Day 01 : Arrive at Leh (3500 m)
Arrive in Leh airport where you would be greeted by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Today, we would spend the day in the room itself to acclimatise to the high altitude. This is absolutely necessary and is most important for the days ahead. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 02 : Leh – Chilling – Tilat Do (3200 m) Drive/3-4 hrs & Trek/1 hr
Post breakfast, we take a beautiful drive through the beautiful scenery with your first views of the Indus river and later the Zanskar river at their confluence at Nimoo. From Nimoo you follow the Zanskar to the roadhead at Tilat Do. From here we cross the Zanskar and depending on the time available we camp on the other side of the river or we continue ahead a bit before setting up camp for the night. Overnight in trekking tents.
Day 03 : Tilat Do – Shingra (3350 m) Trek 5-6 hrs
We begin the day at 7:00 am with a cup of hot tea. After breakfast, we set off on the “Chadar” which will be our routine for the rest of the trek. Today, we will trek close to 10-12 kms depending on the fitness of the group. Though our objective would be to get to Shingra we could camp earlier also in case the going gets tough during the day. This is something that we would follow all through the trek where we would keep the itinerary flexible to accommodate the group depending on fitness levels. Overnight in trekking tents.
Day 04 : Shingra – Tibb Cave (3400 m) Trek 5-6 hrs
Post breakfast, we set off for Tibb Cave. Today we trek through the deep gorges of the Zanskar valley with sheer cliffs on both sides. The lack of direct sunlight keeps the snow well packed for the trek. We end the day at the big cave here which is used by the locals when traversing this valley and set up camp for the night. Overnight in trekking tents.
Day 05 : Tibb Cave – Nyerak (3680 m) Trek 6-7 hrs
Post breakfast, we continue the walk through the gorges to the Nyerak village. Enroute we pass a large frozen waterfall which is gushing water during the non-winter season and is a stop point on our rafting trips down the Zanskar river during the Aug-Sep period. Today we camp below the Nyerak village and one can go up to the village in the evening. Overnight in trekking tents.
Day 06 : Nyerak – Tibb Cave ( 3400 m) Trek 6-7 hrs
Post breakfast, we begin to retrace our steps on the return trek. Though we will be returning by the same route, a lot of the trail would have changed as the river changes by the hour during the season depending on the temperature and sunlight. So in most cases it will be like a different trail itself!! We camp overnight at the Tibb cave. Overnight in trekking tents.
Day 07 : Tibb Cave – Shingra ( 3350 m) Trek 5-6 hrs
We retrace our steps to Shingra. Overnight in trekking tents.
Day 08 : Shingra – Tilat Do (3200 m) – Leh Trek 6-7 hrs & Drive 3-4 hrs
Today is the last trek day as we trek back towards Tilat Do. Here we cross the frozen Zanskar for the last time and then board our vehicles to drive back to Leh. Once in Leh, we check into our hotel and have a relaxing hot water bath and relive the memories of this wonderful trek. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 09 : Depart from Leh
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Trip Ends With Sweet Memories !!!
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List of Essentials
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.
Day pack (25ltrs)
Dry fit shirts and trousers 4 pairs
Balaclava and Buff
Warm Socks (lots of extra pairs)
Water and wind proof trousers
Water and wind proof jacket
Thermal upper and lower (3 pairs)
Day wear shirt x2 or 3
Camp shoes / Sport sandals
Waterproof sack cover
Two 1 ltr water bottles (preferably thermos flasks)
Torch with extra batteries.
Body Powder / Anti-Fungal (feet and body)
Sun screen lotion
Head torch with extra batteries.
Pee bottle (Optional)
Camera with extra batteries.
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.
By Air : For travel between Delhi and Leh, the advised mode is the flights that ply between these two places. There are a number of flights that operate on this sector with all of them being early in the morning to take advantage of the clear weather over Leh. In case you are travelling from outside Delhi, it would be best to stay in Delhi the previous night to catch the connecting flight the next day. As flights in this sector tend to be expensive, you are advised to book early to get the best fares.
In Leh, the temperature in the daytime will be between -10 to 0 °C, depending on weather condition. The temperatures would drop after sunset till sunrise, and one can experience temperatures as low as -25 °C. Feather jacket is a MUST not just for the trek but around Leh town, with warm gloves and warm hat. If we visit monasteries it is necessary to take your shoes off, in such cases thick warm socks are necessary.
On the trek, one needs to plan for extreme winter conditions, which means you need to be prepared for -10 to -30 °C temperatures, cold winds and protection from snowfall and getting wet. Especially plan for getting wet feet, so we advise you to wear water proof rubber boots with warm liner inside, this is sufficient if you are walking through ankle deep water. You may be required to cross water which can be knee deep, in such case you would need to remove your boots cross barefoot or with sport sandals and after crossing dry your feet wear warm socks and continue the trek. The walking on Chadar is walking on hard ice which is slippery. In our experience, gear like Yak-Tracks (a grip made of metal and rubber which can be attached below the boots) is very helpful. Please be prepared for taking a detour if the ice is not formed, in such sections we may have to do some scrambling on the rocks or traverse on some lose unstable sections.
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.
Duration: 09 Days
Region: Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir)
One of the most thrilling and adventurous jaunts the chadar trek offers a fascinating chance to discover a whole new world of Zanskar Valley. Challenging as it is, it is a lot popular among countless adventure freaks. Considered as a difficult hike, this expedition is best suited for seasoned trekkers. Chadar as the name suggests, denotes a sheet of ice that opens up endless surprises for vivid explorers who visit this spot to plunder its beauty. An extremely nerve-wracking trail, it involves walking over a thick blanket of ice and this is what makes chadar trek a lot tricky. If you are trekking in ladakh and havent tried for the frozen river trek ladakh then there is a lot you have been missing out.
Due to the extremely cold winters, the Zanskar river freezes and this is when trekking enthusiasts from around the world flock this place. As the road to Zanskar Valley gets closed due to the snow, the only way to access the valley is through the frozen river. The entire river appears like a sheet of ice that requires a lot of courage to cross. This frozen river expedition is for the dauntless as it involves walking over ice with the river flowing underneath. One needs to possess stamina to cover approximately 105 km on foot. Unlike other hikes which involve complete walking, this one trek make the trekker climb icy boulders, walk on a layer of ice and rest in caves.
During this trek, one has to face extreme cold conditions thus it is always advisable to understand the circumstances and come fully prepared. Though this spot features a harsh and deserted environment still it is one of the most sought after treks. Chadar holds the secrets of the majestic Himalayas. One gets to enjoy some of the rarest and the most spectacular views while hiking. The trip starts from Leh and heads towards Chilling, followed by a hike to Tilat Do, the starting point of this trek. From Tilat Do, we proceed towards Shingra and then to Tibb Cave and the village of Nyerak. The trail route from Tibb Cave to Nyerak is considered the most scenic one. From Nyerak, its a return journey that passes Tibb Cave, Shingra, Tilat Do and finally reaching Leh. Trekking ladakh will truly be wild and whacky. For enthusiastic snow trekkers, January & February is the best time to head on this trail and also for ladakh trekking. Apart from testing your mettle, this trek will reward you with mind boggling Himalayan landscapes, challenging trail and pristine beauty of the snow. This hike is a matchless and unbeatable and will surely be more than an experience. A frozen spectacle of ice awaits you this winter, ramble on !!!!!!!