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Trekmunk Team, Chadar Trek 2017, Ladakh

Chadar Trek

from  31450.00 26950.00

Leh, Ladakh |  10D/9N  |  11,123 Ft

January – February

(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)

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  • Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
  • Activity Level Difficult
    6/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    10
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.

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  1. 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.

  2. Day 2 Rest day in Leh

    Rest day for acclimatization. You can visit nearby touristy places in leh.

  3. Day 3 Leh to Tilat Sumdo Campsite

    Drive from Leh to Chilling and trek to Tilat Sumdo. 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 Tilat Sumdo camp. Touching the Chadar first time, we start the trek for 1-2 hrs along the magnificent frozen river Zanskar till Tilat Sumdo. 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.

  4. Day 4 Tilat Sumdo to Shingra Koma Campsite

    After the breakfast call at 7:30 am and an early departure, the walk on the Chadar has fully started. Hearing the different sounds of Chadarforming and breaking, you will soon get familiar where the Chadar or the ice cover is thick and thin.

  5. Day 5 Shingra Koma to Dibb (Tibb)

    It is the longest day of the trek, 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.

  6. Day 6 Dibb 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. Neyrak village is located high above. Beyond the bridge that links Nyerak village with Lingshed, small huts mark the summer grazing shelters of the villagers.

  7. Day 7 Neyrak to Dibb

    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.

  8. Day 8 Dibb (Tibb) to Shingra Koma

    Today we trek from Dibb 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.

  9. Day 9 Shingra Koma to Chilling to Leh

    Last day of our amazing trekking experience. We trek from our campsite in Shingra Koma to Chilling which was also the start point of our trek. From Chilling we drive back to Leh. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  10. Day 10 Depart from Leh

    You can go with your onward travel plans on this day.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Inclusions in the package:
  • All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents/homestays
  • Accommodation in Leh on sharing basis
  • All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
  • Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
  • Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
  • Services of our expert Trek Leader
  • Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
  • A Life Changing Experience
Exclusions in the package:
  • GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
  • Food in Leh
  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Any Trekking permits and forest camping charges
  • Backpack Offloading Charges (Portage of personal bags)
  • Personal Trekking Gear
  • Travel Expenses to and fro Leh from home city
  • Tips for local team
  • Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
  • Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
  • Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
  • Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
Questions about the Trek
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. For a complete checklist, go to Trekmunk Checklist.