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About the frozen Zanskar river

The magnificent Zanskar flows through the weather-bleached landscape of Ladakh, cutting gorges into the rocks and bringing fertility into the otherwise arid land. During the summer, the Zanskar river offers some of the most thrilling whitewater rafting in the country, but in the deepest winter, when the temperatures drop as low as -35 degrees, the river freezes over. This is when the Chadar trek is conducted, for 5-, 7-, 9- or 15-day itineraries.

About the Chadar trek

The Chadar trek takes you right onto the frozen Zanskar river, into the middle of an untamed winter wilderness. The only thing separating you from the icy depths of the river is a sheet of ice. You'll see waterfalls frozen in mid-flow, bubbles trapped under the ice, and trees with no leaves. You'll stop at the famous Tibb Cave to share a cup of hot buttered tea over a blazing fire, and camp at night in tents under starry skies. It's going to be an unforgettable experience!

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Chadar trek in Ladakh
Leh, Ladakh
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The Chadar trek is one of the most thrilling treks in India, and takes you out onto the frozen Zanskar river at the peak of winter. When the temperature drops in Ladakh, this raging river turns into a sheet of ice. You'll be trekking on the ice for six unforgettable days, discovering ancient caves, walking between the towering walls of the river gorge, and stopping in front of waterfalls that have frozen in mid-air.

IMPORTANT: This trek is not recommended for first-timers, as you'll be dealing with extreme temperatures of about -20 degrees celsius, and camping by the river.
    Inclusions
  • Accomodation in guesthouse/hotel in Leh for three nights (twin-sharing)
  • Accommodation in twin-sharing tents for 5 nights
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Transport from Leh to Tilad Do and back
  • All veg meals from lunch on Day 3 to lunch on Day 8
  • Snacks while on trek
  • Trekking guide
  • Kitchen staff and helpers
  • Porters for common camping gear
  • Safety gear as required
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Meals in Leh or at hotel/guesthouse
  • International or domestic airport transfers to and from Leh and visa charges
  • Trekking permits and environmental/wildlife fees (to be paid by the guest directly in Leh, between INR 1000 to INR 3000)
  • Any personal equipment like walking sticks, rain coats, gloves etc
  • Personal porters (can be arranged at INR 600/- per day)
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Medical emergency and evacuation
  • Sightseeing costs, or monument, monastery or museum visit fees
  • Any personal expenses
  • Tips to porters, camping team, driver etc
  • Single room accomodation (can be arranged at an additional cost)
  • Cost incurred due to change/extension in the itinerary due to roadblocks, bad weather, flight delay or vehicle breakdown etc
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5
Chadar Experience - 5 Day Itinerary
Leh, Ladakh
Price from:₹21,500
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Leh, Ladakh
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This whirlwind itinerary of the legendary frozen Zanskar river trek. The shortened itinerary gives you a Chadar Trek experience, without taking too long. It's perfect for those who are not sure they'll be able to handle longer durations in the freezing weather, or for those who have time restrictions.

In this itinerary, you'll visit Tilat Sumdo and Shingra, and you'll camp out in a cave at night.

Tilat Sumdo will be your first experience of the Chadar trek, and it'll be a day you'll never forget. 'Sumdo' means confluence, and this campsite is named after the views of the confluence of the Zanskar river and the Khurna river. Shingra Koma is one of the most scenic campsites on the trek, and you'll get to see a gorgeous stretch of the river curving through the stark landscape of Leh.
    Inclusions
  • 2 guides for the group of maximum 15 trekkers or 1 guide for 8 group members
  • Accommodation in ‘A’ category deluxe hotel on the first and last day in Leh
  • Fresh, clean sleeping bags
  • Camping mattress
  • Mess tent
  • Two toilet tents with portable toilet seats
  • All meals starting from lunch on day 2 till lunch on day 4
  • Large oxygen cylinder
  • Porter/mule for carrying equipment and rations
  • Forest entry charges and camping fees, if any
  • Service tax
    Exclusions
  • Airport transfers in Leh
  • Any meals in Leh
  • Personal porters for your own bags (can be arranged for INR 2200 for a bag under 10 kgs)
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Bottled water, alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, expenses incurred on account of sickness etc.
  • Wildlife & ALTOA Fees (Participants has to pay this fees directly in Ladakh)
  • Any meals/services not mentioned in inclusions
  • Insurance
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9
Chadar 9 Day Trek
Leh, Ladakh
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Leh, Ladakh
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In the cold of winter, when the Zanskar river freezes over, it looks like a sheet of ice. The ice is so thick that it forms a trekking trail for locals who are otherwise cut off from civilization by the snow. You’ll be trekking on the glassy surface of this river, passing waterfalls that are frozen in mid-flow, hot springs that bubble up from the earth’s hot core and melt the ice, and sleeping in tents and caves.

On moonlit nights, the ice turns a ghostly milk-white, weaving through the dark walls of the gorge formed by decades of the river’s changing course. While you sleep, the Chadar cracks and re-freezes in new patterns, creating different landscapes every day. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear this at night. Watch out for the perfect photo-opp – a picture of your boots on a sheet of glass-like ice, with the bubbles of the river frozen in place below! It’s going to be an unforgettable experience!
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in triple-sharing tents
  • Stay in hotel like Hotel Galwan Palace/Hotel Panorma or similar on Day 1 and Day 8 of the trek
  • In room facilities: central heating/room heaters and hot water (on request)
  • Meals from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 8 (veg.)
  • Kitchen and dining tents with utensils
  • Toilet tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Camping mattresses
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
  • Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide and support staff to help trekkers
  • Transport from Leh to road head and return
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Additional ALTOA fee (will be approximately INR 2500, to be paid in cash)
  • Meals in Leh (available at the hotel for INR 250 per meal)
  • Pick up and drop from Leh Airport (can be pre-booked for approximately INR 500 one way, to be paid on the spot)
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Porters to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 650 per day per bag up to 9 kgs)
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under inclusions
  • Crampons
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Eight Day Trek to Chadar
Leh, Ladakh
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Leh, Ladakh
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8
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This dangerously thrilling trek involves walking on the frozen Zanskar River, camping in this icy wonderland, and discovering the dramatic beauty of a winter landscape, where the trees are bare and you are surrounded with ice, snow and cold.

You'll see bubbles trapped in the ice beneath your feet, stand in awe in front of tall waterfalls that are frozen in mid-fall, and in some cases, see the river flowing under the ice beneath your feet. These 8 days will be amongst the most memorable in your life.
    Inclusions
  • 2 nights accommodation in a hotel in Leh on triple sharing basis
  • Accommodation in tents on triple sharing basis
  • All means from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 7
  • Transport from Leh-Chilling-Leh
  • Skilled guide with ample knowledge of the route
  • Qualified instructor from operator
  • Cook/helper and other requisite staff
  • Porters and mules for carrying common luggage like ration, tents, utensils etc.
  • Sleeping bags with liners
  • Camping mattresses
  • First-aid kit
  • Forest permits and camping charges
  • Portable oxygen
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Government fees of approx. INR 2500 per head (applicable for all Chadar treks)
  • Airport transfers in Leh
  • All meals in Leh
  • Personal porters to carry individual backpacks (can be arranged at INR 700-1500 per day, per bag)
  • Insurance
  • Cost incurred in case of emergency evacuation
  • Individual/personal expenses (mineral water/beverages/snacks etc.)
  • Expenses incurred from change in schedule due to weather conditions or personal health issues will be borne by participants
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Chadar Frozen River Trek (9 days)
Leh, Ladakh
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Leh, Ladakh
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In winter, when the temperatures drop to sub-zero, the stark landscape of Leh turns into an icy paradise. The raging Zanskar river turns into a sheet of ice, forming the only connecting route between villages when the roads are snowed in.

This nine-day itinerary gives you a complete experience of the Chadar trek. You'll spend a day to acclimatise in Leh, before heading out to take your first steps on ice. As you trek, you'll pass frozen waterfalls, cliffs, rockfaces, and weather-blackened trees with bare branches. At night, you'll camp in tents, or, on one or two nights, spend the night in the famous Dibb Cave.

Listen carefully to the sounds around you: if you're lucky, you can hear the sheet of ice creaking and groaning under you as it breaks and reforms. It's a scary sound, but it's incredibly thrilling.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation (tourist lodge and camping) on triple sharing basis.
  • Veg meals during the trek
  • All necessary permits and entry fees
  • Transport from Leh to Chilling and back
  • Staff insurance
    Exclusions
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Food during the stay in Leh
  • Airport Transfers in Leh
  • Insurance
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage (can be arranged at an extra cost)
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any additional permits levied by local authorities
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Chadar-Frozen River Trek
Leh, Ladakh
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The mighty Zanskar river turns to a sheet of ice during the winter, and intrepid adventurers from around the world flock to Ladakh to trek on ice. When you walk over bubbles trapped under the ice, or walk up to waterfalls that are frozen in mid-flow, you'll know that this is a trip of a lifetime.

The thickness of the ice varies across the stretch, with a fast-flowing, sub-zero water beneath, so it's extremely important to travel with an experienced guide. Laced with breathtaking views and risky stretches, the Chadar trek is a must-do adventure for thrill-seekers looking for their next buzz.
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  • Accommodation in Leh hotels on twin sharing basis on day 1 and day 8 of the trip
  • Accommodation in tents on triple sharing basis during the trek
  • All meals from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 8
  • Transport from Leh to start point of the trek and return
  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Camping mattresses
  • Toilet tent
  • Kitchen and dining tent
  • Permits
  • First aid medical kits
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide and support staff
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Cost of approximately INR 2500 for ALTOA fee (payable on the spot)
  • Food/meals in Leh
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Porter to carry personal luggage
  • Anything not specifically mentioned above
  • Airport transfers in Leh
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Frozen River Chadar Trek
Leh, Ladakh
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Leh, Ladakh
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The Chadar trek is one of the most iconic treks in India, and offers you the unique experience of trekking on a frozen river. In the summers, the Zanskar river rages through narrow gorges and out across the stark landscape of Ladakh. But in winters, when temperatures drop to sub-zero, the river freezes over, forming a thick sheet of ice over the river.

When the roads are snowed in, this river trek is the only way for locals to travel from one village to the other, and they've mastered the art of walking on ice. You, however, will have to learn this quite quickly. Your guides will teach you how to walk with the peculiar shuffling gait that you need to get by on the ice, and hopefully your trekking boots will help.

NOTE: This is a high altitude trek that takes place in the coldest winter, so you should be prepared for the weather and the altitude.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Leh to Leh as per itinerary
  • Accomodation in Leh in guesthouse on triple sharing basis
  • Accomodation in tents on triple sharing basis
  • All meals from lunch on Day 2 to lunch on Day 8 (veg)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Toilet tent
  • Kitchen and dining tent
  • Technical equipment, if required
  • Permits as needed
  • First aid and medical kits
  • Oxygen cylinders
  • Qualified and experienced staff
  • Porters/mules to carry common equipment
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Environmental/ALTOA fee (will be paid on the spot, will be between INR 2000-2500 per person)
  • Any transport not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any accommodation not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Food during transit
  • Meals in Leh
  • Mules or porters to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 4200 for the entire trek)
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses of any kind
  • Any extra cost that is added due to natural calamities, landslides, road blocks, emergency evacuation etc.
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Frozen River Chadar Trek - 9 Days
Leh, Ladakh
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Leh, Ladakh
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The Chadar trek is one of the most thrilling and adventurous treks in India. In the local language 'chadar' means blanket. During the summer, this river is a perfect location for rafting, and during the winters it transforms into an ice sheet on which the famous Chadar trek is done. You'll camp in caves and in tents on the ice, trek past towering waterfalls that are frozen in mid-flow, and over thick sheets of ice with the river beneath you. This 9-day, intense trek is a great test of your endurance and will, and with the reward of an unforgettable experience.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation - camping during the trek and guesthouse stay when in Leh (day 1 and 8) (all accommodation on triple sharing basis)
  • Meals during the trek
  • Trek equipment
  • Permits
  • First aid support
  • Transport to the start point of the trek and back
  • Camping equipment: tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Personal utensils
  • Additional ALTOA and environmental fee up to INR 2500 (will be payable on the spot)
  • Meals in Leh
  • Any personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Porterage of personal luggage
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under inclusions
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Chadar Snow Trek - 9 Day Itinerary
Leh, Ladakh
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Leh, Ladakh
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The Chadar Trek is one of the most unique treks in India, and possibly in the world too. It offers a fascinating opportunity to experience a winter phenomenon in the legendary Zanskar Valley. This 9-day trek is as challenging as it is popular. The first two days are very light, allowing you to acclimatise fully. After this, your trek across the frozen river begins.

This trek is not a challenging climb, but it involves some technical skills (which you can easily learn), trekking over ice of varying thicknesses, and sleeping in caves and tents. You can expect it to be very very cold, so do be prepared for this.
    Inclusions
  • 2 guides for the group of maximum 15 trekkers or 1 guide for 8 group members
  • Accommodation in a clean, comfortable hotel or guesthouse (twin sharing)
  • Camping equipment and accommodation during trek
  • Fresh, clean sleeping bags
  • Camping mattress
  • Mess tent
  • Two toilet tents with portable toilet seats
  • All meals starting from lunch on day 2 till lunch on day 8
  • Camping permissions
  • First aid kit
  • Porter/mule for carrying equipment
  • Service tax
    Exclusions
  • Airport transfers in Leh
  • Any meals in Leh
  • Personal porters for your baggage (can be arranged for INR 4400 for a bag under 10 kgs)
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Bottled water, alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, expenses incurred on account of sickness etc.
  • Wildlife and ALTOA Fees (Participants has to pay this fees directly in Ladakh)
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Insurance