Chadar Trek

9 days/ 8 nights -

Ex Leh

Region

Ladakh

Trek Difficulty

Difficult

Trek Duration

9 days/ 8 nights

Highest Altitude

11,400 Ft

Trek Distance

62 KM

Overview

Chadar Trek in Ladakh is like no other trek in the Himalayas. Walking on a frozen thick glass like river, with dramatic mountains on both sides, is an experience of a lifetime. At only 11150 ft altitude Chadar Trek almost feels like an expedition to the North Pole, where the temperatures drop down to -30 degrees at night, the ration is transported on sledges, you find refuge in caves and life blossoms on survival instincts, making it an eminently ‘do before you die’ trip. The Chadar trek allows you to get to know the Zankari culture up close through the locals you meet on the trek and experience their hospitality. One of the highlights of the Zanskar frozen river trek is the most magnificent waterfall frozen completely from top to bottom called Nerak waterfall.

The best time for Chadar trek is from mid-January to mid-February that is when the Zanskar river freezes and you get to walk on massive slabs of ice spreading for miles and miles. The landscapes and overall experience will leave their imprints on your hearts forever. When it comes to trekking In India, Chadar is the most glamorous trek.

Quick Look

  • Day 1 – ARRIVE IN LEH(9,800 FT, 0 KMS TREK)
  • Day 2 – TREK FOR 10KM (LEH PLACE – SHANTI STUPA)
  • Day 3 – MEDICAL CHECK & SHOPPING
  • Day 4 – LEH – SHINGRA KOMA ( TREK DAY 1 )
  • Day 5 – SHINGRA KOMA – TIBBA
  • Day 6 – TIBB – NERAK
  • Day 7 – NERAK –TIBB
  • Day 8 – TIBB – BAKULA – LEH
  • Day 9 – FLY BACK HOME

Day 1

Arrive in Leh ( 9,800 FT, 0 Kms Trek)

The flight to Ladakh is absolutely scenic. Arrive in Leh by 12 PM. You get a birds-eye view of the entire city and the layers of snow-clad mountains will help you understand why it is impossible to reach Ladakh by road in winters. You will feel a drop in the temperature the minute you land at the Leh airport, which is also one of the highest airports in the world. Collect your bags and check in to your assigned hotels. Today's day is extremely important for acclimatization, so try to stay outdoors as much as possible but try not to exert yourself. Leh is quite in the winters and very few shops and eateries are open for business. You can buy dry fruits from some of the shops at a very reasonable price and some woolen clothes too if you like. Take a stroll through the colorful Leh market during the day, and if possible, try to walk till Leh Palace and Namgyal Monastery. The colorful flags fluttering in the air and the view f the entire city from Namgyal Monastery is not to be missed. Drink plenty of fluids during the day to help you with acclimatization and prepare yourself to start the trek tomorrow.

Day 2

Rest & Acclimatization in Leh

The day is reserved for acclimatization. Your leader may take you for a light acclimatization walk during the day. As per the new regulations by the local administration of Leh, you will have to get medically examined at SNM Hospital in Leh and today the checkup would be organized.

Day 3

Medical Checkup in Leh

Today, you will have to get the mandatory medical checkup at the Tourist Information Center, obtain your NOC from ALTOA and Wildlife Department permit. Overnight stay in a hotel in Leh.

Day 4

Leh to Shingra Koma via Bakula (10,550 FT, 70Kms drive to Bakula, 2-3 hrs trek to Shingra Koma)

Today, we finally start on our Zanskar frozen river adventure. You drive along the beautiful Indus river and get a chance to see the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river at Nimmu. We are going to cover a total distance of 70 km by road and you will experience a few jaw-dropping moments as the vehicle makes its way around the narrow hairpin bends. It should take about 3 hours to reach Bakula and as you get closer, the inspiring sight of the frozen Zanskar will get you excited about the trek. Your leaders will soon give you tips on how to walk on Chadar. It takes a while to get the hang of it. We call it the 'Penguin Walk'. Walk around as much as possible, it will help you get comfortable walking on a glassy ice sheet. You will fall a few times, and that is part of the overall experience. You will also be taught how to get inside your double layered sleeping bags before sundown. Today is an exciting day, as it is your first day of trekking on the frozen Zanskar river. You will get plenty of sunshine during the day, so wear comfortable clothes. The best thing about Chadar trek is that you walk on a flat surface throughout the trek. There are no steep ascents or descents and very little chance of catching AMS since you don't gain any altitude throughout the trek. If you are comfortable today, you are already acclimatized and you should be able to finish the entire trek without any major issues. Depending on the weather, the Chadar changes its forms. It can be hard and glass like in some patches, or it can have a layer of powder snow on it giving you a better grip, or you could face thin ice in certain areas, so you might have to walk in slush or dodge that entire patch and go over the rocks on the side of the river. Walk together as a team and follow the sledge route. Always follow the sledge route used by the porters as it is the safest route on Chadar. You will get to your next campsite within 3-4 hours, depending on your speed. Your leaders will take you through a few learning modules about being in the mountains. You will have the campsite to yourself to explore and take pictures for the rest of the day. Camp overnight at Shingra Koma.

Day 5

Shingra Koma to Tibb (10,760 FT, 14 Kms)

The biggest challenge from here on will be getting out of your warm sleeping bags and step- ping outside your tent in freezing cold weather. The Zanskari people are well known for their hospitality and your staff will wake up way before you to ensure you have a hot cup of tea and a warm meal ready before you leave. Today is going to be a long walking session, you will cover a total 14 km on Chadar and it should take you about 6 to 7 hours to reach your next campsite. Make sure you fill your thermos with warm water before you leave, all liquids tend to freeze in this region given the extreme temperatures, so a thermos is extremely important. You will only get sunshine around 9-10 am, that too in patches as the giant rocky mountains on both sides of the Zanskar river tend to hide the sun. Marvel at the views as you walk in this huge valley with nothing but pure crisp air and huge rocks on both sides of you. The color of the Zanskar river flowing in the middle is vibrant and deep blue and sometimes you will see water flowing right beneath you under the thick ice sheet. You will see a few frozen waterfalls along the way. Your staff will cook you a warm meal mid-way, so fill your bellies and enjoy a hot cup of tea. By 3 pm, you'll be at Tibb, and the last 200-meter walk is extremely gorgeous. Camp overnight at Tibb.

Day 6

Tibb to Nerak (11,150 FT, 12 KMs trek)

Today is the most important day on the Chadar trek because you will get a chance to see the-mother-of-all-waterfalls 'Nerak waterfalls' after reaching your campsite. It is going to be another long day, so you will start early. Aim to reach Nerak campsite before 3pm, so you get plenty of time at Nerak waterfall. The sun will again be shunned from the Zanskar valley, so keep moving to keep your body warm. The ice in various patches is broken in the middle of the frozen river, forming geometrical structures of various shapes and sizes, which are fascinating to see. You will have lunch inside a cozy cave mid-way, a cave huge enough to fit 12-15 people com- fortably. Reach Nerak campsite, have some snacks and make your way to the gigantic Nerak waterfall. It should take you about 30 minutes to get there, and you might see a few domestic Yaks grazing the higher grounds along the way. Right next to the waterfalls is a bridge across the river, which takes you up to Nerak village. It's fascinating to see the old wooden bridge under the new concrete/steel bridge, giving you a chance to see the age-old constructions. Spend some time marveling at the sight of Nerak waterfall, before heading back to the ampsite for your dinner. Camp overnight at Nerak.

Day 7

Nerak to Tibb (10,760 FT, 12 Kms trek)

Today, your trace your steps back to Tibb campsite. And if you think you are going to see the same frozen ice sheet again, think again. The frozen Zanskar river reacts to the slightest change in the temperatures, and constantly keeps changing its form. You will not be able to recognize the sights, it all seems so different on the way back. You might walk on a glass-like surface or patches and patches of slush, depending on the weather. Throughout the way, you will see the local porters wearing the traditional woolen robes called 'Gonchas', with colourful beads around their neck and their traditional hats. It's fascinating to see the locals negotiating on the frozen river, as they seem to walk like the wind, absolutely comfortable with the slippery uneven icy surface. They will greet you using the local phrase 'Julley' which is the Ladakhi term for hello/welcome. You might also catch a few locals singing traditional Ladakhi songs while pulling their sledges and enjoying the journey. Penguin walk your way to tibb and enjoy the rest of the day. Camp overnight at Tibb.

Day 8

Tibb to Bakula (10,550 FT, 12.5 KMs trek). Drive to Leh.

Today is the last day of the Chadar trek, and we will hike to Bakula. It will take you about 7 to 8 hours to reach Bakula. From Bakula, we will drive back to Leh and that marks the end of the Chadar - The frozen river trek. Head back to the hotels, do a bit of last minute shopping before the market closes, and prepare to catch your flight as per your schedule. Stay at hotels in Leh.

Day 9

Departure From Leh

We take our respective flights back home today. You will forever cherish the memories of one of the best treks in India. Food Menu : Breakfast Bread toast, Pan cake , Puri Aloo Paratha, omelette, Corn flakes, Musli, Milk, Porridge, Poha, Tea , Coffee ( black & milk) Optional : Maggie if you wish to have. Lunch ( HOT pack lunch ) Pulao, Rice, Macroni, Tea, Biscuit, Rajma, Chawal, Sandwich Dinner Rice, Paneer, Mushroom palak, Mix Veg, Roti, Veg momo, Sweet dish , Soup | before dinner with Papad popcorn | Optional : Maggie if you wish to have

Accommodations:

  • Triple Sharing Basis (couple or otherwise)
  • Day 1 to Day 3 : Hotel/Guest House accommodation – so you can acclimatize
  • Day 4 to Day 7 : Tented accommodation
  • Day 8: Room accommodation

Other Inclusions:

  • All Meals While On Trek (Veg.), Vegetarian Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) Starting On Day 4 Packed Lunch To Day 8 Breakfast.
  • Expert Mountaineering Guide -Breakfast When In Leh On Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 And Day 9
  • Gala Dinner and Felicitation Ceremony -First Aid Medical Kits And Oxygen Cylinder
  • Qualified & Experienced Trek Leader, Guide And Support Staff To Help Trekkers
  • Skilled Local Staff Who Has Ample Knowledge Of The Route
  • Transport From Leh To Trekking Point On Day 4 And Trekking Point To Leh On Day 8
  • Hot Water In Buckets Shall Be Provided twice a day on Request While Staying In Guest House In Leh
  • Stay In Alpine/Dome Tents On Triple Sharing Basis On Day 4, Day 5, Day 6 And Day 7 -Common Kitchen/Dining/Toilet Tents Will Be Used During The Trek
  • Cooks/Helper And Other Requisite Staff.
  • Porters For Carrying Common Equipment’s (Like Rations/Tents/Utensils/Groceries)
  • Equipment – Tents Triple sharing / Sleeping Bags / Sleeping Mats
  • Basic First Aid Kit With A Portable Oxygen Cylinder.
  • Facility Of Keeping Extra Luggage At Leh When Leaving For Trek
  • Food during the transit
  • Gst @ 5%
  • Personal Trekking Equipment – Like Gum Boots, Trekking Poles Or Sleeping Bag Liners
  • Personal Insurance Or Cost Of Emergency Evacuation
  • Purchases Of Personals (Like Mineral Water Bottles/Bottled Or Canned Beverages/Chocolates/Dry Fruits Etc)
  • Permit/Wild Life Fee/Altoa Fee/Insurance directly payable to Leh authorities
  • Airport Pick Up and Drop
  • Any other meals or transport which is not in inclusions.
  • Personal Porters For Carrying Trekker’s Backpacks -Room Heaters At Guest House In Leh(We Suggest Not To Use The Room Heaters As The Same Dehydrate The Body And Your Body Won’t Get Acclimatize To Gear Up For The Chadar Trek)
  • Cost Of Transport, Meals And Stay If In Case You Leave The Trek In Between And Return To Leh Before The Schedule Arrival On Day 8 -There Is No Centralized Heating And Portable Heaters, Heaters and Electric Blankets Provided.
  • Any other meals or transport which is not in inclusions.
  • Personal Porters For Carrying Trekker’s Backpacks
  • Room Heaters At Guest House In Leh(We Suggest Not To Use The Room Heaters As The Same Dehydrate The Body And Your Body Won’t Get Acclimatize To Gear Up For The Chadar Trek)
  • Cost Of Transport, Meals And Stay If In Case You Leave The Trek In Between And Return To Leh Before The Schedule Arrival On Day 8
  • There Is No Centralized Heating And Portable Heaters, Heaters and Electric Blankets Provided.
  •  Trekking Shoes
  • Backpack(40-60 litres)
  • Daypack(10 litres)
  • Plastic Bags
  • Personal medication Kit
  • Two warm layers
  • Two trek pants
  • Two collared t-shirts
  • Thermals
  • Jackets
  • Dark Sunglasses
  • Cap
  • Power Bank
  • Toiletries
  • Water bottles
  • Rain covers
  • Umbrella
    • Fitness: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. You need to be able to jog a distance of 4 km in 40 mins before the start of the trek. Unable to do so can make your trek difficult. In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training.

 

    • Backpack carrying: Tripsaa expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge before they start the trek. No suitcases/trolleys will be allowed.

 

    • Drop out during trek: If for any reason a participant has to drop out from the trek on any day then Tripsaa will help the trekker to reach the nearest road head. A support staff will accompany the participant to the nearest road head.

 

    • Non-liability: Tripsaa is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/ equipment or other belongings on the trek.

 

    • Payment: You may make this payment by Cash, Cheque, Online, DD or NEFT. Once you done the payment kindly provide us the payment detail through an email. (Go through payment procedure also.)

 

    • Payment procedure: To confirm your registration you need to pay at least 30% of trek fee as an advance and the balance payment has to be cleared before your pickup.

 

    • Cancellation: If the trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike etc), Tripsaa will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year. The cancellation charges are as under:
        • Cancellations prior before 30 days from the start of the trek – Full Refund.
        • Cancellations prior to 29-15 days from the start of the trek – 80% Refund or Trek Voucher worth paid amount (Trek Voucher is valid 12 Months).
        • Cancellation prior to 7-14 days from the start of the trek — 50% refund or Trek Voucher worth paid amount (Trek Voucher is valid 12 Months).
      • Cancellation prior to 7 days from the start of the trek — no refund or Trek Voucher worth paid amount (Trek Voucher is valid 12 Months).

 

    • Drinking and smoking during the trek are strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be canceled with immediate effect.

 

    • Route changes, postponement, delay or finishing the trek a day earlier: Under some extraordinary circumstance, your trek may end a day earlier or start a day later. This may become necessary due to inclement weather, snow and ice conditions, political restrictions or any other cause. In the event of a change, postponement or delay, participants have no right to refund of the trek (in whole or in part) or other compensation for any injury, loss or damage. Trek fee is not charged broken down in terms of days but is a composite fee for the whole trek.

 

  • Carry a valid govt. issued I’d. (Original and photocopy both)

Trek Fee

₹25,500/-

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