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

Cycling in the Mangroves: Photo Blog

Cycling in the Mangroves of south Kolkata

My Cycle

bicycle costed me only INR 600

bicycle costed me only INR 600

Take a new Trail

taking a new trail is superfun

taking a new trail is superfun

Working without the fear of snakes

he was curious to know the intruder on cycle

he was curious to know the intruder on cycle

Could not click the snake

Camouflage

Camouflage

Getting closer to the village

'pukur' - bengali word for a 'pond'

‘pukur’ – bengali word for a ‘pond’

I was shocked to see this guy there .lol.
“A Happydent Smile could give the whole village some light”

wonder what was he doing up there

wonder what was he doing up there

A mother protecting her babies

the nest was in total danger

the nest was in total danger

and they all came to see the intruder

and they all came to see the intruder

Someone was happy to see me

at least someone was happy to see me

at least someone was happy to see me

Invitation did come for tea ‘Chaa as they say in bengali’

but no way to walk n enter this house

but no way to walk n enter this house

On my way back it had started raining

my bag needs a rain coat

my bag needs a rain coat

resting near a pukur

resting near a pukur

Chai time

chai time

chai time

got myself clicked too

got myself clicked too

Renting a boat to cross Ganga

River Ganga: i rented a boat to reach the city side

River Ganga: i rented a boat to reach the city side

rented a boat to reach the city side

rented a boat to reach the city side



I don’t like the city Kolkata much but the village side is worth staying for months.
The “pukurs” (ponds) are so clean in the backcountry that people from the village don’t give a second thought before going for a swim even though reptiles are found everywhere in the mangroves.

Villages covered: Rassapunja , Charaktala , Raipur & a few more !


Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Adventurer

About Me

About Me

Fallen off 13000 feet – Survived!

Almost drowned in Ganga – Survived Again!

Just when I thought I had perfected the art of survival, left a high paying job at Unilever.

Fell in love with the mountains!

Flunked academic exams!

Started a venture-Failed!

Managed a management degree somehow!

Entrepreneurial itch & Hunger!

Ventured into various businesses – Failed again!

Asked for a job in a couple of trekking organizations! – didn’t get 1

And one fine day, there I was… walking on a frozen lake in the midst of the mountains sparkling like gigantic diamonds. Rays of sunlight were falling on the womb of nature. When there was no one around except wind, sun and infinite glittering crests of mountain, I found something inexplicable, ineffable; something not human but divine. I knew that was it.

Finally – Doing what I enjoy the most – ‘Leading treks & expeditions’

‘Exploring & Travelling’

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”


Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club

feel free to get in touch or to join me:
email id: khattarrohit@yahoo.com

KheerGanga Trek – ‘Parvati Valley’

Kheer Ganga Trek – Photo Essay

Parvati Valley (Pictures from Summers & Winters)

Level : Easy

Best time: Summers(April to September)

If you want nobody on the trek route then first check the pictures below and then decide if you would like to go there in the off season or not.

slipping - not allowed

slipping – not allowed

en route kheerganga

en route kheerganga

A hot bath in the sulphur springs sounds ultimately relaxing after a long trek.

risky - yes it was

risky – yes it was

Closest Town to Kheerganga: Bharsheni

rest at nakthan village

rest at nakthan village

hot-spring at kheerganga  with snow all around

hot-spring at kheerganga
with snow all around

temple at KheerGanga

temple at KheerGanga

Kasol is famous place for Marijuana and you need to stay away from all the hippies who are there in huge numbers all throughout the year. No prizes for guessing ! It is cheaply available.

You can even enjoy hot springs at ‘Manikaran Gurdwara’ which is about 15 minutes walking distance from Kasol and do try the tasty “Langar” at the Gurudwara. KheerGanga (hot springs)is the best place for a hot bath after a day’s hike in the woods. Options of staying at KheerGanga for a night or two are definetly there. Soup, tea, noodles or a proper meal will keep you warm.

we stayed back in a small cottage for a night--

we stayed back in a small cottage for a night–

How to reach KheerGanga Hot Springs: Take a bus from Delhi and Reach “Bhuntar” —- 12-13 hours Take a local bus from Bhuntar to Kasol —– 30 minutes Take a local bus from Kasol to Bharsheni Village —- 30 minutes From the Barsheni Village your trek for Kheerganga would consume maximum 3 to 5 hours depending upon the conditions and your level of fitness.

Summer Additions :

kheerganga weekend trek

Kheerganga Weekend Trek

kheerganga trek

kheerganga trek

kheerganga trek camping

kheerganga trek camping

Join me on short weekend treks if you are from Delhi-NCR & I will help you break away from your boring routine.

Warm Regards

Rohit Khattar
Adventurer & Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club
email id: khattarrohit@yahoo.com
Mobile :+91-7602865245

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)
(To Join: Call me at +91- 7602865245 (Whatsapp Available)
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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