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Why you should go on the Chadar Trek in 2019

Located in the surreal Leh and Ladakh region of the Himalayas, the Chadar trek winds over the frozen Zanskar river, and is extremely famous across the world. It takes place in the coldest part of winter in Ladakh. Ladakh is a magnificently stark high-altitude desert kingdom in the Indian Himalayas and is the perfect setting for a winter trek. It is famed for its high passes, brackish water lakes, deep blue skies and a landscape that is larger than life.

Chadar trek – The frozen Zanskar River trek

Over hundreds of years, the Zanskar river has carved a path for itself through the rocky gorges of Ladakh. The walls of the gorges can go up to 2000 feet tall in some places. During the summer, the river is a perfect location for rafting, and during the winters it transforms into a sheet of ice. The ice on the river forms such a thick layer that the locals use it as a road. Trekkers will walk over this frozen river, camp in caves and in tents on the ice and trek past towering waterfalls that are frozen in mid-flow. The trek is intense and is a great test of your endurance and will under freezing temperatures, and has the reward of an unforgettable experience. As you trek you’ll witness breath-taking views of the majestic snow-clad peaks, hanging icicles, surreal landscapes, bleached rock faces, and weather-blackened trees.

Thrill, excitement and a million reasons more!

The Chadar trek in Ladakh 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 dangerously thrilling trek involves walking on the frozen Zanskar River, camping in this icy wonderland, and discovering the dramatic beauty of a winter landscape. Through much of the trek, steep canyons accompany you on both sides. Sometimes the canyon walls are the only support you have as you make your way across fast flowing icy cold river water. Thick snow covers much of the trail and at night, you camp in tents on ice or in ancient caves.

The trek is a unique journey that is on the bucket list of almost all trekkers. While it's a valley trek across flat ground that doesn't take a toll on your legs, it's the temperature that you need to get used to. You walk in sub-zero temperature during the day and sleep in temperatures that can reach -25 degrees. Although the trek has gained popularity in recent years, it is still an isolated place where you and your team might be the only people as far as your eye can see. If you’re thinking of doing the Chadar in trek, here are the top five reasons you definitely should.

What is the best time/season for Chadar trek?

Due to the extremely cold winters, the Zanskar river freezes and that's when trekking enthusiasts from around the world flock to this place. The Chadar trek 2019 will be open in the months of late December to mid-February.

Chadar trek 2019 itineraries:

You can choose from whirlwind itineraries of the legendary frozen Zanskar river trek that give you a taste of the 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. There are also longer itineraries that gives you enough time to acclimatise before heading out to take your first steps on ice. The Chadar trek 2019 packages start at INR 17,800. Here is a complete list of things to carry on the Chadar trek.

NOTE: All departures for Chadar trek 2019 have a compulsory medical check-up in Leh. This is to ensure that you are fully acclimatized and fit to undertake the trek. Read a complete list of things you should know about the Chadar 2019 trek before you book.

Top Chadar treks

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5-Day Zanskar River Chadar Trek
Leh, Ladakh
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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.
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  • 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
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements from base city to Leh
  • Airport transfers between Leh Airport and Leh guesthouse
  • Lunch, during stay in Leh
  • Permit fees by ALTOA (will be approximately INR 2,500, to be paid in cash)
  • 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
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9-day Iconic Chadar Trek in Ladakh
Leh, Badgis
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Walk over the thick sheet of ice over the frozen Zanskar River as it twists and turns across Ladakhi mountains for a riveting 9-day Chadar trek. This adventure promises to showcase the gorgeous and arid landscape of Zanskar, with frozen waterfalls, barren mountain cliffs, ancient caves and rugged canyons. You'll spend days trekking over the thick layer of ice, blanketing the Zanskar River, and camp at night besides the river's turquoise waters. A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Chadar trek ranks as one of the most celebrated treks in the India.

A breathtaking adventure at over 11,000 feet in Ladakh, the Chadar trek requires travellers to spend hours walking over the frozen river in sub-zero temperatures.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements from Leh-Leh in private, shared vehicle
  • Accommodation in hotel rooms with heaters at Leh on twin-sharing basis
  • Accommodation in tents while trekking on twin-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Meal package including all meals from lunch on day 3 to lunch on day 8
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Services of porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
  • Any technical or safety gear required for the trek, if any
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Travel arrangements from base city to Leh
  • Centralized heating during stay at hotel in Leh (can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 5,000 per person)
  • Any meals not mentioned in inclusions
  • 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.
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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!
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  • 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
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks, medical evacuation, etc
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Nine Day Chadar Trek
Leh, Ladakh
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The dangerously thrilling Chadar trek involves walking on the frozen Zanskar River, camping in the icy wonderland of Ladakh, 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 the 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 nine days will give you some of the most memorable experiences of your life.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements between Leh-Leh in SUV/Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle
  • Accommodation in hotel rooms /tents on triple-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tents
  • Vegetarian meal package from lunch on Day 3 to breakfast on Day 8
  • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Services of porters to carry common camping equipment
  • First aid kit (with portable oxygen)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between home city and Leh
  • Airport transfers or meals during stay in Leh
  • Permit fees by ALTOA and LAHDC (will be approximately INR 2,500, to be paid in cash)
  • Services of porters to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for an additional cost)
  • 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.
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Frozen River Chadar Trek
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. The Chadar trek is recommeded only to trekkers who have previously attempted at least one high-altitude trek.
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  • Travel arrangements from Leh-Leh, as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in guesthouse and tents on triple-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: sleeping bags and tents
  • Common kitchen/dining and washroom tents
  • All technical equipment required for the trek
  • All vegetarian meals from lunch on Day 3 to lunch on Day 8
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Porters and mules to carry common camping equipment
  • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinders)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between base city and Leh
  • Environmental permit charges (INR 2,000-2,500 per person, to be paid on the spot)
  • Meals during travel in vehicles and stay in Leh
  • Porters and mules to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 4,200 per person, for the entire trek)
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Adventure travel or medical insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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Chadar Frozen River Trek (8 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 eight-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.

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
  • 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, fleece liner
  • Common kitchen/dining and toilet tents
  • Veg meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8, 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
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements from base city to Leh
  • Airport transfers between Leh Airport and Leh guesthouse
  • Lunch, during stay in Leh
  • Permit fees by ALTOA (will be approximately INR 2,500, to be paid in cash)
  • Porters/mules to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 2,500 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.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals and beverages etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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11
Iconic Chadar Trek in Ladakh
Leh, Badgis
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Leh, Badgis
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Trek over the frozen Zanskar River as it twists and turns across Ladakhi mountains for a riveting 11-day Chadar trek. This adventure promises to showcase the gorgeous and arid landscape of Zanskar, with frozen waterfalls, barren mountain cliffs, ancient caves and rugged canyons. You'll spend days trekking over the thick layer of ice, blanketing the Zanskar River, and camp at night besides the river's turquoise waters. A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Chadar trek ranks as one of the most celebrated treks in the India.

This itinerary of the Chadar trek takes you a step beyond to visit the campsite and village of Lingshed. A breathtaking adventure at over 11,000 feet in Ladakh, the Chadar trek requires travellers to spend hours walking over the frozen river in sub-zero temperatures.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements from Leh-Leh in private, shared vehicle
  • Accommodation in hotel rooms with heaters at Leh on twin-sharing basis
  • Accommodation in tents while trekking on twin-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Meal package including all meals from lunch on day 3 to lunch on day 10
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Services of porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
  • Any technical or safety gear required for the trek, if any
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements from base city to Leh
  • Any meals not mentioned in inclusions
  • 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.
  • Adventure travel or medical insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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Chadar Ice Trek
Leh, Badgis
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One of the most unique and thrilling treks in India, the Chadar trek takes you over the frozen Zanskar River. You'll spend days walking over the thick sheet of ice that layers the frozen Zanskar River in the icy, cold winters of Ladakh. You'll spend nights camping in tents pitched besides the gurgling flow of the turquoise Zanskar River.

Deep inside the Zanskar gorge, you'll travel through a frozen, frothy and frosty paradise with towering mountain cliffs, frozen waterfalls and arid mountain slopes. The riveting beauty of the Zanskar valley have earned acclaim for the Chadar trek, with breathtaking views of the rugged terrain and stark landscapes at every turn.
    Inclusions
  • Airport transfers at Leh in private vehicle
  • Travel arrangements between Leh-Shingra Yokma in private vehicle
  • Accommodation in hotel at Leh for 4 nights on twin-sharing basis
  • Accommodation in tents while trekking on twin-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Meal package including all meals from breakfast on day 4 to dinner on day 7, plus all breakfasts and dinners during stay in Leh
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Services of porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
  • All government permits and entry fees, including permit fees by ALTOA and LAHDC
  • Any technical or safety gear required for the trek, if any
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements from base city to Leh
  • Lunch, during stay in Leh
  • Services of porters/mules to carry personal luggage (arranged for INR 1,000 per trekking day, per bag of maximum 10 kgs)
  • 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.
  • Adventure travel or medical insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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11-Day Winter Chadar Trek
Leh, Ladakh
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Embark on the Chadar trek, one of the most distinguished treks in Ladakh, and walk over the frozen Zanskar River. For eleven-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 renowed as the Chadar trek.
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  • 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 11, 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
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements from base city to Leh
  • Airport transfers between Leh Airport and Leh guesthouse
  • Lunch, during stay in Leh
  • Permit fees by ALTOA (will be approximately INR 2,500, to be paid in cash)
  • 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
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Chadar Trek (with Zangla and Padum)
Leh, Badgis
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Embark on the iconic Chadar trek, one of the most celebrated treks in the Indian trekking community, on a unique and little-known itinerary. For 12 days spent deep inside the Zanskar valley, you'll trek over the frozen river of Zanskar, stay in tents beside the turquoise river, hike across frozen waterfalls and explore a terrain of barren rock-faces, narrow gorges and rugged mountain slopes. With a creaking sheet of ice underneath your gumboots, you'll trek to grab some of the most extravagant views of the Ladakhi mountains.

While most travellers to the frozen river only trek till Nyerak Pulu, you'll continue deeper into the valley to visit the small village of Zangla. Here, you'll spend a day living with a local family and embark on day trips to visit the Padum marketplace and Karsha Monastery.

A riveting adventure at more than 11,000 feet in the mountains, the Chadar trek is only recommended for travellers with previous experience of at least one high-altitude trek.
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  • Travel arrangements, as per itinerary (including airport transfers) in private, shared vehicles
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in hotel at Leh on twin-sharing basis
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in home-stay at Zangla on multi-sharing basis
  • Accommodation for 5 nights in tents during trekking on twin-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: tents, mattresses
  • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tent
  • All buffet veg/non-veg meals from breakfast on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 12
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Services of porters to carry personal luggage of maximum 10 kgs per traveller
  • Technical and safety gear required during the trek, if any
  • All government permits and camping charges
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements from home city to Leh
  • Sleeping bags
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Adventure travel or medical insurance
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Frozen River Chadar Trek - 9 Days
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 Chadar trek is a great test of your endurance, but comes with the reward of an unforgettable experience of Ladakh.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements between Leh-Leh in Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle
  • Accommodation at Leh for 3 nights in hotel rooms on twin/triple-sharing basis
  • Accommodation during the trek for 5 nights in tents on twin-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: dome tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tents
  • Vegetarian meal package from lunch on Day 3 to lunch on Day 8
  • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Services of porters to carry common camping equipment
  • Complimentary insurance (details on request)
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between home city and Leh
  • Any meals during stay in Leh
  • Permit fees by ALTOA and LAHDC (will be approximately INR 2,500, to be paid in cash)
  • 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.
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Chadar Trek
Leh, Ladakh
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The Chadar Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where you can experience the thrill of walking across a frozen river. This trek offers stunning views of the river, changing from blue to golden yellow to milky white, as well as the rigid rock faces of the landscape.The Zanskar river meandering through narrow gorges freezes over in the winter months, resembling an unending blanket of snow; hence the name 'Chadar'.

This is a high intensity trek suitable for those with some trekking experience.
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  • 3 nights stay in a 4 star hotel in Leh with central heating
  • All breakfasts and dinners in Leh
  • Airport pick-up and drop in private cab
  • Transport to Chilling and back
  • All meals on trek from lunch on day 3 to lunch on day 7
  • Good quality private tents on twin sharing basis
  • Sleeping bag with liner, sleeping mats
  • Kitchen and dining tent
  • Toilet tent
  • Crampons
  • All required permits and wild life department fee
  • Experienced trek leader and guide
  • Porters to carry personal luggage
  • Support staff
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • ALTOA fee (will be between INR 1500-2500 per person
  • Lunch at the hotel stay in Leh
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Tips to the staff
  • Insurance
  • Any extra beverages or snacks ordered extra
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under inclusions
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Chadar Trek (8 days)
Leh, Ladakh
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This 8-day Chadar trek takes you into the wintery interiors of Ladakh during the coldest months of the year. This trek is one of the most challenging treks, not in terms of technical climbing, but because of the harsh weather you will face.

This trek takes you along the frozen Zanskar river, with bubbles trapped in the ice under your feet. You'll walk through rock canyons with steep walls on both sides; you'll camp in tents on snowy silent nights; you'll see waterfalls frozen in mid-flow; and if you're lucky, you might even spot a snow leopard.
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  • Airport transfers
  • Accomodation for 3 nights in Leh in twin-sharing hotel/guesthouse
  • In room facilities: room heaters, attached washroom
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in twin-sharing tents
  • In tent facilities: Sleeping bags, sleeping mats
  • Kitchen/dining tent, camping stools
  • Porters to carry kitchen and common equipment
  • Stool, tables, mattresses
  • Trek guide, cook and helper
  • All meals in Leh and on trek
  • Wildlife fees and camping charges
  • ALTOA fee (INR 2000-2500)
  • All transportation by mini bus
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any flight or train tickets
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips, insurance, laundry, phone calls
  • Any kind of drinks
  • Extra costs due to any change in the itinerary, stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, road blocks or any factors beyond control
  • Any expenses not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Personal porters (available at INR 1000 per porter)
  • Accomodation in single tent (available at an additional charge of INR 400 per day)
  • Rental of down jackets, trekking poles, gum boots (available, with advance notice and at an extra charge)
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Trek to chadar
Leh, Ladakh
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Join us on a trek to the beautiful frozen Zanskar river. This is often called the 'Chadar' trek because of the semblance of this frozen river to a snowy blanket meandering through Ladakh.

This is a high intensity trek and is only suitable for those who have significant trekking experience.

The trek involves exposure to extreme cold temperature such as minus 13 degrees celsius (day) and minus 30 degrees celsius (night). The trek is on a frozen river at high altitude and the maximum height reached will be approx 11500 feet.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation: Leh: In a Classic category hotel on twin sharing basis (centrally heated rooms). On the Trek: In a camping tent on twin sharing basis
  • Food: All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 11. Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner only
  • Travel: Transfers and sightseeing in SUV/MUV
  • Complimentary sack, cap and duffel bag
  • Monument visit fees
  • Necessary porterage and camping equipment on the trek
  • Hire charges for Sleeping bags and feather jacket.
  • One experienced tour leader from “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and local guide(s)
    Exclusions
  • Government Service Tax as applicable
  • Travel to and from Leh
  • Camera fees
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
  • Any kind of insurance such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
  • Tips to driver, guide, hotel staff, etc.
  • Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary because of natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates
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Chadar Snow Trek - 9 Day Itinerary
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 Chadar trek is not a challenging climb as it goes along the flat surface of the Zanskar river, but it involves some 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
  • Rental of heavy, down jacket from Day 2 to Day 8 (can be arranged for INR 2500 per person)
  • Insurance

FAQs about the Chadar trek 2019

What will the weather be like on the Chadar trek?

The Chadar trek takes place in the coldest time of winter so that the Zanskar is completely frozen and you can trek on it. You can expect days to be anywhere between -5 and -10 degrees Celsius. However, at night it can drop drastically, going to -15 to -20 degrees Celsius. During the day, it’s not difficult to stay warm while you’re walking, but once you arrive at camp, you’ll start to feel the cold. Make sure you have the right thermals, fleeces, jackets, and hats, socks, gloves, etc.

Is the Chadar trek dangerous?

There are risks in any adventure sport, but with qualified and experienced guides, a strong support staff, and the right precautions, you should be safe.

The most common risk on the Chadar trek is altitude sickness. You can avert ill effects by making sure you stay warm and hydrated, follow the instructions of the guide at all times, don’t exert yourself on the first two or three days, and alert your guide if you’re feeling sick or unwell. If you want to know about high altitude trekking, read How to prepare for a high altitude trek.

What gear should I carry for the Chadar trek?

Your operator will provide you with a complete list of gear to pack. Make sure you go through this and take each item. Talk to your operator to ensure you get the right quality, and check all your gear before you leave home. It’s always a good idea to break in your trekking shoes so you don’t suffer blisters on the trek. You can read this complete list of items to pack for the Chadar trek but do follow your operator’s list to the word.

Can I go as a first-time trekker with no experience?

It is not recommended to go for the Chadar trek if you have no prior trekking experience. This is not because the Chadar trek requires any technical skills – it doesn’t – but you will have to trek in harsh conditions, in a remote location. You might not be prepared for the cold, or you might not like the camping and toilet arrangements. Instead, you could try starting off with a short snow trek in Uttarakhand instead, and aim for the Chadar trek in 2020.

Having said that, there are some fit first-timers who have been on the Chadar trek, and have come back delighted with the experience. It depends on your fitness levels, having realistic expectations and the right attitude, and being mentally resilient.

What are the toilet/sanitation arrangements?

You won’t be bathing at all on the Chadar trek. You can use a dampened tissue to wipe sweat away before you sleep. Do note: wet wipes may freeze on the trek. All operators will provide toilet tents on the Chadar trek. Every day, they dig a pit in the frozen river banks, some distance from the tents and the river, and put up a tent over it. You will be expected to shovel mud into the pit when you’re done.

For women, if you are expecting your period during the trek, do make sure you carry enough pads or tampons. You might not find the brands you like in Leh, and there are no stores along the trek. You will have to pack the used pads or tampons in plastic bags and carry them to a place where you can safely dispose of them. Some operators will light a fire for you to burn used pads/tampons, but this depends on their policies. Have a chat with your operator before you book if you want to know.