The Legendary Chadar Trek Soon To Be History

The Legendary Chadar Trek Soon To Be History
One of India's most challenging trek, the Chadar Trek, to be banned soon, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

If you want to be the raconteur who narrates about the breathtaking experience of the Chadar trek then you should plan your journey before 2020.

OT Staff
December 15 , 2018
01 Min Read

It feels like answering the questions back in the school days where the major threat to the environment was global warming. Yes, the frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh where the famous Chadar trek takes place is under threat of increased global warming and disturbing activities from the visitors. The 105km stretch of frozen river is a wonderful natural phenomenon which was initially used by the locals to carry out their business of selling pelts, food, utensils etc.  But soon the path was undertaken by the trekkers and the famous Chadar trek was introduced to the world.

The out of the world discovery of the mighty frozen river got a lot of attention across the globe resulting in huge tourist flow every year. Although it brought great revenue for the country through tourism sector for years, it also underwent some intolerable human activities which now are responsible for the degrading beauty of the place.

Huge amount of plastic, human excreta and other harmful waste were discovered from the river surroundings which is disturbing the ecological balance of the place. Studies indicate that with the same rate of increase in global warming annually, the river won’t last for more than 4 years. To maintain the beauty of sacred Himalayan valley, the court is planning to stop the Chadar trek from the year 2020. Although a final decision is yet to be taken.

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