Places to visit in Ladakh

Well known for the unique and awe-inspiring culture and landscapes, the place brings forth splendid worth seeing Places to visit in Ladakh. The snow-covered high pinnacles, the massive-clad of glaciers and cold desert delineate the topography of the place.

The place encapsulates breath-taking rivers and lakes that are sure to take your breath away. Moreover, there are plenty of opportunities for adventure sports. You can go river rafting, rock climbing, skiing and more. There are also plenty of sightseeing spots andplaces to visit in Ladakh that brings back people year after year. Here is a basic list of things that you can do and experience in and around Leh, Ladakh:

Leh Palace has one of the highest buildings in the globe. Originally constructed in the year 1553 by the Buddhist kings, the Leh Palace houses the splendid architectural splendor in the form of a statue of Lord Gautam Buddha. The palace also offers an astounding and breath-taking view of the city from a height. Originally built on the top of the Namgyal Hill, the place is a hub that caters to the Buddhist religion and culture. 

 

Location: Located near the Namgyal Hill at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. 

Known for: Encapsulating overview and architectural splendor of Buddha.

How to reach: On foot, moving through the old town. 

Approximate Cost: Indian citizens-Rs. 15, Foreigners Rs. 100

Operating hours: 7am-4pm

Type: Palace

The popular Hemis festival takes place in this beautiful and awe-inspiring monastery that exhibits the radiance of Buddhist traditions and rituals with great splendor. You must visit this place to experience the spiritual celebration of Buddhism, which is often accompanied, by music and dance.  

 

Location: Located at Hemis gompa in Tikse

Known for: Spiritual festival celebration and great splendor filled with radiant colors.

How to reach: By road- via car, jeep or a motorbike

Approximate Cost: Free

Operating hours: 6am-8pm

Type: Buddhist Monastery

The whole town of Leh is characterized by its distinct old world charm and appeal. Small alleyways, stairs, mud-brick houses and the ruins of ancient Gompas make the region an ideal place to revisit and relive the spectacular past history - of the globe’s coldest and chilliest desert. An unusual feature of the small houses situated here is that they do not consist of many windows.

 

Location: This is an ideal town located in Ladakh characterized by old worldly attractions.

Known for: The mud and brick constructed houses along with small alleyways and spectacular surrounding.

How to reach: On foot or by a motorbike

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating hours: NA

Type: Landmark

Specially dedicated to the Maitreya or the future Buddha, the temple is said to be a reincarnation of Lord Buddha. Situated on the lane that goes up to the Leh Palace, The Chamba Temple is constructed by the King called TrangspaBumde in the fifteenth century.

 

Location: this is an old temple that is situated on the lane that straight goes up to the Palace of Leh.

Known for: Beautiful temple of Buddha with a gripping past history denoting the reincarnation of Lord Buddha.

How to reach: On foot- A 5 minutes walk from central Leh, towards Leh Palace

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating hours: NA

Type: Temple

Hall of Fame is considered to be an essential place that delineates the tale of great and spectacular valour of the armies and soldiers who participated in the battle of Kargil at the time of 1999. The place provides all the major information on the operations that are taken up by the army in Ladakh. Also, you envision here an exhibition of a great display of the Siachen Battlefield, this is the globe’s one of the most onerous battlefields. Also, a museum, the Specular Hall of Fame exhibits a museum displaying various culture, art, flora, and fauna of the most gripping place Kashmir.

 

Location: The Spectacular Hall of Fame is located in Ladakh that exhibits museums displaying various culture and fauna and flora.

Known for: The great and spectacular tale of valor delineating the courage of the warriors of the Kargil war that ultimately led to the formation of the Spectacular Hall of Fame in Ladakh.

How to reach: By a car, jeep or bike. It is located on the Spituk-Kargil road, at a distance of 1km from the airport.

Approximate Cost: Rs. 10 for Indian Citizens &Rs. 50 for Foreigners

Operating hours: 9am-1pm & 3pm-7pm

Type: Museum

Constructed at a height exhibiting four-story overview, Stok Palace exhibits both retrospective and new aged styles. The lower floor of the Stok Palace is transformed into a beautiful museum displaying royal designer ceremonial clothes, ornaments, jewelry, crown and many other antiques. One of the most popular and awe-inspiring collection is that of a knotted sword which is displayed here in this Stok Palace.

 

Location: Stok Palace is located in Ladakh that exhibits a wide range of old and new designed styles of antiques, jewellery et cetera. 

Known for: The place exhibits both new aged and old aged styles delineating the beauty of the place in totality.

How to reach: Jeep or shared taxis

Approximate Cost: Rs. 50 per person

Operating hours: 8am-5pm

Type: Palace/ Museum

Built in the ardent memory of Nanak, the GurudwaraPatthar Sahib is situated on the major outskirts of Ladakh on the road of Kargil. Highly revered by both the religions Hindus and Buddhists alike, the GurudwaraPatthar Sahib is named after the saga of the stone spectacular stone boulders that are discovered with the silhouette and foot impression of Guru Nanakji peacefully mediating which is beautifully engraved on it.

 

Location: The place is located in NH1D at Phey in Jammu and Kashmir. 

Known for: Behold spectacular stone boulders and foot impressions of Guru Nanak.

How to reach: Via car, jeep or bike

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating hours: 6am-7pm

Any Precautions: Pets are not allowed

Type: Temple

Situated behind the Palace of Leh, this is a spectacular monastery that offers a splendid view of the whole place. Highly renowned endowing a three-storied solid and pragmatic gold efficacy of the Maitreya or the great Buddha, the place is a must visit for travellers. 

 

Location: The place is located in the district of Leh at Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

Known for: The serenity and the picturesque architecture of the location. Also for the gold efficacy of Buddha.

How to reach: On foot; through an uphill climb on the Tsemo/Namgyal hill

Cost: Rs. 20

Operating hours: 7am-9am & 5pm-8pm

Type: Buddhist Monastery

This magnificent stupa was built by the Japanese in 1991 to promote World peace and harmony as part of their Peace Pagoda Mission. This grand stupa is located on top of a hill in Chanspa. At the base of the Stupa, some relics of Buddha is buried and the 14th Dalai Lama enshrined the Stupa. The stupa has become a huge attraction for tourists not just for religious reasons but the fantastic view it commands.

Victory Tower is located on top of the Leh Palace and it was built to honor the Ladhaki troop’s victory over Balti Kashmiris.

Situated at a distance of fifteen kilometres from Ladakh, Phyang Monastery exhibits retrospective thangkas, murals of the Mahakala and wall paintings. There also exists a museum that is situated inside the Phyang Monastery. This is a monastery that is about nine hundred years old endowing several collections like weapons, scriptures and idols or effigies.

 

Location: The place is located at Phyang in Jammu and Kashmir

Known for: The place exhibits spectacular and retrospective murals, thangkas and wall paintings attracting the tourist to visit this place and cherish the classy architectural artifacts.

How to reach: Drive in the direction of Hall of Fame, on the NH1D to reach Phyang village located 16 km away from Leh airport.

Approximate Cost: Rs. 20

Operating hours: 8am-12pm & 1pm-6pm

Type: Buddhist Monastery

You can ride through the Magnetic Hills check out the astounding views from the tip. This is a place also has a really unusual magnetic field, which drives vehicles and other magnetic objects up the hill by itself. Experiencing the same is something that you will not forget for a long time!

 

Location: Magnetic Hill is considered to be the gravity hill that is situated at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir.

Known for: Unique magnetic field of the location and the scenic views

How to reach:  Located 30 km away from Leh, it is a stretch of road that can be reached via car or jeep.

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating hours: 8am-5pm

Type: Landmark

Spituk Gompa was founded in the 14th Century and is located at about 5 km from the Leh. On the top of the Gompa is a three-tiered shrine. The statues inside the Gompa are of Buddha and Tsongkhapa.

Gelukpa Shankar Gompa features Kushok Bakula Rinpoche who was the former Lama of Ladhak. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa is located above the palace and is open to the public for two hours from 7 am to 9 am.

Gurdwara Pathar Sahib is situated on the Leh Kargil road. This Gurdwara was built in 1517 when the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak visited this region. Tibetan Buddhists consider Guru Nanak to be a Saint. The name Pathar is a large boulder where Guru Nanak had apparently rested during his visit. The Gurdwara is currently looked after by the Indian army.

This is a fort that is actually visible from anywhere from the place Ladakh. Located at the pinnacle of the ridge of the palace, it is a tiny and omnipresent kind of fort having many prayer flags all over.

 

Location: This is a place that is located in Ladakh at the peak of the ridge of the palace.

Known for: Tiny Fort displaying various prayer flags.

How to reach: Via a climb of 15 minutes opposite ChenreziLakhang

Approximate Cost: Rs. 20

Operating hours: 10am-6pm

Type: Landmark

Embellished to resemble the Palace of Potala located in the Lhasa in Tibet. Thiksey Monastery is about twelve storied complex housing distinct essential artifacts of Buddha-like the tapestries, thangkas, effigies or statues and swords.

 

Location: The place is located in Thiksey Villa at the Leh Manali Highway near Thiksey, Leh in Jammu and Kashmir

Known for: This is a twelve-storey Monastery displaying splendid artifacts, thangkas, and effigies.

How to reach: It is situated 18 k from Leh in the Indus valley. You can drive to reach the place.

Approximate Cost: Rs. 20

Operating hours: 7am-7pm

Type: Buddhist Monastery

It is a really small Gompa that is structured in the main market. It is completely open throughout the daytime for the travellers that houses various statues or effigies of crowned Buddha.

 

Location: The place is located in the Soma Gompa at the Old Fort Road in Ladakh

Known for: The Monasteries

How to reach: Located centrally in Leh, it can be easily reached via foot, car or bike

Approximate Cost: Free

Operating hours: 8am-6pm

Type: Buddhist Monastery

One of the more relaxing things to do in Ladakh is viewing the performance by the Llamas. Envisioning the magnetizing and gripping performance brings you to the globe of happening and radiant spirit. You are sure to relish the energizing dance drama and exhibition of radiant clothes and daunting masks. If you have visited Ladakh, then you must surely visit the Hemis Festival also known as the Ladakh Festival as this showcases splendid outcast of tradition, culture, and colors.

Celebration Time: Winter Time.

This is considered to be one of the biggest festivals in Ladakh that is highly appreciated by the travellers of the place. This is a festival that honours the great Guru Padmasambhava. Folk dance and music forms the highlight that assists the natives to celebrate this ritual with great pride.

Celebration Time: Summertime.

Losar Festival is also known as the Tibetan New Year is a festival that is happily celebrated for around two weeks every year at the times between December and January. This is an ancient or retrospective ritual that depicts battles between the evil and the good splendidly staged by the natives with dance and music performance. This is a festival that changes it particular date or location each year on the basis of the Lunar calendar.

Celebration Time: The time in between December and January.

Otherwise referred to as the ‘Frozen River Trek,’ the surreal Chadar Trek gives you an experience like no other. There are several frozen sheets of ice over which you can walk to reach the mountains that are hugged by snow from all the sides. As you keep walking, the snow from the mountains would be melting on one side and forming a stream, which is a surreal sight to withhold. Like this view is not fascinating enough, if you keep walking and look around you there is an excellent view of the surreal Himalayan beauty until as far as your eyes can witness. The beauty of the Himalayas and the mountains would seem to be never-ending, and you would never feel like returning home after watching this incredible beauty!

 

Location

This trek generally happens on the frozen river of Zanskar, and hence it is named as the Chadar Trek.

Address: Zanskar River, Ladakh

Hours: The trek happens mostly during the daytime when there is sunlight. 

 

Timings

The Chadar Trek would take around nine days to complete, including your return from the place to Leh. This trek usually happens during the first week of January to mid-February when the Zanskar Lake is frozen, to be able to walk over it.

 

Highlights

The highlights of Chadar Trek are the snow-capped mountains, frozen waterfalls, frozen lake over which you can walk, and miles and miles of mountains until your eyes can see. It is a different kind of surreal beauty that you can never get enough of. Chadar Trek brings out a different side of your personality that you didn’t know existed. The Chadar Trek is not just an experience, but it is about facing the toughest of challenges that you never came across. It holds the beautiful secrets of the Himalayas, allowing a person to enjoy the blissful beauty of those snow-clad mountains. It is a must-do thing for all the people who love snow and taking up adventurous challenges.

 

Inclusions

  • The cost of the trek would include the following:
  • Accommodation
  • Camping services of the trek
  • Meals during the trek
  • Other trek requirements like a mattress, kitchen tent, toilet tent, sleeping bag, and some utensils
  • Permits and entry fees
  • First aid kits, medical kits, oxygen cylinders, and stretchers
  • One leader to guide you, a cook, and some supporting staff
  • Transport from Leh to the trek starting point and return.

 

Price

It would cost you INR 17,000-55,000 approximately per person, depending on the time at which you make your bookings or your accommodation preferences. If it is the last minute booking, it might cost you more than INR 55,000.

 

Recommended for

This trek is strictly recommended for fit people, without any health complications, as you need to walk through extreme temperatures. If you are not fit enough and you still want to go on the trek, you might contact your trusted physician and take tips before you take any further steps.

 

How to get to Chadar Trek

There is only one possible way to reach Leh and Ladakh, which is by air. You can comfortably take a flight to reach the base camp of the Chadar Trek and then from there; you can meet your trek authorities. The trek authorities will handle the rest of your trip later on, which is a plus point, as you don’t have to take care of every little thing regarding this travel. There is no way that any of these roads would be accessible by any kind of vehicles, so it is suggested that you go by walking. 

By Air: You can reach New Delhi to take a flight to Leh. Delhi has some direct flights to Leh on a regular basis so that you can plan a trip and immediately book tickets to reach the beautiful Leh. Once you are over the place, you can see hundreds of snow-capped mountains, which will give you clarity as to why you cannot reach Leh by road during the winter season. Nevertheless, you are sure to enjoy the flight ride, as you can get a fantastic look at all the untouched areas and some of the mountain ranges, the aerial views of which are beyond fascinating.

 

About Chadar Trek

The trek starts from the gorgeous Leh where you can reach by a flight. Flights are the most comfortable and pleasant way to reach Leh, as it is surrounded by snow on all the sides, giving a completely white look. As the flight descends towards Leh, you can get an amazing view of the mountains from a distance of 11400 feet above the sea level. The Zanskar River is at its best state during the month of February, which makes it easy to cross the water body. This Frozen River Trek begins in a small village called Chilling, from where the scintillating Zanskar River starts to freeze. 

The first step towards your trek begins at Leh, moving towards TsomoPaldar. On your way, you would be crossing Chilling and Tilad where you can witness the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, the magnificent Magnetic Hill. After that, you move towards Tibb Caves passing through a waterfall that never freezes. From Tibb Cave, you move towards Nerak which is the first village of the Zanskar region. From Nerak, you come back to the Tibb Cave and move towards Gyalpo. From Gyalpo you return to Tilad do, and then you return back to Leh.

 

Interesting facts about Chadar Trek

  • The temperatures during the nighttime can go as low as -25 to -35 degrees when the weather becomes quite harsh. 
  • The entire trek distance is 105 km approximately, most of which is covered by walking. 
  • During the daytime, you need to walk over the chilly ice sheets of the frozen Zanskar river, whereas in the night time you have to sleep in caves which are situated near the frozen river.
  • You can comfortably take the Himalayan water to quench your thirst, as this water is considered to be completely safe and pure to be taken directly.

When you use the term camp in the place Ladakh, it merely means two particular things, one is the Chadar trek and the other one is proper camping site. Chadar tents are such that are available throughout the highway of Manali and Leh.

 

Location: Manali-Leh Highway, Sarchu

For: Couples, friends

Difficulty level: Low

Approximate Cost: Rs. 3,000

Tips: Avoid camping at Pangong Tso Moriri since it is a politically sensitive area

Few things can match the beauty of the majestic snow leopards in the wild. In fact, when in Ladakh, you can go for a special trek organized specifically to spot snow leopards. The activity is inside the Hemis National Park in Ladakh, which is known to be home for more than two hundred snow leopards and you will be guided by professionals. Please note that this trek happens only during winters.

You can also go for safaris on the humpbacked Bactrian Camels in the sand dunes here. Enjoy the spending and breath-taking sights of the Nubra Valley and the Shvok River on this ride. This activity is also in the Hemis National Park itself.

 

Location: Hemis National Park in Ladakh

For: Snow leopards and safari ride on the Bactrian Camels

Difficulty level: low

Approximate Cost: Rs. 20 for Indians and Rs. 100 for foreigners. Camel safari- Rs. 200

This one is for all the adventure junkies out there. Experience an adrenalin rush like no other when you ride in and around Ladakh on the many challenging roads and passes out here. The Khar Dung La pass, the Zoji La Pass and the others offer some of the highest motorable roads in the world.

The Chadar Trek – A splendid and spectacular walk on the top of the frozen Zanskar River located in Ladakh.

This is not the place for the fainted hearts. Walking or strolling up on the frozen river of Zanskar is without any doubt the most splendid experience that one can have. This is a trek that is rated to have a high difficulty parameter. This is a type of trek that requires a great amount of training and preparation.

 

Location: Zanskar River valley

For: Individuals and friends

Difficulty level: High

Approximate Cost: Rs. 18,000

Tips: Carry warming pads, wear multiple layers of clothes and gumboots, and cover your toes and fingers well.

The white water rafting on the top of the Zanskar River is another daring adventure that one can witness. This is one of the best sites that for trying white water rafting in the place Ladakh.

 

Location: Valley of Zanskar in Ladakh

For: Groups of friends, couples

Difficulty level: Moderate

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1500

You must not just visit the place Ladakh to view the beauty around but you must also do it to experience a kind of peace and tranquillity like no other. On your visit to Ladakh, make an aim to stay at a Buddhist monastery and experience their lifestyle for at least a day. A happy stay in the Monastery of Hemis will enable you to take part in the morning prayers. It is a happy, rejuvenating and moving experience, which you must definitely experience.

 

Location: Thiksey Monastery, Phyang Monastery, Hemis Monastery etc

For: Families, couples, friends

Difficulty level: Low

Approximate Cost: No extra fees except the Monastery entre fees.

While you connect with other tourist and locals on your spectacular trip to Ladakh, you must not miss the chance of interacting with the local Buddhist monks residing in that place. Interacting with the local Buddhist monks in Ladakhinstills you with the magical aura and spirit of happiness enlightening you with knowledgeable information about the place Ladakh. Stroll around with the local monks at the monasteries and interact with them on wise and divine topics.  

 

Location: Thiksey Monastery, Phyang Monastery, Hemis Monastery etc

For: Families, couples, friends

Difficulty level: Low

Approximate Cost: No extra fees except the Monastery entre fees.

Unlike the place Canada, Ice hockey is a sport that is played by the natives in the open. This is a sport that is played during the winter in the midst of November to January.

Time of participation: During the winter, the middle of November to January.

 

Location: Karzoo Ice Hockey Rink

For: Friends, Couples, Family

Difficulty level: Low

Approximate Cost: NA

Archery is considered to be a traditional game of Ladakh that is considered to be a part of the tradition or culture. This is a sport that is played during the summertime in the open grounds with great joy and enthusiasm.

 

Time to participate: During the summertime in the midst of May.

Location: Many Ladakh villages and at Leh’s National Archery stadium

For: Friends, Couples, Family

Difficulty level: Low

Otherwise referred to as the ‘Frozen River Trek,’ the surreal Chadar Trek gives you an experience like no other. There are several frozen sheets of ice over which you can walk to reach the mountains that are hugged by snow from all the sides. As you keep walking, the snow from the mountains would be melting on one side and forming a stream, which is a surreal sight to withhold. Like this view is not fascinating enough, if you keep walking and look around you there is an excellent view of the surreal Himalayan beauty until as far as your eyes can witness. The beauty of the Himalayas and the mountains would seem to be never-ending, and you would never feel like returning home after watching this incredible beauty!

 

Location

This trek generally happens on the frozen river of Zanskar, and hence it is named as the Chadar Trek.

Address: Zanskar River, Ladakh

Hours: The trek happens mostly during the daytime when there is sunlight. 

 

Timings

The Chadar Trek would take around nine days to complete, including your return from the place to Leh. This trek usually happens during the first week of January to mid-February when the Zanskar Lake is frozen, to be able to walk over it.

 

Highlights

The highlights of Chadar Trek are the snow-capped mountains, frozen waterfalls, frozen lake over which you can walk, and miles and miles of mountains until your eyes can see. It is a different kind of surreal beauty that you can never get enough of. Chadar Trek brings out a different side of your personality that you didn’t know existed. The Chadar Trek is not just an experience, but it is about facing the toughest of challenges that you never came across. It holds the beautiful secrets of the Himalayas, allowing a person to enjoy the blissful beauty of those snow-clad mountains. It is a must-do thing for all the people who love snow and taking up adventurous challenges.

 

Inclusions

  • The cost of the trek would include the following:
  • Accommodation
  • Camping services of the trek
  • Meals during the trek
  • Other trek requirements like a mattress, kitchen tent, toilet tent, sleeping bag, and some utensils
  • Permits and entry fees
  • First aid kits, medical kits, oxygen cylinders, and stretchers
  • One leader to guide you, a cook, and some supporting staff
  • Transport from Leh to the trek starting point and return.

 

Price

It would cost you INR 17,000-55,000 approximately per person, depending on the time at which you make your bookings or your accommodation preferences. If it is the last minute booking, it might cost you more than INR 55,000.

 

Recommended for

This trek is strictly recommended for fit people, without any health complications, as you need to walk through extreme temperatures. If you are not fit enough and you still want to go on the trek, you might contact your trusted physician and take tips before you take any further steps.

 

How to get to Chadar Trek

There is only one possible way to reach Leh and Ladakh, which is by air. You can comfortably take a flight to reach the base camp of the Chadar Trek and then from there; you can meet your trek authorities. The trek authorities will handle the rest of your trip later on, which is a plus point, as you don’t have to take care of every little thing regarding this travel. There is no way that any of these roads would be accessible by any kind of vehicles, so it is suggested that you go by walking. 

By Air: You can reach New Delhi to take a flight to Leh. Delhi has some direct flights to Leh on a regular basis so that you can plan a trip and immediately book tickets to reach the beautiful Leh. Once you are over the place, you can see hundreds of snow-capped mountains, which will give you clarity as to why you cannot reach Leh by road during the winter season. Nevertheless, you are sure to enjoy the flight ride, as you can get a fantastic look at all the untouched areas and some of the mountain ranges, the aerial views of which are beyond fascinating.

 

About Chadar Trek

The trek starts from the gorgeous Leh where you can reach by a flight. Flights are the most comfortable and pleasant way to reach Leh, as it is surrounded by snow on all the sides, giving a completely white look. As the flight descends towards Leh, you can get an amazing view of the mountains from a distance of 11400 feet above the sea level. The Zanskar River is at its best state during the month of February, which makes it easy to cross the water body. This Frozen River Trek begins in a small village called Chilling, from where the scintillating Zanskar River starts to freeze. 

The first step towards your trek begins at Leh, moving towards TsomoPaldar. On your way, you would be crossing Chilling and Tilad where you can witness the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, the magnificent Magnetic Hill. After that, you move towards Tibb Caves passing through a waterfall that never freezes. From Tibb Cave, you move towards Nerak which is the first village of the Zanskar region. From Nerak, you come back to the Tibb Cave and move towards Gyalpo. From Gyalpo you return to Tilad do, and then you return back to Leh.

 

Interesting facts about Chadar Trek

  • The temperatures during the nighttime can go as low as -25 to -35 degrees when the weather becomes quite harsh. 
  • The entire trek distance is 105 km approximately, most of which is covered by walking. 
  • During the daytime, you need to walk over the chilly ice sheets of the frozen Zanskar river, whereas in the night time you have to sleep in caves which are situated near the frozen river.
  • You can comfortably take the Himalayan water to quench your thirst, as this water is considered to be completely safe and pure to be taken directly.

Otherwise referred to as the ‘Frozen River Trek,’ the surreal Chadar Trek gives you an experience like no other. There are several frozen sheets of ice over which you can walk to reach the mountains that are hugged by snow from all the sides. As you keep walking, the snow from the mountains would be melting on one side and forming a stream, which is a surreal sight to withhold. Like this view is not fascinating enough, if you keep walking and look around you there is an excellent view of the surreal Himalayan beauty until as far as your eyes can witness. The beauty of the Himalayas and the mountains would seem to be never-ending, and you would never feel like returning home after watching this incredible beauty!

 

Location

This trek generally happens on the frozen river of Zanskar, and hence it is named as the Chadar Trek.

Address: Zanskar River, Ladakh

Hours: The trek happens mostly during the daytime when there is sunlight. 

 

Timings

The Chadar Trek would take around nine days to complete, including your return from the place to Leh. This trek usually happens during the first week of January to mid-February when the Zanskar Lake is frozen, to be able to walk over it.

 

Highlights

The highlights of Chadar Trek are the snow-capped mountains, frozen waterfalls, frozen lake over which you can walk, and miles and miles of mountains until your eyes can see. It is a different kind of surreal beauty that you can never get enough of. Chadar Trek brings out a different side of your personality that you didn’t know existed. The Chadar Trek is not just an experience, but it is about facing the toughest of challenges that you never came across. It holds the beautiful secrets of the Himalayas, allowing a person to enjoy the blissful beauty of those snow-clad mountains. It is a must-do thing for all the people who love snow and taking up adventurous challenges.

 

Inclusions

  • The cost of the trek would include the following:
  • Accommodation
  • Camping services of the trek
  • Meals during the trek
  • Other trek requirements like a mattress, kitchen tent, toilet tent, sleeping bag, and some utensils
  • Permits and entry fees
  • First aid kits, medical kits, oxygen cylinders, and stretchers
  • One leader to guide you, a cook, and some supporting staff
  • Transport from Leh to the trek starting point and return.

 

Price

It would cost you INR 17,000-55,000 approximately per person, depending on the time at which you make your bookings or your accommodation preferences. If it is the last minute booking, it might cost you more than INR 55,000.

 

Recommended for

This trek is strictly recommended for fit people, without any health complications, as you need to walk through extreme temperatures. If you are not fit enough and you still want to go on the trek, you might contact your trusted physician and take tips before you take any further steps.

 

How to get to Chadar Trek

There is only one possible way to reach Leh and Ladakh, which is by air. You can comfortably take a flight to reach the base camp of the Chadar Trek and then from there; you can meet your trek authorities. The trek authorities will handle the rest of your trip later on, which is a plus point, as you don’t have to take care of every little thing regarding this travel. There is no way that any of these roads would be accessible by any kind of vehicles, so it is suggested that you go by walking. 

By Air: You can reach New Delhi to take a flight to Leh. Delhi has some direct flights to Leh on a regular basis so that you can plan a trip and immediately book tickets to reach the beautiful Leh. Once you are over the place, you can see hundreds of snow-capped mountains, which will give you clarity as to why you cannot reach Leh by road during the winter season. Nevertheless, you are sure to enjoy the flight ride, as you can get a fantastic look at all the untouched areas and some of the mountain ranges, the aerial views of which are beyond fascinating.

 

About Chadar Trek

The trek starts from the gorgeous Leh where you can reach by a flight. Flights are the most comfortable and pleasant way to reach Leh, as it is surrounded by snow on all the sides, giving a completely white look. As the flight descends towards Leh, you can get an amazing view of the mountains from a distance of 11400 feet above the sea level. The Zanskar River is at its best state during the month of February, which makes it easy to cross the water body. This Frozen River Trek begins in a small village called Chilling, from where the scintillating Zanskar River starts to freeze. 

The first step towards your trek begins at Leh, moving towards TsomoPaldar. On your way, you would be crossing Chilling and Tilad where you can witness the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, the magnificent Magnetic Hill. After that, you move towards Tibb Caves passing through a waterfall that never freezes. From Tibb Cave, you move towards Nerak which is the first village of the Zanskar region. From Nerak, you come back to the Tibb Cave and move towards Gyalpo. From Gyalpo you return to Tilad do, and then you return back to Leh.

 

Interesting facts about Chadar Trek

  • The temperatures during the nighttime can go as low as -25 to -35 degrees when the weather becomes quite harsh. 
  • The entire trek distance is 105 km approximately, most of which is covered by walking. 
  • During the daytime, you need to walk over the chilly ice sheets of the frozen Zanskar river, whereas in the night time you have to sleep in caves which are situated near the frozen river.
  • You can comfortably take the Himalayan water to quench your thirst, as this water is considered to be completely safe and pure to be taken directly.

The yaks in Ladakh bestow the nomads residing there with meat, butter and milk for their food. In no other part of the place are you are going to get an opportunity to try and relish the cheese prepared from Yak milk. The delectable and delicious Yak cheese momos is also known as Chhurpi.

 

Found here: Gesmo

Approximate Cost for two: Rs. 500

Address: Fort Road, Leh

Contact: +91 94180 64040

Opening Hours: 8am-8pm

You must have relished the tea in many places, but the local butter tea and coffee in Ladakh is a must try. If you want to witness a good time then you must definitely visit Chang in Ladakh. The local brew there makes the tea and coffee in a cylindrical filled porcelain pot just by pouring it in a fermented miller.

Found here: Thiksey Monastery &HemisGompa

One of the unique and breathtaking attractions of Ladakh is the captivating Maggi point located in the highest cafeteria of the globe. For sure, you must have eaten and thoroughly enjoyed the two-minute noodles everywhere possible but definitely, you must not have relished the noodle overlooking the beautiful Himalayan ranges located at the Khardung-La Pass, one of the highest and captivating motorable passes in the globe. On your visit to Ladakh, do make it a point to relish this aspect and experience it to the fullest.

Found here: The highest Cafeteria located at the Khardung-La Pass

This is basically an enterprise that is highly supported by the rural natives especially the women of Ladakh. This is a festival that sells fine woodwork and splendid rugs. Also at various times, one the tourist can come across various spectacular artifacts like the carvings and choose tables.

 

Location: Ladakh

Known for: Prayer wheels and other souvenirs, rugs etc

Bargaining: Moderate

A small shop that is clustered with splendid woodworks, Wamda Wood sells various goods like small key rings and various other justifiably priced wooden wall hangings and plaques.

 

Location: Leh

Known for: Wooden choktse tables with engraved mythical creatures

Bargaining: Not really

Situated near the central market of Ladakh, this is a market that sells various prosaic goods, antiques, camping materials, originally embroidered Ladakhi work and woolen clothes.

 

Location: Central market of Ladakh

Known for: Camping and trekking equipment, artifacts, woolens etc

Bargaining: Definitely

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