Sky High Treks and Tours
|The Chadar (Ice Path) to Phuktal Gompa return (18 days)|
This arduous and challenging trek takes you along the frozen Zanskar river from Chiling to the spectacular Phuktal gompa and back. It should only be attempted on the advice of local guides because safe passage depends on the ice conditions on the river.
The trail is sometimes on the ice and sometimes along the river bank. The first 4-5 days are in the spectacular Zanskar Gorge where sheer rock walls tower hundreds of meters above the narrow river, and rock of extraordinary colour and hue is eroded in sensuous whorls and hollows with the action of water over the millennia.
The monastery is situated at the mouth of a large cave high above the Tsarap river. The buildings appear to hang precariously on the cliff face. You can make a return trip to Phuktal from Purni in one day.
The route back to Chiling retraces the route in because alternative routes out cross high passes that are closed with snow.
Despite the risks, this is a stupendous journey quite unlike any other.