Ladakh can be a difficult place to travel. The mountains are steep and in the winter snowfall closes many of the mountain passes and makes the few roads treacherous. Some villages become completely inaccessible between November and March. One method of accessing snow-bound villages during the winter is trekking on top of the ice of frozen rivers. The Chadar trek is one such route, connecting villages in the Zanskar valley (deep in the mountains) with Chilling (on the road to Leh) along the frozen Zanskar River. This route has been used for centuries for trade and transportation, and is most reliable in February when the ice is most stable. Now, We should make it clear that the Zanskar river is big and fast-flowing. For most of its length between Chilling and the Zanskar valley the river is confined within a steep canyon. If the idea of walking over frozen river ice with a large pack on your back and very cold rushing water a few inches below your feet is terrifying, then you are not alone. People sometimes die on the Chadar trek, usually local porters who carry goods on the river for their livelihood and can’t afford to be conservative. The hike from Chilling to the Zanskar valley takes more than a week, and at night porters usually sleep in caves in the canyon walls. This trek is considered as one of the most exciting and unique treks – a very special and an extraordinary trek on shiny ice on the bank of Tsarap River. You will be dropped by a vehicle at Chilling Sumdo (crossed road) then yourtrek leads in a narrow valley filled with breath-taking views of ice-peaks and unexpected hanging icicles that will attract your gaze for some time. You will spend the night at cave camps with the help of a born fire that will keep you warm and relaxed. Our daily trek begins at around 9:00am and by then the sun’s up and blue skies bring cheer despite the cold temperatures. The trek goes along the Tsarap River in the region of Nyerag, Lingshed and constitutes toZanskar! Read More
Welcome to Leh Ladakh DESTINATION INDE
Destination Inde is an independent organization created by a local Ladakhi guide, Mohd juma, who is experienced in arranging tours & treks in Ladakh and is eager to serve the travelers, who are curious and enchanted by the sheer attraction of mighty Himalayas, to know more about Ladakh, the geography, the people and their culture. Destination Inde provides customers with professional guidance, authentic information and an unmatched quality of service. Destination Inde is dedicated in promoting Environmental-friendly tours specializing in organized treks & tours for individuals and groups with its quality travel related services. Being a Ladakhi, his in-depth understanding of its people and customs of the region help us to formulate tours and treks that are positively sensitive to the area and its people. Thus the traveler can return home enriched by the experiences that go beyond those of the ordinary tourist, which is the reward for our services.