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About the Activity:

  • Make use of this opportunity to take part in Chadar Trek which is for nine days and experience the real sense of adventure and thrill amidst the thick snow of the Himalayas.
  • A trail on the Zanskar River will add on to the level of excitement you can ask for. January and February are the best months to indulge in Chadar trek and don't delay yourself and miss the fun.
  • You will feel the chilling climate as the temperature goes down till -35 degrees during winter and everywhere you will be able to see the white coloured serenity alone.
  • The trip starts from Delhi and goes through the major places like Leh, Tilad Do, Chilling, Gyalpo, Tibb Cave, Naerak etc and winds up after you get dropped off at Delhi on the last day of the trek.
  • The package includes food, accommodation in tents.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 -

    Arrive at Leh

    The moment you land at the Leh airport, you will feel the fresh and crisp air, and a drastic drop in the temperature.

    Taking a stroll through the Leh market, you will find that very few shops and eateries in the town are open for business.

    The night is spent in a cozy guest house.

  • Day 2 -

    Tilad Do via Chilling from Leh

    Enjoy the cultural and natural beauty of Leh. This can be considered as a day to get familiar with the town and also acclimatize to the weather.

    Further, the roller-coaster ride takes you along the Indus to the village of Nimu, where Zanskar converges into Indus.

    After stopping at this confluence point to take in the view, the drive continues and the road begins descending right into the river valley.

    To reach the camp-site, you have to cross the frozen Zanskar and this is when you take your first steps on the Chadar.

    It takes a while to get a hang of walking on the ice sheet. To get some exercise and keep warm, you can climb up the nearby mountains and get a good look at the frozen river.

    As the sun sets, temperatures plummet, retire for the night.

  • Day 3 -

    Tilad Do to Gyalpo

    Today is a long walking session, about 12 km, on the Chadar.

    The trek leaders give a briefing about the day, and give tips on how to walk on the Chadar. It can be a cold and hard surface of slippery ice, or it can have a dusting of snow over it, providing a good grip. Eventually you get used to walking on the Chadar, which looks like a cross between gliding and skating.

    Mid way to Gyalpo, the porter-cum- cooks prepare hot bowlfuls of soupy noodles for lunch.

    After passing Shingra Koma, you reach the camp-site for the day at Gyalpo, where the tents have already been pitched by the porters.

    The Gyalpo campsite is at a bend in the river, surrounded by high peaks and walls of rock-faces which almost look man-made.

    All that is left to do is to soak in the views, have an early dinner and call it a day.

  • Day 4 -

    Gyalpo to Tibb Cave

    This day follows the same early morning routine: bed tea at 7, breakfast at 8, and quick-march at 8:30.

    Have a good breakfast, as today is the longest walk of the day almost 14 km.

    But that is nothing to worry about, all the walking keeps you incredibly warm.

    Today’s walk through the deep ravines of the Zanskar is stunning.

    The sublime walls of the mountains on either sides of the river keep the sunlight away from the Chadar for most part of the day.

    There are numerous caves in these mountains, big and small.

    Today is the day when you can see frozen waterfalls, some higher than the others.

    At Tibb, there is a big cave. This cave is the dwelling of all the porters, and they welcome you warm-heartedly in here.

    The highlight of the day is to share a cup of butter-tea with them!

  • Day 5 -

    Tibb Cave to Naerak

    Today is the most spectacular of all days on this trek.

    Walking on the river you cross deep gorges and reach a point where Juniper trees are covered with prayer flags.

    The porters give you a twig of this tree tied with a piece of prayer flag as a badge of good- luck and good-health.

    A few steps away stands the mother-of- all frozen waterfalls a huge instance of suspended animation several feet tall and equally wide.

    You can see dozens of colors in this enormous ice structure as sunlight plays off its surface.

    Right next to the waterfall is a bridge across the river which is a part of the summer-time road from Zanskar to Leh.

    The Naerak village lies several feet above the river, a vigorous hour-long trek can take you to the village if you want to see the life of a Zanskari.

    The camp is set up close to the river.

  • Day 6 -

    Naerak to Tibb

    Today you start the return journey and go back to the Tibb cave. And if you thought that it was just a matter of retracing your steps back to Chilling, you can think again.

    On the way, you can meet a lot of locals wearing their traditional woolen Gonchas some of them monks who are hiking from the Lingshed Monastery to Leh, some of them young students accompanied by their parents returning to their schools in Leh after the winter vacation.

    Watching the locals negotiate the Chadar is a fascinating sight. They are suitably adept to the climate and seem very much at home in the sub-zero temperature and the biting cold winds.

    Nothing wipes the smiles off their faces and dampens the warmth of their spirit.

  • Day 7 -

    Tibb to Gyalpo

    Starting from Tibb, go up to Gyalpo today.

    The high walls of mountains rising from the sides of the river almost look like castle walls.

    You can see several trails of pug-marks all along the trek footprints belonging to foxes, ibex or snow-leopards.

    You would be lucky to view a snow-leopard; but you can almost be sure that you are being watched by one all the time.

  • Day 8 -

    Gyalpo to Tilad Do, and drive back to Leh

    This is the last day of treading on the Chadar the last chance to immerse in the pristine beauty of the frozen river.

    Once you reach Tilad Do, it is time to say good-bye to the Zanskar and the Zanskaries.

    Tonight you get to sleep in a warm guest-house again at Leh.

  • Day 9 -

    Leh to Delhi

    Today will be your last day in Leh! With a heavy heart we bid a goodbye.

    After breakfast, depart for an early morning flight to Delhi. Chadar trek ends here.

Stay

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  • Accommodation in tents during the trek
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  • Stay in superior guest house on Day 01 and Day 08

Meal

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  • All veg meals during the trek

Activity

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  • Trekking
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  • Camping

Things To Carry

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  • Rucksack 55-65 lts & Knap sack
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  • Waterproof, high ankle hiking boots or gumboots to wear over hiking/trekking shoes
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  • Trekking pole
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  • Seven pairs of thermal, thick wool and synthetic socks and seven pairs of liner socks
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  • Fleece pants/Inner thermals/Quick-dries/Waterproof outer pants
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  • Fleece jacket/Windproof jacket
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  • Raincoat/poncho
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  • Thermal inners, both lower and upper
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  • Wool hat that covers the ears
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  • Long-sleeved thermal shirts/light fleece shirts for trekking
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  • Two pairs of fleece/woollen inner gloves
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  • Outer synthetic water-proof gloves
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  • Bandanna/Scarf
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  • Sunglasses with UV protection
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  • Lip protection + Moisturiser with high SPF
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  • Two water bottles, preferably with insulated cover
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  • Headlamp/flashlight with spare batteries - cold kills batteries
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  • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards - cold kills batteries
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  • Lightweight toiletries, including hand sanitizer
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  • Thermos
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  • Ear plugs
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  • Personal first aid kit, including medicines for high altitude sickness

Tour Type

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  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 12 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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