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Chadar Trek

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  • Day : -5 to -15ᵒCTemperature
  • Night : -20 to -30ᵒCTemperature
  • 62 kmTrekking Distance
  • 11,123ftMaximum Altitude
  • DifficultTrek Gradient
  • 8 Nights / 9 DaysTotal Duration
  • January to FebruaryBest Season
  • Leh AirportPick-up point
  • Hotel/ Guesthouse/ CampsAccommodation
  • Customized feesFees based on the final number of participants. Kindly contact +91-9051055011/ +91-8969336262 for the further detail before proceeding for the payment.
Overview of Chadar trek
  • In an Indian union territory of Ladakh lies a winter trail: Chadar Trek/ Zanskar Gorge. Ladakh is a land of wonders and a home to many treks-routes; but among them, the Chadar trek holds a special place. Regarded as one of the most difficult treks in the world, “Survival of the fittest” is definitely something to keep in mind when considering this trek.  The trek takes you over the frozen Zanskar river confined within sharp 600 meters high gorge. The time for this trek is January – February as during the winter, the Zanskar river freezes and is enveloped in a sheet of ice resembling a “Chadar,” hence the name. It’s during the first two months of the year that this Chadar of ice is at its thickest and most stable, making this time the safest for the trek. One might think the trek to be quite challenging, and they would be right, but it’s the challenging nature of this route that calls to the hearts of many adventurers, and the constant adrenaline rush is perhaps the most memorable in this trek alongside the thrill of sleeping in caves, stargazing, traveling in knee-deep snow, and bonfires in sub-zero temperatures. From monasteries to a magnetic hill to gravity-defying frozen waterfalls, this trek is no stranger to mesmerizing destinations and is sure to keep you busy on the lookout for them.

 

  • The 9-day adventure begins at an altitude of 11400 ft at Leh; reaching Leh is possible by flight, during which you are to catch a glimpse of the adventure to come as you fly over the grand white-clad mountains and get a sense of scale as you descend down to the starting point of the journey, but it is not until you reach the village of Chilling where the Zanskar river begins to freeze. It is then that the trekkers embark on the frost white road, and the 62km trek officially commences. The path is less of a road and more of a natural mirror reflecting the grand blue sky over the gorge. The daytime temperature ranges from -5oC to -15oC, and the nights range from -20oC to -30oC, so clearly, one needs to be both mentally and physically prepared with appropriate gear.

 

  • Zanskar river (tributary of Indus river) freezes during winters, creating a blanket of ice (‘Burf ki Chadar’ in Hindi) over the rumbling river.

 

  • Traditionally during the winters when the road from the villages of Zanskar to the rest of Ladakh is closed by snow on the high passes, the only feasible route to Leh is by walking along the frozen river Zanskar.

 

  • Trekking on ice, walking through knee-deep snow, sleeping in caves all while in the bitter cold where the temperature never seems to reach positive numbers; is sure to make you feel like a survivalist. This trek is for the brave and bold with just but one drawback. After this trek, you will have a taste for real adventure, and other ordinary treks will never feel the same again.
Highlights of Chadar trek

Snow-covered landscape: It is indeed from January to the end of February when Chadar treks are best. At this time, the river glazes into a fascinating ice sheet, ideal for the adventurous walk. The Chadar Tour usually takes 9-10 days, covering approximately 16-18 kilometers a day, now; why is it known as Chadar Trek? Chadarmeans a “white sheet,” and that’s where the name came from as The Chadar Trek is almost like an expedition to the Northern Pole at 11,150 feet with everything covered in snow resembles the very name the White sheet.

 

Frozen River: The Chadar Trek that is also known as The Frozen River or Zanskar Gorge, is perhaps the most thrilling trek in the Himalayas. Nobody ever gets bored in this as there is a constant rush of adrenaline as something or the other new pops up and fills your wanderlust. You can get a unique experience to walk on the Frozen Zanskar with a good taste of picturesque beauty. One of the nicest moments in your life will be the walk along a frozen river, with mountains covered by snow on either side.

 

Frozen waterfall:  You will be witnessing the magnificent beauty of Frozen waterfall here in this trek in order to calm your soul, and You will see several other scenic beauties, but the frozen waterfall is at the top of that list.

 

Stargazing: This Trek is to Leh-Ladakh’s most beautiful places. You can spend a night here right under the stars and relax in a tent or enjoy a meal next to a fire and walk all day in the snow admiring the beauty this place offers and creating memories that you will cherish your whole life.

 

Monasteries:There are some great places that you can visit during the trek, like Thikse Gompa or Thikse Monastery, the Hall of Fame Museum, and Shey Monastery. And once you do, you will fall in love with Leh all over again.

 

Shanti Stupa: The Shanti Stupa, on the hilltop of Chanspa, Leh district, Ladakh, is another great location this trek covers. Watching a sunset out of the holy Shanti Stupa is a truly unforgotten experience.  Buddhist White-domed stupa is also known as Shanti Stupa, was constructed by Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura in 1991.

 

Tibb Cave: Because of its natural beauty and novelty, Chadar Trek is the experience of a lifetime. From Leh City, the explorers travel and cover places like Chilling, Tsomo Paladar, Tibb Cave, Nerak, and Gyalpo. You must go to Dib Tibb for exciting caves to explore

Why Chadar trek...?

 

  • You must have trekked over a lush green slopes, rocky mountains, deep snow,across a flowing river but how many times have you walked over a ‘frozen river’….!!!???

 

  • Get a hang of the survival instinct the locals of this region has been experiencing since ages during winters with bone chilling temperature as low as -30ᵒC at nights, essential items being transported on sledges & taking refuge in caves during the journey.

 

  • Experience the warm hospitality of the Zanskari culture as you meet the locals during the trek.

 

  • The magnificent Nerak waterfall, frozen completely from top to bottom.

 

  • If these are not the reasons enough to pull you to Zanskar valley, then the fact that this trek might not be accesible officially (to restore natural ecosystem & the route becoming obsolete after completion of Zanskar Highway) should make you pack your backpacks.

Pick up location

Leh airport

Drop location

Leh airport

Price Includes

  • Leh airport to the Hotel in Leh on arrival & back from the Hotel to Leh airport on the day of departure
  • Drive from Leh to Shingra Yokma & back from Shingra Yokma to Leh.
  • Hotel accommodation in Leh (Day 1-3 & Day 8)
  • Camping accommodation during trek: twin sharing in tent
  • Camping essentials: Dome Tents, Kitchen tent, Toilet tent (traditional pit style), Helmet, Gaiters, Harness & Carabineers
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Evening tea, Dinner during trek
  • Hot drinking water anytime in the camp
  • Guide, Group Porter, Cook, Helper.
  • Stretcher evacuation
  • Portable Oxygen cylinder, Pulse oximeter, BP apparatus, Infrared thermometer & other staffs

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Food during stay in Leh (Day 1-3 & Day 8)
  • Expenses incurring on the Medical examination in Leh
  • Permit fees charged by Local authority (LAHDC, ALTOA)
  • Off-loading during the trek (can be arranged on extra cost).
  • In an event of a trekker deciding on discontinuing the trek midway due to any circumstance/ evacuation, he/she will be escorted till the nearest road end from where the further expenses of transportation, hotel/ hospital and food shall be managed and borne by that trekker. In such unfortunate event the trekker won’t be eligible for the refund.
  • Personal trekking gears like Sleeping bag (can be arranged on extra cost), Gum boots, trekking poles, toiletry and other items mentioned later in things to carry section.
  • Any cost escalation (accommodation, food, transportation) due to unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, pandemic crisis, sudden government policies or regulations
  • Any expense arising out of itinerary will have to be borne by the Trekker.
  • Gratuity/ Tip

Advisory

  • Always carry a valid original photo ID card with you.
  • Prepaid sim cards do not work in Ladakh
  • Trekking is an activity where there are more than 50% chances of facing uncertainty, as you see it’s mentioned “Tentative” itinerary. Weather conditions, wildlife movements, permission changes can often force the trek leader to change the itinerary, distance or place.
  • Throughout the trek, starting from the pick up to the drop, the final decision will be taken by the trek leader and all the trekkers will be expected to abide to the same.
  • All participants are expected to have high fitness level, stamina and the ability to sustain harsh environments.
  • Carry appropriate clothing to wear while visiting shrines, monastery & other religious places.
  • Every trekker will have to undergo a temperature and other vitals check every day.
  • Do weigh your Gears post packing. It should not exceed the range of 8-10 kg – preferably on the lighter side.
  • COVID-19 RT PCR negative report/ vaccination certificate as per Ladakh government to be carried
  • COVID-19 appropriate behaviour to be adhered by all the trekkers
Booking terms
Confirmation policy
  • Email on booking@meandmountain.com or WhatsApp on +91-9051055011 the following details: Name of the participant(s), Name of the event, Date of the event, Email address (Note: This is not the Enrolment form) and proceed with the online payment either via the payment link shared via WhatsApp or the payment section on the website.
  • Mode of payment: only online
  • The participants will receive the Confirmation email and Ticket via email within 48 hours.
  • Ater the confirmation, you will need to send the dully filled, signed and scanned forms (Enrolment, Medical & Self-declaration) to booking@meandmountain.com, before commencement of the expedition.
  • The forms can be downloaded from the links below or ‘FORMS’ section in the home page.
  • It is mandatory for all the participants to submit all 3 forms before the expedition, in absence of which Me and Mountain shall have a full right to deny the entry of that participant to the particular expedition.
Cancellation policy
  • Cancellation done any time after the booking of the event shall be adjusted in any event later with ‘Me And Mountain Global Adventures Pvt Ltd’ only via Adjustment voucher. The Adjustment voucher will be valid for 1 year from the date of the event cancelled.
  • Refer the section on Cancellation/Refund Policy for the detail cancellation policy.
Discontinuation policy
  • In an event of a participant deciding on discontinuing the event mid-way due to any circumstance other than medical condition requiring emergency evacuation, he/she will require to do so by signing the ‘Discontinuation form’ after which he/she is set to go on own. In such situation the participant will neither be eligible for the Refund or the Adjustment voucher.
Forms
Tentative Itinerary
May change as per the local authority permission & availability of accommodation

Day 1Fly to Leh (11,400 ft.)

  • Altitude: – Leh 11,400 ft.

 

  • You’re traveling spirit is going to get charged when you are on the plane, as you will come across mesmerizing views of snowcapped mountains as your flight lands on the ground. Acquiring a window seat would be a handy choice.

 

  • We will take you to a hotel or guest house when you reach Leh city. Do keep your woolen wears near as the temperature will move around 1-2 °C. The cold air will surely be going to give you a glimpse of the temperatures during the trek. Take proper rest to acclimatize to the weather, and remember to keep yourself hydrated.

Day 2Rest & Acclimatization in Leh

  • As per the new regulations imposed by Ladakh Government Authorities, anyone doing the Zanskar river trek should spend at least two days in Leh to get their body fully acclimatized to the weather conditions here in order to prevent health problems that trekkers encounter like Acute Mountain Sickness. The laws are irrevocable and are strictly followed by all trekkers. You can enjoy your day shopping at the Leh market.

Day 3Medical check-up & Insurance Day

  • Following Government guidelines in Jammu and Kashmir, the trekkers will need to take up a fitness check-up at SNM Hospital to confirm whether the aspiring trekkers are in a proper physical condition to undergo one of the most challenging treks, the Chadar trek. You will be permitted for the Chadar trek after your approval by the officer. 

Day 4Drive to Shingra Yokma: Trek from Shingra Yokma to Tsomo Paldar (10,550ft.)

  • On this day, you will be heading to Shingra Koma. It is one of the most fascinating and wondrous drives in the entire region of Ladakh, where you will witness many top spots like Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, and the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus. You’ll reach starting point nearly after a 90-minute drive along the Zanskar River.

 

  • You will be dropped off the car where the road ends, and this is where you start walking on Zanskar initiating the long, challenging journey ahead. You will be slipping and sliding your way across the frozen lake. Walking with your gumboots on will definitely be tough in the beginning. Understanding the ice formation patterns will take some time. You will have to understand and differentiate the delicate surfaces from the strong ones since there are a variety of different kinds of surfaces on this trek, but once you start walking, you will get to know more about it. Placing your foot will be important in most cases; check the ice for its steadiness with your walking stick before stepping on it, and do make sure your backpack is not heavy and big in order to manage and use the weight on your own.We will walk to the first campsite of the journey,which is Tsomo Paldar, your first sub-zero temperature camping. We will spend the night here at Tsomo Paldar, and make sure to keep yourself warm and hydrated.

Day 5Tsomo Paldar to Tibb (10,760ft)., 14km

  • Altitude:- 10,500ft to 10,760 ft

 

  • We will cover 14kms today, starting from Tsomo Paldar to Tibb cave. It is a 5 to 6 hours trek, where you will only gain an altitude of 300ft.

 

  • After having a warm breakfast, we will head to the next campsite at Tibb Cave, where you will come across some of the fascinating frozen waterfalls. We will stop midway to Tibb Cave for Lunch, witnessing the emerald Zanskar river flowing beside us. You will also encounter a variety of rock patterns that will shine distinctively as the rays of the sun hit on them. We will camp for the day near Tibb Cave, surrounded by dry sand.

Day 6Tibb to Nerak (11,100ft., 12km)

  • Altitude:- 10,800 to 11,100 ft

 

  • Today we are 12 km away and heading for Naerak, one of the most awaited campgrounds.The 6 to 7 hrs long trail will expose you to the most beautiful landmark of the Chadar trek, which is the frozen waterfall. It is one of nature’s perfect masterpieces and attracts trekkers from across the globe. You will be served hot lunch on your way to Nayak. It will be the coldest of all the campsites on this trek, where the temperature reaches -30°C during the night. You need to wear proper layered clothing in order to stay safe from the bone-shattering cold. You can also visit the village of Naerak as well.

 

  • We would be wrapping up the day and camp overnight at a distance of 15-20 minutes from the frozen waterfall.

Day 7 Nerak to Tibb (10,760ft., 12km)

  • Altitude: -11,100 to 10,800 ft

 

  • We will have our breakfast and continue the journey back to the Tibb cave for about 13 km. It’s a 5 to 6 hrs trek, and it’s not easy, as the Zanskar River is responsive to the minute change in temperature and also is constantly morphing.

 

  • While returning to Tibb cave, you will witness a lot of locals in their traditional woolen Gonchas. There are monks returning to Leh from the monastery at Lingshed. You will notice young students going back to schools in Leh after their vacations, accompanied by their parents reminding you of your childhood, and it will warm your heart.

 

  • We will spend the night at camps in Tibb cave.

Day 8 Tibb to Leh (via Shingra Yokma) (10,550ft.)

  • Altitude: -10,800ft to 10,300 ft and drive to 11,400 ft.

 

  • It is an 18 kms trek Starting from Tibba and going to Shingra Yokma, and it will take 7 to 8 hours. The high mountain walls rising from the sides of the river portray castle walls and are mesmerizing. There are various fresh trails and footprints of Foxes, Ibex, or Snow leopards all along the Chadar river. We know your heart will get heavy with every retracting step you take because no one would love to go back after witnessing the mesmerizing view. You will find Trekkers along the way asking you about the experience. We will reach Leh in the evening, and you can book your return flight for the 9th day. You will spend the night having good dreams in your warm bed in the hotel.

Day 9Departure from Leh

  • You will return from Leh with picturesque memories followed by checking out of the hotel, and you will be dropped at the airport. The Chadar trek will come to an end when you get on the plane.
Diet recommendation
  • Consume less spicy diet at least 7 days prior to the expedition
Fitnes training
  • Cardiovascular training:
  • Stair Climbing
  • Push-Ups+
  • Squats
  • Crunches
  • Burpees
  • Jogging/ Interval Running
  • Free hand stretching
  • Walk daily at least 2-3km
Things to carry
Layering the upper body during trek
  • Layer-1: Body warmer
  • Layer-2: Dry-fit T-shirts
  • Layer-3: Fleece jacket
  • Layer-4: Down/ synthetic padded Jacket
  • Gloves
Lower body during trek
  • Trekking trousers
  • Polyester/ active-wear socks
  • Trekking boots
Layering the upper body in the campsite
  • Layer-1: Body warmer
  • Layer-2: Dry-fit T-shirts
  • Layer-3: Sweater
  • Layer-4: Another layer of sweater
  • Layer-5: Fleece jacket
  • Layer-6: Down/ synthetic padded Jacket
  • Gloves
Layering the lower body in the campsite
  • Layer-1: Body warmer
  • Layer-2: Trekking trouser
  • Polyester/ active-wear socks
  • Woollen socks
Clothing for layering upper and lower body
  • 3 Dry-fit T-shirts
  • 2-3 pairs of Trek pants
  • 2 sets of Body warmers (polyester, avoid cotton)
  • 1 Fleece jacket
  • 1 Down/ synthetic padded Jacket to withstand sub-zero temperature
  • 2 Sweaters
  • 4-5 pairs of Socks meant for active-wear (blend of woollen & synthetic fabric) for wearing during the trek
  • 4-5 pairs of Woollen socks for wearing at the campsites
  • 2 pairs of well insulated Gloves
  • 1 wind + waterproof Jacket
  • Rain jacket
Headgear
  • Woollen cap, big enough to cover the ears along with the head
  • Woollen balaclava, covering the neck, mouth & nose
  • Sun cap with a back flap to protect the nape of the neck
Footwear
  • High-ankle boots (waterproof & with good insulation)
  • Slippers/floaters for campsite to be worn with woollen socks
  • Gumboots for the places where it’s necessary for the trekkers to cross shallow freezing cold water (in the absence of stable ice-sheet)
Gears
  • Rucksack: 60-70 litre with rain cover
  • Daypack: 20-30 litre with rain cover- apart from your personal items carry hand towel, extra set of cloth & socks
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Quick dry towel
  • Trekking poles (preferably a pair)
  • Headlamp
  • Water Bottles: 1 Thermos & 1 regular bottle of 1 litre capacity
Other essential items
  • Toilet kit
  • 2 Tissue rolls
  • Sunscreen: SPF 40+
  • Personal medical kit
  • Snacks for personal consumption
  • Self-heating warming pouches (available online)/ hot water bag to keep yourself warm at night
  • Ladies: Menstrual hygiene products with zip lock bags to carry back waste for disposal. Menstrual cups are recommended over tampons/sanitary napkins.
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