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  • Trip introduction

    The dangerously thrilling Chadar trek involves walking on the frozen Zanskar River, camping in the icy wonderland of Ladakh, and discovering the dramatic beauty of a winter landscape, where the trees are bare and you are surrounded with ice, snow and cold. You'll see the bubbles trapped in the ice beneath your feet, stand in awe in front of tall waterfalls that are frozen in mid-fall, and in some cases, see the river flowing under the ice beneath your feet. These nine days will give you some of the most memorable experiences of your life.

    Destination

    Chadar, in Hindi, translates to 'a blanket’. During winters, large sections of the Zanskar River freeze to resemble a blanket of ice, thereby naming the route as the Chadar trek. As heavy snowfall isolates a few desolate villages from the capital city, the trekking over the frozen Zanskar River remains the only way to reach these villages. Through much of the trek, steep canyons accompany you on either side. Sometimes, these canyon walls are the only support you'll have as attempt to make your way across fast-flowing, icy cold river water.

    Destination highlights

    Embark on the Chadar trek to admire the raw, unfiltered beauty of the region. | Drive through the beautiful landscape of Ladakh to meet the Indus and Zanskar. | Walk on the frozen Zanskar River flanked by canyons on both sides. | Spend the night under a frozen waterfall in the middle of a desolate icy landscape.

    Activity Details

    11000

    11200

    10170

    61 kms

    34 hrs

    09 kms

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

    Arrive at Leh and check-in to a pre-arranged hotel. After a short briefing session with the trek leader, you'll spend the rest of the day at leisure. Don't exert yourself too much, since your body needs the rest to acclimatize to the high altitude. Your adjustment to the altitude makes all the difference to your trekking experience. A short walk around the local marketplace in the evening is a good idea. Overnight at Leh in hotel rooms.

    Overnight at Leh in hotel rooms.

    You'll be accommodated in hotel rooms on triple-sharing basis. Since no meals are included in today's package, you'll need to spend extra to have meals at any of the local restaurants at Leh.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Leh

    Leh

    10:00 AM

    Food

    No meals provided today

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    Day 2 of the Chadar trek: Day at Leh
    Day 3 of the Chadar trek: Leh to Tsomo Paldar
    Day 4 of the Chadar trek: Tsomo Paldar to Tibb Cave
    Day 5 of the Chadar trek: Tibb Cave to Naerak
    Day 6 of the Chadar trek: Naerak to Tibb Cave
    Day 7 of the Chadar trek: Tibb Cave to Gyalpo
    Day 8 of the Chadar trek: Gyalpo to Leh
    Day 9 of the Chadar trek: Depart from Leh
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  • 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.

    No show: No refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction costs.

    Rules on trip

    Travellers are required to have prior experience of trekking to book this Chadar trek, since it requires enduring hours of trekking in chilly weather.

    Travellers are required to adhere to instructions of the trek leader during the trip.

    Consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trip.

    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

    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.

    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.
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next
  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Travel arrangements between Leh-Leh in SUV/Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle

    • Accommodation in hotel rooms /tents on triple-sharing basis
    • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
    • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tents
    • Vegetarian meal package from lunch on Day 3 to breakfast on Day 8
    • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
    • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
    • Services of porters to carry common camping equipment
    • First aid kit (with portable oxygen)
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Travel arrangements between home city and Leh

    • Airport transfers or meals during stay in 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.
    • Services of porters to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for an additional cost)
    • 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 health insurance
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Thermal top and bottom - 3 pairs
    • Camp shoes/sport sandals
    • Dri-fit shirts and trousers - 4 pairs
    • Fleece jacket
    • Gloves
    • Boots
    • Warm socks (lots of extra pairs)
    • Water- and wind-proof trousers
    • Day wear shirt
    • Water- and wind-proof jacket
    • Not to wear - Jewellery and expensive gadgets
    • Suitcases or hard trolley luggage

    What not to Wear

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

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Transport in SUV or Tempo Traveller
    • Tents
    • Kitchen and dining tent
    • Toilet tent
    • Sleeping bag with liners
    • Sleeping mattress
    • Safety gear, if required
    • First aid medical kit
    • Portable oxygen cylinder

    You need to get

    • Rucksack with rain cover
    • Day pack with rain cover
    • UV protected sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Head lamp
    • 2 ltr insulated water bottle
    • Personal toiletries
    • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
    • Battery charger
    • Comfortable trekking shoes
    • Lip balm
    • Sunscreen
    • Cold cream
    • Slippers
    • Trekking pole
    • Personal sleeping bag liner (if you want)

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.