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ICE TREK CHADAR in Ladakh Himalayas
BEST TIME : Mid Jan Till Mid March
WALK ON THE FROZEN RIVER , A LIFE TIME EXPERIENCE Trekking trip in Ladakh
Even for a seasoned adventure tourists, trekking on ice is an experience, which can extremely challenging yet satisfying. India offers an exciting tour named ICE TREK for those raring to walk the wild side. Undertaken every year in the month of January, February and March when the river Zanskar in the Ladakh region freezes, this two weeks trek start from Padum, district headquarters of Zanskar. One just has to have full insurance done for evacuation and be able to navigate narrow passages.
The region is cut off for six months for the year due to heavy snowfall. The two river - the Doda and the Tsarap Lingti Chu, converge at Padum and from the confluence, it is known as the river Zanskar. The delightful village of Padum forms the source of river Zanskar which merges into the river Indus after 120 kilometers at Nimu, near Leh. In the heart of winter, the river freezes to become the only source of travel for the Zanskaris into Ladakh. This passage is an amazing winter trekking experience. The route is the last link to the silk route and the Zanskaries have been using it to take their goods to Leh for selling.
The trek not only provides adventure but also an eco-friendly product. For eco-tourism means responsible travel to natural area that conserve the environment and sustains the well-being of the local people. The expedition helps the villagers earn money during winter months, working as porters, guides and lodgers as the trekkers stay with them. Even if we try to provide eatables but still we have to rely on the local food provided by the locals. They also bring back empty tin canes, cartons and other garbage accumulated during the trip.
The experience of walking along the frozen Zanskar is unique and could surely be referred to as a "natural wonder of the world". Each spectacular scene is surpassed by an even more spectacular scene. Deep in the desolate region of Zanskar, the city gorges, the changing hues and the towering peaks, present an awe-inspiring sight-tinged with just the right dose of Adventure. This can be extremely satisfying journey for adventure and natural lovers.
Gorso Center point Auli Camp side Nandadevi peak infront - Auli – Gorso Camping 2007 winter trek n camp
Nanda Devi( 7818 mts), the beloved mountain Goddess of Garhwal Himalayas, whose territories mark one of the highest national parks in the world , abounds some of the most fascinating mountain peaks and some of the rare Himalayan fauna e.g snow leopard, musk deer, monal pheasant, with great variety of birds and butterflies and rare Himalayan flora.
All this can be encountered at Auli , one of the best ski slopes (in winters) in Asia. The day trek goes through excellent meadows and thick forests of oak, and fir (cedar), with extraordinary views of Mt. Nanda Devi- in different moods.
DAY 01. JOSHIMATH/ AULI ; 3 HRS. OVERNIGHT : CAMP.
Trek from Joshimath to Auli. A steep trek from Joshimath to Auli, covering up two village Dando and Nog later one trek inside the dense forest arrive at Auli which is famous skiing and summer vacation centre. Our camp will be pitch in advance. Enjoy the view of snow covered greater Himalayan range with the Nanda Devi peak. Today we will have BBQ and dinner and campfire. O/N – Camp.
Auli, the place blessed by snow is too good to be put in words. The palce is known for skiing more than anything else. It comes in Chamoli district of Uttaranchal district and at a height of nearly 3000 metres with a vertical drop of 500 metres. While skiing might be more a popular reason for coming to Auli, the place is not devoid of other tourist attractions. Auli is the kind of place where pleasure and adventure, wild beauty and slopes of snow field, nature's beauty in its best form comes alive. What makes a trip to Auli so fulfilling and interesting is the fact that the place is flanked by some interesting excursions nearby. One can just stay in Auli, enjoy the skiing and to take a break, just visit any of the nearby paces, like Joshimath, just 16 kilometres.
Auli is located at an altitude of 2500-3050 meters above sea level, and offers a panoramic view of Mt. Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat, Doonagiri, Bithartoli, Neelkanth, Hathi Parbat, Gori Parbat, Nar Parbat and Kamet. The snow dressed slopes of Auli are covered with evergreen conifers and oak forests. Check in Hotel. Rest day at leisure
DAY 02. AULI \ GORSON : TREK 5/6 HRS. OVERNIGHT : CAMP.
Trek to the last point of Gorson : Trek through huge dense forest and walk on snow till last point Gorso. 3600 meter. Enjoy the view and after lunch back to base camp at Auli. O/N - Camp
It is just three kilometres from Auli. Gurso is a huge beautiful meadow spread out and blessed with picture like beauty by nature. The place has mixed forest type, oak and conifer, and is 3056 metres above the sea level. One of the best way to come here is via ropeway. It is just 1.5 kilometres from the last tower of ropeway. Come here enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the snowfields lined with forests of oak and conifer. The place rests in peace and calmness as it is devoid of any commercial activity, it is just the kind of place where you can spend an entire day admiring the beauty and return to Auli then.
DAY 03. REST DAY AT AULI To explore more : O/N – Camp. Campfire / BBQ.
DAY 04. AULI / JOSHIMATH. TREK : 3 HRS. Trip end at arrival in Joshimath.
Early morning enjoy the panoramic view of the valley from the camp. After breakfast trek down to Joshimath or onwards destination.
Trip end after breakfast.
ALTITUDE: JOSHIMATH: 1986 MTS., AULI:3030 MTS : GOROS : 3600 MTS
Number of Persons on each trekking trip: To make our trekking trips low impact & eco friendly, the treks are run with minimum 2 to maximum 20 persons in each trek.
Above trip cost : Rs..... per head.
The Departure trips are inclusive of:
1. Twin sharing tents accommodation.
2. All meals hygienically cooked and served by our specially trained staff for westerners. (We emphasize a lot on food and all our cooks are specially trained to provide hygienic food ).
3. Services of professional trekking guide, cook, camp staff during the entire trip. (All our trekking Guides & camp staff are from this area only and know the area very well. All trekking Guides and most of the camp staff have dome First Aid and CPR courses and do refreshing courses every year )
4. All tourist taxes during the travel.
5. Visit to all important temples and places during the entire trip.
6.Camping equipment on the trek e.g. tents, mattresses, sleeping bags etc. (We have brand new spacious tents and other trekking equipment however we recommend clients to bring personal sleeping bags).
7. Portage of food, camping & kitchen equipment on the trek.
8. Portage of personal baggage on trek.
9. Trekking permits and camping fees on the treks.
Cost does not Include:
1. Items of personal nature e.g. table drinks, telephones, laundry, insurance, medical services and services in unforeseen circumstances.
2. Riding ponies on trek. ( Can be arranged on actual by the guide on the trip)
3. Any other trip other than specified above. Transport insurance etc..
The above Cost is :
1. Subject to Government service taxes which is 4.9% at present.
2. Net & Non commissionable
3. Valid for the Trekking season from February to December
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