Chaddar Trek start to SUMDHA and end TSARAK DO. Chaddar Trek 14 days trek. We start slow and finish our target.
|Route||Chilling – Markhala – Nirik Pullo- Lingshed – Zangla – Tsarak Do – Chilling|
|Trek Duration||14 Days|
|Highest Point||Karsha (3800m)|
Day 01: Drive Leh – Sumdha (Chilling – 3180mtrs) – Trek Tilit Sumdo (3750 mtrs.) (3hrs)
Get set and go, to start the most exciting trip on the Zanskar River. We Drive from Leh to Chilling to begin with. The road follows the Indus River for an hour to the confluence of Indus and Zanskar River, then fallow The Zanskar River till Sumdha-Do. We then trek for an hour on and off the frozen river to the village of Chilling. We camp near the village or stay in a family house.
Day 02: Trek Tilit Sumdo (3750 mtrs.) – Markhala (6 hrs)
For the next five days we trek up on the frozen river through gorges and deep valleys. There are number of choices for camping, and there for we can make our itinerary during this time as flexible as we like. There are also many caves (locals call it Bawo) which can be used for the night Shelter. The names of the stopping places are listed below. Tonight we camp at Markhala.
Day 03: Trek Markhala to Tip Yokma (6 hours walk)
Today we start our trek from Markhala & will be walking on ice. During the trek at times we need to give up walking on chadar depending on the condition of chadar and start walking on rock. Dinner and overnight stay in cave / camp.
Day 04: Trek Tip Yokma to Nirik Pullo (6 – 7 hours walk)
In morning we start our trek from Tip Yokma. We can view of canyons while passing through frozen icefalls. We’ll find human traces after Nirik Pullo. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
There are more than ten caves on the bank of the Frozen Zanskar River. Travellers prepare their tea and meals on open fies and sleeps in the cave and so cave is covered with black soot inside.
Day 05: Trek Nirik Pullo to Lingshed (3700mtrs) (5-6 hours walk)
In morning we start our the trek from Nirik Pullo. We steep walk till Lingshed village and leave behind chadar. Visit Lingshed village & villagers hospitality. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
Lingshed : It is 4000mtrs above sea level and can only be reached by trek. It is one of the most remote parts of Ladakh. It can be accessed only by Chadar Trek in winter for 2 months. During summer it can be accessed by 4 days trek whether from Lamayuru or Padum.For around 6 months this village remains completely isolated.
Day 06: Trek Lingshed to Tsarak Do (7 hours walk)
Visiting the Lingshed monastery in the morning & exploring around. Then start our trek from Tsarak Do. Today it will be a long trek walking for around 7 hours.
Lingshed Monastery : Lingshed Monastery or Lingshed Gompa is a Gelugpa Buddhist monastery in the Zanskar region in the state of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir in northern India. The monastery in Lingshed is an important spiritual centre of Tibetan Buddhism.The Jangchub Tensung Dorje Center was founded in Lingshed by Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. The monastery houses about 60 monks and is on the route between Zanskar and Lamayuru. It serves the surrounding villages including the one with the same name.
Day 07: Trek from Tsarak Do to Pidmo (5 hours)
We continue on the ice and start our trail from Tsarak Do and walk for about 5 hrs till we reach Pidmo. The gorge ends at Hanamur and the view opens at Pidmo. THe village of Zangla and the old King’s Palace can be seen on the opposite bank. During the trek we come accross Hanumil Village. Overnight in Camp.
Wearing rubber boots is the best for ‘Chadar Trek’ because at times we have to walk on ice with water overflowing.
Day 08: Trek from Pidmo to Zangla (3370mtrs.) (5 hours walk).
Today a short walk on the road from Pidmo to the village of Zangla. We cross the Chadar by bridge to reach Zangla, where the erstwhile king of Zanskar resides. We will visit the fort and go around the large village. Overnight in Zangla village.
Day 09: Drive Zangla (3370mtrs.) to Stongde (3450mtrs.) and then Karsha (3800mtrs.)
Today we’ll have full day culture tour. Morning after breakfast, drive to Stongde village. Visit beautiful picturesque monastery built on hill top by Lama Marpa 950 years ago. Approximately 60 monks are residing in this monastery. After the visit, continue drive to Karsha (Pair of White i.e., Outer white and Inner white). Visit Karsha monastery. This monastery is the largest of all the monastery in Zanskar and this monastery (Gonpa) was first founded by Great Lama Phagspa Shesrap (the translator of Zanskar). From the monastery, you have amazing and spectacular view of mountains.
Day 10: Drive Karsha (3800mtrs.) to Tsarak Do
Drive to Karsha from Tsarak Do.
After running throught the Himalayan mountains, the Doda river from the north and the Tsarap River from the south meet near Karsha to become one river, which is called the Zanskar River. It flows into the Indus River at Nyemo.
Day 11 to 14: Trek back from Tsarak Do to Tilit Sumdo – Chilling
Trek back from Zangla till Chilling on same route. The return trek is apparently quicker and easier. We will pick you up from Sumdhado and drive back to Leh. Overnight at Hotel in Leh.
Note: The listed trek can be included with any of our leasure trip, which will include:
Airport Pickup / Drop
Accomodation and Travel in Leh and around
- Client and Food Tent ( if above 4 also toilet tent)
- Tent Mattress
- Ponies to carry load
- Kitchen Equipments
- Permits and Wild Life Fees
- Travel cost to and fro the trek start / end point
- Monument Museum Entrance Fees
- Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls
- Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
- Medical Travel insurance
- Personal Stuff ( Clothing / Trekking Boots / Sleeping Bags / Walking Stick / Tourch / Pillow / Personal Medicines)
- Riding Ponies
- Camera Fees