Chadar Trek is well known for being a unique winter journey through Ladakh. It can be termed “Khado Sanglam” by Zanskari vocabulary. It travels through the actual route (Dakini Path) which the people of valley use as the last resort to connect to the outside world when there is no link for several weeks at this time of year because of heavy snowfall.
“Chadar” is a common Indian word that means “sheet” and is used to refer here to the sheets of ice formed over the Zanskar river on which we also trek along our route. This specific trek is considered as one of the most amazing one in India due to its unique trekking experience. Chadar frozen river trek offers you some of the most breath-taking sights, ice-peaks along with unforeseen landscapes that are bound to stay in memories forever. The Chadar formations, frozen waterfalls and the whole landscape is different each year.
Chadar Trek is a valley trek and hence doesn’t take much toll on your legs but the difficult part is the temperature. Day temperatures in Leh and while on trek are sub-zero and usually around -5 degrees. The temperatures during night falls drastically to -25 degrees. The ultimate challenge is to keep yourself focussed in completing the challenge.
Day one and two are acclimatization and rest at Leh to high altitude and harsh weather. Day three onward we start with remarkable journey through the Ladakhi landscape. We return on day seven evening, rest and cherish the time spend in the remote ‘white’ wild and pack our bags to leave back to our homes on day eight morning.
A must read – Story that will give you a glimpse of Seven days alongside the Mighty Zanskar on our blog.
You need to arrive to Leh on this day (latest). The reporting place is our hotel / guest house in Leh and the address of the same will be provided. You need to come to the place and you will be allotted with your room for the next two nights. You’ll be greeted by our team member and passed on with some quick instructions for the first day. This day is for rest and acclimatization to the altitude and cold temperature.
Meals Included: None
This is the second day of acclimatization. This is also important because one needs to mandatory medical check-up at Leh next day. One needs to clear the check-up, failing which one would not be allowed to undertake the trek.
We will also go to the market for getting our gears ready for the trek and for acclimatization walk.
Meals Included: None
Today is the third day of our acclimatization. We will start final preparations for the trek. We will have a detailed briefing about the trek and we would complete our gears before push off tomorrow. We will also need to undergo a MANDATORY medical check-up at Leh hospital.
*If one is unable to clear the medical check, he / she will not be allowed on trek next day as per the government regulation.
Meals Included: None
Today, after breakfast we drive with small brief halt at Nimmu (Sangam), the magnificent confluence of River Zanskar and Indus. We get first glipmse of Chadar from here. We can see the difference that slow flowing Zanskar is frozen and Indus is still flowing much better. We cross Chilling and drive to the roadhead. It may vary depending on snowfall or landslide.
We gather at the roadhead and start our journey down to the river. Touching the Chadar first time, we start the trek for about 3-4 hrs along the magnificent frozen river Zanskar till Tsomo campsite. Campsite derives its name from an imaginary Zanskari girl. Our trek leader and guide will keep on teaching you about various types of Chadar and different ways to walk on it. Overnight in the camps.
Meals Included: Lunch onward all meals
Today is a long day and we start early. The whole walk might take about 7 to 8 hours including lunch break. Today we would cross a narrow but magnificent stretch called Tsomo ka Tutu (Tsomo’s throat), a perpetual non-frozen fall with green moss around called Tsomo ka Nakung (Tsomo’s nose). By cross by multiple frozen waterfalls at distant. We reach Tibb that means under shadow in local dialect. We have our lunch and push further to Yokma Do which is about 3 hours from Tibb. Overnight in camp.
Meals Included: All Meals
Again one of the magnificent days on the Chadar trek. The vistas are stunning though as we pass through giant frozen waterfalls, ice cliffs and one may even catch sight of the mountain fox. IN about 3 hours, we reach Neyrak campsite. We have a quick meal and hike up to the Neyrak village. This day is for visit to the beautiful village of Neyrak. We leave Chadar that is going further to Zanskar here and take the bridge over frozen river to cross over to the left and join steep 1.5 – 2 km trail to the village.
The village has two parts – lower and upper which are situated 500m apart. Both area has DSPT (Satellite phone) from where you can call back home. Charges are around Rs. 8-10 per minute. Village is beautiful but harsh winter lifestyle can be imagined. At the topmost part there is a Gompa. The whole village takes about couple of hours to visit. If we are lucky, we might find a family to serve us hot butter tea with khambir, Ladakhi bread. We come down and camp at Neyrak.
THIS DAY CAN BE ALSO USED A BUFFER DAY. IF FOR ANY REASONS, WE ARE UNABLE TO FOLLOW OUR PREVIOUS SCHEDULE AND FALL BEHIND, THEN WE CAN MAKE IT UP ON THIS DAY. IN THAT CASE WE WILL ONLY DO VILLAGE, IF TIME AND CONDITIONS ALLOW.
Meals Included: All Meals
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. It is a long day again and we reach Hotong. It is usually an uncrowded site with hardly any groups preferring to stay here and this makes our last day special away from the crowd. Today is the last night on Chadar so we do our traditional parting ceremony here (if not done at Neyrak the last point) and spend good time with whole staff.
Meals Included: All Meals
Today we trek from Hotong / Interim Camp to Roadhead. Last day of our amazing trekking experience. We trek from our campsite in Bakula to the road-head. If someone is willing to take a dip in the icy cold waters, it is always the last day as we head back home. Shingra Yokma is a great and safe sight for it. We also have our lunch here before the vehicles come and we drive back to Leh. We stop by at Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and thank everyone for the safe and memorable journey. We celebrate at Leh and spend overnight at Leh.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
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PLEASE NOTE THAT WILDLIFE & ENVIRONMENT FEE OF APPROX. ₹ 2040 WILL BE PAID DIRECTLY AND ADDITIONALLY AT LEH.
Airport Transfers – Rs. 700 per small car for pick-up and Rs. 350 per small car for drop-off.
Twin Sharing Supplement – Rs. 2,500/- per person.
Portage – Rs. 2,500/- for whole trek.
MAP Meal Plan at Leh – Rs. 2,000/- for three nights.
*GST paid is non-refundable.
*Any requests on cancellation will be taken over email and not over the phone.
In case the Chadar Trek gets cancelled cause of natural phenomenon or any other reason beyond our control, we shall arrange for alternative treks like Lamayuru Trek, Zanskar Valley Trek or the Indus River Trek looking at the situation and possibility of the events. If the participant is unwilling to go for the alternative trek, there would be no refund or voucher issued as for Chadar trek, all the services have to be arranged beforehand and cannot be shifted to any other date.
No show and trek changes / cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable. No money shall be refunded in case a person is rescued and brought back to the base camp before the said date. If the travellers need to return before the trip ends, they shall have to bear all the expenses for accommodation and meals at Leh or any other place. The services on the trek are arranged for even if they go unused.
If any trekker feels unwell and has to be brought back to the base camp. All the charges, Including The rescue fees, medication, Ambulance / Transport, Accommodation apart from the scheduled itinerary, Meals or any other medical or Miscellaneous expenses will have to be borne by the trekker. We have one Backup plan by which people unwilling to continue to carry on with the trek can accompany the person heading back to the base camp with the team only once. If in case a second emergency occurs, the complete trek will be terminated and all the participants shall be immediately dropped back to the base camp.
P.S. We are only liable to offer the services mentioned as per the itinerary and inclusions.
We shall not offer or pay any discounts or refunds for missed or unused services which were missed or unused by the client due to no fault of ours, or our representatives, which shall include any termination of the client’s participation in the tour product due to the client’s own fault, negligence or breach of these terms.
Risk & Adventure go hand-in-hand. There is no adventure that is without risk. In organized adventure, we try to mitigate all the known risks to maximum possible. However, it is important for the adventurer to know about the possible risks and the supporting precautions one must take to have a happy, safe and comfortable journey.
In trekking, we walk on local trails which itself can be a risk to accident falls, slips and twists, that may lead to minor or major injury. Each trek has its own share of associated risk and gravity of it for which we keep a local guide or technical team, as needed, with the group. Based on the altitude, temperature, terrain, slope, weather and communication network, every trek has varying gravity of risks associated.
Chadar Trek is an extreme trek considering the lowest temperatures can be around -30°c and you walk on never experienced trail. An advantage that we see on trail is that the gradient is less as we are walking on the river, it means that if one is acclimatized well before trek, height gain is small enough to catch serious sign of AMS. But in reverse, if one faces any problem, it is similarly hard to lower the altitude and moreover, the route currently have no mobile / sat-phone connectivity, the problem can aggravate very quickly. Below are some serious risks that are associated with Chadar Trek.
Today, one can easily find on some blogs and social media posts by few that Chadar Trek is an easy trek. The first step to prepare for Chaddar Trek is to understand that it is a serious trek and a difficult one. Moderate – difficult in physical terms and difficult considering the sub-zero temperatures. Chadar Trek throws uncertainty as well, one cannot predict route conditions. Some may find it smooth and may be very challenging for others. The sheet of ice on which we walk is ever-changing. It is always in process of forming and breaking. It is delicate balance and a play of nature that decides its formation, thickness and breakage. Various factors from temperatures, cloud cover, water flow, river gradient, valley width, river depth and probably shape of the valley, work together and form the Chadar in process. If one person had a particular type of experience on the trek, not necessary that another person will have the same or even he himself will have the same if he comes back again!
Our experienced guiding and support team is with the group at all times. They will throughout gauge the risks and communicate on-spot precautions needed. However, there are certain basics that one needs to follow before and on the trek.
*If one has any questions or needs further details, please feel free to contact our team directly.
While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
IMPORTANT: NEVER LEAVE ANY PLASTIC OUT IN THE NATURE. Plastic is only for use. If you’ve spare plastic bag, free hands and some will, we’d recommend you collecting non-biodegradable waste from the trail and bringing back as much as possible. We all can do our bit for the Mother Nature.
Services/Equipment’s provided by us on the Trek:
One trek leader, one guide, one cook & around 15 to 20 helpers and porters, that makes a total staff of around 20 to 25 professionally qualified / locals accompanying 15 to 18 trekkers.
Our team is aware of high attitude problems and we carry whole first-aid kit and necessary medicines with our backpack. Our team is trained and always present to manage emergency situations. Oxygen cylinder remains with the group in all our treks over 3500 meters altitude.
Also, team has a right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary. Final word of the trek leaders will have to be followed by all the members.
No, Diamox is not advisable. Best is to naturally acclimatize to the altitude. If you want use so please consult your doctor before use.
Yes, our first priority is to provide the safety environment for all trekkers. Girls’ safety and comfort is of foremost importance to us. Even our allocation of tents and rooms is made on the basis of female to male ratio in the group.
Yes, you can offload your bag. But you should intimate us at least 15 days in advance, so that we will arrange the portage your your bag accordingly.
We always serve vegetarian food during the trek with a choice of eggs sometimes, as per the trek menu. However, on certain trails and private groups, we can add non-vegetarian options on custom basis.
Yes, it is always advisable. We only carry basic first aid medicines. Also, where our team helps in emergency situations. In no way, one can replace a physician. If you have been specially prescribed some medicines, please do bring them along.