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Highest Altitude : 5,350m
Duration : 19 Days
Trekking in Kashmir is quite pleasant and the participators are plenty. Even families take part in trekking in Kashmir valleys. Surprisingly, this smooth and friendly trail of trek changes when trekkers visit ladakh. The region of Ladakh has some of the most grueling trekking routes that put before a trekker a challenging task.
Chadar Ice trek is one such journey that is extraordinary as well as perilous. The trek takes trekkers along the double-s valley of Zanskar. This intriguing Zanskar region culminates from a mountain peak and ultimately lands into the Zanskar River after following the valley. The route of Zanskar region starts from Padum and takes a trekker towards the Indus valley at Saspol. Here trekkers can take pleasure in watching the deepest canyons of the world.
The trek is designed in a unique way and the trekkers will find the mystery of trekking in the Zanskar valley unfolding gradually before them. The first few days of the trek involves fun trips around the Leh.
The Trek Itinerary :
The trek starts from Leh and the trekkers are first taken to a tour around the spectacular Leh city. This tour includes basically sight seeing and the most notable feature among this trip is a palace that belongs to the 16th century AD and a wonderful Gompa.
The 4th day of the spectacular Chadar Ice trek involves some historically significant monasteries named Tikse and Stok Gompas. This day is followed up by another visit to some historical places on the 5th day of the trek. Trekkers visit Basgo Fort and then they move towards the Alchi Gompa. Alchi is a notable Gompa of the state that has been kept in a very good state of preservation since the 11th century.
The 6th day is actually the beginning of the Chadar Ice Trek after the trekkers reach Chiling village. Here the trekkers feel the hint of trekking in a grueling landscape as they step into the ice cold river of Zanskar. Trekkers head toward the Tilat Do and pitch their tents for overnight stay in caves.
The 19 day trek includes several trails that lead through frozen water and plenty of night stay in caves. After leaving the Chilling village on the 6th day, trekkers enter a desolate land without any human dwelling. The human dwelling is seen on the 11th day after crossing Sarakdo. As trekkers enter Hanuma on the 11th day, they can see the houses of the villagers. After spending a ew days in stone-age style by living inside the caves, first time trekkers find night stay adobe at human made homes inside the houses of villagers.
The 12th day of the trek, takes trekkers for a visit to the largest monastery in Zanskar region. The region of Padum is an excellent creation of nature and trekkers stay rapt in the sightseeing on the Padum and its adjacent valleys on the 14th day of the trek.
The best day of the trek is probably the 16th as trekkers get helicopter tour over the prime Himalayan range in Manali. The aerial view of peaks and mountains while traveling along a pass is surely eye-catching, but a helicopter ride gives the exact bird’s eye view of these natural towers that cover most of Jammu and Kashmir.
The rest of the days include interesting tour like visiting Manali and exploring the valleys and meadows that will make the trekkers speechless with its beauty.
The exhilarating Chadar Ice trek comes to an end as trekkers depart from Delhi airport with their bagful of souvenirs, mindful of sweet memories and hearts full of wishes to visit Jammu and Kashmir again.