Is it good to plan Chadar trek in January?

Chadar Trek in January



Is it good to plan Chadar trek in January?

Posted By : Dinkar Kamat/ 469 0

Every year, numerous hardcore backpackers and trekking enthusiasts visit the Himalayan region to embark on a 9-day long journey over a frozen river. Chadar trek in January provides you with an experience like no other. Throughout the trail, you’re able to soak in the mesmerizing and serene beauty of the majestic Himalayas. Trekkers can have a first-hand experience of walking over ice, spending nights in dark caves and climbing icy boulders.


When it comes to Chadar trek best time to visit, mid-January to mid-February is the most favourable period. This 9-day long trek allows you to relax and refresh in the lap of nature, while taking up challenges to test your stamina and endurance. If you’re enthusiastic about high-altitude trekking, Chadar trek is a great choice.


Chadar Trek in January


Chadar Trek in January
Credits – Atul (Our Dashing Trekking Enthusiast)


Zanskar river, which gets covered by a sheet of ice to allow trekking, starts freezing from mid-November. However, the ice doesn’t become completely solid before mid-January. With solid ice, the trek becomes easier and safer. Chadar trek difficulty level is considered among some of the most difficult treks in the world.


For a major part of the trek, you need to walk over a frozen river surrounded by a steep canyon. Thus, the slightest weakness in the sheet of ice can be catastrophic. Due to this, you should avoid planning Chadar trek before mid-January and after mid-February. During this period, the water freezes to turn the entire river into a sheet of ice. The surrounding snowy mountains form the perfect backdrop for this unforgettable trek.


For such a difficult trek, it’s highly recommended to plan your trip under the supervision of highly experienced professionals and seasoned trekkers. To get in touch with someone from our team, click here.


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Dinkar is a traveller with years of experience of travelling India and the World.

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