11-Day Winter Chadar Trek
Leh, Ladakh, India
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  • Trip introduction

    Set off on the Chadar trek, one of the most fascinating treks in Ladakh, and walk over the frozen Zanskar River. For twelve days in the white, winter paradise of Ladakh, you'll get the complete Chadar experience, including a visit to the remote town of Lingshed. En route, you'll tread over the creaking sheet of ice over the Zanskar River and make your way across frozen waterfalls, gurgling river streams and giant boulders. Making your way through the unusual terrain, you'll spend the night in tents, pitched near ancient caves and iced gorges on the banks of the Zanskar River.

    As the mountains roads of Ladakh are snowed in over the winter, the locals have traditionally used the frozen Zanskar River to travel between villages. Today, the route followed by the locals is renowned as the Chadar trek. | If you are not cleared in the medical test in Leh, you will not be allowed to join the trek. There are NO refunds in this case, and the operator will not be liable to make alternate arrangements for your time in Leh.

    Destination

    The Chadar trek is a unique journey that is on the bucket list of almost all trekkers. Known as Khado Sanglam in the local language, the trail takes you through the valley that has been carved by the river over time. While the Chadar trek is a valley trek that doesn't take a toll on your legs, you'll need to get used to the temperature more than anything. You walk in sub-zero temperature during the day and sleep in temperatures that can reach -25 degrees. This is all part of the once-in-a-lifetime Chadar trek experience though, and you'll be well equipped with the right gear to stay warm.

    Destination highlights

    • Immerse yourself in the Chadar trek on a 11-day itinerary.
    • Walk on a sheet of ice that blankets the Zanskar river.
    • Spend a day at the village of Lingshed and visit the Lingshed gompa.
    • Take in magnificent views of the Himalayas.
    • Rest under starry skies in temperatures way below sub-zero.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Travellers are required to adhere to instructions of the trek leader during the Chadar trek.

    Consumption of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited during the trip.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance. | If you are not cleared in the medical test in Leh, you will not be allowed to join the trek. There are NO refunds in this case, and the operator will not be liable to make alternate arrangements for your time in Leh.

    Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made more than 30 days before departure of the Chadar trek: 90% refund.

    For cancellations made 21-30 days before departure of the Chadar trek: 60% refund.

    For cancellations made 20-11 days before departure of the Chadar trek: 30% refund.

    For cancellations less than 10 days before departure of the Chadar trek: No refund.

    No show: No refund.

    For cancellations of the Chadar trek due to unsuitable climate conditions: No refund, however, the tour operator can arrange for alternative treks, depending on weather conditions and viability.

    No refunds will be processed for unused services or unforeseen circumstances such as a forced evacuation or changes in the itinerary.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Travellers will be sent a format of a medical certificate and a disclaimer form to be completed before beginning the trek.

    The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the travellers and shall not be held responsible for any mishap, accident or loss of life during the Chadar trek.

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the trek to ensure maximum safety for travellers as well as staff.

    Travellers will be required bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc. | If you are not allowed to join the trek for medical reasons, the operator is not responsible for any activities you choose to undertake, or any consequences/illness/injury.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Leh airport
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    Drop off point
    Leh airport
    Mode of transport
    Shared, private SUV
    Start point
    Shingra Yokma
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    End point
    Shingra Yokma
    Time of departure
    07:00 AM
    Time of return
    05:00 PM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    53 hrs
    Total distance covered
    76 kms
    Start point elevation
    11483 feet
    Maximum elevation
    11125 feet
    Minimum elevation
    11125 feet
    Average per day distance
    10 kms
  • Day 1 of the Chadar trek: Arrive in Leh

    Land at Leh Airport and proceed to a pre-arranged guesthouse. The first day of the Chadar trek is always spent acclimatising and getting used to the altitude and weather. Take it easy today and avoid any exertion. You should sip on water, eat well, and avoid smoking or drinking. In the second half, you can go for a short walk to get your trekking muscles warmed up. Overnight at Leh in guesthouse.

    Day 2 of the Chadar trek: Day at Leh

    Continue the acclimatization process and spend another day at Leh. You'll attend a briefing session with your trek leader where you'll be taken through the detailed itinerary of the Chadar trek and the equipment or gear to be used during the trek. You'll also visit a hospital in Leh to undergo a health check-up and obtain medical clearnance to attempt the Chadar trek. Overnight at Leh in guesthouse.

    Day 3 of the Chadar trek: Leh to Tsomo Paldar

    Today, you'll be driven from Leh to Shingra Yokma, stopping briefly to admire the gorgeous confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers at Chilling. You'll disembark at Shingra Yokma and put your first steps on the frozen Chadar. You'll begin with a 5-6 hr trek to Tsomo Paldar, your campsite for the night. The landscape is dramatic and stark, with weather-blackened trees and arid land. You'll spend most of the trek trying to keep your balance while you walk, and will eventually learn how to read the frozen river. Overnight at Tsomo Paldar in tents.

    Day 4 of the Chadar trek: Tsomo Paldar to Yokma Do

    One of the longer days of the trek, today you'll trek from Tsomo Paldar to Yokma Do. En route, you'll cross a narrow stretch of the river that features a perpetually non-frozen waterfall called Tsomo ka Tutu. After making your way across moss-covered rocks and frozen water streams, you'll arrive at the famous Tibb Cave where trekkers often seek refuge from the cold weather. Continue trekking and proceed to your destination. Overnight at Yokma Do in tents.

    Day 5 of the Chadar trek: Yokma Do to Naerak

    Things can get a little difficult, especially if the Chadar is not very firm, so you may have to trek on the land beside the river. The Naerak waterfall is the highlight of the day, and you'll have some time to stop to admire it and take pictures. This section of the Chadar trek is very remote, so if you're lucky, you might get a glimpse of the elusive mountain fox. As you approach today's destination, you'll leave the Chadar behind and trek onwards to Naerak village, located high above, beyond a bridge that links Naerak village with Lingshed. Overnight at Nareak in tents.

    Day 6 of the Chadar trek: Naerak to Lingshed

    Most travellers on the Chadar trek will return back from Nareak. However, you'll leave them behind and continue onward to the village of Lingshed. En route, you'll encounter a patch called Oma where the formation of ice has traditionally been the weakest. After carefully navigating through the Oma, you'll leave the Zanskar river behind and follow a narrow trail along a small natural stream, untill you arrive at Lingshed. Overnight at Lingshed in homestay.

    Day 7 of the Chadar trek: Day at Lingshed

    Take a break from trekking and spend the day resting your legs at the village of Lingshed. A fairly big town, you can explore the narrow streets and marketplaces of Lingshed and visit the local monastery. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Lingshed in homestay.

    Day 8 of the Chadar trek: Lingshed to Naerak

    Marking the half-way point of the Chadar trek, you'll turn back and begin the return journey back to Leh. The frozen river keeps melting and breaking the ice before freezing all over again. This ensures that although you've trekked over the route before, you'll be facing an entirely new terrain as you trek back to Naerak. Overnight at Naerak in tents.

    Day 9 of the Chadar trek: Naerak to Hotong

    Continue trekking alongside the Zanskar River. Today's destination of Hotong is a fairly un-known camping ground for Chadar trekkers. As you approach the campsite, the frozen sheet gets a bit narrower and trickier to navigate. Overnight at Hotong in tents.

    Day 10 of the Chadar trek: Hotong to Leh

    Today is the last day of your Chadar trek. You'll trek from Hotong, all the way back to the start point of Shingra Yokma. Here, there are vehicles waiting to take you back to Leh. You'll be happy to rest your legs on the drive back to Leh, and even happier to check in to the guesthouse there. Overnight in Leh at guesthouse.

    Day 11 of the Chadar trek: Depart from Leh

    Check out of the guesthouse and proceed to the airport. Your trip ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    10:00 AM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    08:00 AM

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Tsomo Paldar
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    9 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Tsomo Paldar
    End point
    Yokma Do
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    8 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Yokma Do
    End point
    Nareak
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    11 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Nareak
    End point
    Lingshed
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Lingshed
    End point
    Lingshed
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    3 hrs
    Trekking time
    2 kms

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Lingshed
    End point
    Nareak
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 9 - Milestone

    Start point
    Nareak
    End point
    Hotong
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    13 kms
    Trekking time
    8 hrs

    Day 10 - Milestone

    Start point
    Hotong
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    8 hrs

    Day 11 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Airport transfers in Leh in a group
    • Travel arrangements from Leh-Leh in private, shared SUV
    • Accommodation in guesthouse and tents on triple-sharing basis
    • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
    • Common kitchen/dining and toilet tents while camping
    • 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners at Leh guesthouse
    • All meals (veg+eggs) on the trek: From lunch on day 4 to breakfast on day 11
    • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
    • Services of porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
    • Mandatory wildlife permits and entyr fees including environment fee of INR 2100
    • Mandatory rescue and insurance fee: INR 2000
    • Mandatory ALTOA fee: INR 500
    • Mandatory medical test fee: INR 3000
    • Adventure travel insurance (details on request)
    • First aid kit (including oxy-meter, oxygen cylinders)
    • One sightseeing and NGO visit
    • Workshops on sustainability and nature, First Aid, rescue, trekking and camping basics
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Travel arrangements between home city-Leh
    • Lunches in Leh
    • Services of porters/mules to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 4000 per bag of maximum 10 kgs, for the entire trip, if booked in advance)
    • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
    • Any additional costs due to medical evacuation, emergency health or injury treatment, etc
    • Personal expenses such as additional meals and beverages etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Synthetic track pants
    • Full-sleeved t-shirts
    • Full-sleeved thick jacket
    • Thermal wear (upper and lower)
    • Sports socks and woollen socks
    • Gumboots
    • Woollen monkey cap/balaclava
    • Woollen hand gloves
    • Synthetic waterproof gloves
    • Woollen head-scarf or muffler
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive gadgets or jewellery
    • Denim jeans and sneakers
    • Hard luggage like suitcases, trolley bags etc.

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Private, shared SUV for transport from Leh-Leh
    • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, bag fleece liner
    • Common kitchen/dining and toilet tents
    • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinder)
      You need to get
    • Rucksack (with rain cover)
    • Day pack
    • ID proof with photocopies (mandatory)
    • Passport-sized photograph (mandatory)
    • Medical and disclaimer certificate (sent after booking confirmation, mandatory)
    • Camera
    • Insulated water bottle
    • Toilet paper
    • Trekking pole and knee caps
    • Quick-dry towel
    • Sunglasses (polarised, anti-glare)
    • LED Torch (extra batteries)
    • Sunscreen lotion (SPF 40+) and lip balm
    • Personal toiletries
    • Crampons (optional)

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication
    • Personal first-aid kit
  • Day 1 of the Chadar trek: Arrive in Leh

    Overnight at Leh in guesthouse.

    Arrive at a pre-booked guesthouse in Leh and spend the day acclimatizing to the high altitude. Stay hydrated, have frequent meals and rest in the guesthouse. Since no meals are included in today's package, you can visit any of the restaurants in Leh to have meals at your own expense.

    Day 2 of the Chadar trek: Day at Leh

    Overnight at Leh in guesthouse.

    Acclimatize to the altitude and visit a local hospital for a basic medical check-up. This check-up will include basic tests to measure your heart rate, oxygen level and blood pressure. You'll be accommodated in the same guesthouse at Leh. Since no meals are included in today's package, you can visit any of the restaurants in Leh to have meals at your own expense.

    Day 3 of the Chadar trek: Leh to Tsomo Paldar

    Overnight at Tsomo Paldar in tents.

    Travel from Leh to the road-head in a private, shared SUV and trek to Tsomo Paldar. You'll be accommodated in tents at Tsomo Paldar on a triple-sharing basis. You'll be provided with a sleeping bag and mattress for a restful night's sleep. Today's meal package includes dinner only. You can visit any of the restaurants in Leh to have additional meals at your own expense.

    Day 4 of the Chadar trek: Tsomo Paldar to Yokma Do

    Overnight at Yokma Do in tents.

    Continue trekking from Tsomo Paldar to Yokma Do. You'll be accommodated at Leh in a guesthouse. Today's meal package includes vegetarian meals of breakfast and dinner, but you can visit any of the restaurants in Leh to have meals at an additional cost.

    Day 5 of the Chadar trek: Yokma Do to Naerak

    Overnight at Nareak in tents.

    Trek from Yokma Do to the village of Naerak. You'll be accommodated at Naerak in tents, equipped with sleeping bags and mattresses. Today's meal package includes vegetarian meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 6 of the Chadar trek: Naerak to Lingshed

    Overnight at Lingshed in homestay.

    Leave the Zanskar River behind and trek to the Lingshed village. You'll be accommodated at Lingshed in a homestay. Today's meal package includes vegetarian meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 7 of the Chadar trek: Day at Lingshed

    Overnight at Lingshed in homestay.

    Spend the day exploring Lingshed and resting at leisure. You'll be accommodated at the same homestay as yesterday. Today's meal package includes vegetarian meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 8 of the Chadar trek: Lingshed to Naerak

    Overnight at Nareak in tents.

    Begin your return journey and trek back to Nareak. You'll be accommodated at Naerak in tents, equipped with sleeping bags and mattresses. Today's meal package includes vegetarian meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 9 of the Chadar trek: Naerak to Hotong

    Overnight at Hotong in tents.

    Camp at the little known destination of Hotong. You'll be accommodated at Hotong in tents, equipped with sleeping bags and mattresses. Today's meal package includes vegetarian meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 10 of the Chadar trek: Hotong to Leh

    Overnight at Leh in guesthouse.

    Bid goodbye to the Zanskar River and travel to the comforts of a guesthouse in Leh via a shared, private SUV. You'll be accommodated at a guesthouse in Leh on triple-sharing basis. The guesthouse room will have comfortable beds and blankets to ensure a restful night's sleep. Today's meal package includes breakfast only. You can visit any of the restaurants in Leh to have additional meals at your own expense.

    Day 11 of the Chadar trek: Depart from Leh

    Your trip ends before nightfall.

    Check-out of the guesthouse at Leh and proceed to your next destination. Your trip ends here.

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