Chadar Trek

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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 b.

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

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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

Beautiful Mountains

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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



Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)


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)


Band aid


Stretchable/Elastic bandage


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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