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  • Trip introduction

    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.

    Destination

    Located in the heart of rough and craggy mountains of Ladakh, the glacier-fed river of Zanskar cuts across towering hills and valleys. When the temperatures drop to sub-zero with the onset of winter, the Zanskar river water turns into ice freezing the entire river. This thick sheet of ice is rigid enough to allow trekkers to traverse from one end of the river to another, giving rise to the famous Chadar trek. Literally translating to 'a blanket of ice', the Chadar trek offers a unique perspective of Ladakh's mountains since it is the twists and turns of the Zanskar River that make for the trekking route.

    Destination highlights

    Embark on the iconic 12-day Chadar trek in Ladakh. | Visit the Karsha Monastery and Padum marketplace. | Trek over the frozen blanket of ice over the Zanskar River. | Spend 5 nights in tents pitched alongside the Zanskar River. | Get the Chadar experience on a unique itinerary.

    Activity Details

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    11150

    88 kms

    44 hrs

    13 kms

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the Chadar trek: Arrive in Leh

    Land at the Leh Airport and take an airport transfer to a pre-arranged hotel in the city. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure. If you do venture outside your hotel, make sure to wear enough warm clothes since winters in Leh paint the city with layers of thick snow. Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

    Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

    Fly into Leh on an early morning flight and transfer to your accommodation for the next two nights. You'll be accommodated in a hotel at Leh on twin-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Non-veg options will be available during most meals.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Leh

    Leh

    10:00 AM

    Food

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Veg|Non-veg|Egg
    Day 2 of the Chadar trek: Day at Leh
    Day 3 of the Chadar trek: Leh to Shingrak Gongma
    Day 4 of the Chadar trek: Shingrak Gongma to Dib Gongma
    Day 5 of the Chadar trek: Dib Gongma to Nyerak Pulu
    Day 6 of the Chadar trek: Nyerak Pulu to Zangla
    Day 7 of the Chadar trek: Day at Zangla
    Day 8 of the Chadar trek: Zangla to Nyerak Pulu
    Day 9 of the Chadar trek: Nyerak Pulu to Tsomo Paldar
    Day 10 of the Chadar trek: Tsomo Paldar to Leh
    Day 11 of the Chadar trek: Day at Leh
    Day 12 of the Chadar trek: Depart from Leh
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made more than 45 days before departure of the Chadar trek: 95% refund.

    For cancellations made between 15-45 days before departure of the Chadar trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 15 days before departure of the Chadar trek: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction charges.

    Rules on trip

    Travellers are required to adhere to 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.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    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.

    Travellers will be required bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
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  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • 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

    Excludes

    • 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
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Full-sleeved t-shirt/shirts
    • Full-length track pants
    • Quick-dry apparel
    • Waterproof trekking shoes
    • Rubber gumboots
    • Fleece jacket
    • Thermal wear (tops and bottoms)
    • Synthetic gloves
    • Socks, muffler and balaclava
    • Gaiters
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or gadgets
    • Hard luggage like trolley bags, suitcases

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Private vehicle for travel arrangements, as per itinerary (including airport transfers)
    • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
    • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
    • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tent

    You need to get

    • Rucksack (70-80 litre)
    • ID proof
    • Sleeping bag
    • Cold cream
    • Flash light (with extra batteries)
    • Water bottle
    • Personal toiletries
    • Power bank
    • Camera
    • Dry snacks (protein/granola bars, Glucon-D etc.)

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication
    • Personal first-aid kit