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Index ->> Trekking Tours in India & Himalaya

THE FROZEN ZANSKAR RIVER TREK
 

Delhi - Leh / Sumdah Do - Damar Bawo - Tibbawo Wamay Bawo - The Village of Zangla - Tongdey to Padum - Rangdum to Kargil - Leh / Delhi (MODERATE) ( 17 Days)

It is a highly adventurous journey and gives the feel of true exploration. In fact only a handful of Westerners have ever completed journey. Temperature at night fall to minus 25 Degree, though daytime figures can be quite warm. There is a good chance of seeing Ibex and blue sheep on our way: if we were really lucky winter Fox or Snow leopard. The round trip is approx. 140 miles long and is used in mild winter by Ladakhi postmen who take mail from Leh to Padum. Other hardy Zanskar is use it as a trade route in winter and call it "Chadur" or frozen blanket.
Any person thinking of joining this unique adventure must be fully prepared to accept tough camping conditions- some nights we may sleep in caves, and Zanskar we may sleep on the flat roofs of houses. A head for heights may be useful and certainly a patient, flexible attitude will be an assets as anything could happen and probably will. 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY                                                     Click Here For Book This Tour

Day 1 Arrive Delhi:-- Met upon arrival transfer to hotel over night in to hotel . 

Day 2 Delhi / Leh :--Early morning transfer to Domestic airport to Catch flight to Leh capital of Ladakh , The flight really is quite sensational , passing right over the top of the Greater Himalayan , and making a rather ,"hairy " ending at the military airport , just outside the town .Met Upon arrival Transfer to hotel ,Leh is at an altitude of approximately 11,500 fts .and we do not recommend any major exercise immediately ,to allow time for some acclimatization . However ,a walk around the old town and perhaps up to the old potala -- like palace not be out of the question . Over night in to the hotel . 

Day3 Leh :--Again there is plenty see in this fascinating ancient city. There are a number of Tibetan -Buddhist monasteries with in easy walking distance ,and the town itself is a fascinating hive of narrow streets and bazaars . Also visit Hemis & Shey palace Over night in to the hotel . 

Day4 Leh / Sumdah Do :-- To begin with, the road follows the Indus River for an hour to the confluence with the Zanskar River , the road then follows this to the village of Sumdah-do and we then trek for roughly an hour on and off the frozen river to the village of Chilling Camp . Over night in Camping . 

Day5 Sumdah Do to Dakmar Bawo :-- For the Next 5 days we trek up the Frozen River through gorges and deep valleys . There are a number of choices for camp sites ,and there fore we can make our itinerary during this time as flexible as we like .There are also many caves (Bawo ) which can be used for camping .The names of his stopping places are listed below .Trek Chilling Dakmar Camp . 

Day6 Trek Damar Bawo / TO / Tibbawo:-- . Over night in camp . 

Day7 Trek Tibbawo / TO / Nayekste Bawo :-- Over night in Camp. 

Day8 Trek Nayekste Bawo /TO / Wamay Bawo:-- Over night in Camp . 

Day 9 Trek  Wamay Bawo to the Village of Zangla :-- Stay in a Village house Or ( Camp) . It may be that the previous evening we could find accommodation in one of the other villages close by to the Zanskar River ,namely the villages of Hanamur or perhaps Pidmu .We are now well and truly in th Kingdom of Zanskar ,where in times past there used to be kings .One king lived at Zangla and the other at Padum . 

Day10 Trek Zangla to Tongdey:-- Passing through the villages of Zozar . Over night in a village house .Shortly after leaving Zangla we will see the largest of the strange bridges made from interwoven twigs that are an unusual but common sight in Zanskar .The gorge also is now left behind and we inter the large lain leading to Padum . There is a very large and active monastery above the village which we will visit . Over night in Camp . 

Day11 Trek Tongdey to Padum :-- Five or six hours . Again we could be offered accommodation in township itself ,though there is a tourist bungalow complex however it is likely to be closed for the winter . 

Day12 Padum to Rangdum :-- Leave after breakfast for Rangdum by Jeep Over night in Camp . 

Day13 Rangdum to Kargil :-- Leave after breakfast for Kargil Over night in Camp  

Day14 Kargil to Leh:-- Leave after breakfast for Leh On arrival transfer to the hotel Over night in hotel . 

Day 15 Leh:-- Visit Local Market and Day at leisure 

Day16 Leh / Delhi:-- Leave for Delhi Transfer to Domestic Airport , Met upon arrival transfer to hotel . 

Day17 Delhi / Agra / Delhi :--Optional Day trip tour OR Tour end after Final Departure from India .                                                                                 Click Here For Book This Tour

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