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Overview

The magnificent Zanskar flows through the weather-bleached landscape of Ladakh, cutting gorges into the rocks and bringing fertility into the otherwise arid land. During the summer, the Zanskar river offers some of the most thrilling whitewater rafting in the country, but in the deepest winter, when the temperatures drop as low as -35 degrees, the river freezes over. This is when the Chadar trek is conducted, for 5-, 7-, 9- or 15-day itineraries. Chadar trek The Chadar trek takes you right onto the frozen Zanskar river, into the middle of an untamed winter wilderness. The only thing separating you from the icy depths of the river is a sheet of ice. You'll see waterfalls frozen in mid-flow, bubbles trapped under the ice, and trees with no leaves. You'll stop at the famous Tibb Cave to share a cup of hot buttered tea over a blazing fire, and camp at night in tents under starry skies. It's going to be an unforgettable experience! Prices starting from Rs 17,500 per person for 5 days & Rs 21,000 per person for 9 days trek

Short Itinerary

  • Day 1     Day 1 of the Chadar trek: Arrive in Leh
  • Day 2     Day 2 of the Chadar trek: Day at Leh
  • Day 3     Day 3 of the Chadar trek: Leh to Shingra Koma
  • Day 4     Day 4 of the Chadar trek: Shingra Koma to Tibb Cave
  • Day 5     Day 5 of the Chadar trek: Tibb Cave to Naerak
  • Day 6     Day 6 of the Chadar trek: Naerak to Tibb Cave
  • Day 7     Day 7 of the Chadar trek: Tibb Cave to Bakula
  • Day 8     Day 8 of the Chadar trek: Bakula to Leh
  • Day 9     Day 9 of the Chadar trek: Depart from Leh
  • Day 10   Day 10 of the Chadar trek: Tibb Cave to Naerak

Day 1 : Arrive in Leh

Land at Leh's Rimpochee Airport in the morning. The city is very cold in the months of winter, with most of the landscape covered with snow. Due to the off-season, most shops and hotels are usually closed. The daytime temperature in January is around -9 degrees but it can drop down to -15 degrees in the nights. Overnight at Leh in hotel rooms.Today's package does not include any meals.

Day 2 : Day at Leh

Spend the day at Leh to acclimatize to the high-altitude of the city. You can go on short walks to explore the city, but don't exert yourself too much. Remember to keep hydrated and eat regular meals. Today, you'll also visit the Sonam Norboo Memorial Hospital in Leh for a medical check-up. Obtain a health clearance certificate from the hospital after your check-up. Overnight at Leh in hotel rooms.No meals are included today

Day 3 : Leh to Shingra Koma

Board vehicles from the hotel and head out to the start point of the trek at Shingra. After a 3-hr drive, during which you'll catch your first view of the frozen Zanskar River, you'll arrive at Shingra. You'll learn how to walk on the frozen ice and begin the 3-hr trek to your first campsite. Overnight at Shingra Koma in tents.You'll be driven to the start point of the trek, and will begin. Lunch and dinner will be served to you today. You'll be staying in cosy tents on twin sharing basis. You'll be provided with sleeping mats and sleeping bags. In addition, a toilet tent will be set up for you. Also, there is a kitchen/dining tent for your convenvience

Day 4 : Shingra Koma to Tibb Cave

On the trek to Tibb Cave, you'll encounter some the first frozen waterfalls, with many of them the subject of local myth and tradition. You'll also encounter overhang sections of the trail where, if the ice conditions are unsuitable, you'll need to crawl on your stomachs as the safest way to distribute weight over the sheet of ice. As you approach your destination, the trail passes through a narrow gorge, that receives almost no sunlight. Overnight at Tibb Cave in tents.

Day 5 : Tibb Cave to Naerak

The highlight of the trek to Naerak is the large frozen waterfall, that trekkers encounter just before the arriving at the campsite. An old wooden bridge serves as a great vantage point to view the frozen waterfall. The path to Naerak is marked by Juniper trees with Laddakhi prayer flags, fluttering with the wind. The campsite, where temperatures may be the coldest of the trip, is located just below Naerak village. Overnight at Naerak in tents.Overnight in tents on the Chadar trek.Stay in comfortable tents on twin sharing basis. All meals are included today.

Day 6 : Naerak to Tibb Cave

LRetrace your steps back to Tibb Cave. The ice will often crack and freeze once again overnight, presenting a fresh landscape every day. This ensures that the ice formations that you've trekked across on your way from Tibb Cave won't be the same on your way back. Overnight at Tibb Cave in tents.Overnight in tents on the Chadar trek.Stay in comfortable tents on twin sharing basis. All meals are included today

Day 7 : Tibb Cave to Bakula

One of the longest days of the trek, you'll continue your return trek back to Leh and head for today's destination of Bakula. The campsite is located on higher ground, where it often gets windy at night. Bakula is regularly frequented by the native wildlife of the region, but the animals usually shy away from human contact. Overnight at Bakula in tents.Overnight in tents on the Chadar trek.Stay in comfortable tents on twin sharing basis. All meals are included today

Day 8 : Bakula to Leh

After a short, 1-hr walk, you'll arrive at Shingra Yokma, concluding the Chadar trek. Here, you'll wait for Tempo Travellers to come and transport you back to Leh. Overnight at Leh in hotel rooms.You'll be picked up at Bakula and will be driven back to Leh, where you'll check into the guesthouse. You can relax and enjoy your victorious return. Dinner is not incuded today.

Day 9 : Depart from Leh

You'll choose and pay for your own breakfast in Leh, and then will pack up and check out. Your Chadar trek comes to an end here. Check out of the hotel in the morning. Your trip ends here.

Day 10 : Tibb Cave to Naerak

The highlight of the trek to Naerak is the large frozen waterfall, that trekkers encounter just before the arriving at the campsite. An old wooden bridge serves as a great vantage point to view the frozen waterfall. The path to Naerak is marked by Juniper trees with Laddakhi prayer flags, fluttering with the wind. The campsite, where temperatures may be the coldest of the trip, is located just below Naerak village. Overnight at Naerak in tents.Overnight in tents on the Chadar trek.Stay in comfortable tents on twin sharing basis. All meals are included today.

Includes

  • Travel arrangements between Leh-Leh in Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle
  • Accommodation at Leh for 3 nights in hotel rooms on twin/triple-sharing basis
  • Accommodation during the trek for 5 nights in tents on twin-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: dome tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tents
  • Vegetarian meal package from lunch on Day 3 to lunch on Day 8
  • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Services of porters to carry common camping equipment
  • Complimentary insurance (details on request)
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes

Excludes

  • Travel arrangements between home city and Leh
  • Any meals during stay in Leh
  • Permit fees by ALTOA and LAHDC (will be approximately INR 2,500, to be paid in cash)
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals and beverages etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

We Provide

  • Qualified and experienced trek Leader
  • Services of guide, cook and support team

You need to get

  • Ruck sack bag with rain cover
  • Hand torch with spare batteries
  • UV-protection sunglasses
  • 1 Litre water bottle
  • Pair of light weight slippers/sandals (for the campsite)
  • 2 quick-dry, warm lowers or track pants
  • 4-5 full sleeves T-shirts or sweatshirts
  • 4-5 pairs of thick woollen socks
  • Thermal body warmer (T-shirt and pants)
  • 8-9 undergarments
  • Warm jacket closed at wrist and neck
  • Full sleeves sweater
  • Rain wear (jacket and pants)
  • Pair of warm gloves
  • Woollen cap
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • Personal toiletries kit (towel, toilet paper, paper soap, bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream, etc.)
  • Sunscreen lotion (small pack)
  • Lip balm
  • Utensils: small size, light weight and leak-proof lunch box, plate, spoon, tea/coffee mug
  • Camera (optional)
  • Dry fruits, nuts, chocolate bars (optional)

What to Wear

  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Trekking boots
  • Warm clothing

What not to Wear

  • Expensive jewellery or watches
  • Sports shoes/floaters/slippers
  • Restrictive clothing

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