Chaddar trek: Insurance, acclimatisation made compulsory for tourists

LEH: In view of casualties every year, tourists now have to undergo a compulsory health check-up and get medical insurance to get permission to trek the ‘frozen Zanskar riverine route’ in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region, officials said.

The decision was taken as every year four to five deaths and several injuries are reported during the trek, they said.

People have to brave inhospitable conditions to trek the frozen river at an height of 11,150 feet. The average temperature during the day is minus 10 and between minus 20 and 25 degrees Celsius in the night, the officials said.

Ice forms and breaks and changes colour on the river every few hours. In some place the Chaddar or ice sheets do not form, they said

In view of safety and security of those undertaking the 100-km Chaddar or Zanskar trek between January and February, the Leh administration has issued several guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs), Deputy Commissioner Avny Lavasa said. (AGENCIES)