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Chadar Trek - Walking On The Frozen Zanskar River In The Extreme Cold of Ladakh

8 Days of Pure Himalayan Adventure in the Cold Desert Of Ladakh in extreme Himalayan conditions is one of the best experience of life.
- Popular Names: Chadar TrekFrozen River Trek

Chadar - The Frozen River Trek

8 Days of Pure Himalayan Adventure in the Cold Desert Of Ladakh in extreme Himalayan conditions is one of the best experience of life.
- Popular Names: Chadar TrekFrozen River Trek

A Himalayan High Experience
  • chadar the frozen river trek
  • chadar trek
  • snowfall covers the cadar trek route
  • the zanskar river gushing its way through the ice
  • chadar a trek of a lifetime
  • welcoming the team by khada and well wishes
  • ice scoop on chadar
  • our team posing while we stopped by for a road clearing
  • the frozen zanskar river
  • ice petals on zanskar
Introduction To The Chadar - The Frozen River Trek
- Popular Names: Chadar TrekFrozen River Trek

 

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 in the planet, the Chadar trek is an ultimate experience to cherish for lifelong !! Its an amalgamation of experiences. That of being in the Cold Dessert of Ladakh, that too in winters where the temperatures drops 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.

 

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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 the 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. Its is a very popular river rafting destination and the Zanskar river pleases the adventurers with rapids upto 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. Its 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. Its rated as one of the best treks to do in 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 unexpected delay in completion, but is expected to be completed in couple of years. The locals have been demanding this road for a long time and will make their life a lot easier, specially 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 long traditional culture to an end.

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

 


 

 

WHAT ARE THE DIFFICULTIES OF THE CHADAR TREK?

 

Chadar trek is one of the difficult treks to do in the Himalayas and the difficulties come in variety of ways. Here is a typical list of the difficulties you will face during the course of the Chadar trek.

  1. Negotiating and tackling the High Altitude:

    Leh is placed at an altitude of 3500 Meters and in the winters you have no other mode of travel, but only by flight. This drastically changes your altitude from almost sea-level to 3500 meters, i.e a gain of 3500 meter in just one and half hours. In the Alps, you have peaks of this altitude which people climb over for days. Kedarkantha peak in Uttrakhand is 3800 meter in altitude and a Beginner climb it in 2 - 3 days. But here, you reach a height of 3500 meters without doing any work for it. Moreover, the climate change too is drastic. All these puts you in a tremendous situation of Acute Mountain Sickness, which can be very fatal. Learn more about it on High Altitude Seriousness | Better Know It Better. You need proper rest to get used to the Altitude, and that needs few extra days.
  2. Extreme Cold ranging between minus 17 degrees to as low as minus 32 degree Celsius:

    The temperature of the Chadar trek is extreme. In Leh, the temperature ranges between -10 degrees during the daytime to -25 degrees during the night. During the trek, its much more colder as you camp besides the freezing Zanskar river. The temperature goes to as low -32 degrees Celsius. Adjusting to these temperatures can be very challenging. You need proper trekking jackets and need to wear them strategically to beat the cold. Learn more about it by following the link - How To Use Layering, Pack Light And Still Beat The Cold
     
  3. Inconsistent Weather which can surprise you anytime and change the entire look and feel of the trek:

    The weather in Ladakh during the months of January and February is very inconsistent. It is very unpredictable. Sometimes it snows late and results in ill-formation of the Chadar over the Zanskar river. Sometimes, it snows right in the middle of the trek season, which already is a very short span of a month and a half. Too much snow is not good for the Chadar as it weakens the Chadar and also the route gets much more trickier. Snow also play foul to the mountains of the Ladakh Himalayas and landslides and rockfall are a very dangerous, yet a very common problem on this trek. Often trekkers and locals get stranded on this trek due to bad weather. Often lack of care had caused fatal cases on this trek. Getting stranded is the only thing you will not want on this trek to happen to you.
  4. Extremely fragile and delicate terrain to trek on:

    Chadar, as you know is the local name of the ice sheet that forms over the surface of the Zanskar river. The surrounding mountains are a combination of rocks and mud. Snowfall causes the mud to slide and rocks to fall, which might cause a havoc on the trek. Often you will hear locals or the trekkers share stories of how God saved them minutely. It is also very common to see people with broken bones on this trek. The Chadar formation too is not consistent throughout and needs a very cautious and alert Guide who understands the Chadar intrinsically and inherently.
  5. ILL-formed Chadar:

    Some sections of the Chadar formation are not just easy due to ill-formed Chadar and requires you to be on all your fours to pass the section and re-join the Chadar trail. This we call scrambling in rock-climbing terminology which means a non-technical rock climbing or bouldering. You do need good fitness and flexibility to tackle such sections and a cool nerve to see it off.
  6. Very tricky trek route:

    The route of the Chadar trek is like a maze where you will have to continually find a connecting way over the ice sheets to reach Nearak or further, and come back again. The Chadar formation is fragile and might change overnight. It might either connect or disconnect the route. The route you choose to follow becomes very important, as if you choose the wrong route which looks strong, it might be disconnected a little further due to a broken Chadar or after going the long way, you might find no further connection, and hence you will require to come back and try a different route all over again, or cross difficult sections to reconnect to the main route. Here is one reason why hiring the best guide and best trek operator becomes very important. 
  7. Completion Not Guaranteed:

    Chadar is not a trek which assures you that you can complete your trek itinerary as planned, even though yu have planned the best, have the best support staffs and gears. More than 40% uncertainty lies that you will not be able to reach the last point despite having a good support team and preparation. Why ?? Thats how fragile this trek is due to weather and its geology.

 

 


 

 

HOW SHOULD YOU PREPARE FOR THE CHADAR TREK

Like any trek in the Himalayas demand, Chadar trek too requires you to have all the basic characteristics of a general trekker. These are

  1. General Fitness and Stamina
  2. Mental Toughness and Endurance
  3. Positivity and friendliness
  4. Possess Proper Gears, at least the bare-minimum essentials
  5. Resourcefulness and creativity
  6. and finally the most important thing - Adaptability

If you are trekking in the Himalayas, then irrespective of the trek, you should possess the above listed characteristics in you., Yes, taking easier treks in the beginning helps you to develop these traits, but does not mean that you will not have these qualities in your personality. DO judge yourself and neither over-estimate nor under-estimate your own capacity.

Most importantly, take a note straightaway that it is more of a mental game than physical. Your physical stamina should definitely have the capacity to support your mental abilities and desires. A few weak parts in the physical stamina can be overcome by a strong will-power. However, the vice versa is not true.

Mental Endurance: 

Nothing much can be done about your mental endurance as it is a part of your 'self motivation' system and conscious mental training. It starts with initial help from experienced trekkers and being regular on a high altitude treks. The experience teaches you and builds you over time and helps you build your mental stamina. This game is more mental than physical. Smaller physical lack behinds can be overcome by a strong mental motivation system.

 

Physical endurance: 

We can enhance our physical endurance by training ourselves before heading to the high altitude for trek. This training program should start way ahead of your scheduled trek departure. The earlier the better. You may start your preparation by below mentioned guidelines and take it forward by intensifying keeping your goal in mind. During this entire training period, you should focus on your cardio-vascular health and strength training.

 

Interval Training: 

Interval training is a method of training the cardiovascular system by elevating the heart rate significantly and then allowing it to recover for a period before elevating it again. For example, you may sprint to push your heart rate, then walk to allow it to calm down before starting to sprint again. Do not overload, but try to intensify on day by day basis. You may also consider to carry weight on your back to further intensify your training. You may take up cycling to do the same. Cycle very quick. Stop. Walk. Walk Fast. Again cycle very quick. Be careful to warm up your muscles before exercising and cooling it down with stretches post training. 

 

Breathing Exercise: 

Breathing is a very important exercise and comes very handy on high altitude treks. Practice taking deep breaths and holding it. Our classical yoga exercises work extremely well for breathing exercises. Else, swimming is the best. It works both on your cardio and breathing.

 

Strength Training: 

Your shoulder, back, arms and legs need to be strong to be able to sustain a high altitude hike. Train yourself to strengthen your muscles to be able to carry load on your shoulder and climb uphill in an environment low on oxygen. You may start going to a gym or prepare at home yourself. Atleast, 3 days a week, climb stairs with load on your back, do squats, train your calves, do push ups and planks to increase your core muscle strength. Intensify it steadily.

 

 


 

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR THE CHADAR TREK

Trekking requires you to be in proper gears for camping, safety and personal protection and hygiene. Below is the list of items which need to be bought by each trekkers.

General Item(s):

  1. 3 T Shirts ( dry fit )
  2. 3 Light Weight Hiking Pants
  3. 4 Socks ( 2 cotton, 2 woolen)
  4. 3 Undergarments
  5. 1 Pen knife or multi-tool knife
  6. 1 Thin Nylon Ropes for multipurpose use
  7. 1 Toilet Paper Roll
  8. 1 Small Towel
  9. 1 Soap Papers
  10. 1 Ruck Sack
  11. 1 Small Backpack/nap sack
  12. 1 Waterproof Hiking Shoes
  13. 1 Headlamp with extra batteries
  14. 2 Water Bottles
  15. 1 Camp Cutlery Set

Rain/Snowfall Protection:

  1. 1 Water proof Upper & Lower ( also act as wind proof )
  2. 1 Poncho ( we provide to our clients )
  3. 1 Waterproof Sack/Backpack Cover
  4. 1 Water proof gloves

Cold Protection:

  1. 1 Skin Moisturizer
  2. 1 Lip Balm
  3. 2 Thermal Inner Wears ( upper + lower )
  4. 1 Woolen Cap
  5. 1 Fleece or double fleece jacket
  6. 1 Good Quality Down Jacket ( we provide to our clients our expedition down jackets )
  7. 2 Woolen Gloves with a pair of thin inner gloves

Sun Protection:

  1. Sunscreen SPF 50 above
  2. Sunglasses( UV proof/ Polarized)
  3. Sun Hat
  4. Scarf
  5. Balaclava /Face mask

Extra Food:

  1. Dry fruit
  2. Candies
  3. Chocolate/Energy Bars
  4. Gatorade/Glucose

Medical Kit - Himalayan Medical Kit | A Must Have

 

EXTRA MANDATORY ITEMS SPECIALLY FOR THE CHADAR TREK:

  1. 2 extra pair of knee length woolen socks,
  2. 1 liter thermos flask,
  3. hot water bag ( we provide our clients with 1 liter hot water bag )
  4. fleece beanie,
  5. Gumboots or waterproof, high quality, knee length, better insulated snow boots, for the trek. [ note that gumboots lacks better insulation, but you can manage on a gumboot with layered knee length socks, if budget is an issue ] ( we provide our clients with gumboots )
  6. 1 or 2 trekking poles. ( we provide our clients with 1 trekking pole each )
  7. Ice Traction Trekking Crampons

 

 


 

 

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

 

Work Ethics:

Unlike the rise of mass-trekking groups and hand-held trekking groups in our country, we, on all of our treks, inspire and motivate to boost more of the Intrinsic and Inherent Adventure Sense of a human being when it comes to our work ethics. We promote and inculcate the culture of Adventure sports and treat trekking not as a leisure activity to have fun in the mountains, but as a sport. Any sport has rules, and we follow those rules with genuine sportsman spirit. For the sake of our pleasure, fun and fame, we never allow irresponsible attitude to breed in our team. That holds true for our staffs as well as clients. We want to associate ourselves with like-minded responsible people in the World. After all, the fun you have during your trek comes aty the cost of Nature. Hence, we try to reduce our footprint as much as possible, specially for such a sensitive ecological zone.

 

 

Smaller Group Size:

Our Group size is limited to 10 trekkers for the Chadar trek. It is very important, as the most popular and cool Chadar trek route is very much over crowded. Everyone wants to get it done, but very few want to LIVE it. We strictly restrict our group size to 10 members on this trek for a better experience. Anyways the trek route is overcrowded which we cannot help. We can just do our bit to have a minimal impact on the ecology, as well as stay focused on better natural experience on the trek.

Chadar trek is a porter driven trek and faces tremendous lack of quality resource, as the trek duration is less than 2 months, and  the local Zanskaris are limited. So lack of professional porters on the trek is a serious concern. Moreover, to support a 10 member team well, it will require about 13 - 14 porters alone.

 

 

Qualified and Experienced Support Team:

We take safety as a serious and the first important factor on all the treks we conduct. The Guides, Trek Leaders and local support staffs which we provide on the trek are highly efficient in what they do and are immensely experienced to handle our clients with class apart hospitality, since they are working in this industry for a long time. Being knowledgeable helps and thats what they are.  They are very responsible and capable of handling such treks as they have handled it many times in the course of their career in the industry..

 

 

Comfortable Sleeping Arrangements On Camps as well as Hotels:

The equipment we provide on the treks are some of the best in the industry. Few of those are designed and custom-made just to suit our purpose of a safe and comfortable trek experience. From the 2 layered insulated tents to a 'multi-layered' sub-zero sleeping bags, we take immense care to make sure you sleep comfortably, not just on the camps but also in your hotels. We top up our sleeping bags with one or two fleece liners as per individual need for that extra warmth and hygiene factor. No No No - WE DO NOT GIVE SMELLY AND BULKY SLEEPING BAG ON OUR TREKS AS YOU WOULD OTHERWISE SEE ON THE TREK ROUTE. Ours are light weight sleeping bags having high warmth to weight ratio and which are imported and fits the demand of the trek perfectly.

The sleeping mattress which we provide for this trek is not the usual rubber or a thin black foam ones. We provide a thick foam mattresses which is about 1.5 inch thicker and with water-proof cover over it to make sure that your camping bed is not just well-insulated, but also well cushioned and cozy.

Moreover, we give enough hot water on the trek and provide all of our trekkers with 1 liter hot water bags to make a self heating system within their sleeping bags. All these precautions make sure that you sleep well during the trek, which directly impacts your trek experience.

The hotels which we provide in Leh are Centrally Heated and you need not pay extra for it. Although, the central heating system is subject to availability of electricity in Leh, but these days its usually consistent due to the competion of the Alchi Hydro Electric Project.

 

 

Hospitable Camping Experience:

We take care to check that we provide you not definitely a luxurious, but a hospitable camping experience. A separate dining tent ensures that you eat well, not standing or sitting on the ground, but seated on a camping chair. We think that in that freezing cold, we can do our bit provide a chair to sit and eat, make your dining experience not luxurious in anyways, but good enough. Similarly for the camp toilets, which are dry, but we take the pain of carrying couple of toilet seat with us to ease you out.

 

 

Well Planned Food On Trek:

The food we serve on the trek is apt for the conditions and our past trekkers had so many good things to say about it. We provide utensils and care for our camp helpers as well. In such dry and cold conditions, hot soups, soupy noodles are definitely a need. We provide with lots of nutritious hot food so that your body is well fed to compensate the high metabolism rate of your body. We understand that your body is trying hard to cope up with the cold and to keep your core-organs warm. The high altitude just adds further to the energy dissipation of your bodily reserves. So for example a 'hot mango juice' to replenish all your energy drains, or a 'hot gulab jamun' to treat your taste buds, we do all that we can to feed you better, as good food is directly related to good sleep, and hence a well conditioned body for a better experience !

 

 

Medical Safety And Stress To Acclimatization:

We understand the importance and seriousness of the altitude of Ladakh, specially during the hostile winter months, and hence keep our team alert on medical attention. Our itinerary is one day longer and includes an extra acclimatization day in Leh just to ensure you are safe and enjoy the trek. In this rest day, we take to around Leh to show you the beauty of Ladakh in Winter. This helps you ease out and acclimatize better to face the hard days coming your way.

Each day on the camps, the leader takes you around so that you do not sleep, but stay well acclimatized. Our food is planned for faster acclimatization. Garlic soups for example.

Our leaders are qualified 'Search and Rescue' students of mountaineering certified by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. They do not just have certificates, but also have proper knowledge, experience and practical expertise to handle any medical emergencies during the trek.

We carry Oxygen cylinders on our trek, and that cylinder is not carried by the porter, but by our leaders themselves, who walk with with the clients. We also carry Pulse Oxymeter on the treks and monitor the blood oxygen saturation of all of our trekkers in a general health check ups in that conditions. Our medical kit has all the important medicines required to be carried on such a trek.

 

 

Safety Gears On The Extreme Chadar Trek:

We provide all the required safety gears like helmet, anti-slip crampons, gaiters, etc on the trek. Being mountaineering students ourselves, we understand the importance of these gears. To reduce your organizational pains, we now have also started to provide gumboots as well which is the most essential thing to carry on this trek. We take care of all what is required to meet your expectations of a safe and comfortable trek, even in the extreme temperatures and hostile conditions.

To top it up, we provide our Expedition Quality Down Jackets, trekking poles and water proof ponchos to our trekkers who do not want to buy it as these are really expensive for anyone to buy for one-time use. 

 

 

Staff Care, Quality and An Authoritative Trek Leader:

The quality of local resources, cooks and porters are not neglected at all, and we make sure that we hire responsible local resources for your group accompanied by one of our leaders who ensures that the quality of service is delivered as promised and liaisons between the group and the local hires.

We ensure our staff is not put into inhospitable work conditions in an already extreme climatic conditions. In return, they ensure the entire team that they do not keep anything left around to give us and you a better and satisfying experience. Giving them  water proof gloves and hot water to wash utensils for example..

 

 

 

All these we do just to ensure you have a lovely, memorable, safe and comfortable experience in one of the most extreme treks in the World.

Not to mention, in doing all so, we want to draw to your attention that we face a tremendous competition from the low-cost trek operators.

However, we keep experience building as our first priority.

Having said all these, our trek fees for the Chadar Trek is significantly on the higher side compared to the mass-trekking agencies. 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.

Do not forget to check the Trek Album on our Photo Gallery Page

Want Us To Help you Arrange For This Epic Journey ?

We believe that a smaller group gives you the best of the Himalayan Experience and specialize in organizing customized groups for the Chadar - The Frozen River Trek. Do get in touch with us if you want us to arrange this trek for you.

You can use the link - Customized Plan For Chadar - The Frozen River Trek to drop us an email with your specific requirements and service required. We will get back to you with the detailed plan and quotation as per the group size and service requested.

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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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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

Photos From The Day:

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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:

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Day 3From Leh To Singra Yoma, Via - Chilling, Tilat Do

Quick Information:
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Chilling: 3200 meters / 10560 feets
  • Tilat Do: 3170 meters / 10461 feets
  • Singra Yoma: 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.

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:

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Day 4From Singra Yoma To Shingra Koma

Quick Information:
  • Singra Yoma: 3170 meters / 10461 feets
  • Shingra Koma: 3150 meters / 10395 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 12 Km
  • Approximate Time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek
Brief Details Of The Day:

Waking up seems to be difficult in that cold. However, the beauty outside and the beautiful trek for the day motivates us to take that step of facing the cold !! Hot coffee and breakfast gives added motivation too !!

As we start to trek. initially we appear to be walking with full concentration which is required till we master the technique of walking comfortably on the Chadar. Being comfortable lets us enjoy the beautiful gorge of Zanskar that lies in front of us.
 
We have hot lunch in between to refuel us and feel warm. We leisure walk to reach the camp-site for the day at Singra Koma or Gyalpo. The sight of our campsite doers relax us and the beauty of the place takes our imaginations to their control. Its a terrific sight all around.

Rest you have nothing to do but get lost in your thoughts with the nature.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

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Day 5From Singra Koma To Tibb Cave

Quick Information:
  • Singra Koma: 3150 meters / 10395 feets
  • Tibb Cave: 3190 meters / 10527 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 14 Km
  • Approximate Time: 5 - 6 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:

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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:

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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:

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Day 8From Tibb Cave To Singra Koma, Via - Gyalpo

Quick Information:
  • Tibb Cave: 3190 meters / 10527 feets
  • Gyalpo: 3150 meters / 10395 feets
  • Singra Koma: 3150 meters / 10395 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 14 Km
  • Approximate Time: 4 - 5 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek
Brief Details Of The Day:

We head back to Singra Koma today. The trail is always interesting to walk on and you will definitely enjoy the trek. Do keep your eyes open !!

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

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Day 9From Singra Koma To Leh, Via - Singra Yoma, Tilad Sumdo

Quick Information:
  • Singra Koma: 3150 meters / 10395 feets
  • Singra Yoma: 3150 meters / 10395 feets
  • Tilad Sumdo: 3120 meters / 10296 feets
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 13 Km
  • Approximate Time: 6 - 7 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek, Drive
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today is the last day of the trek. As we all start the day with a little heavy heart....  returning from a trek to the civilization always feels sad.
 
We   retrace our footsteps to reach trekking poing where we end our trek. Our vehicle waits for us. We have one last view at the beautiful gorge and the chadar and get into our cab.

It does feel sad within, but also feels happier.. The sense of success takes you over as you realize you have completed a trek regarded as one of the most beautiful and unique treks in the World !! A trek always gives you lot more than you expect from it, and so does this trek do to you. 

A cosy bed awaits you in you guest house in Leh.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

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Fixed Departure Price
( per head cost)

INR 55300

INR 46,600 | USD 706

5% Government Taxes Extra
GST Number: 19AADCH8833L1Z1

Our Batch Size:
25 - 30  2 - 15

WE OFFER GENEROUS GROUP DISCOUNTS. SO CONTACT US TODAY IF YOU ARE IN A GROUP OF MORE THAN 5 MEMBERS TO CLAIM YOUR SPECIAL PRICE !

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • 1 Medical Expert + Certified Technical Climbing/Trek Leader.
  • 1 Dedicated Pre-Trek Orientation Expert
  • 1 Dedicated Pre-Trek Coordinator
  • 1 Local Route Guide.
  • 1 Assistant Route Guide/ Technical Help ( for group size between 8 - 12 ).
  • 1 Cook + Required Kitchen Helpers.
  • Required Camp Helpers.
  • Required Evacuation Helpers.
  • All camping equipment including Dining and Toilet Tents.
  • Double Sleeping bags with fleece liners for warmth and hygiene.
  • All meals on Treks suited for high altitude.
  • 3 meals, i.e BLD with morning and evening teas, evening snacks, dessert and hot drinks after dinner
  • All safety trek gears as required.
  • High Altitude Medical kit with oxygen cylinders.
  • All permits required for trekking in Hemis National Park, ALTOA and Environmental fees
  • All staff, their wage, insurances, transfers to and from their home and meals.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Leh ( room + breakfast + dinner + room heating  )
  • All transfers from Leh to Leh for the trek in private vehicles
  • 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 ( Day 2 )
  • Environmental permits, Trek permits and ALTOA permits

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
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Luggage Offload Charge
  • Snacks and other drinks in Leh
  • Monument entry fees
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the Inclusions list
  • ANY EXTRA COST AS A TAX OR ROYALTY TO BE GIVEN TO ANY GOVERNMENT OR OTHER LOCAL BODIES APART FROM WILDLIFE TREKKING FEES, ENVIRONMENTAL FEES AND ALTOA PERMIT

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

Fixed Departure Dates For The Chadar - The Frozen River Trek

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* price might be subject to minimum group size of 5

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Our Reviews

4.72 of 92 reviews


Excellent: 73
Very Good: 13
Good: 5
Average: 1
Bad: 0


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User just rated us excellent !

suresh jogani, Businessman, Mumbai


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When I contacted Suman for Chadar trek this season, what appealed to me most was him listening to all my questions patiently and answering them all in best possible way, yet keeping the expectations realistic. Having done other Himalayan treks in the past and having heard quite a lot about Chadar trek's unique challenges, trust me I did have a lot of queries beginning from the trek leading, team size, to safety measures and trek equipment. At the beginning of the trek, Suman himself came down to check our personal trek necessities to make sure we had appropriate stuff. I found it quite useful given the extreme weather and terrain conditions of Chadar trek. On the trek itself, had a great experience. Our trek lead, Montu Singh is an able, courageous leader who was helpful and motivating. While most other groups trekking on the same dates as us, returned from sumo itself, we went to Tibb cave and attempted to go to Nerak as well (which we couldn't make unfortunately). But the credit of making that best attempt to help the team with its destination goes to him. I also liked that HH takes smaller groups, and not a big crowd. Food served on the trek was simply yummy, best I have ever had on any trek so far. Also the equipment like tents, sleeping bags were quite good which is very important on a trek with extreme cold condition.

Shilpa Deshpande, Software Developer, Bangalore


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1st I want to say our expedition of chadar trek was jabardast...😊.. If u want to explore max area with safety & good food then go with himalayan high. If HH cant go to last point, i dont think that any other agency can go ( on the same itinerary ). Last but not the least the full team including porters was very cordial... Memorable awesome chadar trek.☺

Pankaj Deb, Government Service, Silchar, Assam


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Chadar trek was my first ever trekking experience and Himalayan High ensured that it stays an awesome memory for ever. Suman is immensely passionate about the mountains, his energy and passion in this regard is infectious. Thanks Suman for the motivation. I highly appreciate Suman's organizing and co-ordination skills right from the start till the end of the expedition. Himalayan High is an assembly of very enthusiastic and hard working people, our trek leader Mr. Monty and trek guide Mr. Lapo were examples of it. Mr. Monty and Lapo are well trained people who are prompt at risk assessing and decision making. Also, the trek leader and trek guide ensured our safety and fun during the entire length of the trek, they kept giving us tips on tackling the biting cold of Zanskar Valley and on how to walk on it's treacherous ways. The porters and cooking staff was amazing, they made sure that we are comfortable, warm and well nourished during the trek. The entire crew of HH was cordial and prompt in serving us. HH equipment were of good and sturdy quality, our safety was guaranteed. Over all a very happy and content experience 😊 Kudos HH, keep up the good work!!!!

Pooja Sharma, Lawyer, Mumbai


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Chadar trek was one of my dreams, and thanks to 'Himalayan High', it came true. Suman-da, a true Himalayan Hero , helped us in every situation. Our flight to Ladakh got cancelled, so he prepared a new itinerary, and that too at no extra cost. There's care, ethics and professionalism in their approach. At some point during the trek the Chadar(frozen river) was broken. Potters didn't agree to go farther. Other parties started returning. And then comes Mr. Montu (our trek leader) who convinced and motivated the whole group to go ahead. His experience and knowledge about trekking saw us through three days of awesomeness safely. Mr. Lapu (local guide) was jolly and witty and always kept us entertained and moral of the group high. The cook and the potters served us all the necessities as much as humanly possible in such hostile territory. Food was good and other arrangements sufficient. Chadar trek is once in a lifetime experience which will stay like a nostalgia lurking around the corner of memory. But it is not for the faint hearted. Conditions test the human body to their limit. But who has ever stopped the adventurous ?

Sanjoy Paul, Government Service, Silchar, Assam


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The Chadar Trek was my first ever trek and i had the time of my life !!! Mr Suman, who organised the trek cleared all my doubts before joining the trek. Was very encouraging and i could relate to his passion for trekking and his knowledge that convinced n impressed me most of all. Our trek leader Mr Montu, was extremely knowledgeable as well and he took charge when required and kept us motivated to complete our trek when we were in doubt !! He not only helped us when required but took care of us bunch of first timers,beyond his call of duty. I would definitely recommend Himalayan High to all my friends and make them go thru safe hands of these two individuals..!! Food and all other arrangements were excellent and beyond my expectations.. !! Even the porters were helpful n polite and willing to assist whenever required...what more could i say other than that they would be my first choice next time i trek..!! All the best to you guys n thank you for making my trip the most memorable one ever..!!

Anjula Narayanan, Flying Crew, Mumbai


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It was a wonderful experience with Himalayan high. Given the extremities of the Chadar trek, the entire team was very co- operative and catered to our needs in time (including pacifying our apprehension). Also, we are appreciative of Suman for being available to us at any time to help us prepare before before the trek. Great service over all. Keep it up.

Pooja Radia, Lawyer, Mumbai


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It was the most humbling experience I have had in sometime... Himalayas invariably manage to do that... Chadar trek with Himalayan High: This was my first High altitude, one week long trek. I had a very good experience with the Himalayan High team. Here is the list of points where this team won me over. Positive 1 For me the biggest plus with Mr.Suman and his team is that they have a "no medicine" rule for precautions. They only ask us to keep medicine for emergency... if there is no alternative then only they would ask us to use medicines.. First night in Leh, I faced breathlessness and was really vary whether I'll be able to proceed with the trek. But the next morning, on hearing my issue, Suman encouraged me to continue that too without medicine. And here I am writing this review after comfortably completing the trek. Thank you Suman!! Positive2 Highly skilled team. They have a very good team. Have full knowledge of the terrain. They really give good support and guidance to any of your issues. Montu Singh and Lapu, fabulous job.. Positive 3 Their group size is small enabling every individual to get personal attention. Positive 4 They have a wonderful support staff. Food they serve is not just delicious but also varied. Of course they have a few negatives 1. The hotel in leh was pathetic.. but they have taken note of it and are not going to repeat the same place. 2. They are a little expensive than others but it's all covered thanks to their personal care and expertise in solving issues. All in all, it was a wonderful experience. Thank you Suman and team for making it one of the most memorable experience for me.

Dharmit Shah, Private Service, Mumbai


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The overall trek experience was amazing. The quality and quantity of food provided was upto the mark. Providing 2 sleeping bags and woolen inner fleece was amazing for the winter. Though the quality of hotel provided in Leh was not upto the mark and heaters in the room were not working. I would love to recommend Himalayan High for any Himalayan expedition.

Siddharth Nandecha, Private Service, Bangalore


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With so many random trekking companies now undertaking treks all across the Himalayas, it was difficult to choose one when I decided to explore the Chadar Trek. I chanced upon Himalayan High through a friend's recommendation & decided to just go with them without second thoughts as everything else online was quite confusing. With the weather going awry during our trek, we couldn't manage to reach till the end at Neruk Village(a tad disappointing). But whatever we did manage to explore was Superlative. The 3 stars are specially for their Team during the trek. The Trek Leader, the Porters, the Cook & the Accompaniments (everyone was just amazing & did their job Brilliantly & they were indeed a good bunch of people to be around with & share laughter) The 1 Star less is for the Accommodation provided in Leh. It was strictly mediocre for the price they were charging. Yes, we were there in extreme winter time. But they couldn't even manage to provide a decent Heater system which was the need of the hour. Nor Hot Water at our convenience.The Breakfast, compared to the amazing spread of dishes we used to get while on the trek, was absolutely stale.(Himalayan High did accept this blotch & maybe they will check other options available in the future) The 2nd Star less is strictly being a bit selfish. We weren't allowed to take a dip in the frozen Zanskar River, while many were doing it. The Trek leader should keep everyone motivated & plan things accordingly. Understand, their concern for our health & safety. But when we saw trekkers from other trek companies proceeding ahead rather than being stuck in one place,we wished our leader would have acted quick on the scenario & made sure we were able to complete the whole trek. We wasted a whole day on the 2nd Campsite while others were proceeding further. It's one of those treks with a lot of uncertainties. You can't opt to choose to do it again for things you missed out on in the first place. We had a fabulous time for everything we did manage to explore. Suman Chowdhary of Himalayan High was available through the whole planning process spanning months answering to our queries & providing assistance for other things not related on their itinerary, like arranging a ride to Pangong Tso & many more. Yes.. I would definitely think about choosing Himalayan High again in some future treks I might undertake.. But I'll make sure, I get my priorities & needs sorted. Cheers

Devang Parekh, Traveller, Mumbai


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Facilities - 5 star I liked the facilities provided during trek, seven days including food, tent, very accommodating staff and equipment. The hotel provided for accommodation were I stayed had no basic facilities including hot water. The team needs to look into better facilities for accommodating in Leh. Trek: 3 star I had come to trek prepared, which was the crux of the trip and test my endurance. I had given my time money and taken risk of leaving family back home. We had all chances of going to Nerak but team lead gave up on all opportunities for me to complete the expedition and return satisfied. I hardly trekked through 7 days.. Day 1- getting acclimatized. Hardly any walk Day 2 - 4 hours of walk, team lead knew weather conditions, it was going to snow but still did not take us further, when we could have easily trekked to next stop and he showed no intention of Nerak. Day 3- all day snow no trek. Day 4 - We had to force the team to take us further for next places, we walked for 2 hours. We could have easily camped at Tibb caves , but team lead did not want because he had an agreement with porters and did not to move further due to agreement. Day 5 - only day I felt I was trekking it started at 8:30 and ended at 6:30 Day 6 and 7 - 2 hours of walk. If I had to stay comfortable, I would not have taken this risk of coming to Chadar. I am not satisfied, as I could not see Nerak, when there was all possibilities to reach Nerak the main objective of the trek. My advice: it is important for trek leaders to understand both porters and customer. I had come from so far, missed the crux of trekking and complete the expedition. Overall a good experience.

Rajith Narasimhaiah, Private Service, Bangalore


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The trekking place is really amazing and must do trek. First POSITIVE feedback - The crew of group were good and all are very approachable - Hospitality was good. - Food was very good during trekking days and served on time all the days

Shankar Sharma, Private Service, Bangalore


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First of all would like to thank Suman and his team, Montu Singh and Lapu for their leadership and guidance before and during the trek. Suman had been talking to us 4 months before the trek. He was very patient and detailed in his instructions about things to carry, how to prepare for the trek, etc. Montu Singh was a fantastic trek leader, bearing with us ;) being patient and then assertive at times when he was required to be. The food thru the trek was excellent (quality and quantity) to keep us going in the harsh temperatures. Overall I was very happy with the trek organization, that made us experience the beauty of the frozen Zanskar river!!

Satyaprem Katira, IT Professional, Pune


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