A trek on frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh zone.
Experience the local’s winter lifestyle.
Experience the winter in Leh.
Region: Ladakh Himalayan Ranges in India Trek Type: Group Adventures Group Size: 10 or more people per Group. When is the best time to trek: January and February. Expedition Begins and Ends at: Leh. Trekking Expedition Duration: 8 nights / 9 days. Difficulty level of the Trek: Easy to Medium. Maximum Altitude Gain: 3,500 meters(in Leh). Type of Accommodation: Hotel/Guesthouse and Tents on a twin/three sharing basis.
What to expect: An adventure filled fun time with easy to moderate trekking on a river bed with some splendid views of the nature. Fitness Needed: Any individual between 18 to 80 years old, who are enthusiastic adventure lover and loves trekking with some or average fitness level. Weather: Extremely cold, prepare for -15 to -35 degree Celsius.
Fly to majestic white land as there no other medium available in this time of the year you will be getting the first glimpse of the spectacular white dreamland sometime after you took off from Delhi airport. Upon your arrival at Kushok Bakula Rimpochee airport Leh you will be confront one of the coldest region in entire Himalayan zone. And this time Leh is really calm and quite as very less people travel to this part of India this time and locals usually stay in their homes most of the time. You can feel the deserted street and surrounding in this time and this is the best time to feel Leh as a clod desert.
You will find a thick white Chadar everywhere your eyes goes and the Chadar of your dream also not far from this place. Chadar means blanket and we are going to trek on it on the mighty Zanskar river which is most of the time wild in a year only in peak winter it’s get frozen and allow the local tribes to walk on it as the other routes to major towns are get closed by heavy snow. Locals of Zanskar region usually take the Zanskar Chadar to communicate with other areas especially Leh, this frozen river is the main route for them in the winter. And we are going to follow the same route on the Chadar for few days and make it our best adventure till date! Welcome to Chadar Trek!
A trek where you find the most number of frozen waterfalls on the way and a pin drop silent surroundings and a magical land which will beyond human imagination. Chadar trek consider one of the most desirable adventure for any adventure lover throughout the world and the mother river allows few times in a year to achieve it, so get set ready the finest adventure of your lifetime waiting for you. Join us for the best adventure of your lifetime and achieve it with the locals.
A vehicle will take you to Tilat Sumdo, from where the trekking begins. Attracting visuals, narrow canyon, mesmerizing icicles hanging from the top, shiny ice and night stays at cave camps with born fire will keep you engaged during the trek.
This beautiful trek will no longer be used in its current form after 5 years. A concrete road will take its place, making commute smooth and safe for locales.
Day 1: Fly to Leh.
Air route is the only way to reach Leh during blood-jamming winters. All flights reach Leh in the morning, before noon strikes. Do not forget to look at the awe-striking surge mountain range, covered by a snowy blanket as soon as your plane enters the Ladakh region, which is 11,800ft higher than trekking area.
Also, put on all warm clothes like the jacket, cap and gloves to face the always-negative temperature and never-ending cold weather of the place. You will get to see white layers of snow, which sometimes convert to bulky sheets of ice.
Keep an eye on your foot to prevent sliding or falling. Don’t keep your shopping pending for Leh as the city is kept partially closed during the winters. Only the shops, fulfilling the primary needs stay opened. Location’s temperature will be around -10°C in day duration and below -16°C in nights. So, try staying at hotel rooms at dawn, instead of roaming out in the cold breezes.
Day 2: Drive to Chilling (3 hours), and trek to Tilat Sumdo (1-2 hours).
Enjoy the most beautiful bus journey of your lifetime to Chilling on the Leh-Srinagar highway amidst the frozen clod desert. We will cross the confluence point of Indus and Zanskar River and drive further along side of the Zanskar River till our trekking point. We can see the Chadar while sitting on the vehicle as we will travel almost 40 kilometers along side of the frozen river. The last part of the road is not paved properly and it is very narrow and dusty. Today’s trek will make you learn many things like how to walk on rock solid slippery ice. Today’s destination Tilat Sumdo (Sumdo means confluence of 2 rivers) will come after 1.5 hours of trekking and we will have our campsite in this place.overnight in Tent.
Day 3: Tilat Sumdo to Shingra Koma (6-7 hours).
We will have to trek for 9 to 10 KM to reach our destination Shingra Koma. We will start our trek early in the morning by 8 am. Today you will get to know where to walk and where not to. You can see various forms of Chadar forming. The view will be quite similar as last day, there’s a high chance spot the foot mark of Snow Leopard on the snow while trekking. overnight in Tent.
Day 4: Shingra Koma to Tibb (7- 8 hours).
Today’s trek will be a longer trek than the previous days as we will cover around 15 kilometers of distance. We will find many frozen waterfalls today on the way and one of them is really huge. You will also get to see a waterfall on your left side, which never freezes during winter and produces a lot of water. If time permits you can take a small hike from the River Bed to see the source of this waterfall. Overnight in Tent.
Day 5: Tibb to Nerak (7 hours).
Today we will trek for around 12 kilometers to reach our pinnacle point in this trekking expedition, called Nerak. We will see the very famous Nerak wooden bridge before reaching our campsite in Nerak. You can see the Nerak frozen waterfall, which is considered as the biggest frozen waterfall during entire trek. Nerak frozen waterfall is the major attraction in Chadar trek, so don’t forget to capture it in your camera. Nerak village is a really cold place and situated almost 2000 feet above from the river bed. You can visit the village which takes about 1.5 hours of up-hill hike from our camp site. Nerak village is small high altitude villages. If you are visiting this village then don’t forget to drink a cup of tea in a tiny village shop. This village has a satellite phone connection which you can use it by paying the charges. Don’t forget to return back to our campsite before dark as it is a steep downhill trek. Overnight in Tent.
Day 6: Nerak to Tibb
We will cross the Nerak frozen waterfall while returning to Tibb. Take as much as snaps you wish, if you missed it while going. Return on the same trail to Tibb but you will find the trail becoming different within 2 days as the fresh snowfall and the different forms of Chadar makes it look different. Overnight in Tent.
Day 7: Tibb to Shingra Koma
Return to Shingra Koma on the same trail with typical Zanskar view. Overnight in Tent.
Day 8: Shingra Koma to Tilat Sumdo and drive back to Leh.
Today we will trek back to Tilat Sumdo and return back to Leh after a lifetime adventure. Take rest in our hotel after a tired journey. Overnight in hotel/guesthouse.
Day 9: Departure.
The trip is over and you can check out by morning. If you wish to explorer the Cold Ladakh you can spend few more days.
What does it include?
2 nights accommodations in a 4 star luxury hotel in Leh on twin/three share basis with breakfast. 6 nights’ accommodations in trekking route in a tent with twin/three share basis.
Tea, Coffee, Break Fast, Lunch and Dinner in trekking route, all meals are vegetarian.
Services of trekking guide, porters, helpers, cook.
All required equipments like tens and sleeping bag.
First aid kit and oxygen cylinder.
Pick up and drop from Tilat Sumdo(trek start and end point).
What it does not include?
Travel expenses to reach and return from Leh.
All meal in Leh including 2nd days Breakfast(in Luxury Chadar trek we provide breakfast in Leh).
The proposed Wildlife fees, environmental fees and other fees as being put forward by LAHDC and ALTOA or any other organization.
Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates, Personal expenses and tips Etc.
Airport drop and pick up.
Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, health or any other reason.
Porter’s service to carry your personal luggage*.
Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
* If you need service of a porter then you have to pay Rs.650/- per day provided you book the same with us 15 days before date of commencement and maximum luggage limit is 10KG.
Fix Departure Dates
12-Jan-2018 to 20-Jan-2018. 13-Jan-2017 to 21-Jan-2018. 14-Jan-2017 to 22-Jan-2018. 19-Jan-2017 to 27-Jan-2018. 20-Jan-2017 to 28-Jan-2018. 21-Jan-2017 to 29-Jan-2018. 25-Jan-2017 to 02-Feb-2018. 26-Jan-2017 to 03-Feb-2018. 27-Jan-2017 to 04-Feb-2018. 28-Jan-2017 to 05-Feb-2018. 02-Feb-2017 to 10-Feb-2018. 03-Feb-2017 to 11-Feb-2018. 04-Feb-2017 to 12-Feb-2018.
09-Feb-2017 to 17-Feb-2018.
10-Feb-2017 to 18-Feb-2018.
11-Feb-2017 to 19-Feb-2018.
Why it is called Chadar Trek?
Chadar is a Hindi word, which means a blanket. In the peak winter the Zansar River gets snowed completely. It will become solid white ice and appears as if the river has worn a blanket of ice, which is why it is called Chadar Trek or the Frozen River Trek of Zanskar.
When is the right time to go for this trek?
The months of Jan and Feb are the best time to go. This trek is all about ice and extreme cold weathers. The day time temperatures will be around -10 degrees but the night time will get lower than -20 degrees.
What is the difficulty level of this trek and what fitness level is needed?
It is in general a flat trail trek on a frozen river. The climate is tough as it will be really cold and it is will go at an altitude of 2600 meters. These two factors make it a easy to moderate level trek. On average we will be trekking for 10 to 12 kilometers a day. We define it as moderate because most of the participants complete the trail successfully and the daily trek distance has not lead to any severe physical exhaustion of participants. We have had participants of across fitness level, ranging from below average fitness level to extremely fit and the after careful evaluation we have rated this trek as moderate level.
Does the trek have any group leader etc and what is the trek plan?
Each group of the trek will be lead by an experienced local guide and he will be the one who is in complete know how daily milestones and route. The trek will also have other support staffs who will be carrying your other luggage, provisions for food and one of them will be a cook. One member from our support staff is trained in administering basic first aid.
What is the group size?
We limit the number to 18 as maximum and the minimum is 10 members. Depending on the group size the required number of support staffs is assigned.
Is this safe for girls and what are your plans for safety of girls?
The trek is safe for any one and we make all necessary arrangements. Our support staffs are trained for good behavior with all our customers and we appoint them directly or on contract after some amount of verification. The treks are happening as a group and please note there are several groups that are going everyday so it is not an only group. We have tent latrine arrangements throughout the trek. There several women participants who have joined in the trek earlier.
What food will you serve?
Complete vegetarian food. Standard Indian Rice, Roti, Daal and Vegetables, Tea, Coffee, Snacks Etc will be served.
What about drinking water?
At the camp site we will provide boiled waters. Please carry some water with you from the camp for the trek ahead and during the trek we will have arrangement for water which our trekking lead will guide you. Please note filtered water is precious here and do not waste. We make every attempt to have enough water with us but wasting during the trek will lead to shortage or the trek lead will be forced to apply limits on bottles one can fill during the trek.
Can we change the itinerary?
It will be the decision of the group and by our trekking leader. It is always done keeping in mind the weather and health of participants. We will not like to have many modifications to the planned itinerary as it will impact all logistics. If you will like to have a certain kind of customization for your own group then please write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you with it.
Can we have choices of food?
No it is not possible on a planned group tour. However, if you are a group of people and want to have choices of your food then please write to us on email@example.com and we will help you with it.
Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame.
Day pack (20 Ltr) is required only if you wish to offload your backpack to our support team.
Trekking shoes (Sports shoes are not allowed.)
Gumboot (must required).
If you are not bringing Gumboot from your city then it is available in Leh hardware shops and can be
purchased here itself. If your shoe size is 10+, getting a pair might be tough. So start searching as soon
as you land in Leh.
Carry 2 pair of synthetic track pants. Track pants are light and when things get cold you can wear one
over the other.
Carry 2 Full sleeve tees with collar.
Fleece jacket – sweaters are highly discouraged.
A full sleeve thick jacket (down jacket is preferable).
Carry 4 pairs of undergarments.
Get 2 pairs of thermal inners.
Carry 2 pairs of sports socks. 2 pairs of woolen socks.
Woolen monkey cap/balaclava that cover the ear.
Woolen hand gloves + synthetic glove (water proof). If you don’t have synthetic gloves, get two pairs
of woolen gloves and a surgical glove.
Hot water bottle/Bag – available at any medical store.
Fleece Inner layer.
Sun glasses, with 100% UV protection. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek.
A woolen head-scarf or muffler.
Trekking pole is mandatory.
Light weight towel (should be thin, quick drying kind).
Cold cream and sun screen lotion (SPF 40+).
2 Water bottles (1 Liters each). The insulated water bottles are good but even normal water bottles will sufficient.
Personal medicine kit (Crocin , Avomine, Avil 25mg, Combiflam, Disprin, Norflox, Crepe bandage, Bandaid, Digene , Gauze cloth, Leukoplast , Cotton, ORS, Betadine or any antiseptic cream, Volini or any other pain relief spray, Diamox (to be taken only if required and but not as preventive medicine)).
Personal toilet kit (minimal) and toilet paper.
LED Torch with extra set of cells (head lamps are much more preferable).
Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string (mandatory).
Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available throughout trek).
While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.