8 Nights / 9 Days | Customizable Package
Spread over 62 kilometres, Chadar Trek is a favourite winter trial of the Ladakh region that starts from Leh and takes you through the snow-clad mountains of the Himalayas. The trek’s highlight is the frozen Chadar river and you cross it to continue the trail. It is nothing less than a life changing experience that will change your perspective on life and nature. Book 8 Nights 9 Days Chadar trek tour 2019 with Go2Ladakh.in.
Reach Leh in the morning by air or road. It is located at an altitude of 11,400 feet, so you will need two days to relax and acclimatise with the change in weight and elevation. Since you will be visiting during winter, wear gloves, a woollen jacket, and a thick pair of socks to keep yourself warm. We recommend you to take a plane to Leh Rinpoche Airport as your view will be filled with snow-dusted mountains of the Himalayan and Karakoram range. When you exit the airport, crisp and cool air will welcome you to Leh. Check into your hotel and rest for the remaining day. Drink enough water to avoid altitude sickness. Take a stroll in the nearby market in the evening to get acquainted with the local food and flavour.
Spend the second day of your trip traveling to nearby tourist attractions to help you adjust the temperature and weather. Avoid visiting places that are located at a higher altitude as it might induce altitude sickness. The Ladakh Government Authorities has set strict rules to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness among trekkers going on the Chadar Trek. According to the rules, trekkers need to rest for at least two days. You can get some shopping done in the Leh market. It has a number of textile shops from where you can buy souvenirs for your friends and family back home. Try walking everywhere you go because during the trek, you will be walking for most of the day.
Another mandatory rule set by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir is that all trekkers must undergo a medical check up at the Sonam Norbu Memorial Hospital. Only after the medical officer approves your report, you will be able to start your trek. You will be issued wildlife permits and insurance among other documents that are required to commence the trek. We recommend you to get medical tests done before booking the trek as it would be disappointing to not get the approval. Start training for the trek 10 days before, so you swiftly pass the medical check up.
On the first official day of the trek, you will trek from Leh to Shingra Koma via that Chilling & Tilad do pass. Shingra Koma is the actual starting point of the Chadar trek. It is 11 kilometres away from Leh and takes five hours on foot. On our way, we will stop at multiple tourist attractions including Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill, and the meeting point of rivers Zanskar and Indus. We also offer car services until Chilling to give you a headstart but it is completely optional. Most of the land will be covered in frozen water or snow, so wearing gumboots is mandatory. Carry a light backpack, so you don?t have any trouble balancing yourself on a variety of surfaces. You will reach Gyalpo in the evening where you will camp for the night. It is one of the most scenic halts of the trek as it is located at the confluence of the rivers and surrounded by snowy mountains.
On the fifth day of the trip, you will leave Gyalpo for Tibb Cave early in the morning. The trek is 12 kilometres long and takes about six hours. We will gain an elevation of 300 feet and come across some beautiful frozen waterfalls. The gorgeous emerald green waters of the Zanskar river will accompany you all along the trek. Around noon, you will stop for lunch at a local dhaba known for its delicious momos. This place has some very attractive rocks that shine glamorously when sun rays directly fall over them. You will reach Tibb Cave in late evening and camp there for the night.
You will experience another 300 feet increase on the sixth day of the trek. It is longer trek and lasts for 13 kilometres, which you will easily cover in seven hours. During the trial, you will come across the most beautiful frozen waterfall of Ladakh and its origin will completely fascinate you. The guide will take you to another local dhaba for a steaming, hot lunch. Naerak is the coldest of all campsites as the temperature can drop below minus 30 degree Celsius. Carry enough warm clothing with you to protect yourself from the extreme cold. Since you will reach the Naerak early in the evening, you will have enough time to explore the village and meet the locals. You will camp overnight in Naerak.
The seventh day marks your return journey to Leh. While you might think the trek will start getting easy, you are entirely wrong. Zanskar River keeps freezing and melting but when you reach there, it will be completely frozen. If you want, you can walk on the frozen waters. It is a fun and unique experience you won?t get to experience anywhere else. You will come across several locals who will convince you into wearing the local gear called Gonchas. You will get a chance to meet monks and monk school children returning to their school for the next semester. The temperature starts getting warmer as you descend the trial. Zero degree Celsius will now feel comfortable as you camp overnight at Tibb Cave.
On the eighth day, you trek in the first half from Tibb Cave to Gyalpo and then take a car to reach Shingra Yokma. The total journey lasts for eight hours and you cover a distance of 18 kilometres. It will all be fascinating to see the tall mountains surround the cascading river as you make your way down to Shingra Yokma. At around 6.30 pm, you will reach Leh and check into a guest house. Call room service and relax in the warm bed after spending four days outdoors. You can fly the same evening but we recommend you to catch a flight the next day. Take a day off to relax and get some last minute shopping done.
Get up early in the morning and check out of the guesthouse after having a heavy breakfast. Travel to the airport and catch a flight back home with happy memories of the nine-day trek.
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