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- Ladakh has always captivated visitors with its magical charm and beauty. Be it the picturesque mountain peaks, azure lakes or the challenging trekking trails, this scenic valley is known for all. While during the summers, the region adorns the most vibrant colors of nature, during the winters it is embraced with heavy snowfalls that cut off the entire region from the rest of the world. Explore this serene place with our Ladakh Tour Packages and gift your loved ones a memorable journey that you can cherish for a lifetime.
- Nestled deep within the whirly passages of the snow-clad mountains, this frozen river also entices thousand of trekkers from different corners of the world.
- Popularly known as the 'Chadar Trek' due to the formation of the thick blanket of the snow, it is considered as one of the challenging as well as tricky treks in the world.
- In some places, there may be cracks in the ice and when this happens, the only way to continue with the trek is to hike through the snowy rocks and boulders beside the river.
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Tips for Chadar Trek:
1) Prepare your mind first: This is a difficult trek that comes with a lot of extremities. From the weather to physical requirement. Train your mind to expect and accept the sub-zero level. Do bear in mind that there is a life which exists there as well; for centuries Chadar is used as the only way to commute to Leh during winters. Your mental strength will signal your body to withstand the cold climb.
2) Be Warm: Next is to keep oneself warm as the temperature falls severely on this trek. To keep going and not be deterred by the weather conditions, use 4 layers for the Torso that includes a jacket and a wind sheeter which is waterproof and has a fleece lining. For the bottom, a base layer, thermal underpants and waterproof pants with a fleece lining, should suffice. Make sure your fleece and jackets have zips down the front so that you can unzip them as the day grows progressively warmer.
3) Keep a woollen cap and gloves (a must): Essentially you need to sleep well during the night to keep you fresh for the next day of the trek. Keep an insulating water bottle to keep your sleeping bag warm during the night. Use Silk liner inside your bags to keep it warm enough.
4) Footwear: Hiking shoes + Gumboots At occasions, trekking on the Chadar involves wading through knee-deep cold water. Though hiking shoes are highly recommended, gumboots help keep your shoes and feet secure from the icy cold water. It is practically impossible to dry anything at Zanskar trek in Ladakh, so gumboots are a compulsory and crucial addition to the footwear.
5) Expect sweet pain: The Chadar is a glossy, slippery sheet of ice and will never let you walk carelessly. But no matter how careful one is, everyone falls and slips more than once on the Chadar. If you fall, just get back up by rolling on your knees and keep walking with confidence. Gumboots might give you shoe bites, but you’ll get used to it as you walk.
6) Observe and keep moving: The locals can give you firsthand training on how to cross the lake on your foot. On closer observation, you would notice that they walk fast and take Penguin like strides on the ice. As you watch them, you will learn their ways of manoeuvring around on the ice blanket and learn when it is wiser to wait than to carry on or the reverse.
7) Keep your electronics warm: Extreme cold climate can ruin electronics. Hence keep them warm by keeping them safe by tucking them into your pockets closer to your body it will keep them warm and long-lasting.
8) Protect your fingers and toes: In sub-zero temperatures, fingers and toes are the most exposed and can be frozen resulting in bad pain when camping. Carry waterproof woollen socks and gloves. An extra pair of socks would help as they gather moisture while wearing gumboots.
9) Warming pads: Warming pads are very helpful for those who feel cold sooner than others. These are exothermic pads to be slipped in your gloves and socks. They release heat and keep you warm for up to 10 hours.
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Do's and Don'ts On Chadar Trek
Do’s of Chadar Trek
- It’s always good to plan for an additional day to accommodate any unforeseen conditions like bad weather, broken bridges, flight delays, casualties that may arise.
- One should inform one’s family before coming for this trek, so in case of an emergency, they can come for help.
- The temperature extensively drops down in the region. Therefore, it is advisable to keep warm clothes and shoes at hand. The shoes must also be waterproof.
- As there won’t be any pharmacies on our trek, please do carry required medications and a first aid kit, in case of any bruises or cuts
- The area of this trek has hardly any shop to stop for food or drinks, hence it is advisable to carry water and energy giving food like energy bars and other eateries to be had at regular intervals. We also travel with plenty of water
- Always take note of the weather reports and avoid getting caught in any sort of natural ravages.
- Trekking in the Frozen River is certainly a difficult task and thus, one should not try to be over-smart. Following the tips and guidelines is a must to carry out this trek safely.
- It is advisable to consult an expert trekker before backpacking a heavy backpack might slow down your trekking speed.
- While visiting the monasteries and other religious sites, abide by the instructions and guidelines laid by the authorities.
- Abide by the instructions given by the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking
Don'ts of Chadar Trek
- Since you will be trekking in an eco-friendly zone, make sure you do not litter the vicinity and carry your leftovers back.
- Flowy and frilly clothing might hinder your movement. It is better to avoid such type of clothing.
- Do not rely on sports or casual shoes as they might compromise grip on the snowy surface.
- The wonderful waterfalls should not be contaminated by the use of shampoos and soaps. Thus one should avoid using them. The local habitat tribes use this water for drinking purpose so one should keep it as clean as one expects its drinking water to be.
- When meeting monks or other locals on the way, pinpointing is not advisable as they make take offence.
- Respect the serenity of the shrines and thus one should never disturb the monks or prayers in the monasteries on the route.
- Avoid heavy meals during the trek as it leads to tiredness.
- Avoid: Denim or jeans clothing, Soda and alcoholic beverages, Plastics of all kind, and Tobacco
Everest Base Camp Trek in January
January is one of the coldest months for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Although a lot of snow will be dumped on the trail due to heavy snowfall, it is very much possible to reach the base camp. You will have to be careful and layer up properly with warm clothes as it gets pretty chilly up there.
There is an advantage of trekking to EBC in January- you will witness a very less number of trekkers, which means less obstruction for viewing the stunning panoramas in the Himalayas! The average temperature during the day is 4 degrees Celcius and it may drop to - 18 degrees Celcius by night.
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Everest Base Camp Trek in February
February marks as the end of winters in the Himalayas even though it is pretty chilly up there. The sky gets a clear blue colour and the trails are still less crowded. The teahouses and mountain lodges will also be emptier, quieter and more economical, which would give you a true sense of adventure in the mountains. Booking flights to Nepal during this time will surely save you some bucks.
The average daytime temperature goes up to 4 degrees Celcius and during the night, it might dip down to -15 degrees Celcius. For these many reasons, you can consider this month for visiting as the best time to Everest Base Camp.
Everest Base Camp Trek in March
From this month, spring season commences with the celebration of Holi in the country. As the weather starts to get balmy, the ice starts to melt away and the days seem longer. You will be able to see the beautiful sights of Rhododendrons starting to bloom along the trail, with a backdrop of snow-capped Himalayan ranges.
The average temperature during the day is around 7 degrees Celcius and the night temperature can be around -12 degrees Celcius making this month a favourable one to trek.
Everest Base Camp Trek in April
April is also a great month to plan the EBC Trek. It is warmer at the lower elevation and moderately chilly at the higher altitude. With such a fascinating spring season in the lofty mountains, the flora is also in full bloom. The days will be sunny and it will be neither too hot nor too cold.
In the trails bustling with a lot of trek enthusiasts, you will be able to meet and interact with several of them see numerous tents on the way for the base camp. Although the day temperature on an average is 10 degrees Celcius, at night it drops down to -5 degrees Celcius.
Everest Base Camp Trek in May
May is the time when spring ends and summer starts. By taking advantage of this favorable weather, a lot of experienced trekkers try aiming for the Everest Summit. It gets warmer day by day which makes it easier for them to attempt for the summit. As for the base camp, it is a very favorable time to easily finish the trek.
It is the best season to visit Everest Base Camp Trek for those who cannot bear much cold. With longer sunny days, the average temperature goes up to 15 degrees Celcius and at night it gets cold at 0 degrees Celcius.
Everest Base Camp Trek in June
June is the month when monsoon clouds start to hover over the Himalayan region. The beginning of June is still acceptable to plan your trek but as the days move forward, frequent showers start and make the trails wet and sloppy. It is not recommended to trek for the base camp during this time of the year as the risk of slipping on the trail increases.
There are even chances of avalanches, landslides, snowfall and the pesky leeches which could keep you from reaching the base camp within the stipulated timeline. The average temperature goes up to 16 to 17 degrees Celcius during the day and may reduce to 0 degrees Celcius.
Everest Base Camp Trek in July
The weather in July is still heavy with rainfalls and the air is a lot more hot and humid. Although it is not impossible to go on this trek during this month, there are chances that the flights from Kathmandu to Lukla get canceled due to an overcast.
Because of the everyday rains as well as humidity, the trails get muddy and you have a higher risk of slipping through the risky trails. The temperature averages around 18 degrees Celcius during the day and up to 2 degrees Celcius at night.
Everest Base Camp Trek in August
By August, the rains and humidity start to recede and the skies slowly start to clear up. Yet, we recommend not to plan your trek in this month as the trails will still be soaked with mud, slippery and risky. You will also not be able to enjoy spectacular views because of the frequent overcast.
The still-surfacing landslides and leeches are at a high recurrence which would be the main reasons to disrupt your hike. The sky will be usually murky, making your excitement for the trek shrink. Just like July, the average day temperature remains at 18 degrees Celcius and around 2 degrees during the night.
Everest Base Camp Trek in September
The autumn season prevails generally from mid-September. For the people who are waiting eagerly for the monsoons to end, now is the right time to plan out your Everest Base Camp Trek.
The crisp air and bright blue skies along with a clear view of the lofty mountains make the scene more alluring while trekking. The average minimum temperature at night grows colder up to -10 degrees Celcius. During the day, the maximum temperature can get as high as 17 degrees Celcius.
Everest Base Camp Trek in October
This month showcases the most enjoyable scenes of the snow-capped mountains, trails surrounded by different shades of lush greens and overall pristine surroundings. There is also the most important festival in Nepal carried out during late-October and September.
It is the 15-day long Dashain (similar to Dussera in India) celebration when they celebrate the victory of Goddess Durga over evil by sacrificing several animals. For these reasons, this month is visited the most for the best time to Everest Base Camp by the trekkers.
So, be ready to engage with different trek enthusiasts as well as the humble locals on your way to Everest Base Camp. The average temperature generally lies at 12 degrees Celcius during the day and -10 degrees Celcius at night.
Everest Base Camp Trek in November
On the verge of arriving winters, the starting of November can still be an option to trek to the Everest Base Camp. Although this month won’t be as temperate as the spring or autumn season, you can still enjoy fewer crowds and the quietude during this trek.
The cold winds start to cover the whole Himalayan region with temperatures dropping to 6 degrees Celcius in the daytime and -10 degrees Celcius at night.
Everest Base Camp Trek in December
Nepal in December becomes a winter wonderland for the people who enjoy an uninhabited environ during their voyages. The trails will be usually empty with a few trekkers peppered across the thick white sheets of ice.
You will have to be extra careful while trekking in this month as the sub-zero temperatures at such high altitudes can get the best of us. The temperatures drop to 4 degrees Celcius during daytime and -18 degrees Celcius during the night.