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Overview

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. 
  • When this happens, the only way to continue with the trek is to hike through the snowy rocks and boulders besides the river. 
  • Temperature Range: 15 to 20 degrees (during the day) and -25 to -35 degrees (during the night)

Itinerary

  • Day 1 -

    Fly to Leh

    As most roads are blocked during winters, air is the only way to reach Ladakh. The temperatures in Leh will always be in the negatives, so wear your warm clothes in the flight itself to avoid the drastic drop in temperatures from affecting you as you descend from the flight.

    Leh is immersed in snow and at times the roads will also be hidden under a thick sheet of ice. Due to this, the city will only be partly open.

    Only the shops catering to local needs will be open and hence, buy all your gears from your city.

    Stay overnight in Leh.

  • Day 2 -

    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.

  • Day 3 -

    Tilad Do to Shingra Koma

    The day will start with a few stretching exercises, breakfast and a briefing by the instructors on how to trek on the Chadar.

    The weather at Chadar is not very predictable, at times it can be cold with hard surface of slippery ice or it can be soft fresh snow.

    A 12 km trek will lead you to Gyalpo through Shingra Koma. Surrounded by towering mountain peaks, enjoy an overnight stay in your tents at a bend in the river.

  • Day 4 -

    Shingra Koma to Tibb Cave

    After breakfast, kick-off today’s 14 km trek with scenes of frozen waterfalls and sky-reaching mountain walls which block most of the sunlight.

    The trek ends with a hot cup of Ladakhi tea and stay overnight in tents in the Tibb Cave.

  • Day 5 -

    Tibb cave to Naerak camp

    A 5 hour trek after breakfast through the beautiful cliffs, Juniper trees covered with prayer flags and the valley of Chadar will take you to the region’s largest waterfall, Nyerak waterfall.

    After a refreshing stop at the Nyerak waterfall, continue towards your destination, Nyerak village, where you will camp overnight at the side of the frozen river, in tents.

  • Day 6 -

    Naerak to Tibb Cave

    This day marks your return journey to Tibb Cave and although the trek is the same, there is a slight change in weather conditions.

    Stay overnight in tents inside the cave, just like last time.

  • Day 7 -

    Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma

    The second day of your return journey will show you mesmerizing views of frozen waterfalls.

    The destination for today is Gyalpo with an overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 8 -

    Shingra Koma to Tilad Do and drive to Leh

    The last day of your Chadar Frozen River Trek will leave you wanting more of the snow and mountains.

    At Tilat Do, a vehicle waiting for you will take you back to Leh.

  • Day 9 -

    Return from Leh

    Today is the end of the tour. Catch a flight from Leh for your return journey.

Stay

    7
  • Accommodation in tents on sharing basis

Meal

    7
  • Vegetarian meals during the trek

Activity

    7
  • Trekking
  • 7
  • Rock Climbing

Other Inclusions

    7
  • One Porter per person
  • 7
  • Airport Transfers
  • 7
  • Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
  • 7
  • Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)
  • 7
  • Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
  • 7
  • Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)

Transport

    7
  • Transportation from Leh to the basecamp and return

Things To Carry

    7
  • Shirts / T-shirts –2/3, Jeans / Trekking Pants -2
  • 7
  • Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  • 7
  • Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollensweater
  • 7
  • Thermal inner wear (upper & lower),Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • 7
  • Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  • 7
  • Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  • 7
  • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  • 7
  • Raincoat / Poncho, Small light weight towel
  • 7
  • Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleribottles!!)
  • 7
  • Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  • 7
  • Sun glasses, Walking stick / Trekking pole
  • 7
  • Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • 7
  • Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  • 7
  • Personal toiletries
  • 7
  • Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  • 7
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

Tour Type

    7
  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

    7
  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • 7
  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • 7
  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • 7
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

    7
  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

    7
  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 12 hours of successful booking
  • 7
  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
  • 7
  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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