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Chadar Trek
Leh, Ladakh, India
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  • Trip introduction

    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.

    Destination

    Zanskar valley in the south of Leh, surrounded by the Himalaya and Zanskar ranges, is the most isolated of all the trans-Himalayan valleys. The area remains inaccessible for nearly 7 months in the year when all passes close in the winter and the Zanskar river freezes on the surface. This trek provides unparalleled views of the landscape in Leh, which is known for its pristine beauty and vast open spaces.

    Destination highlights

    • Experience the thrill of trekking over the frozen Zanskar river
    • Enjoy the unparalleled scenery, wild gorges and frozen waterfalls
    • Delight in the local culture and cuisine

    Trip requirements

    Health conditions

    A basic medical certificate indicating physical fitness is required.

    We do not recommend this trek to patients with heart conditions, active asthma, or to those who have recently undergone an invasive heart surgery.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Leh
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    Drop off point
    Leh
    Mode of transport
    SUV
    Start point
    Hotel Mahey Retreat
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    End point
    Leh
    Time of departure
    09:00 AM
    Time of return
    07:30 PM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    36 hrs
    Total distance covered
    58 kms
    Start point elevation
    11125 Feet
    Maximum elevation
    12468 Feet
    Minimum elevation
    10800 Feet
    Average per day distance
    7 kms
  • Day 1: Arrival in Leh

    The day is spent resting and acclimatizing in Leh after the transfer to the hotel.
    /Trekking Frozen River Leh Adventure Familiarize yourself with the local landscape as you touch down in Leh.

    Day 2: Acclimatization in Leh

    This is an additional day of rest, acclimatization. You can spend the day soaking in the sights and sounds at Leh market.
    /Trekking Frozen River Leh Adventure Relax and unwind as you spend the day exploring the Leh market and acclimitazing to the new surroundings.

    Day 3: Leh to Tilad Do to Gyalpo Camp

    We drive from Leh through some remote villages and magnificient landscapes to reach Tilad Do. From Tilad Do, we take our first steps onto the frozen Zanskar river and trek onwards to Gyalpo camp. This stretch can be challenging as the river can be quite hard and slippery. After an arduous but rewarding trek, we set up camp. Overnight in tents.
    /Trekking Frozen River Leh Adventure Traverse the rugged and vast landscape of one of the most remote valleys of the Himalayas.

    Day 4: Gyalpo Camp to Dib Cave

    After an early breakfast, we trek from Gyalpo camp to Dib cave. The route passes through deep ravines and is truly a photographer's delight. We reach Dib cave and are greeted with a cup of hot buttered tea. Overnight in Dib cave.
    /Trekking Frozen River Leh Adventure Traverse the rugged and vast landscape of one of the most remote valleys of the Himalayas.

    Day 5: Dib cave to Naerak Camp

    The route we take today passes through some stunning landscapes and natural formations. Deep gorges, narrow wooden bridges and massive frozen waterfalls are the highlights of the day. Overnight in tents.
    /Trekking Frozen River Leh Adventure Photograph numerous frozen waterfalls and other natural formations en route.

    Day 6: Naerak to interim camp

    After a hearty breakfast, we get ready to begin the journey back to Leh. The beauty of this trek lies in the ever-evolving structure and luminosity of the Zanskar river that changes based on temperature. The same route we came from has now transformed, giving us a new perspective. Overnight in tents.
    /Trekking Frozen River Leh Adventure Take in the sheer beauty of the vast, open spaces turning into narrow corridors as we make our way along carpets of snow.

    Day 7: Trek down to Shingra Koma and then to Leh

    The trek back to Shingra Koma comprises of a myriad freezing waterfalls and deep gorges. If we're lucky we may spot some of the local fauna, including the elusive snow leopard.

    We drive back from from Shingra Koma to Leh.
    /Trekking Frozen River Leh Adventure Soak in the unparalleled views as we make our way down hill.

    Day 8: Departure from Leh

    Depart from Leh with wonderful memories of the trek.
    /Trekking Frozen River Leh Adventure Depart from Leh as you wave goodbye to the snowy mountains below.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    06:00 AM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    06:00 AM

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Tilad Do
    End point
    Gyalpo Camp
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    9 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Gyalpo Camp
    End point
    Dib Cave
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    14 kms
    Trekking time
    8 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Dib Cave
    End point
    Naerak Camp
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10.5 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Naerak Camp
    End point
    Interim camp
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10.5 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Interim camp
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    14 kms
    Trekking time
    8 hrs

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • 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
      Excludes
    • 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

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • 2 waterproof track-pants
    • 3 full-sleeved cotton t-shirts
    • 1 fleece jacket or a woollen sweater
    • 1 wind-proof jacket
    • 1 down/feather/heavy jacket
    • 2 pairs of thermal inners
    • 3 pairs of sports socks
    • 2 pairs of woollen socks
    • Balaclava
    • 2 pairs of woollen gloves
    • 2 pairs of synthetic waterproof gloves
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive jewellery/watches

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Transport from Leh to start point and back
    • Accommodation in tents on twin sharing basis
    • Kitchen and dining tent
    • Toilet tent
    • Sleeping bag with inner lining
    • Sleeping mat
    • Crampons
    • First aid medical kit
    • Oxygen cylinder
      You need to get
    • Rucksack with raincover
    • Day pack with rain cover
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun block cream
    • Head lamp/torch with extra batteries
    • 2 ltr water bottle (insulated)
    • Personal toiletries
    • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
    • Battery charger
    • Comfortable trekking shoes
    • Lip balm
    • Cold cream
    • Slippers
    • Trekking pole

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1: Arrival in Leh

    Stay overnight at Hotel Mahey Retreat

    A 10 minutes walk from the center of Leh town takes you to this beautiful and quite retreat with each room having an outstanding view.

    http://maheyretreat.com/

    Day 2: Acclimatization in Leh

    Stay overnight at Hotel Mahey Retreat

    A 10 minutes walk from the center of Leh town takes you to this beautiful and quite retreat with each room having an outstanding view.

    http://maheyretreat.com/

    Day 3: Leh to Tilad Do to Gyalpo Camp

    Sleep overnight in comfortable tents at Gyalpo Camp.

    /Trekking Chaddar Frozen River Leh Adventure Camp amidst the local landscape by the river, in warm tents under the stars.

    Day 4: Gyalpo Camp to Dib Cave

    Sleep overnight in Dib cave.

    Day 5: Dib cave to Naerak Camp

    Stay overnight in comfortable tents at Naerak Camp.

    Day 6: Naerak to interim camp

    Stay overnight in comfortable tents at Interim Camp.

    Day 7: Trek down to Shingra Koma and then to Leh

    Stay overnight at Hotel Mahey Retreat

    A 10 minutes walk from the center of Leh town takes you to this beautiful and quite retreat with each room having an outstanding view.

    http://maheyretreat.com/

    Day 8: Departure from Leh

    Trip ends before nightfall

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