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INTRODUCTION

 

Chadar Trek is one of the most adventurous and unique treks on the planet. Often called the frozen river trek, Chadar trek is like no other trek, It is a century-old way of staying connected for the locals of Zanskar region to Leh, when all other ways get blocked due to heavy snowfall during winter time.  For its distinctness and the extremity involved, it has been repeatedly featured in some of the most popular travel journals and international magazines.

 

 The word Chadar refers to the layer of sheet of ice that covers the most part of Zanskar river during the peak winter months of January and February. The steep rock faces on each side of the canyon  lets a very little or no direct sunshine to fall on the river.This keeps the ice hard and walkable to become what is sometimes called the frozen highway . However, underneath the layer of ice is the same gushing river of Zanskar that see some of the most challenging rapids in the summer, making it more adventurous and thrilling.

 While on the Chadar you will be stunned by the natural beauty of the Zanskar canyon, the interesting myriad rock formations and the caves in the rock faces. The frozen natural hot springs and heights of icefalls are the icing on the cake.

Also, you may get to meet some Zanskar local peoples coming from either side, they can be young school kids returning back to school in Leh or monks from different monasteries in Zanskar fetching important supplies for their monastery.

 

Trekking on the Chadar trail demand a certain level of fitness and definitely a good level of acclimatization. It involves daily trekking of 4 to 7 hours And camping by the river bank under temperature as low as -30 during the night, one should prepare well few weeks before the start of the trek.

 

Our group’s size is limited to 10 trekkers to ensure a highly personalized service and the highest level of safety. Our guides and crew members are experienced and surely make it a once in a lifetime trek.

 

2019 SCHEDULED DATES

BATCH

START DATE END DATE COST/PERSON
Group 1 15 Jan 2019 24 Jan 2019 INR 24,900
Group 2 26 Jan 2019 04 Feb 2019 INR 24,900
Group 3 06 Feb 2019 15 Feb 2019

INR 24,900

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Itineraries

Day 1

Fly to Leh | Arrival

The flight to Leh will be early in the morning and is undoubtedly one of the most scenic flights with endless snow peaks and glaciers of Himalayan and Karakoram ranges. The winter climate of Ladakh is very harsh and cold, and poles apart from what would be in Delhi. So, you must carry your Jacket, gloves, hat etc in your handbag for easy access. You are advised to keep the boarding pass with you as a proof of arrival for the mandatory medical check-up on Day 3. The day like any tour/trek of Ladakh will be acclimatization day. You are advised to take good rest and let yourself adapt to the new environment slowly. Also, drink plenty of fluids to keep your body hydrated and refrain from doing anything that puts exertion on your body. Overnight stay in Leh. Altitude 11,400 ft.

Day 2

Rest Day

The Day is completely reserved for rest as advised by the district administration Leh due to increasing casualties and evacuation in the recent years. In the evening we can take mild walks to the local attractions like Shanti stupa, Leh Palace, Leh Bazaar etc. This will ensure proper acclimatization and also help to get you through the mandatory medical checkup tomorrow. Overnight stay at Leh.

Day 3

Medical Check-u, Insurance and Permit.

Today is the day of the medical checkup at the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) Leh. As notified by the District Administration earlier this year, all participants of the Chadar Trek must undergo a medical Checkup. This will be done only on production of the Airline boarding pass to prove that the participants have spend at least 3 Days before the date of trekking. You will also acquire the mandatory Insurance from their stalls at TIC itself. Later, we will also get the NOC from the ALTOA office and also the trekking permits from the wildlife Department, Leh. Overnight camping in Leh

Day 4

Leh to Tsomo Paldar via Chilling & Tilad Do (65kms drive/3km trek)

After breakfast at the campsite in the morning, we will start driving towards Chilling. Along the way, which ideally is the Leh-Srinagar Highway up to Nimmu village, we will stop for short while at some of the most beautiful and popular spots like Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic hill, Sangam-the confluence of Indus and the Zanskar river. We will then cross the Indus river and drive alongside the Zanskar river till Chilling. We will start trekking towards Tilad-Do, after you getting used to the Gumboots and learning the penguin walk technique which helps to keep traction on hard ice. As the trek progresses you will learn and get used to it and the weather. We will set pitch our camp at Shingra Gongma by the banks of the Zanskar river and spend the night in the tent. 11,480 to 10,550ft

Day 5

Shingra Yokma to Tibb Cave

In the morning after waking up you will be served hot tea and breakfast. The trek to Deep yokma is a 4-5 hours trek and is going to be one of the most visually appealing ones as you will get to see a number of caves, interesting rock formations and frozen hot springs that pop up out of nowhere.lunch will be served midway to the camp. Overnight camping in tents at Deep yokma. 10,400 to 10,800 ft

Day 6

Tibb cave to Naerak camp

Start trekking towards the Neraks/nerags icefall, which is undoubtedly the most scenic and photographed place on the entire chadar trail. If reached early, we can visit the Nerags village, which will definitely give some insight into the lives of the Zanskar which remains cut off from the rest of Ladakh. 10,800 to 11,100 ft

Day 7

Naerak to Tibb Cave

After a hot breakfast in the morning, we will start trekking towards the Tibb cave. Chadar trails mostly comprising of the frozen river surfaces is different each time unlike any other trekking trail and the return trek is going to be as challenging. 11,100 to 10,800 ft

Day 8

Tibb Cave to Gyalpo

After breakfast in the morning, we will retrace the trail further and trek towards Gyalpo among the same deep gorges. We can expect local peoples including monks and young kids coming from Leh side with essential supplies or simply returning home in Zanskar. With a fair bit of luck, we can find fresh signs of wild animals who descent to lower altitude in the winters. Overnight camping at Gyalpo. 10,800ft to 10,500 ft

Day 9

Gyalpo to Shingra Yokma & back to Leh

The last part of the Chadar trek trail is the trek from Gyalpo to Chilling via Shingra Gongma. After reaching Chilling, we will be picked up by car and return back to Leh. Over Night stay at Leh. 10,500ft to 10,300ft and drive to 11,400 ft.

Day 10

Departure

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and we will drop you at the Leh airport to catch your flight back home. the journey ends with lots of memories and adventures.

 

  • Accommodation in Guesthouse in Leh on twin/triple sharing basis. (no meals)
  • Meals (Breakfast and Dinner in Leh), all meals during trekking.
  • Transport: transfers from trek points to hotel in Leh
  • All meal & snacks will be provided during the trek Veg meals will be freshly prepared on camps.
  • Professional trekking guide, helpers and kitchen staff would accompany the group.
  • Equipment: sleeping bags, tents, mattresses, safety gear, oxygen cylinders, first aid, ropes etc.
  • Services of porters to carry common camping equipment.
  • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tents.
  • International & Domestic flight fares, visa charges
  • Airport transfers.
  • Permit fees by ALTOA and LAHDC (will be approximately INR 2,000 – 3000, to be paid in cash directly by guest)
  • Personal equipment such as walking sticks, raincoats, gloves, rubber gumboots etc.
  • Porters to carry personal equipment and luggage (can be arranged on request)
  • Travel/Medical Insurance.
  • Medical emergency and evacuation.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
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  • Start Tuesday 01/15/2019
    End Thursday 01/24/2019
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