8 Nights / 9 Days | Group Departure 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 08 Nights 09 Days Chadar trek tour 2020 with Go2Ladakh.in. Chadar Trek, also known as the 'Frozen River Trek' and Zanskar G
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. our team will take you to 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.
According to the latest notifications by the District Disaster Management Authority/ District Magistrate, Leh Ladakh, the following are the mandatory medical advisories to be followed by those heading for the Chadar Trek:
The trekker must complete a 2-days rest in Leh for acclimatization.
A mandatory medical check-up at the designated area on the third day. You need to pass this test to continue your trip ahead.
The tourism department will check to ensure that you are carrying all essential trekking gear and safety equipment, including green disposable bags.
Oxygen cylinders must be kept in the porters accompanying your group.
According to experts, you need to follow a fitness regime and your BMI must be normal to have a safer experience. You can consult a physician and get your fitness regime planned professionally.
Other important guidelines by the authorities are the following:
The travel company that is hosting your expedition must be registered.
An audio advisory issued by the Tourism Department must be played in the vehicles to keep the travelers informed.
The garbage bags must be disposed of at the waste segregation center installed at Solan Colony.
The traveler must ensure a hygienic ambiance and actively participate in the cleanliness drive.
Inform your family or friend about your itinerary as someone back home must be informed about your schedule.
Pack warm clothes and waterproof shoes.
Carry your essential medicines and first aid kit along.
Pack energy substitutes and canned food items along with easy to make items such as noodles, soups, etc.
Carry appropriate clothes if you are planning to visit monasteries and temples on your way.
Do not contaminate the waters from the waterfalls with chemicals and shampoos, etc.
Do not disturb the monks or prayers in the monasteries if you are planning to visit.
Do not try new things while trekking and meticulously follow the instructions by your guide.
The following are the items you must pack for Chadar Trek:
Thermal shirts and trousers, face masks, woolen gloves, caps, and socks, jackets, windcheaters, raincoats, and sweaters.
Waterproof high-ankle hiking boots having proper grips.
Pack the medicines you usually take for fever, nausea, inflammation, diarrhea, allergies, cold & cough, and altitude sickness.
Carry your sunglasses and sunscreens, and a sleeping bag.
Pack a portable heater for comfortable sleep.
Make a small pouch of essential toiletries such as toiletries, lip balm, hand sanitizer, disinfectants, etc.
Carry a torch, camera, and extra batteries.
You need to reach Leh first to reach the base camp of the Chadar Trek. Leh is the capital town of Ladakh and can be reached by air. You can take a flight from major cities of the country to reach Ladakh. It is the easiest and most comfortable way to reach Leh.
You can also take a road journey to Ladakh. However, you would be glancing at spell-binding vistas on your route, the journey will be long and tiring. From Leh, you will be taken to the base camp in cars by your travel planner.
Chadar Trek is an approximately 14-days long expedition in which an average trekker is required to walk nearly 16 kilometers every day. The journey starts from Chilling and your organizers would drop you nearly 1 km away from your first camp, that is, Tilat Sumdo.
In the following days, you will be trekking to the higher camps to reach Nerak, the frozen waterfall which also serves to be the returning point of the Chadar Trek.
The average temperature of Chadar Trek in the daytime ranges between -5 to -15 degrees in January and February. Usually, nights are 10 degrees colder than days, and temperature ranges between -15 to -25 degrees. During extreme conditions, the temperature can even dip down to -30 or -35 degrees.
You can carry hot water baggage to have a comfortable sleep in your tent. Make sure you carry enough clothes to have proper layers to protect you during such extreme conditions.
Yes, Chadar Trek is safe for beginners too! However, they need to take primary precautions before going for such an adventurous excursion. Kindly note that whoever is planning to go for Chadar Trek, needs to follow a fitness regime at least 15 to 21 days before heading for the journey. Chadar Trek is a lifetime experience and one needs to be cautious and trek wisely. Keep sufficient days, at least 2 or 3 days for acclimatization as your body needs to be in the habit of being at a high altitude.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert trekker, one of the most important things that you need to keep in your mind is, listening to your trek guide carefully and following his instructions. Don’t leave the group and follow your instincts as you might end up hurting yourself.
The highest point of Chadar Trek is Nerak which is located at an altitude of 11,150 feet. It is the frozen waterfall that is surrounded by impeccable mountains. Nerak is also the return point for some of the trekkers. There are also other variations of the trek that goes until Lingshed and Padum. Titad Sumdo, the first camp of the Chadar Trek is located at an altitude of 10,390 feet.
Chadar Trek in Ladakh is one of the most challenging treks in India, however, the major task is getting accustomed to the severe climatic conditions at an altitude that is around 13 thousand feet above sea level. As it is a 14-days long expedition, trekkers at times don't get enough rest.
However, if you are trekking with professionals who are familiar with the local surroundings, you won't face difficulties. Make sure that you listen to your trek guide and follow their instructions carefully. Go2Ladakh is a travel company based out of Ladakh and offers all the local experiences, from surviving tips to authentic local food balancing the nutrition of your body.
You need to follow a fitness regime for at least 15 to 21 days before heading for the Chadar Trek. You must be knowing that during Chadar Trek you would be walking for nearly 5 to 6 hours daily over the frozen river while carrying your backpack on your shoulders.
You need to be fit and have an active lifestyle to complete the trek successfully. For those who are not much active in their usual life, following a fitness regime of 3 weeks will be helpful and they can easily match the steps with other group members.
Chadar Trek Ladakh is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you certainly won't mind being active for a few more days in advance to have a successful trip ahead.
You need to be physically fit in the medical test which would be conducted by the tourism department, the day you will be heading for the expedition.
Get prepared for the medical fitness
Keep yourself hydrated and try to drink hot fluids more to adapt a habit
Try to keep uniformity in your walk during your fitness regime
As you would be having weight on your shoulders during the expedition, focus on upper as well as lower body strength
Get into habit of eating lighter meals
You can be on a solo trip to Chadar Trek, however, you will be accompanied by a group of fellow travelers who would have booked the same trek package from your travel planner. You will also be accompanied by a trek guide, trek supporter, and high-altitude cook.
If you wish to go on Chadar Trek all alone then you must be an experienced expeditionist and must take prior permissions from the tourism department of Ladakh. Most of the time, you need to be with a group of trekkers for a safe experience.
On an average you will be walking 15-16 kilometer per day for the next 14-days to complete the 106 kilometers long trek of Chadar, the frozen river.
Yes, you will need a walking stick to walk comfortably and safely on the Chadar Trek.
Yes, you will need gumboots to walk safely on the Chadar Trek. You can buy a pair of gumboots for yourself from Leh. However, if you are looking for a branded pair of gumboots then you can buy them in advance and pack them with your other essentials.
You need to have ankle-length hiking boots for Chadar Trek. You can also buy gumboots for your Chadar Trek. You can buy a pair of good hiking boots from the local markets at Leh.
The following are the essential clothes you will require for Chadar Trek:
It is recommended to avoid liquor and smoking during your Chadar trek. You need to stay active and aware of your surroundings and it is advised to avoid intoxicating substances.
The road distance between Leh and Chadar Trek point is 80.5 kilometers and can be reached easily by car, bus, along with porters.