• Rann of Kutch

    Rann of Kutch

    Stretching for 10,000 sq kms, the white salt desert at Kutch region or the Rann of Kutch is a geographical wonder. Situated in the northwestern part of the vibrant state of Gujarat, the Kutch area attracts tourist during the months of November, December and January where the Rann is formed and at its best. Not only that, the Kutch region is home to rare wildlife, is full of culture and history and is the site of the Harappan civilization. Probably this is why Mr. Amitabh Bachchan has correctly said “Kutch Nahi dekha toh Kya Dekha” (If you have not seen kutch, then you have not seen anything). We, at The Great Escape, invite you to be a part of our elaborate Kutch festival this December as we take you to the untouched white salt desert and showcase the rich art and culture of the Kutchi region. Our 4 day itinerary is jam packed with activities as we cover the length and breadth of the entire Kutch region and indulge is some delicious local Kutchi cuisine. From visiting the site of the Indus valley civilization at Dholavira, an island in the middle of the Rann, to visiting local artisans at Bhuj to stay at traditional Bhungas, our 4 day itinerary will leave you nothing less than satisfied. So, go on and pack those bags, afterall “Kuch din toh gujaro Gujarat mein” SUMMARY: DAY 1 4:00 am: Pick up from Ahmedabad airport 11: 30 am: Enjoy the first view of the Rann as you drive on a highway in the middle of the white Rann 12:30 pm: Reach our Resort at Dholavira. Freshen up. Have an early lunch. 1:30 pm: Drive to the site of the Indus Valley Civilization. 2:30 pm: A guided tour of the Indus valley civilization. Our guide has more than 25 years of experience at the site and was a part of the team that did the initial excavation at the site. 4:00 pm: Visit the museum. 4:30 pm: Drive to the fossil park. A guided tour of the fossil park 5:30 pm: Explore the Rann. Enjoy sunset at the Rann 6:30 pm: Drive back to our resort 7:30 pm: Reach the resort. 8:00 pm: Dinner. DAY 2 6:00 am: Wake up Call 7:00 am: Breakfast 8:00 am: Drive to Bhujodi 1:00 pm: Lunch 2:30 pm: An interactive session with the Vankars (weavers) of Bhujodi as they talk about their age old tradition of weaving fabric 4:00 pm: Head off to our stay at Dhordo. 5:30 pm: Reach Dhordo, Check in. Freshen up and have evening snacks and tea 8:00 pm: Early Dinner and Relax for the day. DAY 3 5:00 am: Wake up call 5:00 am: Head off to Dhordo to witness a magnificent sunrise at the Rann 8:00 am: Head back to the resort. Relax. 1:00 pm: Lunch 2:30 pm: Leave for Kala Dungar 3:00 pm: Reach Kala Dungar. Climb to the top 6:00 pm: Witness a beautiful sunset from Kala Dungar 6:30 pm: Head back to the resort. 8:00 pm: Dinner DAY 4 8:00 am: Breakfast 9:00 am: Check out. Head out to Nirona Village to for an interactive workshop where you learn about the three unique art forms of Kutch. Rogan Painting, Copper Bell making and Lacquered Wood work. 1:00 pm: Lunch 1:30 pm: Start towards Bhuj 3:00 pm: Visit Swaminarayan temple. 5:00 pm: Enjoy sunset at either Chatedi ( tombs with umbrella tops) or Bhuj fort 7:00 pm: Board your respective vehicles back to your hometown with fond memories of the entire trip 2 PAX ( Swift D'zire ) : ₹ 16500/- 4 PAX ( Innova) : ₹ 13500/- 4 PAX ( Swift D'zire ) : ₹ 12500/- 6 PAX ( Innova) : ₹ 12000/- (Confirm your spot by paying Rs 5000/-) NAME: TGE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE LLP ACCOUNT NO:[masked] IFSC CODE:ICIC[masked] BANK : ICICI BRANCH:DIAMOND POINT CURRENT ACCOUNT UPI ID: tge@icici COST INCLUDES - Private transportation from Ahmedabad to Ahmedabad. Limit: 1400 kms - Stay at a resort in Dholavira on double sharing basis - Stay at a resort in Dhordo on double sharing basis - Meals as mentioned in the Itinerary - Rann Permits - Activities at Campsite such as bonfire, music, local Kutchi performances - Experienced guide at Dholavira - First Aid COST EXCLUDES - Airfare - All meals not mentioned in the itinerary - Personal expenses of any kind - Mineral Water, Cold Drinks & Beverages - Tips CANCELLATION POLICY 20 days before the event start date: No Refund 20- 40 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 40 days of the event start date: 75% Refund CONTACT US: Jamila Kapasi [masked] Reetu Yadav [masked] Email: [masked] website: www.thegreatesc.in

  • Travel To Tirthan Valley: Himachal’s Best Kept Secret (5N/6D)

    Perched at an altitude of over 1600 meters above sea level, the riverside retreat of Tirthan is an adventure-centric getaway blessed with a wealth of nature’s treasures. Located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, Tirthan Valley derives its name from the Tirthan river, which winds its way through it. The pristine river originates from the icy cold glacial springs of Hans Kund, a snow-capped peak in the verdant Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). Tirthan is an offbeat destination that has something for everyone. This quiet valley is ideal for trekking, fishing, wildlife watching, and discovering under-explored hill villages. There’s also the option of doing absolutely nothing as you relax among the pine trees in the valley. So if you like to scout around uncharted terrain, pack your bags and head towards Tirthan. 𝐖𝐇𝐘 ğğŽğŽğŠ ğ˜ğŽğ”ğ‘ 𝐓𝐈𝐑𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐍 𝐓𝐑𝐈𝐏 𝐖𝐈𝐓𝐇 𝐔𝐒? Our 6N/7D itinerary is designed keeping in mind a perfect one week retreat where you get to experience the best of Tirthan. 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐲 𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 ğœğ¨ğ­ğ­ğšğ ğž: There are several properties and options to stay at in Tirthan. Our property is a cozy rustic riverside house in Jibhi village. Managed by a local family, this property has more to offer than “just accommodation”. Each private cottage is well equipped with all the amenities to ensure your stay is comfortable and with the river just flowing by the property, you get the perfect ambience to relax and do nothing ğ–ğž ğ­ğšğ¤ğž 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐧 ğ°ğšğ­ğžğ«ğŸğšğ¥ğ¥ğ¬ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 ğ¥ğšğ¤ğžğ¬: Tirthan valley has several hiking trails that take you to remote villages, waterfalls and locations. We take you on short hikes to some of the hidden and our favorite waterfalls in the valley ğ“ğ«ğžğ¤ 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 ğ†ğ«ğžğšğ­ 𝐇𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐚𝐧 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐤 (𝐆𝐇𝐍𝐏): GHNP is a world heritage site. There are several trekking routes in and around the GHNP that range between 1 to 5 days or more. For our travelers, we have arranged an easy 1 day hike in the GHNP. Starting from Gushaini village, the trail goes smoothly along with the Tirthan river, crossing a few villages and some beautiful forest. There are no steep slopes and this hike is perfect for those with average fitness. ğ‡ğ¢ğ¤ğž 𝐭𝐨 𝐌𝐲𝐚𝐠𝐢 𝐚𝐧𝐝 ğ‚ğ¡ğžğ§ğ¢ 𝐊𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢: Chehni Kothi is a towering 1,500-year old castle built with stone slabs and wooden beams. Also called Dhadhia Kothi, it was once the fortified residence of Rana Dhadhia, the erstwhile king of Kullu. It used to be 15 storeys high but after the earthquake of 1905, only 10 floors remain. Built in the traditional style of architecture, Chehni Kothi is the tallest free-standing structure in the entire Western Himalayan region. 𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭 𝐉𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢 𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐬: Jalori pass is a low altitude pass at 10800 ft that connects Kullu & Shimla. Offering panoramic views a road trip to the pass has to be included in your tirthan itinerary. And for the adventure enthusiasts, you can even do a 6km trek to Serolsar lake from the pass. And here is the best thing, during winters though the pass is closed, it becomes an ideal location for those who want to experience snow. 𝐖𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 ğžğ±ğ©ğžğ«ğ¢ğžğ§ğœğž 𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐟𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠? ğ–ğž 𝐠𝐨𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 ğœğ¨ğ¯ğžğ«ğžğ: Tirthan and Jibhi river are famous for trout fishing. For our travelers, we provide fishing rods and arrange the fishing permit for you. Not only that, our instructors will guide you and teach you fishing if required ğ‚ğŽğ’ğ“ Only 8 spots available Price Per Person: 14999/- ğ’ğŽ, ğğŽğŽğŠ ğğŽğ–! NAME: TGE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE LLP ACCOUNT NO:[masked] IFSC CODE:ICIC[masked] BANK : ICICI BRANCH:DIAMOND POINT CURRENT ACCOUNT UPI ID: tge@icici ğ‚ğ€ğğ‚ğ„ğ‹ğ‹ğ€ğ“ğˆğŽğ ğğŽğ‹ğˆğ‚ğ˜ Within 10 days from the event start date: No Refund 10- 30 days before the event start date: 50% Refund More than 30 days before the event start date: 75% Refund Flexible date option available. Transfer your trip to any other date subject to availability Do go through our detailed T&C ğ‚ğŽğğ“ğ€ğ‚ğ“ 𝐔𝐒: Reetu Yadav [masked] Jamila Kapasi [masked] Email: [masked] ğ‚ğŽğ’ğ“ 𝐈𝐍𝐂𝐋𝐔𝐃𝐄𝐒: Pick and drop in a private vehicle from Mandi, Kullu Stay in a riverside cottage on a double sharing basis Meals on MAP basis Visit Chehni Kothi & Myagi meadows ( including lunch, guide & transport) One day trek in GHNP ( including lunch, guide & transport) Tirthan valley drive and waterfall visit (including guide & transport) Visit Jalori pass (including lunch, guide & transport) Jibhi village tour ğ‚ğŽğ’ğ“ 𝐄𝐗𝐂𝐋𝐔𝐃𝐄𝐒: To and fro transportation to Mandi, Kullu All meals not mentioned above Trout fishing activity Trout fish dinner. Can be arranged on request. Any other activity not mentioned above Cold drinks/Bisleri bottles/Beverages Laundry charges Tip 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞: Private vehicle is arranged & included in the cost on a daily activity basis.

  • Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary + Waterfall Trek(2N/3D)

    Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Yavatmal

    Are you a wildlife lover who has longed to see tigers and other best known animals of wilderness at their natural habitat? Well we have good news for you. We are back and taking you to one of the emerging but yet less travelled tiger sanctuary of India named Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary. Spread at[masked]sq.kms in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra, it is home to approximately 12-13 tigers including cubs. 𝐒𝐔𝐌𝐌𝐀𝐑𝐘 4th Dec, 2020: Start from Hyderabad. Trek to the Waterfall. In the evening check in at our Heritage house 5th Dec,2020: Morning safari & Afternoon safari 6th Dec, 2020: Morning safari. Check out after lunch Cost: Rs 9950 ( All inclsuive Hyderabad to Hyderabad) ğ‚ğŽğ’ğ“ 𝐈𝐍𝐂𝐋𝐔𝐃𝐄𝐒 - Transportation in A/C tempo traveler from Hyderabad to Hyderabad - 2 Night accommodation in A/C rooms in a Heritage house - 3 Safari's ( Guide + Jeep + Entry charges) - Property pick and drop for safari - Guide charges for the waterfall - All Meals ( lunch on Day 1 till Lunch on Day 3) including non vegd inner ğ‚ğŽğ’ğ“ 𝐄𝐗𝐂𝐋𝐔𝐃𝐄𝐒 - Camera charges for safari - All meals not mentioned above - Additional activity charges - Misc charges - Laundry charges - Tips - Personal expenditure of any kind - Mineral water, Soft drink and beverages ğğŽğŽğŠ ğğŽğ–! NAME: TGE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE LLP ACCOUNT NO:[masked] IFSC CODE:ICIC[masked] BANK : ICICI BRANCH:DIAMOND POINT CURRENT ACCOUNT UPI ID: tge@icici Please call us at [masked] or [masked] for all further details 𝐖𝐇𝐘 𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐋 ğ“ğŽ 𝐓𝐈𝐏𝐄𝐒𝐇𝐖𝐀𝐑 𝐃𝐔𝐑𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐒𝐄 ğ‚ğŽğ•ğˆğƒ 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄𝐒? 1) Tipeshwar is just 350 kms away from Hyderabad. You can cover the distance in half a day and it's easily drivable from Hyderabad. It's a perfect road trip where you can avoid any form of public transport. 2) Stay at a beautiful Heritage home that follows all the necessary precuations to keep it sanitized and safe. We constantly monitor temperatures of staff and guests, sanitize rooms every day, provide homemade food and follow all necessary safety checks. 3) Safari is one of the activities that you can do in isolation without compromising on the experience. With the forest department itself putting up strict rules and limiting the number of people in the jeep, it's a relatively safer activity to indulge in. 4) Apart from the forest, Tipeshwar is surrounded by several waterfalls and beautiful reservoirs. Trek through beautiful farmlands and a forest to a secret waterfalls that not many know about. 𝐖𝐇𝐘 ğğŽğŽğŠ 𝐖𝐈𝐓𝐇 𝐔𝐒? - We assist you in each step of your journey to instill confidence and security while traveling - Our stay is thoroughly sanitized and meals are home cooked - We take care of all your need from the moment you leave till you return - We strongly believe that travel is possible but one has to be responsible in such unprecedented times and not behave reckless. We follow the same priciples while curating this itinerary 𝐒𝐀𝐅𝐀𝐑𝐈 𝐃𝐄𝐓𝐀𝐈𝐋𝐒 - Document required: Aadhar Card - Jeep occupancy: 4 per jeep - Safari Timings Morning: 6 am, Afternoon: 2:00 pm - Closed on Monday ğ€ğğŽğ”ğ“ 𝐓𝐈𝐏𝐄𝐒𝐇𝐖𝐀𝐑 Tipeshwar is fast emerging as a prime tiger conservation and tiger tourism. The comparatively higher incidences of sighting tigers in this sanctuary has made this place popular among wildlife addicts from Hyderabad and southern part of India. In this safari, you will be up & close (with protection) to one of the wildest animals of nature including Tigers, hyenas, wild boar, monkey and blue bulls along with several birds and reptile species. The pristine nature and wilderness at its best has been attracting photographers and adventure enthusiasts to explore the untamed nature and experience a never ending adrenaline filled joy. 𝐈𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐄𝐑𝐀𝐑𝐘 𝑫𝒂𝒚 1 5:00 am: Get ready for an untimate road trip. Start at 5 am and drive to Adilabad, our first stop for the day, where we will trek to a beautiful waterfall that not many know of. 10:30 am: Reach the base village and meet our guide who will take you to the waterfall. It takes around 1 hr to reach the waterfalls and your trek is full of tiny adventures. From crossing a river at the very beginning to trekking through some dense forests, the trail to the waterfall is beautiful and never boring. At the end of 1 hr, you are eventually rewarded with the view of the giant waterfall plunging into the valley below. You can spend some quality time at the mouth of the falls, swimming in the tiny pools created by the stream or climb down to the bottom and swim in the pool below 3:00 pm: Start back toward the base village from the falls 4:30 pm: Drive to our heritage homestay at Tipeshwar 6:00 pm: Check in ( Temperature checks, sanitization and Verification of health certificate) after which you will be served some snacks and tea/coffee. 8:00 pm: Get ready for some delicious home cooked dinner. Sleep early as you have a safari in store tomorrow 𝑫𝒂𝒚 2 4:15 am: Wake up 4:30 am: You will be served tea and biscuits 4:45 am: Start to the Sunna gate. 5:30 am: Reach the sanctuary gate. Finish the formalities and get ready for a great experience 6:00 am: Early mornings are the best time to spot a tiger. Enjoy the thrill of driving in the forest. 10:00 am: Return to the guesthouse. Breakfast will be served. Relax at the guesthouse afterwards 1:00 pm: Lunch will be served. Check out after lunch and start back to Hyderabad 7:00 pm: Reach Hyderabad

  • Kedarkantha Trek: Christmas Special

    Kedarkantha

    Did you know that Kedarkantha peak (12500 ft) in the Himalayas is a terrific trek in winters. In fact the beauty of snow covered mountains is so mesmerizing that it is also known as one of the best winter trek of the Himalayas during that period. To let you know why you should take this journey with us, let us give you a few reasons: Picturesque landscape :- Passing through the Govind National Park, the snow covered trail to the Kedarkantha peak is a treasure house of flora and fauna such as leopards, bears, musk deer and many birds! And of course, from the summit, the arresting 360 view of the snow clad peaks like Swargarohini, Bandarpunch and Black Peak is intoxicating and beyond words to be penned down. Nature is found in abundance here, as though welcoming each of us with a warm smile. Perfect for Beginners :- With the distance covered each day being not much (having a consolidated distance of 20kms) and the altitude gain being comfortable, the trek to the Kedarkantha Peak is the chance for beginners to put on their trekking shoes and go exploring. Beautiful campsites :- There are very few places that can compete to the beautiful campsite that comes complimentary with the Kedarkantha visit. The Juda- Ka- Talab campsite, surrounded by pine trees is like a picture out of a postcard and the surrounding view of snow capped peaks from the open meadows of the base camp is a delight to the eyes. So are you ready to Escape With Us? SUMMARY: Day 1, 20th Dec, Sunday: Dehradun to Sankri drive - 200Km - 9/10 hrs Day 2, 21st Dec, Mon: Trek to Juda Tal - 5Km - 4/5 hours Day 3, 22nd Dec, Tues Trek to Kedarkantha base - 5 Km - 3 hours Day 4, 23rd Dec, Wed: Trek to Kedarkantha peak and back to Kedarkantha base - 7 Km - 6/7 hours Day 5, 24th Dec, Thurs: Trek to Sankri via Hargaon - 8 Km - 4/5 hours Day 6, 25th Dec, Fri: Sankri to Dehradun drive - 210Km - 10/11 hours Trek Cost: Rs 7500/- Christmas Offer: If you are 2 or more ppl it is Rs 7000/- per person Confirm your spot by paying Rs 4000/- only BOOK NOW! NAME: TGE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE LLP ACCOUNT NO:[masked] IFSC CODE:ICIC[masked] BRANCH-DIAMOND POINT CURRENT ACCOUNT UPI ID: tge@icici COST INCLUDES All expenses from Sankri to Sankri which include: - Stay in tents on sharing basis - Breakfast + lunch + dinner - Evening snacks + Tea - Expert Guides - Sleeping bags + Mat COST EXCLUDES - Transportation cost to and fro Sankri - Food expenses until Sankri - Personal expenses of any kind - Individual mule + Porter charges. CANCELLATION POLICY 20 days before the event start date: No Refund 20- 45 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 45 days of the event start date: 75% Refund Do go through our detailed T&C https://drive.google.com/file/d/12ZJansareLbkc5fVGMOFBnU-6X_Gx0eS/view?usp=sharing CALL US: Jamila Kapasi [masked] Reetu Yadav [masked] Email: [masked] DETAILED ITINERARY: Day 0 Arrive in New Delhi/Chandigarh and take an overnight train to Dehradun. (Nanda Devi Express) Or Directly fly to Dehradun and stay overnight at Dehradun. Day 1 Dehradun to Sankri (6400ft) A 200 km drive from Dehradun take us to the quaint town of Sankri. It is advisable to start as early as 6:00 am to warrant enough buffer time to reach Sankri by late evening. The route is picturesque with the Yamuna Valley on one side and the blue Pine forest on the other. Passing through towns such as Mori and Purola we eventually reach Netwar, from where necessary forest permits need to be acquired to enter the Govind National Park. From here follow the course of the Supin river through conifer forest, apple orchards and farming fields to Sankri. With around 200 houses, Sankri is a start point for multiple treks in that region. Most of the people are either trekkers or support staff, gearing up for their respective treks. Famous for the beautiful sunset over the Swargarohini Peak, our evening will be spent exploring this beautiful town, interacting with the locals and acquainting with your fellow trekkers. Night stay in tents on sharing basis. Day 2 Sankri (6400ft) to Juda Ka Talab (9050ft) The trek to Juda Ka Talab starts from Sor, an offset of Sankri. The ascending trail is of moderate gradient passing through sparse conifer forests. After crossing a cement bridge, the trail splits into two. Taking the left trail for an hour, we reach an open ground inside the forest, our halfway point of the trek. A single walnut tree stands tall in the middle and we take a well deserved rest here. After a good rest, we continue climbing up and cross two meadows covered with lush green carpet of soft grass or snow during winters. Turning right from the last meadow, we climb another 20 minutes to reach our Juda Ka Talab campsite. Juda Ka Talab is a really pretty campsite with undulated wavy meadows amidst a dense Maple-Oak forest. At the left corner of the clearing there is a small lake which remains frozen most of the winter. The lake is famous for an urban legend. The locals claim the lake to be connected with a well in Sor village. Many years ago, a shepherd boy got drowned in the lake. The little boy loved his flute and would carry it around with him wherever he would go. A week after the tragedy, the flute was found in the well at Sor. Day 3 Juda Ka Talab (9050ft) to Kedarkantha Base Camp (11150ft) A clearly defined trail starts from Juda Ka Talab to the Base Camp. A 10 minute climb takes us to a vantage point from where the Juda Ka Talab lake is clearly visible. On climbing further we will see a ridge to our left. Follow the trail going over the ridge for an hour till we come across a solitary shepherd hit. Another hour of gradual ascent will take us to our destination of the day. The Base Camp is a vast opening with few desolated shepherd hut. A magnificent view of snow capped mountains such as Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Ranglana can be seen from here. And to top it all, the triangular Kedarkantha Peak can be seen right above the tree line. Spend sometime outside, enjoying the view, capturing these moments. Sleep early tonight as we need to wake up as early as 2:00 am for our summit attempt tomorrow. Day 4 Kedarkantha Base Camp (11150ft) to Kedarkantha Peak (12500ft) and back. Wake up early as 2:00 am and don yourself in a warm jacket, windproof top and gloves. The first hour of the trek takes us through dense oak forest. However as we keep on climbing up, the forest recedes and we come across a shepherd hut with two trail leading to the top. Depending on the snow condition, we shall take the left one while climbing and the right one for descending. From here the trail gets steep and we need to climb a steep ridge to the top. Climbing up for an hour on a slushy, icy trail, through switchbacks we will find ourselves right in front of the shrine.The belief says that this shrine was supposed to be the original Kedarnath temple but Lord Shiva, who disguised himself as a cow hiding from the Pandavas was disturbed during meditation by village men and disappeared to the present Kedarnath. Another few more minutes from here takes us to the summit. Celebrate here, for it is a cause to celebrate. Enjoy a majestic view of high peaks like the Gangotri and Yamunotri ranges, Swargarohini, Kaland, Hati Parvat and Ranglala. Spend some time on the summit enjoying the view then head back down via the other trail. Day 5 Kedarkantha Base Camp (11150ft) to Sankri (6400ft) via Hargaon For the first half an hour we retrace our steps to the Shepherd hut where we took a good rest while reaching the base camp. From here we take a different route through dense Maple-oak forest to the opening of Hargaon campsite. From the clearing the entire Har Ki Dun river valley is distinctly visible dotted with villages on both the sides of the carving Har Ki Dun nallah. Another hour of hike will take you to the cement bridge which we crossed on the first day of our trekking. Saur is not far from here. Day 6 Sankri to Dehradun We need to bid goodbye to this beautiful valley . A pick up for the team shall be arranged from Sankri itself. On reaching Dehradun we all disperse but with fond, cherishable memories.

  • Chadar Trek: Trek on the frozen Zanskar River

    Zanskar Valley

    You have trekked on several occasions but the idea of Chadar trek has been snoozing in your bucket list. Do not keep that thought on hold anymore as January is fast approaching and Zanskar river will slowly begin to freeze forming a blanket of snow which is ideal for a trek that puts your endurance to test and also challenges your will power. Nestled deep within the whirly passages of the snow-clad mountains, this frozen river also entices thousand of trekkers from different corners of the world. The Chadar itself is spectacular. At times, there are patterns within patterns in the frozen ice as if caught in time. At other times, it plays an orchestra of colours. The canyon walls are so high that they rarely let the sun come through, but when it does, the sun sets up a canvas of colours and patterns of unimaginable scale. It is also one of the most challenging and tricky trail Ladakh has to offer in its winter. The river gorge is deep and most of the time barred from direct sunlight. At places the river bed is pretty wide and in places much narrower. The temperature remains below freezing throughout the day and can plummet to -20/25 Deg C in the night.The excursion includes walking on the sheet of ice during the day and camping in tents during the night. But as Babe Ruth famously quoted "You just can't beat the person who never gives up”, the success in this strenuous trek will offer you a sense of satisfaction and exhilaration that can be compared to none. Any trekker who is an ardent adventurer and ready to encounter the harshest conditions cannot afford to miss the Chadar Trek. SUMMARY: Day 1, Sat 9th Jan: Fly to Leh. Day 2, Sun, 10th Jan: Rest & Acclimatization in Leh Day 3, Mon, 11th Jan: Medical Checkup in Leh Day 4, Tues, 12th Jan: Drive to Shingra Koma. 70 Km drive - 4 hours Day 4, Wed 13th Jan: Trek to Tibb- 14 kms - 8 hours Day 5, Thurs, 14th Jan: Trek to Naerak Pullu - 11.5 Km - 7 hours Day 6, Fri, 15th Jan: Trek to Tibb- 11.5 km- 7 hours Day 7, Sat, 16th Jan: Trek to Shingra Koma. Drive to Leh. 14 kms trek - 8 hours - 70 Kms drive - 4 hours Day 9, Sun, 17th Jan: Fly out of Leh Cost: Rs 21000/- Only* (Confirm your spot by paying Rs 8000/-) NAME: TGE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE LLP ACCOUNT NO:[masked] IFSC CODE:ICIC[masked] BRANCH-DIAMOND POINT CURRENT ACCOUNT UPI ID: tge@icici COST INCLUDES 4 Night accommodation in Leh in an A class hotel with central heating and hot shower. Camping during the trek Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg) Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin / triple sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils Necessary permits and entry fees First aid medical kits, & oxygen cylinder Mountaineering qualified & professional trek guide, cook and Support staff Transport from Leh hotel to Tilad do and return as per the itinerary COST EXCLUDES ALTOA fees and insurance (INR 5000/- per peson) Any kind of personal expenses. Airfare Food in Leh Any kind of emergency evacuation charges Pickup and drop from airport Wildlife/environmental charges Porter to carry personal luggage Insurance Anything not specifically mentioned under the head CANCELLATION POLICY 20 days before the event start date: No Refund 20- 45 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 45 days of the event start date: 75% Refund CALL US: Jamila Kapasi [masked] Reetu Yadav [masked] Email: [masked] DETAILED ITINERARY: Day 1 Fly to Leh (11400ft) The flight to Ladakh is absolutely scenic. Arrive in Leh by 12 PM. You get a birds-eye view of the entire city and the layers of snow-clad mountains will help you understand why it is impossible to reach Ladakh by road in winters. You will feel a drop in the temperature the minute you land at the Leh airport, which is also one of the highest airports in the world. Collect your bags and check in to your assigned hotels. Today’s day is extremely important for acclimatization, so try to stay outdoors as much as possible but try not to exert yourself. Leh is quite in the winters and very few shops and eateries are open for business. Take a stroll through the colorful Leh market during the day, and if possible, try to walk till Leh Palace and Namgyal Monastery. The colorful flags fluttering in the air and the view of the entire city from Namgyal Monastery is not to be missed. Drink plenty of fluids during the day to help you with acclimatization and prepare yourself to start the trek tomorrow. Day 2 Rest & Acclimatization in Leh The day is reserved for acclimatization. As per the new regulations by the local administration of Leh, you will have to get medically examined at SNM Hospital in Leh and today the checkup would be organized. Day 3 Medical Checkup in Leh Today, you will have to get the mandatory medical checkup at the Tourist Information Center, obtain your NOC from ALTOA and Wildlife Department permit. Overnight stay in a hotel in Leh. Day 4 Leh to Shingra Koma via Bakula (10,550 FT, 70 Kms drive to Bakula, 2-3 hrs trek to Shingra Koma) Today, we finally start on our Zanskar frozen river adventure. You drive along the beautiful Indus river and get a chance to see the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river at Nimmu. We are going to cover a total distance of 70 km by road and you will experience a few jaw-dropping moments as the vehicle makes its way around the narrow hairpin bends. It should take about 3 hours to reach Bakula and as you get closer, the inspiring sight of the frozen Zanskar will get you excited about the trek. Your leaders will soon give you tips on how to walk on Chadar. It takes a while to get the hang of it. We call it the ‘Penguin Walk’. Walk around as much as possible, it will help you get comfortable walking on a glassy ice sheet. You will fall a few times, and that is part of the overall experience. You will also be taught how to get inside your double layered sleeping bags before sundown. Today is an exciting day, as it is your first day of trekking on the frozen Zanskar river. You will get plenty of sunshine during the day, so wear comfortable clothes. The best thing about Chadar trek is that you walk on a flat surface throughout the trek. There are no steep ascents or descents and very little chance of catching AMS since you don’t gain any altitude throughout the trek. If you are comfortable today, you are already acclimatized and you should be able to finish the entire trek without any major issues. Depending on the weather, the Chadar changes its forms. It can be hard and glass like in some patches, or it can have a layer of powder snow on it giving you a better grip, or you could face thin ice in certain areas, so you might have to walk in slush or dodge that entire patch and go over the rocks on the side of the river. Walk together as a team and follow the sledge route. Always follow the sledge route used by the porters as it is the safest route on Chadar. You will get to your next campsite within 3-4 hours, depending on your speed. Day 5 Shingra Koma to Tibb (10,760 FT, 14 Kms) The biggest challenge from here on will be getting out of your warm sleeping bags and stepping outside your tent in freezing cold weather. The Zanskari people are well known for their hospitality and your staff will wake up way before you to ensure you have a hot cup of tea and a warm meal ready before you leave. Today is going to be a long walking session, you will cover a total 14 km on Chadar and it should take you about 6 to 7 hours to reach your next campsite. Make sure you fill your thermos with warm water before you leave, all liquids tend to freeze in this region given the extreme temperatures, so a thermos is extremely important. You will only get sunshine around 9-10 am, that too in patches as the giant rocky mountains on both sides of the Zanskar river tend to hide the sun. Marvel at the views as you walk in this huge valley with nothing but pure crisp air and huge rocks on both sides of you. The color of the Zanskar river flowing in the middle is vibrant and deep blue and sometimes you will see water flowing right beneath you under the thick ice sheet. You will see a few frozen waterfalls along the way. Your staff will cook you a warm meal mid-way, so fill your bellies and enjoy a hot cup of tea. By 3 pm, you’ll be at Tibb, and the last 200-meter walk is extremely gorgeous. Camp overnight Tibb. Day 6 Tibb to Nerak (11,150 FT, 12 KMs trek) Today is the most important day on the Chadar trek because you will get a chance to see the-mother-of-all-waterfalls ‘Nerak waterfalls’ after reaching your campsite. It is going to be another long day, so you will start early. Aim to reach Nerak campsite before 3pm, so you get plenty of time at Nerak waterfall. The sun will again be shunned from the Zanskar valley, so keep moving to keep your body warm. The ice in various patches is broken in the middle of the frozen river, forming geometrical structures of various shapes and sizes, which are fascinating to see. You will have lunch inside a cozy cave mid-way, a cave huge enough to fit 12-15 people comfortably. Reach Nerak campsite, have some snacks and make your way to the gigantic Nerak waterfall. It should take you about 30 minutes to get there, and you might see a few domestic Yaks grazing the higher grounds along the way. Right next to the waterfalls is a bridge across the river, which takes you up to Nerak village. It’s fascinating to see the old wooden bridge under the new concrete/steel bridge, giving you a chance to see the age-old constructions. Spend some time marveling at the sight of Nerak waterfall, before heading back to the campsite for your dinner. Camp overnight at Nerak. Nerak to Tibb (10,760 FT, 12 Kms trek) Today, your trace your steps back to Tibb campsite. And if you think you are going to see the same frozen ice sheet again, think again. The frozen Zanskar river reacts to the slightest change in the temperatures, and constantly keeps changing its form. You will not be able to recognize the sights, it all seems so different on the way back. You might walk on a glass-like surface or patches and patches of slush, depending on the weather. Throughout the way, you will see the local porters wearing the traditional woolen robes called ‘Gonchas’, with colourful beads around their neck and their traditional hats. It’s fascinating to see the locals negotiating on the frozen river, as they seem to walk like the wind, absolutely comfortable with the slippery uneven icy surface. They will greet you using the local phrase ‘Julley’ which is the Ladakhi term for hello/welcome. You might also catch a few locals singing traditional Ladakhi songs while pulling their sledges and enjoying the journey. Penguin walk your way to tibb and enjoy the rest of the day. Camp overnight at Tibb. Day 8 Tibb to Bakula (10,550 FT, 12.5 KMs trek). Drive to Leh. Today is the last day of the Chadar trek, and we will hike to Bakula. It will take you about 7 to 8 hours to reach Bakula. From Bakula, we will drive back to Leh and that marks the end of the Chadar - The frozen river trek. Stay at hotels in Leh. Day 9 Departure From Leh We take our respective flights back home today. You will forever cherish the memories of one of the best treks in India.

  • Chadar Trek: Trek on the frozen Zanskar River

    Zanskar Valley

    You have trekked on several occasions but the idea of Chadar trek has been snoozing in your bucket list. Do not keep that thought on hold anymore as January is fast approaching and Zanskar river will slowly begin to freeze forming a blanket of snow which is ideal for a trek that puts your endurance to test and also challenges your will power. Nestled deep within the whirly passages of the snow-clad mountains, this frozen river also entices thousand of trekkers from different corners of the world. The Chadar itself is spectacular. At times, there are patterns within patterns in the frozen ice as if caught in time. At other times, it plays an orchestra of colours. The canyon walls are so high that they rarely let the sun come through, but when it does, the sun sets up a canvas of colours and patterns of unimaginable scale. It is also one of the most challenging and tricky trail Ladakh has to offer in its winter. The river gorge is deep and most of the time barred from direct sunlight. At places the river bed is pretty wide and in places much narrower. The temperature remains below freezing throughout the day and can plummet to -20/25 Deg C in the night.The excursion includes walking on the sheet of ice during the day and camping in tents during the night. But as Babe Ruth famously quoted "You just can't beat the person who never gives up”, the success in this strenuous trek will offer you a sense of satisfaction and exhilaration that can be compared to none. Any trekker who is an ardent adventurer and ready to encounter the harshest conditions cannot afford to miss the Chadar Trek. SUMMARY: Day 1, Sat 16th Jan: Fly to Leh. Day 2, Sun, 17th Jan: Rest & Acclimatization in Leh Day 3, Mon, 18th Jan: Medical Checkup in Leh Day 4, Tues, 19th Jan: Drive to Shingra Koma. 70 Km drive - 4 hours Day 4, Wed 20th Jan: Trek to Tibb- 14 kms - 8 hours Day 5, Thurs, 21st Jan: Trek to Naerak Pullu - 11.5 Km - 7 hours Day 6, Fri, 22nd Jan: Trek to Tibb- 11.5 km- 7 hours Day 7, Sat, 23rd Jan: Trek to Shingra Koma. Drive to Leh. 14 kms trek - 8 hours - 70 Kms drive - 4 hours Day 9, Sun, 24th Jan: Fly out of Leh Cost: Rs 21000/- Only* (Confirm your spot by paying Rs 8000/-) NAME: TGE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE LLP ACCOUNT NO:[masked] IFSC CODE:ICIC[masked] BRANCH-DIAMOND POINT CURRENT ACCOUNT UPI ID: tge@icici COST INCLUDES 4 Night accommodation in Leh in an A class hotel with central heating and hot shower. Camping during the trek Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg) Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin / triple sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils Necessary permits and entry fees First aid medical kits, & oxygen cylinder Mountaineering qualified & professional trek guide, cook and Support staff Transport from Leh hotel to Tilad do and return as per the itinerary COST EXCLUDES ALTOA fees and insurance (INR 5000/- per peson) Any kind of personal expenses. Airfare Food in Leh Any kind of emergency evacuation charges Pickup and drop from airport Wildlife/environmental charges Porter to carry personal luggage Insurance Anything not specifically mentioned under the head CANCELLATION POLICY 20 days before the event start date: No Refund 20- 45 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 45 days of the event start date: 75% Refund CALL US: Jamila Kapasi [masked] Reetu Yadav [masked] Email: [masked] DETAILED ITINERARY: Day 1 Fly to Leh (11400ft) The flight to Ladakh is absolutely scenic. Arrive in Leh by 12 PM. You get a birds-eye view of the entire city and the layers of snow-clad mountains will help you understand why it is impossible to reach Ladakh by road in winters. You will feel a drop in the temperature the minute you land at the Leh airport, which is also one of the highest airports in the world. Collect your bags and check in to your assigned hotels. Today’s day is extremely important for acclimatization, so try to stay outdoors as much as possible but try not to exert yourself. Leh is quite in the winters and very few shops and eateries are open for business. Take a stroll through the colorful Leh market during the day, and if possible, try to walk till Leh Palace and Namgyal Monastery. The colorful flags fluttering in the air and the view of the entire city from Namgyal Monastery is not to be missed. Drink plenty of fluids during the day to help you with acclimatization and prepare yourself to start the trek tomorrow. Day 2 Rest & Acclimatization in Leh The day is reserved for acclimatization. As per the new regulations by the local administration of Leh, you will have to get medically examined at SNM Hospital in Leh and today the checkup would be organized. Day 3 Medical Checkup in Leh Today, you will have to get the mandatory medical checkup at the Tourist Information Center, obtain your NOC from ALTOA and Wildlife Department permit. Overnight stay in a hotel in Leh. Day 4 Leh to Shingra Koma via Bakula (10,550 FT, 70 Kms drive to Bakula, 2-3 hrs trek to Shingra Koma) Today, we finally start on our Zanskar frozen river adventure. You drive along the beautiful Indus river and get a chance to see the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river at Nimmu. We are going to cover a total distance of 70 km by road and you will experience a few jaw-dropping moments as the vehicle makes its way around the narrow hairpin bends. It should take about 3 hours to reach Bakula and as you get closer, the inspiring sight of the frozen Zanskar will get you excited about the trek. Your leaders will soon give you tips on how to walk on Chadar. It takes a while to get the hang of it. We call it the ‘Penguin Walk’. Walk around as much as possible, it will help you get comfortable walking on a glassy ice sheet. You will fall a few times, and that is part of the overall experience. You will also be taught how to get inside your double layered sleeping bags before sundown. Today is an exciting day, as it is your first day of trekking on the frozen Zanskar river. You will get plenty of sunshine during the day, so wear comfortable clothes. The best thing about Chadar trek is that you walk on a flat surface throughout the trek. There are no steep ascents or descents and very little chance of catching AMS since you don’t gain any altitude throughout the trek. If you are comfortable today, you are already acclimatized and you should be able to finish the entire trek without any major issues. Depending on the weather, the Chadar changes its forms. It can be hard and glass like in some patches, or it can have a layer of powder snow on it giving you a better grip, or you could face thin ice in certain areas, so you might have to walk in slush or dodge that entire patch and go over the rocks on the side of the river. Walk together as a team and follow the sledge route. Always follow the sledge route used by the porters as it is the safest route on Chadar. You will get to your next campsite within 3-4 hours, depending on your speed. Day 5 Shingra Koma to Tibb (10,760 FT, 14 Kms) The biggest challenge from here on will be getting out of your warm sleeping bags and stepping outside your tent in freezing cold weather. The Zanskari people are well known for their hospitality and your staff will wake up way before you to ensure you have a hot cup of tea and a warm meal ready before you leave. Today is going to be a long walking session, you will cover a total 14 km on Chadar and it should take you about 6 to 7 hours to reach your next campsite. Make sure you fill your thermos with warm water before you leave, all liquids tend to freeze in this region given the extreme temperatures, so a thermos is extremely important. You will only get sunshine around 9-10 am, that too in patches as the giant rocky mountains on both sides of the Zanskar river tend to hide the sun. Marvel at the views as you walk in this huge valley with nothing but pure crisp air and huge rocks on both sides of you. The color of the Zanskar river flowing in the middle is vibrant and deep blue and sometimes you will see water flowing right beneath you under the thick ice sheet. You will see a few frozen waterfalls along the way. Your staff will cook you a warm meal mid-way, so fill your bellies and enjoy a hot cup of tea. By 3 pm, you’ll be at Tibb, and the last 200-meter walk is extremely gorgeous. Camp overnight Tibb. Day 6 Tibb to Nerak (11,150 FT, 12 KMs trek) Today is the most important day on the Chadar trek because you will get a chance to see the-mother-of-all-waterfalls ‘Nerak waterfalls’ after reaching your campsite. It is going to be another long day, so you will start early. Aim to reach Nerak campsite before 3pm, so you get plenty of time at Nerak waterfall. The sun will again be shunned from the Zanskar valley, so keep moving to keep your body warm. The ice in various patches is broken in the middle of the frozen river, forming geometrical structures of various shapes and sizes, which are fascinating to see. You will have lunch inside a cozy cave mid-way, a cave huge enough to fit 12-15 people comfortably. Reach Nerak campsite, have some snacks and make your way to the gigantic Nerak waterfall. It should take you about 30 minutes to get there, and you might see a few domestic Yaks grazing the higher grounds along the way. Right next to the waterfalls is a bridge across the river, which takes you up to Nerak village. It’s fascinating to see the old wooden bridge under the new concrete/steel bridge, giving you a chance to see the age-old constructions. Spend some time marveling at the sight of Nerak waterfall, before heading back to the campsite for your dinner. Camp overnight at Nerak. Nerak to Tibb (10,760 FT, 12 Kms trek) Today, your trace your steps back to Tibb campsite. And if you think you are going to see the same frozen ice sheet again, think again. The frozen Zanskar river reacts to the slightest change in the temperatures, and constantly keeps changing its form. You will not be able to recognize the sights, it all seems so different on the way back. You might walk on a glass-like surface or patches and patches of slush, depending on the weather. Throughout the way, you will see the local porters wearing the traditional woolen robes called ‘Gonchas’, with colourful beads around their neck and their traditional hats. It’s fascinating to see the locals negotiating on the frozen river, as they seem to walk like the wind, absolutely comfortable with the slippery uneven icy surface. They will greet you using the local phrase ‘Julley’ which is the Ladakhi term for hello/welcome. You might also catch a few locals singing traditional Ladakhi songs while pulling their sledges and enjoying the journey. Penguin walk your way to tibb and enjoy the rest of the day. Camp overnight at Tibb. Day 8 Tibb to Bakula (10,550 FT, 12.5 KMs trek). Drive to Leh. Today is the last day of the Chadar trek, and we will hike to Bakula. It will take you about 7 to 8 hours to reach Bakula. From Bakula, we will drive back to Leh and that marks the end of the Chadar - The frozen river trek. Stay at hotels in Leh. Day 9 Departure From Leh We take our respective flights back home today. You will forever cherish the memories of one of the best treks in India.

  • Chadar Trek: Trek on the frozen Zanskar River

    Zanskar Valley

    You have trekked on several occasions but the idea of Chadar trek has been snoozing in your bucket list. Do not keep that thought on hold anymore as January is fast approaching and Zanskar river will slowly begin to freeze forming a blanket of snow which is ideal for a trek that puts your endurance to test and also challenges your will power. Nestled deep within the whirly passages of the snow-clad mountains, this frozen river also entices thousand of trekkers from different corners of the world. The Chadar itself is spectacular. At times, there are patterns within patterns in the frozen ice as if caught in time. At other times, it plays an orchestra of colours. The canyon walls are so high that they rarely let the sun come through, but when it does, the sun sets up a canvas of colours and patterns of unimaginable scale. It is also one of the most challenging and tricky trail Ladakh has to offer in its winter. The river gorge is deep and most of the time barred from direct sunlight. At places the river bed is pretty wide and in places much narrower. The temperature remains below freezing throughout the day and can plummet to -20/25 Deg C in the night.The excursion includes walking on the sheet of ice during the day and camping in tents during the night. But as Babe Ruth famously quoted "You just can't beat the person who never gives up”, the success in this strenuous trek will offer you a sense of satisfaction and exhilaration that can be compared to none. Any trekker who is an ardent adventurer and ready to encounter the harshest conditions cannot afford to miss the Chadar Trek. SUMMARY: Day 1, Sat 23rd Jan: Fly to Leh. Day 2, Sun, 24th Jan: Rest & Acclimatization in Leh Day 3, Mon, 25th Jan: Medical Checkup in Leh Day 4, Tues, 26th Jan: Drive to Shingra Koma. 70 Km drive - 4 hours Day 4, Wed 27th Jan: Trek to Tibb- 14 kms - 8 hours Day 5, Thurs, 28thJan: Trek to Naerak Pullu - 11.5 Km - 7 hours Day 6, Fri, 29th Jan: Trek to Tibb- 11.5 km- 7 hours Day 7, Sat, 30th Jan: Trek to Shingra Koma. Drive to Leh. 14 kms trek - 8 hours - 70 Kms drive - 4 hours Day 9, Sun, 31st Jan: Fly out of Leh Cost: Rs 21000/- Only* (Confirm your spot by paying Rs 8000/-) NAME: TGE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE LLP ACCOUNT NO:[masked] IFSC CODE:ICIC[masked] BRANCH-DIAMOND POINT CURRENT ACCOUNT UPI ID: tge@icici COST INCLUDES 4 Night accommodation in Leh in an A class hotel with central heating and hot shower. Camping during the trek Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg) Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin / triple sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils Necessary permits and entry fees First aid medical kits, & oxygen cylinder Mountaineering qualified & professional trek guide, cook and Support staff Transport from Leh hotel to Tilad do and return as per the itinerary COST EXCLUDES ALTOA fees and insurance (INR 5000/- per peson) Any kind of personal expenses. Airfare Food in Leh Any kind of emergency evacuation charges Pickup and drop from airport Wildlife/environmental charges Porter to carry personal luggage Insurance Anything not specifically mentioned under the head CANCELLATION POLICY 20 days before the event start date: No Refund 20- 45 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 45 days of the event start date: 75% Refund CALL US: Jamila Kapasi [masked] Reetu Yadav [masked] Email: [masked] DETAILED ITINERARY: Day 1 Fly to Leh (11400ft) The flight to Ladakh is absolutely scenic. Arrive in Leh by 12 PM. You get a birds-eye view of the entire city and the layers of snow-clad mountains will help you understand why it is impossible to reach Ladakh by road in winters. You will feel a drop in the temperature the minute you land at the Leh airport, which is also one of the highest airports in the world. Collect your bags and check in to your assigned hotels. Today’s day is extremely important for acclimatization, so try to stay outdoors as much as possible but try not to exert yourself. Leh is quite in the winters and very few shops and eateries are open for business. Take a stroll through the colorful Leh market during the day, and if possible, try to walk till Leh Palace and Namgyal Monastery. The colorful flags fluttering in the air and the view of the entire city from Namgyal Monastery is not to be missed. Drink plenty of fluids during the day to help you with acclimatization and prepare yourself to start the trek tomorrow. Day 2 Rest & Acclimatization in Leh The day is reserved for acclimatization. As per the new regulations by the local administration of Leh, you will have to get medically examined at SNM Hospital in Leh and today the checkup would be organized. Day 3 Medical Checkup in Leh Today, you will have to get the mandatory medical checkup at the Tourist Information Center, obtain your NOC from ALTOA and Wildlife Department permit. Overnight stay in a hotel in Leh. Day 4 Leh to Shingra Koma via Bakula (10,550 FT, 70 Kms drive to Bakula, 2-3 hrs trek to Shingra Koma) Today, we finally start on our Zanskar frozen river adventure. You drive along the beautiful Indus river and get a chance to see the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river at Nimmu. We are going to cover a total distance of 70 km by road and you will experience a few jaw-dropping moments as the vehicle makes its way around the narrow hairpin bends. It should take about 3 hours to reach Bakula and as you get closer, the inspiring sight of the frozen Zanskar will get you excited about the trek. Your leaders will soon give you tips on how to walk on Chadar. It takes a while to get the hang of it. We call it the ‘Penguin Walk’. Walk around as much as possible, it will help you get comfortable walking on a glassy ice sheet. You will fall a few times, and that is part of the overall experience. You will also be taught how to get inside your double layered sleeping bags before sundown. Today is an exciting day, as it is your first day of trekking on the frozen Zanskar river. You will get plenty of sunshine during the day, so wear comfortable clothes. The best thing about Chadar trek is that you walk on a flat surface throughout the trek. There are no steep ascents or descents and very little chance of catching AMS since you don’t gain any altitude throughout the trek. If you are comfortable today, you are already acclimatized and you should be able to finish the entire trek without any major issues. Depending on the weather, the Chadar changes its forms. It can be hard and glass like in some patches, or it can have a layer of powder snow on it giving you a better grip, or you could face thin ice in certain areas, so you might have to walk in slush or dodge that entire patch and go over the rocks on the side of the river. Walk together as a team and follow the sledge route. Always follow the sledge route used by the porters as it is the safest route on Chadar. You will get to your next campsite within 3-4 hours, depending on your speed. Day 5 Shingra Koma to Tibb (10,760 FT, 14 Kms) The biggest challenge from here on will be getting out of your warm sleeping bags and stepping outside your tent in freezing cold weather. The Zanskari people are well known for their hospitality and your staff will wake up way before you to ensure you have a hot cup of tea and a warm meal ready before you leave. Today is going to be a long walking session, you will cover a total 14 km on Chadar and it should take you about 6 to 7 hours to reach your next campsite. Make sure you fill your thermos with warm water before you leave, all liquids tend to freeze in this region given the extreme temperatures, so a thermos is extremely important. You will only get sunshine around 9-10 am, that too in patches as the giant rocky mountains on both sides of the Zanskar river tend to hide the sun. Marvel at the views as you walk in this huge valley with nothing but pure crisp air and huge rocks on both sides of you. The color of the Zanskar river flowing in the middle is vibrant and deep blue and sometimes you will see water flowing right beneath you under the thick ice sheet. You will see a few frozen waterfalls along the way. Your staff will cook you a warm meal mid-way, so fill your bellies and enjoy a hot cup of tea. By 3 pm, you’ll be at Tibb, and the last 200-meter walk is extremely gorgeous. Camp overnight Tibb. Day 6 Tibb to Nerak (11,150 FT, 12 KMs trek) Today is the most important day on the Chadar trek because you will get a chance to see the-mother-of-all-waterfalls ‘Nerak waterfalls’ after reaching your campsite. It is going to be another long day, so you will start early. Aim to reach Nerak campsite before 3pm, so you get plenty of time at Nerak waterfall. The sun will again be shunned from the Zanskar valley, so keep moving to keep your body warm. The ice in various patches is broken in the middle of the frozen river, forming geometrical structures of various shapes and sizes, which are fascinating to see. You will have lunch inside a cozy cave mid-way, a cave huge enough to fit 12-15 people comfortably. Reach Nerak campsite, have some snacks and make your way to the gigantic Nerak waterfall. It should take you about 30 minutes to get there, and you might see a few domestic Yaks grazing the higher grounds along the way. Right next to the waterfalls is a bridge across the river, which takes you up to Nerak village. It’s fascinating to see the old wooden bridge under the new concrete/steel bridge, giving you a chance to see the age-old constructions. Spend some time marveling at the sight of Nerak waterfall, before heading back to the campsite for your dinner. Camp overnight at Nerak. Nerak to Tibb (10,760 FT, 12 Kms trek) Today, your trace your steps back to Tibb campsite. And if you think you are going to see the same frozen ice sheet again, think again. The frozen Zanskar river reacts to the slightest change in the temperatures, and constantly keeps changing its form. You will not be able to recognize the sights, it all seems so different on the way back. You might walk on a glass-like surface or patches and patches of slush, depending on the weather. Throughout the way, you will see the local porters wearing the traditional woolen robes called ‘Gonchas’, with colourful beads around their neck and their traditional hats. It’s fascinating to see the locals negotiating on the frozen river, as they seem to walk like the wind, absolutely comfortable with the slippery uneven icy surface. They will greet you using the local phrase ‘Julley’ which is the Ladakhi term for hello/welcome. You might also catch a few locals singing traditional Ladakhi songs while pulling their sledges and enjoying the journey. Penguin walk your way to tibb and enjoy the rest of the day. Camp overnight at Tibb. Day 8 Tibb to Bakula (10,550 FT, 12.5 KMs trek). Drive to Leh. Today is the last day of the Chadar trek, and we will hike to Bakula. It will take you about 7 to 8 hours to reach Bakula. From Bakula, we will drive back to Leh and that marks the end of the Chadar - The frozen river trek. Stay at hotels in Leh. Day 9 Departure From Leh We take our respective flights back home today. You will forever cherish the memories of one of the best treks in India.

  • Brahmatal Trek

    BrahmaTal

    Brahmatal is medium size high altitude lake in himalayas located beneath the ridge and you can only witness this while getting down from the ridge. As per legend, Lord Brahma meditated beside this lake. Never ending ridge lines, sprawling and delightful alpine meadows/Bugyal, high altitude lakes and majestic peak views are definitely few highlights of this trek. In addition to scenic beauty, fresh snow on the trail will surely keep Brahmatal winter trek in your bucket list. SUMMARY: Day 1, 24th January : Drive from Dehradun to Lohajung (7700ft), 220km , 10hrs Day 2, 25th January: Trek from Lohajung to Bekaltal (9700 ft), 6km , 5 hrs Day 3, 26th January: Trek from Bekaltal to Brahmatal (10450 ft), Day 4, 27th January: Trek from Brahmatal to Tilbudi (11250 ft) via Brahmatal Pass (12200 ft) Day 5, 28th January: Trek from Tilbudi to Lohajung via Wan (8000 ft) Day 6, 29th January: Drive from Lohajung to Dehradun Trek Cost: Rs 9500/- Confirm your spot by paying Rs 5000- only BOOK NOW! NAME: TGE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE LLP ACCOUNT NO:[masked] IFSC CODE:ICIC[masked] BANK : ICICI BRANCH:DIAMOND POINT CURRENT ACCOUNT UPI ID: tge@icici COST INCLUDES All expenses from Lohajung to Lohajung which include: - Stay in tents/hotel/homestay on sharing basis - Breakfast, lunch , dinner (as mentioned in itinerary) - Evening snacks + Tea - Expert Guides - Sleeping bags + Mat COST EXCLUDES - Transportation cost to and fro Lohajung - Food expenses until Lohajung - Personal expenses of any kind - Individual mule + Porter charges. CANCELLATION POLICY 20 days before the event start date: No Refund 20- 45 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 45 days of the event start date: 75% Refund Do go through our detailed T&C https://drive.google.com/file/d/12ZJansareLbkc5fVGMOFBnU-6X_Gx0eS/view?usp=sharing CONTACT US: Reetu Yadav [masked] Jamila Kapasi [masked] Email: [masked] DETAILED ITINERARY: Day 1 Dehradun to Lohajung (7700ft) We take private vehicle or Bus from Dehradun to Lohajung . The journey may take around 10 hours. The road passes through the scenic Kumaon region and mostly goes along wide spread valleys of Shivalik Himalaya. We cross Almora and Kausani on our way. From Gwaldam onwards the road enters in the Garhwal administrative region and the road is gradually winding and goes through the evergreen montane and conifer forests. Day 2 Lohajung to Bekaltal (9700 ft) Trek starts today morning. We walk gradually up on the ridge starting just beside Lohajung and walk on a gentle gradient up encircling the mountain. On the route you can see magnificent view of Didna village and Nandaghunti mountain while pausing and looking back. Walk is mostly inside the jungle of conifer, Cedar, Oak and Fir. We gradually climb the ridge and for about an hour . Total distance is 6 Km and can take 4/5 hours. Day 3 Bekaltal to Brahmatal (10450 ft) Today’s trek will take you through oaks and rhododendrons over steep slopes for quite some time before finally coming out to a meadow. This is the meadow of Telandi. In the winter, you will find the green expanse of Telandi transform into a vast snowfield . Day 4 Brahmatal to Tilbudi (11250 ft) via Brahmatal Pass (12200 ft) Today we will attempt the summit of the top which we see to our north west. This is actually the crest of the ridge which we followed yesterday before descending to the camping ground around Brahma Tal. Its a moderate climb to the top of the ridge for 3 to 4 hours. You need to start by 6 in the morning to reach top by 10 am. Day 5 Tilbudi to Lohajung via Wan (8000 ft) Today we descend to Lohajung retracing back our route. This should take 6/7 hours. In the evening if you have interest try to see the sunset on the valley side, i.e. towards Deval/Gwaldam. Walk 10 minutes from Lohajung bazaar down to any suitable bend. Surely you will be amazed by the colours of the sky Day 6 Lohajung to Dehradun Start early morning and reach Dehradun by 6pm

  • Chadar Trek: Trek on the frozen Zanskar River

    Zanskar Valley

    You have trekked on several occasions but the idea of Chadar trek has been snoozing in your bucket list. Do not keep that thought on hold anymore as January is fast approaching and Zanskar river will slowly begin to freeze forming a blanket of snow which is ideal for a trek that puts your endurance to test and also challenges your will power. Nestled deep within the whirly passages of the snow-clad mountains, this frozen river also entices thousand of trekkers from different corners of the world. The Chadar itself is spectacular. At times, there are patterns within patterns in the frozen ice as if caught in time. At other times, it plays an orchestra of colours. The canyon walls are so high that they rarely let the sun come through, but when it does, the sun sets up a canvas of colours and patterns of unimaginable scale. It is also one of the most challenging and tricky trail Ladakh has to offer in its winter. The river gorge is deep and most of the time barred from direct sunlight. At places the river bed is pretty wide and in places much narrower. The temperature remains below freezing throughout the day and can plummet to -20/25 Deg C in the night.The excursion includes walking on the sheet of ice during the day and camping in tents during the night. But as Babe Ruth famously quoted "You just can't beat the person who never gives up”, the success in this strenuous trek will offer you a sense of satisfaction and exhilaration that can be compared to none. Any trekker who is an ardent adventurer and ready to encounter the harshest conditions cannot afford to miss the Chadar Trek. SUMMARY: Day 1, Sat 30th Jan: Fly to Leh. Day 2, Sun, 31st Jan: Rest & Acclimatization in Leh Day 3, Mon, 1st Feb: Medical Checkup in Leh Day 4, Tues, 2nd Feb: Drive to Shingra Koma. 70 Km drive - 4 hours Day 4, Wed 3rd Feb: Trek to Tibb- 14 kms - 8 hours Day 5, Thurs, 4th Feb: Trek to Naerak Pullu - 11.5 Km - 7 hours Day 6, Fri, 5th Feb: Trek to Tibb- 11.5 km- 7 hours Day 7, Sat, 6th Feb: Trek to Shingra Koma. Drive to Leh. 14 kms trek - 8 hours - 70 Kms drive - 4 hours Day 9, Sun, 7th Feb: Fly out of Leh Cost: Rs 21000/- Only* (Confirm your spot by paying Rs 8000/-) NAME: TGE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE LLP ACCOUNT NO:[masked] IFSC CODE:ICIC[masked] BRANCH-DIAMOND POINT CURRENT ACCOUNT UPI ID: tge@icici COST INCLUDES 4 Night accommodation in Leh in an A class hotel with central heating and hot shower. Camping during the trek Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg) Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin / triple sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils Necessary permits and entry fees First aid medical kits, & oxygen cylinder Mountaineering qualified & professional trek guide, cook and Support staff Transport from Leh hotel to Tilad do and return as per the itinerary COST EXCLUDES ALTOA fees and insurance (INR 5000/- per peson) Any kind of personal expenses. Airfare Food in Leh Any kind of emergency evacuation charges Pickup and drop from airport Wildlife/environmental charges Porter to carry personal luggage Insurance Anything not specifically mentioned under the head CANCELLATION POLICY 20 days before the event start date: No Refund 20- 45 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 45 days of the event start date: 75% Refund CALL US: Jamila Kapasi [masked] Reetu Yadav [masked] Email: [masked] DETAILED ITINERARY: Day 1 Fly to Leh (11400ft) The flight to Ladakh is absolutely scenic. Arrive in Leh by 12 PM. You get a birds-eye view of the entire city and the layers of snow-clad mountains will help you understand why it is impossible to reach Ladakh by road in winters. You will feel a drop in the temperature the minute you land at the Leh airport, which is also one of the highest airports in the world. Collect your bags and check in to your assigned hotels. Today’s day is extremely important for acclimatization, so try to stay outdoors as much as possible but try not to exert yourself. Leh is quite in the winters and very few shops and eateries are open for business. Take a stroll through the colorful Leh market during the day, and if possible, try to walk till Leh Palace and Namgyal Monastery. The colorful flags fluttering in the air and the view of the entire city from Namgyal Monastery is not to be missed. Drink plenty of fluids during the day to help you with acclimatization and prepare yourself to start the trek tomorrow. Day 2 Rest & Acclimatization in Leh The day is reserved for acclimatization. As per the new regulations by the local administration of Leh, you will have to get medically examined at SNM Hospital in Leh and today the checkup would be organized. Day 3 Medical Checkup in Leh Today, you will have to get the mandatory medical checkup at the Tourist Information Center, obtain your NOC from ALTOA and Wildlife Department permit. Overnight stay in a hotel in Leh. Day 4 Leh to Shingra Koma via Bakula (10,550 FT, 70 Kms drive to Bakula, 2-3 hrs trek to Shingra Koma) Today, we finally start on our Zanskar frozen river adventure. You drive along the beautiful Indus river and get a chance to see the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river at Nimmu. We are going to cover a total distance of 70 km by road and you will experience a few jaw-dropping moments as the vehicle makes its way around the narrow hairpin bends. It should take about 3 hours to reach Bakula and as you get closer, the inspiring sight of the frozen Zanskar will get you excited about the trek. Your leaders will soon give you tips on how to walk on Chadar. It takes a while to get the hang of it. We call it the ‘Penguin Walk’. Walk around as much as possible, it will help you get comfortable walking on a glassy ice sheet. You will fall a few times, and that is part of the overall experience. You will also be taught how to get inside your double layered sleeping bags before sundown. Today is an exciting day, as it is your first day of trekking on the frozen Zanskar river. You will get plenty of sunshine during the day, so wear comfortable clothes. The best thing about Chadar trek is that you walk on a flat surface throughout the trek. There are no steep ascents or descents and very little chance of catching AMS since you don’t gain any altitude throughout the trek. If you are comfortable today, you are already acclimatized and you should be able to finish the entire trek without any major issues. Depending on the weather, the Chadar changes its forms. It can be hard and glass like in some patches, or it can have a layer of powder snow on it giving you a better grip, or you could face thin ice in certain areas, so you might have to walk in slush or dodge that entire patch and go over the rocks on the side of the river. Walk together as a team and follow the sledge route. Always follow the sledge route used by the porters as it is the safest route on Chadar. You will get to your next campsite within 3-4 hours, depending on your speed. Day 5 Shingra Koma to Tibb (10,760 FT, 14 Kms) The biggest challenge from here on will be getting out of your warm sleeping bags and stepping outside your tent in freezing cold weather. The Zanskari people are well known for their hospitality and your staff will wake up way before you to ensure you have a hot cup of tea and a warm meal ready before you leave. Today is going to be a long walking session, you will cover a total 14 km on Chadar and it should take you about 6 to 7 hours to reach your next campsite. Make sure you fill your thermos with warm water before you leave, all liquids tend to freeze in this region given the extreme temperatures, so a thermos is extremely important. You will only get sunshine around 9-10 am, that too in patches as the giant rocky mountains on both sides of the Zanskar river tend to hide the sun. Marvel at the views as you walk in this huge valley with nothing but pure crisp air and huge rocks on both sides of you. The color of the Zanskar river flowing in the middle is vibrant and deep blue and sometimes you will see water flowing right beneath you under the thick ice sheet. You will see a few frozen waterfalls along the way. Your staff will cook you a warm meal mid-way, so fill your bellies and enjoy a hot cup of tea. By 3 pm, you’ll be at Tibb, and the last 200-meter walk is extremely gorgeous. Camp overnight Tibb. Day 6 Tibb to Nerak (11,150 FT, 12 KMs trek) Today is the most important day on the Chadar trek because you will get a chance to see the-mother-of-all-waterfalls ‘Nerak waterfalls’ after reaching your campsite. It is going to be another long day, so you will start early. Aim to reach Nerak campsite before 3pm, so you get plenty of time at Nerak waterfall. The sun will again be shunned from the Zanskar valley, so keep moving to keep your body warm. The ice in various patches is broken in the middle of the frozen river, forming geometrical structures of various shapes and sizes, which are fascinating to see. You will have lunch inside a cozy cave mid-way, a cave huge enough to fit 12-15 people comfortably. Reach Nerak campsite, have some snacks and make your way to the gigantic Nerak waterfall. It should take you about 30 minutes to get there, and you might see a few domestic Yaks grazing the higher grounds along the way. Right next to the waterfalls is a bridge across the river, which takes you up to Nerak village. It’s fascinating to see the old wooden bridge under the new concrete/steel bridge, giving you a chance to see the age-old constructions. Spend some time marveling at the sight of Nerak waterfall, before heading back to the campsite for your dinner. Camp overnight at Nerak. Nerak to Tibb (10,760 FT, 12 Kms trek) Today, your trace your steps back to Tibb campsite. And if you think you are going to see the same frozen ice sheet again, think again. The frozen Zanskar river reacts to the slightest change in the temperatures, and constantly keeps changing its form. You will not be able to recognize the sights, it all seems so different on the way back. You might walk on a glass-like surface or patches and patches of slush, depending on the weather. Throughout the way, you will see the local porters wearing the traditional woolen robes called ‘Gonchas’, with colourful beads around their neck and their traditional hats. It’s fascinating to see the locals negotiating on the frozen river, as they seem to walk like the wind, absolutely comfortable with the slippery uneven icy surface. They will greet you using the local phrase ‘Julley’ which is the Ladakhi term for hello/welcome. You might also catch a few locals singing traditional Ladakhi songs while pulling their sledges and enjoying the journey. Penguin walk your way to tibb and enjoy the rest of the day. Camp overnight at Tibb. Day 8 Tibb to Bakula (10,550 FT, 12.5 KMs trek). Drive to Leh. Today is the last day of the Chadar trek, and we will hike to Bakula. It will take you about 7 to 8 hours to reach Bakula. From Bakula, we will drive back to Leh and that marks the end of the Chadar - The frozen river trek. Stay at hotels in Leh. Day 9 Departure From Leh We take our respective flights back home today. You will forever cherish the memories of one of the best treks in India.

  • Chadar Trek: Trek on the frozen Zanskar River

    Zanskar Valley

    You have trekked on several occasions but the idea of Chadar trek has been snoozing in your bucket list. Do not keep that thought on hold anymore as January is fast approaching and Zanskar river will slowly begin to freeze forming a blanket of snow which is ideal for a trek that puts your endurance to test and also challenges your will power. Nestled deep within the whirly passages of the snow-clad mountains, this frozen river also entices thousand of trekkers from different corners of the world. The Chadar itself is spectacular. At times, there are patterns within patterns in the frozen ice as if caught in time. At other times, it plays an orchestra of colours. The canyon walls are so high that they rarely let the sun come through, but when it does, the sun sets up a canvas of colours and patterns of unimaginable scale. It is also one of the most challenging and tricky trail Ladakh has to offer in its winter. The river gorge is deep and most of the time barred from direct sunlight. At places the river bed is pretty wide and in places much narrower. The temperature remains below freezing throughout the day and can plummet to -20/25 Deg C in the night.The excursion includes walking on the sheet of ice during the day and camping in tents during the night. But as Babe Ruth famously quoted "You just can't beat the person who never gives up”, the success in this strenuous trek will offer you a sense of satisfaction and exhilaration that can be compared to none. Any trekker who is an ardent adventurer and ready to encounter the harshest conditions cannot afford to miss the Chadar Trek. SUMMARY: Day 1, Sat 6th Feb: Fly to Leh. Day 2, Sun, 7th Feb: Rest & Acclimatization in Leh Day 3, Mon, 8th Feb: Medical Checkup in Leh Day 4, Tues, 9th Feb: Drive to Shingra Koma. 70 Km drive - 4 hours Day 4, Wed 10th Feb: Trek to Tibb- 14 kms - 8 hours Day 5, Thurs, 11th Feb: Trek to Naerak Pullu - 11.5 Km - 7 hours Day 6, Fri, 12th Feb: Trek to Tibb- 11.5 km- 7 hours Day 7, Sat, 13th Feb: Trek to Shingra Koma. Drive to Leh. 14 kms trek - 8 hours - 70 Kms drive - 4 hours Day 9, Sun, 14th Feb: Fly out of Leh Cost: Rs 21000/- Only* (Confirm your spot by paying Rs 8000/-) NAME: TGE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE LLP ACCOUNT NO:[masked] IFSC CODE:ICIC[masked] BRANCH-DIAMOND POINT CURRENT ACCOUNT UPI ID: tge@icici COST INCLUDES 4 Night accommodation in Leh in an A class hotel with central heating and hot shower. Camping during the trek Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg) Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin / triple sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils Necessary permits and entry fees First aid medical kits, & oxygen cylinder Mountaineering qualified & professional trek guide, cook and Support staff Transport from Leh hotel to Tilad do and return as per the itinerary COST EXCLUDES ALTOA fees and insurance (INR 5000/- per peson) Any kind of personal expenses. Airfare Food in Leh Any kind of emergency evacuation charges Pickup and drop from airport Wildlife/environmental charges Porter to carry personal luggage Insurance Anything not specifically mentioned under the head CANCELLATION POLICY 20 days before the event start date: No Refund 20- 45 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 45 days of the event start date: 75% Refund CALL US: Jamila Kapasi [masked] Reetu Yadav [masked] Email: [masked] DETAILED ITINERARY: Day 1 Fly to Leh (11400ft) The flight to Ladakh is absolutely scenic. Arrive in Leh by 12 PM. You get a birds-eye view of the entire city and the layers of snow-clad mountains will help you understand why it is impossible to reach Ladakh by road in winters. You will feel a drop in the temperature the minute you land at the Leh airport, which is also one of the highest airports in the world. Collect your bags and check in to your assigned hotels. Today’s day is extremely important for acclimatization, so try to stay outdoors as much as possible but try not to exert yourself. Leh is quite in the winters and very few shops and eateries are open for business. Take a stroll through the colorful Leh market during the day, and if possible, try to walk till Leh Palace and Namgyal Monastery. The colorful flags fluttering in the air and the view of the entire city from Namgyal Monastery is not to be missed. Drink plenty of fluids during the day to help you with acclimatization and prepare yourself to start the trek tomorrow. Day 2 Rest & Acclimatization in Leh The day is reserved for acclimatization. As per the new regulations by the local administration of Leh, you will have to get medically examined at SNM Hospital in Leh and today the checkup would be organized. Day 3 Medical Checkup in Leh Today, you will have to get the mandatory medical checkup at the Tourist Information Center, obtain your NOC from ALTOA and Wildlife Department permit. Overnight stay in a hotel in Leh. Day 4 Leh to Shingra Koma via Bakula (10,550 FT, 70 Kms drive to Bakula, 2-3 hrs trek to Shingra Koma) Today, we finally start on our Zanskar frozen river adventure. You drive along the beautiful Indus river and get a chance to see the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river at Nimmu. We are going to cover a total distance of 70 km by road and you will experience a few jaw-dropping moments as the vehicle makes its way around the narrow hairpin bends. It should take about 3 hours to reach Bakula and as you get closer, the inspiring sight of the frozen Zanskar will get you excited about the trek. Your leaders will soon give you tips on how to walk on Chadar. It takes a while to get the hang of it. We call it the ‘Penguin Walk’. Walk around as much as possible, it will help you get comfortable walking on a glassy ice sheet. You will fall a few times, and that is part of the overall experience. You will also be taught how to get inside your double layered sleeping bags before sundown. Today is an exciting day, as it is your first day of trekking on the frozen Zanskar river. You will get plenty of sunshine during the day, so wear comfortable clothes. The best thing about Chadar trek is that you walk on a flat surface throughout the trek. There are no steep ascents or descents and very little chance of catching AMS since you don’t gain any altitude throughout the trek. If you are comfortable today, you are already acclimatized and you should be able to finish the entire trek without any major issues. Depending on the weather, the Chadar changes its forms. It can be hard and glass like in some patches, or it can have a layer of powder snow on it giving you a better grip, or you could face thin ice in certain areas, so you might have to walk in slush or dodge that entire patch and go over the rocks on the side of the river. Walk together as a team and follow the sledge route. Always follow the sledge route used by the porters as it is the safest route on Chadar. You will get to your next campsite within 3-4 hours, depending on your speed. Day 5 Shingra Koma to Tibb (10,760 FT, 14 Kms) The biggest challenge from here on will be getting out of your warm sleeping bags and stepping outside your tent in freezing cold weather. The Zanskari people are well known for their hospitality and your staff will wake up way before you to ensure you have a hot cup of tea and a warm meal ready before you leave. Today is going to be a long walking session, you will cover a total 14 km on Chadar and it should take you about 6 to 7 hours to reach your next campsite. Make sure you fill your thermos with warm water before you leave, all liquids tend to freeze in this region given the extreme temperatures, so a thermos is extremely important. You will only get sunshine around 9-10 am, that too in patches as the giant rocky mountains on both sides of the Zanskar river tend to hide the sun. Marvel at the views as you walk in this huge valley with nothing but pure crisp air and huge rocks on both sides of you. The color of the Zanskar river flowing in the middle is vibrant and deep blue and sometimes you will see water flowing right beneath you under the thick ice sheet. You will see a few frozen waterfalls along the way. Your staff will cook you a warm meal mid-way, so fill your bellies and enjoy a hot cup of tea. By 3 pm, you’ll be at Tibb, and the last 200-meter walk is extremely gorgeous. Camp overnight Tibb. Day 6 Tibb to Nerak (11,150 FT, 12 KMs trek) Today is the most important day on the Chadar trek because you will get a chance to see the-mother-of-all-waterfalls ‘Nerak waterfalls’ after reaching your campsite. It is going to be another long day, so you will start early. Aim to reach Nerak campsite before 3pm, so you get plenty of time at Nerak waterfall. The sun will again be shunned from the Zanskar valley, so keep moving to keep your body warm. The ice in various patches is broken in the middle of the frozen river, forming geometrical structures of various shapes and sizes, which are fascinating to see. You will have lunch inside a cozy cave mid-way, a cave huge enough to fit 12-15 people comfortably. Reach Nerak campsite, have some snacks and make your way to the gigantic Nerak waterfall. It should take you about 30 minutes to get there, and you might see a few domestic Yaks grazing the higher grounds along the way. Right next to the waterfalls is a bridge across the river, which takes you up to Nerak village. It’s fascinating to see the old wooden bridge under the new concrete/steel bridge, giving you a chance to see the age-old constructions. Spend some time marveling at the sight of Nerak waterfall, before heading back to the campsite for your dinner. Camp overnight at Nerak. Nerak to Tibb (10,760 FT, 12 Kms trek) Today, your trace your steps back to Tibb campsite. And if you think you are going to see the same frozen ice sheet again, think again. The frozen Zanskar river reacts to the slightest change in the temperatures, and constantly keeps changing its form. You will not be able to recognize the sights, it all seems so different on the way back. You might walk on a glass-like surface or patches and patches of slush, depending on the weather. Throughout the way, you will see the local porters wearing the traditional woolen robes called ‘Gonchas’, with colourful beads around their neck and their traditional hats. It’s fascinating to see the locals negotiating on the frozen river, as they seem to walk like the wind, absolutely comfortable with the slippery uneven icy surface. They will greet you using the local phrase ‘Julley’ which is the Ladakhi term for hello/welcome. You might also catch a few locals singing traditional Ladakhi songs while pulling their sledges and enjoying the journey. Penguin walk your way to tibb and enjoy the rest of the day. Camp overnight at Tibb. Day 8 Tibb to Bakula (10,550 FT, 12.5 KMs trek). Drive to Leh. Today is the last day of the Chadar trek, and we will hike to Bakula. It will take you about 7 to 8 hours to reach Bakula. From Bakula, we will drive back to Leh and that marks the end of the Chadar - The frozen river trek. Stay at hotels in Leh. Day 9 Departure From Leh We take our respective flights back home today. You will forever cherish the memories of one of the best treks in India.

  • Chadar Trek: Trek on the frozen Zanskar River

    Zanskar Valley

    You have trekked on several occasions but the idea of Chadar trek has been snoozing in your bucket list. Do not keep that thought on hold anymore as January is fast approaching and Zanskar river will slowly begin to freeze forming a blanket of snow which is ideal for a trek that puts your endurance to test and also challenges your will power. Nestled deep within the whirly passages of the snow-clad mountains, this frozen river also entices thousand of trekkers from different corners of the world. The Chadar itself is spectacular. At times, there are patterns within patterns in the frozen ice as if caught in time. At other times, it plays an orchestra of colours. The canyon walls are so high that they rarely let the sun come through, but when it does, the sun sets up a canvas of colours and patterns of unimaginable scale. It is also one of the most challenging and tricky trail Ladakh has to offer in its winter. The river gorge is deep and most of the time barred from direct sunlight. At places the river bed is pretty wide and in places much narrower. The temperature remains below freezing throughout the day and can plummet to -20/25 Deg C in the night.The excursion includes walking on the sheet of ice during the day and camping in tents during the night. But as Babe Ruth famously quoted "You just can't beat the person who never gives up”, the success in this strenuous trek will offer you a sense of satisfaction and exhilaration that can be compared to none. Any trekker who is an ardent adventurer and ready to encounter the harshest conditions cannot afford to miss the Chadar Trek. SUMMARY: Day 1, Sat 13th Feb: Fly to Leh. Day 2, Sun, 14th Feb: Rest & Acclimatization in Leh Day 3, Mon, 15th Feb: Medical Checkup in Leh Day 4, Tues, 16th Feb: Drive to Shingra Koma. 70 Km drive - 4 hours Day 4, Wed 17th Feb: Trek to Tibb- 14 kms - 8 hours Day 5, Thurs, 18th Feb: Trek to Naerak Pullu - 11.5 Km - 7 hours Day 6, Fri, 19th Feb: Trek to Tibb- 11.5 km- 7 hours Day 7, Sat, 20th Feb: Trek to Shingra Koma. Drive to Leh. 14 kms trek - 8 hours - 70 Kms drive - 4 hours Day 9, Sun, 21st Feb: Fly out of Leh Cost: Rs 21000/- Only* (Confirm your spot by paying Rs 8000/-) NAME: TGE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE LLP ACCOUNT NO:[masked] IFSC CODE:ICIC[masked] BRANCH-DIAMOND POINT CURRENT ACCOUNT UPI ID: tge@icici COST INCLUDES 4 Night accommodation in Leh in an A class hotel with central heating and hot shower. Camping during the trek Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg) Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin / triple sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils Necessary permits and entry fees First aid medical kits, & oxygen cylinder Mountaineering qualified & professional trek guide, cook and Support staff Transport from Leh hotel to Tilad do and return as per the itinerary COST EXCLUDES ALTOA fees and insurance (INR 5000/- per peson) Any kind of personal expenses. Airfare Food in Leh Any kind of emergency evacuation charges Pickup and drop from airport Wildlife/environmental charges Porter to carry personal luggage Insurance Anything not specifically mentioned under the head CANCELLATION POLICY 20 days before the event start date: No Refund 20- 45 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 45 days of the event start date: 75% Refund CALL US: Jamila Kapasi [masked] Reetu Yadav [masked] Email: [masked] DETAILED ITINERARY: Day 1 Fly to Leh (11400ft) The flight to Ladakh is absolutely scenic. Arrive in Leh by 12 PM. You get a birds-eye view of the entire city and the layers of snow-clad mountains will help you understand why it is impossible to reach Ladakh by road in winters. You will feel a drop in the temperature the minute you land at the Leh airport, which is also one of the highest airports in the world. Collect your bags and check in to your assigned hotels. Today’s day is extremely important for acclimatization, so try to stay outdoors as much as possible but try not to exert yourself. Leh is quite in the winters and very few shops and eateries are open for business. Take a stroll through the colorful Leh market during the day, and if possible, try to walk till Leh Palace and Namgyal Monastery. The colorful flags fluttering in the air and the view of the entire city from Namgyal Monastery is not to be missed. Drink plenty of fluids during the day to help you with acclimatization and prepare yourself to start the trek tomorrow. Day 2 Rest & Acclimatization in Leh The day is reserved for acclimatization. As per the new regulations by the local administration of Leh, you will have to get medically examined at SNM Hospital in Leh and today the checkup would be organized. Day 3 Medical Checkup in Leh Today, you will have to get the mandatory medical checkup at the Tourist Information Center, obtain your NOC from ALTOA and Wildlife Department permit. Overnight stay in a hotel in Leh. Day 4 Leh to Shingra Koma via Bakula (10,550 FT, 70 Kms drive to Bakula, 2-3 hrs trek to Shingra Koma) Today, we finally start on our Zanskar frozen river adventure. You drive along the beautiful Indus river and get a chance to see the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river at Nimmu. We are going to cover a total distance of 70 km by road and you will experience a few jaw-dropping moments as the vehicle makes its way around the narrow hairpin bends. It should take about 3 hours to reach Bakula and as you get closer, the inspiring sight of the frozen Zanskar will get you excited about the trek. Your leaders will soon give you tips on how to walk on Chadar. It takes a while to get the hang of it. We call it the ‘Penguin Walk’. Walk around as much as possible, it will help you get comfortable walking on a glassy ice sheet. You will fall a few times, and that is part of the overall experience. You will also be taught how to get inside your double layered sleeping bags before sundown. Today is an exciting day, as it is your first day of trekking on the frozen Zanskar river. You will get plenty of sunshine during the day, so wear comfortable clothes. The best thing about Chadar trek is that you walk on a flat surface throughout the trek. There are no steep ascents or descents and very little chance of catching AMS since you don’t gain any altitude throughout the trek. If you are comfortable today, you are already acclimatized and you should be able to finish the entire trek without any major issues. Depending on the weather, the Chadar changes its forms. It can be hard and glass like in some patches, or it can have a layer of powder snow on it giving you a better grip, or you could face thin ice in certain areas, so you might have to walk in slush or dodge that entire patch and go over the rocks on the side of the river. Walk together as a team and follow the sledge route. Always follow the sledge route used by the porters as it is the safest route on Chadar. You will get to your next campsite within 3-4 hours, depending on your speed. Day 5 Shingra Koma to Tibb (10,760 FT, 14 Kms) The biggest challenge from here on will be getting out of your warm sleeping bags and stepping outside your tent in freezing cold weather. The Zanskari people are well known for their hospitality and your staff will wake up way before you to ensure you have a hot cup of tea and a warm meal ready before you leave. Today is going to be a long walking session, you will cover a total 14 km on Chadar and it should take you about 6 to 7 hours to reach your next campsite. Make sure you fill your thermos with warm water before you leave, all liquids tend to freeze in this region given the extreme temperatures, so a thermos is extremely important. You will only get sunshine around 9-10 am, that too in patches as the giant rocky mountains on both sides of the Zanskar river tend to hide the sun. Marvel at the views as you walk in this huge valley with nothing but pure crisp air and huge rocks on both sides of you. The color of the Zanskar river flowing in the middle is vibrant and deep blue and sometimes you will see water flowing right beneath you under the thick ice sheet. You will see a few frozen waterfalls along the way. Your staff will cook you a warm meal mid-way, so fill your bellies and enjoy a hot cup of tea. By 3 pm, you’ll be at Tibb, and the last 200-meter walk is extremely gorgeous. Camp overnight Tibb. Day 6 Tibb to Nerak (11,150 FT, 12 KMs trek) Today is the most important day on the Chadar trek because you will get a chance to see the-mother-of-all-waterfalls ‘Nerak waterfalls’ after reaching your campsite. It is going to be another long day, so you will start early. Aim to reach Nerak campsite before 3pm, so you get plenty of time at Nerak waterfall. The sun will again be shunned from the Zanskar valley, so keep moving to keep your body warm. The ice in various patches is broken in the middle of the frozen river, forming geometrical structures of various shapes and sizes, which are fascinating to see. You will have lunch inside a cozy cave mid-way, a cave huge enough to fit 12-15 people comfortably. Reach Nerak campsite, have some snacks and make your way to the gigantic Nerak waterfall. It should take you about 30 minutes to get there, and you might see a few domestic Yaks grazing the higher grounds along the way. Right next to the waterfalls is a bridge across the river, which takes you up to Nerak village. It’s fascinating to see the old wooden bridge under the new concrete/steel bridge, giving you a chance to see the age-old constructions. Spend some time marveling at the sight of Nerak waterfall, before heading back to the campsite for your dinner. Camp overnight at Nerak. Nerak to Tibb (10,760 FT, 12 Kms trek) Today, your trace your steps back to Tibb campsite. And if you think you are going to see the same frozen ice sheet again, think again. The frozen Zanskar river reacts to the slightest change in the temperatures, and constantly keeps changing its form. You will not be able to recognize the sights, it all seems so different on the way back. You might walk on a glass-like surface or patches and patches of slush, depending on the weather. Throughout the way, you will see the local porters wearing the traditional woolen robes called ‘Gonchas’, with colourful beads around their neck and their traditional hats. It’s fascinating to see the locals negotiating on the frozen river, as they seem to walk like the wind, absolutely comfortable with the slippery uneven icy surface. They will greet you using the local phrase ‘Julley’ which is the Ladakhi term for hello/welcome. You might also catch a few locals singing traditional Ladakhi songs while pulling their sledges and enjoying the journey. Penguin walk your way to tibb and enjoy the rest of the day. Camp overnight at Tibb. Day 8 Tibb to Bakula (10,550 FT, 12.5 KMs trek). Drive to Leh. Today is the last day of the Chadar trek, and we will hike to Bakula. It will take you about 7 to 8 hours to reach Bakula. From Bakula, we will drive back to Leh and that marks the end of the Chadar - The frozen river trek. Stay at hotels in Leh. Day 9 Departure From Leh We take our respective flights back home today. You will forever cherish the memories of one of the best treks in India.