Chadar Trek

Chadar Trek, Jammu & Kashmir
9 days


The chadar trek or the zanskar gorge is a winter-trail in zanskar region of ladakh, in the indian state of jammu and kashmir. The chadar trek is the frozen zanskar river which provides an access route to the zanskar valley and is used as a trail by locals and tourists during the winters.

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Brief Event Description

Event Organiser Holiday Adventures
Event Date Feb 5, 2017
Event End Date Feb 13, 2017
Event Location Chadar Trek, Jammu & Kashmir
Pickup Point Leh Airport
Pickup Time 8:00 AM
Things to Carry Trekking Bag
Best Quality Hiking Shoes water proof High Ankle / Trekking Socks
Crocs Shoes for rest days
Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack
Sleeping Bag
Thermals - Top and Bottom
Lip Balm
Sunblock (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sunblock
Sun glasses – curved ones will cover your eyes well. No blue colored sunglass — they don’t block UV. Blacks, greens, browns are fine. Avoid multi tone sunglasses. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness and they are mandatory for this trek. People who wear spectacles, choose one of these: Use contact lenses or Photochromatic glasses. If either one is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.)
Trekking Poles, 2 units
Water disinfection Drops / Tablets to purify water so that you can use for drinking purpose.
Good jacket to protect from cold
Water proof gloves & wollen Gloves
LED Torch with extra set of batteries (head lamps preferable).
One Wind cheater
One Raincoat OR Waterproof Jacket and Trouser
Toiletries / Wet-Tissue Papers (plenty)
Cotton socks & wollen socks
Lightweight Towel (1 unit)
Toilet Paper (plenty)
Dry Fruits and Chocolates
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
Large Ziplocs
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string (mandatory).
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Crocin – 6 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Combiflam -5 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters – 4 inch width
ORS/Electral/Enerzal – 6 packets
Diamox – 10 tablets (to be taken only if required)
Anti-headache pill
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or AcetylzolamideStomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
No denim or jeans – not suited for this trek.
Snacks, colas, alcohol and personal food – No need to overburden yourself with food.
Do not carry any disposable plastic bottles like (Bisleri, Aquafina), plastic
Wrapped/packaged items. Do not bring any non bio degradable material.
After packing, weigh your gear. It should be in the range of 8-10 kg – preferably on the lighter side.
Anything heavier, you will need to iterate and remove what is not essential.
Carry light and what is essential. As an example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 10 days).
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, Identification ID paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines
(bring a photocopy of your cards), travelers checks, etc.
Itinerary Day 01: Fly into Leh
Flying over miles and miles of heavily snowed mountains will tell you just why it’s impossible to reach Ladakh by road in the winters. The moment you land at the Leh airport, one of the highest airports in the world, you will feel the fresh and crisp air, and a drastic drop in the temperature. The town has just begun shedding off the thick winter slumber and is slowly coming to life. Taking a stroll through the Leh market, you will find that very few shops and eateries in the town are open for business; but if required, some last minute-shopping for the trek can be done here. The chill in the air will serve only as a preview of the temperatures during this winter trek. The night is spent in a cozy guest house.

Day 02: Drive to Tilad Do via Chilling
You can start the morning by witnessing the sunrise from the Shanti Stupa, from where you can get a panoramic view of the entire town of Leh and its surroundings. You can also see the peak of Stok Kangri almost beckoning you to climb it. But today’s agenda includes a very picturesque and thrilling long-drive to Chilling. The roller- coaster ride takes you along the Indus to the village of Nimu, where the Zanskar converges into Indus. After stopping at this confluence point to take in the view, the drive continues and the road begins descending right into the river valley. There are quite a few heart-stopping moments as the vehicle negotiates the steep hairpin bends over snow covered road. The road goes past Chilling to Tilad Do. Among these mammoth mountains, the feeling of insignificance of one’s being does not escape anyone. To reach the camp-site, you have to cross the frozen Zanskar; and this is when you take your first steps on the Chadar. It takes a while to get a hang of walking on the ice sheet. As the evening comes, the TTH team pitches tents on the banks of the Zanskar, and hands out thick warm sleeping bags. To get some exercise and keep warm, you can climb up the nearby mountains and get a good look at the frozen river. As the sun sets, it drags the temperature down with it, and the sleeping bags in the tents look quite inviting.

Day 03: Tilad Do to Camp at Shingra Koma (3170 m) (05 km apprx/5 hours)
Get up in the morning and prepare yourself to walk for a distance of 12 km above the frozen river to reach Gyalpo. The leader of the group will give you advice on what to do or not along the way. The thickness of ice on the river is variable, so it would be best for you to follow things said by the guide. Proper hydration is required to keep the blood flowing in the veins, so on the way, you will be given soupy noodles for nutrition. To reach the campsite in Gyalpo, we will have to trek past Shingra Koma, a huge camping ground. On reaching the campsite in Gyalpo, relax and soak in the views of the surrounding areas. This is the place where there are steep rock faces throughout the landscape and the river curves. Stay overnight at the campsite.

Day 04: Shingra Koma to Tib Cave/Tibb (3225 m) (14 km/8 hours)
After tea and breakfast in the morning, commence your journey for the day to Dib Cave. During the day, you will behold the breathtaking beauty of the region including ravines and gorges. You might not see sunshine properly as the steep cliffs in this area obstruct them. Once you reach Dib, you will see a large cave. This is the place where you will halt for the night and rest. Butter tea would be offered and we recommend you to try it. Enjoy overnight stay at the campsite.

Day 05: Dib Cave/Tibb to Camp at Naerak (3390 m) (10.5 km/7 hours)
Today, you will trek the most scenic part of the region and get a chance to witness the largest frozen waterfall and prayer flags. The bridge built next to the site of the waterfall is used in summers to reach Zanskar from Leh. Thereafter, you can proceed towards the village of Naerak to mingle with the locals and understand their way of living. Stay overnight at the village camp comfortably.

Day 06: Naerak to Tibb
On this particular day, start your return trip and proceed towards Tibb. The return trail would not be easy and the river quickly reacts to any change in the temperature. By now the frozen river might have taken an entirely new form. On the way back, admire the beauty of the region, click pictures and meet locals, who can be seen wearing traditional woolen Gonchas (robes). Upon Dib Cave, relax and stay overnight at the campsite.

Day 07: Tibb to Shingra Koma
In the morning, get ready to leave Tibb and proceed towards Shingra Koma, crossing Gyalpo. The trail today will give you a chance to witness high mountains and pug-marks of wild animals like snow leopards, ibex and foxes. If lucky, you just might spot a leopard; even if you do not, then at least be sure, you would be watched by them.

Day 08: Shingra Koma to Chilling | Chilling to Leh
Today, it finally would be the last day of your trekking excursion on the Chadar and so admire the undulated beauty of the Zanskar River. As you head towards Chilling from Shingra Koma, click some final pictures as memories. Finally, on reaching Tilad Do, it would be time to bid goodbye to the locals of Zanskar. On reaching Chilling, drive to Leh and stay overnight at the pre-arranged guesthouse.

Day 09: Departure from Leh
Today, the mesmeric journey to one of the finest scenic destinations of India will ultimately come to an end. The entire experience, we are sure, would give you an unmatchable feeling of achievement and satisfaction. In the morning, check-out from the guesthouse and depart from the Leh airport.

2 nights’ accommodations in a guest house in Leh on twin sharing basis.
6 nights’ accommodations in trekking route in a tent with twin/three share
Basis. Tea, Coffee, Break Fast, Lunch and Dinner in trekking route, all meals are
Vegetarian. Services of a trekking guide.
All required equipments like tents and sleeping bag.
First aid kit and oxygen cylinder.

Travel expenses to reach and return from Leh.
All meal in Leh including 2nd days Breakfast.
Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates etc.
Airport drop and pick up.
Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, health or any other reason.
Porter’s service to carry your personal luggage.
Health Insurance, Tax, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity.
Mishaps, injury or any health problem.

Note :
If you need service of a porter then you have to pay Rs.650/- per day provided you book the same with us 15 days before date of commencement and maximum luggage limit is 10KG.

We recommend that while planning your travel for the trek, you plan for a buffer day. There could be various kinds of delays either in transit or along the Chadar where sometimes you will find that a section of the Chadar has broken away and you might end up waiting for a whole day for it to re-form. However the buffer day arrangements are not included in the package and will be charged additionally

There is an  additional charge of Rs. 440 per person as wildlife/environmental charges and ALTOA fee levied by the government. Trekkers are requested to make payment of this surcharge directly at the designated office in Leh on arrival. 

We recommend and request using natural stream water for drinking purpose. This can be purified using the water purifying drops / tablets. We have two reasons to request this to you,
1) It helps in not dumping plastic in the world’s remotest area and
2) Its saves thousands of rupees as mineral water price is very high in trekking zone.

For any trek at this level, fitness is most important and you may have to improve yours before departure. Most Strenuous treks are equivalent to extended walking in mountainous terrain at home, but usually at significantly higher altitudes; climate and remoteness can also play a part. Walking days are usually between 6 to 8 hours although there may be some longer days for pass-crossing or similar. Previous trekking experience is desirable but not essential if you are

confident of your physical condition.
Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

Instructions & Guidelines NA
Difficulty Level Moderate

Event Description

The chadar trek or the zanskar gorge is a winter-trail in zanskar region of ladakh, in the indian state of jammu and kashmir. Its walls are near vertical cliffs up to 600 m high and the zanskar river (a tributary of the indus) is only 5 m wide in places. The chadar trek is the frozen zanskar river which provides an access route to the zanskar valley and is used as a trail by locals and tourists during the winters.It takes place on the trade route that has been used by the indigenous people for centuries and is a fairly well established trek.

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