Chadar Trek

:Zanskar River, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir state, India
:Jan - Feb
:9 Days8 Nights
Event Type
:Adventure, Experience
Start From
:Leh Airport
:Leh Airport

Chadar Trek

Zanskar River, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir state, India
9 Days8 Nights

Event Overview

The 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 bonfire that will keep you warm and relaxed.Our daily trek begins at around 9:00am and by then the sun’s up and blue skies bring cheer despite the cold temperatures. The trek goes along the Tsarap River in the region of Nyerag, Lingshed and constitutes to Zanskar!

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 acquires 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.
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Event Details


Day 1 - Fly to Leh. Altitude 11,400 ft.
  • 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 copy guest house.
Day 2 - Drive to Tlad Do via Chilling
  • Post breakfast we will drive to Chilling from where we will start our Chadar Trek. The drive to Chilling – the starting point of Chadar trek is an adventurous drive. The ride is along the river Indus via village Nimu the place which is the confluence of the river Indus and the Zanskar. To reach camp one needs to cross the frozen Zanskar.
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Adventure Activities


Additional Activities

Water Fall


Pickup Drop


Airways, Private Vehicle

Pickup Details

Pickup Time: 08.00 AM Drop Time: 08.00 AM

Things To Carry

  • Warm shirt/ light micro fleece pullover/ full sleeve T-shirt
  • Water resistant trekking pants (Dri-fit)
  • Windproof/ water resistant jacket, down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
  • Thick Fleece/ Full-sleeve sweater
  • Thermal inner wear
  • Woolen cap, Inner fleece gloves, outer water proof gloves
  • Thick dri-fit woolen socks and regular socks
  • Scarf/ muffler / multifunctional headwear (optional)
  • Comfortable waterproof Trekking/ Hiking shoes with a thick sole, Camp shoes
  • Gaiters
  • Ice Grips / Winter Trax / Crampons
  • Raincoat/ Poncho
  • Small light weight towel
  • Insulated water bottle and hydration pack (optional)
  • Cap/ floppy, Sun glasses
  • Sturdy walking stick/ trekking pole
  • Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm
  • Torch/ Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Personal medication
  • Personal toiletries.



  • Accommodation. (Camping) and Leh guest house (Day 1, and Day 8 according to Itinerary)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg.)
  • Trek equipments.
  • Permits.
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
  • Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff to help trekkers.
  • Transport from leh to Road head and return.
  • GST


  • Food / Meal in Leh.
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Insurance.
  • GST
  • Porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head price Includes.

Terms & Conditions

Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
Avoid trekking during the nights.
Before undertaking the trek, consult a physician.
Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.

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