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Chadar – Frozen River Trek in January 2015

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 | puneadmin | Uncategorized

Region:-Leh, Ladakh, J&K
Duration: – 9 Days
Grade: – difficult
Altitude:-11,125 ft.
Approx trekking:- 65km – 70 km
Best time: – January to February

Batch I :- 17th Jan 2015 – 25th Jan 2015
Batch II :- 26th January 2015 – 3rd Feb 2015.

Pictures are sourced thru – Google

Ladakh is one of the toughest places to travel. The mountains are steep and in the winter snowfall closes many of the mountain passes and makes the few roads dangerous, some villages become completely inaccessible between November and March. One method of accessing snow-bound villages during the winter is trekking on top of the ice of frozen rivers. The Chadar trek is one such route, connecting villages in the Zanskar valley (deep in the mountains) with Chilling (on the road to Leh) along the frozen Zanskar River. This route has been used for centuries for trade and transportation, and is most reliable in February when the ice is most subtle.
Zanskar river is big and fast-flowing. For most of its length between Chilling and the Zanskar valley the river is confined within a steep canyon. If the idea of walking over frozen river ice with a large pack on your back and very cold rushing water a few inches below your feet is terrifying, then you are not alone. People sometimes die on the Chadar trek, usually local porters who carry goods on the river for their livelihood and can’t afford to be conservative. The hike from Chilling to the Zanskar valley takes more than a week, and at night porters usually sleep in caves in the canyon walls.

Chadar trek is considered as one of the most exciting and unique treks – a very special and an extraordinary trek on shiny ice on the bank of Tsarap River. You will be dropped by a vehicle at Chilling Sumdo (crossed road) then your trek leads in a narrow valley filled with breath-taking views of ice-peaks and unexpected hanging icicles that will attract your gaze for some time. You will spend the night at cave camps with the help of a born fire that will keep you warm and relaxed.
The ‘Chadar’ is a perfect example of this resourcefulness of the Ladakhis and their indomitable spirit, in the face of such daunting odds. The term ‘Chadar’ means blanket in the local language, thereby giving an indication to the nature of this whole experience. Large sections of the river Zanskar, which is one of the mightiest rivers in Ladakh, freeze over in the dead of winter and are covered by a thick blanket of ice. This frozen blanket or ‘Chadar’ is the only way in and out for Zanskaris in winter, when the road and various other caravan routes are closed due to heavy The icy wonderland of the ‘Chadar trek’ snowfall blocking the high passes. It has been their traditional trade route in winter for Centuries. The seven to eight days walk from chilling to Padum is both challenging as well as an incomparably exiting experience. The landscape aquires a pristine grandeur in winter as the trail enters into the gorge of the Zanskar, where temperatures sometimes drop to –30 to – 35 Degree Celsius.


Day 1 :- Report to Leh or Reach Leh by any means of Transport.
Day 2 :- Drive to Chilling [3 hrs]. Trek to Tilad Sumdo camp [1 hr].
Day 3 :- Tilad Do to Gyalpo (Trek to Tsomo Paldar [9 km/6 hrs trek].)
Day 4 :- Gyalpo camp to Tibb Cave , Trek to Tibb [14.5 km/8 hrs trek]
Day 5 :- Tibb cave to Naerak camp, Trek to Naerak Pullu [11.5 km/7 hrs trek]
Day 6 :- Naerak to Tibb , Trek from Naerak to Tibb cave
Day 7 :- Trek to Shingra Koma,
Day 8 :- Trek to Chilling and drive back to Leh.
Day 9 :- Return to Leh.


1. Accommodation. (Camping) and Leh guest house (Day 1, and Day 8 according to Itinerary), Enroute accommodation in Tents.
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.)
3. Trek equipments.
4. Permits, Forest fees.
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff to help trekkers.
7. Transport from leh to Road head and return.

1. Food / Meal in Leh.
2. Any kind of personal expenses.
3. Insurance.
4. Porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head price Includes.
Normally we expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 400/- extra per day per bag.
To book a Trek / adventure program please call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.

Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee:
The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

When to book:
It is wise decision to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic /international flight, we recommend organizing your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)

In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: –

Up to 20 Days:- 95% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refund.
Between 14-20 Day:- 70% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refund.
Between 14-10 Days:- 50% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Less than 10 Days:- No refund

To Confirm and Register yourself please contact on the below mentioned numbers

Gitanjali Bhagat: – 09029209992
Amey Bhagat: – 09987121415

Cost for the Event will be 21000 /- Pe
r head (Group Discounts on Booking more than 7 )

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