Chadar Trek

Location
:Chadar Trek, Jammu & Kashmir
Season
:Feb
Duration
:9 Days8 Nights
Event Type
:Adventure, Experience
Level
:Moderate
Start From
:Leh Airport
Ends
:Leh Airport

Chadar Trek

Chadar Trek, Jammu & Kashmir
9 Days8 Nights

Event Overview

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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Event Details

Schedule

Day 1 - 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 2 - 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.
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Meal

Breakfast
Lunch
High Tea
Dinner

Adventure Activities

Camping
Trekking

Amenities

Firstaid
Pickup Drop
Shower
Washrooms
Accommodation
Guide

Transportation

Plain

Pickup Details

Pickup Time: 08.00 AM Drop Time: 10.00 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
  • Moisturizer
  • 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
  • Gumboots
  • 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.

Policy

Included

  • 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.

Excluded

  • 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,
  • It helps in not dumping plastic in the world's remotest area and
  • 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.

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