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It had everything that you dreamed about. It had ice (lots and lots of ice), even when I was sleeping battling the cold at night I was could see those ...
Chadar trek was always on my wishlist but knowing about the extreme challenges I always gave it a second thought of doing it or not. It was the time I ...
- 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.
- 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.
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 woolen 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 Chadar, so gumboots are a compulsory and a 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 a firsthand training on how to cross the lake on your foot. On a 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 maneuvering 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 woolen 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.
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 a 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
Altitude 11,400 ft.
Arrival in Ladakh
Overnight stay at the hotel/guest house.
Keep your woolen cap and gloves handy.
You will be flying over long stretches of snow-covered Himalayan mountains, which will make it evident why it’s impossible to reach Ladakh on road in the winters. The moment you land in Leh, a cold and crisp air will greet you, and you will experience a drastic change in the temperature. Leh has just begun to wake up from its sleep with only a few shops open.
The chill in the air will serve only as a preview of the temperatures during this winter trek. Be sure to take enough rest to acclimatize to the weather here and remember to drink enough water and keep yourself hydrated, The night is spent in a guest house.
Keeping in mind the health problems that trekkers are facing (Acute Mountain Sickness), as per the new regulations applied by Ladakh Government Authorities, anyone doing the Chadar Trek should be at least spending two days in Leh to get your body fully acclimatized to the weather conditions here. It is irrevocable and it is important that it is strictly followed by every trekker. You can spend the day shopping at the Leh market. It is very important that you get used to the cold temperature in Leh because the temperature will only tend to fall as you start walking on the frozen Zanskar, where the temperatures reach way below zero even in the daytime. It is advisable that you avoid visiting places which are at a higher altitude.
Today, the stay will be in a tent to give you an idea of the outdoor conditions. This will even allow your body to get used to the temperature range.
Overnight stay at camp.
11,480 to 10,550ft
Drive 3-4 hrs, trek 2 hrs
After breakfast today, you will start on the way to your first campsite which is Shingra Yokma via Chilling & Tilad Do. It is one of the most scenic drives which brings you the delight of seeing some of the most beautiful spots in Ladakh. Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill and the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus are some of the places where you can take a pit stop for clicking memorable pictures. An hour and a half of driving along the Zanskar will get you to Chilling. The car will drop you right where the road ends. This will be your starting point of walking on the Zanskar.
The tents will find their place here, while you ready yourself mentally and physically for the days that are coming your way. Get used to walking with wearing the gumboots, which will definitely be a challenge in the initial stage. To get the hang of patterns of ice formation will take some time. You will have to judge the fragile surfaces from the strong ones as there are a number of different kinds of surfaces on Chadar Trek, but once you start walking you will know more about it. Planting your foot will be important in most of the cases, you can check for the ice for its steadiness with your walking stick before stepping on it. Make sure your backpack is light and small so you can manage and use the weight on your own effectively.
This will be your first experience of camping under sub-zero temperatures.
Overnight at Shingra Yokma.
10,400 to 10,800 ft
Trek 15 km/ 6 to 7 hours
Before the start of the day, if you feel that you want to opt out, or have been deemed unfit by the government bodies, you can take a physical wild card and opt for a 'Flavor of Winter Ladakh' Tour, without any extra cost.
After spending a cold night in the tent at Tsomo Paldar get your breakfast that will re-energize you and power your senses in the morning. The much needed hot cup of tea will be a welcome delight in the cold.
As you make your way to the campsite of Tibb Cave, you will be seeing some of the most beautiful formations of nature like the frozen waterfalls that stand frozen in time. The source of some of these frozen waterfalls is still unknown and there are a lot of myths and beliefs about them. The mighty Zanskar will be flowing all along with you on the trail and the emerald green water will have a smoothing effect.
Lunch will be done midway to Tibb cave. After walking for a couple of hours you'll come across different rock patterns along the way which look artistic when the sun rays fall on them making their way from behind the clouds.
You will be camping near the Tibb cave which is surrounded by dry sand.
Overnight at Tibb Cave.
10,800 to 11,100 ft
Trek 13 km/ 6 to 7 hours
The campsite for the day is the most awaited one, as you will be going to Naerak today, after breakfast. The 13 km long trail will bring you the chance of seeing the most scenic landmark of Chadar Trek, that is the frozen waterfall. This frozen waterfall is a nature's masterpiece in itself and attracts trekkers and adventurers from across the globe.
Hot lunch will be served on your way to Naerak.
Naerak will be the coldest of all the campsites on the trek where the temperature goes down to as low as -30 degrees during the night. It will be important that you wear proper clothing and in layers to stay safe from the biting cold.
Reaching the waterfall on time would mean that you will have plenty of time to pay the village of Naerak a visit as well.
You will be camping at a distance of 15-20 minutes from the frozen waterfall.
Overnight at Naerak Camp.
11,100 to 10,800 ft
Trek 13 km/ 5 to 6 hours
After breakfast today, you will start the return journey and go back to the Tibb cave.
If you have the notion that going back is the easier part of the journey, the Chadar will force your mind to think again. The Zanskar River reacts to the slightest change of temperature, and constantly keeps repackaging itself. The Chadar would have assumed a completely new form, and will it will almost be impossible to say whether you have been here before.
On your way back to Tibb Cave, you will be seeing a lot of locals negotiating the Chadar wearing the traditional woolen Gonchas, where some of them are monks coming back to Leh from the monastery at Lingshed, while other are young students going back to schools in Leh after their vacations, accompanied by their parents. To see this sight is warming enough. You will be in awe of the way these people have adapted to the temperatures below zero and still smile
Overnight at camps in Tibb Cave.
10,800ft to 10,500 ft
Trek 12 km/ 5 to 6 hours
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 will be noticing a lot of fresh trails and footprints all along the trek, belonging to Foxes, Ibex or Snow Leopards.
Although you would be lucky to spot a Snow Leopard; but you can almost be sure that you are being watched by one all the time.
Overnight at tents in Gyalpo.
10,500ft to 10,300ft and drive to 11,400 ft.
Trek 06 km/ 3 to 4 hours
Drive 65 km to Leh/ 3 to 4 hours
Last day on the Chadar Trek.
Retracing the steps we took, this will be the last chance to look at the majestic and mesmerizing Chadar, which you will miss for sure. Trekkers along the way, who are about to start their trek will for sure ask you the experience. It will be amazing to play guide to these people and to talk to someone about the experience while it is still fresh in your head.
There will be a farewell get-together and dinner to celebrate the completion of the trek.
Tonight you get to sleep in a warm guest-house.
Overnight in Leh.
Return from Leh
After breakfast, you will be checking out of the guesthouse and will get a transfer to the airport.
Continue with your return journey on the flight.
Experience ends here.
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Rated : 5.0
It had everything that you dreamed about. It had ice (lots and lots of ice), even when I was sleeping battling the cold at night I was could see those ice sheet right in front of my eyes. We were walking on ice, we were drinking those ice (of-course the boiled one), but the most exciting part was that we were never complaining even under these extreme condition. Thank to these amazing group of people I was travelling with. The support staff, the organiser and each and every people related to this trip were an amazing host. They made us feel at home, they fulfilled almost all our demands. I had done 2 treks before with other organizations, but these people were the best. The fun we had is quite vivid with this picture, but trust me nothing can be explained in words, you just have to feel it. Keep yourself fit and go for it . It will change the way you see nature , it will change your perception towards people and many more things. Stay happy and keep trekking
Rated : 5.0
Chadar trek was always on my wishlist but knowing about the extreme challenges I always gave it a second thought of doing it or not. It was the time I saw the ad of Thrillophilia, read about the schedule and other people's reviews, I just made up my mind to do it. Many thanks to Thrillophilia to make it a dream come true. I simply saw a God made Heaven on Earth amongst the blue Zanskar, white ice and the amber Himalayas. With each day of the trek, we explored newer phases of Himalayas. We had a great team which made the difficulty level of the trek easier. The rooms were very cosy when we reached after landing in Leh. The organizers were very friendly, the helped us with buying proper shoes required for the trek, heaters for our room and also some sightseeing. The cooks made amazing food. Last day we were overwhelmed when he specially made a cake for us with an icing on the top for we completed the trek successfully. We had a group member who had a birthday during those days. When the cook learnt about it, he managed to make gulab jamuns for the entire team. The porters were also very helpful in carrying all our stuff. The gala time we had in the evening bonfire and the music and the tasty snacks and the dinner is never forgettable. They also made sure about all the medical needs of the group members. Overall, we just enjoyed a lot! The beauty of the Himalayas in the Chadar is just spellbound. Every brave heart must make this once in their life..!! Thanks, Thrillophilia..!!
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 : 5.0
Rated : 5.0
Awesome trek experience and the beauty of Himalayas. Enjoyed all the way on zanskar frozen river. Guides and porters were very helpful and the food, tent facilities were good. Hats off to native people of zanskar.
Rated : 5.0
this is one life time experience at chadar.Everything was simply perfect. A big thanks to our guide Lobzang and team Rigzen (Adventure Studio). you should be mentally prepared to resist subzero (-35) temperature. Please pack your rucksack smartly. Do research before going to Chadar trek Julley
Rated : 5.0
The vendor took a very good care of the trekkers and made the journey really awesome. It was a great journey with lots of adventures and unique experiences! Pros:- Great food at all camps. It was tasty and healthy.- Accommodation was good at Leh and at the camps (tents and sleeping bags).- Trek guides were quite responsible. Moreover, they were flexible and helped us complete the trek one day early. They were also entertaining and we had a great time interacting with the guides.- The guides and organizers were very helpful during medical needs.Cons:- The toilet tents could have been better. (I think this has been incorporated in later batches). The orientation could have been done better. A group leader could have been assigned who could take up the responsibility of ensuring that group starts the trek on time and who could take a headcount at each checkpoint. The itinerary could be slightly modified to help those who wants to visit the Nerak village.Micro-spikes could be provided by organizers.
Rated : 5.0
Well organized trek. Our trek leaders Tashi n Stenzin were too good. All the porters and kitchen staff were really amazing. Could improve on better guest house instead of Tsokar as there were mice in room, it was too cold n dark. Overall the experience was amazing as Chadar is a very beautiful place. Thanks Thrilophilia!!!
Rated : 5.0
Amazing trek.. Thanks a lot to THRILLOPHILIA. Life changing experience. This is the master of all the treks. I am marathon runner, always wanted to go for a trek. Finalized to go for Chadar trek with little hesitation. But, THRILLOPHILIA cleared all the mental blocks and made me confident. Hats off THRILLOPHILIA. What an experience... People tells Swizz mountains. Guys come to Leh and go for Chadar trek. Then compare :) Again thanks a ton to THRILLOPHILIA
How are the weather conditions in Ladakh during winter?
Ladakh is at a high very altitude which means that the oxygen levels are pretty low as compared to the plains. On reaching Ladakh, you are suggested to take a day off to get use to the sudden change in oxygen levels. In winter, this worsens. This cold desert comes with long, harsh winters from October to early March, with minimum temperatures well below freezing for most of the winter. The city gets occasional snowfall during winter. The weather in the remaining months is generally fine and warm during the day.
What are some highlights of the Chadar trek?
With proper gear and sensible trekking, the Chadar trek is not a very difficult trek. But what sets it apart is its unique experience. Everything about it is unique: the scenery, temperature, atmosphere, the frozen river, sledges, unusual campsites, caves and the ever changing Chadar. So unique that it makes for an unmissable experience. This trek has been featured as the most unique treks in the country.
How is Ladakh as a destination? Which places can we see in winter?
Ladakh is a beautiful destination. So much so, that one should definitely plan a visit to this cold desert as a bucket list check box. With beautiful lakes and treks to offer, Ladakh is a must-visit place to go to. In winter, the temperature in Ladakh drops down severely and becomes even more picturesque. One can visit the frozen Pangong Lake, if not the Chadar trek, one can do the trek on the Sham Valley, visit Ladakhi festivals that help you interact with the locals as well.
How difficult is it to walk on the frozen Zanskar river?
This activity is largely famous among the avid travellers. The beauty of this region attracts a lot of visitors, but its harsh and deserted environment is quite demanding. On a Zanskar Valley trek, you would meet the locals and understand their way of living in one of the most uninhabitable regions in the world. The Chadar frozen river trek is an experience for the brave-hearted and thrill-seekers. The weather and terrain might shake your confidence, but if you can surpass that then the journey to this land will be the most enriching experience of your life.
Can Chadar be my first Trek?
Once you have acclimatized to Ladakh, you should not have any high altitude related problems on this trek. Next, the trek is not very rigorous. You do not have to be super fit to do this trek. All you have to do is walk carefully on ice with occasional crossings over rocks if the Chadar is broken. Walking on ice is not impossible and can be picked up fast. Trekkers normally have problems adjusting to the penguin gait on the first day and do take a few falls. But from the second day itself you can see the confidence in their strides. This trek is all about preparing to deal with cold temperatures. If one’s physical stamina is equipped to do long walks and you’re reasonably fit, then you will enjoy the mesmerizing scenery during this trek, if not it can be prove to be a challenge. Keeping all this in mind, yes, Chadar can be your first trek.
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 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 Sumo, Mini Buses are 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. Travelers should also carry chlorine tablets with them.
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 ON 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 is led 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 essentials needed 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 ALONG WITH 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.
WHAT ALL INCLUDE IN THE CAMPING AND PERMIT CHARGES WHICH ARE MENTIONED IN THE INCLUSIONS.
All the Govt. fees and other camping permits are included in the package cost. However there are some Ladakhi local organizations which try to impose some additional charges for trekkers which varies from INR 300 to INR 3,000. Those additional charges will have to be borne by the trekkers themselves.
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