WHAT ARE THE DIFFICULTIES OF THE CHADAR TREK?

 

 

Chadar trek is one of the difficult treks to do in the Himalayas and the difficulties come in a variety of ways. Here is a typical list of the difficulties you will face during the course of the Chadar trek.

  1. Negotiating and tackling the High Altitude:

    Leh is placed at an altitude of 3500 Meters and in the winters you have no other mode of travel, but only by flight. This drastically changes your altitude from almost sea-level to 3500 meters, i.e a gain of 3500 meters in just one and a half hours. In the Alps, you have peaks of this altitude which people climb over for days. Kedarkantha peak in Uttrakhand is 3800 meters in altitude and a Beginner climb it in 2 - 3 days. But here, you reach a height of 3500 meters without doing any work for it. Moreover, climate change is drastic. All these put you in a tremendous situation of Acute Mountain Sickness, which can be very fatal. Learn more about it on High Altitude Seriousness | Better Know It BetterYou need proper rest to get used to the Altitude, and that needs a few extra days.
  2. Extreme Cold ranging between minus 17 degrees to as low as minus 32 degree Celsius:

    The temperature of the Chadar trek is extreme. In Leh, the temperature ranges between -10 degrees during the daytime to -25 degrees during the night. During the trek, its much more colder as you camp beside the freezing Zanskar river. The temperature goes to as low -32 degrees Celsius. Adjusting to these temperatures can be very challenging. You need proper trekking jackets and need to wear them strategically to beat the cold. Learn more about it by following the link - How To Use Layering, Pack Light And Still Beat The Cold
     
  3. Inconsistent Weather which can surprise you anytime and change the entire look and feel of the trek:

    The weather in Ladakh during the months of January and February is very inconsistent. It is very unpredictable. Sometimes it snows late and results in ill-formation of the Chadar over the Zanskar river. Sometimes, it snows right in the middle of the trek season, which already is a very short span of a month and a half. Too much snow is not good for the Chadar as it weakens the Chadar and also the route gets much trickier. Snow also play foul to the mountains of the Ladakh Himalayas and landslides and rockfall are a very dangerous, yet a very common problem on this trek. Often trekkers and locals get stranded on this trek due to bad weather. Often lack of care had caused fatal cases on this trek. Getting stranded is the only thing you will not want on this trek to happen to you.
  4. Extremely fragile and delicate terrain to trek on:

    Chadar, as you know is the local name of the ice sheet that forms over the surface of the Zanskar river. The surrounding mountains are a combination of rocks and mud. Snowfall causes the mud to slide and rocks to fall, which might cause a havoc on the trek. Often you will hear locals or the trekkers share stories of how God saved them minutely. It is also very common to see people with broken bones on this trek. The Chadar formation too is not consistent throughout and needs a very cautious and alert Guide who understands the Chadar intrinsically and inherently.
  5. ILL-formed Chadar:

    Some sections of the Chadar formation are not just easy due to ill-formed Chadar and requires you to be on all your fours to pass the section and re-join the Chadar trail. This we call scrambling in rock-climbing terminology which means a non-technical rock climbing or bouldering. You do need good fitness and flexibility to tackle such sections and a cool nerve to see it off.
  6. Very tricky trek route:

    The route of the Chadar trek is like a maze where you will have to continually find a connecting way over the ice sheets to reach Nearak or further, and come back again. The Chadar formation is fragile and might change overnight. It might either connect or disconnect the route. The route you choose to follow becomes very important, as if you choose the wrong route which looks strong, it might be disconnected a little further due to a broken Chadar or after going the long way, you might find no further connection, and hence you will require to come back and try a different route all over again, or cross difficult sections to reconnect to the main route. Here is one reason why hiring the best guide and the best trek operator becomes very important. 
  7. Completion Not Guaranteed:

    Chadar is not a trek which assures you that you can complete your trek itinerary as planned, even though yu have planned the best, have the best support staff and gears. More than 40% uncertainty lies that you will not be able to reach the last point despite having a good support team and preparation. Why ?? That's how fragile this trek is due to weather and its geology.
 
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    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL signals in Sankri. Rare unguaranteed BSNL signals while on trek and pass top
    • 🌐 Internet Option: No
    • 🌞 Temperatures: Campsites are cold and night temperature goes below 0 on higher camps.
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Neplese
    Treks On Offer
    Buran Ghati Trek
    Buran Ghati Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 7 days, 6 nights Shimla to Shimla
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4550m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May June Sep Oct
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, Snow, Forest
    • 🚩 Starts From: Janglik
    • 🚩 Ends In: Barua
    • 🌏 Region: India - Himachal
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Kalka, Himachal Pradesh
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Janglik
    • 📶 Mobile Network: 3G Airtel in Chirgaon, Janglik and BSNL. Airtel from Munirang and Barua Village
    • 🌐 Internet Option: No
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -2 tp 14 degrees
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Garhwali, Himachali, Nepali, Indian
    Treks On Offer
    Dhumdhar Kandi Pass Trek
    Dhumdhar Kandi Pass Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 13 Days, Dehadun to Dehradun
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude:
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May - Jun, Sep - Oct
    • 🌄 Terrain: Rocky, Glacial Moraine, Glacier Crossing, Crevasses, Snow Field, Hard Ice
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Uttarkashi
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone till Mori. BSNL till Sankri and Taluka. BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone from Gangnani
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri.
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -5 to 16 degrees
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Nepali, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Parang La Trek
    Parang La Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 14 Days, 13 Nights, 9 Trek Days, Manali to Leh
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5572m
    • 🛑 Grade: Strenuous ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: July, August, September
    • 🌄 Terrain: snow field, ravine, meadow,
    • 🚩 Starts From: Manali
    • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
    • 🌏 Region: India - Himachal
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport (KUU), Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Chandigarh
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Manali
    • 📶 Mobile Network: All popular mobile networks in Manali and Leh. Limited BSNL in Kaza. None on trek route.
    • 🌐 Internet Option: Not on trek route. Good connections available in Manali, Kaza and Leh on WiFi and all popular mobile networks
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -6 to 20 degrees
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepali, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Kashmir Lakes Trek
    Kashmir Lakes Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 9 Days, Srinagar to Srinagar
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4180m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: July, August, September
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows
    • 🚩 Starts From: Shitkadi
    • 🚩 Ends In: Chatragul
    • 🌏 Region: India - Kashmir
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Srinagar
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Shitkadi
    • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL, Airtel on pass tops.
    • 🌐 Internet Option: No
    • 🌞 Temperatures:
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Kashmiri
    Treks On Offer
    Pangarchula Peak Trek
    Pangarchula Peak Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights, Joshimath to Joshimath
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4575m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May June, Sep Oct Nov, Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow field
    • 🚩 Starts From: Joshimath
    • 🚩 Ends In: Joshimath
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Joshimath
    • 📶 Mobile Network: A;l major network untill Joshimath. Partially available ion trek.
    • 🌐 Internet Option: None after Joshimath
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 8 degrees in the winters. 5 - 18 degrees in the summers
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali
    Treks On Offer
    Sandakphu 4 Day Trek
    Sandakphu 4 Day Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 4 nights, 4 Trek Days, Maneybhanjyang to Sepi
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3636m
    • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan - May, Oct - Dec
    • 🌄 Terrain: Rhododendron forest, alpine meadows, rocky
    • 🚩 Starts From: Maneybhanjyang
    • 🚩 Ends In: Srikhola
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Maneybhanjyang
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone, Airtel, BSNL in Entry and Exit points and its vicinity. Rare signals on trek. Ask your guide for better locations for signals.
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 3g in Siliguri, 2g in Maneybhanjyang, Bhareng, Gorkhey and onwards.
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -5 to 7 during winters. -1 to 10 during summers. Upper reaches are colder. Lower reaches are warm
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Nag Tibba Trek
    Nag Tibba Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 2 Days, Dehradoon to Dehradoon
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3000m
    • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan - Jun, Sep - Dec
    • 🌄 Terrain: forest, meadow, snow in winters
    • 🚩 Starts From: Pantwari
    • 🚩 Ends In: Pantwari
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Pantwari
    • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL
    • 🌐 Internet Option: No
    • 🌞 Temperatures:
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali
    Treks On Offer
    Tarsar Marsar Sundarsar Trek
    Tarsar Marsar Sundarsar Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 7 Days, Srinagar to Srinagar
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4000m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: July to October mid
    • 🌄 Terrain: Alpine Meadows, forest
    • 🚩 Starts From: Aru
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sumbal
    • 🌏 Region: India - Kashmir
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Srinagar
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Aru
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Postpaid BSNL, Airtel and Vodafone. Sparsely on treks
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 2G near towns, 3G in Srinagar
    • 🌞 Temperatures:
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Kashmiri
    Treks On Offer
    Kang Yatse 1
    Kang Yatse 1
    • 📅 Duration: 12 Days, Leh to Leh
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6401m
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jul, Aug, Sep
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, rocky, scree, hard ice, soft snow, broken ridge
    • 🚩 Starts From: Leh
    • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
    • 🌏 Region: India - Ladakh
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Leh
    • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL postpaid in Leh and vicinity and from the summit
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 4g in Leh and vicinity
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 10 on higher camps
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Tibetan, Ladakhi
    Treks On Offer
    Annapurna Base Camp Trek
    Annapurna Base Camp Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 9 Days, Pokhara to Pokhara
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4140m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    • 🌄 Terrain: Forest, Meadows, Rocky, Scree, Glacial Moraine
    • 🚩 Starts From: Pokhara
    • 🚩 Ends In: Pokhara
    • 🌏 Region: Nepal - Annapurna
    • 🎌 Country: Nepal
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Pokhara Airport, Nepal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Jainagar or Gorakhpur or New Jalpaiguri, India
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Pokhara
    • 📶 Mobile Network: NCell, NTC
    • 🌐 Internet Option: Available
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -5 to 15
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Nepali, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Kang Yatse 1 and 2 Climbing Expedition
    Kang Yatse 1 and 2 Climbing Expedition
    • 📅 Duration: 16 Days, Leh to Leh
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6401m
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: June, July, Aug, Sep, Oct
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, rocky, scree, hard ice, soft snow, broken ridge
    • 🚩 Starts From: Leh
    • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
    • 🌏 Region: India - Ladakh
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Leh
    • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL and Airtel postpaid in Leh and vicinity and from the summit
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 4g in Leh on BSNL and Airtel. 4G in Airtel on high points
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 10 on higher camps
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Tibetan, Ladakhi
    Treks On Offer
    Kalanag Climbing Expedition
    Kalanag Climbing Expedition
    • 📅 Duration: 18 days/ 17 nights, Sankri to Sankri
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6387m
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May - Jun, Sep - Oct
    • 🌄 Terrain: Rocky, Glacial Moraine, Glacier Crossing, Crevasses, Snow Field, Hard Ice
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone till Mori. BSNL till Sankri and Taluka
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 16 degrees
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Nepali, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Kedarkantha & Har Ki Dun Circuit Trek
    Kedarkantha & Har Ki Dun Circuit Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 12 Days, 11 Nights, Sankri to Sankri
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4126m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: April. May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov
    • 🌄 Terrain: Alpine Meadows, Rhododendron forests
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone till Mori. BSNL till Sankri and higher points
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 10 during winters, 2 to 15 in summers
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Nepali, Tibetan and South Indian
    Treks On Offer
    Kalanag Base Camp Trek
    Kalanag Base Camp Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 11 Days, 10 Nights Sankri to Sankri
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4800m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May - Jun, Sep - Oct
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, Forest, Rocky, Glacial Moraine
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone till Mori. BSNL till Sankri and Taluka
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 16 degrees
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: India, Garhwali, Nepali
    Treks On Offer
    Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek
    Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 3 nights, 2 Trek Days, Sankri to Sankri
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3800m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow in winter
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone till Mori. BSNL till Sankri and Summit
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 10 during winters, 2 to 15 in summers
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Nepali, Tibetan and South Indian
    Treks On Offer
    Sandakphu In Land Rover
    Sandakphu In Land Rover
    • 📅 Duration: 4 Days, 3 Nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3636m
    • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan - May, Sep - Dec
    • 🌄 Terrain: Rhododendron forest, alpine meadows
    • 🚩 Starts From: Maneybhanjyang
    • 🚩 Ends In: Maneybhanjyang
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Maneybhanjyang
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone, Airtel, BSNL in Siliguri, Maneybhanjyang and Srikhola. On the trek trail, Vodafone and BSNL works on some locations like Chitre, Tonglu, Kayakatta, Molley.
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 4g in Siliguri, Maneybhanjyang and Srikhola. Limited 2G on the trail. Almost None.
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -5 to 7 during winters. -1 to 10 during summers. Upper reaches are colder. Lower reaches are warm
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek
    Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 9 Days, 8 nights, Sankri to Sankri
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4200m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL & Vodafone
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 4G till Purola. 3g Till Mori. No Internet Sankri Onwards
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -3 to 15 deg C
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Himachali
    Treks On Offer
    Har Ki Dun 4 Day Trek
    Har Ki Dun 4 Day Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 5 days, 4 nights including 2 nights at Sankri
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3600m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, Conifer Forest, Snow, River valley, Lakes
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL, Vodafone at Sankri, Jio in Mori
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 4G till Mori. No Internet at Sankri.
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -3 to 15 deg Celsius
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Himachali
    Treks On Offer
    Phalut Trek
    Phalut Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 5 Days 4 nights, Sepi to Sepi
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3600m
    • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Oct - May
    • 🌄 Terrain: Rhododendron forest, Alpine meadows, Mid Altitude Coniferous Forest
    • 🚩 Starts From: Srikhola
    • 🚩 Ends In: Srikhola
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Srikhola
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone, Airtel, BSNL in Siliguri, Srikhola. On the trek trail, Airtel. Vodafone and BSNL works on some locations
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 4G in Sepi. No internet in other locations
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -5 to 7 during winters. -1 to 16 during summers
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
View User Profile for Suman

Every day I keep learning new things, but as of now, I think I can describe myself as a Loyal Himalayan Lover, Avid Trekker, Student Of Mountaineering, Amateur Photographer and an Enthusiastic Anthropologist. I am a Computer Science Engineer by education and previously worked as a Software Developer for premium IT companies. However, I quit the luxury of a high-earning corporate job and left behind the herd to walk towards the spiritual path laid down by the Godly Himalayas. At the age of 27 with no savings at all and being the only son from a lower-middle-class family, it was too young to fight against the family who in turn had to fight against the rules laid down by society. However, with my determination and perseverance, everything became smooth by passing time.

It wasn't easy for me as I learnt the hard way from mistakes - my own and by observing others. I fought 2 major road accidents that broke my right tibia and femur. I underwent 7 surgeries that kept me away from the mountains, but I patiently fought them all to get back to trekking again in the Himalayas with rods and plates in my bones. Despite doctors saying I cannot walk properly ever again to getting back to trekking on the difficult routes again, Life made me understand very clearly what it wants out of me in this World. It wants me to serve the Himalayas and its community, live a peaceful, content and simple life. That's what I have dedicated my this life to. I am not religious, but spiritual. The Himalayas define my road.

The Himalayas today is spammed by mushrooming trek agencies and big companies who take pride in being India's Largest, biggest, oldest, etc. They are exploiting everything for the sake of profit. It is in dire need of regulation by credible Government authorities, Sustainable Tourism Practices needs to be forced upon every organisation, Small Group Sizes needs to be mandated, Fixed camping should be restricted in alpine zones and Negative Ecological Impact Trekking Protocols should be laid down immediately by governing bodies. With all these objectives, I founded Himalayan High in the year 2015. Learn more about Himalayan High on About Himalayan High

Posted by Suman Chowdhury Saturday, September 21, 2019 5:26:00 PM