Chilling Barandi Nallah

  • 11 Day to 10 Night
  • Medium
  • July to September

While on trekking, you will know the real villages of Ladakh and their way of living.

Chelling to Tsomoriri, beautiful trekking route begin from Chilling bridge and end at Tsomoriri lake that lies in Changthang valley. It falls in the category of medium hard because it starts from altitude of 3200mtrs and finally stop at 5400mtrs. From the day first you will enjoy the scenic beauty of the valley and wildlife. see many wildlife and birds, survive in harsh weather condition because most of the time the temperature remain in minus. While doing this trek we come across with peaks like Kangyatse which is located in the village of Markha and the trekking route is just near to it. We can also enjoy the view of peaks belong to this family and some other situated near this ranges. And from the first pass (la) which is to be climb named Zalungkarpo, from there one can see the peaks located in Zanskar ranges and also enjoy the view of colourful mountain lies in that area. When we reach reach Changthang valley the land scape and areas are drastically change to broad one unlike Marka valley where it is gorge. The living style of people is totally different from each other. The first one is mainly depends on agriculture and the people of Changthang is depend on animals for their livelihood. They rear animals like yaks, goat and sheep for food, clothes and dairy for selling and exchange with other things of their daily uses. The pashmina produce by the goat of this area is very famous throughout in the country and get very handsome money. One unique features of this people is living in tent (Rebo in local language) and migrate from place to place in search of grass for their animals. We may look wild animals like wild asses, fox,wolf and snow leapord etc. and many birds are also there to see. The trek end with the visit of very famous lake named Tsomoriri and tsokar known as salt water lake in the region.

Chilling Barandi Nallah - Trip Detail
  • Day 01 Leh to Chelling(10499ft) to Sku
    • From Leh to Chelling bridge by taxi 65km takes around two and half hours to get there. Now the road is open upto Sku but tourist carrying vehicles are not permitted to go beyond the bridge to avoid disturbance for wild life as this valley is recognised as the home of many wild life species. So you have to start your trekking from Chelling bridge. The camp is in the middle of village. We can enjoy scenic beauty of this remote village.

  • Day 02 Sku (10991ft) to Markha
    • To avoid day heat, it is recommended to start early as the route is bit far but easy. After walking for sometimes reach at a bridge that you have to cross and reach at a village name Sara consist of just three families. The view of the village is beautiful. keep walking till river bank arrive. Cross the river and keep walking for some time and again cross the same river before reaching Markha. The village is the largest in valley consist of more than 50 families. There are two camp site in the village one is just before the village and another one is at the end of village on the river bank.

  • Day 03 Markha (12348ft) to Hankar
    • After walking some time from camping site Markha, you reach at the temple belong to Hemis monestery name Yensa on rock hill. The next place to reach is Umlung, comprise of some families and the camp site is end of the village with beautiful grassland with running chill water of Kangyatse peak.

  • Day 04 Hankar(13217ft) to Yakrupal
    • Early start from Hankar camp is good to get to the next camp. Because today you have to cross the stream two to three times come from Kangyatse peak and Zalungkarpo. Water increase in the stream with day going so need to cross as early as you can. Yakrupal is the base of Zalungkarpo la. It is camping site. It takes around 5 to 6 hours to reach at the camp easy walking. Overnight in tent at the camp site.

  • Day 05 Yakrupal to Tsogra via Zalungkarpola
    • We need to start early today as we have to cross the Zalungkarpo la and the route for today’s camp is bit far. Atleast it takes around 3 hours to get to the top of the la and around two hours to get down. Its bit hard to go upward but you forget all hardship when you get on the top of the la because the view from the top is awesome and you can see the camp from there. In ancient time there used to be the castle of a king surrounded by forest and get the name Kharnak literally mean castle of black colour with forest. The ruin castle, field and local wheat meals are there to witness the existence of inhabitants in the past even today. Camp site is one hour walking distance from the base of Zalungkarpola.

  • Day 06 Tsogra to Dat
    • Need to walk down for one and half hours reach goarge valley. You will see wild plant throughout your route reach Tilat nallah, trail upward till Dat arrive. it’s a permanent settlement of nomads of Kharnak use to live during winter season. Camping site is on bank of stream.

  • Day 07 Dat to Longmochey
    • 8 to 9 hours of walking. Quite far first few hours need to walk on the plane reach base of Yarla. Need to Climb Yarla takes around one hour to get on the top and for getting down almost same time takes. View from the top is beautiful and camping site is awesome too.

  • Day 08 Longmochay to Zara
    • Today you need to walk only for 3 to 4 hours on plain. It’s a nomad camp. With pitched tent called Rebo can be seen near the camping site. quite easy walking. Enjoy the view feel the nature beauty. Camping site is with nomad camp.

  • Day 09 Zara to Tsokar
    • Easy walking for 5 to 6 hours, just walk on plain till reach tsokar. You will see wild asses, marmot etc can be seen while walking to destination. View of Tsokar is awesome and sometime a bird called black nack crane can be seen near the lake. Camping site is little away from lake.

  • Day 10 Tsokar to Tsomoriri
    • by drive. Visit Tsomoriri lake and Korzok monastery, part of Hemis monatery belong to Drukpa order of Tibetan buddhism. Overnight in tent at camping site Tsomoriri.

  • Day 11 Drive back to Leh via Mahe brigde
    • Drive back to Leh via Mahe brigde visit Medicinal hot spring Chumathang famous among local for remedies for many diseases. Its good to have lunch at Chumathang. Good restaurant serving Indian and Chinese dishes.