Frozen River trekking India, is one of our best selling trekking tour, we recommend you. India has every kind of landscapes inscribed in its boundary from hot plain lands to the high lands in north part of the nation. Though remote but the highlands are quite adventurous and many adventurous activities can be carried out. Among them walking over a Frozen river of Zanskar is an ultimate experience for adventure lover. The Frozen River trekking is one of the most unique and challenging treks in India.The trek is across an ancient route that used to be a part of the Silk Road form where centuries ago traders from the Zanskar region walk over the Chadar to transport their wares to Leh. In present times, the Chadar is still the communication lifeline of the Zanskaris during winter when the remote roads get blocked by snow. On the Frozen River trail, you have the opportunity to visit and stay in remote Ladakhi hamlets, interact with the locals, and experience a way of life that has not changed in hundreds of years. The dramatic primal landscapes, the ever-shifting Chadar, and the opportunity to explore the culture of Zanskaris make the Frozen River trek a truly unique adventurous and cultural experience.
Day 01: Delhi – Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatisation)
Day 02: Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis
Day 03: Drive to Tilad Do via Chilling. 65 kms drive
Day 04: Tilad Do to Shingra Koma. Trek 10 kms.
Day 05: Shingra Koma to Tibb Cave. Trek 15 kms.
Day 06: Tibb cave to Nerak camp. Trek 12.5 kms.
Day 07: Nerak to Lingshed
Day 08: Lingshed – Frozen River
Day 09: Lingshed – Nyarakpulu
Day 10: Nyarakpulu – Tso Mopoaldar
Day 11: Tso Mopoaldar – Tilatdo
Day 12: Tilatdo – Chilling – Leh
Day 13: Leh – Delhi
Delhi – Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatisation)
Leh – Shey – Thiksey - Hemis
Drive to Tilad Do via Chilling. 65 kms drive
To reach the camp-site, you have to cross the frozen Zanskar river by stepping on the frozen ice sheet. It takes a while to get a hang of walking on the ice sheet. As the evening comes, the team pitches tents on the banks of the Zanskar river. As the sun sets, temperature decreases and the tents seems quite inviting for warm accommodation.
Tilad Do to Shingra Koma. Trek 10 kms.
Shingra Koma to Tibb Cave. Trek 15 kms.
Tibb cave to Nerak camp. Trek 12.5 kms.
Nerak to Lingshed
Lingshed - Frozen River
Lingshed - Nyarakpulu
Nyarakpulu - Tso Mopoaldar
Tso Mopoaldar - Tilatdo
Tilatdo - Chilling - Leh
Return from Leh to Delhi
Frozen River Trekking India, is a phenomenal winter expedition. If Ladakh is a remote Himalayan region of Indian Himalaya, then Zanskar would be called the remote region of Ladakh! The region gets its name from the Zanskar river that cascades through the stunning Zanskar Gorge famously referred to as ‘The Grand Canyon of Asia’. Zanskar river is a tributary of Indus and is popular for whitewater rafting and kayaking in the Summers. In the winters, the temperature in this cold, arid desert plummets drastically falling as low as -30 degree celsius forcing the Zanskar to freeze on the surface. Thus the top layer forms a veil of ice referred to as ‘Chadar’ by locals. Since all the roads leading out of Zanskar are closed due to heavy snow on the high passes, walking on ice is the only way for Zanskaris to venture out or outsiders to venture in. The Zanskaris have been walking this road of ice in winters for generations to reach Leh.
In the past decade, the Chadar trek has gained popularity among ardent hikers who visit this region to walk on the frozen river and see for themselves this incredible marvel of nature. Extreme temperatures, stark landscape, magnificent gorge, frozen waterfalls, and a mirror-like road of ice. The Chadar will test you and fill you with wonder and awe. This is an experience incomparable. Sometime it has a short life because of a road being constructed connecting Zanskar and Leh.
Things to Carry
• Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
• Sunglasses, Light gloves
• Sleeping bag
• Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
• One liter water bottles wide mouthed
• Trekking Boots
• Water purification/filter
• Camp shoes/sneakers
• Walking stick/Trekking pole
• Cotton socks
• Note book with pens and pencils
• Gore-Tex jacket
• Lip balm
• Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
• Down jacket/vest
• Camp towel/towel/sarong
• Fleece jacket/vest
• Personal toiletries
• Personal medicines
• Money pouch/belt
• Trekking pants
• Energy bars
• Thermal tops
• Vitamin tablets
• Thermal bottom
• Extra passport photos
• Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
• Sun hat/baseball cap
• Wind- and rain-gear with hood
• Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
• One pair cotton trousers or shorts
• Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood