Leh, Ladakh | 9D/8N | 11,123 Ft
January – February
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
- Reviews 3934.9/5
- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Difficult
- Group Size Small Group
All about the Chadar Trek.
What would you call a place traversing three of the five highest motorable passes in the world with a region touching two borders, the second highest saltwater lake in the world, three different terrains, three distinct cultures and five mountain ranges? we would call it meditation for the soul . Ladakh gets inaccessible during the winters and that is when we, adventures step into the picture and decide to conquer one of the most nerve wrecking sheet of ice, THE CHADAR TREK. Chadar trek is one of the routes that connects villages in the Zanskar valley (nestled deep within the mountains) with chilling . If the idea of walking over frozen river ice with a backpack on your back and very cold treacherous water a few inches below your feet terrifies you, you’re not alone. getting to the end of it is not easy, and thats the best part .For better or for worse, the chadar trek is an endangered activity and within a year or two will cease to exist in its current form. Grab this life turning oppurtunity while it still lasts.
Though technically it is the same way back, it is also quite different. The Chadar or the blanket of ice that is forming on the River Zanskar is always changing, breaking up and forming itself again. As the Chadar dynamics are ever-changing, the same route and place would look and feel different as the texture and conditions change.
Chadar Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrival in Leh
Report at Leh. Rest of the day free for acclimatization. Stay overnight at the hotel. Get also used to the cold.
Day 2 : Rest day in Leh
Rest day for acclimatization. You can visit nearby touristy places in leh.
Day 3 : Medical Check up Day
You will be taken for a Medical Check up on this day as it has been made mandatory by Ladakh Government to avoid any accidents. After that you can take rest and go shopping, prepare for the trek.
Day 4 : Drive from Leh to Shingra Koma and Trek to Tsomo Palder
Drive from Leh to Shingra Koma and trek to Tsomo Palder. Today in the morning drive with small brief halt at the magnificent confluence of River Zanskar and Indus and then again a drive to the Chilling, one of the most famous villages in Ladakh, known for craftsmanship, especially the metal works. We drive further to the roadhead near Shingra Koma. Touching the Chadar first time, we start the trek along the magnificent frozen river Zanskar till Tsomo Paldar. Overnight in cave/camp/tent. Also learn the fun way to adjust yourself to Ladakhi Shuffle walk style on the frozen slippery ice of River Zanskar.
Day 5 : Trek from Tsomo Palder to Tibb Cave
We pass through some magnificent beautiful waterfalls and frozen ice cliffs on the left – it is like walking through a giant freezer! The walk also crosses through narrow gorges, where the trekker may have to climb briefly on to the rocky river bank. The sharp bends and current of the river breaks the ice in some places. Lunch in between on a flat rocky hill side by the river. Overnight stay in camps.
Day 6 : Trek from Tibb to Nyerak Pullu
Again one of the magnificent days on the Chadar trek. However, the caution being that this can become a difficult if the Chadar is not very firm. The vistas are stunning though as we pass through giant frozen waterfalls, ice cliffs and one may even catch sight of the mountain fox. Nyerak village is located high above. Beyond the bridge that links Nyerak village with Lingshed, small huts mark the summer grazing shelters of the villagers.
Day 7 : Trek from Nyerak to Tibb Cave
Though technically it is the same way back, it is also quite different. The Chadar or the blanket of ice that is forming on the River Zanskar is always changing, breaking up and forming itself again. As the Chadar dynamics are ever changing, the same route and place would look and feel different as the texture and conditions change.
Day 8 : Trek Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma and Drive to Leh
Today we trek from Tibb to Shingra Koma. Shingra Koma is a big camping ground on your right as you walk upstream. It’s right below a huge stone wall which is straight out of a Hollywood movie. The Zanskar river takes a beautiful turn right in front of the campsite and sharp peaks rise on the other side of the river.
Drive back to Leh from this campsite.
Day 9 : Depart from Leh
You can go with your onward travel plans on this day.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
- Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
- Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
- Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
- Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
- Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
- Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
- A Life Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
- GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
- Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation to Leh from home city and vice versa is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
- Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
- Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
- Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
- Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
FAQs and Reviews
Who is this Trek meant for?
This trek is considered to be moderate to difficult depending on the weather conditions. It is more of a mental trek. The temperature drops below negative 30 degrees and walking on ice is a tough task. This is for true adventurere\'s
What things are needed to be carried?
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a daypack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.