Frozen River Trek on Indus Valley -

8 days, 7 nights
Visit : Leh, Chumathang, River Camp, Mahe Campsite, Tso Moriri

Embark on an 8 day quest in the Himalayas through mysterious snow covered mountains, frozen rivers, frozen lakes and camp in an incredible cold desert which will be snow covered during your visit. During these 8 days, get an up close and personal view of the life of Himalayan shepherds, indigenous people of Ladakh and get to spend time with them as they go about their lives in extreme ...

Embark on an 8 day quest in the Himalayas through mysterious snow covered mountains, frozen rivers, frozen lakes and camp in an incredible cold desert which will be snow covered during your visit. During these 8 days, get an up close and personal view of the life of Himalayan shepherds, indigenous people of Ladakh and get to spend time with them as they go about their lives in extreme weather conditions. The expedition is sure to change your outlook towards life and help you see just how beautiful, yet difficult life is in these remote regions.

The trek on the frozen Indus River will lead all the way from Chumathang to Tso Moriri Lake. During this time, spend 3 days traversing the river and camping on snow. The rest of the days will be spent in the warm and cozy environs of a hotel in Leh and some spectacular family run guest houses in Korzok village.

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • During the tour, experience minus double digit temperatures. While you will be provided with adequate tents and sleeping bags, be mentally prepared to tackle such temperatures. Additionally, if weather conditions become bad, it will be spectacularly beautiful, but challenging as well. This trek is for environmentally conscious people who want to experience the Chader trek, but are aware of the repercussions of stressing the Zanskar River. This new route is absolutely off beat and very few trekkers, if any, have done this route.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • Take the shepherds trail on the frozen Indus River
  • Camp in snow in some of the remotest areas of Ladakh
  • Experience life in the snow covered cold desert area of Ladakh
  • Visit Buddhist temples in Leh
  • Experience clear night skies with millions of stars
  • Click surreal pictures during the expedition
Start of Tour

Leh

End of Tour

Mahe Campsite

  • Day 1Arrive Leh
    • Leh, the capital of Ladakh is situated at an altitude of 3500 metres. The district of Ladakh is a cold desert area and is considered as a high altitude region. In addition to the region being a cold desert area, it will be winter time when it is expected to be snow covered. The first day in Leh will be an acclimatization day and on this day rest and relax (but not sleep) and do short leisurely walks in and around the hotel to acclimatize to the altitude and weather conditions. Under no circumstances should you do even mild physical activity apart from leisurely walks.

    • Meals - dinner.
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  • Day 2Leh
    • Spend the day seeing some beautiful sights of Leh which will look completely different from the pictures seen as they will be snow covered. Be prepared to be dazzled as you go trigger happy with the camera today (and for the rest of the days). Exploring the city and Buddhist temples around Leh will be done at a slow pace so that you can continue acclimatizing to the altitude and weather conditions.

    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner.
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  • Day 3Leh - Chumathang
    • Begin the adventure with a drive along the Indus River to Chumathang. The route passes through deep gorges and snow covered mountains and valleys. Be prepared for extremely cold conditions. You will notice that the river is frozen, but the water of the Indus continues to flow beneath the surface. Keep thinking how lucky the locals are to be blessed with such beauty. While the area is beautiful, life can be quite tough in these areas. At Chumathang, you can bathe in the hot spring.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 4Chumathang - River Camp
    • The real challenge of the expedition begins today as you begin the Frozen River walk on the mighty Indus. The local guides will be there with you throughout the expedition to show the safest path to navigate the Frozen River. The Trip360's OEL (Outdoor Experience Leader) who is responsible for your safety will ask you to rope up whenever conditions require it. Be prepared for minus double digit temperatures. The bright sunshine will keep you warm and energised for the trek.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 5River Camp - Mahe Campsite
    • Now that you have done the first day, experience the kind of euphoria which is seldom explained in words. The walk today or rather the shuffle which is neither a walk nor a slide will help you balance on frozen ice, will be spectacular. Marvel at the fascinating sights all around like frozen streams, waterfalls, frozen tributaries of Indus, mountain slopes with powdery snow and much more. Get ready with the camera. On arrival at the camp as the day fades, get to see the stars in the clear, bright sky as never before.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 6Mahe Campsite - Tso Moriri
    • Begin the day with a 1 hour 30 minutes drive from the Mahe campsite to the edge of the mighty Tso Moriri Lake which lake will be frozen. Crossing this massive frozen lake will be daunting to say the least! The local guides and OEL will ensure that you cross the frozen lake safely. Locals from the village regularly take their pack animals across the lake and the guides will help you follow their footsteps.

    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner.
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  • Day 7Tso Moriri - Leh
    • We have reached the end of the trek and will now drive back to Leh. The road is going to be long and winding for a major part of the 220 kilometers between Tso Moriri and Leh. You may use this time to catch up on some sleep, talking to your trek mates or clicking more pictures of the scenic drive. Once back at the hotel, a nice hot bath is in order. It's a good idea to use this time to transfer photographs among your group, considering it's your last night together.

    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner.
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  • Day 8Depart Leh
    • The end of the trip is finally here. Say your goodbyes to your new friends and plan your next meet up before departing for the airport as per your respective flight timings. We hope to see you again.

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    • Meals - Breakfast.
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Inclusions

  • First aid kit.
  • Guide / cook/ helpers.
  • Trip360 outdoor expert.
  • Government fees and local government taxes.
  • Park fees, camping fees and rescue fees.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All sightseeing by private vehicle as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 7 night's accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Kitchen gears, dining tents and client tents, food, climbing rope for rescue, mattress, protected area permit, wildlife fee, oxygen cylinder. 
  • Travel insurance covering high altitude treks and adventure sports.

Exclusions

  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Optional activities.
  • Any transportation to / from Leh. Your tour price starts ex Leh.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Cost of round trip airfare.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Any personal equipment like shoes and jackets.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.

Price - Valid till 28 Feb 2021

Hub Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Leh 39,500
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

Accommodation

We stay in a standard hotel in Leh. While on the trek, your accommodation will be in tents or homestays. The homestays will be extremely basic but clean. On some days of the trek you may be accommodated in tents as well. We ensure good quality of tents and sleeping bags to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Things to Carry

    While walking the body heats up and all we need to wear is a T-shirt and cargos/ trousers. However all our warm clothes will come into play in the mornings / evenings when we aren't doing much physically. A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woollen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

    The following is a list of things that we suggest that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ankle high trekking boots (worn in)
    • Clothing apart from the regular clothes
    • Thermal underwear / long johns (upper + lowers)
    • Quick dry trousers
    • Shirt / t- shirt
    • Warm fleece / jacket
    • Insulating layers
    • Down clothing (optional)
    • Wind protection and rain protection gear

    Extremities:

    • Hands (gloves - 2 pair woollens or hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 2/3 pair nylon + 2/3 pairs woollen)
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • 4 season sleeping bag (-15 degrees C or lower) - This is already being provided. However, you're free to get your own as well
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which is carried by porters
    • A ruck pack which one needs to carry oneself (at least 50 litres)

    Other Gear:

    • Sunglasses
    • Headlamp / torchlight
    • Trekking poles (optional)
    • Water bottle - should have at least two 1 litre bottles (hard plastic to be able to fill in hot water at high camps)
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.
    • Personal recreation: camera and film, books, music, cards etc. (important for those long boring times when the weather turns bad)
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Small personal first aid

Travel Tips

  • Type of Food

    The food menu during the trek will be regular nutritious Indian food. Your breakfast could have an option of sandwiches or chapatis with a vegetable. We may have packed lunch on some of the longer days of the trek. Your hot meals will be a delicious mix of local vegetables, rice, chapatti and a sweet surprise in the end. We try and incorporate a lot of fresh local produce into your meals. We will provide you safe boiled drinking water every morning before starting the trek. You will be required to carry your own good quality hard plastic or metal water bottles. Milk and eggs will be provided if available.

  • Clothes to carry

    While walking the body heats up and all we need to wear is a T-shirt and cargos/ trousers. However all our warm clothes will come into play in the mornings / evenings when we aren't doing much physically. A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woollen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

  • Equipment Checklist

    The following is a list of things that we suggest that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ankle high trekking boots (worn in)
    • Clothing apart from the regular clothes
    • Thermal underwear / long johns (upper + lowers)
    • Quick dry trousers
    • Shirt / t- shirt
    • Warm fleece / jacket
    • Insulating layers
    • Down clothing (optional)
    • Wind protection and rain protection gear

    Extremities:

    • Hands (gloves - 2 pair woollens or hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 2/3 pair nylon + 2/3 pairs woollen)
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • 4 season sleeping bag (-15 degrees C or lower) - This is already being provided. However, you're free to get your own as well
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which is carried by porters
    • A ruck pack which one needs to carry oneself (at least 50 litres)

    Other Gear:

    • Sunglasses
    • Headlamp / torchlight
    • Trekking poles (optional)
    • Water bottle - should have at least two 1 litre bottles (hard plastic to be able to fill in hot water at high camps)
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.
    • Personal recreation: camera and film, books, music, cards etc. (important for those long boring times when the weather turns bad)
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Small personal first aid

  • Our Crew

    The number of people in the crew will be determined by the group size. In most cases the group consists of the Trip360 Outdoor Experience Leader (OEL), a local guide and additional support staff like cooks, helpers etc. Each one of these people are vital towards the successful completion of the trip and do their bit in assisting in the overall logistics of the trip.

  • Arrival Information

    You will have to arrive in Leh anytime on day 1. Most flights into Leh arrive quite early. It's good to arrive early to allow your body time to acclimatize to the low oxygen levels. You could also arrive a few days earlier and choose to explore other parts of Ladakh (considering this is a winter trek, please recheck what parts of Ladakh are accessible).

  • Medical facilities Available

    It will help for you all to carry some easy to access medicine on the trip, for headaches, diarrhoea, constipation, and some re-hydration powders like electral etc. It's also a good idea to have a roll of toilet paper accessible should you need.

  • Altitude considerations

    Travel to any part of the Indian Himalayas deserves a little more respect than many other mountain ranges because most of the regions lie in high altitude areas. The human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of barometric pressures and there is plenty of oxygen even at the highest point of this trip. However, this process of acclimatisation does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. Our trek leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimise any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. There are many medicines available in the market to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness. However, we always recommend speaking to your doctor before popping any medication.

  • Luggage Info

    The facility of off-loading your main rucksack/duffle bag to a porter/pack animal is provided and the cost is covered under the price of the trek. We request that such bags should not weigh more than 10 kg. Trekkers will be required to carry a small day pack with them on each day. It will contain water bottles, food as and when provided by the staff (packed lunch for instance), any necessary medicines the trekker must carry on person, a warm layer and a water-proof jacket.

  • Books to Read

    The Snow Leopard Adventure - Deepak Dalal
    The snow leopard is a rare animal of immense beauty. But so elusive is the snow leopard that it is often referred to as the 'Grey Ghost of the Himalayas'. Joining a team of ecologists and explorers, Vikram and Aditya set off on an expedition to the Zanskar Mountains of Ladakh to search for the fabled leopard. Here, Vikram meets Caroline, a beautiful and confused American teenager. Though he befriends her he cannot understand her compulsive desire to come upon a snow leopard. The saga of Tsering, the young lama, begun in The Ladakh Adventure, also continues in this story. Despite having being thwarted by Vikram and Aditya, his kidnappers are not about to give in. Camping under glaciers, tramping above the snowline, searching for blue sheep and the magnificent leopard, The Snow Leopard Adventure is a riveting story set amidst soaring mountains and deep valleys.

    Ancient Futures - by Helena Norberg Hodge
    Ladakh, or 'Little Tibet', is a wildly beautiful desert land, up in the Western Himalayas. It is a place of few resources and an extreme climate. Yet for more than a thousand years, it has been home to a thriving culture. Traditions of frugality and co-operation, coupled with an intimate and location-specific knowledge of the environment, enabled the Ladakhis not only to survive, but to prosper. Everyone had enough to eat; families and communities were strong; the status of women was high. Then came 'development'. Now in the modern sector one finds pollution and divisiveness, inflation and unemployment, intolerance and greed. Centuries of ecological balance and social harmony are under threat from pressures of western consumerism.

    Ancient Futuresis much more than a book about Ladakh. Passionately argued, it raises important questions about the whole notion of progress, and explores the root causes of the malaise of industrial society. At the same time, the story of Ladakh serves as a source of inspiration for our own future. It shows us that another way is possible and points to some of the first steps towards kinder, gentler patterns of living.

  • Typical Day on the Trip

    A day on a trek begins with breakfast at 7 AM by which time; you are expected to vacate your tent so packing can begin. Your help with setting up and packing up of tents is always welcome. We aim to usually be on the trail by 8:30 AM and reach our destination for the day by 2-3 PM, if not earlier. Long days on the trail may mean an earlier start and an 8-10 hours walking day. Lunch is usually had on the walk, and you would get into camp for a welcome cup of tea.

  • Approximate Group Size

    4 to 15 persons.

  • Money to carry

    It is recommended that guests carry about Rs 8000 cash in person during the trek. This may be required during an emergency. Also, according to practice, on the last night of the trek, the group tips the staff and cash will be required for this as well. Usually tips start from about 1500 for guide and cook and 1000 for rest of staff. Guests may choose to tip the staff more. The tip may be handed over to the trip leader.

  • Tipping

    All tipping is optional and by no means mandatory. However, if you feel that your staff and drivers have performed at a good or excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.