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Chadar Trek

Walkthrough the unbelievably beautiful Gorge under extreme cold over the frozen Zanskar river

Chadar Trek - Quick Informations

  • 📅 Duration: 8 nights
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3500m
  • 🛑 Grade: Challenging ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: Jan, Feb
  • 🏃 Activity Type: Trek
  • 🔄 Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • 🚩 Starts From: Leh
  • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
  • 🌏 Region: India - Ladakh
  • 🎌 Country: India
  • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
  • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)

Chadar Trek - Key Geographical Highlights

2 Tranquil Rivers:
Zanskar, Indus
1 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Leh
1 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Hemis National Park

Chadar Trek - Elevation Profile & Itinerary Overview

Day 1
D1Delhi
Day 2
D2Leh
Day 2
Tsemo Monastery
Day 2
Leh
Day 2
Shanti Stupa
Day 3
D3Leh
Day 3
Leh
Day 3
Shey, Thikshey Monastery
Day 4
D4Leh
Day 4
Chilling
Day 4
Bakula
Day 5
D5Tsomo
Day 6
D6Tibb Cave
Day 7
D7Naerak
Day 8
D8Tibb Cave
Day 8
Tsomo
Day 8
Bakula
Day 9
D9Leh
Day 10
Delhi

Chadar Trek Daywise Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Leh

Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
Accommodation: Hotel / Guest House / Homestays
Meals Included: All Meals
Cost Of Transport Included: No
Activity: Fly Day

Checkin to the guest house. Meet for evening Snacks. Team introduction and brief about the trek. Dinner.

Day 2

Acclimatization Day


Walk To Tsemo Monastery. Return To LehExplore Shanti Stupa & Nearby.

Day 2
3500 - Leh
Day 2
3600 - Tsemo Monastery
Day 2
3500 - Leh
Day 2
3600 - Shanti Stupa
Day 2
3500 - Leh


5 -6hrs.

Activity: Local Sightseeing and Acclimatization walks Day
Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Today is a very important day for the team. After confronting the extreme weather of Ladakh, we today venture outside and also try and get used to both the weather and walking on these conditions. This will allow us for better acclimatization and comfort during the trek. It also gives us the time to enjoy the unbelievable beauty of Ladakh in the winters

Day 3

Exploration Day


Excursion to Shey, Thikshey Monastery. Return To Leh ( 5 Kms,5 hours )

Day 3
3500 - Leh
Day 3
3500 - Leh
Day 3
3600 - Shey, Thikshey Monastery
Day 3
3500 - Leh


5Km, 5hrs.

Activity: Medical Check and Permit Day Day
Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast
Morning excursion to Shey Palace and Thikshey Monastery. Medical Check from SNP hospital and resolve Permit from Wildlife District Administration

Day 4From Leh To Tsomo, Via - Chilling, Bakula

Day 4
3500 - Leh
Day 4
3200 - Chilling
Day 4
3170 - Bakula
Day 4
3150 - Tsomo


3hrs.

Activity: Drive, Trek Day
Overnight In: Tsomo (3150m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

A picturesque and thrilling drive fro some 3 hours brings us to the trekking point after crossing Tilad Do and Bakula.

There we are, about to put our first step on the frozen river !! Its time to get excited but also to go on.. We get down from the roadhead to the Zanskar river bed, and walk on its sides to reach our campsite. As we put our steps and try walking, we do have a little problem and needs getting used to it. After some swaying, balancing and slipping act, we stand up and learn to walk on the Chadar. Its small walk for the first day.

Once we reach there, the day is for us to relax and enjoy the amazing and magical beauty surrounding us. The trek leader and the guide briefs about the techniques required to be used to walk safely and properly for a successful trek. They also pass on important information regarding the Chadar and safety practices.

Day 5From Tsomo To Tibb Cave ( 7 Kms,3 hours )

Day 5
3150 - Tsomo
Day 5
3190 - Tibb Cave


7Km, 3hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Tibb Cave (3190m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Today is a slightly longer but a day where you will witness lots of incredible beauties of nature and an interesting story too !!

As we finish our early morning activities and hit the trail, we take us deep in the gorge of the river Zanskar. Today we see lots of waterfalls and caves which are delight for to the eyes and to a photographer's lens. The interesting story is better to be heard on the trail from the locals itself, as the way have to say it is also worth experiencing !!

Hot lunch on the way keeps us comfortable and replenished. We reach campsite quite easily and the relax for the day.

Day 6From Tibb Cave To Naerak ( 13 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Day 6
3190 - Tibb Cave
Day 6
3350 - Naerak


13Km, 5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Naerak (3350m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Everyday waking up seems to be a challenge, but the same motivation factors of hot coffee, breakfast and the trek for the day works. Added to that, today we have slightly more motivation to be even more excited, as today is regarded as the most rewarding day of the entire trek !!

A huge frozen waterfall take our imagination to fly and the curiosity and a 'silent excitement' created by it within your heart gets you on your toe.. The reflections off it is even more abstract making it a fantasy..  
 
We near the Naerak village. We dont climb upto it and camp beside the river. Interested folks may visit the village for photography.

Day 7From Naerak To Tibb Cave ( 13 Kms,4 - 5 hours )

Day 7
3390 - Naerak
Day 7
3150 - Tibb Cave


13Km, 4 - 5hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Tibb Cave (3150m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Today we start retracing our trek route back to Tibb Cave..  If you hadn't had enough of the trek last time, its time you fulfill it today.. however, the Chadar keeps motivating you as you head back.

Day 8From Tibb Cave To Leh , Via - Tsomo, Bakula ( 14 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Day 8
3190 - Tibb Cave
Day 8
3150 - Tsomo
Day 8
3250 - Bakula
Day 8
3500 - Leh


14Km, 5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Trek, Drive Day
Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: All Meals

We head back to the road head of this trek today - Bakula, from where we drive back to Leh tomorrow reach by evening

Day 9Departure From Leh

Activity: Fly out Day
Accommodation: None
Meals Included: Breakfast
Cost Of Transport Included: NO
Itinerary and our service ends. You will be dropped to the airport as per plan.

Chadar Trek - - Why Its A Must-Do

  • The mesmerizing land of Ladakh: Ladakh is popular for a reason, and the reason is simple... its unbelievably beautiful !!
  • Experience trekking in one of the coldest places on Earth. The winter temperatures ranges between -9 to -30 degrees. This is definitely not a common experience. Its unique !! 
  • Trekking on the Ice Sheet of the Frozen Zanskar. On this trek you walk through the mighty and awesomely beautiful gorge of the Zanskar river. 
  • Wildlife sightings. Seeing mountain goats is easier as they don't fear humans too much. Fair chances of seeing these on this trek. If lucky, you might sight a snow leopard as well.
  • Local culture and villages of Zanskar. The locals are the charm of this trek. To witness their energy, humbleness and hard life is a eye changer.

Chadar Trek - An Elaborate Description

MinTeam Size: 2

Max Team Size: 10

 

Chadar Trek, Also called The Frozen River Trek is one of the best treks to be done in the World. Doesn't the name itself sound interesting? One of the most beautiful and unique trek on the planet, the Chadar trek is an ultimate experience to cherish for lifelong !! Its an amalgamation of experiences. That of being in the Cold Desert of Ladakh, that too in winters where the temperatures drop to as low as minus 30 degrees. The already beautiful and magical landscape of Ladakh is further beautified and made interesting by white snows covering the landscape.

 

Chadar Trek With Himalayan High

 


 WHY IS IT CALLED 'CHADAR' TREK

The Zanskar river is one of the major tributaries of the Indus river which originates in the Tibetan Highlands. The river flows through the valley, named by its name, into the highlands of Ladakh into the Indus river and flows to Pakistan.  It's a ferocious river and the sheer gush and force of it is scary during summers. It attracts lots of adventurers seeking Himalayan High with its rapids and is offers a great platform for river rafting. It is a very popular river rafting destination and the Zanskar river pleases the adventurers with rapids up to class 4. However, it is unbelievable to witness the same river freeze down during the winters and the surface of it forms a thick ice sheet above which you can walk! It is just so fascinating to witness a fierce river to freeze down and calm its moods in the winters. In return, it does make you much more calmer and excites your heart at the same time!

The frozen Zanskar river served and still serves as the traditional and only way of connect between Leh and Zanskar for the locals during the harsh winter months of Ladakh. It has been used by the locals for centuries and is a unique way of commute in the World. It's so unique that it attracted the National Geographic Team to do a documentary on it which brought this epic journey of the locals to the outside world and limelight. Since then, the Chadar Trek has fascinated many passionate travelers around the Globe and has hit the popularity burst. It's rated as one of the best treks to do on our planet by many.

The experience of walking the Zanskar gorge on top of a frozen Zanskar river, in the cold winter months of Ladakh is just so amazing !! This is a porter supported trek and hence while on the trek, you will also get a rare chance to know the local Zanskaris, their deep-rooted culture, and traditional beliefs and their difficult, but cheerful way of life !!

Presently, a road is under construction to maintain year-round connectivity between Leh,  Zanskar, and Manali. It has seen an unexpected delay in completion but is expected to be completed in a couple of years. The locals have been demanding this road for a long time and will make their life a lot easier, especially to answer medical emergencies during the long winter months. The road construction has disturbed the local wildlife, primarily the elusive snow leopards. It used to be its prime territory for the snow leopards in the winter, but now they dwell up higher in the valley. Once the road starts functioning, it will bring a very old tradition to an end.

Come have a lifetime experience with us on this historical and unique route in the Trans Himalayas.


Safety Gears We Provide On Our Trek

Chadar Trek Safety and Warmth With Himalayan High

 

Our trek fees for the Chadar Trek is significantly on the higher side compared to the mass-trekking agencies in India as we provide a premium, safe and comfortable trekking experience in that extreme cold temperature and conditions. We are happy that people chose us for our values, work ethics, and the warm, good service and high hospitality that we offer even in such inhospitable conditions. We are happy NOT TO BE CATEGORIZED AS THE Lowest Price Category Service Providers For The Chadar Trek.

Come, join us for this awesome adventure in January and February.

 

Read The Below For More Information

HOW DO WE ENSURE SAFETY AND COMFORT ON OUR CHADAR TREK GROUPS

HOW SHOULD YOU PREPARE FOR THE CHADAR TREK

WHAT ARE THE DIFFICULTIES OF THE CHADAR TREK?

Chadar Trek Frequently Asked Questions

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How Is The Covid19 Situation In Chadar Trek?

Covid19 is well contained in Ladakh and strict protocols are implemented by the Administration which 8s well followed by the civilians and tourists. If not, then fined well as well. Under these rules, we will be able to conduct the trek with good safety against Covid19

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How Is The Chadar Weather And Temperature In Winters?

Winter is very harsh in Ladakh. Day time temperature stays between -6 to -9 degrees Celsius, while after sunset, it goes below -18 degrees. Waterline remains frozen and the city suffers tremendous water shortage. Over 70% of the shops and hotels remain shut and local people move to warmer cities. On the trek too, heating ice to make water becomes a big deal. Fresh vegetables and meat are flown in from Delhi and Srinagar. Serving good meals cooled with fresh vegetables becomes an expensive affair.

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Which Is The Best Time To Do The Chadar Trek?

The best time to do the Chadar Trek depends upon temperature, wind and snow conditions. Chadar is the frozen top layer of the river water and a strong Chadar is preliminary requirement for a safe and good trek experience. Formation of strong Chadar is dependent upon good wind and subzero temperatures. Snow isn't good for the Chadar trek. Considering all these points, best time to do the Chadar trek varies by year. However, January mid to February mid can be considered as the best time.

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How Cold Is The Chadar Trek?

-9 to -25 degrees Celsius

Chadar Trek Package Cost Details

** click on the DayNumber to read detailed itinerary for the day

  • Day 1

    Fly

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Leh (3500m )
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel / Guest House / Homestays
    Meals Included: All Meals
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3

    Medical Check and Permit Day

    From Leh (3500m ) To Leh (3500m ) . Excursion to Shey, Thikshey Monastery (3600m ). 5 Hrs. 5 Kms
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Drive, Trek

    From Leh (3500m ) To Tsomo (3150m ), Via - Chilling (3200m ), Bakula (3170m ). 3 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Tsomo (3150m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Trek

    From Tsomo (3150m ) To Tibb Cave (3190m ) . 3 Hrs. 7 Kms
    Overnight In: Tibb Cave (3190m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Trek

    From Tibb Cave (3190m ) To Naerak (3350m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs. 13 Kms
    Overnight In: Naerak (3350m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Trek

    From Naerak (3390m ) To Tibb Cave (3150m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 13 Kms
    Overnight In: Tibb Cave (3150m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8

    Trek, Drive

    From Tibb Cave (3190m ) To Leh (3500m ), Via - Tsomo (3150m ), Bakula (3250m ). 5 - 6 Hrs. 14 Kms
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 9

    Fly out

    Departure Day
    Departure From Leh
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
From Rs. 98000 To Rs. 42000/-
+5% GST PER HEAD
HH Premium Trek
(read more)
Batch Size:
25 - 40 <10

Cost Terms:

  1. The above-mentioned cost is in a range of minimum to maximum per-person cost for this trek as per 2 - 12 people team. Package Inclusions as per this cost can be read on Cost Inclusions.
  2. Going by our standardized service, appropiate safety measures, quality equipment and ecologically sustainable - small group commitment, higher team size will lower the cost whereas a lower team size will significantly increase the cost.
  3. To get the group segmented cost for this trek, please email or contact us on Whatsapp.
  4. The actual per-person cost of the trek is subject to the actual team size joining the trek. If you make any customizations that drastically change the cost as mentioned here, then it will mandatorily have to be a private group only.
  5. If we have dates listed on our website and it is not marked as private, it means other people have booked this trek for that date and have opened it up for other members to join to lower the cost. You may join that group as well as create your own private group.
  6. At any point, the team size cannot be more than 12 members unless there is a unique exception requested or agreed upon by all the team members.

Customized Private Group For Chadar Trek

Trekking is a very personal activity and is perhaps one of the very few activities that give you enough time to indulge with yourself or your beloved people, group of special friends, or close family members. It helps you transform personal bonds to the next level as it brings out everyone's best and truest self. Trekking is most enjoyed when it is done in a small private group, personalized to serve your specific needs. The Himalayas are best experienced when there is silence and solitude around and when you are surrounded only by your best people. Your trek is most enjoyable when all the pain of arranging a smooth trek is taken care of by us, and you focus just on your trek and yourself. Most importantly, a small private trekking group is very flexible, personalized and more enjoyable, is the safest and follows the principles of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism. We specialize in and are more popular for arranging Small Customized Private Trekking Groups to the Himalayas. Enquire For Customized Private Trek





INTERNATIONAL GUESTS: Trek cost for foreigners is slightly higher than the cost for our Indian guests, mainly due to the higher permit fee applicable for admission to National Parks or protected forest areas. Sometimes, it may be higher due to higher local crew wages and other specific arrangements we make to ensure a safe, comfortable and enriching travel experience in India. However, we absolutely DO NOT 'hyper-charge' our International guests ever and at the same time, ensure that we meet all the standards for highly qualified trek leaders and guides, safety, medical preparation, evacuation strategy, rescue arrangements, eco-sensitive travel, high-value knowledge sharing about the area and customs of the locals. 

Extra Cost For International Trekkers: Rs. 3000 per person.




 

Booking Process: Booking can only be done after multiple communitation via email / Whatsapp / Calls. After finalization, booking fees can be paid online or through direct bank transfers. International Trekkers can pay the partial booking fees using PayPal, Transferwise, Western Union or Direct Wire Transfer. The remaining trek fees can be paid upon arrival in India and meeting our trek leader.

Must Read - Important Pre-Booking Information

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We do not organize fixed departures for this trip.

If you want to do this trek with us, please fill this form to Request A Customized Private Trip Plan just for your team members. We will get back to you with all the details specific to your personalized requirements

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Duration: 9 Days / 8 nights of trekking and climbing cost Ex. Leh
  • Accommodation In Leh: 4 nights of Stay in a Premium hotel in Leh with guided acclimatization walks and emphasis on local food and culture.
  • Accommodation On Trek: Spacious, sturdy and High-Quality Dome Tents will be provided on twin sharing basis.
  • Sleeping In Tents: Thick Waterproof Inflatable Air Mattress, Sub Zero Sleeping bags supported with Very Warm and Soft Goose Down Inner Sleeping Bag For Extra Hygiene and Warmth will be provided by us
  • Dining On Trek: We will provide Dining and Kitchen Tents with camping stools and table for extra hygiene and comfort.
  • Toilet On Treks: Dry eco-toilet will be set up with a toilet tent and toilet seat.
  • Meals: All meals (except for lunch in leh), specifically curated for high altitudes will be provided from breakfast in Leh on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 9 in Leh. 3 meals (B, L, D) suited for high altitude with evening snacks, soup, hot drinks and extra energizers/juice for summit days. Nutritious, Soupy, Balanced and light on the stomach.
  • Common Safety Gears: All required safety gears like rope, ice axe, helmets, etc
  • Communication: For efficient management of the trek, the team will be communicating with each other and trek base with the help of long-range wireless sets.
  • Medical Safety: Oxygen cylinder, Pulse Oximeter, Thermal temperature scanner and  Emergency Medical Kit accompanied with a trek leader knowledgeable on high altitude medicine and physiology
  • Trek Leader and Guide: Experienced and Well Equipped English/ Hindi Speaking Trek Leader maintaining guide to trekker ratio of 1:5. That is 1 guide for every 5 trekkers.
  • Local Support Staffs: Expert and Knowledgeable local route guide with cooks, helpers, porters, mules, etc
  • Trekking Permits: All required forest and other local association permits as per the prevalent rules of Local administration and our Country, including mandatory insurance and medical checkup.
  • Transfers: Return transfers from Leh to trek roadhead in private cab for the trekking team and support crew. Also airport pick up and drop on Day 1 and Day 9.
  • Max Team Size: Small group of not more than 10 members. You can make any batch a private batch by paying a little extra over the base trek fees.
  • Free Cloakroom in Leh: for extra leftover luggage while leaving for trek.
  • Personal Trek Equipments:  Essential trek gears for complimentary use. ( read below)

 

 

Personal Trekking Equipment For Free Use:
(No Rent will be charged. A refundable security amount of Rs. 5000 need to be deposited. You may use what you need and also bring your personal gears. )

  • 1 Gaiter pair
  • 1 Microspikes / Ice Tracktion Crampons
  • 1 Poncho
  • 1 Trek Pole
  • 1 Rucksack
  • 1 Fleece Inner Gloves
  • 1 Neck Warmer
  • 1 Waterproof Gloves
  • 1 Clean and Sanitized Down Sleeping Bag Inner
  • 1 Helmet
  • 1 Gumboot Pair
  • 1 Hot Water Bag
  • -20 deg waterproof expedition down jackets

 

ADD ONS:

  • Single Supplement For Tent & Hotel. ( @ INR 20000 )

What's Not Included

  • Any other transport cost outside the included and stated above
  • Food purchased or demanded outside our fixed menu.
  • Anything purchased for self
  • Personal Luggage Offload Charge. Can be bought at an extra cost of 6000 Rs. for a single bag weighing not more than 10 Kgs.
  • Snacks, Lunch and other drinks in Leh
  • Monument entry fees
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the Inclusions list

You may chose to offload your bag or hire a helper for your photography gears at extra cost. Let us know beforehand, and we will arrange

When Should You Book?

We typically get booked about 2 - 5 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.


Rules Of Cancellation: 

If cancellation is done:

  1. Up to 90 days or more before the start date - 100% Refund of the total invoiced amount
  2. 89 days to 46 days before the start date - 60% refund of the total invoiced amount. 40% of the invoice amount will be charged as the cancellation penalty.
  3. 45 days or less before the start date - No Refund of the total invoiced amount
  4. Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 30 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  5. Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 30 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  6. Validity: This rule is applicable for both trekking and technical peaks above 6000 meters, categorized as a climbing expedition and graded as Challenging or Challenging+

 

Find detailed info on Cancellation & Refund Policy

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