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Story by Puneet Prajapati

 Rated : 5.0

Being a fauji kid i always dreamt to do something adventurous and so i chose the most dangerous most exciting chadar trek as my first trek. After reaching the hotel in LEH i was welcomed by Satya sir and guess what we both shared common backgrounds i.e. fauj. After having breakfast i went to the room and slept for an hour or two. In the evening we were briefed by Satya sir and Shashank sir about the trek which actually helped me during the trek. We were a group of 14 among which 8 came solo just like me. At night we introduced each other and slept. Next morning we went for sightseeing and explored beautiful Shey palace and monasteries and by that time we all knew each other names. On day 3 we all went for medical checkups and every member from our group was fit for the trek. In the meantime we went to LEH market for some shopping. We were again briefed by Satya sir , Shashank sir and Sonam Sir and guess what we slept in the tents with our sleeping bags. Next day we started our journey from LEH to Chilling . After reaching chilling we were all set to step our foots on chadar for the first time and that feel was amazing. We walked for 3 hours and reached our first campsite. After having a lovely dinner by our porters we sang songs and went to sleep. Next morning i experienced first snowfall of my life and everything all around us appeared to be white and ahhh what an amazing feel i had that time. By God's grace we all successfully made it to Nerak on day 6 and saw that frozen waterfall for the first time. The josh and the deshbhakti inside me came out, i removed my jackets and stuff, wrapped myself in INDIAN FLAG and waved it at NERAK. I cannot describe that feeling until you experience chadar trek, we spent two hours at Nerak. Alright we made it to Nerak so easily and we all were like wow that was easy but nah something was about to come. After having lunch at Tibb caves we started our journey , after an hour there was a patch when our trek leader Dorge sir saw that chadar is weak ahead and went solo upto 50-80 meters & came back and said we cannot go from here, so we climbed up the hill carefully as it was all covered with snow. And again after this we saw the same thing but this time we couldn't go through the hills as those were standing hills. And at this point we all thought one thing that we all made it to nerak so easily, this has to be happened. Dorge sir again went solo up to 50 meters to check the chadar and suddenly his legs went inside the chadar upto knee. Being an experienced trekker he immediately came out and changed his socks. We didnt have any option so we started walking on the chadar. I being second last in my group saw my group mates how carefully they were walking on chadar, I heard the satisfying sound of crushing the chadar when my right foot went inside the chadar and my gumboots was filled by water. Ah i didn't went mad but stayed calm, my friend Dev behind me shouted Dorge sir come here, and he within 30 seconds came back to me removed my gumboots and helped me to change the socks. We successfully made it to our tents that day and the rest of the journey. All I want to say is we were a group of motivators, we became a family and from day 1 to day 9 we all were positive and supported each other. Much thanks to all the porters who made such yummy foods for us. Thank you to dorge sir & Sonam Sir who always said we will go to Nerak. Thank you to Satya sir and Shashank sir who's briefings really helped me during the trek. I wish again to be with this group because we became a family. Thankyou Thrillophilia for such a wonderful journey on chadar. I will be uploading my chadar trek journey on youtube soon i.e. PUNEET VLOGS. Peace

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Story by Virendra

 Rated : 5.0

I had done Chadar Trek from 02/02/19 to 10/02/2018 through Thrillophilia. It was an awesome trek, amazing beauty of nature walking on ice is very great experience. I really loved this trek. The difficult part of this trek is very cold weather but Thrillophilia managed everything very well they had planned proper step by step acclimatization that help our body to manage in -30 which is the difficult part of this trek. Especially the guys managing operations in Leh Satya and Shashank is doing a very great job. They are caring so much of each and everything like a Family member. The food is awesome during the trek you can’t imagine this much tastier food in that temperature. In sleeping bags you can’t feel even the temprature of -30 By the help of Satya the trip was awesome and our all group members are very satisfied with the service of Satya and Thrillophilia. I would suggest you all take an experience of chadar trek with amazing service of Satya and Thrillophilia.

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Story by Diksha singh

 Rated : 5.0

Julley. Been there done that" Chadar trek " One of the best treks in India it was toughest as I heard earlier but it becomes very easy with help of some important people. 3 days of acclimatization helped us alot. Briefing about gears and equipment was awesome by Satya ji and he made us like family before we went for the trek Mr.tundup made us delighted with good leadership and good food during the trek and I'm thankful to every porter and every staff. Believe me, the best feeling in the world is reaching nerak a lot thanks to Thrillophilia for such a great experience.

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Story by Ronie

 Rated : 5.0

I was part of the Chadar Trek from 31st January to 8th February 2019, along with a group of 17 others through Thrillophilia. The trek was extremely well organized and Satya who was the representative from the company was super helpful. He was there with all of us to guide us through all the formalities of the trek and provided a bunch of trekkers with gear they were unable to bring from home. The trek was an unforgettable experience and the porter's tried to make our lives as easy as possible under very harsh climatic conditions. The trek was an exhausting yet exhilarating experience and for those of us who finished it, it will be one we will remember forever. The hotel accommodations provided could definitely be improved by charging a premium. Overall the attention of the staff at Thrillophilia and the commitment with which they perform their duties is commendable. I would definitely recommend others to book through them in the future.

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Story by Shahid Ali

 Rated : 5.0

One of the best treks in India Amazingly managed by Thrillophilia and local operators Very helping n knowledgeable staff of Thrillophilia especially Satya n Shashank both managed the things well at difficult conditions of Ladakh. Thankful to every porter and our trek guide Sonam. *****Star Trek experience

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Story by Pankaj Rana

 Rated : 5.0

Chadar Trek.... was a JULLEY(Greeting in Ladakhi) to SHABE JUU (Thank You) journey for me, because I was welcomed and greeted at every point of my journey and was thankful to each one of them. My first contact point for chadar was Thrillophilia and for me Satya from Thrillophilia, as he was informative, supportive and demonstrative. He gave us all the necessary information related to our trek, gears, acclimatisation, shopping point, food joint etc. He has been very supportive and always reachable to us, moreover he demonstrated all the requirements to us. Coming back to the trek it welcomes you with different flavours like breathtaking views, amazing sunrise and sunset, majestic and gigantic mountains, freezing cold wind whistling in your ear, white blanket of ice (CHADAR), pure and serene Zanskar river water, frozen waterfall, camping, last but not the least is your amazing crew and team members. It’s not just a trek but a journey to cherish through out your life. I would like to thank Thrillophilia for helping people realising their dream and gift them lifetime memories. Keep rocking guys.

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Story by Priyanshi

 Rated : 5.0

CHADAR TREK is a dream of every trekker and for the same, I planned last year and searched for many platforms and finalize Thrillophilia as per the customer feedback.. During day one I met new 22people and gel with them we got good details about the Chadar and acclimatisation by our trip manager Satya sir...and he looked after us like Kith and kin after that we went for trek tundup and his team managed us everything well food was delicious... We felt sense of achievement with Thrillophilia Just want to say thank to Thrillophilia for this tour.

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Story by Prakhar Shekhawat

 Rated : 5.0

A super experience trek with Thrillophilia We get everything which was mentioned in the itinerary ... everything is done on right time. About the staff -everything during days of acclimatisation was well managed by Satya sir and properly briefed to us he helped us in the best possible way like a brother During the trek, our trek leader Dorjey sir looked after us in the best way made everything enjoyable Every porter and staff was so cooperative and helping we reached till nerak with efforts of porter and they served us always hot and fresh food .. Getting hot food at -30° is like anything they even gave us pancake ... Just loved everything thanks for the great memories Thrillophilia.

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Story by Abhinay Abhinay

 Rated : 5.0

It was an excellent trip with Thrillophilia. I was more concern about the shelter and the food during the trek. But both were amazingly good, especially the food was really tastier. It was really nice trip with this guys. Hope to trek again with Thrillophilia.

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Story by Abhijeet Saxena

 Rated : 5.0

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Chadar trek or The Frozen River Trek as it is called by many is truly a once in a lifetime experience. I’m sure you must be wondering, is this experience worth the difficulty it is advertised? To be honest the only real challenge on this trek is if you can get properly acclimatised and can bear the numbing cold (mind you the temperatures can fall to as low as -30degrees in night). All in all its mostly a flat walk with a few occasional patches that need some easy climbing or a knee-deep dunk in Zanskar’s frozen water. Don’t worry the local Ladakhi porters and your tour guides are your best friend. That being said this has to be the most difficult walk as you have to carry a heavy backpack on your shoulders and walk on slippery ice. It’s almost impossible to complete this trek without falling. If you are afraid of hurting your bum the trick is to slide across the surface like penguin (but what’s the fun without falling in the snow amidst the beautiful Zanskar valley). The trek arrangement was good enough and our group size of 17 slightly more than to our liking. Expect lots of nutritious and tasty food cooked while you trek including everyones favourite Maggi and Pasta. How cold you’ll feel is truly different for each individual, only real advice would be to layer up(at least 4) and enjoy the trek. Photography is pretty rewarding but at the same time is absolutely difficult because of the cold and you’ll be amazed on how fast your batteries can deplete.Since you have first 3 days for Acclimatisation which you can spend sightseeing Leh, grab hold of your closest friends and plan this trek because Leh in winter is very mesmerising. However with the state of Chadar deteriorating every year and increasing number of trekkers arriving, this trek’s days are numbered. Do plan to do it as early you can or as soon as you gather courage to do this mighty trek ;)

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Story by Kamal

 Rated : 5.0

This was something that I had been looking forward to since four years back when I first heard about it. The mesmerizing photos and the sheer beauty of Ladakh drawing me in, the added challenge of braving through the cold making it more enticing. It was everything that I had been looking forward to and more. Before you even land in Leh, the frigid landscape adorned by snow covered peaks devoid of any vegetation welcomes you with a sign of what is about to come. As soon as you land in Leh, the chilly wind which makes your face and body go numb greets you. The next three days are spent in acclimitazing to the place. Once you start the trek you are welcomed by the beautiful Zanskar with its pristine waters mostly frozen on top(Chadar). The next five days were spent either trying not to slip on the Chadar or just getting through the chilling night inside your sleeping bag. But the journey itself was amazing whether it involved stepping in freezing waters to reach Nerak(frozen waterfall) or climbing hill when the Chadar was broken. Thanks to all the crew including the trek leader Sonam, Irfan, Dorjee and the supporting crew Stenzin, Tundup or Namgyal and many others for making those five days on Chadar feel amazing. Thanks to Satya from Thrillophilia for taking care of everything and making this an unforgettable experience. Your presence among us since Day 1 was like having a friend there.

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Story by Kamal

 Rated : 5.0

This was something that I had been looking forward to since four years back when I first heard about it. The mesmerizing photos and the sheer beauty of Ladakh drawing me in, the added challenge of braving through the cold making it more enticing. It was everything that I had been looking forward to and more. Before you even land in Leh, the frigid landscape adorned by snow-covered peaks devoid of any vegetation welcomes you with a sign of what is about to come. As soon as you land in Leh, the chilly wind which makes your face and body go numb greets you. The next three days are spent in acclimatizing to the place. Once you start the trek you are welcomed by the beautiful Zanskar with its pristine waters mostly frozen on top(Chadar). The next five days were spent either trying not to slip on the Chadar or just getting through the chilling night inside your sleeping bag. But the journey itself was amazing whether it involved stepping in freezing waters to reach Nerak (frozen waterfall) or climbing hill when the Chadar was broken. Thanks to all the crew including the trek leader Sonam, Irfan, Dorjee and the supporting crew Stenzin, Tundup or Namgyal and many others for making those five days on Chadar feel amazing. Thanks to Satya from Thrillophilia for taking care of everything and making this an unforgettable experience. Your presence among us since Day 1 was like having a friend there.

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Story by Rishabh Agrawal

 Rated : 5.0

chadar trek such a wonderful experience for me, on this trek I was learned many things and value of daily needs things. seriously chadar trek not only just a trek its a platform to know many things and how to survive in all the situations good or bad both. Great Thanks to Thrillophilia who organised all the best possible facilities for us. And a big thank to my leader MR. SATYA RAJPUT, he is a good leader as well as good behaviour and kindhearted personality. he supported me every time when I need. thanks to you Satya and Thrillophilia and our gang MAFIA GANG.

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Story by Abhishek

 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

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Story by Sateesh

 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

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Story by Treena

 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..!!

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Story by Gopaal Asan

 Rated : 5.0

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Being fromSouth India, I always had the desire to explore the mountains and I did few treks like Valley of Flowers and Stok Kangri. This time one of my friends asked me for Chadar trek. I was hesitant at first but he forced that we should do this time. The package was really great and the price was very decent including the number of days. We did this trek on February this year and it was the best adventure we had so far. We had a very great organizer and they have done quite good arrangements for us. We both went and bought Gumboots and some thermals for the trek from the local markets here. We started our trek on our second day and took a drive from Tilad Do via Chilling. We had some great view during our drive. Trekking was through remote villages, valleys, snow-covered fields, large white meadows and frozen rivers were just awesome. From Tilad we continued our trek to Shingra Koma, on our third day, our trek leader Subham was very brief about our day and also told was to keep ourselves warm as the temperature seems to drop. It was a beautiful day; today we were able to walk properly on the ice. Our fourth and fifth day was the best. We could see frozen waterfalls, hot springs, large rock faces which was just fantastic. Camping on the Tibb cave was totally a different experience for all of us. It was a wonderful trekking experience for me. During this trek there are few things I would like to mentions. Few do’s and don’ts that we all need to remember. Do’s While you are heading out for your Chadar trek always make sure that you take warm clothes with you and wear thermals inside your woollen wear, the night can be very cold. Always wear Gumboots and waterproof shoes. These boots will help you to have a firm grip on the snow and walk without much difficulty. Although you will have medical emergencies it is advisable to carry your own medical kit and medicines. There will be very less drinking water during your trek so carry water bottles with you and also fill your bottles where ever there is a stop. Also, carry energy bars with you. Trekking in the thin sheet of ice may be difficult so always listen to your trek leaders and follow the guidelines. Don’ts: Always be careful that you don’t pollute the place by littering. This trek is known as the most beautiful trek and so it is advisable that you keep the grounds clean. Do not use shampoos or soaps and contaminate the waterfalls. The local tribe use this water for drinking. Do not point any fingers at the monasteries or the local people, they might find that offensive. Also, don’t click pictures of the monks.

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Story by Dinakar Malik

 Rated : 5.0

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Our Chadar Trek adventure was one of the best and most memorable treks for all of us. I along with my friend went for this incredible trekking adventure in January 2017. Very well arrangements have been made for us by the team. I have heard about the beauty of trekking in Zanskar River but when I was actually there it was a lot more amazing. You will fall in love with the views and the whole surroundings. We took our flight from Delhi to Leh from where our tour would start, we were joined by another group of trekkers at Leh. I love to keep a track of each day in my diary and today I will share this with you as well. Day 1: We reach Leh on our first day, such a beautiful place, the airport was very well maintained and that too high up in the mountains. It was a very pleasant day and the cool mountain air was keeping us more active. We visited the markets and the nearby places on our first day and also bought few items for the trek and some energy bars too. Day 2: On our second day, we started with a thrilling ride to Tilad Do via Chilling. Passing through the steep hairpins was a bit scary but we had a wonderful driver Gorakh with us. The day was a bit colder and we started climbing to Shanti Stupa, the sunrise was just breathtaking. It was our first-day trekking in the Zanskar. At first, I was scared a bit to walk on the ice but as we continued I was able to walk properly. We reached our campsite by late evening and the sleeping bags were quite a saviour through the night. Day 3: On our third day, we trekked from Tilad Do to Shingra Koma. After a short brief about the whole trek and how to walk on the ice by our trek leader, we started our trek. We had to cover around 10 km today. Be careful while you walk on the ice as it can be very slippery at times, I faced this problem while walking and had to take small steps when I walk. When we reached halfway our cook cum porter prepared some maggi and soupy noodles for our lunch. I just loved to have something warm at the top of the mountain. We passed Shingra koma, and reached our campsite at Gyalpo. The campsite was very beautiful and we could see the mountains on all sides. After our dinner, we enjoyed a sound sleep. Day 4: On our fourth day, we started our morning with a warm cup of tea and delicious breakfast and then went for a quick march. Today was a big day for us as we had to cover around 15 km, we started trekking through the deep ravines of Zanskar, and the day was a bit colder as there was no sunlight at all. We passed through many caves and saw few frozen waterfalls. We reached Tibb cave where we will be camping for the night. We had a wonderful dinner with some roti and a sabji. Day 5: We started our day with a morning breakfast and some tea. Today we had to trek from Tibb cave to Naerak camp. As we started trekking we came across many Junipers and prayer flags tied on a twig. It was such a beautiful sight. We also came across a huge waterfall on our way to the camp. We had to walk slow as few of the paths were bit slippery. We could also see the Narek village and the distance light flickering in the small huts. We set up our tents near the river, it was biting cold and so we made a small bonfire. Our trek leader Mohan was really helpful enough and he told us about the place and our next route. Day 6: Today our trek was from Naerak to Tibb Cave which was basically our return journey. I would advise you to wear thermals to keep off the biting cold, the day was very cold when we started. We saw the local people wearing their traditional woollen Gonchas and few monks taking making their way to the Lingshed Monastery to Leh. It was such a wonderful view to see people how these people have adjusted to the biting cold here. We reached Tibb cave by late evening and then set up our camps for the night. Day 7: Today our trek was from Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma. We came across many pug marks of a fox. We reached our campsite and there we were cooked a delicious warm dinner by our cook. He made us rice, sabji and dal. Day 8: We were almost coming to an end of our trek. Today we had to trek from Shingra Koma to Tilad Do and drive to Leh. We reached Tilad Do, from where we had to bid farewell to our team. Thanks to Mohan ji and Gorakh for making our trek such an awesome one. We checked into our guesthouse Dorje Guest House for the night and spend the night there. Day 9: Today was our last day at Leh, we enjoyed a delicious morning breakfast and was ready for our return journey. We took our flight back home. We had the best time doing this incredible trek, a must do trek for all the adventure seekers, you will just love everything about this trek. Just remember to wear thermals and wear gumboots during the trek. You can buy them at Leh on your first day itself. And click a lot of pictures to cherish these memories. Huge thanks to team Thrillophilia. Keep rocking guys.

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Story by Deeptendu Pandey

 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.

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Story by Sagar

 Rated : 5.0

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Amazing lifetime experience . Very well organized .

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Story by Sharmila

 Rated : 5.0

Awesome!!!!

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Story by Sharath

 Rated : 5.0

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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.

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Story by alok agarwal

 Rated : 5.0

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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

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Story by msbhuvanbhuvi

 Rated : 5.0

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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.

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Story by Bhavini Dedhia

 Rated : 5.0

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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!!!

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