Duration – 9 Days / 8 Nights
Grade – Difficult
Elevation – 3350 Mtr.
Best Season – June, August & September
Day No: 1 LEH ARRIVAL –
You need to arrive to Leh on this day (latest). The reporting place is our hotel / guest house in Leh and the address of the same will be provided. You need to come to the place and you will be allotted with your room for the night. You’ll be greeted by our team member and passed on with some quick instructions for the first day. This day is for rest and acclimatization to the altitude and cold temperature. We will have detailed briefing about the trek and a quick fitness check. You’ll be served with hot and fresh dinner and doze off for tomorrow’s trek. Note: It is advisable to come a day early. Anyone coming a day early, can inform us and we’ll make extra night’s stay arrangements. Charges will be additional.
Day No: 2 LEH – NIMMU – CHILLING – SHINGRA YOKMA ROAD-HEAD and TREK TO SHINGRA KOMA:
Today, after breakfast we drive with small brief halt at Nimmu (Sangam), the magnificent confluence of River Zanskar and Indus. We get first glipmse of Chadar from here. We can see the difference that slow flowing Zanskar is frozen and Indus is still flowing much better. We cross Chilling and drive to the roadhead. It may vary depending on snowfall or landslide. We gather at the roadhead and start our journey down to the river. Touching the Chadar first time, we start the trek for about 2-3 hrs along the magnificent frozen river Zanskar till Shingra Koma campsite. Shingra Koma is a big camping ground on your right as you walk up stream. Its right below a huge stone wall which is straight out of a hollywood movie. The Zanskar river takes a beautiful turn right in front of the camp site and sharp peaks rise on the other side of the river. Our trek leader and guide will keep on teaching you about various types of Chadar and different ways to walk on it. Overnight in the camps.
Day No: 3SHINGRA KOMA TO TIBB CAMPSITE:
Today is a long day and we start early. The whole walk might take about 7 to 8 hours including lunch break. Today we would cross Tsomo Campsite (named after an imaginary Zanskari girl), a narrow but magnificent stretch called Tsomo ka Tutu (Tsomo’s throat), a perpetual non-frozen fall with green moss around called Tsomo ka Nakung (Tsomo’s nose). By cross by multiple frozen waterfalls at distant. We reach Tibb by late afternoon. Tibb means under shadow in local dialect. Called so because the caves at Tibb are under shade for almost whole day. But it has bright patches in campsite and it is where we camp. Overnight in camp.
Day No: 4 TIBB TO NEYRAK CAMPSITE:
Again one of the magnificent days on the Chadar trek. The vistas are stunning though as we pass through giant frozen waterfalls, ice cliffs and one may even catch sight of the mountain fox. We have our lunch at a mid camp where another frozen stream joins in, Yokma do, it is about 3 hours from Tibb and 3 hours from Neyrak. We camp tonight at Neyrak. After reaching if we have sufficient time and if the Chadar connection between camp and waterfall is firm, we would visit the waterfall on this day, else we will keet that for tomorrow along with Neyrak village visit.
Day No: 5 NEYRAK (also written as Niraq / Nerak / Nirak / Nearak) VILLAGE VISIT OR BUFFER DAY:
This day is for visit to the beautiful village of Neyrak. We leave Chadar that is going further to Zanskar here and take the bridge over frozen river to cross over to the left and join steep 1.5 – 2 km trail to the village. The village has two parts – lower and upper which are situated 500m apart. Both area has DSPT (Satellite phone) from where you can call back home. Charges are around Rs. 8-10 per minute. Village is beautiful but harsh winter lifestyle can be imagined. At the topmost part there is a Gompa. The whole village takes about couple of hours to visit. If we are lucky, we might find a family to serve us hot butter tea with khambir, Ladakhi bread. We come down and camp at Neyrak. THIS DAY IS ALSO A BUFFER DAY. IF FOR ANY REASONS, WE ARE UNABLE TO FOLLOW OUR PREVIOUS SCHEDULE AND FALL BEHIND THEN WE CAN MAKE IT UP ON THIS DAY. IN THAT CASE WE WILL ONLY DO VILLAGE IF TIME ALLOWS.
Day No: 6NEYRAK TO TIBB:
Though technically it is the same way back, it is also quite different. The Chadar or the blanket of ice that is forming on the River Zanskar is always changing, breaking up and forming itself again. As the Chadar dynamics are ever changing, the same route and place would look and feel different as the texture and conditions change. If the whole group is fit and walking fine, we might push this day ahead and camp at an interim camp ahead of Tibb. This will allow us to move early next day and beat the rush
.Day No: 7TIBB to BAKULA:
Today we trek from Tibb / Interim Camp to Bakula. Bakula is about 1-2 hours of walk from the Shingra Yokma camp or the road-head. It is an uncrowded site with hardly any groups preferring to stay here and this makes our last day special away from the crowd. Today is the last night on Chadar so we do our traditional parting ceremony here (if not done at Neyrak the last point) and spend good time with whole staff.
Day No: 8BAKULA – CHILLING – LEH: Last day of our amazing trekking experience. We trek from our campsite in Bakula to the road-head. If someone is willing to take a dip in the icy cold waters, it is always the last day as we head back home. Shingra Yokma is a great and safe sight for it. We also have our lunch here before the vehicles come and we drive back to Leh. We stop by at Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and thank everyone for the safe and memorable journey. We celebrate at Leh and spend overnight at Leh.
Day No: 9 DEPARTURE FROM LEH:
Today morning, we depart from Leh to our destination with some wonderful and lifetime memories.