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Chadar - The Frozen River Trek

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

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  • Duration: 8 nights, 5 trekking days, Leh to Leh
  • Highest Altitude: 3500m
  • Grade: Challenging ( learn more )
  • Best Time: Jan, Feb
  • Terrain: Icy, rocky, snow
  • Activity Type: Trek
  • Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • Starts At: Leh
  • Ends At: Leh
  • Region: India - Ladakh
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
  • Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
  • Mobile Network: BSNL And Airtel Postpaid Only
  • Internet Option: 3G in Leh on BSNL. 4G on airtel
  • Temperatures: -17 to -30
  • Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
  • Generic Food Menu: Ladakhi, Tibetan, Indian
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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.

 

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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?

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We believe that a smaller group gives you the best of the Himalayan Experience and specialize in organizing customized groups for this travel. Do get in touch with us if you want us to arrange this for you.

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Fixed Departure Price
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From INR 39,000 To 64,000
(for Indians)
From USD 513 To 833
(for Foreigners)

8 nights, 5 trekking days, Leh to Leh

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Is On Dynamic Pricing. Trek cost decreases with increased participation.

Price adjusts automatically and decreases continuously as more people join the batch. It is not just dependent on your team size, but overall team size. Hence passing on the group discount benefit to all. Check out the Dates and Booking Page to find the Current Trek Fee which will again get lower with more people joining the batch. Actual cost applicable will be known later. You can now book the slot by just paying the booking amount.

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+ 5% Government Taxes Extra
GST Number: 19AADCH8833L1Z1

Our Batch Size:
25 - 30  2 - 10

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  • Day 1

    Fly

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Leh (3500m ) . 2 - 3 Hrs.
    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 Palace and 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
    From Leh (3500m ) To Delhi (200m ) . 2 Hrs. 1100 Kms
    Overnight In: Delhi (200m )
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE

MinTeam Size: 2

Max Team Size: 10

  • 1 Medical Expert + Certified Technical Climbing/Trek Leader.
  • 1 Dedicated Pre-Trek Orientation Expert
  • 1 Dedicated Pre-Trek Coordinator
  • 1 Experienced Local Route Guide.
  • 1 Cook + Required Kitchen Helpers.
  • Required Camp Helpers.
  • Required Evacuation Helpers and load ferry porters.
  • All camping equipment including Dining tent with camping stools and Toilet Tents with camping toilet seats.
  • 3 Layer Sleeping bags with outer hardshell subzero sleeping bag with a warm middle layer Sleeping bag made of Quality Down Feather topped up with clean & thick fleece liners for extra warmth and hygiene to beat -30 degrees. Hot water bags for each sleeping bags to make a warm and cosy sleeping arrangements in that extreme cold.
  • All meals on Treks suited for high altitude with more focus on soupy meals, body warming & hot water intake for better cold management.
  • 3 meals a day with morning and evening teas, evening snacks, dessert and hot drinks after dinner on treks
  • All safety trek gears as required like ice crampons, gumboots, ice axes, etc.
  • High Altitude Medical kit with oxygen cylinders.
  • All permits required for trekking in Hemis National Park, ALTOA and Wildlife fees
  • All staff, their wage, insurances, transfers to and from their home and meals.
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in premium hotel in Leh with central heating, running hot water and toilet flush, Wi-Fi and buffet meals. ( bed + breakfast + dinner + room heating. Lunch on self )
  • All transfers from Leh hotel to Leh for the trek in private vehicles for staffs and clients
  • Complimentary airport pickup and drop
  • Complimentary Trekking pole, Poncho, Gumboots, Hot Water Bag and Our Expedition Down Jackets ( to be returned after trek)
  • 1 guided extra acclimatization day in Leh for better performance on trek ( Day 2 )
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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
  • Mandatory Adventure Travel Insurance ( will be given after medical examination in Leh on Day 3 by Leh District Administration. The insurance costs about Rs. 2000 for a Indian Nationals & 2500 for International Trekkers. Cost of Medical Checkup is Rs. 200. This amount needs to be paid by self, only after successful Medical Clearance by the doctor in Leh. This amount might be increased by local administration. We do not include this in our cost .
  • Personal Luggage Offload Charge. Can be bought at an extra cost of 5500 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

Mandatory Medical Checkup @200, Adventure Insurance @2000 - 2500. This amount needs to be paid only on successful clearance from the doctor in Leh. This amount might be increased by local administration. We do not include this in our cost

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+ Detailed Itinerary

Day 1From Delhi To Leh

Quick Information:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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

Accommodation: Hotel / Guest House / Homestays
Meals: All Meals

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Day 2Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day. Excursion to Shanti Stupa, Tsemo Monastery, Leh Palace

Quick Information:
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Shanti Stupa, Tsemo Monastery, Leh Palace: 3600 meters / 11880 feets
  • Approximate Time: 5 -6 hours
  • Day's Activity: Local Sightseeing and Acclimatization walks
Brief Details Of The Day: 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
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Photos From The Day:

Day 3From Leh To Leh . Excursion to Shey Palace and Thikshey Monastery

Quick Information:
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Shey Palace and Thikshey Monastery: 3600 meters / 11880 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 5 Km
  • Approximate Time: 5 hours
  • Day's Activity: Medical Check and Permit Day
Brief Details Of The Day: Morning excursion to Shey Palace and Thikshey Monastery. Medical Check from SNP hospital and resolve Permit from Wildlife District Administration
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Photos From The Day:

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

Quick Information:
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Chilling: 3200 meters / 10560 feets
  • Bakula: 3170 meters / 10461 feets
  • Tsomo: 3150 meters / 10395 feets
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Day's Activity: Drive, Trek
Brief Details Of The Day:

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.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

Day 5From Tsomo To Tibb Cave

Quick Information:
  • Tsomo: 3150 meters / 10395 feets
  • Tibb Cave: 3190 meters / 10527 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 7 Km
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek
Brief Details Of The Day:

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.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

Day 6From Tibb Cave To Naerak

Quick Information:
  • Tibb Cave: 3190 meters / 10527 feets
  • Naerak: 3350 meters / 11055 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 13 Km
  • Approximate Time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek
Brief Details Of The Day:

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.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

Day 7From Naerak To Tibb Cave

Quick Information:
  • Naerak: 3390 meters / 11187 feets
  • Tibb Cave: 3150 meters / 10395 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 13 Km
  • Approximate Time: 4 - 5 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek
Brief Details Of The Day:

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.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

Day 8From Tibb Cave To Leh , Via - Tsomo, Bakula

Quick Information:
  • Tibb Cave: 3190 meters / 10527 feets
  • Tsomo: 3150 meters / 10395 feets
  • Bakula: 3250 meters / 10725 feets
  • Leh : 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 14 Km
  • Approximate Time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek, Drive
Brief Details Of The Day:

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

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

Day 9From Leh To Delhi

Quick Information:
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Delhi: 200 meters / 660 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 1100 Km
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours
  • Day's Activity: Fly out
Brief Details Of The Day: Itinerary and our service ends. You will be dropped to the airport as per plan.
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Photos From The Day:

+ Why Is This Special

Rivers At Glance: Zanskar, Indus

Villages At Glance: Leh

National Parks / Forest Reserves: Hemis National Park

  • 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.
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