Zenith Odyssey's Himalayan Trek – Chadar Trek (Frozen River Trek)

Region:-Leh, Ladakh

Duration:- 9 Days

Grade:- difficult

Altitude:-11,125 ft.

Approx trekking:- 65km.

Best time:- January to February

Trek Fees: Rs 18500/- PP

Odyssey Code: ZAOHML01

Zanskar is like no place in India – it remains cut off from almost beginning of November till around June beginning [around 7-8 months in a year]; as of now it gets vehicular access only when the Pensi La opens up thus making the road journey from Padum and nearby places to Kargil possible and beyond then to Leh or Srinagar.

As such this region having an altitude of around 12,000 to 13,000 feet and covering an areas of 7000 sq km remain totally cut off. Zanskar river which takes it form onwards Padum after merging with its different tributaries flows in a north-easterly direction through the dramatic Zanskar gorge and merging with Indus river; the confluence being at Nimmu, just on the outskirts of Leh on the Leh-Kargil road.

As bitter winter comes up in the desolate valley, temperatures plummet and with the river mostly being in a gorge and thus having very little of direct sunlight mostly freezes over during the coldest months of mid January to mid February. Zanskaris since time immemorial, cut off during the winter months, have trekked on this river ice surface to reach Leh for their emergency supplies, education and also for the different winter religious festivals that take place in Leh.

“CHADAR” refers to the blanket or sheet as the Zanskar river transforms itself from a rapid river into a white blanket of ice during winter, a frozen spectacle awaits the trekker to be experienced of glass ice ranging from a bluish tinge to golden yellow that is seen during the few hours that sunlight reaches directly into the gorge to the milky whitish on a moonlit night – as said a trek journey like no other!

ZANSKAR: Zanskar valley lies to the south – west of Leh, surrounded by the Himalaya and Zanskar ranges, which is the most isolated of all the trans – Himalayan Valleys. Zanskar comprises of two main valleys the Stod(Doda Chu) and the Lanak (Tsarap Chu)which coverage below at Padum. The area remains inaccessible for nearly 7 months in the year. All passes close in the winter and the river freeze on the surface. Zanskaris walk along it to reach the Indus River in Nimoo (Chilling village), which is known as the Chadar (frozen blanket) Trek. The geographical isolation has resulted in the preservation of the Buddhist heritage and identity. Many ancient monastic establishments are still actively involve in religious activities some remote caves are believed to have been used by the successive Buddhist saints to sustain meditation in pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment.


Day 1:-Report at Leh. Acclimatize and over night at guest house.

Day 2:-Drive to Chilling [3 hrs]. Trek to Tilat Sumdo camp [1 hr].

Day 3:-Trek to Tsomo Paldar [9 km/6 hrs trek].

Day 4:-Trek to Dibb [14.5 km/8 hrs trek]

Day 5:-Trek to Naerak Pullu [11.5 km/7 hrs trek]

Day 6:-Trek from Naerak to Dibb.

Day 7:-Trek to Shingra Koma.

Day 8:-Trek to Chilling and drive back to Leh.

Day 9:-Return from Leh.

1.First Aid, Medical Kits & Oxygen Cylinder.
2. Transport, Leh to Leh
3. Accommodation. Tented or Hotel.
4. Meals while on Trek (Veg.)
5. Trek Equipments (Sleeping bag, Mattress, Dome tent)
6. Permits/ Forest Fees
7. Experienced Trek Leader, Guide & Support Staff to Help Trekkers.

1. Any kind of Personal Expenses
2. Insurance
3. Porter to Carry Personal Luggage
4. Meals at Leh
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head price includes

Normally our company 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. 500 /- extra per day per bag.

Bank Name : HDFC Bank
Branch : Hingne Khurd
IFSC / RTGS : HDFC0000825
A/C Name : Zenith Odysseys
A/C Type : Current Account
A/c Number : 50200005722253

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Last date of registration: 31 December 2014

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