Pictures from Lingshed Village: Photoblog

Chadar Trek

Photo Blog (with pictures from Lingshed village during Chadar Trek)

The pictures reflect the trail which is less commercial as compared to the 9 days Chadar Trek till Neyrak waterfall.

Take a look at the untouched beauty of Lingshed village from Chadar trek.

Raju ji walking on frozen river en route Lingshed village

Raju ji walking on frozen river en route Lingshed village

Team Resting near the trail En route Lingshed village

Team Resting near the trail En route Lingshed village

Chadar Trek: Trail en route Lingshed village

Chadar Trek: Trail en route Lingshed village

frozen valley (near lingshed village)

frozen valley (near lingshed village)

lady from Lingshed enjoying the sun during the harsh winters

lady from Lingshed enjoying the sun during the harsh winters

distant view of the Lingshed solar school

distant view of the Lingshed solar school

lingshed solar school

lingshed solar school

team at lingshed village : team pic

team at lingshed village : team pic

kids at lingshed solar school

kids at lingshed solar school

lingshed gumpa

lingshed gompa

beautiful lingshed village

beautiful lingshed village

Lingshed hospital  Lingshed village (PC : brijeshtiwari)

Lingshed hospital (PC : brijeshtiwari)


Please feel free to ask questions.
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Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club

Mail id : khattarrohit@yahoo.com
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Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2015 (Dates Announced): via Sikkim (Nathu La)

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2015

(Dates Announced): via Sikkim (Nathu La)

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is known for its religious value, cultural significance, physical beauty and thrilling nature. It is undertaken by hundreds of people every year. Holding significance for the Hindus as the abode of Lord Shiva, it holds religious importance also for the Jains and the Buddhists.

The Yatra is organized by the Ministry of External Affairs every year between June and September. It is open to eligible Indian citizens, holding valid Indian passports, who wish to proceed to Kailash-Manasarovar for religious purposes.

Applications to participate in the Yatra can be filed online only at http://kmy.gov.in The last date to apply online is 10/04/2015

The Yatra-2015     will be conducted between 08 June and 09 September through two different routes – Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand and Nathu La in Sikkim. Yatris need to spend 3-4 days in Delhi for preparations before the Yatra. The Delhi Government provides free meals and accommodation for the stay in Delhi. Yatris are, however, free to make their own arrangements for their stay.

The sikkim route is easy as compared to the uttrakhand route.

 Caution: The Yatra involves trekking at high altitudes of up to 19,500 feet, under inhospitable conditions, including extreme cold and rugged terrain, and may prove hazardous for those who are not physically and medically fit.

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::Route for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Sikkim (Nathu La)::

New Delhi – Bagdogra Airport – Gangtok – Nathula – Kangma – Lazi – Zongba -Dharchen – Qugu – Deraphuk – Zunzhui Phu – Back to Darchen and same route back via Nathu La

Important Note:

The Government of India or the tour operator shall not be responsible in any manner for any loss of life or injury to a Yatri, or any loss or damage to property of a Yatri due to any natural calamity or due to any other reason. Pilgrims undertake the Yatra purely at their own volition, cost, risk and consequences.

The Government or the tour operator shall not have any obligation to bring the mortal remains of any pilgrim across the border for cremation in the Indian side, in case of death on the Chinese side. All Yatris are, therefore, required to sign a Consent Form for cremation of mortal remains on the Chinese side in case of death.

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Shopping/Clothing for Chadar Trek (How to Plan for Chadar Trek)

People plan for treks/expeditions way in advance but the most important thing that people ignore is The Gear.

I have seen people spending INR 40,000 TO 50,000 only on shopping for Chadar trek. And I despise the way people plan for chadar trek.
Following are the simple steps to fight the winters of ladakh and bring down to your shopping cost to INR 5000 only.

Steps to Defeat the cold

1:) Protect yourself from the harsh winds: The top layer of your clothing should be a wind cheater.

2:) Wear multi layer clothing and loose clothing helps

3:) Feel the cold (Make your body cold resistant on the first day of your arrival) : Enjoy the shivers so that you can enjoy the nature calls comfortably

chadar trek (leh to lingshed)

chadar trek (leh to lingshed)


Clothing

Thermals / Body Warmers – 2 No’s
Oversized Full TShirts with high neck & Track Pants (light weight) – 2 / 3 No’s
Sweater / Fleece– 2 No’s
Windcheaters – 1 No’s
Poncho/Rain Cover – 1No’s
Socks – 8 to 10 Pairs (Buy in Leh)
Head Cap + Balaclava – 1 No’s each (Available in Leh for 100 each)
Hand Gloves Inner 1no’s + Outer (waterproo)– 1 No’s
Down Jacket – This is not a necessity, Even a skiing jacket with -5º c with Fleece + thermal + TShirt will take care of your requirement

GumBoots is the only shoes that will work great in this TREK. I strongly recommend you buy them at Leh which costs only Rs.450/- & you can sell it to another trekker for Rs.200 when you comeback.

You get military socks in Leh for Rs.100 to 125. They are the BEST products for this trek.

Sun glasses – Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek, Curved ones will cover your eyes well. No blue coloured sunglass — they don’t block UV. Blacks, greens, browns are fine. Avoid multi tone sunglasses. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. .

People who wear spectacles choose one of these:
http://www.decathlon.in/accessories/sunglasses/cycling-and-running/huez-opticsg-800-optic/p-1223537
If above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.
Contact lenses are STRICTLY not allowed

Lingshed solar school

Lingshed solar school

Important tips:

1:) Drink water (hydrate yourself)
2:) Avoid smoking
3:) Avoid Alcohol
4:) Rest on the first day


Please feel free to ask questions:

Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Himalayan Explorers Club

Mail id: khattarrohit@yahoo.com

Mobile: +91- 7602865245

Stok Kangri Trek 2015 (Detailed Itinerary and important details)

DURATION: 11 days
FITNESS: Should be fit; average rucksack weight 5-6kg
DIFFICULTY: Challenging
 
Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Trek

Towering at an impressive 6153 m, Stok Kangri is a serious challenge. Although at such an impressive height, it is not a technical climb and in season requires no advanced mountaineering equipment. We work our way up to base camp over a number of days to maximize acclimatization and improve chances of a successful summit attempt. The view from the top is one of the best in the Himalaya offering great views of the Zanskar and Karakoram ranges including K2 (8611 m), the second highest peak in the world.
This is one of the most popular trekking peaks in the Indian Himalayas and it’s proximity to Leh makes it very accessible. Recommend for those wish to climb a non-technical 6000 m peak.
 
Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Trek

4 stok 

 
Day 1: Arrive at Leh and rest that day.
 
Day 2: Morning after breakfast drive to Alchi with packed lunch. Enroute visit, Magnetic Hill, Confluence of Zanskar and Indus river, Basgo Fort and Likir Monastery. Arrive Alchi and visit Alchi Monastery.  
Dinner and overnight at hotel leh.
Magnetic Hill : Defying the Law of gravity. This place is close to the Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up-hill that’s the Believe it or not of Ladakh!
Conflence Of The Zanskar & Indus : On way to Sham Valley before Nimu village one can have this magnificent view of two rivers in wed-lock! In seasons they have different colors and flow and wildness.
Basgo Gompa : 40 Kms downstream from Leh, it was the seat of power of branch of a Namgyal family. It was here in 1680 that invading Mongol and Tibetan armies were held in check over a three year old siege. Original 16th century murals and other arts at Basgo are well worth a visit.
Likir Gompa : Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dated back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.
Alchi Gompa : 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions. No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop.
Lamayuru Gompa : The oldest holy site in Ladakh, it was a bon shrine prior to the advent of Buddhism. Also known as Yung Drung (Swastika) it is sited on a high promontory overlooking the village and valley. For sheer spectacle value no other Gompa can match Lamayuru.

Day 3: Drive to Shang 12,000 ft. Acclimatization treks.
An hours drive to Shang on the way visit Thiksey Monastery and  Hemis Monastery.
Camp at shang.

Day 4: Trek from Shang 12,000 ft to Shang Phu 14,250 ft (5 – 6 hours, 11kms)
 The 6 hour trek is a gentle ascent all along. The trail is a well paved for the first hour and a half. Continues on the stony stream bed and finally an ascent over meadows to reach Shang Phu.
Grade: easy
 
Day 5: Shang Phu 14,250 ft to Matho Doksa 14,500 ft , via Shang Phu La 16,750 ft (6 hours, 9kms )
A steady ascent over surprisingly green flowery meadows. The trails climbs steadily till Shang Phu La and then follows a quick steep descent. The last hour is a gentle walk down to the camp site. Grade: medium – difficult
 
 Day 6: Matho Doksa 14,500 ft to  Gangpoche 14,550 ft via Matho La.14,850ft (3 hours, 4.6kms)
Ascent to Matho la followed by a descent and mild ascent again to Gangpoche.
Grade: easy

Day 7: Gangpoche 14,550 ft to 
Stok Kangri Base Camp (16,300 ft) (7-8 hours, 11kms)
Long ascents and descents to Stok Kangri base camp.
Grade: medium difficult
 
Day 8: Rest day at Stok Kangri Base (16,300ft)
 
Day 9: Climb Stok Kangri Summit 20,080 ft and back to Stok Kangri Base camp (16,300ft) (14 – 16 hours, 8kms)
Stiff climb initially followed by a long mild ascent and ends with a long stiff ascent. The altitude takes a heavy toll. The descent is equally long and tiring.
Grade: Difficult
 
Day 10Stok Kangri Base (16,300ft) to Stok village (11,800ft) and drive back to Leh. (6 hours, 12kms)
Long gentle descent with intermittent ascents.
Grade: medium – easy
 
Day 11: Buffer Day *
* Trekkers are advised to keep an extra buffer day for the Stok Kangri trek. The buffer day may be required if there is bad weather on the scheduled summit attempt day. (you have to pay extra for the buffer day)

Difficulty Level – Difficult (This trek requires physical fitness)
This trek involves ascending walks in the range of 6 to 8 Hours daily. On the day of the summit it will be 12 to 14 hours of Trekking. you should be able to walk on ascending terrain with a 7-8 kgs bag in high altitude. There will be a 1500 to 2000ft ascend
Temperature in June, July, Aug and Sept
Day: 10° to 22°C. Night: 10°C. Stok base: Day 10°C to 15°C. Night: 5° to -2°C.
Note: There are chances that the forest department might charge Rs.2500/- per trekker as an entry fee which is to be paid by the trekker directly.
Personal Kit list
1 Rucksack,, Day pack bag, Sun Cap, Sun Glasses, Sun Screen Lotion, Personal Medicine Kit, Waste Pouch, trek clothing
Things to Carry
  • Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame.
  • Quechua Forclaz 60 is a good choice. Trekking shoes – It gets really cold once the sun goes down and shoes are important to keep your feet warm. Ensure the shoes are well broken in before the trek. Since this trek includes walking on snow it is recommended to wear water proof shoes wiith thick woolen / military socks. Forclaz 600 are good choices. More expensive shoes are not really the answer to cold. Wearing 2 layers of woollen socks is the trick. Note: You get military socks in Leh for Rs.100 to 125. They are the BEST products for this trek.
  • Sun glasses – Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek, Curved ones will cover your eyes well. No blue coloured sunglass — they don’t block UV. Blacks, greens, browns are fine. Avoid multi tone sunglasses. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. . People who wear spectacles, choose one of these: 1. http://www.decathlon.in/accessories/sunglasses/cycling-and-running/huez-opticsg- 800-optic/p-1223537 2. If above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles
  • Must Have – Trek Accessories
  •  Trekking pole is mandatory
  •  Thermos water bottle
  • Headlamp with extra batteries

Must Have – Clothing
• Thermals / Body Warmers – 2 No’s
• Oversized Full TShirts with high neck & Track Pants (light weight) – 2 / 3 No’s
• Sweater / Fleece – 1 No’s
• Windcheaters – 1 No’s + Down Jacket – 1 No’s
• Poncho + Rain Pant – 1No’s
• Socks – 8 to 10 Pairs
• Head Cap + Balaclave – 1 No’s each
• Hand Gloves Inner 1no’s + Outer (waterproof) – 1 No’s

Must Have – Other accessories

• Light towel (should be thin, quick drying kind)
• A Sanitary Paper
• Woolen head-scarf or muffler
• Cold cream and sun screen lotion (SPF 40+)

• Moisturizer


Must Have – Medical Kit

• Crocin – 6 tablets
• Avomine – 4 tablets
• Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
• Combiflam – 4 tablets
• Disprin – 6 tablets
• Norflox – 6 tablets
• Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
• Band aid – 10 strips
• Digene – 6 tablets
• Gauze cloth – 1 small role
• Leukoplast – 1 small roll
• Cotton – 1 small roll
• ORS / Electoral – 10 packets
• Betadine or any antiseptic cream
• Moov spray
• Nebasulf/ Soframycine powder

Other Mandatory Instructions

1. Medical Certificate – format will be provided post enrolment
2. Declaration & Disclaimer Form – will be provided post enrolment
3. Plastic Bottles are STRICTLY prohibited
4. Recommended bag weight is 7 kgs
5. 1 Govt ID Card is mandatory

For more questions :
Please feel free to ask questions
Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Himalayan Explorers Club
Mobile: +91-7602865245
Email id:   khattarrohit@yahoo.com

New Rules and a hike in the Permit Fee (Rumour) :: Chadar Trek

Hike in the trekking permit fee of Chadar and a lot more !

•An increase in the permit fee from INR 100 to INR 2500 will hurt a few trekkers for sure

•Batch size should not be more than 10 (so what if there is a group of friends where they all want to be together and their team size is more than 10)

•A tour operator cannot take more than 7 groups (draw your conclusions here- lol

Now I just hope these associations are going to take some corrective measures since they are concerned about the nature. Though some say that this was all done just to push indiahikes on the backfoot !

Or will this trek “again” become a Premium Product ?

Wildlife Photography Options in Ladakh during Winters

To capture the harsh winters and wildlife of Ladakh you have to be really patient with love for unspoiled nature as the wildlife is not as fast paced as it is in other national parks of our country.

The White Ghost of the Himalayas, Snow Leopard (shaan in Ladakhi) is what attracts trekkers/photographers during the winters. Though there is a lot more to the slow wildlife of ladakh in store for every patient travel enthusiast.

Among the birds:

1:)Black-billed magpie and great tits (Omnipresent)

2:)Rock and hill pigeons

3:)White winged redstarts

4:)Pallid harrier

5:)Common raven

6:)Red and yellow billed choughs

7:)Rufous-breasted accentor

8:) Snow Partridge (Lerwa Lerwa in Ladakhi)

Among the biggies:

1:)Blue Sheep

2:)Red fox

3:)Wolves

4:)Kiang (Tibetian Wild Ass)

5:)Ibex (or Skin in Ladakhi)

6:)Tibetan Sand Fox

7:) Tibetan Wolf (or Shangku in Ladakhi)

8:) Marmots (pheya in Ladakhi)

9:) Yak

10:) Tibetan Antelope (tsos in Ladakhi)

Rare Cats which can be hardly seen other than the Snow Leopard Cat are Lynxx and Palla’s Cat.

Above mentioned are those which can be seen with a little effort during the winters though there are ample of other rare species which can be captured if you are ready to spend extra time in Ladakh.

Please feel free to ask questions regarding the Elusive Snow Leopard Trek in ladakh.


Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Adventurer & Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club

Mobile: +91- 7602865245

Mansarovar Yatra from Sikkim (NathuLa)

BOOM FOR SIKKIM

The much awaited route from Sikkim for Masarovar-Kailash(China) will be open to tourists from 2015.

Tourists will have to reach Bagdogra(airport) or New Jalpaiguri(Railway Station) and from there they will have to reach Gangtok(Sikkim). It takes 3.5 hours to reach Gangtok from the airport/railway station.

Gangtok will be a stopover for them as the yatris will have to go to Nathu La which happens to be the Indo-China border. To reach Nathu La you need a permit which is easily available if the weather is good.

The new route for Mansarovar starts from Nathu La which was not open for the yatris or tourists earlier. It takes four hours to reach Nathu La from Gangtok and 4-5 days to reach Mansarovar via Nathu La. The route is motor-able and a much awaited relief for the yatris or Shiva followers who used to trek for a month to reach Mansarovar that too only if they were physically fit from Uttrakhand.

Though this new route will certainly be boom for Sikkim but it has turned into a sad news for the traders of uttrakhand and it will certainly affect the tourism there.

Feel free to ask questions if you need more info on the new route:

Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Adventurer & Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club

Maild id: khattarrohit@yahoo.com

Chadar Trek on a Budget

Trekkers are known for their budget travels and this info piece is only recommended for experienced trekkers.
The budget gets really important for trekkers as they go for treks every now and then.

People who have a good experience of trekking can reduce their travel expenses for Chadar Trek in many ways:

** By booking flight tickets early you can save minimum INR 7000 for every individual as the prices go on increasing depending upon the demand.

** Avoid personal porter if you can carry your own rucksack and if you are not going there for photography.

** Stay in a guest house instead of a centrally heated hotel.

** Skip the sight seeing day if you think your body will adjust with the temperatures in 1 day maximum.

** Go with a bigger team (number = 20) and automatically it will reduce your cost.

Feel free to add in more points by commenting below:

People who are interested to go for the budget chadar trek upto Lingshed village can leave a mail or call me :

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Email: khattarrohit@yahoo.com

Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Himalayan Explorers Club

My first Major Trek (Full Chadar trek)

When I had started trekking I did not know I would end up making it my profession and the first major trek I took was Chadar Trek.

That time there were only 2 or 3 companies who were organizing Chadar Trek but as a student it was not possible for me to go with a travel company as they were charging nearly INR 85,000. So I decided to look for some veterans who could help me with Chadar.

Luckily I met an old experienced army officer who was going for the same trek. Only during the planning stages I was told that Chadar Trek stretches as far as Padum village. Thankfully the trek was half sponsored by that army officer for me (i guess i was lucky !) otherwise it would not have been possible for me to embark that powerful journey.

But one thing is for sure – my physical fitness was checked while trekking with people from the armed forces as we completed the trek within 8 days. We touched the last village on Chadar -“Padum village” and came back within 8 days. The normal time taken for the same trek is 15 days.

But I believe only hardcore trekkers should go for the full chadar trek version.
Others can opt for trekking upto Lingshed village where they have the option of staying in a “village homestay” plus they get to see the “Lingshed solar school” along with the “Lingshed Monastery” which is a great experience in itself. This trek is good for the first timers also as it requires more of mental fitness.

Chadar Trek is incomplete without visiting Lingshed village.

Lingshed solar school

Lingshed solar school

Warm regards
Rohit Khattar
Himalayan Explorers Club

Mobile: +91-7602865245

3 styles of Chadar Trek

3 styles/versions of Chadar

1: Leh to Neyrak: Basic Trek (9 days)

The basic trek is usually for the people who get attracted after looking at the pictures of Chadar Trek & who cannot manage more than 8 leaves at a stretch from work.

2: Leh to Lingshed: Requires little trekking experience (11 days)

It includes the famous Lingshed village and Lingshed Solar School. I strongly recommend trekkers not to miss the Lingshed solar school & Lingshed village if you are going for Chadar Trek.

3: Leh to Padum: (15 days) This is for the hardcore trekkers who want to do the complete frozen river expedition.

Prior experience of trekking is not a must for Chadar so anybody can attempt it if they want to.

For detailed itineraries you can mail me.

Email id: khattarrohit@yahoo.com

Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Adventurer & Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club