Nine Day Chadar Trek
Leh, Ladakh, India
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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.

    Fine print

    Rules on the 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.

    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.

    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.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Hotel in Leh
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    Drop off point
    Hotel in Leh
    Mode of transport
    SUV/Tempo Traveller
    Start point
    Tilad Do
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    End point
    Tilad Do
    Time of departure
    10:00 AM
    Time of return
    11:00 AM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    34 hrs
    Total distance covered
    61 kms
    Start point elevation
    11000 feet
    Maximum elevation
    11200 feet
    Minimum elevation
    10170
    Average per day distance
    09 kms
  • 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.

    Day 2 of the Chadar trek: Day at Leh

    Continue the acclimitaztion process and take another day to rest and recover. Take short walks, keep yourself hydrated and have frequent meals. You'll also visit a hospital at Leh to get a medical check-up and obtain a health certificate, declaring you health to attempt the Chadar trek. Overnight at Leh in hotel rooms.

    Day 3 of the Chadar trek: Leh to Tsomo Paldar

    Begin the day with a drive through the rugged wilderness of Leh towards Chilling. From the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, at Nimoo, you'll follow the course of the Zanskar to reach Tilad Do. Here, you'll take your first steps on the cold icy terrain of the frozen river and reach your campsite at Tsomo Paldar, where you'll halt for the day at a campsite located on higher ground. Overnight at Tsomo Paldar in tents.
    /Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next Trek alongside the flowing, deep blue water of the river.

    Day 4 of the Chadar trek: Tsomo Paldar to Tibb Cave

    Start the day early and begin trekking towards Tibb Cave. The route for this section of the Chadar trek passes through deep gorges with rocky walls, not allowing for a lot of sunlight even during day time. You'll trek over a fairly solid sheet of ice, but expect to slip and glide across multiple times. Your destination, the Tibb Cave, is generally used by local villagers as shelter during the night. Overnight at Tibb Cave in tents.
    /Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next Walk on a thick sheet of ice layered over the Zanskar River.

    Day 5 of the Chadar trek: Tibb Cave to Naerak

    One of the longer days of the trek, your trek to Naerak with take about 8 hours of walking over the river. By now, you're already comfortable with walking on ice and snow, allowing you to trek faster while focusing on the stunning landscapes around you. The trail today takes you past the iconic frozen waterfall of Naerak, where you'll see prayer flags fluttering in the distance. Overnight at Nyerak in tents.
    /Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next Rocky mountains of Ladakh imposing on the horizon.

    Day 6 of the Chadar trek: Naerak to Tibb Cave

    Nyerak is the farthest point on this itinerary. Today, you'll begin retracing your steps back to Leh. However, the Chadar is a living breathing entity, and it changes every day. The ice melts and forms new patterns; the snow covers landmarks that were previously wide open, and the sky changes with the hour of the day. You might not recognize the same route you walked over just two days ago. Overnight at Tibb Cave in tents.
    /Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next Glimpse breathtaking views from vantage points.

    Day 7 of the Chadar trek: Tibb Cave to Gyalpo

    Begin trekking to Gyalpo. En route, you might spot a few local villagers, traditionally dressed in Gonchas, or monks returning from the Lingshed Monastery. Well adapted to trekking on the thick ice sheet, you'll enjoy gliding on smoother terrain. Your campsite at Gyalpo is set on a bend of the Zanskar River with soaring gorges around you. Overnight at Gyalpo in tents.
    /Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next Stick to the thicker sections of the ice while walking.

    Day 8 of the Chadar trek: Gyalpo to Leh

    On the last day of the trek, you'll begin walking back towards Tilad Do. At the end of your trek, you'll cross the Zanskar River and head towards the vehicles waiting for you. You'll be driven back to Leh. A hot bath, warm rooms, comfortable beds, and a delicious dinner awaits you at Leh. Overnight at Leh in hotel rooms.
    /Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next Walk in sub-zero temperatures to views of a frozen landscape.

    Day 9 of the Chadar trek: Depart from Leh

    Check out of the hotel in the morning. 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
    Tsomo Paldar
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    2 kms
    Trekking time
    3 hrs

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Tsomo Paldar
    End point
    Tibb Cave
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

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

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Naerak
    End point
    Tibb Cave
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    17 kms
    Trekking time
    9 hrs

    Day 7 - Milestone

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

    Day 8 - Milestone

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

    Day 9 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
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  • 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
      What not to Wear
    • Jewellery and expensive gadgets
    • Suitcases or hard trolley luggage

    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.
  • Day 1 of the Chadar trek: Arrive in Leh

    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 2 of the Chadar trek: Day at Leh

    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 3 of the Chadar trek: Leh to Tsomo Paldar

    Overnight in tents.

    You'll be accommodated at a campsite near today's destination in tents on triple-sharing basis. The tents will be equipped with sleeping bags and mattresses. Today's meal package includes meals of lunch and dinner only. However, at an additional cost, you may have breakfast at the hotel before beginning the trek.

    /Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next Barren, brown gorges and canyons raising high above you.

    Day 4 of the Chadar trek: Tsomo Paldar to Tibb Cave

    Overnight in tents.

    You'll be accommodated at a campsite near today's destination in tents on triple-sharing basis. The tents will be equipped with sleeping bags and mattresses. Today's meal package includes meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    /Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next Small pieces of ice flowing over the river water.

    Day 5 of the Chadar trek: Tibb Cave to Naerak

    Overnight in tents.

    You'll be accommodated at a campsite near today's destination in tents on triple-sharing basis. The tents will be equipped with sleeping bags and mattresses. Today's meal package includes meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    /Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next Trek alongside the flowing, deep blue water of the river.

    Day 6 of the Chadar trek: Naerak to Tibb Cave

    Overnight in tents.

    You'll be accommodated at a campsite near today's destination in tents on triple-sharing basis. The tents will be equipped with sleeping bags and mattresses. Today's meal package includes meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    /Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next Explore the snow-swept, winter paradise of Ladakh.

    Day 7 of the Chadar trek: Tibb Cave to Gyalpo

    Overnight in tents.

    You'll be accommodated at a campsite near today's destination in tents on triple-sharing basis. The tents will be equipped with sleeping bags and mattresses. Today's meal package includes meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    /Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next Walk on a thick sheet of ice layered over the Zanskar River.

    Day 8 of the Chadar trek: Gyalpo to Leh

    Overnight in hotel in Leh.

    You'll be accommodated in hotel rooms on triple-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes meals of breakfast only. However, at an additional cost, you may have extra meals at any of the restaurants at Leh.

    /Trekking Chadar Ladakh Jammu Kashmir Adventure Travel The Great Next Crystals of ice hanging from the sky at a frozen waterfall.

    Day 9 of the Chadar trek: Depart from Leh

    Your trip ends by late morning.

    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. Your trip ends here.

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