A dream Trek : Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

 
 
 
 

A Dream Trek : Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

Chadar Frozen River Trek

 
 

This trek is considered as one of the most exciting and unique treks – a very special and an extraordinary trek on shiny ice on the bank of Tsarap River. This trek is so exciting that even Discovery and the National Geographic channels have both made films on it.

 
 

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Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

 
 

* The word Chadar means blanket and is used to refer to the trek along the frozen Zanskar River.

* The most amazing thing about the frozen river is how unfrozen it is.

* Spring water prevents the blanket from completely smothering the river which in places retains it rapids.

* All the more fear some in temperature of -30ºC the trek goes by shuffling along the icy path.

* It allows one to penetrate this isolation and also to examine some of the villages along the Zanskar River in the midst
of winter and thus catch a glimpse of the life cycle during this unique time of the year.

* A spectacular and at times challenging trek across the Zanskar with opportunities to savour ancient Buddhist monasteries and remotes villages nestled in the depths of deep gorges valley of Trans Zanskar ranges.

* Chilling and Lingshed are the only sizable villages on this trek until Hanamur and Pidmo before Pishu and Zangla in Zanskar, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.
 
 

Frozen Waterfall on Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

Frozen Waterfall on Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India _ Photograph by Vani Maradi


 
 

You will be dropped by a vehicle at Chilling Sumdo (crossed road) then your trek leads in a narrow valley filled with breath-taking views of ice-peaks and unexpected hanging icicles that will attract your gaze for some time. You will spend the night at cave camps with the help of a born fire that will keep you warm and relaxed.

Reference Link : Chadar Trek


Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

Thursday March 15th, 2012 in India, Places to Visit, Travel News | 1 Comment »

 
 

Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India (Picture : Kamala Kar )


 
 
* The word Chadar means blanket and is used to refer to the trek along the frozen Zanskar River.

* The most amazing thing about the frozen river is how unfrozen it is.

* Spring water prevents the blanket from completely smothering the river which in places retains it rapids.

* All the more fear some in temperature of -30ºC the trek goes by shuffling along the icy path.

* It allows one to penetrate this isolation and also to examine some of the villages along the Zanskar River in the midst of winter and thus catch a glimpse of the life cycle during this unique time of the year.

* A spectacular and at times challenging trek across the Zanskar with opportunities to savour ancient Buddhist monasteries and remotes villages nestled in the depths of deep gorges valley of Trans Zanskar ranges.

* Chilling and Lingshed are the only sizable villages on this trek until Hanamur and Pidmo before Pishu and Zangla in Zanskar, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.

 
 
 
 
Reference Link : Know Your Destination


‘Bara-lacha la’ or ‘Bara-lacha Pass’, Zanskar range, connecting Lahaul district in Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

 
 

'Bara-lacha la' or 'Bara-lacha Pass', Zanskar range

'Bara-lacha la' or 'Bara-lacha Pass', Zanskar range (Picture : Copyright Dj DeepS)


 
 

* The Baralacha Pass is a unique high mountain pass in Zanskar range situated at a spectacular 16,400 ft above sea level.

* The pass itself is 8 kilometers long, and is literally the pass “where many roads meet”.

* Here, routes from Zanskar, Ladakh and Lahaul meet which have for centuries been used by ancient travelers and crossed in all directions.

* The two great rivers of Lahaul, the Chandra and the Bhaga, also arise from the huge snowfields on opposite sides of the pass.

* The Bhaga river, a tributary of the Chandrabhaga or Chenab river, originates from Surya taal lake, which is situated a few of kilometers from the pass towards Manali.

* The other major tributary of the Chandrabhaga, the Chandra also originates from glacier in this region.

* The pass also acts as a water-divide between the Bhaga river and the Yunam river.

* In Rudyard Kipling’s novel Kim, there is a reference to Bara-lacha la pass the source of the Suraj Tal having been used by Kim’s Lama to enter India from Tibet.

* A trekking route leads from Bara-lacha la to Chandra Taal, situated by the bank of Chandra River in the Spiti.
 
 
 
 
Reference Link : Know Your Destination


Mulbekh Chamba, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir

 

Mulbekh Chamba, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir

Mulbekh Chamba, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir


 
 
* It is a 9-metre high rock sculpture of Maitreya, Buddha of future ages.

* Its execution combines esoteric Shaivite symbolism and early Buddhist art.

* The statue, carved on a hillside in the Suru Valley, belongs to 9th century.

* This imposing sculpture depicts a standing Bodhisattva with 4 arms and a headdress. It is adorned with jewels.

* Evidences reveal that this sculpture was made when Kashmiri Buddhist missionaries came traveling east of the Himalayas.

* Mulbekh in Jammu & Kashmir is a small sleepy village on Srinagar-Leh highway yet very very very beautiful, some 45 kilometers from Kargil towards east and 190 kilometers to reach Leh.

* The village resembles as it is sitting on the lap of barren mountains with some green toppings.

* Mulbekh Gompa is a nearby attraction.

* The thing to notice about the place is, if you are ascending to Leh from Srinagar side you will feel the presence of Buddhism from here only.

* Accommodation is not at all a problem with a JKTDC guest house and some other private options.

* Power or electricity is definitely a problem here. Only source is Diesel Generator which supplies power from 8-11 in night and 4-7 in the morning for prayer purposes.

 
 
Reference Link : Know Your Destination


Frozen Pangong Tso (Tso:Ladakhi for lake), Ladakh, India

 

Frozen Pangong Tso (Tso:Ladakhi for lake), Ladakh, India

Frozen Pangong Tso (Tso:Ladakhi for lake), Ladakh, India (Picture : RKBharat)


 
 
* It is a high altitude brackish/salt water lake situated in the himalaya at a height of about 4,350 m (13,900 ft).

* It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. The lake is supposedly 5 km wide at its broadest point.

* A third of the lake lies in India while two thirds of the the lake lies in China.

* During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water.

* The lake is in the process of being identified under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. This will be the first trans-boundary wetland in South Asia under the convention.

* Pangong Tso is about five hours drive from Leh, most of it through spectacular valleys.

* The road also traverses the third-highest pass in the world, the Changla pass, where army sentries and a small teahouse greet visitors. The Tea is FREE.

* Road down from Changla Pass leads through Tangste and other smaller villages, crossing river called Pagal Naala or “The Crazy Stream”.

* An Inner Line Permit is required to visit the lake as it lies on the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control. While Indian nationals can obtain individual permits, others must have group permits (with a minimum of three persons) accompanied by an accredited guide; the tourist office in Leh issues the permits for a small fee. For security reasons, India does not permit boating.

* Bollywood 2010 movie, 3 Idiots (Aamir Khan) last scene was shooted here.
 
 

Reference Link : Know Your Destination