Located in the surreal Leh and Ladakh region of the Himalayas, the Chadar trek Ladakh on the frozen Zanskar river is extremely famous across the world. 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 experience
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.Why you should go on the Chadar trek 2017
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 Chadar 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.Best season for Chadar trek 2017: When to go on the Chadar trek Ladakh
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 2017 will be open in the months of December to February, but is dependent on the arrival of winter. The road to Zanskar Valley closes due to the snow and the only way to access the valley is along the frozen river.
Chadar Trek 2017 Itineraries: You can choose from whirlwind itineraries of the legendary frozen Zanskar river trek that 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. There are longer itineraries too that gives you enough time to acclimatise before heading out to take your first steps on ice. Chadar Trek costs upwards of INR 18,000 for an 8 day trek to INR 42,000 for 13 days. All itineraries will include at least a day’s stay in Leh to make sure you are fully acclimatized before you start the trek.