|Duration:||8 – 9 Day|
|Maximum altitude:||11,123 ft|
|Best Time for Treks:||Jan, Feb|
The journey begins at Leh, a mountain town. Leh. The only method to get to Leh is via flight, and is surrounded by snow, giving it a completely white appearance. You can get an image of the mountains covered in snow during the flight as it lowers towards Leh which is situated at 11400 feet higher than sea level. The hike is along the Zanskar River which is frozen during winter. The best time to walk across the ice would be during February. At this time the ice is likely to be in its most stable condition. It is the Frozen River Trek begins in Chilling, a small town. Chilling which is which it is from where Zanskar River begins to freeze.
The ice is equally dangerous at times, but it is safe at other times. It is essential to determine how to navigate safely through the unstable sheet, and be aware of the conditions beneath the feet. Trekkers may choose to stay in caves along the banks as locals do or build tents on the areas that are the most solid. The temperature is around 20 degrees below the freezing point and then decreases even more after sunset also. Warm and layered clothing is highly recommended for those who are constantly moving as often as you can. They help keep the body warm , and also prevent sores from cold and keep cold blood cells from freezing.
What is the reason? Chadar is one of the most beautiful
- Chadar frozen river trek Chadar Iced River Trek is a beautiful trek. It’s not difficult to see the reason. Travel magazines around the world feature stunning images of Buddhist monks in bare feet along the freezing river. There are two channels that cover the Chadar trek. Discovery as well as the National Geographic channels have both made films about Chadar. Chadar trek. Any person who has returned after the Chadar trek can add to the atmosphere surrounding it by expressing their thoughts about the trek in a rousing manner.
- It’s a six-day trek that takes place in harsh conditions. It’s a trek across frozen rivers in Ladakh. The average mean temperature during the day is around minus 10. At evening, temperatures drop to between minus 20 and 25. The ice forms and breaks, and alters colour on the river each couple of hours. In certain places, where the Chadar (or the ice) does not form on the river. The trekkers must then forge an entirely new route that climbs over snow-covered embankments in order in order to get to a place along the river where frozen ice is more stable. In reality, the extreme conditions aren’t impossible to beat.
- Through multiple layers of a sensible walking with a sensible approach, the Chadar trek is not extremely difficult trek. What makes it stand out is the unique experience it offers. It is all distinct: the scenery temperature, the climate and snow-covered sledges bizarre camping spots, caves and the ever-changing Chadar. Unique enough that it needs to be seen. On the TrekupIndia listing of trekking routes Chadar is the most unique. Chadar is by far the most unique. is the most distinctive trek.
Day-wise trek details
Day 1: Report at Leh. Stay the for the night
The only way to travel to Leh in winter is to fly. The majority of flights arrive in Leh early in the morning prior to noon. When your plane enters Leh’s Ladakh region, you will be able to observe the rolling mountains, encased by white snow. It is a cold winter day within Leh is always negative. Be sure to keep your woolen cap, jacket and gloves with you during the plane to be ready for the cold blast when you arrive on the plane. Leh is completely covered with an ice-covered blanket. It’s all white. Sometimes, the roads are covered with an overcoat of a layer of ice. Be careful when walking on them and be cautious of falls and slips. In Leh, the city is Leh is only partially accessible during winter. Only shops catering to the local market are accessible. Get all the gear you require from your town and don’t have any major purchases in Leh. Leh’s elevation of 11,800 feet is more than your entire hike. It’s also colder. The temperature during the day is 10 degrees. After sundown , it can drop to -16 degrees or more. Learn to get used to the cold in Leh during the daytime in the sun but then get to your rooms when the sun sets.
Day 2: Drive to Chilling.
The trek starts from the roadhead up to Tilat Sumdo. 2 kms in 1 hour. Chilling, the beginning of your trek along the frozen Zanskar river is just 64 kilometers distant from Leh. Take the Leh Srinagar highway until Nimu which is where the Indus is joined by the Zansakar. When you reach Nimu you can take the road that is left, and continue driving along the Zanskar. The road climbs up the Zanksar. Look out for the frozen sheets of ice or Chadar appearing along the Zanksar already.An hour and a half on the Zanskar will bring you to Chilling. There are a few military sheds as well as some closed buildings can be found in the nearly-closed town of Chilling. The road extends for some distance further than Chilling. Continue driving until you observe the pavement’s end. That’s where you exit the road and enter the Chadar. Start your first few steps on Chadar cautiously, taking a sense of the ground you’re taking your first steps on. The Chadar surface could vary in appearance that include a layer of fresh powder snow, shiny and hard ice, a newly made the chadar (sheet made of ice) or chadar that is fragile and crumbling, or a different texture. It is very easy for a person to stroll on freshly formed layer of snow. The snow provides an excellent grip and allows you to walk around normally. An old , hard and shiny surface made of ice can be difficult to navigate initially. Try a penguine-like walk across the surface without taking your feet off from the ground. The Tilat Sumdo camp site is within an hour of the trek. Sumdo means confluence. An tributary in the local area joins with the Zanskar from the left. An elevated , level field makes an ideal camping area. On the opposite side , there are caves where people who do not have tents are able to camp. The people who travel through the Chadar prefer to camp in caves. Tilat Sumdo is your first experience being out camping in the frigid temperatures. A campfire can enhance the experience however it comes with the last remnants in the form of plants (dried) that have been left along the banks of the Chadar.
Day 3: Trek to Tilat Sumdo to Shingra Koma. 9.5 km in 6 hours.
Rise with the sun around 7 am, and be ready to leave the camp site by 9 am. Even though the sun is out, Tilat Sumdo like most areas of the Chadar receives direct sunlight in the middle of the day. Another reason is that the Chadar develops and remains.The morning stroll on the Chadar could appear like a trip inside an icy freezing. The face should be the only skin exposed, but it’s enough to give that freezing sensation. When you walk along the Chadar take note of the sound it produces. Based on the thickness of the Chadar it will produce different sounds. It is not long before you begin to notice the areas where the Chadar is thick , and those that are thin and potentially dangerous.
There are certain areas in which the Chadar has only formed on the edges of the river. The section is covered by an overhang with a low level. Don’t be afraid to get down on your feet or even lay down on your stomach and walk through the sections. Shingra Koma is almost 10 kilometers away from Tilat Sumdo. The 10 kilometers can be completed in 6-7 hours. In the middle of the trek, about noon, locate an area with a sun-kissed surface where you can cook an easy hot meal consisting of Maggie as well as tea. Packing lunches aren’t a good idea during the Chadar trek due to the fact that the food is too cold at noon to eat. Fast and hot meals during the trek is the only option. When you are on the Chadar take care not to be surprised to find pug tracks. The big cats wander all over the place, even although they’re elusive to human eyes. Shingra Koma is a big camping site to your left when you are walking upstream. It’s located just below a huge stone wall that is straight from a Hollywood film. The Zanskar river is beautiful as it makes a turn to the right just in front of the camp site, and sharp mountain peaks rise up on the other bank of the river. Shingra Koma was named because of the abundant plant known as Shingra.
Day 4 The trek starts starting from Shingra Koma to Tibb. 15 kilometers, 7-8 hours
The journey to Shingra Koma to Tibb is very long. It’s also among the most stunning days on the trek. Look out for the small waterfalls on the left side, standing still, in the shape of Icefalls.
A few hours into your walk leads to a huge waterfall that is left. Prayer flags are fluttering over the trees just on the banks of the waterfall. It’s no surprise that the spot is sacred to the Ladakhis. It is surprising that the waterfall isn’t frozen. Look at the mossy green growth on the rocks beneath the water.
The legend goes that the Nerak river was dry and a god was taken to Kailash and prayed for rain. He returned with a pot filled with water and two fish. The catch was to not put the pot in any place. While returning it was discovered that he put the pot in this location and two fish jumped off, creating this huge waterfall. The rocks in the back appear like they have two noses. One is filled with water and the other one is dry. Legend has it that this waterfall originates from Kailash within Tibet.
The place to eat lunch for the day is precisely in the middle and beneath the overhanging of rocks. After lunch after lunch, the Zanskar river runs through narrow gorges, where the entire width of the river could be covered by four people holding hands. The narrow gorge is not able to receive any sunlight , so the river does not exist. The typical chadar is formed from the end to the at the end.
Another two hours of walking through the many shades and forms of Chadar will bring you to a vast camping site on your right and left Tibb. To your left, there are caves where up to 9 persons can be comfortably accommodated. The Tibb campsite also has dry vegetation in the vicinity.
Day 5: Trek to Tibb up to Nerak. Twelve km., seven hours.
The hike that runs from Tibb up to Nerak is 12km long. This is the day you can see the much-anticipated frozen waterfall. The scenery is stunning as you travel through the cliffs and valleys and gorges of Chadar. Five hours into the hike and just after lunch is when you will see the first signs of Nerak. Prayer flags placed around Juniper trees on the Chadar signify that you’re near to Nerak and prior to that, the waterfall.
One kilometer further, in a bend that is in the shadow of the gorge is Nerak’s well-known Nerak waterfall. The bridge, or Nerak pul is situated just before the waterfall. The bridge is an older wooden bridge, but it can be used by up to 4-5 people simultaneously. It’s an enjoyable experience to walk on the old bridge, and seeing the beauty of the falls from the highest point.
The trail follows the Chadar and the 20-minute walking will bring the visitor up to Nerak where a small path will lead you towards Nerak’s campsite. Nerak campsite.
Nerak is one of the villages that is at a height of 2,000 feet higher than the river bed. The Chadar trekkers don’t camp at the village, but rather on the campsite, which is 200 feet more high than the river. There is one shelter in the Nerak campsite, which is used as a Rafting location during the summer season. In winter, it functions as a shelter for Chadar trekkers.
Nerak is not well-known due to its extremely cold nights and strong winds. The temperature can drop as low as -25 degrees or lower. It will be the coldest part of your hike.
The return of Nerak
The return route is theoretically an retrace of the path you traveled over the past three days, but in actuality it may feel like a completely different one. The energy of the Chadar could make the entire space feel and look distinct. The old Chadar cracks and new ones appear in places where there were none previously The the texture of the Chadar changes , and the list goes on. Sometimes, the Chadar is broken in front of your feet and then disappears like an eddy. You are forced to continue towards the sheet of protection ahead. You can see the same broken raft getting stuck downstream, and other icicles hanging onto it, forming an entirely new Chadar in other places. The Chadar trekking is an adventure. The experience you have and the things you see will be different from any other.
Day 7: Nerak – Tibb Cave
There are stories about how unpredictable these weather conditions can be during the Chadar trek. There are times when Chadar’s formation Chadar does not exist when you return from Nerak. The same way you’ll see an entirely fresh layer of Chadar created at some point. While it’s the exact way but you’ll be amazed observe the different appearance as you return. Chadar Trek is an experience worth living for all trekker should experience. What did we say to you? We’re telling you that the eight days you spend there in your life will be among the most memorable moments you’ve ever had and that you’ll treasure this experience until the end of time.
Today, you can retrace your steps back towards Tibb Cave. This is your last opportunity to cherish, remember and relive the moments. Say goodbye to the locals on your return. Take care and enjoy your final night in tents.
Day 8 Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma then Drive to Leh (70km)
Wake up earlier for an extended walk to return. This isn’t necessarily retracing the steps since you can see that a lot changes. Chadar might have melted. layers of Chadar could have become thin beautiful rocks can be seen today. This is the beauty of the natural world as well as Chadar trek. Get to Shingra Koma and prepare to get on the vehicles. A bumpy ride later, you’ll arrive in Leh.
How to ReachBy Air :-
A flight that takes you over miles of mountains that are heavily snowed will show you how difficult it is to get to Ladakh via road during winter months. Jet Airways, Air India and Go Air provide daily (once every day) flights in between New Delhi and Leh. If you’re planning your trip to this part in the nation, make sure to reserve your tickets in advance. It could even reduce costs that are assessed when you book your tickets on the last minute. It is a great experience because you will be flying over unexplored areas , and some mountain ranges. The view from the air is amazing and makes for a wonderful beginning to your trip.