Chadar Trek


Leh

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Duration
9 Days/8 Nights Days
Max Altitude
11,100 Ft. ft
Difficulty
Diffucult
Low Temp
-20 to -30 ° C
High Temp
-5 to -15 ° C

Overview


Are you looking for an amazing and offbeat trek route this winter season? Do you like to trek among the white heavenly mountains and peaks? Well, without much ado, you should choose to go for Chadar trek. 

It is a trek worth experiencing and will take you on a roller coaster ride of frozen rivers and waterfalls and will envelop you between high mountains. What’s more? The feeling of spending overnight in camps is unbeatable. This is one in a lifetime kind of trek that will leave you contended at the end of it. 

Chadar trek is a snow-covered winter trail in Zanskar region of Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The best time to visit the trek is between January and February when the temperature sometimes falls to the highest low of -30 to -35 degrees. 

The trek is about 105 kilometers long which an average trekker can cover in 6 to 7 days. The chilly winds, the snow-covered surroundings, walking over icy tracks, cocooned between such tall and sturdy ranges, this trek has a lot to give an enthusiastic trekker. 


What is included in this tour?

  1. Accommodation during trek on triple/quad (Homestay/Camping)
  2. Camping tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mattress and toilet tent
  3. All veg meals while on trek
  4. Transport from Leh to Tilad do and back
  5. First aid medical kit
  6. Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff
  7. All taxes


 What's not included in this tour.

  1. Any meals during transit
  2. Personal expenses
  3. ALTOA, LAHDC fees
  4. Airport transfers (Pick up and Drop From Leh Airport)
  5. Medical Checkup and insurance  cover by  Ladakh rescue center
  6. Cost Escalation due to unforeseen reason
  7. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
  8. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head


Brief Itinerary

Day 1:  ARRIVE IN LEH

Day2: ACCLIMATIZATION IN LEH  AND MEDICAL CHECK UP

Day3: LEH TO SINNGRA KOMA TO VIA CHILLING

Day4: SINNGRA KOMA TO TIBB CAVE

Day5: TIBB CAVE TO NAERAK

Day6: NAERAK   TO TIBB

Day7: TIBB  TO GYALPO

Day8: GYALPO TO  TILAD DO AND DRIVE BACK TO LEH

Day9: LEH TO DELHI

Itinerary


Day 1:  ARRIVE IN LEH

Leh welcomes you!

Arrive at Leh by flying over the heavenly looking snow-capped mountains. The snow blocked roads make it impossible to travel by road in winters. As you will land on the Leh airport, which is one of the highest in the world, you will suddenly feel the change in the air and that icy cold atmosphere that will seep within you will gear you up for the challenge. Thereafter, you can see through the Leh market on the way to your cozy guest house where you will be staying for the night.





Day2: ACCLIMATIZATION IN LEH  AND MEDICAL CHECK UPA

Fine tune your body with the climate


The next day is all about getting your body in tune with the change in temperature. You can enjoy the local market, natural beauty and the culture of the place. 

Next, later in the afternoon, you will have to proceed for a medical check-up. As per the new law, it is mandatory to have a medical certification and to stay at least two days in Leh prior to heading to Chadar trek. 

This certificate is issued by the local hospital called Sonam Narbu hospital. You have the rest of your day to your leisure and to get acquainted with cold temperature. Spend your night at a cozy guest house.





Day3: SINNGRA KOMA TO VIA CHILLING

Proceed to Shingra Koma via chilling


On day 3, you will be first heading to village Nibu along the river Indus. Later, to reach your campsite, you will have to cross the frozen Zaskar and this is how your exciting trekking begins. 

As you pass Shingra Koma, you will reach your campsite at Gyalpo for the day. You will find various camps here pitched by the porters. Enjoy the scenic views of the area and the experience of living between high peaks. 

In the early evening, have dinner and you then can spend your night in your camps.





Day4: SINNGRA KOMA TO TIBB CAVE

Proceed to the Tibb caves 


This day starts early at 7 with tea and breakfast. You will then get ready for a long excursion of 14kms. This will involve walking around the Zaskar range and its scintillating ravines.

Both walls on either side of the mountains keep sunlight at bay. These mountains have a large number of caves where you will be headed to next. You will see the various frozen waterfalls and the famous fables that belong to them along the way. 

After that, you will finally be near to Tibb caves, the biggest of all. This is a shelter head of all the porters and sharing the butter tea with them will be your most memorable here.

Stay with dinner will be provided in the camps.




Day5: TIBB CAVE TO NAERAK

From Tibb caves to Naerak


This day has a lot in store for you. You will walk on the river today in search of Juniper trees where you will find prayer flags. You can have a twig of this tree with prayer flags tied to it from the porters as a mark of good luck. 

Next, you will come across the biggest frozen waterfall that shines bright with different colors and sun rays fall on it. 

Your next stop is the Naerak village where you can see the life of native villagers, Zaskari. Your camp will be the side of the river nearby.






Day 6 :NAERAK TO TIBB

Return to Tibb caves


It’s time to get back. Don’t worry it’s not just walking over the same path you came by. You will find a different Zaskar on your way back as a slight change in temperature makes it look completely different. 

Head towards visiting a completely new Chadar now. You will come to know how natives live a normal life there even in sub-zero temperature and extremely chilling winds. It a pleasant site to watch locals wearing woolen Gonchas, monks on their way to Leh from the Lingshed monastery and kids going to schools with their parents.



Day7: TIBB  TO GYALPO

Hike towards Gyalbo 


Hiking to Gyalbo will take you to a trail between high rise mountains like castle walls. You will find pug marks of some of the animals like foxes, snow leopard etc. You have more chances of them seeing you instead of their getting seen by you.




Day8: GYALPO TO  TILAD DO AND DRIVE BACK TO LEH

Proceed to Tilad Do and then to Leh


Here is the concluding part of your journey. Tilad Do is where you will leave the Zaskar behind. Our team and porters will then safely escort you to the hotel for the overnight stay



Day9: DEPARTURE FROM LEH

Fly back home from Leh 



Things to carry

Bare Necessities

  1. Trekking shoes: There could be slippery patches on Chadar trail, especially where you’re crossing streams. You will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable. Waterproof, high ankle hiking boots and gumboots (Gumboots – Recommended buying in Leh itself)
  2. Backpack (50-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential. Daypack for essential items during the trek in case you offload your bags.


Clothes

  1. Three warm layers: At the campsites, especially the higher ones the temperature after sundown can drop down to below 0 degrees. You will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woollen and one padded jacket) for this trek.
  2. Three trek pants: Wear one pair and carry the other two.
  3. Three collared t-shirts: Carry the light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sunburns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry two. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their Tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
  4. Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.
  5. Woolen cap/hat which covers the ear.


Accessories

  1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. While you’re likely to find snow during the trek, carry a pair as it protects the eye.
  2. Sun cap: The sun feels stronger while walking on the mountain slopes. Carry a sun cap to protect your head and neck from the heat, especially if you’re trekking later in the day.
  3. Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of waterproof/resistant gloves.
  4. Balaclava: You may use woolen scarves instead as well.
  5. Socks (2 pairs):  Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woolen socks for the night.
  6. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  7. Trekking pole: Please carry a trekking pole as you will need it to walk on ice. (Mandatory)


Others

  1. Daypack (20 litres): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
  2. Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. If you plan to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you do not leave the used wipes/tissues back in the mountains since these are not biodegradable. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a ziplock bag to put used tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose of wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
  3. Two water bottles: 1 litre each. The use of plastic is not permitted in region. So make sure you bring your own water bottles with insulate cover and thermos if you wish to have hot water. 
  4. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry a few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
  5. Camera with spare batteries and memory cards – cold kills batteries
  6. Power bank to charge your cameras and phones.


Mandatory Personal Medical Kit

  1. Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  2. Dexamethasone – one strip
  3. Nifedipine – 5 tablets
  4. Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
  5. Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
  6. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
  7. Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
  8. Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
  9. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
  10. Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
  11. Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
  12. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  13. Gauze – 1 small roll
  14. Band aid – 10 strips
  15. Cotton – 1 small roll
  16. ORS – 10 packets
  17. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  18. Moov spray (aches, & sprains)


How to prepare

How to reach

By Air :- 

Jet Airways, Air India, Go Air and Vistara provide daily (once every day) flight service between New Delhi and Leh. However if you plan a trip to this area of the country, you must try to book your tickets well in advance. You would enjoy the flight as you would fly over many untouched areas and even some mountain ranges. The aerial view is just fascinating and gives a great start to your tour.



FAQ


1.What to carry for the Chadar Trek?

Since you will be travelling in sub-zero temperatures, warm clothing including heavy jackets, caps, gloves and several pairs of socks are necessary. You will also need ice picks and heavy trekking boots for walking on snow. 

Apart from this, it is highly recommended to equip yourself with the standard trekking gear such as trekking pole, water bottle, raincoat, sunglasses and the like.  


2.Are permits required?

The Chadar Trek is a part of an ecologically sensitive area and therefore a wildlife/environment protection fee is charged by the government from all trekkers. Generally, the permits are arranged for by the trekking tour operator and included in the package cost. However, if you are taking care of it yourself, then you will have to arrange for the necessary permits in Leh. 


3.What is the difficulty level of the Chadar Trek?

Chadar Trek is rated as a ‘Difficult’ high-altitude trek and therefore recommended only for experienced trekkers. Physical fitness is also essential and those suffering from chronic illnesses such as asthma are not allowed on this trek. You will also need a doctor’s certificate to prove your fitness along with proofs of previous treks you have undertaken to become eligible for this. 


4.What is the best time to go on the Chadar Trek?

Chadar Trek is a winter trek and takes place between December and March every year. The best time, however, is mid-January to mid-February as this is the ideal time for the ice sheets on the frozen river to be completely stable. 


5.What are the mandatory documents required for this trek?

You will need to carry your original ID proof along with photocopies of the same. For foreign nationals, carrying their passport is a must. You will also need 4 passport size photographs for putting on permits as required. 



Cancellation Policy

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek

You can either transfer the same trek to any of your friends/family or get a voucher

for the same amount and register for any of our treks in future (validity 1

year) Or Get a refund of 90 %

(If the trek amount varies, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)


Cancellation between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the trek

You can either choose to go for any other trek or other batches for the same trek

depending on availability Or Get a refund of 75%


Cancellation between 15 days and 10 days to the start of the trek

You can choose to go on the same trek with other batches in the same season

Or Get a refund of 50%

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek

You can transfer your trek to your friend/family (same trek) No cash refund.

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Dr.shridhar
  • What will be the cost of chadar trek or other moderate trek . Pls let me know we are 5-8 people wanted a fee structure and what all things are required. Thank you
    Chaitanya chandratre
  • Next year I am join you
    Trek Fee Per Person

    ₹21500 ( INR2000 off )

    GST 5% is applicable on the fee.

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      If you do not wish to carry your bags and want to offload them to porters/mules an additional amount will be charged for 9 days. This facility can be availed at the time of booking or two days prior to the trek.
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