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Temperature Range: 15 to 20 degrees (during the day) and -25 to -35 degrees (during the night)
Arrival at Leh
Check-in to Hotel
Acclimatize to climate
Climb to Shanti Stupa
Witness the Sunrise
Drive to Nimu, a tiny hamlet
Trek to Tilat Sumdo ( 1-2 Hours approx.)
Overnight stay at camps
Tea and Breakfast
Trek to Tsomo Paldar
Reach Gyalpo via Shingra Koma
Overnight stay in camps at Gyalpo
Trek through Zanskar (14km approx.)
Overnight stay in tents
Reach Nyerak Village
Overnight stay at camps in Nyerak Village
Return journey to Dibb Cave
Arrival at Dibb
Overnight stay in Tents
Trek to Shingra Koma
Arrival at campsite
Overnight stay in tents
Last day of Chadar Trek
Drive back to Leh
Check-in into the guesthouse
Overnight stay in the guesthouse
Departure from the guesthouse
Continue with your return journey
Experience ends here
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Rated : 4.0
This trek is underrated! The trek was really good. The surrounding was AMAZING AND SERENE. The trek leader was also friendly. Couldn't be more satisfied.
Rated : 4.0
The chadar trek experience was out of this world. It was not an easy trek but never the less I am satisfied. You not only get to trek through a frozen Zanskar River but also get to witness the beauty of nature at its best. For a trekker, nothing can beat this experience of stepping into the frozen river bed.
Rated : 5.0
I had a nice and an awesome time while trekking and walking in the frozen ice path of Chadar mountains. The walk on ice trek in Chadar was the best trek that I had ever taken.
Rated : 4.0
The trek gives you a great taste of adventure. It’s not every other day we happen to witness the beauty of the nature to its fullest form. Chadar Trek is one such trek where we get to see the beauty and magic of the nature to its fullest
Rated : 4.0
This amazing trek covers a lot of major peaks than any other trek in India. This is one of the best things to do in Ladakh for a long vacation. I recommend this trek to all trek lovers.
Rated : 4.0
This place is nicely wrapped deep within the snow-filled mountains and ice. The reason for this name, Chadar Trek, is due to the formation of a dense, thick blanket of the snow. When I was on this trek, most of my co trekkers were from various parts of the world. Most of them came for the concept of the ice over here. This area feels like a blanket of ice on the town. Thus, it tempts thousands of travellers to visit this place. That being said, this is considered as one of the challenging as well as tricky treks in the world.
Rated : 4.0
This place has its own magical charm and beauty; that’s a big positive of this spot. No matter how many times I visit, this place just captivates me like never before. The one adorable thing about this trek was the snow clad mountains. However, this was just a fine and a nice trek. The gigantic mountain peaks, or the blue lakes; the tiring trekking trails and the ever beautiful valley adds an adda to this place.
Rated : 4.0
As a trekker I loved it totally. You will definitely love this trek. Take this trek to know how amazing it is. The beauty of this trek is the frozen river. This river is mind bogglingly brilliant. There are trekkers from across the world here. I am so amazed by the beauty of this wow-filled trek.
Rated : 3.0
I have taken this trek a few times now. What an amazing trek to take! This trek is also popularly known as the 'Chadar Trek.' This trek is grand and sparkling for all of the obvious and some not so obvious reasons. That being said, I wish that the food was better. WOW trek this was. I took it in summer and it was not that frozen ice trek. It was more of vibrant flora. This trek is such a brilliant trek for anyone to take. My friends who took this trek in summer with me had taken this a couple of times in the winter too! He says, “If you want to experience the ice walk, take only in winter as in the winters, the region will be covered with a giant ice blanket.” When I took this trek the place was vibrant but obviously there was no ice. It was all filled with colours of the natural flowers and vegetation. It was charmingly beautiful. My friend took this trek during August or October last year. It looks like during the winter, the trek will be even more awesome. I guess this winter will indeed be the right time to do trekking. This place was totally filled with ice and snow. Do not do the mistake I did. Enjoy only winter trek over here.
Rated : 3.0
While the word snow trek may seem fun, most of the times, the climatic conditions are bizarre. This makes life tougher. I would recommend it to all avid trekkers out here. It is pretty tough and tedious trek overall. However, with proper equipments for stay being provided, we could trek very comfortably. This is one of the toughest treks I have ever been. The trek is quite tedious. When this blanket of ice formation happens, our one and only way to continue with our trek was to hike through the snowy rocks. It is always better to be well equipped for the bizarre climatic conditions during the trek, despite the fact that the organizers will provide.
HOW LONG DO WE WALK ON THE FROZEN RIVER EACH DAY?
Average walking distance is 10- 12 km each day and trekkers make it mostly in 5-7 hours. You will definitely enjoy it, don’t be disheartened. We try to reach the camp site by the afternoon everyday so that the rest of the day can be enjoyed at leisure.
WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF FITNESS EXPECTED FROM THE PARTICIPANTS?
Optimum level of fitness is required in the Chadar trek so that you can enjoy your trek without facing any physical issues. The Chadar Trek is not challenging because of the walk on the frozen river as it’s a straight path and not inclined. The temperatures that go beyond -25 Degrees make the route thrilling and challenging.
CAN TREK LEADER / OPERATOR CHANGE THE ITINERARY?
We usually love to stick to the regular plan. But we always keep a B-Plan ready! Yes, depending on the prevailing situation we can change the itinerary. However the date of trek completion will always coincide with the original itinerary. We should keep in mind that TheChadar Trek is happening into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
DO YOU THINK I SHOULD BRING SOME MEDICINES ALONG WITH ME WHILE ON THE TREK?
Yes, it is always advisable that in any trek carry your own personal medication and basic first aid kit with you. We will provide a list to you. No need to worry!
WHAT ABOUT MEDICAL FACILITIES AND DOCTOR WHILE ON TREK?
Our trek leaders are certified in Wilderness first-aid" and are aware of high attitude problems. We carry complete first-aid kit, Oxygen cylinders, Improvised Stretchers,necessary medicines (relating to AMS) and extra team members with us may it be any contingency.
WHAT TYPE OF GROUND TRANSPORTATION IS USED FROM LEH TO CHILLING?
Tempo Traveler,TATA Sumoor Mini Busesare generally used for commuting from Leh to Chilling and back, which are pre checked by our outdoor staff. The vehicles can also be altered as per the client’s customized requirement.
WILL WE GET SAFE DRINKING WATER ON CHADAR TREK?
Himalayan water is naturally clean but for safe side we use boiled water and chlorine tablets in our camps, it is requested by all the participants to consult our outdoor team before filling up there water bottles during the trek. Hot water is made available for drinking while on the trek.
WHAT TYPE OF FOOD IS SERVED DURING THE TREK?
We always serve fresh cooked vegetarian food during the trek. We decide the menu very carefully keeping both health and taste in mind. Also the participants are encouraged to eat well. We try to keep the menu undisclosed in order to keep the suspense on but can be shared on a personal request. Also Jain Food is provided but has to be pre informed at the time of booking.
HOW MANY TREKKERS WILL BE SLEEPING IN ONE TENT?
We have four men tents but three people will be accommodating in one tent. Also it maintains the temperature required to have a warm and comfortable sleep in the night.
WHAT ARE THE SANITARY FACILITIES?
Toilet tents will be pitched in the campsites and can be used for sanitary purposes. Do not forget to bring your toilet kits. .
DO YOU PROVIDE ANY EQUIPMENT IN RENT?
No, we don’t deal in renting of any kind of Equipment’s be it Apparels, Shoes, Equipment’s or Technical gears. But if you wish to, we can suggest you some adventure shops from where all these can be bought apart from Decathlon.
I AM THE ONLY GIRL IN TREK, IS IT SAFE?
Yes, our first priority is to create a safe environment for all the trekkers, and a girls’safety is the foremost important thing for us. At the time of Rooms/Tents allotment the boys and girls are segregated in different accommodations. We always create a friendly environment between trekker's and other supporting staffs are carefully chosen for your trips keeping all safety measures in mind. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings.
WHO WILL LEAD THE TREK AND WHO ALL WILL BE PRESENT IN THE TEAM TO GO ALONG WITH US?
The trek isled by a professional Trek leader who has completed his Basic and Advance mountaineering course with other mountaineering courses like MOI and are also certified in first- aid course. Accompanying the trek leader will be one Local guide with the map of the route in the back of his head to support you. Rest of the team members include the kitchen staff, Porters, helpers and extra trained local supporting staff taken as a backup in case of any emergency.
HOW MANY TREKKERS ARE THERE IN ONE GROUP?
Normally we take up to15-20 people in one batch including males and females. We need a minimum of 10 people to run a fix departure but for the customized groups, size doesn't matter.
ARE AIRPORT TRANSFERS PROVIDED? WHAT IS THE CHARGE FOR AIRPORT TRANSFERS?
Airport transfers are not included in the package cost. But there are many taxies available outside the airport which will drop you at the hotel. You can club with other members of the group and come to the hotel on sharing basis. One taxi charges approximately 400 to 500 INR to drop you to the hotel and back.
WHICH TYPE OF SHOES SHOULD I BUY?
Trekking shoes is one of the most important things needed in any trek, so you have to be very careful before buying it. Recommended only high-ankle and waterproof shoes which are branded and are specifically designed for trekking purposes.Quechua, Zamberlan, Lafuma, Conquest and The North Face are some high quality brands dealing in High Altitude trekking shoes
WHAT ARE THE CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT THAT NEEDS TO BE PURCHASED FROM OUR END?
You can check with the trek essential list for the equipment’s and gears to be brought from your end. We advise you to go through the list thoroughly and arrange for the things from your home town. Ping us in case you find trouble finding anything. Our Team will be there to help you. You can also purchase the same from Leh but it totally depends upon the availability of stock in the market.
WHAT THINGS AND EQUIPMENT DO WE NEED TO CARRY?
Once you have confirmed the booking, our team will guide you with the trek for the trek. Shoes, clothes and other trekking equipment’s are also available in the local markets of Leh. You can buy it on the day of your arrival in the evening when you go for the acclimatization walk. Our Team will help you buy the best quality equipment’s at the best possible price. Also to let you know you get first copy of good quality adventure clothing and other equipment’s at a very good price in the Leh market so you can take away some extra very good and effective winter apparels to your home. (Note-Shopping can be done only on the first day of your arrival in case you have planned as per the itinerary). However, to avoid any risks, we advice buying gears from Delhi / other Metros to ensure the availability and choices.
DO WE NEED GUMBOOTS ON CHADAR TREK? CAN WE PURCHASE IT FROM LEH?
Yes. Gumboots are required as you may have to cross a path where water levels are high and you wouldn’t want the ice cold freezing water to enter your shoes and make it all wet. Gum boots are easily available in different sizes at the Leh market. You should prefer choosing the Brand “Diamond” If you are looking to buy a gumboots as they are made of soft rubber and thus are comfortable while on the trek. Buying Gumboots should cost you not more than INR 500.
WHAT ARE THE EQUIPMENT PROVIDED FROM THE COMPANY?
Apart from your clothing and personal equipment’s mentioned in the Trek Essentials List, we provide all that is necessary for the trek to happen safely and comfortably. Equipment’s that are provided from the companies end include Mess Tent, Kitchen Tent, Matrices, Dome Tent, Sleeping Bag resistant up to -30 Degrees with liners, Micro Spikes Crampons and Utensils etc.
DO WE NEED A WALKING STICK ON CHADAR TREK?
The choice is yours if you want a walking stick or not. But it is always more comfortable with a trekking pole. Also a trekking pole will help you make firm steps and help you grip on slippery grounds.
CAN WE HIRE A PORTER TO CARRY OUR PERSONAL LUGGAGE? WHAT WILL BE THE COST?
People who think that they cannot carry their personal luggage on their own can hire a local porter @ INR 5800 for 7 Days(*Note- A porter cannot be booked for lesser number of days). A porter carries up to 15 kgs. of weight in one bag so if you are 2 people going together, you can combing your bag pack while on the trek to make it one and hand it over to the porter. Make sure you inform us 20 days prior to the date of departure if you are looking forward to hire a porter as porters have to be pre booked.
HOW MUCH MONEY WE NEED TO CARRY ALONGWITH US TO LEH?
We do not advice carrying too much money or precious items with you during the trek. Whole trek and food during the trek including transport from Leh to road-head is arranged by us. Only amount we see you spending will be airport transfers, food at Leh and any local market visit you make, which will be a very small amount. However, one part should be kept as emergency money, in cash and also electronically, with you at all times.
CAN WE HAVE LIQUOR OR SMOKE WHILE ON THE TREK?
Leh is situated at a height of 11,000 Feet and the weather conditions and the thin oxygen levels already make the acclimatization process difficult. Consuming any kind of drugs or liquor might add as a catalyst to make you unwell. In our past experiences, there have been many cases of healthy people who knowingly consumed drugs and alcohol and immediately developed symptoms of AMS and nausea. They had to be sent back from Leh to descend to a lower height immediately after getting hospitalized.
WILL WE STAY IN THE CAVES?
There are limited number of caves and huge number of people visiting Chadar. If possible and there is vacancy, we would take every chance to make you experience the enchanting caves.
WILL BONFIRE BE POSSIBLE?
There are no woods in the valley and Leh making it impossible to arrange a bonfire. The only healthy way to keep yourself warm is by wearing as much clothes as you can in layers.
IS DIAMOX IS ADVISABLE?
No Diamox is not advisable from our side. Acclimatization process should happen naturally and automatically. However, if you wish to use it to acclimatize in case you have altitude problems. If consuming, Diamox has to be taken a day before coming to Leh. We suggest you to consult your doctor before use.
WHAT IS THE TEMPERATURE IN THE DAY TIME AND NIGHT TIME?
Temperature in the day time goes up to -10 Degrees. A sunny day can make the environment warm as well due to the reflection of the sunrays from the ice. Temperatures till -38 degrees have been witnessed by us in the night time. But don’t worry, it is quite warm inside the sleeping tent but the psychological feeling of cold will be there till the last moment of you being on the trek and in Leh as well.
WHAT IS YOUR EVACUATION PLAN INCASE A CONTINGENCY HAPPENS?
We have a backup of support team with all the equipment’s required to take the patients back to Leh and keep the batch moving ahead. But this can only be done once. If any emergency, happens the second time with the same batch. The entire Batch will have to come back and stand together as a group.
WHAT IF WE FALL IN THE RIVER WITH THE FREEZING WATER?
Falling in freezing water can be an extremely dangerous situation. Though, it is not common and we ensure that the Chadar is thick enough to walk on. You will follow the footsteps of our Trek Leader and Guide to ensure the platform you are standing on is robust enough to withstand the pressure. Still we need to be prepared for any such accident. The immediate action is for our team to take over and get you out of the water on the ground. Everyone needs to be patient and panic only exaggerates the situation. Once out, immediate thing is to avoid any loss and restore the body heat. Changing of clothes and providing a warm environment to the trekker is very important. Once done, the general health of the trekker is sought and further necessary actionsare taken.
WHO WILL PAY FOR THE RESCUE IF ANY TREKKER GETS UNWELL AND NEEDS TO BE TAKEN BACK TO THE CAMP? WHAT ARE THE OTHER COSTS INVOLVED THE TREKKER WILL HAVE TO BEAR?
If anyone falls ill or has to be returned back for any reason, as our first priority, we make the arrangements to get the trekker back safely. But, the additional costs, like transport to Leh, stay at Leh (apart from Day 1 and 8), food / meals at Leh, medical expenses, extra staff arrangements, airlifting etc. will have to be borne by the trekker.
WHAT IF CHADAR TREK IS CANCELLED THIS YEAR AGAIN?
Chadar Trek is taking place this year surely and we have confirmed it from local authorities. Last year, the reason for cancellation was the natural calamity in the region. However, if again for some unforeseen reasons, the route is affected then do not worry, we have crafted one equally good alternate plan that we’ll take you to. The dates will be coinciding with the original plan to avoid any logistic issues. There are other rivers (like Indus) in the region which are frozen at that time, and we’ll take you to other amazing places in the region and make sure that your time and money isn’t wasted.
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