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  • Trip introduction

    Trek over the frozen Zanskar River as it twists and turns across Ladakhi mountains for a riveting 11-day Chadar trek. This adventure promises to showcase the gorgeous and arid landscape of Zanskar, with frozen waterfalls, barren mountain cliffs, ancient caves and rugged canyons. You'll spend days trekking over the thick layer of ice, blanketing the Zanskar River, and camp at night besides the river's turquoise waters. A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Chadar trek ranks as one of the most celebrated treks in the India.

    This itinerary of the Chadar trek takes you a step beyond to visit the campsite and village of Lingshed. 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.

    Destination

    During the winters, when the roads of Ladakh are snowed in, the only way of getting around is by walking over the frozen Zanskar River. With temperatures dropping below zero, the cobalt blue waters of the river begin freezing, eventually forming a thick blanket, or 'Chadar', over the Zanskar River. 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

    Complete the Chadar trek, one of the most famous treks of India. | Go a step beyond Nyerak and visit Lingshed. | Trek and camp over the thick, frozen ice on the Zanskar River. | Get breathtaking views of the Zanskar mountain ranges.

    Activity Details

    10800

    11480

    10400

    70 kms

    45 hrs

    9 kms

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the 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.

    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 staying 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 1 Milestone

    Leh

    Leh

    10:00 AM

    Food

    No meals are provided

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    Day 2 of the Chadar trek: Rest and acclimatization
    Day 3 of the Chadar trek: Leh medical test
    Day 4 of the Chadar trek: Trek to Tibb Cave
    Day 5 of the Chadar trek: Tibb Cave to Nyerak Pulu
    Day 6 of the Chadar trek: Nyerak Pulu to Lingshed
    Day 7 of the Chadar trek: Lingshed to Nyerak Pulu
    Day 8 of the Chadar trek: Nyerak Pulu to Tibb Cave
    Day 9 of the Chadar trek: Tibb Cave to Gyalpo
    Day 10 of the Chadar trek: Gyalpo to Leh
    Day 11 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.

    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.

    Rules on 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.

    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. | If you cannot join the trek after the medical test, the operator is not responsible for any activities, injury, illness, or additional expenses.
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    • Chadar Trekking Jammu Kashmir Ladakh Leh Travel Adventure The Great Next
    • Chadar Trekking Jammu Kashmir Ladakh Leh Travel Adventure The Great Next
  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Accommodation for six nights in twin-sharing tents during trek

    • Accommodation in guesthouse in Leh in twin-sharing rooms, with heating facility
    • Vegetarian meals while on the trek, from lunch on Day 4 to lunch on Day 10
    • Trek equipment (tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, toilet tents)
    • First aid medical kits
    • Oxygen cylinder
    • Qualified and experienced trek leader
    • Guide and support staff
    • Transport from Leh to road head and return as per itinerary
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Travel arrangements from home city to Leh

    • Airport transfers from Leh Airport to guesthouse/hotel and back
    • Meals during stay in Leh
    • Insurance, ALTOA and LAHDC fee and medical test (INR 3000 per person)
    • Local fees environmental and wildlife permit fee (INR 2000 per person)
    • Porters/mules to carry personal luggage
    • 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
    • Not to wear - Expensive gadgets or jewellery
    • Hard luggage like suitcases, trolley bags etc.

    What not to Wear

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

    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

    • 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

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