The Chadar Trek is one of the most challenging treks in India, and is eagerly looked forward to both by adventurists and people in general. This trek involves crossing the frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh. The trek derives its name from the fact that the frozen river resembles a sheet of white ice, which is called “Chadar” in the local language. The Chadar Trek in Zanskar (Frozen River Trekking) 2019, consisting of 10 days gives you the opportunity of taking a trek across the Zanskar River and enjoying the adventure in the best possible way. During the course of the trek, you will come across various magnificent sights that will leave you thrilled.
After arriving at the Leh airport, one of the highest airports in the world, get in touch with our tour representative who will help you with an assisted transfer to the hotel/guest house. After resting for a while, head out in the evening to visit the local market of Leh where you will come across several food joints and shops open for business. You can choose to enjoy the local hot food and enjoy some last minute shopping, if you wish to do so.Talking a walk here lets you experience the chill in the air.
Overnight stay at the guest house / hotel.
After enjoying your breakfast, set off for sightseeing the beautiful city of Leh. Some of the sightseeing places include Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and market.
Board a bus to Chilling in the morning. The road journey from Leh to Chilling takes you past incredible picturesque landscapes and gorgeous sights. The bus travels along the Indus River to Nimu Village where you can see the confluence of Zanskar and Indus Rivers. The bus makes a stop here for some time to enable the tourists to take photographs. The drive later continues on the road that descends towards the right into the river valley. The zigzagging road, dressed in snow, lets you enjoy a thrilling ride while taking you from Chilling to Tilad Do. The spectacular views of the snow clad mountains are not to be missed.
After de-boarding the bus at Tilad Do, start the trek expedition towards the campsite. Your first steps on the Chadar, meaning “sheet” in Hindi, promises to be absolutely thrilling. You should be careful while crossing the frozen Zanskar River. Walking on the ice sheet requires practice, and this being your first time, you will need to start out carefully and slowly. As evening arrives, the team will pitch the tent on the banks of the river. You can also choose to climb up a nearby mountain to enjoy the outstanding views of the surroundings. The setting of the sun brings with it a decrease in temperature. Cuddle yourself into sleeping bags to keep your body warm.
Overnight stay in the tent.
Get out of your sleeping bags in the morning and enjoy a hot cup of tea. This will help you with the cold. On this day, you will embark on a long trek session of around 12km on the Zanskar Chadar trek. The guide makes you acquainted with the walking technique on the frozen Zanskar River. The composition of the frozen river changes in direct proportion to the weather. It can either be slippery with hard and cold ice or peppered with snow, thus making the walk relatively easier. It is best to follow the guide as the ice can be both thick and thin at some places, and the locals know how to handle this. During the course of the trek, you will also have to walk through ankle deep water or climb the cliffs standing by the side of the river. Start walking gradually, while skating and gliding on the Chadar on your own. Make a stop midway where the porters-cum-cooks serve tasty hot noodles for lunch. This has the advantage of fuelling the body’s solid as well as liquid intake. Walking past Shingra Koma brings you at the Gyalpo campsite where the potters will already have pitched the tents for you. The site, which is located by a bend in the river, is surrounded by rock walls and high peaks. After enjoying an early dinner, get inside a comfortable warm sleeping bag, retiring for the day.
Overnight stay in camps.
Your day begins with a hot cup of tea in the morning and breakfast at 8. The trek begins at 8.30. You should make sure that your breakfast is heavy as you will required to walk a lot on this day (almost 14km). You will cross the deep ravines of Zanskar. For most of the day, this region receives no sunshine as the area is surrounded by mountains on both sides. Many of them also have caves. Your trekking expedition will also take you past frozen waterfalls and on the way, you will also come across some greenery near a waterfall which never freezes. There is an interesting tale behind its not being frozen. After you reach Tibb, you will come across an enormous cave, which will serve as your dwelling for the day. You will be treated to hot butter tea.
On this day, you will witness the incredible natural beauty of the region. Continue walking on the river and carefully negotiating through deep gorges. You will arrive at a place where prayer flags cover the Juniper trees. You can also choose to tie a prayer flag for good health and good luck. These flags will be carried by the porter assisting you. After a few steps ahead, you will come face to face with the biggest frozen waterfall of the region with a bridge next to it standing across the river. This bridge is used in the summer time to travel to Leh from Zanskar. This is the difficult part of the trek. After an hour, you come across the Naerak Village which stands several feet above the river. This is a local village inhabited by the residents of Zanskar. Set-up your camp in close proximity to the river. Rest and relax after arriving.
Overnight stay at the camp.
This is the beginning of the return journey. Start trekking back to the Tibb Cave. However, you should remember not to get careless by thinking that you are familiar with this trek, because you may come across several challenges. The need to be careful is all the more important because the river can change its form at any point of time. Meet locals on your way back. You will see them dressed in traditional woollen Gonchas. A few people may even be monks travelling to Leh from Lingshed Monastery. Arriva at Tibb.
Enjoy an overnight stay.
Start walking from Tibb and continue walking till you reach Gyalpo. The enormous mountain walls overlooking the river lend them a scenic appearance. You can even spot the pug marks of animals like ibex, foxes and snow leopards.
Overnight stay at Gyalpo.
This is the last day of the Chadar trek. Keep walking till you reach Tilad Do. You have reached the end of River Zanskar. This is the time to say goodbye to River Zanskar and the team. Upon arrival, complete the check-out formalities at the guest house/hotel.
Overnight stay at Leh.
After checkout, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.
|No of Pax||Price|
|01||INR 22,000 Per Person|
Our Fix Departure Dates
|1st||January||14th to 23rd jan 2019|
|2nd||January||20th to 29th jan 2019|
|3rd||January||26th to 04th feb 2019|
|4th||February||1st to 10th feb 2019|
|5th||February||7th to 15th feb 2019|
|01||Arrival at leh + rest||At hotel / Guest house||Leh|
|02||Rest / acclimatisation day||At hotel / Guest house||Leh|
|03||Leh - shingra yokma||In tents||Chadar route|
|04||Shingra yokma - tsomo bao||In tents||Chadar route|
|05||Tsomo bao - tibb caves||In tents||Chadar route|
|06||Tibb caves - nyerak waterfall||In tents||Chadar route|
|07||Neyrak - tibb caves||In tents||Chadar route|
|08||Tibb caves - shingra yokma||In tents||Chadar route|
|09||Shingra yokma - Leh||At hotel / guest house||Chadar route+back Leh|
|10||Fly out from leh||Delhi||Delhi|
- Leh to Leh Transfers
- Food and Accommodation as per itinerary.
- Guide / Cook and other Professionals
- Services of a trek leader
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Evening Tea on the Trek.
- Camping charges
- Sleeping bags
- Safety equipment
- Kitchen & Dining
- Group Guides / Cooks.
- Assistance on arrival.
- All TAXES except GST.
- GST 5% will be applicable on package amount.
- Any Expenses of Personal nature such as Travel and medical insurance, Drinks, Laundry, Telephone/Fax, Calls, Additional Porterage or transportations.
- Any additional Expenses caused by reason beyond our control such as Natural Calamities (Land Slides, Floods etc.), any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes, evacuation costs Trek permits Any tips, and any meals apart from the ones mentioned above. Any other tax or service charge, stay charge that could be enforced during this period will be extra and need to be borne by you.
- Any service not specifically mentioned in the Includes sections.
- All TAXES / GST / OTHER APLICABLE TAX / TREKKING PERMIT FEE.
- Personal porter is not included in cost.
- If required extra cost will be required.
- TREKKING PERMIT FEE +WILD LIFE FEE 2500 +300 IS NOT INCLUDED ABOVE COST.
Please Note: All programs are subject to change without prior notice.