Chadar Trek – Frozen River Trek | Trekking in Ladakh

Ladakh can be a difficult place to travel. The mountains are steep and in the winter snowfall closes many of the mountain passes and makes the few roads treacherous. Some villages become completely inaccessible between November and March. One method of accessing snow-bound villages during the winter trekking on top of the ice of frozen rivers. The Chadar Trek is one such route, connecting villages in the Zanskar valley (deep in the mountains) with Chilling (on the road to Leh) along the frozen Zanskar River. This route has been used for centuries for trade and transportation, and is most reliable in February when the ice is most stable. Now, We should make it clear that the Zanskar river is big and fast-flowing. For most of its length between Chilling and the Zanskar valley the river is confined within a steep canyon. If the idea of walking over frozen river ice with a large pack on your back and very cold rushing water a few inches below your feet is terrifying, then you are not alone. People sometimes die on the Chadar trek, usually local porters who carry goods on the river for their livelihood and can’t afford to be conservative. The hike from Chilling to the Zanskar valley takes more than a week, and at night porters usually sleep in caves in the canyon walls. 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. You will be dropped by a vehicle at Chilling Sumdo (crossed road) then yourtrek...

Goechala Trek – Trekking in Sikkim | Trekking in Himalayas

Beside true natural beauty, Sikkim is the land that acquires the legendary chronicles in its kitty. It has steep mountainside and development of mystified vegetation like cactus, orange trees, oak, and orchids, makes the travelers amazed by the wilderness of the nature. Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world, holds such astonishing exquisiteness that constantly changes with the sun-light. A cloud of snow always drapes its peak and proffers an astounding sight to the spectators. This is why Trekking in Sikkim is considered as the Mecca for trekkers. Unlike trekking in any other part of Himalayan mountain range, trekking in Northeast is very unusual. Trekkers are usually stunned by the dissimilarity of the mountains, the tracks, the culture and people from the other parts of the country and; therefore, Goechala trek is compulsory for every trekker. Goechala Trek in Sikkim, because of its altitude of 4940m, attracts trekkers worldwide for its magnificent view of grand Kanchenjunga among an imperial vista of the other Himalayan Mountains. The enthralling walk in the Tshoka Rhododendron forests, the mystifying blue waters of Samiti lake, the wide Dzongri and Thansing pastures, the menacing existence of Kanchejunga and Pandim and the frosty track; all make Goechala trek one of the most romantic trek of Himalayan range. About the Trek The duration of the trek is 10 days and provides the opportunity to experience the raw adventure of trekking in the dominion of gigantic mountain peaks looming directly above the trekkers when base camp is placed amid the sight of rumbling landslide and lofty mountain glaciers. The densest Rhododendron forest of India and the view of...