Peak Winters Trek
Chadar Trek is over a frozen River in Zanskar region of Ladakh and it is different of all other treks in the Himalayas.
The snow appears as a thick sheet of snow therefore it is called “Chadar trek” and it is one of the trickiest treks in the world which is done in peak winter months. On this trek explore the Zankari culture and get to know about it in close proximity. And, the main highlight of this Frozen River Trek is a completely frozen waterfall “Nerak”.
Most importantly, now, for every trekker it is mandatory to undergo a medical checkup at SNM hospital in Leh for a fitness certificate and permission.
Trek begins from the freezing point of River “Chilling”
The Journey starts from Leh, it lies at an altitude of 11,400 feet and is all surrounded by snow which looks picturesque. Reach there by flight and spot lofty snow covered mountains.
Trek over the Zanskar River which freezes during winter. So, probably the best time to do Chadar trek is February because the ice remains harsh and stable. Trek starts from the freezing point of Zanskar River and that is Chilling; a small village.
Therefore, the “Chadar trek” is also known as “The Frozen River Trek”.
Ice Covering and Freezing Cold
The Chadar trek is over a frozen river and the ice can turn dangerous sometimes but can also be safe the other times. But, it is important to find the safe path over the perilous sheet of ice.
During the trek, you do not camp here at the meadows or the forest clearings but inside the caves which are present along the banks or you setup the tents at stable ice. Here, the temperature remains chilly and freezing (-20) and falls down at night, so keep warm layers to protect the body against chilly cold and prevent the freezing of blood.
Be Aware During this Trek (Not for Beginners)
You need to be very aware about the stability of ice and conditions below the feet for a safe trek. Sometimes the ice isn’t stable and the choices go wrong so walk carefully, if suddenly a crack appears go fast to the place where the ice is strong.
So, choose a camping spot wisely after properly analyzing the area.
Here are some tips to do Chadar Trek –
– Analyze the ice sheet conditions.
– Avoid the cracks in the ice.
– Walk carefully on the slippery areas.
– Run immediately to a stable area if a sudden crack appears under your feet.
– Walk on the places with coating of snow.
– Choose camping spots wisely.
Key Points of Chadar Trek
During the trek, proper conditioning & training of body required
Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature
Shoes are the single most important equipment.
High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.
Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
The backpack should not exceed 10 kg.
Must read about Chadar Trek
Chadar Trek Fee:
Rs 24000 (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Leh to Leh)
Duration: 8 Days
Highest Point: (3390 m)
Best Time: Peak winters (February)
Winter Temperature: (-20°C to -30°C)
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level
- Group Size Large Group
Day 1– Reach Leh (11,400 feet)
Day 2– Acclimatization Day
Day 3– Medical Check-up (Mandatory)
Day 4– Leh to Shingra Coma via Chilling and Tilad do and trek to Gyalpo (Drive – 3/4 hours) (Trek – 5 hours) (11 km)
Day 5– Gyalpo to Tibb Cave (12 km) (5/6 hours)
Day 6– Tibb Cave to Naerak Camp (13 km) (6/7 hours)
Day 7– Naerak Camp to Tibb Cave (13 km) (5/6 hours)
Day 8– Tibb Cave to Shingra Yokma via Gyalpo (18 km) (7/8 hours) and Drive to Leh
✅ Transport facility from Leh to Leh
✅ Forest Permit and entrance fee
✅ Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
✅ All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
✅ (All camping gears)
✅ High quality tents
✅ Sleeping bags
✅ Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
✅ Dining Tent
✅ Dining Table
✅ Kitchen team
✅ Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication
✅ Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
✅ Medical Kit
✅ Oxygen Cylinders
✅ Crampons and Gaiters
❌ Personal Insurance
❌Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit
❌On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included
❌Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included
Full payment confirms your booking
We serve three meals a day including snacks and soup. A variety of delectable and healthy food is provided which includes; Indian, Chinese and other Western meals. They are nutritious and keeps you fit and healthy on your trek.
- Day 1 Reach Leh (11,400 feet)
Today arrive Ladakh, a great tourist attraction. And, the only way you can arrive Leh in winters is by flight, catch the glimpse of snow-capped Himalayas while flying high.
Reach Leh and experience the drastic change in temperature with a touch of cold breeze on your face. Acclimatize and have enough rest today, spend your night comfortably in a hotel.
- Day 2 Acclimatization Day
Most trekkers face the Altitude Sickness and because of this health issue the government of Ladakh made a rule i.e. anyone who is going for Chadar Trek will spend two days in Leh for proper Acclimatization. This rule is strictly followed by everyone visiting this place.
Today you can go to the nearby areas, there is a market you can go there. The temperature further will fall when you start trekking over frozen Zanksar, make your body used to the cold temperature.
Stay in a hotel and check all the important things required for your trek.
- Day 3 Medical Check-up (Mandatory)
As the rule of Jammu and Kashmir Government medical check- up of the trekkers in “Tourist Information Center” is mandatory. After the approval you can go for the Chadar Trek and then the trekkers will get their permits and important documents from ALTOA and Wildlife Department.
If you don’t get approved by the officer for Chadar Trek then you can go on “Ladakh Tour” at no extra cost.
- Day 4 Leh to Shingra Koma via Chilling and Tilad do and trek to Gyalpo (Drive - 3/4 hours) (Trek – 5 hours) (11 km)
Starting of this trek is Shingra Koma, drive through some picturesque places of Ladakh and en route see some place i.e. Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and Indus and Zanskar’s confluence.
Drive is along the Zanskar River and after one and a half hour reach Chilling, the freezing point of Zanskar.
Start your trek over frozen Zanskar, it will be challenging in the starting of the trek to walk with heavy gumboots. Walk carefully and check with the help of your hiking pole if the ice is stable before stepping on it.
Gyalpo is your campsite for today which lies at the river bend surrounded by gigantic peaks and rock faces. Setup your tents after analyzing the place and stability of ice properly.
- Day 5 Gyalpo to Tibb Cave (12 km) (5/6 hours)
You will gain altitude steadily on this trek. Wake up in chilly cold and have hot cup of tea and salubrious breakfast then head towards your campsite for today i.e. Tibb Cave.
On the way you can have a glance of frozen awe spell binding waterfalls and their origin is not known. Trek next to Zanskar which has bluish green water and in middle of the day have your lunch.
Further you will see rock patterns and the campsite today is “Tibb Cave” which is surrounded by sand.
- Day 6 Tibb Cave to Nerak Camp (13 km) (6/7 hours)
Nerak Camp is a frozen waterfall and most beautiful point of Chadar Trek which is 13 km way from Tibba Cave and it is your campsite for today. People from different areas desire to come here to catch a glance of this frozen waterfall.
You will get packed lunch which you can have in middle of the journey. This campsite is going to be the most freezing one because the temperature can drop down to -30°C. Wear enough warm layers and stay protected from the chilly cold.
Reach this totally frozen waterfall then you can also visit Naerak village. The campsite can be reached in 20 minutes after you’ve reached the frozen waterfall. Setup the tents and retire for the night.
- Day 7 Naerak Camp to Tibb Cave (13 km) (5/6 hours)
Post breakfast, start the journey back to Tibb Cave. Getting back isn’t easy because the change in temperature changes the Zanksar River and it gets totally different.
While getting back to Tibb Camp you can see the locals wearing their traditional dresses (Woolen Gotchas). The monks can also be seen returning from Lingshed and coming back to Leh. You will be surprised by the way they work in the freezing cold and still have smiles on their faces.
Reach Tibb Cave and spend overnight in tents.
- Day 8 Tibb Cave to Shingra Yokma via Gyalpo (18 km) (7/8 hours) and Drive to Leh
From Tibb today you will be returning to Leh via Gyalpo and Shingra Yokma. On side of the river you can see big and high mountain walls and also the footprints of animals like Fox and Snow Leopards will be visible on the trail.
You can spot Snow Leopards if you’re lucky. Trek over the white sheet “Chadar” this is the last day you will be walking over it. Completing this tricky frozen River trek will be a total different experience.
From Shingra Yokma leave for Leh and you can reach in the evening there around 6:30 am. From Leh return the next day, so book the flight tickets of another day. Stay at hotel in Leh.
Please carry the documents given below
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, driving license, voters ID, etc.)
- Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker)
- Risk Certificates
Trekkers must bring :
- Strongly built hiking shoes, if you do not own a pair you can rent it from Sankri.
- Sandals or slippers to wear in campsite
- Thick woollen socks, it will keep your feet warm
- Daily wear socks
- Thermals are very important
- 1 shirt, it should be long sleeved
- Shirts and pants for campsite, should be warm
- 1 raincoat or poncho
- Thick gloves
- Trek pants
- Cap and Balaclava (or a scarf)
- Sun glasses
- Sun tan lotion
- Lip balm
- Water bottle
- Personal toiletry items
ATM Point & Mobile connectivity:
ATM POINT: Withdraw money before your journey, Leh is the last point where you will find ATM.
Mobile Connectivity: Note: Prepaid SIM cards don’t work here
There are no networks during the trek, your device will receive signals in Leh (BSNL and Airtel works best). So make sure you finish all your important work and calls before starting of the trek.
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We carry first aid kits but it’s necessary to carry a personal medical kit.
(Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)
– Diamox – (prevents altitude sickness)
– Digene – (it cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)
– Crocin Advance – (cures fever and headache)
– Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)
– Disprin/Saradon – (cures headache)
– Avomine – (prevents motion sickness)
– Avil – (it treat allergies)
– Norflox TZ & Lomofrn – (prevents Diarrhoea)
– Ranitidine – (reduces the amount of acid in stomach)
– Volini/Moov spray – (for sprains)
– Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)
– Band aid
– Stretchable/elastic bandage
– Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor in case you face any problem in your trek, take advice from Professional guide before taking any medicine.
– Drinking water is necessary during your trek, keep 1 litre of water bottle filled and drink it on proper interval of time, it is very important while hiking.
- Cancellation up to 30 Days: You will get Refund of 90 Precent of Trek/adventure program cost.
- Cancellation between 21 to 30 days– You will get refund of 50 Precent of Trek/Adventure/Tour/Travel/Hotel program cost.
- Cancellation in less than 20 days – No refund