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Chadar trek, snow leopard sighting expedition suspended amid Covid surge in Ladakh

In the past week, heavy rainfall and snowfall has caused disruption in many parts of North India.

In the wake of a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the union territory of Ladakh, Winter tourism activities have been completely stopped. This news was confirmed by the officials on Jan 9. The activities include the Chadar trek and the snow leopard sighting expedition

Since November 2021, Ladakh’s Covid report tells us about 1,500 new Covid cases and 13 deaths linked to the disease. The major number of infections reported in Leh. The covid cases recorded in Jan 2022 by the Union Territory are 288 cases and two deaths.

The reported Covid-19 cases increased to 22,472 on Sunday as 59 more people tested positive for the virus, while the death toll stood at 221 — 163 in Leh and 58 in Kargil.

The decision to suspend the Chadar trek 2022, snow leopard sighting expedition, and other winter tourism activities in the district were ordered by Shrikant Balasaheb Suse, District Magistrate, Leh. The decision will be unchanged till further announcements.

The Zanskar gorge or the Chadar trek is a famous and spellbound winter trail in the Zanskar area of Leh. This harsh trail has become pretty famous among adventure tourists from past years. Well, it’s not a shocker as this area is a difficult but heavenly trek for people who love to surpass their limits and like challenges.

It has been confirmed by officials that the activities were suspended only after consulting all the stakeholders.

Disciplinary actions will be taken if the guidelines and new orders are violated, warned Suse, the chairperson of the district disaster management authority.

Leh, Jan 10

The tally of fresh Covid cases reached 22,561 when 89 cases were reported b, while active cases in the union territory have gone up to 340, officials said on Sunday.

No death was reported in Ladakh on Sunday, the officials said.

Thirty patients have recovered from the disease, taking the number of those cured to 22,000, they said.

There are 349 active cases in Ladakh — 316 in Leh and 24 in Kargil.


All the three, considered among the most gorgeous locations of India, are witnessing snowfall simultaneously, in quick succession. City of houseboats-Srinagar, gateway to adventure sports-Manali and queen of mountains- Shimla received maiden snow of the season on 04th, 05th and 08th Jan ‘2022, respectively.

The snow wasn’t limited to Himachal Pradesh. The heavenly snow trail proudly traveled to Uttarakhand. It touched the mid regions and the upper areas during the weekends. Many roads have to be closed so that the snow can be cleared out. Well visited and liked locations like Chakrate, Chamoli, and Uttarkashi also received snowfall in the upper areas.

The opening week of Jan ‘2022 turned out to be dreamy and snow aesthetics were unbeaten.  The snowy imprints were experienced across the Western Himalayas, covering Pir-Panjal, Dhauladhar, and Shivalik ranges.

But with snow, comes super cold and dry days. The cold wave conditions have hugely intensified across these favorite places. The temperatures and mercury in Srinagar, Gulmarg, Shimla, and Mukteshwar have dropped to sub-zero temperatures. It also created a white-on-white screen and ended up freezing many water bodies, including Dal Lake.  Comparatively, December saw very little rainfall and snow. But the month of Jan was bountiful and made up for December’s subtle behavior.

The slushy snow is in the mood for a break up till 18th Jan. The disturbance in the west is likely to vacate the hilly area shortly. During the coming days, the Cold conditions will intensify resulting in the sharp dip of mercury to below freezing at many of these places.

The prediction of upcoming weather for these areas is getting a bit difficult. The preliminary estimates suggest the weather action, not before 18thJan.

Also, the ingression could be mild and scattered covering mostly mid and higher reaches.  Plains and foothills of North India will remain out of action till 20th Jan’2022.



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