Chadar Trek

Frozen River Trek In Ladakh | India’s Top Most Winter Trek

 

 

Chadar Trek

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.

Day Wise Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Leh 11480 Feet (3500 Mtrs)

Today morning on your own board the flight to Leh, enjoying the magnificent Himalayan view from the aircraft (probably you should book your seat on left of aircraft for best views). On arrival at Bakula Rinpoche Airport in Leh; meet and received by our company representative and drive you to the booked guest house in Leh. On reaching the guest house check into the Guest House for freshens up. Rest of the day at leisure for acclimatizing your body to the altitude.

Overnight stay in Guest House                                                                                  No Meals

Photos by Preetam

Day 02: Full day for Acclimatization in Leh (Rest/ Mild walk)

Wake to fresh new morning, today the full day will be for acclimatization as per the guidelines and regulations applied by Ladakh Government Authorities, this acclimatization is mandatory for all the trekkers going for Chadar. The trekker should at least spend one day in Leh to get their body used to of the weather conditions and every trekker is requested to strictly follow the same. In the afternoon or evening hours one can choose to stroll around in the local Leh market and spend some time in shopping and preparing for your Expedition. It’s important that your body gets used to the cold temperature of the region, this will help your physical to be stronger as the next coming days will be much colder and temperature will keep Deeping.

Overnight stay in Guest House                                                                                  No Meals

Photos by Preetam

Day 03: In Leh (Get Medical, Insurance, Wildlife Permit and ALTOA NOC).

Today is preparation day; basically, it’s a day we introduce you to our expertise guide along with locals to give you a brief about the trek. So that you are mentally as well physically prepare for every situation; along with it we provide medical check-up to make sure whether you are fit for the trek or not. For this you should start exercising at least a month prior your trek, daily walking / running of 8-10 Kms will build your stamina and make you fitter for the expedition. After the briefing and medical checkup, go for self-exploration and local sightseeing this would be better idea to get habitual with temperature but only in the daytime, you need to come back to Guest house before sunset. Please make sure to keep away from Alcohol and smoking in order to pass your physical fitness and to complete the trek (Trek up India recommends all to quit smoking and Alcohol) 

Overnight stay in Guest House                                                                                                 No Meals

Photos by Preetam

Day 04: Leh to Shingra Koma (10300 Feet) by drive 75 Kms 3-4 Hrs and to Tsomo Paldar (10500 Feet) by Trek 3 Kms approx 2 Hrs

Finally the day has come, need to steps out of your comfortable and cozy shelter and proceed towards Cristal white Chadar will be waiting for you to take away on it. The drive will be most scenic as your drive through Gurudwara Pathar Shaib, Magetic Hill, Hall of Fame etc. confluence of Zanskar and Indus river is mind blowing, this are some of the place where you might halt for some time and take some great memories in form of pictures. Shingra Koma is the place until where our vehicle will drop you till the end of the road, from where your Chadar Trek starts, initially you will see thin layer of Chadar hence mind your steps, walking with gumboots on Chadar may be challenging in the beginning, understanding the ice pattern might be difficult, however soon you will learn all from our guide and locals, you will start leaning about the walking pattern, realize where the ice is fragile and where trustworthy, so be careful. The nature is treating you to it’s best, rest of the time letting your body relax and be prepared for another adventure day.

Overnight stay in Trekking Tents                                                                      Meals: Lunch & Dinner

chadar trek

Photos by Preetam

Day 05: Tsomo Paldar - Tibb Cave (10950 feet) by trek 14-15 Kms approx 6-7 Hrs

Appreciate yourself for making it day 02 of trek with much needed hot bed tea in the early morning, later on after breakfast at the camps we will proceed towards Tibb cave. Here we suggest all Trekup India trekkers to eat well to keep yourself energetic as the day will be the harder than the previous one and here you walk approx 14-15 kms. The good things about the Chadar trek are that it does not quickly increase the altitude, slowly but gradually. Through gulches of Zanskar will seem more beautiful and adventurous. While heading towards our camp site there are some good eyes catching waterfalls, as per the locals there are lots of myths of the same, as these water falls are sources still unknown and it certainly reminds you about Disney cartoons from childhood. Crossing up the frozen waterfall, you cannot miss the chance to show your photography talent here and it will compliment your talent perfectly. Butter tea, also known as Po cha will surprise you with the texture of teapot; we will camp around the Tibb cave.

Overnight stay in Trekking Tents                                                  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06 Tibb Cave – Nerak (11100 Feet) by trek 12-13 Kms approx 6-7 Hrs

Hello Trekkers, the most awaited day has come, from previous days trek seeing the smaller frozen water falls, certainly the curiosity will be there about nature masterpiece and the big frozen waterfall, It’s a perfect example of witchcraft of nature where several colors are spreading all around; it’s more like a piece of glass made by nature I would rather say. The 12-13 Kms trek you walked today all struggle that you had is going to vanish in few second in this magical land. Narek will be the coldest of all the campsite the temperature during the night time might deep to -30 Degrees, so be prepared with your warm clothing’s. Rest of the day free for our own activities if you are well in time you might have a chance to make an excursion to Nerak village.

Overnight stay in TrekkingTents                                            Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Photos by Preetam

Day 07 Nerak (11100 Feet) -Tibb cave (10950 feet) by trek 12-13 Kms approx 5-6 Hrs

WOW! Narrating this itinerary was like being there on it; imagine when you will be there what a life moment it would be. Today we return from Nerak towards Tibb Cave, we are sure on your way back you might be laughing as you gets the glimpses of nostalgic memory where you had struggle to reach there and some clicks on your mind, you get lots of surprises on your way back you might not see the formation of Chadar through which you walked but the new one has formed, you will be amazed to see how different they appear while returning back. Chadar trek my personal favorite and all adventure lover should witness it once in a lifetime. We are sure you will feel these 8 days the best days of your life you have lived. Evening back to our camps celebrate and enjoy with safety. As it is going to be last day of the camping.

Overnight stay in TrekkingTents                                                   Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Photos by Preetam

Day 08: Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma by trek 17 Kms approx 5-6 Hrs and drive to Leh 70 Kms approx 3-4 Hrs

Today it’s going to be a longer day, hence we start early definitely it is not going to be as the first day, you are an Experienced trekker now, so you move with a pace, enjoy the sites enroute all have changed, the Chadar has been melted to thinner layer, the beautiful rocks are now visible, soon we reach the road head get into our cars and drive back to Leh. Evening at leisure free for your own activities and celebration.

Overnight stay in Guest House                                                                      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Photos by Preetam

Day 09: Return from Leh

Today morning well in time transferred to Leh airport to board your onwards flight back to home.                                                                  

No Accommodation                                                                                         Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Photos by Preetam

Food Provided by Us During the Chadar Trek

We provide only Indian vegetarian food and mainly your meal is going to contain Indian bread, vegetable, lentils and Rice along with delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, you will also be served tea & snacks and lip-smacking soup before dinner. If it will be a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.

After doing a lot of research on the nutritional requirements for the trekkers, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider altitude gained and weather.

The meal served by us while trek is perfectly balanced with the right amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fiber, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek. You will be served with lemon tea in the tent in order to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like upma, Aallu Prantha, Besan Chilla, Poha, Daliya,  Corn flakes, Maggie, along with tea or coffee.

In case, your trek will be longer one then we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and even healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast. After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. After reading this, you must have got the idea about the food provided by us on trek, you don’t need to worry about food. Many trekkers trek with us again and again because of the food we provide. Thus, we will definitely give you unforgettable experiences.

Safety During Chadar Trek

Trekking with us for kedarkantha trek is completely safe because we have a team of trek leaders who are qualified in Wilderness first-aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude glitches. During Trek, we carry a complete first-aid kit that contains all the important medicines. Before trekking with us, you need to ensure that you are medically fit for the trek and if you are able to judge yourself then it is better to take advice from a professional. For us, your medical fitness is very important than anything else.

Know About Us:- You need to know that our company Trekup India has been in the field of Adventure Tourism for the last 23 years. Right from our inception, we have been involved in providing treks, voyage & hiking programs as well as high altitude expedition rafting.

We keep on organizing treks in Uttarakhand and Himachal, while being a part of the trekking community, we feature more than 75 Himalayan documented treks. Apart from other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and family.

We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain

Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides, as well as trainers in order, serve in the mountain treks. One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian mountaineering foundation Delhi as well as Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.

Therefore, we never believe in compromising on the quality as well as services offered to our valuable customers.

For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Priority

At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English as well as Hindi. This helps in ensuring that you have an amazing trek and not only this, we also pay attention to your health as well as safety because this is something we cannot ignore. All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in First Aid, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, CPR, Environmental Awareness Training as well as Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine.

We also carry a complete first aid medical kit not only on the trek but on each and every trip which is organized by us. Apart from the medical kit, we carry a portable altitude chamber and medical oxygen for all kinds of high-altitude treks . Our company has great expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school & college groups as well as friend groups. When it comes to travel options, we have a wide range that suits different fitness levels as well as traveling styles.

Therefore, no matter who big the group size, we pay personal attention to each and every member present in the group.

How We Ensure That Your Trek Is Safe with Us

Right from our establishment, we at Trekup India, are continuously involved in introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking in order to ensure the safety of voyagers. For walking on snow, Trekpp India introduced Microspikes and also made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all kinds of treks. In order to test pulse as well as oxygen saturation levels, pulse oxymeters are used. As a safety communication device, we at TrekupIndia introduced radio.

Though we have noticed that most of the organizations organizing treks do not follow these systems but with time several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great and safe treks.

Explore our New Safety Protocols

In order to ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks that will assure more safety for our trekkers. Our On-trek safety checks includes:

  • Daily oxygen saturation along with pulse readings
  • Stretchers team appointed on every trek
  • Radios
  • Trained mountain staff and full safety
  • Additional oxygen cylinders
  • Special medical kit for high altitude treks
  • Microspikes on all types of snow treks
  • Experienced Trek leaders as well as safety
  • Technical team on all snowy slopes

What should you pack for the Chadar Trek?

Being an trekking, adventure & travel company, we get many questions from our trekkers and most common question that arises is what to carry or what should we pack for the trek? Sometime it becomes difficult to explain in details and therefore below we have prepared the detailed packing list, helpful for all trekkers coming to the Himalayas. Whenever we go on trek or start packing things one should remember the packing pattern i.e. either you start from head to foot or foot to head, this way there will be rare chance that you will forget the items to pack, so go step by step.

  1. Backpack

Make sure your backpack should be comfortable neither too big nor to small and for a week trek 60-70 liters of backpack should be enough to hold all your belongings. Ensure that your backpack has good hip & Shoulder support and pockets should be accessible quickly.

  1. Daypack

All trekkers should keep in mind that daypack is very important, this will be a great help to you while on trek, also every single day you won’t be carrying you backpack therefore for day excursion , shorter hikers, sightseeing you can carry your stuff in it.

  1. Footwear
  • Trekking shoes: Preferably water proof, ankle support.
  • Walking / Hiking sandals: This can be used off trek i.e. in the morning and evening hours, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometime used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safe than crossing barefoot or wetting your boots.
  • Sneakers (Optional): For normal driving days or can use  around the camp
  • Socks (3-4 Pairs) – Make sure to choose material wisely, it should be quick drying, warm and comfortable.
  1. Clothing’s
  • Hiking / trekking jacket: Carry good quality layer jackets
  • Hiking pants: Check some kind of long nylon blend, light and quick drying pants. Warm covers ups like fleece-lined tracksuit pants or ski pant.
  • Undergarments as per your habitual requirement
  • T-Shirts and Shorts (3-4 Warm comfortable)
  • Ordinary Shirt / T-shirt – Just in case everything gets wet this will help for roaming around.
  • Long Sleeve shirt – can be used as a base layer on colder days
  • Socks – at least 4-5 pairs
  • Leggings – Can be used specially chilling morning and evening , to keep your body warm
  • Thermals – get 2 pairs of thermals, this will be great need a body to keep it warm.
  • Buff / Balaclava – This is a must to carry to cover your neck and this item is an ideal solution to keep your neck / throat warm.
  • Beanie Cap- Very helpful item for colder and windy days should carry 1, also sometime when its freezing cold you can use it a night as well.
  • Hiking Hat- this will basically help during the day time specially from the sun rays, make sure it has a strip so that wind does not below is far from your headJ..
  • Gloves – 01 pair will be enough to keep your hand warm and nice.
  1. Rain wears
  • Rain Coat and Pant – Carry a pair of it to protect you from the rain OR
  • Rain Poncho – during long rains, the waterproof jackets starts leaking but poncho does get work in keeping you dry, so choose accordingly.
  • Rain covers: Some small water proof to cover your backpack and daypack as well for your gadgets.
  1. Gadgets and Electronic
  • Trekking Poles
  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries for phone and camera, powerbank
  • Light weight flash light or headlight
  • Waterproof bag made up of plastic for camera
  • Music system / Bluetooth
  • Plug/converter for electrical items
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 liter water bottle
  • Journal with pen would be good idea to keep your notes.
  • Some book of your interest for ideal time
  • Get into habit of keeping Map and guide book of the region.
  1. Hygiene & Personal toiletry
  • Sunscreen with UV protection
  • 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels
  • Toilet paper/tissues/wet-wipes
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/ mouth freshener
  • Deodorant / Talcum powder
  • Shampoo
  • Lip-gloss/salve
  • Sanitary pads/tampons (For female traveler)
  • Bio gradable Soap
  • Nail clipper
  • Your other personal items that you use on daily basis
  1. Personal First aid Kit and Energy – below are some common medicine generally required / used during your adventure trip, however please consult your doctors prior.
  • Antiseptic towel or water syringe (to clean the wound)
  • Butterfly bandage for small cut
  • Cotton and elastic bandages and sterile gauze pad for larger wounds
  • Latex gloves used when its wound bleeds
  • Medicine for Diarrhea (Upset stomach)
  • Medicine for cold, flue / fever headache
  • Some pain killers
  • ORS pouches
  • Quick pain relief spray (External use)
  • Any personal medicine prescribed by your doctor
  • Dimox / Similar for high altitude sickness
  • Bug Repellent
  • Carry some nutria / energy bars and drinks (non-alcoholic)

Note: Kindly consult your doctor before purchasing or taking any medicine.

9.Compulsory Documents to Carry

These are files needed to be submitted at Forest Department before ypur trek. With no of these, you will not be permitted to trek .Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Id’s like adhaar, voter id, etc.

Important note: You can book rent gears, what you can rent & buy from us and what you need to get from your home town, make your bagpack easy not heavy.

Click the link: https://booking.trekupindia.com/rent-trekking-gears/

Now you are all set for your Adventure trip with Trekup India!!

Trek Cost Inclusion

  • Accommodation in Leh using Guest houses on triple sharing i.e. on Day 01.02,03 & 08
  • Accommodation during trek using good quality trekking Tents Twin / triple sharing basis
  • Meals (Vegetarian) Day 04 Lunch to Day 08 lunch
    All major trekking / camping equipment’s (utensils, trekking tents, kitchen tents, dinning tents, toilet tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mattress (Recommend to carry thin blanket / warm sheet) as inner, ropes etc.
  • Transportation as per the itinerary on Day 04 and Day 08 (Leh to drop point / Pick point)
  • Leh Airport Transport on Day 01 and Day 09
    Support team:  Qualified Trek Leader, Guide as per the group size, high altitude cook, support staff.
  • Potters to carry trekking equipment’s and rations
  • First Aid – Basic First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinder, stretcher, Oxy meter 
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Trek Cost Exclusion

  • Any kind of travel / health insurance (Trekup India recommends you to get yourself insured)
  • Any Air fare / Airport taxes/ baggage charges (We can book the same at additional cost)
  • Any personal trekking gears – like Gum Boots, trekking poles
  • Adventure insurance and the cost of emergency evacuation.
  • Any personal expenses like purchases of beverages/bottled water /chocolates/dry fruits etc.
  • Shared or Private Porters for carrying personal luggage.
  • Room Heaters at Guest House/ Hotel in Leh (Can be arranged at additional cost)
  • Cost of transport, meals and accommodation if in case you have to leave the trek in between and return to Leh before the scheduled arrival i.e. Day 8, due to any reason like accidental, personal or force majeure.
  • Wildlife permit fee/Medical check-up & Rescue/ALTOA NOC Cost and Adventure Insurance; an approx. amount of 6000-6500/- (subject to change without prior notice)
  • Anything other cost which is not mentioned in Inclusion section.
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Trek Logistics

Pickup Point Will be Leh Airport.

How To Reach Leh?

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.

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