Leh - Tilad Do - Gyalpo - Tibb Cave - Naerak - Leh
Ladakh is always a traveler’s dream destination and there are endless reasons that attract people to this land of high passes. One of the most exciting activities that attract travelers especially the adventure lovers to the valley during the winter is the Chadar trek Ladakh. Nowhere else on this planet you will get to experience such a thrilling adventure. During the winter, the Zanskar River which is a tributary of the Indus River gets frozen making a shit of ice that is termed as Chadar by the locals. This creates an outstanding opportunity for travelers to trek on this frozen river. Apart from this, you can also get a chance to meet the locals and the monks in the scenic villages of Ladakh. So, if you want to make this winter special, take this Chadar trek 2019-20 and enhance your spirit amid the pristine beauty of nature.
1. Package category : Deluxe
2. Hotel category : 3***( with central heating facilities )
3. Meal plan : Breakfast and Dinner / On trek : Full Board
4. Physical rating : very difficult
5. Group size: 15 max
Enjoy sightseeing in Leh and explore the local markets
Cross the frozen Zanskar River
See the confluence of Zanskar and Indus Rivers
Enjoy night camping at the most beautiful sight of Gyalpo
Day 01 Arrive in Leh
Today you will reach Leh the capital of Ladakh. Keep your eyes open as you will enjoy stunning views of the snow-clad mountains during the landing. Treat your eyes to the snow-covered Himalayan and the Karakoram Ranges. Don't forget that your first challenge is to beat the chill so wear enough woolen clothes, globes, and warm soaks. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and spend the day to familiarize yourself with the new environment at an altitude of 11,400 ft. Drink a lot of water and practice some fitness activities to avoid any sickness arising out of the change in weight and elevation. In the evening, you can take a walk around the local market. Taste the local food that is always yummy and also explore the handicraft products.
Spend the night at the hotel in Leh.
Day 02 Acclimatisation Day
The second day of the Zanskar trek is reserved as the acclimatization day. At a high altitude maintaining your body spirit is of utmost importance before starting the trekking. To avoid severe mountain sickness, the Ladakh Government has set some rules that include rest for at least two days and a mandatory medical check-up prior to the Chadar trek. You can walk around the nearby markets that will increase your walking ability. But avoid visiting the places at a higher altitude that may cause you altitude sickness. There are a number of shops where you can purchase handicrafts aad gifts for your friends back home. You can also visit the Buddhist sites and 17th-century Leh Palace.
Spend the night at the hotel in Leh.
Day 03 Mandatory medical check-up
Today morning you will go for the medical check-up at the Sonam Norbu Memorial Hospital. You can start your trekking tour only after the medical officer approves your fitness report. It is mandatory to submit the fitness certificate, wildlife permit and insurance documents to the authority of the department of tourism. So, the travelers are requested to undergo physical training and medical check-up before booking the Chadar trek India so that you don't face any problem passing the medical examination.
Spend the night at the hotel in Leh.
Day 04 Leh to Shingra Komayou
After going through the mandatory Government rules for the last two days, today is the first official day of the trekking. The trekking will be commenced at Leh and you will reach Shingra Komayou via Chilling & Tilad do pass. It is an 11 Kilometers trekking trail that is covered in around 5 hours. On your way, you will be accompanied by the stunning views of the Magnetic Hill formed by layers of slopes in the area and the confluence of the rivers Indus and Zanskar. You can also visit the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib a beautiful and historical Gurudwara maintained by the Indian army. From Shingra Komayou, the actual journey to the Chadar trek will be started. You can also take the optional car service to cover the distance up to Chilling. As the land is covered by snow, you must wear gumboots and carry a lightweight backpack to ease your journey. In the evening, you will reach Gyalpo the basecamp of Chadar trek. This is a scenic spot at the confluence of the two rivers surrounded by snowy mountains.
Spend the night at the Gyalpo campsite.
Day 05 Travel from Gyalpo to Tibb Cave
On day 5 of the Zanskar chadar trek, you will start for Tibb Cave in the early morning. The 12 kilometers trekking trail will cover an elevation of 300 feet. During your six hours trekking, you will see some frozen waterfalls while the green water of the Zanskar River will flow along with you. Halt for lunch at a Dhaba in the noon and taste the momos it is famous for. After lunch, spend some time beside the rocks that amazingly shine at the sunrays. Resume your journey and reach Tibb Cave in the evening.
Spend the night at the Tibb Cave campsite.
Day 06 Trek from Tibb cave to Naerak camp
Today you will leave Tibb cave and reach Naerak camp gaining another 300 feet altitude. This is a 13 Kilometers long trekking trail that you will cover in around seven hours. You will be accompanied by beautiful frozen waterfalls that will stun you. At noon complete your lunch at a local Dhaba with a hot and yummy meal. You will reach Naerak in the early evening. Spend the rest of the evening visiting the nearby villages and meeting the people there. The temperature in Naerak will be around minus 30 degrees Celsius so be prepared to protect yourself from this extreme cold.
Spend the night at the Naerak campsite.
Day 07 Naerak to Tibb Cave
Today you will start the return journey. As you will trek down you may think it is easier but in reality, it is not. You can walk on the completely frozen Zanskar River. This unique fun could be experienced only here. Several locals will come to you offering Conchas a woolen gown made by them. You can buy one to keep as a memory of your Chadar trek. Also, you will meet the monks and the school children on your way. As you descend the temperature will become warmer. By the evening you will reach Tibb cave. After spending the last night at minus 30 degrees Celsius, zero degree Celsius temperature will be comfortable for you.
Overnight camping at Tibb Cave.
Day 08 Trek from Tibb Cave to Shingra Yokma
Today you will perform the last part of trekking in your Chadar trek package. You will trek from Tibb Cave to Gyalpo and then take a car to reach Leh via Shingra Yokma covering a total of 18 kilometers of distance. The scenic drive along the cascading river surrounded by mountains will enchant you. You will reach Leh at around 6.30 in the evening. On arrival, check-into the guest house and soak into the comfort of the warm bed. You can also go for some last-minute shopping in Leh.
Overnight stay at the guest house in Leh.
Day 09 Departure
Today is the farewell day. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and get transferred to the airport to catch the flight for your onward journey. You will take home unforgettable memories of this 9 days Chadar trek with you.