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Chadar Trek 2018- The Frozen River Trek

Chadar trek is perhaps the most glorious trek among the all can be performed in Indian Himalayan region. No trek in world may have the aura of this frozen river trek which gives you a chance of walking over the frozen river at an altitude of approx 11000 ft. and at a temperature ranging from -20 degree to -30 degree

Guesthouse in Leh | Tents, Toilet tent during Chadar trek | Hot drinking water | Sleeping Bag
Knowledgeable Local guide, porters | All common equipment | Breakfast, Lunch, dinner | First aid

Chadar Trek package till Lingshed: Only for people who want to trek to Lingshed village (Extended Chadar trek) can contact us. The entire trek will be of 10 Days. Per person price for the same is 26000/- + 4.5% S.T. only. We have two fixed departure on 11th and 21st January for the same.

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About Chadar trek 2018

Chadar trek is a highly praised trek worldwide and obviously one of the best trekking in Himalaya. Though the trek comes under the category of difficult grade due to the freezing temperature and high altitude, each year flocks of trekkers gather in Leh to embark on this glorious journey. The surreal feeling of walking on a sheet of Ice, with River Zanskar flowing just some inches beneath, is an experience of lifetime. This great trekking in Ladakh region is really the best of breed among all Himalayan trekking trails. Starting from Tilat Do and ending at Nyrek, this trek offers you the experience of how the locals walk on the frozen river to maintain their connection during harsh winter season. The life at Chadar is not easy but obviously magnanimous and magnificent. This is surely a dream of every trekker out there.

You can also check a premium home stay Chadar trek.

Trekkers who are not looking for budget Chadar trek can reach us for deluxe style trek package. In deluxe style, Chadar trek cost is more than the budget one but 3 star hotel accommodation will be provided in Leh

Chadar Trek 2018 Highlights

Length: 8 Nights/ 9 Days; from Leh to Leh
Access: Leh is well connected via road and air. Air route is operational all round the year, whereas road is operational only from June to October.
Maximum altitude: 3303 m
Chadar trek difficult level: Difficult
Chadar trek Best Time is January to February second week
Group Size: 12 -16 People in a group

Chadar Trek 2018 Itinerary

Chadar trek Day 01: Reach Leh & Acclimatize
Today you reach Leh, capital city of Ladakh region. Reach directly to the hotel( details will be shared) which is hardly 10 km from the airport. This is a day for acclimatization. Acclimatization in Leh is a must to be accustomed with the high altitude and low Oxygen level. If you are physically fit and not suffering from any ailment, your body will acclimatize easily in a day. This acclimatization is very crucial.
Also sufficient time would be given for visiting market for shopping once we are done with Orientation & Briefing about the frozen river trek

Chadar trek Day 02: Leh - Chilling - Tilat Do Trek (Drive/3-4 hrs & Trek/1 hr)
The day starts early in the mountains and we will get yourselves aligned to the routine. You will wake up early and perform some physical free hand exercise to warm yourselves up and freshen up.. After breakfast you start our journey for the long awaited Chadar trek. Today you need to go to Tilat Do which will be the actual starting point of the Chadar trek. Take a beautiful drive on Ladakhi roads to reach Tilat Do via Nimoo. Nimoo is the confluence of Indus and Zanskar River. Culturally and Geo-politically both these mighty rivers are extremely important to the vast region of Asia. From Nimoo you bid adieu to Indus following the trail of Zanskar. Once you reach Tilat Do, you cross the Zanskar and reach the other side, which is the first camping site of your Chadar Trek. Gentlemen and ladies, this is the place where we camp for the night.

Chadar trek Day 03: Tilat Do - Shingra koma Trek (Trek 9-10 km. / 4-5 hours)
With the rising sun we start your day early. After freshening up, rejuvenate your body with a cup of energizing cup of tea made by our expert guide and ever helpful porter. Have your breakfast and set your foot on the Icy sheet of Zanskar to start the Chadar trek. Today you will cover 10-12 km or less as per the fitness level of the entire group and establish a team dynamics which is very essential for this frozen river trek. Our primary objective will be to reach Shingra Koma by the end of the day but if needed the team will set our tent earlier in case of any emergency or maintain the group dynamics. This practice will be followed all through the event and we will keep our itinerary flexible. Overnight stay at Shingra koma or earlier as needed.

Chadar trek Day 04 : Shingra koma - Tibb Cave Trek (Trek 10-11 km. / 5-6 hours)
Today, your destination is Tibb cave. You start your journey after having a nutritious breakfast and enter the deep gorges of Zanskar Canyon. With the high rising cliffs blocking the sunlight from entering into the canyon, this portion of the Chadar trek has very good thick ice cover and provide great ice trekking experience. The Tibb cave is a huge cave in the gorge and provides natural shelter to the local people when they travel through the frozen Zanskar. You set your tent and camp here for tonight. The silent night, chilly wind, superlative starry sky, deep canyon and the sound of water flowing beneath the 'Chadar' will create an unforgettable, lifetime memory.

Chadar trek Day 05 : Tibb Cave - Nyerak (Trek 9-10 km. / 9 hours)
Overnight in trekking tents. Rise early, have a hot, smoky cup of tea with your breakfast. Start your journey on the Chadar Trek again with fellow trekkers under the expert guidance of Trip Hippie guide. Today our destination is Nyrek village. The famous image of the frozen waterfall that appears in google result whenever you do a “Chadar Trek” search will be waiting for you en-route today. You may not believe but during summer this frozen waterfall turns into a gushing one with irresistible force that marks the end point of Zanskar rafting trail. We pass that immovable, enormous, frozen mass of water and reach Nyrek. Overnight stay at Nyrek

Chadar trek Day 06 : Nyerak - Tibb Cave (Trek 9-10 km. / 9 hours)
From Nyerk you will start the backward journey. Though we will be returning by the same route, a lot of the trail would have changed as the river changes by the hour during the season depending on the temperature and sunlight. We come back to Tibb Cave and camp for the night. Overnight camping at Tibb cave. Camping at/near Tibb cave is a landmark completion for Chadar trek

Chadar Trek Day 07 : Tibb Cave - Shingra Koma Trek (Trek 10-11 km. / 5-6 hours)
This is the penultimate day of our Chadar trek. You continue your journey back to Gyalpo. Upon reaching Gyalpo we set your tent on the ground where you camped earlier or elsewhere, depending upon the availability & suitability.

Chadar trek Day 08 : Shingra Koma - Tilat Do - Leh
Today is the last day of Chadar trek as we trek back to Tilat Do. Here you cross the frozen Zanskar for the last time and then board your vehicles to drive back to Leh. Once in Leh, check into the hotel and have a relaxing hot water bath and relive the memories of this wonderful trek. Overnight in the hotel. Today being the last day of your Chadar Trek, we set foot on this magnanimous ice cover, which has been your home for last few days, for the last time. You start our journey to Tilat Do and board the vehicle waiting there to take us back to Leh. Upon reaching Leh our tour ends. The glorious Chadar trek, Frozen river trek, Zanskar river trek whatever you call it, will always be with you for the rest of your life. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 09 : Group breakup after breakfast
Today you depart from Leh

Route Map of Chadar Trek package

Leh acclimatization- Tilat Do- Shingra Koma- Tibb cave- Nyerak- Tibb cave- Shingra koma- Tilat Do to Leh

Inclusion

  • 2 night's accommodation in Leh. (Hotel,guest house, home stay).
  • Transport required in the trek
  • Highly advanced & certified mountaineering guide & skilled local Guide who have ample knowledge of the route
  • Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner), Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
  • Porters/mules for carrying common equipment (like rations/tents/utensils/), Equipment – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mats
  • Sleeping mattress and sleeping bag (We would prefer that one should carry his/her own sleeping bag due to hygiene issues, if one has)
  • Any equipment required (Ropes, Carabiner, and Ice-axe etc.), all permit fee
  • Basic First aid Kit

Exclusions

  • Any extra accommodation in Leh apart from the 2 nights (First and last night) for any reason
  • Any other extra accommodation
  • Personal Porters for carrying backpacks of trekkers
  • All meals in Leh including 2nd day breakfast
  • Personal trekking equipment – like trekking poles or sleeping bag liners
  • Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
  • Food to/from the trail head
  • Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
  • Any other charge that the local authority (LAHDC, ALTOA or any other) may charge development fee during the trek (which may range anywhere between 500- 3000 INR per head). All of these kind of charges are to be paid by trekkers and not included in the package

Things to Pack:

Rucksack, cotton clothes, good trekking shoes, one warm feather jacket, fleece jacket, warmer, woolen or monkey cap covering head and ears, UV rays protected sunglasses, raincoat, good quality (gloves 2 pairs), extra socks (4 pairs), water bottle, torch, cold cream, sunscreen, toilet soap, towel, Walking Stick, medicines that you usually use

Terms and Conditions

Conditions:

  • This trek is to be confirmed 60 days prior from trek date. Making arrangements for trekking is tedious and it demands lot of efforts, so a little co-operation from your side is appreciated.
  • The expenses occurring from change in schedule due to weather conditions or personal health issues are to be borne by the participants. The Organizers can not be responsible for weather as well as health issues under any circumstances.
  • We ensure you to have a memorable time with us

Cancellation and Refund:

  • Before 30 days then Rs.2000/- will be deducted and balance will be refunded.
  • Between 30 to 20 days then Rs. 1000 + 25% of the total amount will be deducted.
  • Between to 8 to 20 days then Rs. 1000 + 60% of the total amount will be deducted.
  • Less than 8 days then no refund shall be made.
  • Under no circumstances extra accommodation apart from 2 nights will be provided. Any other extra accommodation due to cancellation of trek or any other issue must be borne by participants. The package cost includes only 2 nights accommodation in Leh
If bookings are done and due to natural calamity, political turmoil, government orders, local association lead problems or any external reason for which the trek gets cancelled then:
  • No refund shall be made if the activity has commenced.
  • If gets cancelled 15 days ahead of the date of commencement then only Rs.2000/- will be deducted.
  • If gets cancelled less than 15 days ahead of the date of commencement then Rs. 1000/- + 25% of the package cost will be deducted.

Disclaimer
The activity is weather based and depends on the weather conditions.There may be last minute cancellations if weather conditions deteriorate.

Accommodation in Leh guest house is standard package, in which you will provided with limited number of bucket water in a day for toilet and other use. In extreme cold sometime toilet pipe also get freeze so you need to use the common toilet in this situation.

Not more than 6 nights in trekking route and not more than 2 nights in Leh shall be provided under any circumstances in this price. Also this accommodations can not be adjusted for any early or late arrival

Personal porter for carrying your luggage will be charged at 800/- per day if booked minimum 30 days prior the trek. This rate can go higher anytime as this rate is beyond our control.

FAQ for Chadar Trek 2018

What will be the temperature range?

Temperature shall generally revolve between 0-5 degrees during daytime while in Leh. During trekking daytime temperature shall revolve between -5 to 5 degree. Night temperature can plunge up to -20 degree

What about accommodation during Chadar trek?

During the period of Chadar trek most of the hotels or accommodation places in Leh will be closed as this is not a tourist season. Very few of the hotels will remain open. Accommodation will be provided in a standard hotel in comfortable rooms. Rooms will be triple/quad sharing basis. No personal room can be guranteed.

What kind of hotels will be provided for accommodation at Leh?

Palace View/ Mount Castle/ Bimla Guest House/ Dolma Guest House or similar kind of guest houses.
Accommodation will be arranged either of these options/ similar while in Leh

You can also opt for the deluxe hotel (Hotel Zen) stay in Ladakh. Hotel zen is the only hotel in Leh of 4 start category. In that case you need to pay 4000/- Rs. extra for two nights stay in Leh.

Is heating system available in Hotel?

Heating system will be there in the rooms of Leh hotel. While we select hotels with heating system, functioning of those is beyond our control. We will not be liable if the heating system malfunctions at this extreme weather.

What kind of accommodation it will be in hotel, and also in tents?

Triple/Quad sharing rooms will be provided in hotel. Twin/triple/quad sharing tents during trek shall be provided

I do not want to carry my rucksack while trekking on Chadar. What option do I get?

You can hire a porter who will carry your bag which should not weigh more than 12 kgs. This will help you to trek on the frozen river of zanskar without any burden. The normal rate of porter will be 800/- per day per bag which may increase during the season. If you need a porter then booking one beforehand would be advisable.

Do you provide any non-veg meal during Chadar Trek?

No non veg food can be provided. Sumptuous vegetarian meals containing Rice/Roti, dal, vegetables, potato etc. will be provided

Do I get hot and safe drinking water during trek?

Stoves will be carried by porter. Zanskar river water will be used as drinking water after boiling.

Why the water is available in limited quantity in Hotels?

It’s the set practise of the region. In any extreme weather region fuel costs a lot. So the hot water in hotel/guest house will be provided in limited quantity.

What kind of clothing I need to carry during the trek?

We shall share a list of what to carry once your booking is confirmed. You must carry enough warm clothing suitable for this freezing weather.

Is Chadar trek safe for Girls?

Each group will have oxygen cylinder, first aid medicine kit containing medicines required to handle high altitude sickness problem. As this is a hard graded trek, chances of physical strain is always there. If any critical situation arises for any of the trekker then decision of the group leader of Chadar trek will be final and has to be obeyed irrespective of age, gender etc.

I am a solo traveller. Can I join Chadar trek in Ladakh?

You are more than welcome to join any of our fixed departure Chadar trek groups in Leh.

What if the Chadar trek ends midway due to adverse weather or any other external reason? How much refund can I expect?

If the trek gets cancelled due to bad weather, authority intervention, army intervention or for any other unforeseen circumstances then no refund can be possible once the trek starts. For detailed terms of refund please see the terms and condition section above.

Is Chadar trek risky?

Any high altitude trek in Himalayan region has a risk component associated with it. So does Chadar trek.

What kind of shoes to use during walking on Chadar?

Gumboots are required while trekking on the frozen river. One can bring his/her own or rent from Leh market.

What about washroom facility? Do you provide toilet tents?

Dry toilet pit tents will be there during trek. While staying in Leh guest house, in case the pipes gets stuck by frozen water due to cold, you have to use common toilet. Through TripHippie you are getting Chadar trek best price and you will get all possible basic facilities required for this famous trek on frozen Zansker river.

Can you arrange additional stay before or after the Chadar trek?

We cannot confirm you right now. But we will try to help you getting extra accommodation if needed before or after Chadar trek

What is the group size for Chadar trek?

There is no minimum group size. Generally in a group there will be approx. 12-14 people.

Will you provide pick up from Airport to reach the hotel in Chadar trek?

No. We do not provide pick up and drop to and from Hotel. You will be informed the name of the hotel where you will be staying prior to the trek so that you can easily come from the airport via shared taxi.

How many guides accompany the batch?

A team of Guide, porters will be there with each batch

What all things do we need to carry for the Chadar trek?

Will share a list once you book

Do you provide trekking poles and micro spikes?

No. Trekking poles are your personal. Micro spikes are not generally required. You need gaiters and Gumboot. Those you need to bring on your own

How do we need to prepare for Chadar trek and what are the challenges that we may face there?

Physically fit trekkers should not face any issue. So be physically fit and try to avoid alcohol, smoking etc. at least 3 months prior from trek date.
Main challenge is AMS. Physically unfit people are more prone to caught by AMS. But we have a full acclimatization day there to get accustomed with altitude.

Is there any medical team that accompany us during Chadar trek?

No. Medical team is available in Leh. Guides who are well versed with handling AMS will accompany you with first aid kit.

How long do you will walk on the frozen river during Chadar trek?

On an average you will be walking for 5-7 hours per day. The aim is to reach the camping point by noon so that the rest of the day you can explore the beauty of Chadar or relax.

Will there be any possibility of changing the trek route during the trekking?

Chadar trek is not like any other normal trek. It is hugely dependent upon the weather, river and other climatic conditions. During the trek if needed the trek leader can change the trek to avoid any delay, mishap or any possible unwanted situation.

What kind of level of fitness is required for Chadar trek?

Chadar trek requires optimum level of fitness. People with obesity, blood pressure issue, breathing or asthma problem are requested not to take risk of doing Chadar trek.

What type of transportation will be arranged from Leh to the trek start point?

Tata Sumo, Tempo traveler, Gypsy etc. will be arranged for surface transport during Chadar trek 2018. These vehicles will be arranged to reach Chilling from Leh and come back after the trek completion

Will you arrange trekking shoe, trekking poles or jackets etc. on Rent if I book Chadar trek via TripHippie?

No. We do not arrange any kind of rental for our trekkers. We always advise people to go prepared. Jackets, trekking poles, shoes, gumboots etc. are for your personal usage so you should bring those along with you.

What if the trek gets cancelled and we have to come back to Leh midway? What will be the accommodation scenario?

The cost of any extra accommodation in Leh for any reason has to be paid by trekker. It is a budget Chadar trek and only two nights accommodation are included while in Leh 

Is Airport transfer is included in the Chadar trek package cost?

No. To and from transfer from Airport to Leh hotel is not included in the package. Trekkers can easily hire a cab from airport to hotels as the hotels are situated in prominent area of Leh city. Name of the hotel where accommodation for Chadar trek participants will be arranged will be shared with the participants later

What about the shoes? What kind of shoes should I buy?

Quechua, Zamberlan, Lafuma, Conquest and The North Face are some of the high quality high altitude trekking shoes. Please mind only high ankle covered shoes are fit for Chadar trek. Also, gumboots are very effective provide great resilience.

Risks associated with Chadar trek

While embarking on any high altitude trek we need to understand that certain amount of risk is associated with it. Chadar trek is also not an exception of this. Rather, due to its extreme temperature and wilderness and trekking condition it is regarded as a difficult trek. So it has certain risks associated with it.

(AMS Acute Mountain Sickness)

Chadar trek best time is january to February, when its extreme cold in Ladakh. Due to its extreme condition it is common that trekkers can caught AMS. The symptoms of AMS is headache, nausea or general discomfort in your body. If you feel any of these prior trekking or during trekking DO NOT ignore rather contact the trek leader immediately. The trek leads at are expert in Basic first aid and handling AMS.

Weather in Ladakh

We all understand the weather in Himalaya is unpredictable and can not be controlled or predict to 100% accuracy. Ladakh is also not an exception. The temperature can change abruptly or a storm can hit the Zanskar river anytime without any prior indication. So, if there is a slightest chance that the trek can be hampered and trekkers safety may get compromised the trek leaders will take decision best suited for trekkers. In that case, trek leaders and guides will take final call which all members have to abide by.

Lack of communication

We all know Ladakh is a truly remote region. And in that Zanskar is one of the remotest places. No long range communication device works there. So, for the entire period of Chadar trek you will be cut off from all kind of sophisticated communication. Trek leaders generally rely on walkie-talkie or runner who carries message from group to group. So, you will be detached from the outside world for those 7 days 

Zanskar is the frozen Chadar river in Leh Ladakh and attracts travelers from all around the world who want to experience this extravagant phenomena in a harsh winter environment. Cases of injuries, deaths have been reported earlier due to lack of preparation, proper guide, absence of proper experts in team etc. etc. So it is always advisable to do Chadar trek with proper preparation and professionals who organize the trek professionally.

Reviews

Grade 
19/04/2017

Beautiful Trek - a photographer's paradise

Here are some pictures from the trek - http://www.schoksi.com/photo_album.php?album_id=72157679406953034

Some Important Notes - DO NOT spend money on expensive trekking shoes. You'll be doing the entire trek in gumboots
- Buy gumboots in Leh - they cost Rs. 450 and are perfect for the conditions
- DO NOT spend too much money on expensive trek pants. You get cheap waterproof pants in Leh Market which work just fine
- Keep your backpack as light as possible (6-7 kgs max). You're not going to change clothes everyday. You'll be given a good amount of food as well, so no need to carry 4 kgs worth of eatables. A few energy bars, dry fruits should do the trick
- Layering up is key to stay warm
- Ensure you exercise and walk a bit prior to the trek to truly enjoy the experience. The walk is easy physically. The harsh weather makes it a mental test

For photography enthusiasts
- Clicking pictures in these conditions offers its own set of challenges - numb fingers, a tired body, keeping pace with fellow trekkers and keeping your gear warm.
- With no electricity access for nine days, it is important to keep one's gear warm and to stay well equipped with spare batteries (wrap them in warm layers to ensure they don't discharge quickly).

Note: They charged us a hefty environmental fee of almost Rs 3k when we reached Ladakh. Make sure you get this clarified with your agent before hand.

Grade 
09/03/2016

Stunning and unique experience

The Chadar trek is a unique opportunity to walk up a frozen river in the middle of a stunning, remote landscape. Walking on ice is unlike any other trekking experience you are likely to have had before. TripHippie provided an excellent tour with great pre-trip advice and information and excellent guides and tour management. The hotels were clean and the food good. On the trip, the guides were engaging, entertaining and great company. They made every effort to ensure that customers were happy. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is looking for a cold, but hugely enjoyable trek. Thanks TripHippie!

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Grade 
13/02/2016

Chadar Trek

I changed date of journey many times due to my unsure work schedule. Thanks to the team to accommodated my request.
Chadar Trek, I found, is more mental than physical. Obviously you can not ignore such extreme cold, less oxygen and walking over unusual surface. But at the end, it is the best trek of your life.

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28/01/2016

Unique Trek

One of the unique treks to do around the world. The experience can't be summed up in words. You may read about Chadar trek, watch videos but the actual experience you get right from stepping your first foot on chadar(frozen river) is WAY WAY Different!. Must do thing for Adventurers!!....Gracias! Adios!

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27/01/2016

Challenging

If you are really looking to pay your limits and get mesmerized at the same time 'Chadar trek' is for you. Any preparation won't be good enough and overall experience leaves you with bunch of stories to come back with. Very different experience from snowy Himalayas to frozen river. One of a kind trek. Well organised, everybody was motivated and taken care of.

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26/01/2016

Truly Mesmerizing

Place was wonderful. Nothing more fascinating than to be in the lap of Himalayas.

Overall organised very well. Although, there were minor blips by the supporting staff during the trek.

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24/01/2016

Chadar trek

One of the most beautiful and unique gift of God on earth.
Guides, porters and helpers were of immense help during the trek.
Well planned and well organized

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30/08/2015

Chadar trek

One of the best itineraries that I've come across on Chadar trek. Not only its most economical but also getting insurance covered without paying anything extra is surely value for money deal. I'm coming to walk on the frozen river this winter !!!

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Chadar Trek 2018- The Frozen River Trek

Chadar Trek 2018- The Frozen River Trek

Chadar trek is perhaps the most glorious trek among the all can be performed in Indian Himalayan region. No trek in world may have the aura of this frozen river trek which gives you a chance of walking over the frozen river at an altitude of approx 11000 ft. and at a temperature ranging from -20 degree to -30 degree

Guesthouse in Leh | Tents, Toilet tent during Chadar trek | Hot drinking water | Sleeping Bag
Knowledgeable Local guide, porters | All common equipment | Breakfast, Lunch, dinner | First aid

Chadar Trek package till Lingshed: Only for people who want to trek to Lingshed village (Extended Chadar trek) can contact us. The entire trek will be of 10 Days. Per person price for the same is 26000/- + 4.5% S.T. only. We have two fixed departure on 11th and 21st January for the same.

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