Himalayan Trekking, Hiking & Day Walks
Walking on the Frozen River Zanskar, is a “once in a lifetime experience’. This passage is traditionally called ” The Chadar” meaning a `white sheet’ and its traverse is an amazing winter trekking experience.
In the heart of winter, the Zanskar river freezes to become the only source of travel for the Zanskaris into Ladakh. To negotiate the frozen Zanskar, accompanied by an Ibex guide and experienced Zanskari porters, you undertake long marches every day in varying snow and ice conditions. Nights are spent in caves and Zanskari villages en route.
Frozen River Trek The experience of walking on the frozen Zanskar is unique. Deep in the desolate region of Zanskar, the icy gorge, the changing hues, the towering peaks, present an awe-inspiring sight… tinged with just the right dose of adventure due to the freezing temperatures and conditions underfoot
This two-week tour from Delhi to Delhi, requires people to be fit, with a fair degree of experience in the outdoors. Apply to us with your outdoor details as well.
It might interest you to know that Ibex has assisted the maximum number of journeys through this gorge. Ibex were also awarded the `Discovery Award’ by PATA for bringing this as a tourism product to the world.
Experience the authentic culture and essence of the land visited… to taste the local flavors… hear the music that moves the people … and experience the elements of spirituality and religion of the pristine and awe-inspiring Himalayan areas, where ancient villages and cultures continue to exist since centuries.
In India, the Himalayan trekking areas are Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh & Zanskar, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Treks in the Nilgiris in South India are possible as well.
Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir, known as “Little Tibet’ has a Buddhist culture and is famous for its unique high-altitude desert topography and monasteries. Ladakh’s gompas have beautiful interior frescoes and statues that are as breathtaking as its ethereal landscape. In the world of Ladakh, the air is still, and the squeak of a prayer wheel is answered by the single resounding stroke of a gong, from an unseen monastery in the rock face. Zanskar and Kishtwar, also in Jammu & Kashmir are predominantly Muslim in culture with rugged trekking routes that often traverse to and from each region.
The Garhwal valley is known for its dense forests, flower-filled alpine meadows and towering peaks. Cradle of the Ganges, it is a region steeped in the lore of Hindu mythology. The Kumaon too has numerous treks with views of Nanda Devi and Panchuli ranges. Several treks following in the footsteps of early explorers such as Frank Smythe, Lord Curzon, and Shipton – Tillman trails can be undertaken through exquisite landscapes and mountain vistas.
In Himachal Pradesh, the alpine Kulu valley is rich in pine and deodar forests, apple and fruit orchards, rhododendron, crimson and buttercup meadows. One can cross high passes to enter the newly opened areas of Spiti and Kinnaur that give rise to a more rugged panorama.
Sikkim, known as the last Shangri-La, is the land of monks, monasteries, orchids and exotic wildlife. The area of Arunachal Pradesh in the North East is relatively unexplored and offers short treks. The rolling hills of the Nilgiris in South India afford unusual and gentle trekking opportunities.
The Ibex Expeditions treks range from 2-3 days to longer 21-30-day durations. The ideal season for trekking in India is April to October except for July. For Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalaya, the period is October to December and March to May. The Nilgiris can be best enjoyed from October through March.
Ibex provides the complete infrastructure of camp and kitchen equipment including transport, hotels, guides, food, cooks, porters and varied cuisine.
The IBEX treks range from 2-3 days to longer 21-30-day duration. The ideal season for trekking in India is April to October except for July. For Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalaya, the period is October to December and March to May. IBEX provides the complete infrastructure of camp and kitchen equipment including transport, hotels, guides, food, cooks, porters and varied cuisine.