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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 shee...
It was one of the best trek experience I had. Every night the group used to sit together and discuss the day's walk. We used to discuss what all we saw...
Trip Starting From: Leh
Trip Location: Kargil
About the Activity:
- 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 colour of the nature, during the winters it is embraced with heavy snowfalls that cuts 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.
Temperature: -5 to -10 degrees (during the day) and -25 to -35 degrees (during the night)
Trekking Distance: 75km
Maximum Altitude: 11,123ft
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
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 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 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 of 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 manoeuvring 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 woollen 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 Dont's on Chadar trek
Do’s of Chadar Trek
- Needless to say that one should inform one’s family before coming for this trek, so in case of any 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 should 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.
Dont’s of Chadar Trek
- It is the responsibility of every trekker to maintain the serenity of the surroundings. Thus, one should not litter anywhere and spoil the magnificence.
- The wonderful waterfalls should not be contaminated by the use of shampoos and soaps. Thus one should avoid using them. The local habitat tribes use this water for drinking purpose so one should keep it as clean as one expects its drinking water to be.
- When meeting monks or other locals on the way, pinpointing is not advisable as they make take offense.
- Respect the serenity of the shrines and thus one should never disturb the monks or prayers in the monasteries on the route.
- 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.
You can choose from 2 different packages this season for your Frozen River Trek:
Fly to Leh
Altitude 11,400 ft.
Arrival in Ladakh
Overnight stay at the hotel/guest house.
Keep your woollen cap and gloves handy.
Flying over miles and miles of heavily snowed mountains will tell you just why it’s impossible to reach Ladakh by road in the winters. The moment you land at the Leh airport, one of the highest airports in the world, you will feel the fresh and crisp air, and a drastic drop in the temperature. The town has just begun shedding off the thick winter slumber and is slowly coming to life. Taking a stroll through the Leh market, you will find that very few shops and eateries in the town are open for business; but if required, some last minute-shopping for the trek can be done here. The chill in the air will serve only as a preview of the temperatures during this winter trek. The night is spent in a copy guest house.
Drive to Tilad Do via Chilling
11,400 to 10,390 ft.
Climb to Shanti Stupa and Witness the Sunrise
Trek to Tilat Sumdo ( 1-2 Hours approx.)
Overnight stay at camps
Drive 65 kms.
You can start the morning by witnessing the sunrise from the Shanti Stupa , from where you can get a panoramic view of the entire town of Leh and its surroundings. You can also see the peak of Stok Kangri almost beckoning you to climb it.
But today’s agenda includes a very picturesque and thrilling long-drive to Chilling. The roller-coaster ride takes you along the Indus to the village of Nimu, where the Zanskar converges into Indus. After stopping at this confluence point to take in the view, the drive continues and the road begins descending right into the river valley. There are quite a few heart-stopping moments as the vehicle negotiates the steep hairpin bends over snow covered road. The road goes past Chilling to Tilad Do. Among these mammoth mountains, the feeling of insignificance of one’s being does not escape anyone.
To reach the camp-site, you have to cross the frozen Zanskar river and this is when you take your first steps on the Chadar. It takes a while to get a hang of walking on the ice sheet. As the evening comes, the team pitches tents on the banks of the Zanskar, and hands out thick warm sleeping bags. To get some exercise and keep warm, you can climb up the nearby mountains and get a good look at the frozen river. As the sun sets, it drags the temperature down with it, and the sleeping bags in the tents look quite inviting.
Tilad Do to Shingra Koma
10,390 to 10,550 ft.
Trek 10 kms
Reach Gyalpo via Shingra Koma
Overnight stay in camps at Gyalpo
The biggest challenge of this day, and all the remaining days, is to get out of the warm toasty sleeping bags and go out into the giant freezer outside, but the steaming cups of tea being served provide ample motivation.
Today is a long walking session, about 10 km, on the Chadar. The trek leaders will give a briefing about the day, and give tips on how to walk on the Chadar. Depending on the weather, the Chadar can assume various forms. It can be a cold and hard surface of slippery ice, or it can have a dusting of snow over it, providing a good grip. The ice can be thick or thin, and its best to keep closely following the guide. The locals, it appears, have a sixth sense as to where exactly to step on the Chadar. At places, it might be necessary to wade through ankle deep water, or climb on the cliffs at the side of the river. Eventually you get used to walking on the Chadar, which looks like a cross between gliding and skating. Mid way to Gyalpo, the porter-cum-cooks prepare hot bowlfuls of soupy noodles for lunch. It is important to keep up a decent level of fluid intake. Nothing makes you adapt to the conditions faster than nicely circulating blood in your system.
After passing Shingra koma, you reach the camp-site for the day at Gyalpo. The Gyalpo campsite is at a bend in the river, surrounded by high peaks and walls of rock-faces which almost look man-made. All that is left to do is to soak in the views, have an early dinner and call it a day.
Shingra Koma to Tibb Cave
10,550 to 10,760 ft.
Trek through Zanskar (15 km approx)
Overnight stay in tents
This day follows the same early morning routine: bed tea at 7, breakfast at 8, and quick-march at 8:30. Have a good breakfast, as today is the longest walk of the day – almost 15 km. But that is nothing to worry about, all the walking keeps you incredibly warm.
Today’s walk through the deep ravines of the Zanskar is stunning. The sublime walls of the mountains on either sides of the river keep the sunlight away from the Chadar for most part of the day. There are numerous caves in these mountains, big and small. Today is the day when you can see frozen waterfalls, some higher than the others. As the fable goes, centuries ago the local villagers faced a dearth of water and went to Tibet to plead for water. They were given a box which they were to open once they reached the village, and not any time sooner. But curiosity got the better out of them, and when they opened the box, two fishes jumped out of it, creating two huge waterfalls. One of those waterfalls, miraculously, is not iced-up even in such freezing cold. The rocks below this waterfall are covered with moss, and this is the only greenery you’ll see on this trek.
At Tibb, there is a big cave. This cave is the dwelling of all the porters, and they welcome you warm-heartedly in here. The highlight of the day is to share a cup of butter-tea with them!
Tibb cave to Naerak camp
10,760 to 11,150 ft.
Trek 12.5 kms
Overnight stay at camps in Nyerak Village
Attraction Frozen waterfall
Today is the most spectacular of all days on this trek. Walking on the river you cross deep gorges and reach a point where Juniper trees are covered with prayer flags. The porters give you a twig of this tree tied with a piece of prayer flag as a badge of good-luck and good-health. A few steps away stands the mother-of-all frozen waterfalls – a huge instance of suspended animation several feet tall and equally wide. You can see dozens of colours in this enormous ice structure as sunlight plays off its surface. Right next to the waterfall is a bridge across the river which is a part of the summer-time road from Zanskar to Leh.
The Naerak village lies several feet above the river, a vigorous hour-long trek can take you to the village if you want to see the life of a Zanskari. The camp is set up close to the river.
Naerak to Tibb Cave
11,150 to 10,760 ft
Trek 12.5 kms
Stay in tent
Today you start the return journey and go back to the Tibb cave. And if you thought that it was just a matter of retracing your steps back to Chilling, you can think again. 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 the way, you can meet a lot of locals wearing their traditional woollen Gonchas – some of them monks who are hiking from the Lingshed Monastery to Leh, some of them young students accompanied by their parents returning to their schools in Leh after the winter vacation. Watching the locals negotiate the Chadar is a fascinating sight. They are suitably adept to the climate and seem very much at home in the sub-zero temperature and the biting cold winds. Nothing wipes the smiles off their faces and dampens the warmth of their spirit.
Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma
10,760 to 10,550 ft.
Trek 15 kms
Stay in tent
Starting from Tibb, go up to Gyalpo today. The high walls of mountains rising from the sides of the river almost look like castle walls. You can see several trails of pug-marks all along the trek – footprints belonging to foxes, ibex or snow-leopards. You would be lucky to view a snow-leopard; but you can almost be sure that you are being watched by one all the time.
Shingra Koma to Tilad Do and drive to Leh
10,550 to 10,390 and drive to 11400 ft.
Trek 10 kms
Drive 65 kms to Leh
Last day of Chadar Trek
Check-in into the guesthouse
Overnight stay in the guesthouse
This is the last day of treading on the Chadar – the last chance to immerse in the pristine beauty of the frozen river. Once you reach Tilad Do, it is time to say good-bye to the Zanskar and the Zanskaries. The team and porters will take good care of you and make this trek one of the most memorable experiences for you. Tonight you get to sleep in a warm guest-house again.
Return from Leh
Departure from the guesthouse
Continue with your return journey
Experience ends here
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Rated : 5.0
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.
Rated : 5.0
It was one of the best trek experience I had. Every night the group used to sit together and discuss the day's walk. We used to discuss what all we saw during the day if some were facing any issue. Every morning the trek leader was briefing about the day's schedule.
Rated : 5.0
I did an extraordinary thing, I booked with Thrillophilia because they told me that the trek leader and the guide know about the rock climbing. Once we reached Naerak Camp I asked them that if we can do rock climbing on the waterfall. They agreed and they were carrying the equipment too. Climbing on the waterfall felt like out of the world.
Rated : 5.0
I was tired on day 4 of the journey and I didn't want others to slow there pace because of me. During the snacks time, the guide asked me that whether I was fine or not. He was observing me during the walk as I was walking slow. He went around and got some wooden sticks, made a sledge for me. He then asked me to sit on it. I was amazed by seeing the generosity of that person. He pulled me for the next couple of hours till we reached out next base camp.
Rated : 5.0
i should say the preparation is the key to a succesful completion of Chadar.. it is a moderate - difficult trek but absolutely depends onhow well we are preapred to face those extreme conditions. i reccommend to book through thrillophilia in case you are palnning .. me and friends had a good experience.. their operators took the entire ownership from start to end and made sure eveyone is going with a smile..
Rated : 5.0
Awesome trek, guides were helpful .. thanks to thrillophilia team ..
Rated : 5.0
Once in a lifetime Experience. Do not exploit the beauty of Natural things. Go, Visit, Do Adventurous things and make it worth watching. Kudos! Thrillophilia.
Rated : 5.0
It was very cold during the Chadar trek and I fall sick due to it. Trek leader had first aid kit with him and he helped me in all possible to get well. But I was not feeling well so our trek leader arranged my return back to Leh. It was like dream shattered into hundreds of broken pieces.
Rated : 5.0
Outstanding experience, well-arranged services, cooperative staff and beautiful memories! A trek to be remember always. Kudos to Thrillophilia for the well-arranged trek.
Rated : 5.0
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.
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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