Frozen Zanskar River Trek

Ladakh is a mountainous region in Jammu and Kashmir, northwest India and in the area known as the Trans-Himalaya, (the lands beyond the Himalaya). It's slightly smaller than Scotland, the settled population lives between 2700 m and 4500 m, and nomadi ...

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Trip Facts

Duration: 15 days    |    Best Month: January Only     |    Trip Grade: Challenging    |    Maximum Altitude: 3500 - 3900 m.    |    Starting Point: Delhi    |    End Point: Delhi    |    Mode of Travel: Flight    |    Number of Pax: Min 4    |    Style of Trek: Hotel / Camping

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Ladakh is a mountainous region in Jammu and Kashmir, northwest India and in the area known as the Trans-Himalaya, (the lands beyond the Himalaya). It's slightly smaller than Scotland, the settled population lives between 2700 m and 4500 m, and nomadic encampments even higher, and it's the largest and the least populated region of Jammu and Kashmir. The people are a mixture of Buddhist, Muslim and some Christians. Buddhists are the majority in the east close to the Chinese border and a majority overall while Muslims have the majority in the north and west.

In winter the Zanskar river freezes and is called in local langauge Chaddar “white blanket”. For the hardy Zanskaris a trek along the river is their only access to the outside world. You fly over the snow-covered Himalayas to Leh, the main town in Ladakh. This amazing winter trek / expedition starts from Chilling village on the banks of the Zanskar river, you follow the icy gorge through a wild frozen landscape. Spend the days passing towering ice peaks and frozen waterfalls – the scenery is truly spectacular. The nights are spent camping by caves along the way. The goal is the isolated village of Lingshed, where you spend a day meeting the locals and visiting the monastery before heading back to the relative comforts of Leh.

 

 

Frozen Zanskar River Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Day 02: Fly to Leh, orientation walk
Day 03: Visit Shey, Thiksey & Hemis monastries
Day 04: Drive to Shilling
Day 05 - 08: Start trek along the frozen Zanskar river to Lingshed village
Day 09:  Fulday in Lingshed to explore the village and the monastry
Day 10-13: Trek back to Chilling, drive to Leh
Day 14: Fly to Delhi
Day 15: Fly back home.

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