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CHADAR TREK, Ladakh
Region: – Leh, Ladakh, J & K
Duration: – 8nights /9 Days
Grade: – Difficult
Max Altitude: – 11,123 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 75 Kms.
ITINERARY according to the New Circulations..
Day 1: Reporting day at Leh
Day 2: Acclimatization Day
Day 3: Leh to Tsomo Paldar via Chilling & Tilad do
Day 4: Tsomo Paldar to Tibb Cave
Day 5: Tibb Cave to Nerak
Day 6: Nerak to Tibb Cave
Day 7: Tibb Cave to Gyalpo
Day 8: Gyalpo to Tilad do to Leh
Highlights of Chadar Trek:
– Ladakh has always captivated visitors with its magical charm and beauty. Be it the picturesque mountain peaks, azure lakes or the challenging trekking trails, this scenic valley is known for all. While during the summers, the region adorns the most vibrant colors of nature, during the winters it is embraced with heavy snowfalls that cut off the entire region from the rest of the world.
– Nestled deep within the whirly passages of the snow-clad mountains, this frozen river also entices thousand of trekkers from different corners of the world.
– Popularly known as the ‘Chadar Trek’ due to the formation of the thick blanket of the snow, it is considered as one of the challenging as well as tricky treks in the world.
– In some places, there may be cracks in the ice and when this happens, the only way to continue with the trek is to hike through the snowy rocks and boulders beside the river.
About the Destination:
Ladakh is the home to numerous natural wonders, but the most precious gift bestowed upon this magical land is the Chadar Trek. The ultimate thrill of walking upon the frozen waters of Zanskar River in extremely low temperatures sets this trek apart in the list of extreme adventures. Adding grace to the beauty of Ladakh with its unique adventure experience, the Chadar Trek 2019 has the kind of charm that is second to no other adventure.
The frozen Zanskar River trek is actually a connecting link between the villages of Zanskar Valley and the town of Chilling in Ladakh and acts as the only and the most stable way of staying connected to the rest of world for the people here in the months of extreme winter. Passing through the deep valley, the frozen river is bounded by huge walls of mountains on both sides, making a person feel like walking amidst high castle walls. Frozen Waterfalls, flowing green river on the trek, the cold temperatures and the warm smiles of the local Ladakhis who are going by their normal day are the elements that make the Chadar Trek, and in fact, all of Ladakh a beautiful paradise to visit.
Located in the midst of two great mountain ranges of the world, the Himalayas and the Karakoram, the land of Ladakh is blessed with many of its own mountain ranges, like that of the Zanskar. And with all the amazing mountains, glaciers and rivers, one of them better served frozen, Ladakh is never short of surprises to leave you spellbound.
Arrival in Leh Ladakh
30 Minutes Before Event Time
About the Chadar Trek:
Chadar Trek takes the element of trekking and adds its own element of extreme adventure in the form of walking on a thick sheet of ice. The river Zanskar freezes over in the months of winters in Ladakh, creates a kind of sheet of ice on it, hence the name “Chadar”. After arrival in Leh, you will be visiting the market of Leh for some shopping before getting checked by the government officials on your fitness for the rather challenging trek in the Himalayas. The adventure of Chadar Trek is planned in such a way that you will be covering a distance of almost 75 kilometers by trekking.
You will get a transfer to Shingra Yokma from Leh via Chilling and Tilad Do for your first taste of walking on the sheet of ice. You will also get acclimatized with the sub-zero temperatures here, as well as figure out where is the best place to plant your foot on the ice. The Zanskar frozen river trek has taken its form because of the extreme temperatures, and so it is extremely important that you take ample time and precautions here. The next day will be the last day for you to opt for the physical wild card exits.
After this, the trek leads to several points on the way as you move on the Chadar Trek, taking you to Tibb Cave, and the Naerak, where you will see the village and mighty frozen waterfalls, while the turquoise green water of the river flows right by you. As you turn around and make your way back, you will encounter Tibb Cave, Gyalpo and finally Shingra Yokma, from where you will go back to Leh and bring the experience to an end the next day. All the while through this trek, you have gone from a minimum elevation of 10,400 ft to 11,123 ft above sea level, and have gained a lot of more attributes on the way.
Tips for Chadar Trek:
1) Prepare your mind first: This is a difficult trek that comes with a lot of extremities. From the weather to physical requirement. Train your mind to expect and accept the sub-zero level. Do bear in mind that there is a life which exists there as well; for centuries Chadar is used as the only way to commute to Leh during winters. Your mental strength will signal your body to withstand the cold climb.
2) Be Warm: Next is to keep oneself warm as the temperature falls severely on this trek. To keep going and not be deterred by the weather conditions, use 4 layers for the Torso that includes a jacket and a wind sheeter which is waterproof and has a fleece lining. For the bottom, a base layer, thermal underpants and waterproof pants with a fleece lining, should suffice. Make sure your fleece and jackets have zips down the front so that you can unzip them as the day grows progressively warmer.
3) Keep a woolen cap and gloves (a must): Essentially you need to sleep well during the night to keep you fresh for the next day of the trek. Keep an insulating water bottle to keep your sleeping bag warm during the night. Use Silk liner inside your bags to keep it warm enough.
4) Footwear: Hiking shoes + Gumboots At occasions, trekking on the Chadar involves wading through knee-deep cold water. Though hiking shoes are highly recommended, gumboots help keep your shoes and feet secure from the icy cold water. It is practically impossible to dry anything at Chadar, so gumboots are a compulsory and a crucial addition to the footwear.
5) Expect sweet pain: The Chadar is a glossy, slippery sheet of ice and will never let you walk carelessly. But no matter how careful one is, everyone falls and slips more than once on the Chadar. If you fall, just get back up by rolling on your knees and keep walking with confidence. Gumboots might give you shoe bites, but you’ll get used to it as you walk.
6) Observe and keep moving: The locals can give you a firsthand training on how to cross the lake on your foot. On a closer observation, you would notice that they walk fast and take Penguin like strides on the ice. As you watch them, you will learn their ways of maneuvering around on the ice blanket and learn when it is wiser to wait than to carry on or the reverse.
7) Keep your electronics warm: Extreme cold climate can ruin electronics. Hence keep them warm by keeping them safe by tucking them into your pockets closer to your body it will keep them warm and long-lasting.
8) Protect your fingers and toes: In sub-zero temperatures, fingers and toes are the most exposed and can be frozen resulting in bad pain when camping. Carry waterproof woolen socks and gloves. An extra pair of socks would help as they gather moisture while wearing gumboots.
9) Warming pads: Warming pads are very helpful for those who feel cold sooner than others. These are exothermic pads to be slipped in your gloves and socks. They release heat and keep you warm for up to 10 hours.
Do’s and Don’ts On Chadar Trek
Do’s of Chadar Trek
– It’s always good to plan for an additional day to accommodate any unforeseen conditions like bad weather, broken bridges, flight delays, casualties that may arise.
– One should inform one’s family before coming for this trek, so in case of an emergency, they can come for help.
– The temperature extensively drops down in the region. Therefore, it is advisable to keep warm clothes and shoes at hand. The shoes must also be waterproof.
– As there won’t be any pharmacies on our trek, please do carry required medications and a first aid kit, in case of any bruises or cuts
– The area of this trek has hardly any shop to stop for food or drinks, hence it is advisable to carry water and energy giving food like energy bars and other eateries to be had at regular intervals. We also travel with plenty of water
– Always take a note of the weather reports and avoid getting caught in any sort of natural ravages.
– Trekking in the Frozen River is certainly a difficult task and thus, one should not try to be over-smart. Following the tips and guidelines is a must to carry out this trek safely.
– It is advisable to consult an expert trekker before backpacking a heavy backpack might slow down your trekking speed.
– While visiting the monasteries and other religious sites, abide by the instructions and guidelines laid by the authorities.
– Abide by the instructions given by the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking
Don’ts of Chadar Trek
– Since you will be trekking in an eco-friendly zone, make sure you do not litter the vicinity and carry your leftovers back.
– Flowy and frilly clothing might hinder your movement. It is better to avoid such type of clothing.
– Do not rely on sports or casual shoes as they might compromise grip on the snowy surface.
– The wonderful waterfalls should not be contaminated by the use of shampoos and soaps. Thus one should avoid using them. The local habitat tribes use this water for drinking purpose so one should keep it as clean as one expects its drinking water to be.
– When meeting monks or other locals on the way, pinpointing is not advisable as they make take offense.
– Respect the serenity of the shrines and thus one should never disturb the monks or prayers in the monasteries on the route.
– Avoid heavy meals during the trek as it leads to tiredness.
– Avoid: Denim or jeans clothing, Soda and alcoholic beverages, Plastics of all kind, and Tobacco
Accommodation during the trek (Camping) and 3stays at Leh hotel (Day 1, 2 and Day 8 according to Itinerary) on share basis with heater facilities.
all meals during the trek
Trekking permits and forest camping charges
Services of an expert trek leader
Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers)
Transport from Leh to Chilling and Chilling to Leh
Meals during Hotel Stay
Any monastery entrance fees, Any Joy ride or rafting.
Medical expenses (apart from first aid) and insurance of any kind.
Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, camera fee and items of personal nature.
Transportation is not on disposal basis. It is strictly as per the program, any extra running will be charges extra.
No Airport Pick up and Drop
Any personal porter charge
Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses during the trek.
Any kind of expense if you are coming back from the trek before the scheduled date
Any other item not mentioned in the cost includes section.
Chadar trek environmental fee–Only if the local association decides to charge it in 2018 ( this fee is not there till now)
As per reports, local authorities are planning to levy additional environmental fee per trekker.
Wild Life: Rs 2000
ALTOA: Rs 500
Any such fee, if charged, will have to be directly or additionally borne by the trekkers themselves.
Kindly send us a mail attaching the details of the individuals
pass port copy Photograph
Photo of your Identity Proof (Voter Icard / Passport / Adhaar Card) in some cases mention both the sides
mention your Present and Permanent Residential Address
Contact Number & Alternative Contact Number
2 photocopy of photo id proof (Voter I card, Passport, Adhaar card ) .Carry the original ID while coming for the trek
The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the start of the trek from Leh to the end of the trek at Leh along with the accomodation for Day 1 and Day 2 & Day 8
Backpack carrying: We expect all trekkers to carry their own backpacks
ON SPOT OFFLOADING If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, while on the trek then he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge of INR 500.
Part offloading is not allowed. Charges will vary for last minute on slope offloading. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
For any climatic changes or unavoidable circumstances a buffer day may be provided. A minimal on spot fee would be collected from each of the trekkers.
The transport is arranged in shared cabs. Transport to and from Leh from the nearest airport can be arranged by us at an extra cost .Participants are expected to share the cost likewise.. We only arrange the vehicle pick up and drop.Hence we are not responsible for any issues during transport.
Drop out during trek: If for any reason a participant has to drop out from the trek on any day then we will make arrangements for his/her return to the nearest road head. A staff will accompany the participant to the nearest road HEAD at his own cost
Fitness: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness.
Non-liability: We are not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the
Stay will be on Double/Triple Sharing.
• All meals (Vegetarian) while on trek to keep you powered up for the game.
• You will get 5 ‘Wild Card Exit’ passes valid from Day 1 to Morning on Day 4, so you can opt out from the trek whenever you wish to.
• Because the trek takes place in high altitude regions, a big oxygen cylinder (15 liters) will be carried throughout the trek for any kind of emergency
• Handpicked Supporting Staff of multiple guides/helpers for the group. This will ensure high safety, accurate information and personal attention which is necessary for this trek. We will be putting you in the hands of qualified & professional trek leaders, guides and support staff with multiple years of experience.
• We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low-quality equipment and having unappetizing meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping.
• Sleeping Bags: One Clean Sleeping Bag with a temperature range of -15 to -25. Second Sleeping Bag with a temperature range of -10.
• Good Quality Sleeping Tents so the cold doesn’t bite.
• Thick Camping Mattresses to provide a good insulation between your body & cold ground.
• Kitchen Tents with proper dining arrangements, so you can eat in peace.
• Toilet Tents pitched at the campsite.
• Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations, so you can enjoy without worrying.
• Camping permission.
• First aid kit/Medical kit, because anyone can get hurt in adventures (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations).
Things To Carry
• Backpack (Rucksack) (60 ltr -70ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps, supporting frame and backpack rain cover
• Trekking pole
• Thermo Plastic Water Bottle, Water Purifying Tablets, and Hot water bag
• Gumboots for Chadar Trek
• 3 pair of synthetic track pants
• 3 Full sleeve woolen tees with collar
• Thick jacket and sweater, both full sleeved
• 2 pairs of thermal inners
• Woolen monkey cap/balaclava that cover the ear, hand gloves + synthetic waterproof glove, head-scarf or muffler
• 2 pairs each of sports socks and woolen socks
• LED Torch & with Extra Batteries
• Cold cream and sunscreen lotion (SPF 40+)
• Snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruits
• Sun Glasses it should be U/V Protected
• Toilet Kit (Toilet Paper) & Quick-Dry Towels
• Personal and necessary medication
• ID proof like driving license, voters ID card, passport
• 4 Passport size photos
• Medical certificate from a recognized practicing doctor certifying your fitness for the trek
• Indemnity certificate
• A medical certificate is a pre-requisite document for this trek and without which you will not be allowed on the trek.
• Meals during your stay in Leh is not included in the package cost. Camera Charges, Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc. will also be an exclusion
• Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc. are not included in the cost.
• Trekking during the nights is extremely dangerous and might lead to unwanted circumstances.
• It is the responsibility of every trekker to maintain the serenity of the surroundings. Thus, one should not litter anywhere and spoil the magnificence.
• Try not to interrupt or disturb the locals during the trek or other times.
• Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, expenses incurred on account of sickness etc.
• If the trek doesn’t take place due to any reason beyond the control of the operator, you will be offered an alternate experience to substantiate your trek in Leh.
• Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like a change in flight and train schedule; cancellation of flights/trains, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, etc will not be accommodated.
• Please Note: Local authority (LAHDC, ALTOA) charge fee for Environment and Wildlife for the trek which totals to 2650 INR per head (The fee may be revised) will have to be paid by trekkers before starting the trek in Leh, So keep some cash handy.
• This is a group tour
• If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
• If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
• In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.