Leh: Deputy Commissioner of Leh, Santosh Sukhadeve chaired a meeting to discuss the conduct of the Chadar Trek 2024 on Saturday.
The meeting addressed concerns about the safety of tourists undertaking the trek, considering the current conditions of the Chadar route.
During the session, Deputy Superintendent of Police, UT Disaster Response Force (UTDRF), Sonam Dorje, provided a detailed briefing on the present situation of the Chadar route.
He highlighted that the ice formation on the trail is not stable, raising potential safety issues for those planning to embark on the Chadar Trek.
Expressing genuine concern for the safety of tourists and the overall enthusiasm surrounding the Chadar Trek, DC Leh, Santosh Sukhadeve directed the UTDRF to collaborate with the All Ladakh Tour Operators Association (ALTOA) Leh to conduct a thorough review of the situation on January 11 or 12, with a primary focus on ensuring the safety of the Chadar Trek participants.
In the event that the situation is deemed critical, Deputy Commissioner Sukhadeve made it clear that he would prohibit tourists from undertaking the Chadar Trek until conditions improve.
The meeting was attended by Additional District Development Commissioner, Leh; Chief Planning Officer, Leh; Sr. Superintendent of Police, Leh; Superintendent of Police, UTDRF, Ladakh; Dy. Superintendent of Police UTDRF, Leh; Chief Medical Officer, Leh; Wildlife Warden, Leh; Assistant Director, Tourism, Leh; Assistant Director, Information; President, All Ladakh Tour Operators Association (ALTOA), Leh; and President, Ladakh Mountain Guides Association (LMGA), Leh.