Chadar Trek (9 days)
Leh, Badgis, India
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2020
Sat, 04 Jan, 2020
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Sun, 05 Jan, 2020
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Mon, 06 Jan, 2020
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  • 9
  • Duration in Days
  • 15
  • Max
    Group Size
  • 12
  • +
    years
Date
Seats
2020
Sat, 04 Jan, 2020
15
Sun, 05 Jan, 2020
15
Mon, 06 Jan, 2020
15
Tue, 07 Jan, 2020
15
Wed, 08 Jan, 2020
15
Thu, 09 Jan, 2020
15
Fri, 10 Jan, 2020
15
Sat, 11 Jan, 2020
15
Sun, 12 Jan, 2020
15
Mon, 13 Jan, 2020
15
Tue, 14 Jan, 2020
15
Wed, 15 Jan, 2020
15
Thu, 16 Jan, 2020
15
Fri, 17 Jan, 2020
15
Sat, 18 Jan, 2020
15
Sun, 19 Jan, 2020
15
Mon, 20 Jan, 2020
15
Tue, 21 Jan, 2020
15
Wed, 22 Jan, 2020
15
Thu, 23 Jan, 2020
15
Fri, 24 Jan, 2020
15
Sat, 25 Jan, 2020
15
Sun, 26 Jan, 2020
15
Mon, 27 Jan, 2020
15
Tue, 28 Jan, 2020
15
Wed, 29 Jan, 2020
15
Thu, 30 Jan, 2020
15
Fri, 31 Jan, 2020
15
Sat, 01 Feb, 2020
15
Sun, 02 Feb, 2020
15
Mon, 03 Feb, 2020
15
Tue, 04 Feb, 2020
15
Wed, 05 Feb, 2020
15
Thu, 06 Feb, 2020
15
Fri, 07 Feb, 2020
15
Sat, 08 Feb, 2020
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Trekking
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  • Trip introduction

    Traverse the frozen Zanskar River as it twists and turns across the Ladakhi mountains on this 9-day Chadar trek. This epic trek showcases the gorgeous and arid landscape of Zanskar Valley, with frozen waterfalls, barren mountain cliffs, ancient caves and rugged canyons. You'll spend few days trekking over the thick sheet of ice, blanketing the Zanskar River, and camp at night beside the river. A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Chadar trek ranks as one of the most celebrated treks in 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.

    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.

    Note: The hotels provided in Leh features centralized heating system.

    Destination

    In the winter season, when the roads of Ladakh are blanketed with ice, the only way of getting around the Zanskar Valley is via trekking over the frozen Zanskar River. With temperatures dropping below zero, the cobalt blue waters of the river begin to freeze, eventually forming a thick blanket, or 'Chadar', of ice. The Chadar trek follows the serpentine route of the frozen Zanskar River, allowing trekkers to get an entirely different perspective of the Ladakhi mountains.

    Destination highlights

    • Accomplish the Chadar trek, one of the most popular treks in India.
    • Witness the frozen Nyerak Waterfall.
    • Trek and camp over the thick ice sheet on the Zanskar River.
    • Get breathtaking views of the Zanskar mountain ranges.
    • Stay in hotels equipped with central heating system in Leh.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

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

    Consumption of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited during the trek. Consumption of tobacco products and cigarettes is not recommended.

    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: 75% refund.

    For cancellations made 20-30 days before departure of the Chadar trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 20 days before departure of the Chadar trek: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting INR 200 person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Temperatures in Leh during the winter season tend to drop below zero. In this package, travellers will stay in hotel rooms with heaters. A separate package where travellers will stay in a hotel with centralized heating can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 5,000 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.

    If you are not allowed to join the trek, the operator is not responsible for any activities, illness, injury, or additional expenses during your stay in Leh.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Hotel in Leh
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    Drop off point
    Hotel in Leh
    Mode of transport
    Bolero/Sumo/Jeep or similar
    Start point
    Tilat Do
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    End point
    Tilat Do
    Time of departure
    10:00 AM
    Time of return
    10:00 AM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    31 hrs
    Total distance covered
    50 kms
    Start point elevation
    10800 feet
    Maximum elevation
    11480 feet
    Minimum elevation
    10400 feet
    Average per day distance
    8 kms
  • Day 1 Chadar Trek: Arrive in Leh

    Arrive in Leh today and report at a pre-arranged hotel in the city. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure. You can visit the Leh marketplace for any last minute shopping, but try not to exert yourself too much since your body will need some time to acclimatize to the city's high altitude. Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

    Day 2 Chadar Trek: Acclimatization Day!

    Today you will be spending time at leisure in Leh city to get acclimatized to high altitude. You may go sightseeing to some of the iconic places in Leh, such as Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Shey monastery and Thiksey monastery (all these are not included in package). Please avoid visiting any higher altitude places than these while you are at Leh. Avoid consuming alcohol and caffeine, and don't smoke today as these will interfere with your acclimatization.

    Day 3 Chadar Trek: Medical test

    Today you must wake up early for your medical test. You will be driven to the Govt medical camp where you will be tested for oxygen and blood pressure reading. Please note that waiting time might extend up to 4 hours if there are many tourists. After the health check-up, you will complete all the insurance formalities. You will be driven back to your hotel in the evening. Overnight in your hotel in Leh.

    Day 4 Chadar Trek: Leh to Shingra Koma, Trek to Tsomo Paldar

    Wake up early for the first day of your Chadar trek. You'll begin with by travelling to Shingra Koma in a private, shared vehicle. A scenic drive past the gorgeous and arid landscapes of Leh, crossing over the mysterious Magnetic Hill, and watching the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers. From Shingra Koma, you will take your first steps on the Chadar. It might take some time to adjust to walking on the frozen river with your gumboots. You may slip and fall several times as you make your way across with the rest of your group. After a 2-hr trek on the river, you'll arrive at Tsomo Paldar. Overnight at Tsomo Paldar in tents.

    Day 5 Chadar Trek: Tsomo Paldar to Tibb Cave

    After your first night of camping over the ice, you'll begin trekking towards the day's destination - Tibb Cave. Make your way across the slippery ice, with a few tricky sections, to views of the Zanskar gorge. In some areas of the river, you'll be trekking alongside the waters of the Zanskar with blocks of ice floating and flowing with the water. Overnight in tents at Tibb Cave.

    Day 6 Chadar Trek: Tibb Cave to Nyerak Pulu

    Proceed deeper into the icy realms of the Zanskar gorge. An 8-hr trek across the Chadar, today's destination of Nyerak Pulu is located just past the famous frozen waterfall. Riveting views of the barren and rugged mountain cliffs on either side of the river will continue to accompany you. Overnight in tents at Nyerak Pulu.

    Day 7 Chadar Trek: Nyerak Pulu to Tibb Cave

    Begin the return trek by retracing your steps to Tibb Cave. Even though you've trekked over this route yesterday, you'll get a slightly different experience of the Chadar since the frozen ice often breaks, melts and reforms over night, leading to changes in the terrain. Tibb Cave, your destination for the day, is a series of ancient caves that today provide refuge to travellers over the frozen Zanskar. Local villagers wearing traditional woollen robes are often seen hauling goods and traversing the route to Tibb Cave. Overnight in tents at Tibb Cave.

    Day 8 Chadar Trek: Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma, Drive to Leh

    Retrace your steps to Shingra Koma. You will be surprised to see changes en route. The ice sheets crack perpetually and reforms into a new shape, which is the most mesmerizing thing to observe in Chadar trek. After reaching Shingra Koma, you will board the private vehicle to Leh. Overnight at a hotel in Leh.

    Day 9 Chadar Trek: Depart from Leh

    Today is your last day in Leh. Check-out of the hotel by 10:00 hrs. 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
    Leh
    Day start time
    08:00 AM

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Tsomo Paldar
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    9 km
    Trekking time
    5 hours

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Tsomo Paldar
    End point
    Tibb Cave
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 km
    Trekking time
    8 hours

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Tibb Cave
    End point
    Nyerak Pulu
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 km
    Trekking time
    6 hours

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Nyerak Pulu
    End point
    Tibb Cave
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    12 km
    Trekking time
    8 hours

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Tibb Cave
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    5 km
    Trekking time
    2 hours

    Day 9 - Milestone

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

      Includes
    • 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 4 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
      Excludes
    • Travel arrangements from base city to 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.
    • 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

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Full-sleeved t-shirts/shirts
    • Full-length track pants
    • Quick-dry jacket
    • Thermal wear and sweaters
    • Trekking shoes and socks
    • Gumboots
    • Monkey cap/balaclava and hand gloves
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive gadgets or jewellery
    • Hard luggage like suitcases, trolley bags, etc.

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Private vehicle for transport from Leh-Leh
    • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
    • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tent
    • Any technical or safety gear required for the trek, if any
    • First aid kit
      You need to get
    • Govt-issued ID card
    • Rucksack
    • Sunglasses (with UV protection)
    • Sun-screen (SPF 40+) and lip balm
    • Personal toiletries
    • Dry snacks (protein/granola bars, etc.)
    • Camera
    • Water bottle
    • ID proof
    • Trekking pole (optional)
    • Quick-dry towel
    • LED Torch (extra batteries)

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1 Chadar Trek: Arrive in Leh

    Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

    Arrive in Leh and travel to a pre-arranged hotel in the city. The exact address of the hotel will be communicated to you after confirmation of the booking. Transport between the airport and the hotel is not included in the package, but you may hire private cabs/taxi from the airport. You'll be accommodated at a hotel in Leh on twin-sharing basis. Since no meals are included in today's meal package, you can visit any of the restaurants in Leh to have meals at your own expense.

    Day 2 Chadar Trek: Acclimatization Day!

    Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

    You'll be spending the day in Leh today. It is recommended that you go for short walks to help you acclimatize faster. You can do some sightseeing or visit the local marketplace. Avoid smoking and alcohol today. Since no meals are included in today's meal package, you can visit any of the restaurants in Leh to have meals at your own expense.

    Day 3 Chadar Trek: Medical test

    Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

    Today you'll head to the Sonam Norboo Memorial Hospital to take your medical tests. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you please. No meals are included today.

    Day 4 Chadar Trek: Leh to Shingra Koma, Trek to Tsomo Paldar

    Overnight in tents at Tsomo Paldar.

    Travel from Leh to Tilat Do in shared, private vehicles, most probably a Bolero, Sumo, Jeep or similar vehicle. Trek from Tilat Do to Shingra Koma. You'll be accommodated in tents on twin-sharing basis. Your dome tents will be equipped with sleeping bags and mattresses. The campsite is also equipped with common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tent. Today's meal package includes lunch and dinner only. You may want to have breakfast at your own expense at the hotel in Leh.

    Day 5 Chadar Trek: Tsomo Paldar to Tibb Cave

    Overnight in tents at Tibb Cave.

    Trek from Shingra Koma to Tibb Cave. During the initial part of the trek, you'll slip and fall multiple times while sliding over the frozen Zanskar. Most people learn the walking technique required after an hour or two of trekking. You'll be accommodated in tents on twin-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 6 Chadar Trek: Tibb Cave to Nyerak Pulu

    Overnight in tents at Nyerak Pulu.

    Trek from Tibb Cave to Nyerak Pulu. You'll be accommodated in tents on twin-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. While non-vegetarian options may not be available on most days, meals will generally include egg preparations.

    Day 7 Chadar Trek: Nyerak Pulu to Tibb Cave

    Overnight in tents at Tibb Cave.

    Today you'll trek back from Nyerak Pulu to Tibb Cave. It's always nice to return to a familiar spot, and you'll also meet other trekkers on their way to Nyerak. You'll be accommodated in tents on twin-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make sure to carry thermal wear, sweaters, warm gloves, socks and monkey caps, since temperatures often drop to sub-zero levels.

    Day 8 Chadar Trek: Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma, Drive to Leh

    Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

    Trek from Bakula to Tilat Do. Travel from Tilat Do to Tilat Do in shared, private vehicles, most probably a Bolero, Sumo, Jeep or similar vehicle. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch only. You can visit any of the restaurants in Leh to have additional meals at your own expense.

    Day 9 Chadar Trek: Depart from Leh

    Your trip ends by late morning.

    Check-out time at the hotel is 10:00 hrs. No meals are included in today's package. Transport between the hotel and airport is not included in the package, but you may hire private cabs/taxi from the hotel. Your trip ends here.

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