Experience true wilderness and adventure on the great Brahmaputra descent. 180km of class 4 and class 4+ rapids (sometimes even straddling up to class 6)!
The fact that this trek starts from a village called Chilling is an indication of things to come. With freezing temperatures of minus 30 degrees and a precarious walk on the frozen Zanskar river, the Chadar trek promises an experience like no other.
Bundle up for a brutal and beautiful walk across Kashmir’s frozen River Zanskar. Used by locals to travel between Leh and Zanskar, the walk has now become a tourist attraction. It’s thrilling and incredibly dangerous, but the stark landscape is also stunning, with nothing around for miles except walls of ice almost 2,000ft high around you and vast stretches of ice underfoot. Sign up for an 11-day trip with Aquaterra Adventures.
It was about seven years since my last trek into the mountains. Yes, I had gone whitewater rafting down the Brahmaputra but then other than it being an outdoor adventure, there was nothing in common with a trek. A trek is different. Mountains have a different aura about them. There’s an aloofness, a solidity, a sense of permanence about them that nothing else in nature provides.
The vast, turquoise blue Siang runs through the heart of the valley it lends its name to, and is easily its showstopper. Nearly everywhere you go, you can see a sliver of greenish-blue hues gleaming in the distance. Rafting down the length of the river is a great way to get up close with the river and experience it.
While treks are one of the best ways to escape city life, they are also a great place to teach your child to appreciate nature through creative activities. Ask them to draw, paint or even make a collage of the leaves, rivers, insects and animals they see around them. Children love to identify different cloud shapes, and a journal is a lovely way to capture memories of the camp fire, the tents and all the little things that make the trip special.
While the act of travel is on hold for many of us during this challenging time, the dream of travel remains alive and well. Despite the current worries and stress, it can be helpful for our mental health to think about and plan for better days ahead. Personally, I’m finding pleasure thumbing through my back issues of National Geographic magazine and scrolling through landscapes on Instagram. All in the name of fulfilling my future travel plans.
Because I believe that the new normal, whatever it looks like, will allow for our travel dreams to become reality again. The question is, will we be ready?
Bringing you our next story from the Himalayas to keep you engrossed indoors as we enter the extension period of the lockdown in India which is a crucial phase in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a story from our guests and editor on their experiences in the last decade during the Zanskar multi-adventure expedition we’ve…
Despite the huge economic impact of the Coronavirus, we want to remain cognizant of the huge public health challenge this is, and we hope you are all doing everything to reduce the spread and reduce pressure on the system. Please practice safe distancing to protect our elders and those with low immunity within our community. We hope this will bring the adventure industry together, closer than ever before.
Cloud-piercing peaks, dense forests and roaring rivers make for heady adventures