Take Nothing ! Leave Nothing ! “Chadar Trek Pledge”

Take Nothing But Pictures and Leave Nothing But Footprints-

Ever since we started organizing Chadar Trek we have tried our level best to keep the Chadar clean as our standards have always been high when it comes to keep the mountains clean.
We have seen people littering waste here and there which makes that particular location unsuitable or should I say unattractive to some eyes and as you all know, one bad word on the internet spreads like fire.
We request everyone going for trekking to keep the mountains clean by carrying a small bag where you put your waste during the trek and later on dispose the waste at an appropriate place.

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Shutterbugs List for Chadar Trek: Top 15 (Strictly for those who love photography)

Don’t Forget to Click (Photography during Chadar Trek)

1:) Himalayas from your flight to Leh: While you are in your aircraft remember to take the seat on the right hand side of the plane and you might just be too delighted to click the Himalayas from that height and a view of some peaks like Nanda Devi & various other un-named peaks if you can identify them.

clicked by siddhu from the plane

clicked by siddhu from the plane


2:) Lingshed village/Lingshed Solar School: You would not want to miss this if you are on Chadar and you would fall in love with the place when you see how kids study with bare-minimum study materials or should I even add the infrastructure/funding.
Lingshed Solar School

Lingshed Solar School


3:)Play of Light & Shadows (Grandeur of Zanskar Ranges) : Chadar Trek gives you huge opportunity to get into a game of light and shadows as the nature plays the game with you. You would be rewarded with numerous opportunities to click exciting pictures.

4:) Frozen Confluence of Zanskar & Indus

chadar 2013

chadar 2013


5:) Monasteries/Monks/Ancient Scripts: Karsha ,Thiksey, Hemis and Shey Monasteries

6:)Cute Kids: The red cheek kids will hold your eyes every now and then. You would wanna capture them with all the love.

Child sitting on the sledge (Photo By: brijesh tiwari)

Child sitting on the sledge (Photo By: brijesh tiwari)


7:) Frozen River Shot (Different Photographers/Different Angles/Different Views throughout the trek)
Walking on the frozen river

frozen zanskar river


frozen river magic shapes

frozen river magic shapes


8:) Snowleopard: Even the best of the photographers haven’t been able to do it on Chadar as its not easy to sight him but some amateurs have gotten lucky to click one. You might just be the next one !
leopard pug marks found in the morning: by Prateek

leopard pug marks found in the morning: by Prateek


9:)Life of Zanskari Porters/Guides/Cooks through your Lens (Observe them throughout your trek- Most often missed by explorers)
porters & their  sledges on the frozen river

porters & their sledges on the frozen river


10:) Landscape Photography: If you are in Leh then you will get one of the finest photographs as the views of the zanskar ranges are totally clear in the winters.
clicked by anurag zutshi

clicked by anurag zutshi


11:) Night Shots: This is your skill and moonlight Himalayas are always a delight to the eyes.

12:) Padum Village Festival (If you are taking the 16 days trek)

13:)Homestay: Warmest welcome ever? These people would greet you every time with Juley which will win your heart straight away. Ever captured Happy Welcoming Gestures Faces?

14:)Life@Leh: Capture the city of Leh with your lens and with your creativity. (The city is alive,-only the river is frozen)

15:) Famous Frozen Waterfall

chadar

chadar


Don’t Forget the ever changing frozen Zanskar River. Juley!

Now I won’t help you with What to carry as a photographer but don’t forget the BATTERY/extra BATTER also.
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Rohit Khattar
Co-Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club
khattarrohit@yahoo.com

Requirement for Chadar Trek

*Mental Fitness (This trek is all about mind over body)
*Little Physical Fitness(Comes with a little preparation too)
*Sense of humor (If you don’t have it then do not worry our team has a lot of stories to tell)
*Proper Acclimatization (A must at such height)


Rohit Khattar
khattarrohit@yahoo.com
Co-Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club

A minimum of 2 days for acclimatization in Leh for Chadar Trek

We have seen people compromising on safety and cost by reducing/ agreeing to itineraries which have less number of days for acclimatization and later on cancelling the trek in the middle because of AMS or other mountain illness.
Every year we make sure a minimum of 2 days for acclimatization which also includes sightseeing to monasteries and national park.
You are requested to read articles or consult experts before going for high altitude trips.
Small article on Proper Acclimatization:


Rohit Khattar
khattarrohit@yahoo.com
Co-Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club

Is your Chadar Trek Itinerary complete??

Is Lingshed Village and Lingshed Solar School part of your trek itinerary ?

Well, if you want to know why Chadar Trek actually got famous, one might say it is because of the video that he/she saw on Discovery Channel made on how the people of Zanskar make a living but even before that the trek became famous for the Lingshed Village where one can only reach after 3-4 days of trekking and also for the Lingshed Solar School which is funded by the people of Austria.

A lot of people cut short the itinerary to make their “product” attractive and cheaper thereby hiding information.
If you need more information you can write to me on my email id:

khattarrohit@yahoo.com

Best Time for Chadar Trek

Jan and Feb are the best months for Chadar Trek but even here deciding upon a few dates become important as the ice keeps melting all the time and here experience counts a lot.

You can join Himalayan Explorers Club fixed batches for Chadar Trek as HEC organizes it every year.

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Must “See or Do” during Chadar Trek

Lingshed Solar School

Lingshed Solar School


Kids studying inside the school during Chadar Trek

Kids studying inside the school during Chadar Trek

1:)Walk on Ice/Chadar (obviously)

2:)Linshed Village (1 place ‘not to be missed’ if you are going for Chadar)

3:)Lingshed Monastery/ also called “Kumbum” (meaning a Hundred thousand images)

4:) Nerak Waterfall (50 feet icefall)

5:)Lingshed Solar School (funded by people of austria)

6:)Karsha Monastery (Possible on 16 days Chadar Expedition Style Trek)

7:)Snow Leopard Footprints / Sighting a Leopard (Possible on Chadar Expedition Style Trek)

8:)Walking in that freezing zanskar river when you find no ice to walk on

9:)Eating Maggie with the Frozen River Water in sub-zero temperatures (why grow up)

10:)Duck Walk on the edges of the frozen river

11:)Zanskari’s Local Drink- CHHANG/ARAK (if you drink)

12:)Spending night inside a Cave

13:)Village Homestays during Chadar Trekking in Nyrakpula/Pissu/Lingshed Village

14:)Padum Village-Headquarter of Zanskar (Possible on 16 day Chadar Expedition Style Trek)

15:)Padum Village Winter Festival (Possible on 16 day Chadar Expedition Style Trek)

16:)Visiting Thiksey, Hemis and Shey Monasteries for Acclimatization (Leh aae ho toh Dekh K Jana)

17:)Take Pictures (this 1 is a must)

Duck Walk on the Edges-Chadar Trek

Duck Walk on the Edges-Chadar Trek


You can add more just in case if this looks incomplete.
Juley

Rohit Khattar
khattarrohit@yahoo.com
Himalayan Explorers Club

What is ‘Chadar’ used for?

“Chadar”, (veil of ice/bedsheet) as they call the zanskar river which is partially frozen during the winters, is the only road-way for the zanskaris living in padum or lingshed to go to Leh or from Leh(town) as other passes are closed during the winters due to heavy snowfall.

1:)*Trade with the outside world : As there is no other means of transport the locals have to take this risk which becomes a part of their lifestyle so to survive and make money they use the frozen river called Chadar to reach Leh

zanskari man carrying food on the sledge

zanskari man carrying food on the sledge

2:)*Take kids to School: The main school or should I say schools are in Leh and most of the remote villages in Ladakh don’t even have schools and even if there is one then it is without teachers. The locals use this risky route to take their kids to the school.

daddy walks with his boy on the frozen zanskar  river

daddy walks with his boy on the frozen zanskar river


Kids studying inside the Lingshed Village Solar School

Kids studying inside the Lingshed Village Solar School


3:)*Visit Sacred Places in Winters : The zanskaris believe a lot in what the monks say and they visit them regularly to ask questions to them of different nature so they use this route to visit the monasteries of Leh where the monks live as they usually abandon other monasteries during the winters.
ancient scripts (monks share the knowledge with outsiders as well)

ancient scripts (monks share the knowledge with outsiders as well)


4:)*Now To Earn as a Porter/Guide/Cook: Over the years this route has become a source of regular income for many zanskaris as they get the job of porters or guides during the Chadar Trek season. (frozen zanskar river trekking which is now famous worldwide).
porter and cook inside the cave during chadar trek

porter and cook inside the cave during chadar trek

Note : “Earlier there were few jobs during the winters for the people of Leh.”

Shutterbugs List for Chadar Trek : http://wp.me/p1ZkSF-1E


Rohit Khattar
khattarrohit@yahoo.com

Himalayan Explorers Club