It is absolutely necessary for taking up such tough treks in Himalayan that you need to be 100% fit and understand your body completely. If you are one of those enthusiasts who can kick start with a lot of energy which may die in 2 days, these treks are not for you. Though you should have the will power that you can do it, never over or under estimate any aspect – be it yourself, weather or adaptability to the terrain. Finally be ready with the courage to face the unexpected adversity and to take tough decisions or conditions during the course of the trek. Knowledge of different terrains and crevasses of the trek and experience of long walking with heavy weights is part of important pre-preparation. Also, be responsible for yourself and make yourself part of the team by helping people or guide after reaching the campsite in establishing tents, cooking food etc. With all these ticked on your checklist, you are all set to have a lifetime experience of marvels hidden in the majestic Himalayan that would be unveiled during following treks.
Kalindi Khal Trek
Kalindi Khal Trek is best known as the Big Daddy of treks in Garhwal Himalaya, Uttarakhand. Kalindi Khal is the world’s highest pass at around 6000 meters and separates the famous Gangotri region from the widespread Badrinath region. The trail covers the stretch from Bhagirathi Valley to Alaknanda Valley. The trek starts comparatively smooth till Gomukh, from where the trail is not so well defined and you will have to walk over an uneven route that involves traversing over icy glacier and snowfields. This strenuous trekking commences from Gangotri and ascends to Vasukital lake. From here you will have to climb on to Sweta Glacier and begin the challenging crossing of the Kalindikhal. Then descending through entrancing places like Arwatal and Mana; a beautiful village at China border, the trek terminates at Badrinath. The trek is suggested to betaken between June and September and will take maximum 15 days to complete.With the maximum altitude of 5947m, Kalindi Khal Trek has become the dream trek for every hard core adventure enthusiast.
Trans Zanskar Trek
If this could not stir the trekker in you, nothing else can. Situated in an isolated region of Ladakh, Trans-Zanskar Trekking incorporates a bunch of most electrifying experiences en-route. However, this tough trek is strictly forbidden for beginners. Nevertheless, it is one of the best treks for connoisseurs who want to test their ability and willpower on a strenuous trek. With an average height of Zanskar range of 19700 ft, the Trans-Zanskar trek is spread over 7000 sq km on a rugged mountainous terrain. Heavy snowfall wrapping the region into an awfully low temperature makes it just tougher. Starting at Lamayuru gompa, the most ancient monastic site in all of Ladakh, 4 high passes have to be crossed alive to reach Padum, Zanskar’s capital. Thereon, the journey continues deeper into Zanskar through lofty summits and some of the most isolated villages like Lingshet, Photoksar including a diversion to the famous Phugtal gompa. The departure from Zanskar is over 17,000-foot Phirtse La to the vast plain of Sarchu. Unlike other treks in this region, this one would take you through an unpopular route for few days which allows you to enjoy and explore this unique and tough terrain. Enroute, you are likely to witness rustic villages, gripping monasteries and hospitable natives of Zanskar. Best season for doing this expedition is between July to October. Total time taken to complete this trek would be nearly 24-25 days.
July to September is considered to be the convenient time for trekking in chilling and harsh climate of Himalaya, especially Leh-Ladakh as during winter, due to steep mountains and winter snowfall, many villages becomes completely inaccessible. But what if you are told that the trek that follows now is taken only during November to March, i.e. in the core winter season of Ladakh. Far from being the day’s dream, Chadar trek is one such trek taken on the frozen river of Zanskar in Ladakh. It is undoubtedly, the best in the row of treks taken in winter. Resolute by its name ‘Chadar’ meaning blanket, River Zanskar turns into the blanket of snow of varied thickness in winter. Expediters would be starting from Tilat Sumdo and going through Naerak Pullu, Tsomo Paldar would finally terminate the trek at Chilling. Trekkers would be covering 105 Km on foot at maximum altitude of 3850 m in 9 to 12 days in extreme temperature of -25⁰C to -35⁰C. After health and adaptability risk attached to an average -30⁰C temperature, changing thickness of ice plates along the course of river is another major risk involved. These elements of Chadar trekking makes it all the more exciting with unexpected surprises.
Frozen River Zanskar trek thus routes to responding to the call of adventure ecstasy filled with charismatic views of Nature, monasteries and gompas, Na Chhumchhar waterfall and many such enticing experiences. With your warmest jackets, sleeping bags and a good pair of shoes, when are you going to join the next expedition?