Take this adventurous journey over the frozen Zahnskar river which is done in the mid of the months of January and February, to experience the extreme cold and walk on the challenging terrain.
The valleys of Ladakh and Zanskar lies in the Trans Himalayan zone. For the inhabitants of Padum, Lingshed, Fotosar and Nerak this river of ice had remained the only way to commute to trade butter and their other wares during winters. During the harsh Himalayan winter the high passes and the roads are blocked by heavy snow fall.
All the buildings and monuments lay covered with the white mantle of snow. The snow covered Willow and populous trees stand starkly where the shepherd boys take their sheep to graze on this posh green pastures. The Himalayan magpie adds color to the white snow space.
One has to fly over a assembly of Himalayan icy glaciers, a series of parallel valleys filled with heavy snow and ice, towering snow peaks and the frozen Indus river to reach Leh, the capital of Ladakh that lies on the ancient silk route.
A distance of 75 kms in six days from Chillng to Nerak and back covers the whole trek. After reaching Leh, you will get to spend two days to get acclimatize yourselves to the wintry chilled weather where temperature sometimes plunges to minus 20 degree Celsius. Before the start of trek you can take a tour of the Himalayan holy Gompas in all around Leh, the Shanti Stupa, Hemis Gompa and other archive which was built by the ancients to receive the blessing of the enlightened Buddha and the Bodhisattvas.
There is a 40 kms drive on the snow bound Leh- Srinagar highway to Chilling. Enroute to Chilling at Nemo you can see the confluence of the eminent rivers, Zanskar and the Indus. In winter the water of the Zanskar freeze and form a sheet of ice and snow known as the "Chadar" which means blanket in Zanskari.
There is plenty of evidence here that this region was a part of the 'Tetis Sea'. Millions of years ago the sand and the pebbles of the beach pressurized by the Tectonic Plate Movements of the Continental Drift rose up and formed Fold Mountains. The Chadar is not uniformly frozen. At certain places it is a strong and tough sheet of ice but a certain others it is dangerously broken.
In the beginning of the trek, a few initial falls on the slippery sheet beneath your feet, will teach you to trek carefully and leads you till Tilad do, the first camp site. The actual expedition starts from Tilad do.
From Tilad do the next camp would be in Tibb Cave, this terrain is amazingly different and challenging, it is considered as the gateway of Chadar. Here in Tibb cave it is believed that in the days of yore Buddhist Monks used this silent dark caves to meditate and discover their inner selves. Your trek leads you to a beach camp in the Markha La. You can see the khyang or the wild asses roaming around the rocks, the remains of red fox lay preserved and undisturbed on the snow. The sound of water flowing beneath the icy sheet while you walking over it add deeply and widely into your memory
There are several rock fall areas, partly frozen river enroute Nerak. The spectacular waterfall on this route that now looks like a sculpture has an interesting story spun around it which grasps you when you hear it once you are there. The Chadar trek jaunts you over thick thin sheet of ice, snowy way, sometimes dig your feet into powdery snow or walk in ankle deep freezing water, the gigantic frozen river provides you more than expected.
There are many points where rapids are frozen in action to form an interesting sculpt, every moment of Chadar trek would make your memory bag full of different experiences including suspense, thrill, amusement altogether a whole lot of wonderful feeling.
The wind here carries the vibrations of many consecrated money stones over hills and valleys
Day 1 : Arrival @Leh (Pickup From Airport trasfered to Hotel)
Day 2 : Acclimization Day and Leh Town Tour (Stay in Hotel)
Day 3 : Drive to Tlad Do via Chilling
Day 4 : Tilad Do to Gyalpo
Day 5 : Gyalpo camp to Tibb Cave
Day 6 : Tibb cave to Naerak camp
Day 7 : Naerak Camp to Tibb Cave
Day 8 : Tibb Cave to Gyalpo
Day 9 : Gyalpo to Tilad Do and drive to Leh (Stay in Hotel)
Day 10 : Return from Leh
• Transport from Leh to Leh
• All necessary permits
• Accommodation (trekkers hut, Home stay, camps, Tents) with Sleeping bag and Sleeping mat,
• Food while on trek (Veg.+ Non Veg. Meal) and M.A.P during Stay in Leh
• Trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
• First Aid.
• Entry fees for Local Sight Seeing
• Food during the transit.
• Any kind of personal expenses.
• Personal equipments : Ice axe, trekking pole.
• Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
• Anything not specifically mentioned.
• Mandatory Environmental Fees levied by Local Authority
• Food and Accomodation on the Arrival Day
1. Backpack (45-55 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame.
2. Knap pack (20L) optional
3. Trekking shoes – no sports shoes. (With Rubber Sole, high ankle)
4. 3 trek pants
5. 4 tees with collar
6. Full sleeves sweater (not too thick).
7. A full sleeves fleece jacket.
8. A full sleeve thick jacket or something similar.
9. 1 pair of thermal inners (optional)
10. Sports socks.
11. Woolen monkey cap
12. Wind cheater Or a light rain coat/poncho.
13. Woolen hand gloves + synthetic glove (water proof).
14. Sun glasses (polarized or UV protected)
16. Cold cream & sun screen lotion (SPF 40+).
17. Lip balm.
18. Carry 2 Water bottles (1 L each).
19. Personal toilet kit and toilet papers
20. Personal medicine kit
a. Coca 30 – 30 ml
b. Crocin – 6 tablets
c. Avomine – 4 tablets
d. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
e. Combiflam – 4 tablets
f. Disprin – 6 tablets
g. Norflox TZ– 6 tablets
h. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
i.Band aid – 10 strips
j. Eno – 6 Satches
k. Cotton – 1 small roll
l. ORS – 5 packets
m. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
n. Volini Spray(small)
21. Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string
22. LED Torch with 2 extra set of cells.
23. Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available on the slopes or at the base camp)
24. While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags.
25. Trekking pole/Stick is mandatory.
26. Carry lots of dry fruits, chocolates combinations as snacks. Chewing gums
27. Travel coffee mug n plate
28. Soap Strip
29. One Candle , lighter
What will be the temperature range?
Temperature shall generally revolve between 0-5 degrees during daytime while in Leh. During trekking daytime temperature shall revolve between -5 to 5 degree. Night temperature can plunge up to -20 degree
What about accommodation during Chadar trek?
During the period of Chadar trek most of the hotels or accommodation places in Leh will be closed as this is not a tourist season. Very few of the hotels will remain open. Accommodation will be provided in a standard hotel in comfortable rooms. Rooms will be triple/quad sharing basis. No personal room can be guranteed.
What kind of hotels will be provided for accommodation at Leh?
Palace View/ Mount Castle/ Bimla Guest House/ Dolma Guest House or similar kind of guest houses.
Accommodation will be arranged either of these options/ similar while in Leh
Is heating system available in Hotel?
Heating system will be there in the rooms of Leh hotel. While we select hotels with heating system, functioning of those is beyond our control at this extreme weather.
What kind of accommodation it will be in hotel, and also in tents?
Triple/Quad sharing rooms will be provided in hotel. Twin/triple/quad sharing tents during trek shall be provided
I do not want to carry my rucksack while trekking on Chadar. What option do I get?
You can hire a porter who will carry your bag which should not weigh more than 12 kgs. This will help you to trek on the frozen river of zanskar without any burden. The normal rate of porter will be 650/- per day per bag which may increase during the season. If you need a porter then booking one beforehand would be advisable.
Do you provide any non-veg meal during Chadar Trek?
Egg meal will be provided as non veg.
What kind of clothing I need to carry during the trek?
A things to carry list will be provide after your trek confirmation.
What if the Chadar trek ends midway due to adverse weather or any other external reason? How much refund can I expect?
If the trek gets cancelled due to bad weather, authority intervention, army intervention or for any other unforeseen circumstances then no refund can be possible once the trek starts. For detailed terms of refund please see the terms and condition section above.
Is Chadar trek risky?
Any high altitude trek in Himalayan region has a risk component associated with it. So does Chadar trek.
What kind of shoes to use during walking on Chadar?
Gumboots are required while trekking on the frozen river. One can bring his/her own or rent from Leh market.
What about washroom facility? Do you provide toilet tents?
Dry toilet pit tents will be there during trek. While staying in Leh guest house, in case the pipes gets stuck by frozen water due to cold, you have to use common toilet. Through Wetrekkers you are getting Chadar trek best price and you will get all possible basic facilities required for this famous trek on frozen Zansker river.
What is the group size for Chadar trek?
There is no minimum group size. Generally in a group there will be approx. 8-10 people.
Will you provide pick up from Airport to reach the hotel in Chadar trek?
Ofcourse We provide pick up and drop to and from Hotel.When you reach Airport our representative will meet you and trasfer you to the Hotel Room.
How many guides accompany the batch?
1 Guide 1 Trek Leader will acccopany the Batch.
Do you provide trekking poles and Crampons?
No. Trekking poles are your personal. Instead of Crampons we will provide Micro spikes but in this trail it is not generally required. You need gaiters and Gumboot.
How do we need to prepare for Chadar trek and what are the challenges that we may face there?
Physically fit trekkers should not face any issue. So be physically fit and try to avoid alcohol, smoking etc. at least 3 months prior from trek date.
Main challenge is AMS. Physically unfit people are more prone to caught by AMS. But we have a full acclimatization day there to get accustomed with altitude.
Is there any medical team that accompany us during Chadar trek?
No. Medical team is available in Leh. Guides who are well versed with handling AMS will accompany you with first aid kit.
How long do you will walk on the frozen river during Chadar trek?
On an average you will be walking for 5-7 hours per day. The aim is to reach the camping point by noon so that the rest of the day you can explore the beauty of Chadar or relax.
Will there be any possibility of changing the trek route during the trekking?
Chadar trek is not like any other normal trek. It is hugely dependent upon the weather, river and other climatic conditions. During the trek if needed the trek leader can change the trek to avoid any delay, mishap or any possible unwanted situation.
What kind of level of fitness is required for Chadar trek?
Chadar trek requires optimum level of fitness. People with obesity, blood pressure issue, breathing or asthma problem are requested not to take risk of doing Chadar trek.
What type of transportation will be arranged from Leh to the trek start point?
Tata Sumo, Tempo traveler, Gypsy etc. will be arranged for surface transport during Chadar trek 2017. These vehicles will be arranged to reach Tilad Do from Leh and come back after the trek completion
Will you arrange trekking shoe, trekking poles or jackets etc. on Rent if I book Chadar trek with wetrekkers?
Yes We will arrange any kind of rental for our trekkers like Jackets, trekking poles, shoes, gumboots etc.
What if the trek gets cancelled and we have to come back to Leh midway? What will be the accommodation scenario?
The cost of any extra accommodation in Leh for any reason has to be paid by trekker. It is a budget Chadar trek and only 3 nights accommodation are included while in Leh.
Is Airport transfer is included in the Chadar trek package cost?
What about the shoes? What kind of shoes should I buy?
Quechua,The North Face,Wildcraft are some of the high quality high altitude trekking shoes. Please mind only high ankle covered shoes are fit for Chadar trek. Also, gumboots are very effective provide great resilience.
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