Hiking along the frozen Zanskar river in the far north of India’s Ladakh Province is truly one of the most epic travel opportunities that exists in South Asia today. We spend a lot of time hiking in asia, and have attempted to scout out as many of the most epic trails as possible to help make sure that other travelers have the same opportunities for adventure and excitement as we do.
OF all the trails we have ever walked in south asia, though, including popular tourist favorites like the Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp treks in Nepal, the Zanskar is truly one of the most impressive in terms of atmospheric beauty if not necessarily for sheer magnitude of mountain scenery. Though you may not be surrounded by towering famous peaks like Everest and Ama Dablam on the Zanskar frozen river trek, the fact that you are walking on the very frozen river itself during this icy walk makes up for the slightly less impressive views!
This area is fairly remote however, so you need to be well prepared to do some independent trekking before you head up this way. You can find basic gear in the capital city Leh of the Ladakh region, but anything advanced or super light is better brought from home. One of the most important considerations, as well, would be quality travle insurance. This is one of the more remote parts of a fairly under developed country, so you do NOT wanted to be stranded with an injury somewhere in the back country and be unable to access the life saving services that would be able to bring you home. As such, this area is a more important one than most in terms of being insured before you begin your big trip and head out to the region!