5-Day Zanskar River Chadar Trek
Leh, Ladakh, India
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  • Trip introduction

    Experience the iconic Chadar trek on a short and easy 5-day itinerary. When the months of winter roll over, the roads of Ladakh are blanketed with inches of deep snow. During this season, the only way of travelling across the mountains is by trekking over the frozen Zanskar River. This trek over the thick sheet of ice, past frozen waterfalls and over barren rockfaces is famously known as the Chadar trek. While the complete Chadar trek is a strenous and long expedition, this itinerary gives you the chance to explore the same valley on a short and easy route.

    Wear your gum boots and embark on one of the most celebrated treks of Ladakh. If you're lucky, you can hear the sheet of ice creaking and groaning under you as it breaks and reforms. A scary sound to be sure, but an incredibly thrilling experience. | NOTE: 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

    • Experience the Chadar trek on a short 5-day itinerary.
    • Walk on a sheet of ice that blankets the Zanskar river.
    • 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.

    Travellers will need to pay for specific environment and local permits on the spot. Please ensure you carry about INR 5000 in cash for the same, per person.

    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 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.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Leh guesthouse
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    Drop off point
    Leh guesthouse
    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
    6 hrs
    Total distance covered
    8 kms
    Start point elevation
    11483 feet
    Maximum elevation
    11125 feet
    Minimum elevation
    11125 feet
    Average per day distance
    4 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 Bakula

    Today, you'll be driven from Leh to Shingra Yokma, stopping briefly at the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers at Chilling. You'll disembark at Shingra Yokma and begin with a 3-4 hr trek to Bakula, your campsite for the day. Close to the campsite is the Bakula cave, where the namesake Buddhist monk and Indian ambassador to Mongolia used to meditate. The landscape is dramatic and stark, with weather-blackened trees and arid land. Overnight at Bakula in tents.

    Day 4 of the Chadar trek: Bakula to Leh

    After a night at the Bakula campsite, you'll make your way back to the start point of Shingra Yokma. 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. At Shingra Yokma, there are vehicles waiting to take you back to Leh. Overnight at Leh in guesthouse.

    Day 5 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
    Bakula
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    4 kms
    Trekking time
    3 hrs

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Bakula
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    4 kms
    Trekking time
    3 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

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

      Includes
    • 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, bag fleece liner
    • Common kitchen/dining and toilet tents
    • Veg meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5, except lunch during stay in Leh
    • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
    • Porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
    • Local permits and entry fees, except ALTOA fee
    • Complimentary adventure sports insurance (details on request)
    • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinders)
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Travel arrangements from base city to Leh
    • Airport transfers between Leh Airport and Leh guesthouse
    • Lunch, during stay in Leh
    • Extra charge of INR 5000 per person, for environmental and wildlife fee, permit fee by ALTOA and LAHDC, mandatory adventure insurance, medical test charges. This will have to be paid on the spot in cash, so please do carry enough cash per person.
    • Porters/mules to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 2,500 for the entire trip, if booked in advance)
    • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
    • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, 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.

    Land at Leh airport and report to a pre-arranged guesthouse at Leh. You'll be accommodated at Leh in guesthouse. Your rooms will have comfortable beds and blankets to ensure a restful night's sleep. Today's meal pacakge includes dinner only, but you can visit any of the restaurants in Leh to have meals at an additional cost.

    Day 2 of the Chadar trek: Day at Leh

    Overnight at Leh in guesthouse.

    Acclimatize to the altitude and visit a hospital to get medical clearance. You'll be accommodated at Leh in the same guesthouse. Today's meal pacakge includes breakfast and dinner, but you can visit any of the restaurants in Leh to have meals at an additional cost.

    Day 3 of the Chadar trek: Leh to Bakula

    Overnight in Bakula in tents.

    After a short drive from Leh to Shingra Yokma, you'll trek to Bakula. You'll be accommodated at Bakula in tents, equipped with sleeping bags and mattresses. Today's meal package includes vegetarian meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 4 of the Chadar trek: Bakula to Leh

    Overnight at Leh in guesthouse.

    Return back from Bakula to Shingra Yokma and drive to Leh. 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: Depart from Leh

    Your trip ends before nightfall.

    Check-out of the guesthouse at Leh and proceed to your next destination. Today's meal package includes breakfast only. Your trip ends here.

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