chadar-trek

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Reporting at Leh
  • Day 2
    Acclimatization & Local Sightseeing
  • Day 3
    Medical Checkup & Related Formalities
  • Day 4
    Trek to Shingra Koma & Trek to Somo Paldar
  • Day 5
    Trek to Dib Cave/Tibb
  • Day 6
    Dib Cave/Tibb to Camp at Naerak Frozen Waterfall
  • Day 7
    Naerak to Tibb
  • Day 8
    Tibb to Shingra Koma & back to Leh
  • Day 9
    Departure from Leh

Batches Available

  1. 10th January – 18th January
  2. 13th January – 21st January
  3. 16th January – 24th January
  4. 19th January – 27th January
  5. 22nd January – 30th January
  6. 25th January – 02nd February
  7. 28th January – 05th February
  8. 31st January – 08th February
  9. 03rd February – 11th February
  10. 06th February – 14th February
  11. 09th February – 17th February
  12. 12th February – 20th February
Departure LocationDeparture TimeTrip Duration
Leh10:00 AM8 Nights/9 Days

Day 1: Reporting Day at Leh

The moment you land at Leh Airport, you’ll be welcomed by surprisingly picturesque Leh Airport. It’s advisable to wear warm clothes and woolen gloves at the time of landing, as you’ll feel the abrupt drop in temperature. You can relax in our guesthouse and explore the Leh market in the evening. It would be easier on the trek if you get used to the cold temperature in Leh because there will be a drop in the temperature henceforth at the Zanskar Valley.

Day 2: Acclimatization Day

As per the regulations and keeping in mind the health problems that trekkers might face (AMS), anyone doing the Chadar Trek should at least spend two days in Leh  for the body to get fully acclimatized to the weather conditions. Trekkers can spend the day by visiting the places around the city. This makes for a sightseeing day clubbed while simultaneously acclimatizing the body for the trek ahead. Make sure you stay well hydrated.

Day 3: Medical Checkup

Chadar trek is no ordinary trek and therefore the government is very particular with the selection of participants who can undertake the challenging trail. Hence it is mandatory to acquire a medical certification for the same. A clearance certificate upon a medical check-up will be issued by the ALTOA designated medical camp. Only adequately fit participants will be allotted the permission certificate.

Day 4: Drive to Shingra Koma and Trek to Somo Paldar

After a sumptuous breakfast, you will begin your journey to the picturesque Shingra Koma. The drive will give you enough adrenaline as most part of the ride will be offroading. After reaching Shingra Koma, you’ll get off the vehicle and begin your trek to Somo Paldar. You’ll reach your campsite and spend the evening relaxing. Congratulations on completing your first patch of Chadar Trek!

Day 5: Trek to Dib Cave/Tibb

Wake up to a beautiful morning view. After a good brekfast, set out for a trek to Dib. After crossing the astounding views including ravines and gorges, you’ll reach a large cave named Dib. Soak in the beauty of this place. This is where you’ll halt for the night and camp. Make sure you don’t miss the butter tea served at the campsite. Retire for the night.

Day 6: Dib Cave/Tibb to camp at Naerak Frozen Waterfall

Post breakfast, you’ll move ahead for the Naerak Frozen Waterfall. This is undoubtedly the most mesmerizing vista you’ll come across the entire trek. This is the largest waterfall in the area. Photographers will have a great time shooting at a bridge near the waterfall. After spending some quality time here, you can then move towards Naerak, a prominent village of the region. Interact with the locals here and enjoy their culture. Retire for the night at the campsite.

Day 7: Naerak to Tibb

We now start our return journey towards Tibb. While the route would be the same through which you came, the frozen waterfalls might have changed their form. It would appear as if you’re in an entirely new location. Halt for some photographs, engage with the locals and spend some time relaxing. Reach Dib Cave and stay overnight.

Day 8: Tibb to Shingra Koma & Back to Leh

Today would be the last day of our trek. Wake up to a beautiful morning and bid adieu to Tibb. Trek towards Shingra Koma. You’ll be crossing Gyalpo on your way. You will interact with the fauna of the region, if not in person then through their footprints in the snow. Watch out for wildlings like ibex, foxes and if you’re lucky then even snow leopards. Upon reaching Shingra Korma, drive to Leh. Check in to the hotel and retire for the night.

Day 9: Departure from Leh

Wake up with the most beautiful memories of one of the most challenging destinations of India. Also congratulaions on successfully completing the Chadar trek. Depart from Leh Airport and return with the best moments of your lifetime.

NOTE: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of participants etc. May cause itinerary change. We reserve the rights to change any schedule in the interest of safety, comfort and general wellbeing.

Inclusions

  • 5 nights tented accommodation on triple sharing basis while on trek.
  • 3 Nights – Home Stay/GuestHouse accommodation in Leh on triple/quad sharing basis.
  • All veg meals from lunch on Day 3 to lunch on Day 8.
  • Basic First Aid Medical kits with oxygen cylinder.
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
  • Tents, sleeping bags & sleeping mattress.
  • Transport from Leh guest house to Tilad Do and return as per the itinerary.

Exclusions

  • GST (5%) is applicable extra.
  • Wildlife Fee/Environment Fee.
  • ALTOA Fees (INR 5000/- per person)
  • Medical Expenses (apart from First Aid) and insurance of any kind.
  • Airport Transfers/Transportation of any kind.
  • Meals in Leh.
  • Cost Escalation due to “Force Majeure” and evacuation charges.
  • Any kind of food or beverage that is not included in the package like alcoholic drinks, mineral water, meals/refreshments/lunches on the highway.
  • Any personal expenses like a tip to the drivers, entry to monuments/monasteries, camera/video camera charges, camel safari, river rafting, laundry, telephone bills, tips, etc
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, roadblocks etc. (to be borne directly by the customer on the spot)
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.

Must Carry

  1. Authentic Government ID Card
  2. Comfortable warm clothing like woolen socks, cap, fleece jackets or warmers, down jacket, toiletries.
  3. Sunscreen & lip balm, Good U/V protection sunglasses
  4. Personal Medicines (if any) & few medicines for altitude sickness (a must)
  5. Power Banks (No Electricity at Sarchu, Pangong Tso & Jispa)
  6. Only post-paid numbers will work in Leh City & apart from that most of the area is no network zone

Cancellation Policy

No Refund shall be made with respect to the initial booking amount for any cancellations. However

  1. If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  2. If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 75% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  3. If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  4. In the case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be canceled 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.

Things to Carry

Gear and Extra:
• A rucksack bag and a day pack.
• 3-liter water bladder or water bottle

Clothes:
• A sun cap and a woolen cap
• UV protected sunglasses
• At least 1 pair of inner thermals
• One cotton long sleeves and 2 short sleeve t-shirt
• 1 flees jacket
• 1 heavy Thick jacket/down jacket
• 1 pair of gloves
• At least 2 long pants (trek pants and cargo pants are favorable)
• 4 sets of undergarments
• 2 pair of socks
• A small towel
• A rain jacket or a poncho

Footwear:
• Above-the-ankle waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good grip
• Flip flops/sandals

Medications:
• One strip of Diamox
• Glucose powder
• medicines for headaches, diarrhea, motion and altitude sickness
• Dettol
• Bandages
• Cotton
• Sprain relief spray
• Crepe bandage
• Any personal medication advised by the doctor

Personal & accessories:
• Toothpaste, toothbrush
• Paper soap, or sanitizer
• Sunscreen minimum of spf40 , lip balm, cold creams
• Body spray
• Led torch light

When winter seeps into the valley of Ladakh, the otherwise happening state gets barren, pretty much with no sight of tourists. That’s when a new panorama of Ladakh opens up for the true challenge seekers, adventurers and people who’ve the will to do that not many would dare to! Because trekking on predefined trails is pretty mainstrem, Ladakh offers this unique trek on a frozen river, popularly known as Chadar Trek!

“Chadar”, which means sheet or a blanket refers to the thick frozen slab of ice that forms on River Zanskar and hence the trekking trail came to be known as the Chadar Trek.

The route is a frozen spectacle of ice that sometimes looks like blue glass and sometimes shines golden when few sunrays manage to reach the valley. The trail looks no less than a marvel on a moonlit night, when the entire valley is coloured sparkling white!

Chadar trek takes you from Chilling Village (on the road to Leh) to the hidden villages in the Zanskar Valley along the frozen river. This route has been used for centuries for trade and transportation, and is most reliable in February when the ice is most stable.

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