Frozen River trek - the walk of Life

Tripoto
26th Mar 2019
Photo of Frozen River trek - the walk of Life by Vikas Vashisht
Day 1

Reporting Day at Leh :

Early morning my flight was at 7:oo A.m from Delhi. I sat on the Window Seat on a flight and its Safe to say i had my eyes Out the Window like a 5 year Old kid

and finally with the view of Snow Covered Mountains & Mesmerising beauty we Landed around 9.30 at the Leh Airport - the 22nd highest Commercial airport in the world at 3256m

It was a Chilled Morning with temp. around -10 Degree

So, we took a taxi and leave for our Pre - arranged hotel, Completed our arrival formalities and Enjoyed the Overnight Stay in hotel.

Photo of Leh by Vikas Vashisht
Day 2

Acclimatization Day :

So, as per Regulations today is our Acclimatization day so that Our Body Get used to weather Conditions of Leh as mostly trekkers might face Acute Mountain Sickness ( AMS )

We got up early in the Morning, had our breakfast and after that Our leader gave us the briefing about the whole trek.

After that he took us for a Light Acclimatization walk around the Leh City. During the walk we also went to Shanti Stupa the famous Buddhist white - domed Attraction for the tousrists.

After that we went back to hotel had our Dinner and Rested.

leh market

Photo of Frozen River trek - the walk of Life by Vikas Vashisht
Photo of Frozen River trek - the walk of Life by Vikas Vashisht

View from Shanti Stupa

Photo of Frozen River trek - the walk of Life by Vikas Vashisht
Photo of Frozen River trek - the walk of Life by Vikas Vashisht
Day 3

Our Free Day :

today was Our free Day, as we have Done the booking for Lingshed Village trek which was Cancelled by the Organization due to which our trek was about to Start on 5th Day instead of 4th Day.

So, we Decided to travel around leh on this day

We went to market in the Morning had our breakfast, Looked for a Bike Rental Shops. After a Long Search we found only 1 Shop Open in the Market as people don't Prefer Bikes in this Season bcoz of Cold harsh Conditions.

We were the Only One around who hired a Bike and went to nearby tourist attractions like :

-Ice Stupa ( in Phyang Village )

-Ice Skating Ground

-Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

And Seriously we found no one on Bikes during our whole Journey.

It was Cold harsh weathr and was not easy to Ride a Bike, even we were not able to Get our hands off the Gloves to Click a Picture.

the Day was well Spent we Njoyed the winter Leh

Day 4

Getting a Medical Checkup :

Today we hav to Go for a mandatory Medical Checkup at tourist information Center to Obtain medical Certificate before Undertaking Chadar trek

We Visited the Center in the Morning at 11.00 am it was Crowded with all the trekkers, So we have to wait for our turn and finally after waiting for 3-4 hrs Our Group was called for Checkup.

Our Medical & Rescue Card was issued with Unique Id No. & Officers have Given us the Green Signal for Chadar expedition. Also we Paid them for ALTOA & Wildlife Department Permit which is mandatory.

After all the formalities were Done we went to Leh market in the evening for shopping as from the next morning we were leaving for our Destination.

After all the shopping & Dinner we went back to our hotel, Packed our bags arranged our essential things and Slept

Day 5

Leh to Sauma Paldar via Shingra koma :

Today was full Excitement Day as we were about to Put our first Step on Chadar

We woke up early in the Morning ReChecked our bags arranged all the things, had our breakfast and were finally Ready for the trail.

Tempo travellers were at the Door around 8.00 am to pick up the trekkers.

Our Leader gave us the small Orientation before leaving and Give us the Best wishes.

we Started the Drive from hotel at 9.00 to Shingra koma which was about 70 kms by Road from leh and exeperienced Some beautiful views of Indus river.

As we get Closer the inspiring Sight of frozen Zanskar River made us more excited about the trek

finally, the point came were we deboarded from vehicle leaders give us tips on how to walk on Chadar ( they call it a Penguin walk ) and started our journey to the Sauma paldar Campsite.

It took us a time to get Comfortable walking on a Glassy ice sheet.

After a walk of 3-4 hrs we reached our first Campsite and it was going to be my first experience of camping under Sub- Zero temperature.

Tents were Set alltogether, we had a dinner with fellow trekkkers everybody introduced to each other had a great time and Slept

Photo of Frozen River trek - the walk of Life by Vikas Vashisht
Photo of Frozen River trek - the walk of Life by Vikas Vashisht

My first Step on Chadar

Photo of Frozen River trek - the walk of Life by Vikas Vashisht
Photo of Frozen River trek - the walk of Life by Vikas Vashisht
Photo of Frozen River trek - the walk of Life by Vikas Vashisht
Day 6

Saumo Paldar to Tibb Cave ( 11kms )

After Spending a Cold night it was a Difficult task to get out of the tents next Morning in such a frosty Condition.

Dry toilet tents were installed nearby for Use & hot water was given by porters for brushing our teeths and to wash our face.

before leaving we had our breakfast and a hot cup of tea which energizes our Senses, Today is Going to be a long walking session of 6-7 hrs than earlier day.

As we started heading towards our next campsite, the route has some eye - Catching views & frozen waterfalls that stand in time.

the Mighty Zanskar River with a turkquoise blue shades flows with us all along the trail.

Lunch is Served in b/w Somwhere and by 5 pm in the evening we were at Tibb campsite the area was sorrounded by dry Sand with a beautiful Mountains curves View.

Photo of Frozen River trek - the walk of Life by Vikas Vashisht
Photo of Frozen River trek - the walk of Life by Vikas Vashisht

Otter on Chadar

Photo of Frozen River trek - the walk of Life by Vikas Vashisht
Day 7

Tibb cave to Nearak (13km)

This Day we woke up early in the Morning as we have to Cover a Long Distance.

We packed all our things Fast did our breakfast nd Start moving towards the Most awaited Destination - Naerak frozen waterfall ( the Highlight of this trek ).

After a walk of around 8 kms our Next campsite was already Settled somwhere in b/w of Tibb Cave & Nareak waterfall.

We left all our luggages here had our Lunch and Start moving towards the Destination.

This time the View is more attractive as we Reached Naerak the Giant waterfall was standing infront of us,

it was a nature's materpiece in itself with a beautiful Sorroundings.

All were busy in clicking the pictures the place was bit crowdy.

We spend more than 1 hour there exploring the view, Peace nd beauty of himalayas.

Later we hav to leave for our Campsite which was around 5-6 kms on the way back.

We came slowly - slowly Njoying the whole Scenic beauty, Nature & watching Birds around.

Reached Campsite around 6 had a Dinner, Camp overnight Sing some Songs getting together nd Slept

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