Chadar Expedition (Full chadar Trek)
Winter Lifeline of Zanskari People
Come and have a life time experience walking on the frozen river Zanskar in the high lands & the Buddhist Kingdom of Ladakh, where the temperature will be sub zero. This route has been used from Centuries as a trade link by Zanskaris. On the way you will also have chance to stay with the local Zanskaris and visit some of the ancient monasteries behind the Ice walls, wedged between the mighty Karakoram & the Great Himalayan range.
- Best Time : Mid January to Mid February.
- Duration : 18 days.
- Focus : Ice trek, Ladakh’s winter life, culture, monks and monasteries.
- Physical Challenge: Some long trekking days & Harsh Cold
- Highest Point : Leh 3,505 Mts. & Padum 3,610 Mts.
- Climate : Usually sunny days but dry chilly winds, temperature can drop up to minus 25 Centigrade (- 25ºC).
Popularly known as, the land of numerous passes of mystic lamas, the broken moon & the last Shangri-La. Ladakh is bounded by two of the world’s highest Mountain ranges, the Karakoram and the great Himalaya. The Ladakh region varies between 9,000 ft. / 2743 mts. to 25,170 ft. / 7672 m. above the sea level. Ladakh is a Land of medieval monasteries, Fluttering prayer flags, high deserts, peaks and passes.
Based in the town of Leh (11,500 ft./ 3505 m), the journey include many fascinating excursions to nearby Gompas (monasteries), villages and surrounding countryside.
Zanskar valley lies to the south – west of Leh, surrounded by the Himalaya and Zanskar ranges, which is the most isolated of all the trans – Himalayan Valleys.
Zanskar comprises of two main valleys the Stod(Doda Chu) and the Lanak (Tsarap Chu)which coverage below at Padum. The valley has an area of about 5,000 sqr. kms. and an elevation of 13,154 feet/ 4010 mts. The area remains inaccessible for nearly 7 months in the year. All passes close in the winter and the river freeze on the surface. Zanskaris walk along it to reach the Indus River in Nimoo (Chilling village), which is known as the Chadar (frozen blanket) Trek.
The geographical isolation has resulted in the preservation of the Buddhist heritage and identity. May ancient monastic establishments are still actively involved in religious activities some remote caves are believed to have been used by the successive Buddhist saints to sustain meditation in pursuit of knowledge and enlighten.
Ladakh Chadar Trek
- Ladakh Expedition