Chadar trek

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Ladakh

8 days

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62 km

January, February

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Chadar Trek

+5% GST

₹ 24500

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Taxi

Meals

Guide

Camping

Ladakh

8 days

Difficult

62 km

January, February

11150 ft.

About Chadar Trek

The thrilling and daring Chadar Trek in Ladakh is no less than a dream trek for adventure fanatics and nature lovers. This breathtaking Chadar trek on the frozen river of Zanskar is sure to offer a lifetime adventure experience. Ladakh is home to several natural wonders but one of the most treasurable gifts given to this dreamlike land is the Chadar trek. This trek is mainly about persistence and survival. During this trek, you will learn to survive in severe terrain at zero temperatures. Remember Chadar trek is not like other treks in the Himalayas. Get ready to walk on the frozen glass-like river along with the mesmerizing views of the mountains on your other side. Located at an elevation of 11,400 ft., the Chadar trek adventure starts at Leh. At the time of winter, the Zanskar river in Ladakh freezes, and a thick sheet of ice covers it fully. This thick sheet of ice has been given the name Chadar trek. During the night, the chadar forms and melts in the day. While it again reforms at the night. The matchless experience of the Chadar trek mainly includes trekking on the frozen river called Zanskar, giving you a lifetime reminiscence. Ladakh is located amid the beautiful Karakoram range as well as the massive Himalayan range, giving you a wonderful trekking chance. However, this trek is undertaken only by brave and strong trekkers. This frozen river trekking chance often makes Ladakh more unique.  With no sense of consistency, the landscape changes in just a blink of your eye along with the ice as well as snow changing shape and form frequently. Remember this trek is not about the prettiness of the scenery but an experience and insight into a completely different way of living. Get ready to experience colorful yet harsh life in the Zanskar valley. While trekking, you will not set your tents in thick paddocks or dense forests but under the umbrella of irregular meteor showers.  If you are wondering which is the best time for the Chadar trek then late December and early February is the right time to plan for this adventurous trek. In most of the usual treks, you will find a temperature around 3 to 10 degrees Celsius but the Chadar trek’s temperature is almost between -15 to -20 degrees Celsius. So, be prepared to hold yourself and your clothes tight always. Chadar trek in Ladakh is a lifetime experience of trekking on an amazing trek route full of transparent ice sheets and gigantic mountains. This trek takes you to the world where you can experience amazement, uncertainty, voyage as well as the mission where you can overcome your fear. If you really wish to explore the Himalayan culture, immerse yourself in the beautiful colors of Ladakh, be surrounded by the cold winds, and are ready to undertake any challenge while trekking then Chadar trek is waiting for you.

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FAQs

The Chadar Trek is a winter trekking expedition that takes place on the frozen Zanskar River in the Ladakh region of India.

The trek is usually undertaken in the winter months, between January and February, when the river freezes over, forming a thick layer of ice.

The Chadar Trek is considered to be a challenging trek due to the harsh winter conditions, sub-zero temperatures, and the icy terrain. Participants should have prior trekking experience and be physically fit.

The trek typically lasts around 7 to 8 days, depending on the itinerary chosen by the tourist.

Accommodation options during the trek include camping in tents on the frozen river or staying in caves along the route.

Participants need to be equipped with warm clothes, layered clothing, high ankle trekking shoes, crampons, sleeping bags rated for extreme cold, and other winter trekking gear.

Yes, it is highly recommended to hire an authorized trek agency or join a guided tour for the Chadar Trek due to the challenging nature of the terrain and the extreme weather conditions.

The Chadar Trek takes place at high altitude, with the highest point reaching over 11,100 feet. Participants should be prepared for altitude sickness and acclimatization.

Safety precautions include regular monitoring of participants' health, carrying emergency medical supplies, and adhering to safety protocols for walking on the frozen river.

While prior trekking experience is not mandatory, participants should be physically fit and prepared for the challenges posed by the extreme winter conditions of the trek.

Yes, it is typically required to provide a medical fitness certificate from a certified physician stating that you are fit to undertake the challenging conditions of the trek, especially considering the high altitude and extreme weather. This is to ensure the safety of all participants.

Acclimatization is crucial for adjusting to high altitudes safely. The trek itinerary includes gradual ascents, rest days, and adequate hydration to allow participants' bodies to adapt to the altitude, reducing the risk of altitude-related illnesses.

Altitude sickness is a concern during high-altitude treks like Chadar. Guides are trained to recognize symptoms, carry emergency oxygen, and have evacuation plans in case of severe cases. Participants are encouraged to acclimatize gradually and stay hydrated to minimize the risk.

Chadar Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

All the trekkers need to reach Leh from where the trekking trip will start. On arriving at Leh airport, you will realize that it is the most pictorial airport. Make sure you keep some of your woolen clothes handy as the temperature might drop down at Leh airport. 

Get ready to fly over long stretches of snow-capped Himalayan mountains, making you realize why it is impossible to reach Ladakh via road in winters. The chill in the air is going to serve as a trailer of the temperature of the Chadar river trek.   

Once you reach the guesthouse, you will get time to relax. In the evening, you can spend some leisure time in the market and do shopping. Make sure you keep your body hydrated by taking fluids in order to maintain the body temperature. 

Do not try to head to high altitudes on day 01 because it is necessary to take proper rest and get ready for the coming adventure.  

According to the government regulations, it is important for all trekkers to undertake the Chadar trek only after spending two days in Leh. This will help to acclimatize to the high height. In this way, trekkers can also avoid acute mountain sickness.

In the two days, the trekkers need to get used to the cold temperature in Leh as the temperature will fall only when you start walking towards the Zanskar river. Here the temperature reaches below zero in the daytime only. 

After having breakfast, you can explore the town and go beautiful sightseeing. Remember this is the right time to ensure that you have all the items needed for trekking. Leh is the last stop where you can get access to shops and civilization. 

Wake up early in the morning and be ready for medical tests including height, weight, blood pressure, and oxygen level. Today is the big day because your medical test report will decide whether you will trek or not. Reach the medical camp and get your medical test done early in the morning. 

Though the medical tests involve less time but due to the rush of tourists, you need to wait for your turn. If the medical report is positive then you will obtain the required wildlife permits, insurance documents, and another permit as well documents. 

Wake up in the morning and after having breakfast get ready to start your much-awaited trek. Your day will start with an amazing drive to Chilling which is the starting point of the Chadar trek. This drive is going to cover the Leh to Zanskar river distance. 

During the drive, you will come across stunning views of the cold desert such as the meeting of the Zanskar and the Indus, the Magnetic hill as well as the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. 

After this, you will start your trek to the Gyalpo which is the very first campsite of the Chadar trek. On your way, you will also see Rilad Do and Shingra Koma. On the Zanskar in Ladakh, you will have the first experience of trekking. 

Start on the trek by slipping and sliding. In this way, you will come across the ‘chadar’ or the thick blanket of ice that gorgeously covers the Zanskar river. Once you reach the campsite at Gyalpo, experience the breathtaking vista of nature and then rest in the camp.   

Start your day with a joyful Himalayan sunrise and enjoy a hot breakfast that will definitely soothe all your cold aches from the night. After having breakfast, we will start our trek to Tibba cave which is located at a height of 11,800 ft. The trek will take almost 6-7 hours to complete. 

You will be trekking alongside the Zanskar and enjoy outstanding vistas of nature. The waterfalls offer the most fascinating sight to the trekkers. As you reach the campsite near the Tibb cave, you will come across the mind-blowing sight of the cold desert personified in the sand surrounding.

Night stay will be scheduled in the camp where hot & delicious is served to the trekkers. 

At the end of the day, you will get the chance to witness the biggest highlight of the Chadar trek i.e., Nerak waterfall which is considered the mother of all waterfalls. 

Day 06 will be a long day so start trekking early in the morning with an aim to reach the waterfall by late afternoon. Remember the sun will make an exit from the Zanskar valley early and the only way to keep yourself warm is by moving. 

You can spot the ice in different patches broken in the middle of the frozen river and forms geometrical structures of different shapes & sizes. This view is really fascinating and a real treat to your eyes. 

Today, we will trek for long 13km in almost 7 hours. The destination of the day is going to take you to the most looked-for sight of the trek. Nerak waterfall stands tall and proud at an elevation of 56ft. From here, you can enjoy the appealing view of water suspended in time and frozen midway to the ground.

The campsite for today will be located 20 minutes away from the waterfall. Make sure you take special care of yourself and keep yourself warm by putting up the right clothes. The temperature at the campsite will fall to as low as -30 degrees at night. 

After having your hot & delicious dinner, head inside the tents and rest. 

After having breakfast early in the morning, we will start our journey and get back to the Tibb cave. In case, you think going back is the easiest part of this journey then the Chadar will surely make your mind think about this again. 

The Zanskar River is known for reacting even to the slightest change of temperature and constantly keeps repackaging itself. Chadar trek is a different experience that every trekker must witness at least once in life. 

On your way back to Tibb cave, you will come across some human activity in the form of monks, returning back to Leh from Lingshed or locals going back from their business. 

It is gratifying to see the children laughing and smiling on their way to school in even such harsh conditions. After trekking for 6-7 hours, you can reach back to the Tibb Cave campsite. This is the place where you will be camping overnight. 

Wake up early in the morning and witness the superb Himalayan sunrise. Before starting your trek back to Shingra Koma enjoy the warm and lip-smacking breakfast.    

You have to trek along the same route and pass by the same frozen waterfalls and mesmerizing rock formations. An eye-catchy trail, running parallel to the emerald green waters of the Zanskar thriving through Ladakh is going to make your trek extremely adventurous. 

In this way, you will reach the Gyalpo campsite. On the way, all the trekkers will be served hot lunch. The trek is short and will take almost an hour and a half to complete. From here, we will drive back to Leh and reach it by the evening.

All the trekkers can either relax in the hotel or can get their tickets done accordingly to return back to their hometown. This will mark the end of a beautiful & thrilling Chadar trek.

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Booking Confirmation Policy

• The customer receives a Booking confirmation receipt immediately via Email and WhatsApp of a successful booking.

Cancellation policy

In the event you cancel your trek, cancellation policy we follow :

• Cancellation 20 days before the starting date of the trek – Refund with 10% cancellation charges.

FAQs

The Chadar Trek is a winter trekking expedition that takes place on the frozen Zanskar River in the Ladakh region of India.

The trek is usually undertaken in the winter months, between January and February, when the river freezes over, forming a thick layer of ice.

The Chadar Trek is considered to be a challenging trek due to the harsh winter conditions, sub-zero temperatures, and the icy terrain. Participants should have prior trekking experience and be physically fit.

The trek typically lasts around 7 to 8 days, depending on the itinerary chosen by the tourist.

Accommodation options during the trek include camping in tents on the frozen river or staying in caves along the route.

Participants need to be equipped with warm clothes, layered clothing, high ankle trekking shoes, crampons, sleeping bags rated for extreme cold, and other winter trekking gear.

Yes, it is highly recommended to hire an authorized trek agency or join a guided tour for the Chadar Trek due to the challenging nature of the terrain and the extreme weather conditions.

The Chadar Trek takes place at high altitude, with the highest point reaching over 11,100 feet. Participants should be prepared for altitude sickness and acclimatization.

Safety precautions include regular monitoring of participants' health, carrying emergency medical supplies, and adhering to safety protocols for walking on the frozen river.

While prior trekking experience is not mandatory, participants should be physically fit and prepared for the challenges posed by the extreme winter conditions of the trek.

Yes, it is typically required to provide a medical fitness certificate from a certified physician stating that you are fit to undertake the challenging conditions of the trek, especially considering the high altitude and extreme weather. This is to ensure the safety of all participants.

Acclimatization is crucial for adjusting to high altitudes safely. The trek itinerary includes gradual ascents, rest days, and adequate hydration to allow participants' bodies to adapt to the altitude, reducing the risk of altitude-related illnesses.

Altitude sickness is a concern during high-altitude treks like Chadar. Guides are trained to recognize symptoms, carry emergency oxygen, and have evacuation plans in case of severe cases. Participants are encouraged to acclimatize gradually and stay hydrated to minimize the risk.

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