Touching the Void Zanskar @Chadar Trek
“If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans… When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man.” – Wilfrid Noyce
An epic start to the year, an affair with the Himalayas begins right here. A walk to remember on the frozen river of Zanskar.
Over a millennia, the locals & tradesmen of the Zanskar Valley have used this frozen river to access outside world during winter. Now, it is largely to send their children to schools in Ladakh or in the plains below after winter vacations.
Along our way on this frozen Zanskar river, glisten and gleam in the morning rays of the Sun. We’ll hike up till the Lingshed village, a hidden village in this snow white kingdom. This village is next stop from Nyrak towards Zangla(the last village of Zanskar).
Join us for this beautiful adventure, as we explore one of the most picturesque sceneries in India.
Things to Carry
∙Day Backpack (Preferably with good padding)- Required for the short hikes
∙ Waterproof Hiking Shoes (With Good Grip and Sturdy Sole) + Gum Boots ( Can be bought in Leh for a low price )
∙ 1 Down Jacket + Fleece jacket; a woollen sweater would be an alternative
∙ Warm Clothing : Pullover, monkey cap , Buff, Thermals
∙ Sleeping Bag + Inner liner ( Needs to work well for - 15 Degrees ) Can be rented in Leh.
∙ 1 Wind proof jacket/Rain Jacket
∙ Sun screen lotion + Lip balm and cold cream lotion
∙ Walking sticks - 1 or 2
∙ Head Torch + Batteries [1 Spare set]
Juley Nomads: Touch down Leh
Aaaah ! You are finally here.
Look upto them, bask & soak in thy Ladhaki Kingdom .
Evening prayers at the Shanti Stupa
Sweet dreams at Overnight Hotel @ Leh
At 3368 mts above sea level, the day you have been waiting for
Day 1 of your first baby step
Breakfast & Drive to Guru Dho
Lock & loaded with the porters from bridge point & beyond
Guru Dho on the frozen ice of Zanskar river.
Hot & hunger proof lunch at Takmar Yogma over the river
Zara Chu & Zanskar assemble.
Post lunch start to Shingra & anchor in camp for overnight.
Start your walk towards Tip Yogna.
Post 3 hours of walk, pit stop for some HOT lunch for 1 hour, Aaaaah ! thank you :')
The serpentine path will lead you to Camp Tip Yogma.
A new good morning to life-Pack up
Spot some hot springs & water fall which makes the Zanskar unstable.
If the ice is broken, climb a peak to avoid crossing the lose ice. Ahh Great !
Dock up at Nryakpullu and fall in love with the night sky.
'Just another day' emotion kicks in.
In an hour from start reach Omma (fingers crossed,it is good to you) or dare to cling around Skiumpatta, a steep climb.Keep walking.
Base camp at Lingshed , gather some warmth for those tinkle toes.
CHUTTI- today is Holiday,Yayyyieeeee =D
Rest the whole day
Afternoon visit to the Lingshed Monastery,Visit the Nunnery, Solar school of Lingshed (not the 3 idiots wala school)
Blessings from Maa and garma garam chayaa of GUR GUR with the Monks.
2-3 hours of trek and leaving behind Lingshed.
Pass the river and make camp at Nyrakpullu.
Late Afternoon visit to the village and the old Chapel with magnificent Fresco Paintings from once upon a time.
Head back to camp.
“No more 5 mins of extra sleep”, Tsomopaldar here we come.
Dodge hot springs that will force you to retrospect about your life.
Good night camp at Tsomopaldar.
Subah hogayi maaaamu
Start a 5 hour trek and witness the wrath of the Sun melting ice at Takma
Arrive at Tilatdo & camp
This is the new 'AFTER' You
This will mark the end of one of the #DoSomethingEpic journeys of your life.
Embrace the end of path & the new beginning to your life. Amen
3hrs walk until GuruDho and a jeep will come to your rescue.
Drive to Leh.
Arrive and check in Hotel
At dusk,like all the great men and women celebrate life with the porters, who put themselves a step ahead to save your arse. God bless us all.
Make sure you have a photo clicked and autographed by your Real Super Heroes.
You can never make concrete plans with Mother Nature especially when its Chadar.
If not Get Leh'd the Nomad's ishhtyle
Dilli abhi door nahi
Head back to Delhi and waha se back to the life that will not be same any more.
Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
NH 1D, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101