Region :- Leh, Ladakh, J & K
Duration :- 8 Days
Grade :- Difficult
Max Altitude :- 11,100 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 62 Kms.
The Start of the Journey
The journey starts at the mountain town of Leh. The only way to reach Leh is by flight and it is surrounded by snow giving it a complete white look. One can catch a glimpse of the snow capped mountains from the flight as it descends toward Leh which is located at 11400 feet above sea level. The trek is over the Zanskar River which lies frozen during the winter. The most preferred time to cross the ice would be in February. During that time, the ice tends to be at its most stable state. The Frozen River Trek begins from the small village of Chilling from where the Zanskar River begins to freeze.
Across the Ice
The ice can be as dangerous at times as it can be safe during others. One needs to figure out the safe paths over the precarious sheet and must always be aware of the ice conditions below the feet. The trekkers can choose to camp in the caves along the banks like the locals or set up tents where the ice is the most stable. The setting is close to twenty degrees below freezing point and decreases further after sundown as well. Warm and layered clothes are recommended as is being on the move as much as possible. These help invariably in keeping the body warm and prevent cold sores and also keep the blood from freezing.
Better Safe than Sorry
It is always recommended to be aware of the ice conditions at all times. There are several factors to consider ensuring a safe journey. Most of these factors involve the conditions of the ice and the footing choices of the trekker. The precautions include:
- The trekker must be aware of the ice sheet conditions.
- There may be cracks in the ice which should be avoided.
- Finding places with a coating of snow is the best place to walk normally.
- Slippery ice can be found on several sections as well and should be walked on with utmost care.
- Cracks may suddenly appear under one’s feet and it is required to run to more solid footing immediately.
- The ice is not a trekker’s friend and one should always respect it and be aware of the conditions at all times especially while choosing the camping spot.
Gear and Trekking Info
Trekking gear should be brought from home as there are not many places available at Leh during the winter where supplies can be bought. Food that can be preserved and made quickly such as instant noodles is an excellent addition. One should always have enough before starting off as it is recommended to be moving for the better part of the day in order to keep warm as well as keeping the journey in momentum. Ice picks, trekking boots, several layers of extra warm clothing are a compulsion in such conditions. Tents are recommended but optional as one can easily camp in caves like the locals who journey across the river. However, being a non-local, that idea may not be advisable and carrying tents is always commendable.
Day 1: Reporting day at Leh.
Day 2: Acclimatization Day.
Day 3: Medical test Day.
Day 4: Leh to Shingra Koma then Trek to Tsomo Paldar.
Day 5: Tsomo Paldar to Tibb Cave.
Day 6: Tibb Cave to Nerak.
Day 7: Nerak – Tibb Cave.
Day 8: Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma then Drive to Leh.
Region: Leh, Ladakh, J & K.
Duration: 9 Days.
Max Altitude: 3,500m/11,100 ft.
Trekking Km: 62 Km.
Trail Type: One way trail, The trek starts and ends at Shingra Koma.
Road: The drive is not accessible.
Airport: Leh airport (Kushok Bakula Rimpochee airport).
Base Camp: Leh.
Best Season: January to Mid February.
Services from: Leh Hotel to Leh Hotel.
Batch Size: 15 trekkers including Male and female.
Food: Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
Stay: Guest house, Camping.
Not IncludedBikeMusicSupport vehicle
Day 1 - Reporting day at Leh
Day 2: Acclimatization Day
Day 3: Medical Test day
Day 4: Leh to Shingra Koma then Trek to Tsomo Paldar
Day 5: Tsomo Paldar to Tibb Cave
Day 6: Tibb Cave to Nerak
Day 7: Nerak – Tibb Cave
Day 8: Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma then Drive to Leh (70km)