Chadar Trek

Region

: Leh Ladakh

Duration

: 8 Days

Level

: Difficult

Trekking distance

: 73 Kms.

Max Altitude

: 3000 Meters

Pickup Point

: Leh

Best Season

: January and February

The Chadar trek on the Zanskar River is the most fascinating of all the treks in Leh. Every year when the river freezes, the route is open to adventurous trekkers for a couple of months. It’s certainly a physically and mentally challenging trek and can range from 6-20 days depending upon your proficiency level. The frozen river resembles a blanket of snow and hence the name ‘chadar’ trek. You drive from Leh to Chilling, 64 kilometres away, which is the starting point of the trek. Walking on the snow and ice might be a bit tricky at the beginning, especially since you may encounter different types of surfaces – fresh, powdery snow or old and hard ice. Even though most of the trek is on the frozen riverbed, there are points where you will be scaling icy rocks. Apart from the rising peaks, you will also see some frozen waterfalls, monasteries such as Lingshed Gompa and Karsha Gompa (the largest in Zanskar), even a fort at Zangla village. The day-time temperature usually ranges between -5 and -10 C and at nights it can plunge down to -25 C. Hence it’s important to carry enough warm jackets (wind and rain proof) and clothes.

Zanskar valley lies to the south - west of Leh, surrounded by the Himalaya and Zanskar ranges, which is the most isolated of all the trans - Himalayan Valleys. Zanskar comprises of two main valleys the Stod(Doda Chu) and the Lanak (Tsarap Chu)which coverage below at Padum. The area remains inaccessible for nearly 7 months in the year. All passes close in the winter and the river freeze on the surface. Zanskaris walk along it to reach the Indus River in Nimoo (Chilling village), which is known as the Chadar (frozen blanket) Trek. The geographical isolation has resulted in the preservation of the Buddhist heritage and identity. Many ancient monastic establishments are still actively involve in religious activities some remote caves are believed to have been used by the successive Buddhist saints to sustain meditation in pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment.


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  • Day 01 : Acclimatization in Leh
    Situated at an altitude of 3500m, the day will be spent soaking in the sights and sounds of Leh while at the same time, getting the body acclimatized to the oxygen levels. The Shanti Stupa and Leh market square will give you a good feel for the surroundings and the people. Get outside to stay acquainted with the temperature. Explore market and get your missing stuff from the market.
  • Day 02: Drive to Tilat Do
    We start off from Leh and head out towards the start point of our trek at Tilat do. En route, we will pass Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill and the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers just before Nimu. Once past Chilling, we arrive at Tilat do. You will commence one to 2 hour trek till Tsomo Paldar. We take our first baby steps on the frozen river, so be prepared for some slips and falls! Walking in gumboots too will take a while, so be patient as it’s only your first day for long trek. We start off along the left bank, past the cascading waters of the Zanskar river and frozen waterfalls until we set up camp at Tsomo Paldar. Our campsite is on a piece of flat land high above, giving you a stunning view of a bend of the river.
  • Day 03: Tsomo Paldar to Tibb Cave
    Rising early would have its perks as the sun comes out from behind the mountains and lights up the valley. It will also help your body get used to the cold. Aching bones, if any, will be sorted by some scrumptious breakfast as the Zanskar comes to life with the rising sun. A relatively easy day of walking past higher waterfalls will get you to Tibb Cave, which lies at the intersection of two valleys. An evening walk down any one of them can make for good exploration.
  • Day 04: Tibb Cave to Nyerak
    It’s the most eagerly awaited day, especially because en route Nyerak – the first village of Zanskar – is a stunning frozen waterfall. While the ones you have seen so far are from high up, this one is also several feet in length which makes it one of the most picturesque sights on the trek. Just ahead of it is Nyerak, and while we camp by the river, a short walk early next morning will take you back to civilization for the first time in almost a week. At Nyerak, you can treat yourself to some goodies from the local shop and interact with the residents there, who are more than happy to indulge in a good conversation.
  • Day 05: Nyerak to Tibb Cave
    Way back is tiring at the same time very interesting. After 5 days in this chilling region you get use to this environment. Snap shots of your favorite place, lying on the bed of ice, sharing your experience are the memories of trek
  • Day 06: Tibb Cave to Gyalpo
    We make our way back along the same way that we came, giving you the opportunity to soak in the sights that you probably missed. Trekkers along the way are sure to check with you on the route ahead, so be prepared to play guide and share your experiences.
  • Day 07: Gyalpo to Leh
    Today is the last day of this amazing and unique trek. We finally return back to the road head where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to our guest house at Leh. A huge goodbye to the support staff; their absolute dedication and support is nothing short of amazing. Finally on reaching at Leh, the guest house room of Leh after some 8 days is most welcome, yet the experiences of this ice trek linger and will be remembered forever. Overnight at guest house in Leh.
  • Day 08: Departure from leh.
    Way back is tiring at the same time very interesting. After 5 days in this chilling region you get use to this environment. Snap shots of your favorite place, lying on the bed of ice, sharing your experience are the memories of trek
  • Accommodation (Camping /Guest house/Home stay/Hotel).
  • All Meals during trek (Veg.)
  • Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
  • Transportation during the trek program.
  • Trek equipments (tent, sleeping bag, matters etc).
  • Permits & entry fees.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Insurance.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusion”.

Things to Carry
  • id-proof-icon
    Photo ID Proof
  • backpack-with-cover
    Rucksack/Backpack (40 to 50 Litre) & Rucksack cover (Waterproof)
  • daypack
    Daypack- one small day pack (15-20 L) with you during the walk.
  • trekking-shoe
    Trekking Shoe- A good quality rubber sole shoe.
  • t-shirt
    T-shirt Dry fit/Quick dry type
  • warm-jacket
    Warm Jacket-Warm Fleece Jacket/Synthetic fill
  • windproof-jacket
    Windproof Jacket/Wind Cheater
  • thermal-wear
    Thermal wear
  • trek-pants
    Trek pants
  • raincoat
    Raincoat/Poncho
  • woolen-cap
    Woolen cap
  • hat-bandana
    Hat/Bandanna
  • inner-wear
    Under garments/Inner wear
  • warm-socks
    Warm Socks
  • woolen-gloves
    Woolen gloves
  • woolen-gloves
    Waterproof gloves
  • trekking-sticks
    Walking Sticks/Trekking Poles
  • water-bottle
    Water bottle/Hydration pack
  • sunglasses
    Sunglasses -UV protected
  • torch
    Torch/Head Lamp with extra batteries
  • lotion
    Sunscreen lotion
  • sanitizer
    Sanitizer
  • tissue-paper
    Wet tissue paper
  • towel
    Small Towel
  • anti-fungal-powder
    Anti-Fungal Powder
  • camera
    Camera with extra cells
  • first-aid-kit
    Medications and a first-aid kit

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