandhi International Airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Delhi Rishikesh, 230 kms, 6-7 hrs drive, car
Morning breakfast, afterwards drive to Rishikesh 6 hrs approx.. Rishikesh the most famous meditation and spritual center. Situated on the banks of river Ganges. Surrounded by Shivalik range of lower Himalayas on three side. Also its the starting point of all four sacred shrines. Check into hotel evening visit surrounding of RishiKesh : Laxman Jula and Ashrams. Overnight hotel.

Day 03 : Rishikesh – Uttarkashi 148 kms, 7 hrs.
Morning after breakfast drive to Uttarkashi (1885 M) by covering approx 148 kms in 7 hrs. The road climbs up steadily to Srinagar and then onwards steeply. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 04 : Uttarkashi – Gangotri , 101 kms, 5 hrs.. Morning after breakfast drive to reach Gangotri (4038 M) by covering approx. 101 kms in 5 hrs. En-route visit the Gangotri hot springs. There is a beautiful Gorge at Bhairav Ghati. Overnight stay at Tourist Bungalow.

Day 05: GANGOTRI (3050 m) :
With its famous Goddess GANGA , temple at Gangotri only inhabits during summer time. A boulde mark the spot where King Bhagirathi beseeched the goddess to descent to Earth. Temple dedicated to Ganga rises above the river. we explore around Gangotri.

Day 06: Gangotri Bhujbasa ( 3658m ),14 kms trek, 5 hrs.
Today we start the 2nd part of our trek to the source of Ganges. And follow a well defined trail of this pilgrimage route to Gangotri glacier. Enroute we stop for lunch at Chirbasa was once a heavily forested area of Chir tree. Later continue trek Bhujbasa following the river Bhagirathi. Now we cross on a loose boulder a descent to Bhujbasa which named after a Bhuj tree. Enroute a magnificient view of Shivling and Meru peak. Overnight stay in camp.

Day 07: Bhujbasa Gaumukh (3900 m) Tapovan ( 4,463 m ) ,12 kms Trek. 4-5 hrs.
Today a fascinating day of trek to Gaumukh the source of river Ganges. After Rajghat we will have the glimpse of Bhagirathi massif rising above 6500 mtrs. While the scene around is fascinating to see a Sadhu meditating half naked , pilgrims praying all around. Arrive at Gaumukh (cow mouth ) than cross the Gangotri glacier , climbing steadly arrive a meadows at Tapovan.Tapovan an open grassland and base camp of Mount Shivaling (6450m), Meru (6660m) and Gaumukh peaks . Overnight camp at Tapovan.

Day 08: Tapovan – Nandan Van (4500 m), 10 kms Trek.
After breakfast, ascent towards Nandan Van along the left side of Gangotri glacier. The trek is little steep and challanging. Overnight camp.

Day 09: Nandanvan -Vasukital
Today we trek along Chaturangi Glacier to Vasukital (4898 MT) 3-4 hours. The trek is steady upward. Overnight stay in camp situated by the side of the small lake.

Day 10: Vasukital – Khara Pathar ( 5456 mtrs ) , 4-5 hrs.
Today after breakfast we start trek to Khara Pathar (5456 mtrs) which is named after sheer rock face of the slope. 4-5 hours from Vasukital. Overnight stay in the camp.

Day 11: Khara Pathar – Kalindikhal Base
An exhausting days of trek 10 Km to Kalindikhal Base -Sweta Glacier- (5500 mt). Enroute a view of Satopanth (7075 mtrs), Chandra (6739 mtrs) and other groups. A good view of Chandra Parvat . Overnight stay in the camp.

Day 12: Kalindikhal Base Kalindi pass (5947 mtrs) – Rajparav 5/6 hrs.
Trek to Rajparav (4910 mt) in 5-6 hours spending some time at the Kalindi Pass (5947 mt). Cross the icefall and than climb the Kalindi slopes and finally descend . Overnight stay in the camp.

Day 13: Rajparav – Arwatal
Trek to Arwatal (3910 mt) 13 km 5-6 hours . Overnight stay in the camp.

Day 14: Arwatal -Gastoli
Trek to Ghastoli (3796 km), 16 Km in 6-7 hours . On the way there is a ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police) check point existed for inner line permission check post Overnight stay in the camp.

Day 15: Ghastoli – Mana Badrinath (3133m ), trek 5-6 hrs.
Trek to Mana village 14 Km in 5-6 hours on a good pony trail. drive 2 Km to reach Badrinath. Overnight stay in the Hotel. Badrinath is one of the four secred shrine (char Dham ) of Hindu, situated at 3133 mtrs. Nar and Narayan mountains are on both sides with Neel Kanth peak providing a splendid back drop. Facing the back of temple by Alaknanda river. Where there is a hot water spring known as TaptKund. Badri Van forest of berries was once carpeted with wild berries. Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu , the temple of Badrinath ji built in a 15 mtrs height in a form of cone. Overnight stay at hotel or camp.

Day 16: Badrinath Joshimath.
Visit the holy shrine of Badrinath and drive down to reach Joshimath 44 Km from Badrinath. Overnight stay in the Hotel. Visit Adi guru Shankracharaya temple, Narsimha temple. Visiting these places a trip to Auli (winter sports centre and hill station of Kumoun region. There is a lift way car at Auli. Overnight stay at hotel in Auli.

Day 17: Joshimath – Rishikesh
Today drive through Nandprayag, Karanprayag, Rudraprayag, Devprayag to reach Rishikesh 253 km . Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 18: Rishikesh Delhi. Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi by covering 230 km. 6/7 hrs. Check in hotel for overnight stay.

Day 19: Fly back to home town. transfer to the IGI Airport to board the flight for onwards journey.

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