Zanskar Chadar Frozen River Trek

:Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir
:Jan - Feb
:9 Days8 Nights
Event Type
:Adventure, Experience
:Yes Its Difficult !
Start From
:Leh Airport
:Leh Airport

Zanskar Chadar Frozen River Trek

Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir
9 Days8 Nights

Event Overview

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.
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Event Details


Day 1 - Arrival at Leh
  • On arrival in the morning at Leh airport. Transfer to lodging at the guest house; a day of leisure and acclimatization. Overnight at Leh guest house.
Day 2 - Leh to Chilling Drive and a Short Trek to Tilat Sumdo.
  • In the morning we leave by private vehicles with our support staff to begin this amazing and most exciting winter trek. Shortly after leaving Leh, we reach Nimoo, the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers. The sight is amazing as the iced up and frozen Zanskar meets the fast flowing Indus. Zanskar chadar trek We stop here for around 5-10 mts for all to have a view and a click. We then turn down from Nimoo following the track parallel to the frozen River Zanskar, a drive towards the road head beside the frozen river is another amazing experience.
  • Zanskar chadar trek Travel distance between Leh and Chilling is around 64 KM. We reach now to the point, past the village of Chilling to where the roadhead ends. Touching the Chadar first time, we start the trek for 1-2 hrs along the magnificent frozen river Zanskar till Tilat Sumdo. Overnight in tent.
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Adventure Activities



Pickup Drop


Private Vehicle

Pickup Details

Pickup Time: 08.00 AM Drop Time: 08.00 AM

Things To Carry

  • Will be informed later



  • Trek fee inclusive of permit fees and service tax.
  • Accommodation: Stay at Leh Hotel/Guest House on Day 1 and Day 8 of Trek and tents/camps on the trek.
  • Transportation from Leh to the road head at Chilling from where the trek starts.
  • Vegetarian meal during the trek.
  • Camping charges and permits.
  • Sleeping bags and mats.
  • Trek leader, Porters, helpers and Cook.
  • Services of a Qualified and experienced Trek Leader to guide over the entire tour.


  • Food/Meal in Leh.
  • The newly proposed Wildlife Fees and Envoirmental fees as being put forward by LAHDC and ALTOA.
  • Personal expenses and tips.
  • Personal winter and trek requirements like jackets, sun glasses, gloves, and trekking poles.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the included list.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.

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