Head Himalayas For A White Knuckle Experience
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Himalayas have given a chance to every adventure junkie, peace seeker, nature enthusiast, and wildlife lover to ‘live the dream’. Amidst the majestic peaks many flora and fauna have found solace and flourished. These are not just a meager mountain range but a divine work of nature. The Himalayas are the source of many important Indian Rivers – Brahmaputra, Ganga, Indus and Yamuna.

Indus River is the lifeline of the people of Ladakh, as the region of Ladakh receives rainfall of only 2-3 inches per year. One gradually starts respecting Indus, as it is the only stream of water in this part of Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. This mystic land with echoing beauty, dotted with monasteries and lakes compels us to stand agape with wonder. Zanskar River is the north flowing tributary of Indus. It is the one river that holds a high stature in eyes of every adrenaline junkie.

River Rafting in Zanskar River

The feeling that one gets while facing the maw of the rapid, along one of the most tranquil locations is simply esoteric. It is the feeling similar to standing on the edge of a dark abyss. This white knuckle experience is one of a kind. You raft across the Zanskar Canyon, with the roaring of Zanskar River and the mesmerizing melody of horns and bells from the monasteries that are sprinkled all through the rafting route in the Zanskar valley until the river Zanskar meets Indus at Nimmo.

There are umpteen number of river rafting expeditions in Zanskar, Leh but the most thrilling and the most photographic route is from Padum to Nimmo run. This run is the mother of all rafting trails and it takes several days to conquer it. During the course camping amidst the wild can be experienced. There are many violent phases when the rafters have to steer clear out of the river and start trekking, unfolding many crevasses and vistas like never ever. The rapids that are encountered range from grade II to V.

Another great trail is that of Phey to Nimmo. Although this course is milder with rapids grading from I to III, but the scenic view of tiny hamlets and spectacular monasteries that resonate mysticism all around is irresistible. The moment of truth is planted when the narrow path opens up to the majestic mountains that surround and leaves everyone astonished by their presence.

The Chadar Trek

Amidst all the trekking expeditions in Himalayas, the most awe-inspiring and thrilling trek is that of the frozen Zanskar River trek applauded as Chadar Trek. If you are bored of the timberland experience of trekking, or you think that you have trekked across all the fascinating and exhilarating treks, hold your breath as this trek is incomparable, overwhelming, stimulating, and many more adjectives that will definitely give you goose bumps but cannot express the covert affair you will indulge into.

During winters Ladakh gets hard to commute, even for the locals. Most of the passes get closed due to snowfall and also makes the roads perfidious. The river which is a celebrated rafting point cannot handle the cold and often migrates under the blanket of snow, making its upper layer frozen until the spring. It takes you back to the ice age and provides an opportunity to live life caveman style.

The villages between the Zanskar Valley and Chilling (village on Leh road) get isolated, and it is this ancient trade route that helps them to reconnect to the rest of the country. The most favorable time for this 13 day trek is in mid January - February when the sheet of ice gets hard and stable for people to commute.

While the day begins when the blistering sun rises but has no affect on the cold, however gives a clear view of the heavenly blue sky and the icy tracks shimmering as they were pearl and diamonds laid on the path one has to traverse on. The nights are bit tough to handle, but the best part is taking shelter in a cave with a bonfire, which is the only source of heat. The unique cave camping and the morning glory of shimmery paths lead to pronouncing Chadar trek as one of the most glamorous treks on the planet Earth.

Ladakh is a region of incomparable beauty with endless charm and mysticism that echoes throughout your life after one witnesses such a vista. The region of Ladakh is perfect for wanderlust struck people. The monks that walk on the Chadar Trek often provide strength and motivation as they traverse bare feet. Every day in Ladakh is a new day of learning, the regions that might look formidable to some, are some of the best works of nature.


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