Common Trekking Mistakes

How often I hear that people make small mistakes while they are in the wilderness because of lack of preparation and sometimes many trekkers make mistakes which causes serious issues like injury, discomfort to the team trekking with you, cancelling the expedition etc.

Some Common Mistakes you should avoid while you are trekking with a team of trekkers (also otherwise):

1:) Lack of Physical Fitness : Prepare well to avoid situation like cramps which hurt you bad throughout the trek route and can at times prove to be fatal.

2:) Poor Packing : When you’re walking up the mountain every gram becomes a kilogram so it is very important pack properly/smartly before you start your trek.

3:)Dehydration : Drink enough water and keep a bottle close to your reach. If your urine is dark then its a sign that your body is dehydrated.

4:) Wrong Outfit : Avoid cotton and prefer wool and polyester.

5:) Trekking at Night: Avoid it ! Its Dangerous ……

6:)Wrong Shoes & Socks : Depending upon the trek/trail you should choose the right shoe/socks. On a difficult trek or in a difficult situation you would not want a shoe that is troubling you.

7:)Missing Important Gear : Some equipment are important for certain treks/trails about which you should research well in advance and it can be dangerous if something crucial is missing. You should prepare a check list which works he best.

8:) Weather Report: Always check the weather report before you start for your home.

9:) Looking for shortcuts : Risky and most of the times even the experienced trekkers regret taking shortcuts. If you get lost then its difficult even for the rescue team.

10:) Getting away from Team : Try to stay close to your team. (Keeps you mentally strong)

11:) Skipping Food/Snack : Eat well to keep your spirits high. Dry fruits are good while trekking.

12:) Packing the wrong sleeping bag: Keep a bag that will keep you warm in the mountains.

13:) Playing against Weather : Don’t try to beat the nature and if the signal is to stop and wait you should do that.
Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Adventurer & Co-Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club


Chadar Trek 2017 Itinerary (with Fixed Departures)

Chadar Trek 2016 Fixed Batch Dates and 3 styles of Chadar

  • (Leh to Neyrak & Back  :: 9 days)- “INR 20,000 All Inclusive”
  • (Leh to Padum & Back  :: 14 days) – Ask for “Day wise Schedule”

Note: You would be doing this trek in a small team/group (for ease/comfort and most importantly for the solitude of the outdoors)
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chadar trek (frozen waterfall)

chadar trek (frozen waterfall)

Fixed Departures for the 3 styles of Chadar are available i.e.

**Chadar Trek (Leh to Neyrak) 9 days – Shorter Version

  • 13th to 21st January 2017 (open)
  • 16th to 24th January 2017 (open)
  • 17th to 25th January 2017 (open)
  • 19th to 27th January 2017 (open)
  • 23rd to 31st January 2017 
  • 30th January to 7th February

    **Chadar Trek 2016 (Leh to Lingshed) 11 days

    • 20th Jan – 30th Jan, 2017

(Day-01) – Fly from Delhi to Leh (3500 m). transfer to hotel – (Strictly a Rest day)
(Day-02) – extra day for Acclimatization, Local sightseeing in leh.. Stay in hotel or we start the trek if your body adjusts quickly with he temperatures
(Day-03) – Leh – Chilling – Tilath sumdo (By Road)–Shingrak. Night Stay in Camp near cave.
(Day-04) – Shingrak – Muska La – Choumo Cave (By Trek) Night Stay in Cave / Camp.
(Day-05) – Choumo Cave – Tipouma – Dib Cave – Nyrakpula Village (By Trek). Night Stay in Camp / Home stays in Village.
(Day-06) – Nyrakpula Village – Lingshed Village. Night Stay in Camp / Home stays in Village.
(Day-07) – Spend an entire day resting in Lingshed, one of the most remote villages in Ladakh. Visit monastery, school for monks and explore the village. Night Stay in Camp / Home stays in Village.
(Day-08) – Lingshed Village – Nyrakpula Village – Dib Cave. Night Stay in Camp/Cave.
(Day-09) Dib Cave – Choumo cave/Muska La. Night Stay in Camp / cave.
(Day-10) Choumo Cave/muska La – Shingrak – Tilath Sumdo (Road head). from Tilath Sumdo shifted to leh by Car
(Day 11) Fly Back to Delhi (with pictures & memories for life)

**Chadar Trek (Leh to Padum) 14 days

  • Fixed Departure Date : 18th Jan – 31st Jan, 2017
Itinerary :: Full Chadar Trek (14 Days including 1 back-up day).
Day 1: arrival leh
Arrive in leh. Transfer to hotel rest for acclimatization (strictly a Rest day).
Day 2: drive to tilat sumdo-3100m ( 2 hrs)
It takes about an hour to get used to the “ladakhi shuffle” of walking on the frozen zanskar. Boots with “sticky” soles are helpful as well as the poles. Practise walking in the afternoon. Camp at tilat sumdo.
Day 3: trek to shingra yokma – 5hrs
Leave camp by about 8.30am. Continue along the chadar to the cave at bakula bawo. It is believed that the first bakula rinpoche of ladakh spent a week meditating in this cave. A juniper tree above the cave is considered holy to the locals who traverse this gorge. Camp at shingra.
Day 4: shingra yokma to tipkyeak bawo – 6 1/2 to 7 hrs
Leave camp by about 8.30am. We stop for lunch at tsemodo for about an hour and continue to camp at tipp bawo. The water in this particular section tends to melt more easily and we may at times have to traverse the steep rocks due to the melting ice. If there is no proper campsite, we will go further to camp at gyalpo. – 3170m. Camp at tipp bawo.
Day 5: tipkyeak bawa to nyerak pulu (3390m) – 6 – 7 hrs
This can become a difficult day if the chadar is not very firm. The scenery though is stunning as we pass incredible frozen waterfalls which look like ice cliffs. If you look closely chances are that you will see blue sheep, ibex clinging onto the cliffs. Stop for lunch enroute at yokmado near one of the many caves used by the zanskaris at night and continue to walk on the chadar to camp at nyerak pulu. The village is high above the river. (if the chadar is in good condition this walk will take about 6 hrs otherwise it may take upto 8 hrs). Camp at nyerak.
Day 6: nyerak pullu to tsarak dho (3400m)- drive to padum – 2 hrs
Visit the monastery in the morning then trek for 2 hrs through the valley before reaching the frozen chadar. We then begin our walk on the frozen river to tsarak dho. 5 – 6hrs and from there the will pickup and drive to centre of the Zanskar region Padum.
Day 07: padum – karsha
We will walk around the Padum  and stakrimo gonpa and visit the the karsha monastery and the village karsha by jeep.
Day 08: drive padum to tsarak dho
Day 09: trek lingshed dho
Day 10: trek tipp bawo
Day 11: trek shingra kogma
Day 12: trek tilat sumdo – drive to leh
Day 13: fly to Delhi. 

 Note- 1 extra day required for backup/emergency ( for bad weather or anything unpredictable) so total 14 days Leh to Leh


Duck Walk on the Edges-Chadar Trek

Duck Walk on the Edges-Chadar Trek

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Fixed Departures for the 3 styles of Chadar are available i.e.
**Chadar Trek (Leh to Neyrak) 9 days
**Chadar Trek (Leh to Lingshed) 11 days
**Chadar Trek (Leh to Padum) 14 days

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Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar

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Adventurer & Co-Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club

All About Smiles : Lingshed Solar School

Chadar Trek

Brijesh Tiwari, an ITC employee, carried a bag full of stationery all the way to Lingshed(from Leh) to distribute it to the school children there. No wonder why they speak highly of ITC’s distribution system.
He walked on the frozen zanskar river for days to reach Lingshed and he was accompanied by people from various other organizations.

brijesh tiwari with a full bag of stationery items

brijesh tiwari with a full bag of stationery

The whole group decided to give something back to the beautiful people of Lingshed Village during the winters when all the roads connecting to the town Leh are shut because of heavy snowfall and the only way to reach the distant villages is by walking on the zanskar river which is partially frozen during January and February.

Team at Lingshed Solar School

Team at Lingshed Solar School

Above Picture: The whole group at Lingshed Solar School, Lingshed Village.
The solar school is largely funded by people from Austria.

cute zanskari kid enjoying chocolate

cute zanskari kid enjoying chocolate

There are various NGO’s which are doing a real good job for the people of Ladakh and a lot of volunteers come from various parts of the world to not only contribute but also to enjoy the beauty of the barren land and high passes.
team: Frozen Waterfall

team: Frozen Waterfall

I lead treks in Ladakh regularly (for small groups only)and you can Join me for Chadar Trek 2014(frozen zanskar river expedition).
Read the Chadar Travelogue here :

“Every Trekker Contributes”(some knowingly and some unknowingly)

Rohit Khattar
Adventurer & Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club

Say No to Adventure “Guide/Porter” as a Profession ?(Indian Context)

Getting a job in the field of adventure sports as a guide or porter is not difficult anymore in India but yes making a career in this field just to pursue your passion might not be the best option.

Reasons for not opting to be a CLOUDWALKER:

Porter with heavy load

Porter with heavy load

1:) Happy Family/Parents : Just because you want to follow your passion does not mean you are going to play with those who love you and would not want to lose you.

2:) Government Regulations : A terrorist would be using a satellite phone easily to hide in the mountains(which the government fails to stop) but if a porter or guide is dying due to weather or uncertain situations then he cannot ask for help.

3:) Weak Rescue System (or should I say expensive) : In the mountains when a porter/guide can’t get the authority to use a satellite phone then just imagine if he has to call for rescue. It is also not government aided as most of those who come for rescue operation charge heavily which is out of question for Indian guides.

4:) Expensive gear/equipment: A guide/porter rarely gets paid properly by travel agents that he can hardly afford to buy good shoes or trekking/climbing equipment.

5:) Fragmented Market: Get ready to strive daily to make money if you are opting for this profession (forget about making “Good” money)

6:) Customer will Kick your Ass : No matter how good you serve/treat your customers they will look for small reasons to kick your ass and you’re business is dead if he writes anything bad about your service.

7:) Think twice if you are a Woman : Very rarely you would find a lady guide/porter in the mountains of India(everyone knows why) but I do know a few lady adventure guides who are making good money and ,at the same time, are being supported by their family.

Feel free to add more or discard any of the above points.

Ohhh ! I forgot to mention that I Love This Profession

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Rohit Khattar
Adventurer & Co-Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club