Chadar Trek

8 DAYS - 7 NIGHTS
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Description

Chadar Trek In Leh – over the Zanskar River range of Ladakh

Your trek journey started with Himalayan Hikers, beautiful mountain town of Leh, all our trekker reach Leh by flight this is best option to you reach to Leh, altitude is 11400 feet above sea level, the trek beautiful Zanskar River which liws totally frozen during the December to Feb, Peak Winters Trek, So, probably the best time to do Chadar Trek is February because the ice remains harsh and stable. Trek starts from the freezing point of Zanskar River and that is Chilling.

Therefore, the “Chadar trek” is also known as “The Frozen River Trek”. This Trek is over a frozen river in the Zanskar region of Ladakh and it is different from all other treks in the Himalayas.

The snow appears as a thick sheet of snow, therefore, it is called “Chadar trek” and it is one of the trickiest treks in the world which is done in peak winter months. On this trek explore the Zankari culture and get to know about it in close proximity and the main highlight of this Frozen River Trek is a completely frozen waterfall “Nerak”.

beautiful on the bank of river

Ice Covering and Freezing Cold in Chadar Trek

The Chadar trek is over a frozen river and the ice can turn dangerous sometimes but can also be safe the other times. But, it is important to find a safe path over the perilous sheet of ice.

During the trek, you do not camp here at the meadows or the forest clearings but inside the caves which are present along the banks or you set up the tents at stable ice.

Here, the temperature remains chilly and freezing (-20) and falls down at night, so keep warm layers to protect the body against chilly cold and prevent the freezing of blood.

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Be Aware During Chadar Trek (Not for Beginners)

You need to be very aware of the stability of ice and conditions below the feet for a safe trek. Sometimes the ice isn’t stable and the choices go wrong so walk carefully if suddenly a crack appears to go fast to the place where the ice is

So, choose a camping spot wisely after properly analyzing the area.

Here are some tips to do Chadar Trek –

Analyze the ice sheet conditions.

Avoid the cracks in the ice.

Walk carefully on the slippery areas.

Run immediately to a stable area if a sudden crack appears under your feet.

Walk on the places with a coating of snow.

Choose camping spots wisely.

Alcohol and smoking are not allowed in during the trek

Level- Difficult

During the trek, proper conditioning & training of body required

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature

Shoes are the single most important equipment.

High Altitude requires proper acclimatization. Of base camp Leh

Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.

Travel headlight

The backpack should not exceed 12 kg.

Long Gumboots are mandatory to all trekker

About Leh – Ladakh – The Land of High Passes

Area: 98,000sq km

Altitude: 7,500m Max.

Population: 250,000

Religion: Buddhism, Islam. Hindu

Geographical Status: Cold Desert

Across the Kashmir Valley and over the famous Zoji La pass lies Ladakh, the Land of High Passes. It is a magical land, so completely different from the green landscape of some other parts of the Himalayas. It is nature at its extreme. A land of freezing winds and blazing sunlight, Ladakh is a cold desert lying in the rainshadow of the Great Himalayas and other smaller ranges. Little rain and snow reaches this dry area, where the natural forces have created a fantastic landscape.

Ladakh forms part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. Parts of Ladakh are under the illegal occupation of Pakistan and China. The border of Ladakh touches those of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, the Kashmir Valley (India) and Himachal Pradesh (India). This region is made up of two administrative districts — Leh District, with its headquarters at Leh, and Kargil District, with its headquarters at Kargil –and covers a total area of about 59,000 square kilometers.

Ladakh is at an average elevation of 2,700 m to 4,200 m. The aridity of this region is due to its location in the rainshadow area of the Great Himalayas, elevation and radiation of heat from the bare soil. The most striking physical feature of Ladakh, however, is the parallelism of its mountain ranges. The region is extremely dry, with an annual rainfall as low as 10cubic centimeter.

In Ladakh, large rivers and their tributaries have carved deep gorges far below their steep banks. However, their water is not of much use as the terraced fields lie high above the gorges.

Until the advent of the aircraft, Ladakh could only be reached over dangerous, high passes. The Zoji La pass connecting Ladakh to Kashmir is at 14,000 ft and is the lowest approach from the west. The southeast approach has to cross the 18,200 ft high Tanglang La. And to the north lie the Saser La and Karakoram passes, gateways to Central Asia from where trading caravans used to come for many centuries.

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Altitude we are going to cover in Chadar Trek

Leh – 3500 Meters

Tsomo Paldar camp – 3200 Meters

Tibb Cave camp3300 Meters

Nerak camp 3400 meters

ATM Point & Mobile connectivity in Chadar Trek

ATM POINT: Hi trekker ATM available is Leh Withdraw money before your journey,

Mobile Connectivity: There will be available all networks only postpaid

Key Points of Chadar Trek

Duration: – 7 Nights 8 Days Leh to Leh

Base camp: – Leh

Winter Temperature:- Day -5°C to -15°C) Night – 12° C to -20° C

Chadar trek – Altitude: – 11400 feet

Best Time: – Jan Feb

Trek Level: – Difficult

Trek distance: – On foot 57 Km – By taxi 140 km

Group Size: – minimum of 5 people maximum of 15 people

Temperature

The winter temp. touches as low as minus 30 degree (Leh & Kargil) and minus 60 degree in (Drass) subzero temp. prevails from December to February throughout Ladakh, whereas, zero degree temp. is experienced during rest of winter months. This results in freezing of all conceivable water resources. During summers the maximum temp. increases from 20 degree C to 38 degree C in July and August

Clothing: Light/Medium woolens in summers to Heavy woolens in winter

Beautiful Mountains

Languages Spoken

Ladakhi is the main language of Ladakh. Other languages spoken are Balti, Shina, Brokshat and Changshat. In hotels and restaurants, staffs speak English and Hindi, while tourist guides are well versed with the language.

Key Points about Chadar Trek 

– Level:  Difficult (so first-timers trekkers should avoid)

– Proper conditioning & training of body required

– Group size minimum of 05 maximum of 15 people

– Need proper Expedition gear & clothing for sub-zero temperatures?

– Shoes are the single most important equipment

– High Altitude requires proper acclimatization

– Phones don’t work on the trek, we are provide to you Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

– Beautiful landscape so carry good photo gear (I couldn’t carry my best equipment)

– Travel light (my backpack was heavy at about 12 kg to 15 Kg )

– Keep an extra day in your itinerary for attempt to Chadar trek summit account for bad weather

– Alcohol and smoking is not allowed in during the Chadar Trek Expedition

Difficulty level

Because the top is relatively high in elevation, we strongly recommend a reasonable level of physical fitness. The arduous journey of Chadar trek winter hiking  with longer distances and ascending elevations to be covered in a short span of time would require acclimatization. We advise trekkers to physically and mentally prepare themselves prior to this trek. Throughout the course, all groups will be guided by our experts for trekking equipment and any impending terrain.

Any medical assistance that is required will be provided at any point of the journey; however, trekkers must consult their professional care before beginning any trek. We also strongly advise trekkers to learn about altitude sickness and to notify our teams as soon as any symptoms appear.

Short Itinerary of Chadar Trek

Day1 – Reach Leh by Air today is your Reporting day in our hotel (3500 Meter) – night stay hotel

Day2 – Rest Day for Acclimatization explore some time Shey Monastery and Thiksey monastery and hall of fame Leh market night stay hotel

Day3 – All trekker wake up early morning or get ready for a medical check-up – after lunch, our team working insurance working enjoy overnight Leh – night stay hotel

Day4 – After breakfast Drive Leh to Shingra Koma. (70 km) same day Trek to Tsomo Paldar camp (03km) (2/3 Hours) (3200 Meter) overnight stay tent

Day5 – Today Trek from Tsomo Paldar camp to Tibb Cave camp (15 km) (6/7 Hours) (3300 Meter) overnight stay camp

Day6 – This morning Trek from Tibb cave to Nerak camp (13 km) (6/7 Hours) (3400 Meter) overnight stay camp

Day7 – Trek from Nerak camp to Tibb cave (13 km) (6/7 Hours) (3300 Meter) overnight stay camp

Day8 – Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma (13 km) (5/6 Hours) same day drive to Leh (70 km) (5/6 Hours) overnight stay Hotel

      Permit and Passport

Tourist don’t require permit for Leh, however, all foreigners are required to be registered at Drass, Rumtse and Serchu if they are travelling overland. Those traveling by air get themselves registered at airport. Tourists are required to get permit for restricted areas like Tsomoriri, Tsokar and Pangong Lakes, Dhahanu and Nubra Valley, which can be obtained from District Magistrate, Leh, through Travel Agents at Leh.

      Avoid acute mountain sickness

Acute mountain sickness can occur to any one at an altitude above 10,000 ft. above sea level, therefore, make it sure to take complete rest on the day of arrival.

How to Reach Leh or ladakh 

      Overland Approach

Overland Approach – The overland approach to Ladakh from Kashmir Valley via Kargil is approx. 434 Km, which remains open for traffic from early June to November. The most dramatic part of this road journey is the ascent up the 11,500 feet / 3,505 m high Zoji-La, the pass in the Great Himalayan Wall that serves as the gateway to Ladakh. The J & K State Road Transport Corporation (J&K SRTC) operates regular Deluxe and Ordinary bus services between Srinagar and Leh on this route with an overnight halt at Kargil. Taxis (cars and jeeps) are also available at Srinagar for the journey. Groups can charter Deluxe and A-class buses for Leh, Kargil or Padum (Zangskar) from the J & K SRTC at Srinagar.

Manali to Leh – Since 1989, the 473 km. Manali-Leh road has been serving as the second overland approach to Ladakh. Open for traffic from around mid-June to early October. This high road traverses the upland desert plateau of Rupsho, altitude ranges from 3,660m to 4,570m. A number of high passes fall enroute among which the highest one known as Taklang-La is world’s second highest motorable pass at an altitude of 17,469 feet/5,235m. Himachal Pradesh Tourism, HRTC and J & K SRTC operate daily Deluxe and Ordinary bus services between Manali and Leh. The bus journey between Leh and Manali takes about 19 hours or two days with an overnight halt in camps at Serchu or Pang. Shared taxis are also available both from Leh and Manali

Road Distances

Srinagar-Leh 434 Km

Manali-Leh 473 Km

Srinagar-Kargil 204 Km

Delhi-Leh 1047 Kms

Leh-Kargil 234 Km

Kargil-Padum (Zanskar) 240 Km

Leh-Deskit (Nubra Valley)118 Kms.

Credit Cards & ATM Machine

Credit cards are accepted by very few hotels and tour operators but there will be 2.5% service charge. The Jammu and Kashmir Bank and State Bank of India has placed ATM Machine in Leh. The State Bank of India accepts visa and mastero but this ATM is not very reliable. J&K Bank ATM is more reliable but accepts only Mastero.

Air Travel

Indian Airlines www.indian-airlines.nic.in operates regular flights to Leh from Delhi (fare USD 135), Four flights in a week from Jammu and once in a week from Chandigarh and twice from Srinagar. Jet Airways www.jetairways.com also operates daily flights between Leh-Delhi (fare USD 143).

      Internal Transport

The cheapest way to travel within the region is by public buses, which ply on fixed routes according to fixed time schedules. The most comfortable and convenient though expensive mode of travel, however, is by taxi, which are available for hire on fixed point-to-point tariff. For visits to the newly opened areas of Nubra, Dah-Hanu, Tsomoriri, Tsokar and Pangong Lakes. It is mandatory to engage the services of a registered/recognized travel agency for making all the requisite arrangements including internal transport. Detailed information about bus schedules, taxi tariff, travel agencies can be obtained from the Tourist Office or Local travels guide “Reach Ladakh”, available at Book Shops.

Leh is the headquarter of Leh District, and the largest town of the region. It is located to the north of the Indus River at an elevation of 3600m above the sea level. The town is dominated by the nine-storey Namgyal Palace and Namgyal Tsemo (victory peak), built by Tashi Namgyal on his victorious in reunification of the Upper and Lower Ladakh. Leh became the capital of Stod (upper Ladakh) during the reign of king Graspa Bum- Lde,who ruled Ladakh from 1400 to 1430 AD. In the later period, Leh became an important center for trade in Central Asia. Leh remained merely a headquarter of Ladakh district until 1974, when Ladakh was opened for foreign tourists. Since then period Leh became the centre for tourism related activities in the region.

      Fact File

Leh provides medium and lower class accommodation, with hundreds of guesthouses and hotels, which can suite every budget. Restaurants offer good multicuisine for a reasonable price. There are number of tour Operator/Travel Agents around the town, which look after traveler’s requirements.

Tour of Buddhist monasteries can be organised in one or two days, as all the famous monasteries are within a drive of one or two days from Leh. For information on monasteries please check monastery section of this web site.

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Day 1 : Reach Leh by Air today is your Reporting day in our hotel (3500 Meter) – night stay hotel

Today arrive Leh, a great tourist attraction. And, the only way you can arrive Leh in winters is by flight, catch the glimpse of snow-capped Himalayas while flying high.

Reach Leh and experience the drastic change in temperature with a touch of cold breeze on your face. Acclimatize and have enough rest today, spend your night comfortably in a hotel.

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Day 2 : Rest Day for Acclimatization explore some time Shey Monastery and Thiksey monastery and hall of fame Leh market night stay hotel

Most trekkers go through Altitude Sickness and because of this health issue the government of Ladakh made a rule i.e. anyone who is going for Chadar Trek will spend two days in Leh for proper Acclimatization.

This rule is strictly followed by everyone visiting this place.

Today you can go to the nearby areas, there is a market you can go there. The temperature further will fall when you start trekking over frozen Zanksar, make your body used to the cold temperature.

Stay in a hotel and check all the important things required for your trek.

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Day 3 : All trekker wake up early morning or get ready for medical check –up – after lunch our team working insurance working enjoy overnight Leh – night stay hotel

As the rule of Ladakh Government medical check- up of the trekkers in “Tourist Information Center” is mandatory. After the approval you can go for the Chadar Trek and then the trekkers will get their permits and important documents from ALTOA and Wildlife Department.

If you don’t get approved by the officer for Chadar Trek then you can go on “Ladakh Tour” at no extra cost.

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Day 4 : Pickup from Leh Drive to Tsomo Paldar by tax

Trek Distance – 73 km – 8/9 Hours journey

Mode of journey – By taxi – 70 km – On foot – 03 km

Altitude –Tsomo Paldar – 3200 Meters

Night Stay – our Camp – on twin/three share basis

Starting of this trek is Shingra Koma, drive through some picturesque places of Ladakh and en route see some place i.e. Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and Indus and Zanskar’s confluence.

Drive is along the Zanskar River and after one and a half hour reach Chilling, the freezing point of Zanskar.

Start your trek over frozen Zanskar, it will be challenging in the starting of the trek to walk with heavy gumboots. Walk carefully and check with the help of your hiking pole if the ice is stable before stepping on it.

Tsomo Paldar is your campsite for today which lies at the river bend surrounded by gigantic peaks and rock faces. Setup your tents after analyzing the place and stability of ice properly.

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Day 5 : Trek from Tsomo Paldar camp to Tibb Cave camp.

Trek Distance – 15 km – 6/7 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude –Tibb Cave – 3300 Meters

Night Stay – our Camp – on twin/three share basis

You will gain altitude steadily on this trek. Wake up in chilly cold and have hot cup of tea, coffee and salubrious breakfast then head towards your campsite for today i.e. Tibb Cave.

On the way you can have a glance of frozen awe spell binding waterfalls and their origin is not known. Trek next to Zanskar rive which has bluish green water and in middle of the day have your lunch.

Further you will see rock patterns and the campsite today is “Tibb Cave” which is surrounded by sand. Overnight stay in camp.

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Day 6 : Trek from Tibb cave to Nerak camp

Total distance – 13 km – 6/7 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Nerak camp – 3400 Meters

Night Stay – our Camp – on twin/three share basis

Nerak camp is a frozen waterfall and the most beautiful point of Chadar Trek which lies 13 km away from Tibba Cave and it is your campsite for today. People from different areas desire to come here to catch a glance of this frozen waterfall.

You will get packed lunch which you can have in middle of the journey. This campsite is going to be the most freezing one because the temperature can drop down to -30°C. Wear enough warm layers and stay protected from the chilly cold.

Reach this totally frozen waterfall then go to visit Nerak village. The campsite can be reached in 20 minutes after you’ve reached the frozen waterfall. Setup the tents and retire for the night.

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Day 7 : Trek from Nerak camp to Tibb cave (13 km) (6/7 Hours) (3300 Meter) over night stay camp

Trek Distance –13 km – 6/7 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Tibb Cave – 3300 Meters

Night Stay – our Camp – on twin/three share basis

Post breakfast, start the journey back to Tibb Cave. Getting back isn’t easy because the change in temperature changes the Zanksar River and it gets totally different.

While getting back to Tibb Camp you can see the locals wearing their traditional dresses (Woolen Gotchas). The monks can also be seen returning from Lingshed and coming back to Leh. You will be surprised by the way they work in the freezing cold and still have smiles on their faces

Reach Tibb Cave and spend overnight in tents.

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Day 8: Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma (13 km) (5/6 Hours) same day drive to Leh

Distance – 83 km – 8/9 Hours journey

Mode of journey – By taxi – 70 km – On foot – 13 km

Altitude – Leh – 3500 Meters

Night Stay – our Camp – on twin/three share basis

From Tibb today you will be returning to Leh via Gyalpo and Shingra Koma. On side of the river you can see big and high mountain walls and also the footprints of animals like Fox and Snow Leopards will be visible on the trail.

You can spot Snow Leopards if you’re lucky. Trek over the white sheet “Chadar” this is the last day you will be walking over it. Completing this tricky frozen River trek will be a total different experience.

From Shingra Yokma leave for Leh and you can reach in the evening there around 6:30 am. From Leh return the next day, so book the flight tickets of another day. Stay at hotel in Leh.

Things to carry on trek

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: –  Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing 
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava

Sunglasses

Slippers

Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)

Sunscreen

Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)

ORS

Band aid

Cotton

Stretchable/Elastic bandage

Gauze

Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

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