Chadar Frozen River Trek

LEH LADAKH

Places covered

LEH LADAKH
Leh , Zanskar Valley

Duration

9 Days & 8 Nights

Chadar Frozen River Trek

Highlights

  • Region: Ladakh
  • Duration: 11 Days (Leh to Leh)
  • Grade: Difficult
  • Maximum Altitude: 11,125 feet
  • Approx trekking: 65 kms.
  • Best time: January to February 

PACKAGE DETAILS

Chadar Trek is well known for being a unique winter journey through Ladakh. It can be termed “Khado Sanglam” by Zanskari vocabulary. It travels through the actual route (Dakini Path) which the people of valley use as the last resort to connect to the outside world when there is no link for several weeks at this time of year because of heavy snowfall.
 
“Chadar” is a common Indian word that means “sheet” and is used to refer here to the sheets of ice formed over the Zanskar river on which we also trek along our route. This specific trek is considered as one of the most amazing one in India due to its unique trekking experience. Chadar frozen river trek offers you some of the most breath-taking sights, ice-peaks along with unforeseen landscapes that are bound to stay in memories forever. The Chadar formations, frozen waterfalls and the whole landscape is different each year.
 
Chadar Trek is a valley trek and hence doesn’t take much toll on your legs but the difficult part is the temperature. Day temperatures in Leh and while on trek are sub-zero and usually around -5 degrees. The temperatures during night falls drastically to -25 degrees. The ultimate challenge is to keep yourself focussed in completing the challenge.
 
Day one is acclimatization and rest at Leh to high altitude and harsh weather. Day two onward we start with remarkable journey through the Ladakhi landscape. We return on day eight, rest and cherish the time spend in the remote ‘white’ wild and pack our bags to leave back to our homes on day nine morning.

DAY 1 - Arrival

ARRIVAL AT LEH:

Leh is the headquarter of Ladakh. It is located on the banks of the Sind (Indus) river, between the Khardungla and the Stok ranges at an elevation of 3250 meters. There are various early morning flights to Leh from Delhi. You can come by Road to Leh from Manali or from Srinagar. After arriving check into the hotel. There will be an introduction and a briefing session in the evening.

DAY 2 - Acclimatization

ACCLIMATIZATION AT LEH:

This day is to prepare your body for the higher altitudes. The day will be spent acclimatizing around Leh and making permits. We will climb the small hills around this town. First we will go to the Leh palace, which is a little above Leh overlooking the town. Above this is the Tsemo monestry from where we have a magnificient view of Leh. After that we will visit the Shanti Stupa. The evening will be spent in making last minute purchases and packing our backpacks for the trek.

DAY 3 - Leh- Chilling-Tilat Sumdo Camp

Drive from Leh to Chilling and trek to Tilat Sumdo. Today in the morning drive with small brief halt at the magnificent confluence of River Zanskar and Indus and then again a drive to the Chilling, one of the most famous villages in Ladakh, known for craftsmanship, especially the metal works. Touching the Chadar first time, we start the trek for 1-2 hrs along the magnificent frozen river Zanskar till Tilat Sumdo. Overnight in cave/camp/tent. Also learn the fun way to adjust yourself to Ladakhi Shuffle walk style on the frozen slippery ice of River Zanskar.

DAY 4 - Tilat Sumdo- Tsomo Paldar

After the breakfast call at 7:30 am and an early departure, the walk on the Chadar has fully started. Hearing the different sounds of Chadar forming and breaking, you will soon get familiar where the Chadar or the ice cover is thick and thin.

DAY 5 - Tsomo Paldar- Dibb

It is the longest day of the trek, we pass through some magnificent beautiful waterfalls and frozen ice cliffs on the left – it is like walking through a giant freezer! The walk also crosses through narrow gorges, where the trekker may have to climb briefly on to the rocky river bank. The sharp bends and current of the river breaks the ice in some places. Lunch in between on a flat rocky hill side by the river.

DAY 6 - Dibb - Neyrak pullu

 Again one of the magnificent days on the Chadar trek. However, the caution being that this can become a difficult if the Chadar is not very firm. The vistas are stunning though as we pass through giant frozen waterfalls, ice cliffs and one may even catch sight of the mountain fox. Nyerak village is located high above. Beyond the bridge that links Nyerak village with Lingshed, small huts mark the summer grazing shelters of the villagers.

DAY 7 - Neyrak Pullu - Dibb

Though technically it is the same way back, it is also quite different. The Chadar or the blanket of ice that is forming on the River Zanskar is always changing, breaking up and forming itself again. As the Chadar dynamics are ever changing, the same route and place would look and feel different as the texture and conditions change.

DAY 8 - Dibb - Shingra Koma

Today we trek from Dibb to Shingra Koma. Shingra Koma is a big camping ground on your right as you walk up stream. Its right below a huge stone wall which is straight out of a hollywood movie. The Zanskar river takes a beautiful turn right in front of the camp site and sharp peaks rise on the other side of the river.

DAY 9 - Shingra Koma - Chilling

Last day of our amazing trekking experience. We trek from our campsite in Shingra Koma to Chilling which was also the start point of our trek. From Chilling we drive back to Leh. Overnight at a guesthouse.

DAY 10 - Leh Excursion

Day free in leh. Explore the town and enjoy the local cuisine. Enjoy shopping for curios and souvenirs in the bazaars and markets of Leh. You can also visit LEH PALACE.  The majestic palace overlooks the Namgyal hill and is nestled amidst breath taking locales of the Himalayas. Overnight in the guest house

DAY 11 - Departure from Leh (Fly Out)

Tour concludes. We thank you for your patronage and ensures a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

INCLUSIONS

  • Transfers in flight from Delhi – Delhi
  • Airport Transfers.
  • Deluxe Accommodation (Hotel + Camping) on Double sharing basis at Sia La / Similar.
  • Meals while at Leh (Breakfast + Dinner) and on trek (All Meals, Veg).
  • Limited Group Size.
  • Trek equipments (Sleeping bag, High Density mattress, Kitchen & dinning tent, crampon, utensils, tent).
  • All necessary permits and entry fees.
  • Any Equipment needed will be provided at the Hotel.
  • First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
  • Mountaineering qualified & professional trek leader, guide and support staff.
  • Transport from Leh to Chilling / Roadhead and back (in group).
  • Staff insurance.

EXCLUSION

  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
  • Any additional permits levied over currently applicable by local authorities.
  • Service Tax Extra (4.5%)
  • Tips (for guides, drivers etc)

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