TSEWANG RIGZIN
LEH: As the frozen Zanskar River gets flooded with tourists who have come from different parts of the country as well as from other countries to do the famous Chadar Trek on the frozen Zanskar River, Deputy Commissioner Leh Avny Lavasa asked tour operators to make sure that tourists coming for Chadar Trek are properly acclimatised and are physically or medically fit before starting this tough and adventurous trek.
“It has been observed that the tourists coming for the Chadar Trek are not acclimatised and are not always physically or medically fit before starting the trek. In this context all tour operators are advised to get their tourists medically examined at SNM Hospital Leh between 2:00 to 3:00 PM on the second day after arrival of the tourists,” an order issued by DC Leh mentioned.
The order informs that the aforesaid medical examination will be made mandatory for all the visitors intending to do Chadar Trek from next season (winter of 2018-19).
“The tourist will be required to get the medical examination done on the third day after their arrival and the medical certificate will be duly checked at the Wildlife Post at Chilling, without which the tourist will not be permitted to start the Chadar Trek in January 2019,” the order says while asking all tour operators to inform their guests to plan accordingly.
It further adds that it will also be mandatory for all foreign tourists to have valid health/medical insurance for their visit to Leh at any time of the year to be presented when they apply for the Inner Line Permit (ILP) failing which the permit will not be issued.
The Chadar Trek on the frozen Zanskar River in winter has become popular over the years for adventure tourists all over the country and the world. The route is between Leh and Zanskar on the Zanskar River which is an important tributary of the River Indus. The frozen rout is the only overland route to Zanskar on foot to travel outside of the region during winter months.
After the completion of Nimmi-Padum-Darchha Road, Zanskar will have an all-weather road connectivity to Leh on this route. The road is being constructed by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and is expected to complete in a few years. It is said that the best time to do the Chadar Trek is January to February when the temperature during the winters drops sometimes to -30 to -35 degrees.