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Trip Starting From: Leh
Trip Location: Kargil
About the Activity:
Temperature Range: 15 to 20 degrees (during the day) and -25 to -35 degrees (during the night)
Arrival in Ladakh
Overnight stay at the hotel
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 : 5.0
Frozen River Chadar Trek was good. I was initially wondering how good this trek is gonna be, but it was nevertheless nice. 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. This is a frozen ice trek within India. India is truly incredible. Whoever says that we have no winter should see this place. It’s gigantic and spellbinding beauty. I felt like I am walking inside a fairy tale. This place was that great. I totally loved it.
Rated : 5.0
Even today when I think about my journey to the completion of Chadar trek, I literally get goosebumps. Walking steadily over the frozen Zanskar River was the best ever I did do far. At times, had to climb the nearby rocks and find the way forward. The drops in the temperature were also the challenging part. But at the end, with the help of the experienced guides and trek leaders, I completed this Chadar River trek and got a million of super enthralling memories with me. Great experience of Ladakh Chadar trek!
Rated : 5.0
You just don't get such amazing treks everyday! Really man, the Chadar trek is the ultimate for a trekker. I and our entire groups was totally enthralled on the Chadar trekking experience. All the 9 days had something new for us. The walks on the snow blanket was no less than a dream come true. Honestly speaking, this Zanskar region is the paradise for the trekkers. Loved the trek; awesome experience of life.
Rated : 5.0
Chadar trek is one trek that I think all trekkers should embark on as the entire experience is simply breathtaking and equally beautiful. I successful completed this trek last year and I’m still not over the trek.
Rated : 4.0
I guess, 'awesome', 'amazing' and 'mesmerizing' are the words that can define our Chadar Trek 2012. From the very first encounter to the last (9th) day of our trek, the frozen Zanskar River kept us engrossed with its beauty and enthrallment. Only after the trek started, our entire group realised the various facts that make this trek, one of the most challenging as well as rewarding treks in the country. In addition to the charm and appeal of the frozen Zanskar, the way our entire trek was designed by Thrillophilia; it added an extra amount of fun and excitement to the 9 days of trekking. However, if you are also planning for this trek, make sure you book it beforehand as there are limited slots available and also a very few operators like Thrillophilia conducts this adventurous tour.
Rated : 4.0
Though I had gone for some of the difficult treks in India, I never had so much fun and excitement as I had during my last year's (2013) Chadar Trek. The trekking routes, passes and the beauty of the entire Zanskar River were just the way, I heard so far. But what fascinated me more was the alluring appeal of the frozen Zanskar River. Though I was a bit reluctant about going for the trek alone, the way Thrillophilia / trip organizer arranges and managed the trek and the entire group, no one from our group ever felt new amongst the other members or the region. My guides were very helpful! Three cheers for the team!
Rated : 5.0
It was all white, snow all around and we were walking on a Frozen River which is on its own an amazing experience. Different destinations one by one and each destination decorated with nature’s ornaments. The Karsh Monastery one of the oldest Monastery and we happened to reach there on the day of festival and was mesmerized by the colorful mask dance and other rituals. This trip is just like being in heaven. Thanks a lot Thrillophilia.
Rated : 5.0
I rarely write any review but my experience was so wonderful that I really want everyone to know that how beautiful was to trek on the frozen river. I literally wanted time to stop right there. Those beautiful mountains and white snow everywhere. Super chilling wind and that thrill, it can't be described in words. Juts go there and you will realize that your decision was absolutely correct. And a big thanks goes to Thrillophilia for making me the witness of that Magic by Nature.
Rated : 5.0
I would call this trek as the best adrenaline pumping treks in the world. Really, very few treks in the world can match the challenges and thrills of the Chadar Trek in the Zanskar region. Hill and mountains we can climb every day, but when it comes to a frozen river, we don't get the opportunity every day. Luckily I got this opportunity to complete this Chadar frozen river trek with few of my friends. The experience was good, bookings were made easily and we were confident about the challenges on the way. The guides were really awesome and had a lot of patience and courage to lead the way even though there were extreme challenges trekking over the frozen river bed. Will always cherish this Chadar trek experience.
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 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 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 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 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.
WHAT ALL INCLUDE IN THE CAMPING AND PERMIT CHARGES WHICH ARE MENTIOED 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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