Iconic Chadar Trek in Ladakh
Leh, Ladakh, India
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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.

    Fine print

    Rules on the 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.

    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.

    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.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Hotel in Leh
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    Drop off point
    Hotel in Leh
    Mode of transport
    Bolero/Sumo/Jeep or similar ve
    Start point
    Tilat Do
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    End point
    Tilat Do
    Time of departure
    10:00 AM
    Time of return
    10:00 AM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    45 hrs
    Total distance covered
    70 kms
    Start point elevation
    10800 feet
    Maximum elevation
    11480 feet
    Minimum elevation
    10400 feet
    Average per day distance
    9 kms
  • 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.

    Day 2 of the Chadar trek: Health check-up at Leh

    The day is reserved for you to acclimatize to the city's high altitude. Depending on weather conditions, you may embark on a short walk through the city to aid the acclimatization process. You'll also visit a local hospital in Leh for a medical check-up. This is a short and basic check, primarily intended to ensure proper acclimatization. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

    Day 3 of the Chadar trek: Leh to Shingra Koma

    Wake up early for the first day of your Chadar experience. You'll begin with by travelling to the road head at Tilat Do in a private, shared vehicle. A scenic drive past the gorgeous and arid landscapes of Leh, you'll get your first views of the frozen Zanskar during the drive. From Tilat Do, you'll begin trekking towards Shingra Koma. Over a short trek of 2 hours, you'll learn how to slide and walk over the unusual terrain of the frozen Zanskar River. Overnight in tents at Shingra Koma.

    Day 4 of the Chadar trek: Shingra Koma to Tibb Cave

    After your first night of camping over the ice, you'll begin trekking towards the day's destination of Tibb Cave. Make you way across the slippery ice, with a few tricky sections, to views of the Zanskar gorge. In some areas of the river, you'll be trekking alongside the waters of the Zanskar with blocks of ice floating and flowing with the water. Overnight in tents at Tibb Cave.

    Day 5 of the Chadar trek: Tibb Cave to Nyerak Pulu

    Proceed deeper into the icy realms of the Zanskar gorge. An 8-hr trek across the Chadar, today's destination of Nyerak Pulu is located just past the famous frozen waterfall. Riveting views of the barren and rugged mountain cliffs on either side of the river will continue to accompany you. Overnight in tents at Nyerak Pulu.

    Day 6 of the Chadar trek: Nyerak Pulu to Lingshed

    Make your way over the Zanskar towards the village of Lingshed, the closest hint of civilization for miles on every side. While most trekkers over the Chadar return from Nyerak, you'll proceed deeper to spend a night at Lingshed. You'll have spectacular views of the rocky, mountain terrain, en route to Lingshed. Overnight in tents at Lingshed.

    Day 7 of the Chadar trek: Lingshed to Nyerak Pulu

    Begin the return trek by retracing your steps to Nyerak Pulu. Even though you've trekked over this route yesterday, you'll get a slightly different experience of the Chadar since the frozen ice often breaks, melts and reforms over night, leading to changes in the terrain. Overnight in tents at Nyerak Pulu.

    Day 8 of the Chadar trek: Nyerak Pulu to Tibb Cave

    Pack up and move to Tibb Cave, a series of ancient caves that today provide refuge to travellers over the frozen Zanskar. Local villagers wearing traditional woollen robes are often seen hauling goods and traversing the route to Tibb Cave. Overnight in tents at Tibb Cave.

    Day 9 of the Chadar trek: Tibb Cave to Gyalpo

    Make you way to Gyalpo, named after mythical spirits in the Tibetan culture. En route, you'll trek past the Shingra Koma campsite. The walk to Gyalpo is peppered with views of frozen waterfalls, towering mountains and icy landscapes. Overnight in tents at Gyalpo.

    Day 10 of the Chadar trek: Gyalpo to Leh

    Conclude the Chadar trek by returning to Tilat Do. Here, vehicles will be waiting to take you back to the comfortable hotel rooms of Leh. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure. Stay, relax and celebrate the end of the Chadar trek in the hotel or visit the local marketplace to shop for souvenirs and gifts. Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

    Day 11 of the Chadar trek: Depart from Leh

    Check-out of the hotel by 10:00 hrs. Your trip ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    10:00 AM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    07:00 AM

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Shingra Koma
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    4 kms
    Trekking time
    2 hrs

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Shingra Koma
    End point
    Tibb Cave
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    9 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Tibb Cave
    End point
    Nyerak Pulu
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    8 hrs

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Nyerak Pulu
    End point
    Lingshed
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    8 hrs

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Lingshed
    End point
    Nyerak Pulu
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Nyerak Pulu
    End point
    Tibb Cave
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 9 - Milestone

    Start point
    Tibb Cave
    End point
    Gyalpo
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    12 kms
    Trekking time
    8 hrs

    Day 10 - Milestone

    Start point
    Gyalpo
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    5 kms
    Trekking time
    2 hrs

    Day 11 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Travel arrangements from Leh-Leh in private, shared vehicle
    • Accommodation in hotel rooms with heaters at Leh on twin-sharing basis
    • Accommodation in tents while trekking on twin-sharing basis
    • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
    • Meal package including all meals from lunch on day 3 to lunch on day 10
    • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
    • Services of porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
    • Any technical or safety gear required for the trek, if any
    • First aid kit
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Travel arrangements from base city to Leh
    • Any meals not mentioned in inclusions
    • 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
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive gadgets or jewellery
    • Hard luggage like suitcases, trolley bags etc.

    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
  • Day 1 of the Chadar trek: Arrive in 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 accommodated 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 2 of the Chadar trek: Health check-up at Leh

    Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

    Clear a basic medical check-up conducted at the Sonam Norboo Memorial Hospital in Leh. You'll be accommodated at the same hotel as yesterday. The hotel rooms include a heater, to ward off the winter chill of Leh. 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 3 of the Chadar trek: Leh to Shingra Koma

    Overnight in tents at Shingra Koma.

    Travel from Leh to Tilat Do in shared, private vehicles, most probably a Bolero, Sumo, Jeep or similar vehicle. Trek from Tilat Do to Shingra Koma. You'll be accommodated in tents on twin-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes lunch and dinner only. You may want to have breakfast at your own expense at the hotel in Leh.

    Day 4 of the Chadar trek: Shingra Koma to Tibb Cave

    Overnight in tents at Tibb Cave.

    Trek from Shingra Koma to Tibb Cave. During the initial part of the trek, you'll slip and fall multiple times while sliding over the frozen Zanskar. Most people learn the walking technique required after an hour or two of trekking. You'll be accommodated in tents on twin-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 5 of the Chadar trek: Tibb Cave to Nyerak Pulu

    Overnight in tents at Nyerak Pulu.

    Trek from Tibb Cave to Nyerak Pulu. You'll be accommodated in tents on twin-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. While non-vegetarian options may not be available on most days, meals will generally include egg preparations.

    Day 6 of the Chadar trek: Nyerak Pulu to Lingshed

    Overnight in tents at Lingshed.

    Trek from Nyerak Pulu to Lingshed. You'll be accommodated in tents on twin-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Throughout the entire trek, you'll be accompanied by an experienced trek leader and a support staff of helpers, cooks and porters.

    Day 7 of the Chadar trek: Lingshed to Nyerak Pulu

    Overnight in tents at Nyerak Pulu.

    Trek from Lingshed to Nyerak Pulu. You'll be accommodated in tents on twin-sharing basis. Your dome tents will be equipped with sleeping bags and mattresses. The campsite is also equipped with common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tent. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 8 of the Chadar trek: Nyerak Pulu to Tibb Cave

    Overnight in tents at Tibb Cave.

    Trek from Nyerak Pulu to Tibb Cave. You'll be accommodated in tents on twin-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make sure to carry thermal wear, sweaters, warm gloves, socks and monkey caps, since temperatures often drop to sub-zero levels.

    Day 9 of the Chadar trek: Tibb Cave to Gyalpo

    Overnight in tents at Gyalpo.

    Trek from Tibb Cave to Gyalpo. You'll be accommodated in tents on twin-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 10 of the Chadar trek: Gyalpo to Leh

    Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

    Trek from Gyalpo to Tilat Do. Travel from Tilat Do to Tilat Do in shared, private vehicles, most probably a Bolero, Sumo, Jeep or similar vehicle. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch only. You can visit any of the restaurants in Leh to have additional meals at your own expense.

    Day 11 of the Chadar trek: Depart from Leh

    Your trip ends by late morning.

    Check-out time at the hotel is 10:00 hrs. No meals are included in today's package. Transport between the hotel and airport is not included in the package, but you may hire private cabs/taxi from the hotel. Your trip ends here.

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