Hike the Chadar Trek

Zanskar River Valley, India

This unique and culturally significant trek through a deep gorge in the Himalayas is the epitome of extreme. For centuries, local villagers of the Zanskar Valley would make the 45.4 mile round trip journey in the dead of winter with their trading goods to get to the capital city of Leh. The tour can last 9 to 27 days, and hikers walk atop a frozen river, endure below freezing temperatures, view frozen waterfalls, and sleep in caves. It’s a risky path, as the river is not as solidly frozen in certain areas, and there is no way out of the gorge once you commit, but crossing this trek off the bucket list would earn you eternal bragging rights.

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