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.
Join  Chadar Trek 2017.

Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club

Mail id : khattarrohit@yahoo.com
Mobile: +91- 7602865245

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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 ?

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

Itinerary
(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

Read about Chadar trek :

https://himalayantramp.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/chadar-trek-frozen-river-expedition/

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

Mobile: +91- 7602865245

email id:  khattarrohit@yahoo.com

Adventurer & Co-Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club