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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 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 Satish Achari

 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.

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Story by Dayaananda Achari

 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!

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Story by Balagopal Ahuja

 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.

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Story by Jitender Sethi

 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.

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Story by Mark Dowson

 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.

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Story by Nikhil Arora

 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!

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Story by Niranjan Pothuvaal

 Rated : 5.0

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ok, i was waiting to head back and write this review. being a solo female traveller and chadar being my first trek (Yes you heard it right! ) i believe this will be useful for a lot of folks out there: Before writing about my experience, let me give you a glimpse of preparation you MUST DO, so that your excitement of Chadar will not turn disappointment. Physical fitness is very important. even though it is not hiking and just walking, we had to walk atleast 6 hours a day, that too on ice which makes it even more challenging. should be prepared well in advance and make sure you start building your stamina. Being from down south, i was never I was never exposed to extreme cold. One need to be prepared to take up that climatic condition. Change in your environment actually hits your health.. your body should adapt to thin air.. so be prepared with right clothing..clothing should be in layers as nights can go upto -35.. it is Body and hand warmers, thermal inners, gum boots, fleece jacket,Insulating Gloves, rain poncho, sunglass, good pairs of socks and buff/woollen cap.so the whole point is the right clothing is extremely important. you can search for more essentials on internet which will be helpful..Personal medical kit is mandatory. Please carry Thermal water bottles,Dispirit,cotton buds, a crepe bandage, wet tissues, Volini spray and hand sanitiser which is a must. To get a good grip on Ice, it is good to carry a trekking pole.. please Carry energy bars and dry fruits even though you will get nice hot food.. to carry all this a nice backpack too :P Even though this is not summing the MUST DO’s of Chadar let me lapse into DONT'S ... i would like to give a shout out to the trek leader, Sumod here.. he took up the entire ownership and was responsible enough t ask all the fellow trekkers not to litter the pristine trail. If you want to Chadar even after few years down the line, please do not litter. do not even think of exposing your hands/legs to cold directly for a long period. I did and suffered.. Frostbite sucks! Do not get panic if you get breathing problems.. give time for your body to acclimatise.Do not worry as the operators from Thrillophilia took care of such emergency situations really well.. Be good to the guides, they do a fantastic job to make sure the journey is as smooth as possible. I do not wanna mention the instance happened in my trip which made me write this.. but yeah its good to be nice to those people. Now me being crazy about this frozen trek and booking through Thrillophilia was the only RIGHT step i took.. I was not prepared even though Tarun from Thrillophilia used to remind me on all the preparations i need to take being a solo traveller.. I was casual about lot of things.. but trust me when I experienced Chadar N i understood how good is to get guidance from experts and its good for us to follow them.. If someone ask me how hard is chadar, its difficult to answer.. but to me the RIGHT THINGS to make Chadar experience good is the right preparations, right operator and a right platform.. Thanks to all..

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Story by Balamani Iyengar

 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.

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Story by Chandraketu Bandopadhyay

 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.

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Story by Smriti Bandopadhyay

 Rated : 5.0

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The Chadar trek was a 9-day tour with 7-days on the trek. Our trek started on Day 3 while it was supposed to start on Day 2. This happened because the Chadar was broken on Day 2. I was worried as I had the flight to catch on Day 9. I requested from the trek leader that if there is a way we can be back by Day 8 so that I can catch the flight. The same day in the evening, he called up the group meeting. This was the same issue which was being faced by the group. Everybody was okay to leave the visit to Naerak Camp but our Trek leader motivated us by saying that it was a lifetime experience for us and we were there to see that frozen waterfall only. He changed our itinerary after discussing with team Thrillophilia and we completed the trek in 6 days with visit to Waterfall. Thank you team thrillophilia for making my experience a memorable one.

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Story by Anal Embranthiri

 Rated : 5.0

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i wish i could go this season also.. i went for chadar last year and when i was saw thrillophilia post today i thought i should write a review which will help this year travellers. guys please do all the preparations well. thats makes 80% things fine while doing the.. rest all and beyond thrillophilia and their operator will takecare. carry minimal lagguage but all neccessities, right clothing, energy bars, medical kit.. follow all instrutions of guides.. they are experienced and are from the Zanskar regions. our group had guides who had 18 years experience.. thrillophilia also gives guidelines before the trip follow them while doing preparations.. enjoy your trek.. click lot of pictures.. stay safe and be a responsible traveller.

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Story by Avani Ahuja

 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.

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Story by Vrinda Kaul

 Rated : 4.0

Zanskar is the most amazing trek. Two rivers merge and a very nice restaurant at the bank will make you go speechless. You will forget all luxury in front of the beauty of nature. Thanks to Thrillophilia team for such wonderful trip.

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Story by Jitender Sethi

 Rated : 5.0

Unfortunately I did not have a high quality camera with me during this great Chadar trek. Out of the total 9 days of trekking, I enjoyed every single day with other trekkers in the group and had a great amount of adventure and thrill. The temperature was way below the normal range. I did my research on packing properly and moreover, this organising platform will make you aware of all the dos and don'ts of Chadar river trek like no one else can do. Trek guides and instructors were cool and sincere enough to help our entire group whenever we needed them. Thanks to all for this amazing experience.

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Story by Bala Talwar

 Rated : 5.0

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One of the best adventure of my life. I was planning a this trek long time but finally I went to this trek. While checking for good package I came across thrillophilia. I had lot of doubts about the trek and Tarun was really co-operative and cleared all my doubt. During 4th day of trek Chadar broke but our trip leader knew the alternate route to reach base camp as he was from Zanskar region and he told us he and porters cross chadar many time in winters as road to Leh remain cloased during winter so he know this region like the back of his hand. I am really glad to meet so many new people on the trek and some which become so good friend of mine that we are planning one more trek together.

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Story by Kashyap Gowda

 Rated : 5.0

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When I heard stories of Chadar trek from my trekker friend with whom I did 4-5 treks in Himalayas, I could not resist myself to go on frozen river trek in Zanskar. He suggested me to go through thrillophilia as he also did chadar trek 2 years ago with them. It was very easy to book and hassle free process to book this tour. These guys are different from other online companies who sell chadar trek, as their operator is local and their support staff itself is from znaskar village where this trek take place. I had memorable 9 days of my life during this trip. Lot of challenges, adventures, risk, fun moments during the trek make this trek non forgettable.

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Story by Giriraaj Khan

 Rated : 5.0

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Chadar Trek- I'd never imagined I'll go for it but i did. I never wanted to but my brother took me with him, Mind you- that's only because he had a spare ticket cuz one of his friend from the group backed out. I thought it requires trekking experience but to my surprise I managed it well, having no experience of trekking at all. You need to walk alot, so if you're physically fit you can go for it! The joy of reaching the end point & watching the frozen fall was Ah-Mazing! I'm glad my brother forced me for it for it gave a memorable experience!

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Story by Acharyasuta Deshpande

 Rated : 5.0

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The only worry when I set off for this trek was whether or not the groups will be female-friendly, because i was travelling alone. My friend from work recommended Thrillophilia to me & I booked it with tem for February 2, 2016. Needless to say how amazing the trek was, the group we went with was so friendly and I did not feel insecure/uneasy. People from across the country had joined in. Now have a snap of 15 of us together right below the frozen waterfall and I'm sure this is going to be a memory that i'll cherish forever!

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Story by Apsara Deshpande

 Rated : 5.0

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The batches from team Thrillophilia had 20 pax. I find it difficult to be with so many unknown people. I requested Girdhar from team Thrillophilia to arrange a smaller group batch for me. He informed me that it is not possible, I was disappointed but one day he called me and asked if I was fine with only 10 pax in the batch. I was delighted, he had a customized batch of 9 pax who were okay to have one more in their group. I actually liked the Customer service with the experience I had on Chadar.

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Story by Ahilya Marar

 Rated : 5.0

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The best part of the trek was swimming in the river. We saw a number of people were jumping in the river. The trek leader informed us that the temperature of the water was around -10 C. We asked him that is it safe, he added that people often do it to feel the hardships of life. Then, I and my friend planned to swim downstream in the river. We jumped into the river and were around 1-2 min. in the water. It was an amazing feeling. As soon as we came out the guide wrapped us in the sleeping bag putting hot water bottles in the sleeping bags.

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Story by Dhana Ganaka

 Rated : 5.0

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I was in touch with Rishabh from thrillophilia for my Chadar trek booking. He shared the preparation guide, packing guide, do's and don't of the trek. I was all prepared for the trek because of him. The same was communicated by the trek leader on the day 1 of the trek. They informed us that there are two factors which make the trek difficult. first is low oxygen level and second, the temperature. To cure us of both we were asked to wear a number of cloth layers and to continuously drink water. For the same, they used to provide us hot water bottles every morning.

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Story by Sanya Reddy

 Rated : 5.0

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All the 9 days during the trek and had something new for us. I had been to Ladakh on a bike but this was totally a new experienced. Totally value for money for the quality of service, tents, sleeping and food which we got during the trek. Trek was conducted by local trek leader and porters who are from Zanskar village. It was very cold and ice at some place was very thin. One of trek member fall into the river during the trek but our porters and guide very quick to jump in river and take him out. So always be careful while walking on thin ice sheet.

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Story by Brajesh Mehrotra

 Rated : 5.0

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Everything about this trek and Ladakh is unique the scenery, the landscape, the temperature, the people, frozen waterfalls, caves and campsites on sheet of ice. I that’s why this trek is considered to be most adventurous and unique in whole India. I have never seen frozen waterfall in my life but on day 5th in Naerek I saw this phenomenal frozen waterfall and for a second I was not able to believe on my eyes. I think all these factors make chadar once in a life time experience and it’s must do for any trekking enthusiast.