Chadar Trek

Departure Date

01th of every month

Duration

9 days

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Maximum Seats

10

Why This Trek?

During the winter ,Ladakh, is isolated from the whole country due to heavy snowfall. The only way to Ladakh is by air from Delhi. In winter the temperature goes down to 30 below zero and the mighty Zanskar river freezes.

  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate.

  • MAX ALTITUDE: 11,700 ft

  • BASE CAMP : Leh .

  • DURATION: 9 Days 8 Nights.

  • BEST SEASON: January February.

TREK FEE PER PERSON

Rs. 23,500

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This seven to eight day trek from Chilling to Naerak over the Zanskar is both challenging as well as an unforgettable experience. The landscape acquires a pristine grandeur in winter as the trail enters into the gorge of the Zanskar.

Destinations Covered during Chadar Trek : Leh, Tilad D, Gyalpo, Naerak, Dibb

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation during Trek(Camping) and 2 days stay at Leh in Guest house as per itinerary on sharing basis.
  • Meals only while on trek (Veg) from day 2nd Lunch to Day 8th Breakfast.
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
  • Tents & Sleeping bags
  • Transport from Leh and Return as per Itinerary

What’s Not Included :

  • Wildlife Fee if any (There is no fee currently)
  • ALTOA Fee
  • Mineral Water
  • Medical expenses (apart from first aid) and insurance of any kind.
  • Mineral Water & any kind of beverages
  • Airport Transfers
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses.
  • Meals in Leh

Brief Itinerary Chadar Trek:

Day 1: Arrival at Leh
Day 2: Drive to Chilling roadhead and trek to Tilad Do camp (11,710 ft )
Day 3: Trek to Gyalpo camp (11,400 ft)
Day 4: Trek to Dib Cave (10,580 ft)
Day 5: Trek to Naerak Camp (11,122 ft)
Day 6: Trek to Dib Cave(10,580 ft)
Day 7: Trek to Gyalpo (11,400 ft)
Day 8: Drive back to Leh from Tilad Do
Day 9: Take your Flight to Delhi

Information On Ladakh

1. Introduction About Ladakh.

2. Weather of Ladakh.

3. Passes around Ladakh.

4. Frequently asked question about Ladakh.

5. History of Ladakh.

6. Demography of Ladakh.

7. Geography of Ladakh.

8. Health and safety precautions to be taken in Ladakh.

9. Best time to visit Ladakh.

10. Things to do in Ladakh.

11. Festivals of Ladakh.

12. Wildlife of Ladakh.

13. Flora of Ladakh.

14. Monuments and Museums in Ladakh.

15. Villages around Ladakh.

16. Adventure Sports in Ladakh.

17. Shopping in Ladakh.

18. Additional Information about Ladakh.

 

Detailed Chadar Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Leh

 Arrive at Leh and check into a hotel. Leh is a high altitude desert and it takes at least a day to acclimatise to these conditions.So rest in your hotel room and in the evening roam around Leh market. Leh is a culturally rich place. There are dozens of monasteries and ancient temples that you can go around. Overnight stay in Leh.
Chadar Trek

Day 2: Drive to Chilling roadhead and trek to Tilad Do camp (11,710 ft )

Post breakfast we will drive to Chilling from where we will start our Chadar Trek. The drive to Chilling – the starting point of Chadar trek is an adventurous drive. The ride is along the river Indus via village Nimu the place  which is the confluence of  the river Indus and the Zanskar. To reach camp one needs to cross the frozen Zanskar.

Chadar Trek - Frozen River Trek

Day 3:Trek to Gyalpo camp (11,400 ft)

After morning stretching exercises and breakfast our instructors will brief you on how to trek on the Chadar Trek.  The Frozen Zanskar is hard as rock and slippery in the winter and trekking on this river can be quite challenging. We will stop for lunch prepared by our staff on the Zanskar which is an experience in itself. After passing Shingra Koma, you reach the camp-site for the day at Gyalpo, where tents have already been pitched by the porters.

Chadar Trek

Day 4: Trek to Dib Cave (10,580 ft)

Today we will start our trek after a nutritious breakfast.Today’s stretch of the Chadar Trek is around 14 km. Our destination for the day is Dib Cave. Dib Cave is big cave which provides shelter. We welcome you to the cave with a hot cup of ladakhi butter tea. Overnight stay at Dib Cave.

Chadar Trek Frozen River Trek

Day 5: Trek to Naerak Camp (11,122 ft)

Today we trek over deep gorges under the frozen Zanskar. You can hear the sound of water flowing beneath it. After trekking for a few hours we reach a huge waterfall. An old, dilapidated bridge on the river, which villagers claim to be  more than 1,000 years old, marks Naerak.

Chadar Trek Zanskar River trek

Day 6: Trek to Dib Cave(10,580 ft)

Naerak to Dibb: The same way back? Well technically ,yes. In fact the Chadar changes by the minute, and the colors and perspectives all change. Overnight stay in Dib Cave.

Chadar Trek Photos

Day 7: Trek to Gyalpo (11,400 ft)

We continue walking in the gorge, which is inaccessible in any other season and we come across some stunning frozen waterfalls.

Chadar Trek Photos

 Day 8: Drive back to Leh from Tilad Do

At the end of an outstanding frozen river Chadar trek through the Himalayas, you are back to Leh. Overnight stay in Leh.

Chadar Trek photos

Day 9: Take your Flight to Delhi

Chadar Trek Ladak

Fitness Required for Chadar Trek At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant. The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.The Chadar Trek is a moderate trek suitable for first time trekker with basic to above average fitness Trekking Experience: Prior trekking experience is helpful for this trek but not necessary. Fitness Required: The Chadar Trek falls in the category of Moderate treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.

Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5 kms per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6 kms per hour.

You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.

Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minutes of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10 minutes of easy walk
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 minutes and cool down your body

Things to get for CHADAR TREK

Backpack (Min 60 Ltrs) with Rain Cover
Trekking Shoes. (Quechua Forclaz 500 M Wenge Men Hiking Boots (43))
Gum boots
4 Pairs of Full sleeve Shirts/T-Shirt and Track Pants (1 should be waterproof/windproof)
4 Pair of cotton socks and 3 pairs of woolen socks.
2 Full Sleeve Sweater (Quechua Forclaz 50 Fleece, Men’s Large (Black))
One Heavy Down Jacket (Quechua Warm Down Ski Jacket, XXL (Black)
Thermal Inner -2 Pair
2 pair water proof hand gloves
2 pair woolen gloves
Sun Cap
One Scarf
Light Towel
Lip Balm
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Lt (Thermos Preferable)
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and Toilet Paper
Personal Medicine Kit
Dark Sunglasses (U/V protected)
Walking Stick (At least one)
People who wear spectacles- Should avoid contact lenses and use photo chromatic glasses instead.

What is Chadar Trek?
During winters when the Zanskar River freezes it forms thick sheet of ice which is referred as Chadar and the trek over the frozen Zanskar River is called The Chadar Trek.
When is the best time to go to Chadar Trek ?
The best time for Chadar Trek is between January and February the winters are peak that freezes the Zanskar River.
What is Chadar trek Difficulty Level ?
Chadar Trek Difficulty level is considered as challenging trek but the weather conditions make a tough nut to crack as the temperature oscillates between minus 30 degree celsius to 1 degree celsius. Though the terrain is fairly gradual as you will be trekking over the frozen Zanskar River which will be a flat walk but in case of broken Chadar you will have to climb or get into the icy cold chilling water.
What are the Chadar Trek Temperature during the Chadar trek?
Chadar Trek temperatures will be +5 to -25 degrees and during night they will in the range of -20 to -30 degree. Need not to worry you will not freeze instantly there are villages along the Chadar Trek route and they live there only. It just take initial couple of days to get acclimatized to these temperatures.
How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average, trekking distance is roughly 10 kms each day and it takes around 7 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.
Is Diamox advisable ?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it please consult your Doctor before taking it.
Who will lead and who all will go along with us ?
All our treks are led by Certified & Experienced Trek Leaders and we try and hire from local people only so that they have good opportunity. Other than a Trek lead we in our team have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.
How big are the groups ?
Normally our is around 15 to 18 trekkers only so that the entire group can get very well and have a memorable trek with us.
What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures ?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed even if there is a Single trekker, we will proceed.

I am the only girl in trek, is it safe ?
Mountains are much safer than city roads and we say it with conviction. Lot of solo female trekkers join us and only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.
What thing we need to carry ?
You can follow the list at Chadar Trek Essentials
What are the charges of Porters who carry my backpack ?
When you are in mountains you should be self-sufficient that you should carry your own backpack. You never know what situation you will be in and that is the reason we suggest our trekkers to strictly follow the Chadar Trek essentials list. But still you want to hire a porter the charges would be Rs 800 per day per bag and have to make the payment in advance.
Which type of shoes should I buy ?
Good trekking shoes and gum boots are must for Chadar Trek. Read more at “How to Buy Trekking Shoes”
How many trekkers will be in one tent ?
Due to the extreme temperatures its better to stay more in one tent. We use three person tent and for couples it will be single tent only.
What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers?
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for Chadar trek. To get a optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for the trek.
What is there in food menu during a trek ?
We serve wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks normally it’s all veg to keep off wild animals but we do serve eggs.
How to get safe drinking water on the trek ?
We use natural Himalayan spring water and it is consider safe and clean.
What type of vehicles are used for transportation ?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Innova/Tempo for transportation.
What if medical emergency situation arises ?
We carry first aid kit and normal medicines with us and in case of other medical emergencies we rescue the trekker till road and if there is any additional cost involved that will be borne by trekker only. Before the trek it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness certificate.
Do you think I should bring some medicines with me ?
Yes you have to bring your personal medicine kit which includes your routine medicines and following medicines as well.
Bandage for sprains
Plasters/Band-aids
Iodine or water filter (optional)
Moleskin/Second skin – for blisters
Antiseptic ointment for cuts
Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
Aspirin/paracetamol – general painkiller
Oral rehydration salts
Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
Anti-diarrhoea medication (antibiotic)
Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium – optional)
Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria
Diamox
How do I book a trek with you?
You can book it online (Book Chadar Trek Online) and once made the payment send us the transaction details with trek name, trek dates, Name, Mobile no. We will send you the confirmation mail.
Can we change the itinerary ?
We reserve the right to change the itinerary depending upon the weather condition and other factors but as per the situation we can alter the itinerary but if any extra cost arises, will be borne by trekkers only. Please note that this is a trekking trip into the remotest region & harshest conditions, where many unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Can you customize a Chadar Trek ?
Yes Chadar Trek can be customized, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people. Cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.
What if trek is cancelled at the last moment due to natural reason ?
We will offer you an alternate trek of equal no. of days depending upon the weather conditions. All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid. In case of non completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever, there will not be any refund for any un utilized services. Any extra expense due to any alteration has to be paid extra.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund

Getting There(Chadar Trek)

Leh
Ladakh in winter is one of the harshest in India and temperatures can fall upto -30 degree celsius at night. For the adventure junkies this is the best time to go to Ladakh when the temperatures are near the arctic one and almost the entire place is deserted but this is the time to undertake the Chadar Trek and frozen Pangong Lake. During winters the main Manali – Leh Highway and Srinagar – Leh gets closed due to the snowfall on high altitude passes and the only way to reach Ladakh in January is by flying directly to Leh.

Reaching Leh by Flights
Leh Airport is situated in Leh. All flights to Leh in the winter are in the morning.

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Brief Itinerary Chadar Trek:

Day 1: Arrival at Leh
Day 2: Drive to Chilling roadhead and trek to Tilad Do camp (11,710 ft )
Day 3: Trek to Gyalpo camp (11,400 ft)
Day 4: Trek to Dib Cave (10,580 ft)
Day 5: Trek to Naerak Camp (11,122 ft)
Day 6: Trek to Dib Cave(10,580 ft)
Day 7: Trek to Gyalpo (11,400 ft)
Day 8: Drive back to Leh from Tilad Do
Day 9: Take your Flight to Delhi

 

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  • Jai Govind Meena
    March 27, 2017

    Sheer Thrill of Trekking over the frozen River and taking a dip in ice cold water at -25 Degree Celsius are on my list to do Chadar Trek in 2018

  • Amir Khan
    March 6, 2017

    Best Trek