Trek to chadar

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.

Destination

Ladakh has some of the most stunning scenery in the world. With dramatic rock faces, high-altitude deserts salt-water lakes, high passes and wide blue skies, there's no wonder it is on every adventurer's list.

Another reason that this region captures the imagination of so many is that it brings you face-to-face with simple, courageous people living in this extremely inhospitable environment.

We come here to seek a surreal experience on the surface of the frozen Zanskar river.

The Chadar Trek takes you past haunting waterfalls that have frozen in time, into ancient caves that become your home for the night, and through gorges forged by centuries of howling winds and gushing water.

Destination highlights

Feel the thrill of walking over translucent ice, with bubbles from the flowing river trapped underneath | Earn boasting rights for one of the most celebrated, challenging and glamorous treks in the world | Delight in the local culture, meet brave locals and lovable children, and enjoy the cuisine

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38 hrs

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Leh

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Leh

SUV

Tilat Sumdo

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10:00

09:00

After arrival in Leh, you will need to report to the hotel by 12.00 noon. The day is spent resting at the hotel and a leisurely orientation walk in the evening in the Leh market. To aid acclimatization it is necessary to have plenty of water and get some rest. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel in Leh.

Hotel

Clean, cosy, centrally-heated rooms in a hotel in Leh on twin-sharing basis

Food

Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 1 Milestone

Leh

Leh

10:00 AM

This day is for taking in the sights of Leh and to use this as an opportunity to acclimatize further. We visit Thiksey Monastery (one of the most visited and photographed monasteries in Ladakh, which houses one of the largest Buddha statues, the 40 ft. tall Maitreya, the Buddha of Future) and Stok Palace (the place where the current royal family lives).

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

Hotel

Clean, cosy, centrally-heated rooms in a hotel in Leh on twin-sharing basis

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 2 Milestone

Leh

Leh

10:00 AM

After breakfast, we drive to Tilat Sumdo. We also pass Chilling, one of the most famous villages in Ladakh, known as a center for crafts, especially for its metalwork.

In the afternoon, we meet our trekking crew and prepare for the trek. After lunch, we start our trek from Tilat Sumdo to Bakula Caves takes around two and a half hours, along the frozen river.

Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Bakula Caves.

Camp

Camping overnight in tents pitched by porters

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 3 Milestone

Leh

Bakula Caves

06:00 AM

After breakfast, we trek 6-7 hrs, to reach Paldar Sumdo. We trek along the edges of the frozen river, through a narrow mountain gorge. Over the next few days we will traverse a landscape of frozen waterfalls where the harsh winters have preserved the traditions and cultures of the local people in a frozen Shangri-La.

Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Paldar Sumdo.

Camp

Camping overnight in tents pitched by porters

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 4 Milestone

Bakula Caves

Paldar Sumdo

06:00 AM

Post breakfast, we start our journey towards Dibyokma (this stretch will take us around 4-5 hrs). The Zanskar Valley is the most isolated of the Trans-Himalaya valleys and that true sense of remoteness will become all the more evident as we approach our camp.

Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Dibyokma.

Camp

Camping overnight in tents pitched by porters

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 5 Milestone

Paldar Sumdo

Dibyokma

06:00 AM

We head back to the river and walk along a canyon. This stretch is a trek of 5-6 hrs through tremendous canyons that are inaccessible in any other season, and leads us to Nerak Pullu.

Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Nerak Pullu.

Camp

Camping overnight in tents pitched by porters

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 6 Milestone

Dibyokma

Nerak Pullu

06:00 AM

Today we take a much-needed day of rest. Spend your time exploring the area, or swapping stories with the other members of your group. Our crew is delightful and have plenty of anecdotes to tell.

Camp

Camping overnight in tents pitched by porters

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 7 Milestone

Nerak Pullu

Nerak Pullu

06:00 AM

We walk back to Dibyokma. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Dibyokma.

Camp

Camping overnight in tents pitched by porters

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 8 Milestone

Nerak Pullu

Dibyokma

06:00 AM

We walk further to Paldar Sumdo. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Paldar Sumdo.

Camp

Camping overnight in tents pitched by porters

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 9 Milestone

Dibyokma

Paldar Sumdo

06:00 AM

This marks the last day of our trek as we walk to Tilat Sumdo and the road ahead. We cross the familiar territory, full of memories of the experiences of the last week. At Tilat Sumdo we get into our waiting vehicles to Leh for a much deserved bath and delight in our warm cozy rooms. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

Hotel

Clean, cosy, centrally-heated rooms in a hotel in Leh on twin-sharing basis

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 10 Milestone

Paldar Sumdo

Leh

06:00 AM

We check out of our hotel before 9.00 a.m. depending upon our flight schedule.

Trip ends here

Food

Breakfast

Veg

Day 11 Milestone

Leh

06:00 AM

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • 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)

Excludes

  • 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

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Information to be provided by supplier
  • Not to wear - Information to be provided by supplier

What not to Wear

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

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • Camping tents (twin sharing)
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent
  • Toilet tent wherever possible
  • Camping tables and stools
  • Necessary camping equipment and porterage

You need to get

  • Information to be provided by supplier

Medical Kit

  • Specific personal or prescribed medication only
  • We carry a first aid or medical kit

Cancellation policy

Cancellations made 45-31 days prior to departure date: we will deduct 20% of tour price + cancellation charges for other services.

Cancellations made 30-16 days prior to departure date: we will deduct 50% of tour price + cancellation charges for other services.

Cancellations made 15-08 days prior to departure date: we will deduct 80% of tour price + cancellation charges for other services.

Cancellations made 07 or less days prior to departure date OR for no-show: we will deduct 100% of tour price + cancellation charges for other services.

Rules on trip

Hand baggage is not allowed on Leh-Delhi flight.

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

All the Delhi-Leh flights are scheduled in the early morning hours hence it is advisable to fly to Delhi a day in advance.

To arrange for the airport transfers, we need a written intimation by mail on info@countrysideindia.com and the email id. of the concerned salesperson, alongwith your arrival and departure flight details such as flight no., airline name, arrival time and tour name. This should reach us atleast 10 days prior to the date of reporting.

Hotel address in Leh along with important contact nos. of local coordinator and/or Tour Leader and details of complimentary airport transfers in Leh, if any, will be sent on mail 10 days in advance.

Flights in Leh sector are subject to weather conditions, so it is advised that you book your return flights 2-3 days after your expected date of return.

Vehicles in Ladakh are not at our disposal. Any additional transfers or pick up/drops are to be settled at actual. The vehicles in Ladakh are hired from Leh union hence there is a possibility of change of vehicles every day, however we will try for the same vehicles.