If you love to explore the majestic natural scenery, then do not miss the Chadar tour, explore the glaciers between Ladakh and Zanskar in northern India.
This is a true ‘cold’ journey. Thinking of India, most people think of the hot tunnel, the crowded trains, few people can think of the freezing cold, where the hillsides are snow-white. So trekking Chadar is interesting. Sadly, this is one of the areas at risk of severe changes due to climate change. Some experienced travelers also encourage visitors: “Go now, hurry up, before the landscape disappears forever.”
The lost world of Chadar, India
According to many suggestions, when traveling to Chadar, walk along the frozen Zanskar river connecting Ladakh and Zanskar in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India. When the temperature reaches -30C and the mountains are covered with snow, the Zanskar region is completely frozen and isolated from the outside world, frozen rivers are the only path connecting the place to the rest. back of the world.
For hundreds of years, villagers throughout the mountains have used Chadar (the runway) to go to school, work or see a doctor. But that will change soon, when the Indian government plans to build a new route here.
The reason leading to the new route is because of the thin layer of ice in the river surface due to climate change. According to many people in the past, the problem was that they could not access the water because the ice was too thick, but now, in contrast, the ice is thin so the problem of moving becomes a challenge. So, many travelers are planning to explore Chadar as soon as possible.
Spend a few days in Delhi, then depart for Leh, a small town in the middle of the Himalayas, India. However, there is another obstacle to trekking to the Chadar glacier, you need a license. Due to heavy snowfall, permits were not granted and Chadar will be closed for several days. In some places, the glaciers were destroyed by avalanches.
In Ladakh region, a large number of Tibetans come and live. And invisible, the small town of Leh became cheerful and became the center of Buddhism in the region. Don’t forget to go to Choglamsar, on the outskirts of Leh, inside Hemis Monastery (40km away), you can try and meet His Holiness XII Gyalwang Drukpa, the head of the Drukpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The Drukpa lineage was founded in 1206.
You may be led by a pair of nuns. They are excited to talk about the new path that will be invested by the government. Monks at Hemis Monastery are very hospitable, you can stay and have an intimate meal. After many days of waiting, when granted a trekking Chadar tourist permit, you can head to the glaciers, the main purpose of the trip.
The first challenge on the journey to cross the Chadar glacier, is a slippery bridge. The bridge has only completed the first few miles of the journey. The bridge was made of stone, but the snow was covered, so be extremely careful when crossing. Road construction workers are mainly from Nepal, as well as the poorest areas of India. As well as the harsh conditions, for many workers, this is also the first time experiencing cold and snowy weather.
Instead of the solidity of ice years ago, the river is now just a mass of water – scattered, moving slowly and sometimes extremely narrow. The thin layer of ice above, creating a feeling of bewilderment for those who are weak in heart The cracking of each thin sheet of ice, the feeling of the water rushing beneath it, was a feeling that was indescribable and forced to undergo.
For many locals, tourists are their main source of income in the winter. They work as porters for tourists, mostly from Mumbai and Delhi, with numbers increasing every year. Many argue that the construction of the Zanskar highway will allow people across the region to improve access to education and health services. While most people turn to positive desires, some worry that modern civilization will push traditions, heritage and culture to the fringes.
Many locals, from tribes like Tashi, still wear traditional wool coats, called gontshe. Ladakhi women also often wear showy clothes, adding life to the harsh landscape. After crossing the glacier is the time you can come to remote villages, deeper inside the mountains. A short wooden bridge near the village of Nierak will be a great place to check-in to the sun for guests traveling to India and trekking through this icy land.