In Ladakh, Chadar Trek Closed for Tourists


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The world famous Chadar Trek for Tourists has been stopped for tourist movement and trekking due to blocked of Phuktal River somewhere between Shaday Sumdo and Shun. This was revealed the Executive Councillor for Zanskar Affairs Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Kargil Skalzang Wangail, reports said.

Wangail further added that he has done an aerial survey along with the Sub Divisional Magistrate Zanskar during which they found that from Shaday Sumdo, at a distance of 5.5 Km below Murshu, a whole side of the Mountain slided into the valley and the river has been blocked by a 200 Ft slide.

“Due to this a 5Km long Lake has been formed towards Shun due to the blockage of the river since 31st December and keeping in view the disastrous formation of the Lake and its outbreak anytime the movement of Locals as well as tourist on the Chadar Trek will be restricted on priority basis,” he informed.

Every year in thousands of adventure lovers from all over the world visit Ladakh and does trekking through famous Chadar trek to Zanskar as well as people living along the Chadar trek from Leh to Zanskar uses this route during Winter due to Blockage of Kargil Zanskar Road in winters.

Meanwhile, MP Ladakh Thupstan Chhewang has requested the Home Minister to intervene in the matter as it is a matter for danger o low lying areas of Zanskar, Leh and Kargil along Zanskar and Indus River.

Also a high level meeting under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner Kargil Mohammad Sadiq Sheikh was held to assess the situation created due to the blockage of the Lungnak River somewhere near Shun Shaday.

“It was decided during the meeting that the movement on Chadar Route will be stopped immediately, and directed the SDM Zanskar to submitted a report for shifting of villagers along the river bank, a team of expert from Army, BHPC, Civilian Administration and BRO, will be send to the exact location immediately to streamline the flow of the river again, and team from disaster Management will be sought for help.”


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