Chadar Trek Overview

Situated in the Leh region of Ladakh, the Chadar trek is one of the most magnificent treks in the Himalayas that allows you to cover a distance of 62 kilometers in just nine days. It is one of the most popular and longest trekking trails that provides a dream come true experience to the trekkers while hiking along the dramatic mountains. The Chadar lake trek feels like a journey to the North Pole as the temperature drops to -30 degrees Celsius, thereby grading it high on the difficulty level.

The Chadar trek Ladakh lets the trekkers walk on a thick layer of ice that covers the Zanskar river. It is not the only reason that draws thrill seekers to this fantastic attraction, but people are attracted to several other fascinating and ethereal sights. This trek brings you close to the natural wonders of the world, such as the frozen Nerak waterfall, white sand, and knee-length snow, and all these beautiful sights in your trekking experience will ignite your senses and will create a mark down your memory lane.

The landscape and the overall experience of the Chadar frozen river trek will also leave an imprint on the heart of the trekkers. So, if you are looking for a remarkable trekking experience, the Chadar trek should be on the top of your bucket list.

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  • Traverse the frozen Zanskar River and experience the thrill of walking on ice amidst stunning Himalayan landscapes.

  • Immerse in Ladakh's rich culture by visiting remote villages, and monasteries, and experience their traditional way of life.

  • Spot rare wildlife such as snow leopards and ibex in their natural habitat and add an element of excitement to the trek.

  • Enjoy breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and frozen waterfalls creating a picturesque backdrop for your adventure.

  • Conquer the challenging terrain and weather conditions, including sub-zero temperatures and icy paths and add an adrenaline rush to the journey.

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Must Know Before You Go
  • The above-mentioned price varies accordingly to date and is only valid for certain dates.
  • Trekking during the nights is extremely dangerous and might lead to unwanted circumstances.
  • It is the responsibility of every trekker to maintain the serenity of the surroundings. Thus, one should not litter anywhere and spoil the magnificence.
  • Try not to interrupt or disturb the locals during the trek or other times.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, expenses incurred on account of sickness etc.
  • If the trek doesn't take place due to any reason beyond the control of the operator, you will be offered an alternate experience to substantiate your trek in Leh.
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like a change in flight and train schedule; cancellation of flights/trains, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, etc will not be accommodated.
  • A medical certificate is a pre-requisite document for Chadar Frozen River trek and without which you will not be allowed on the trek.
  • For safety purposes, Chadar trek activity is not recommended for women who are more than 3 months pregnant, anyone that has had major surgery, or has a broken leg/arm, has chronic back or neck pains, etc.
  • Airport Pick Up and Drop can be arranged on additional charges on request
  • Thrillophilia does not have any liability in getting a receipt of the charges paid to local bodies.
  • Medical check up may happen either at SNM Hospital or as advised by ALTOA association.
  • Local authority (LAHDC, ALTOA) charge fee for environment and Wildlife for the trek which totals to 8500 INR per head (The fee may be revised) will have to be paid by trekkers before starting the trek in Leh, So keep some cash handy.
  • Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Thrillophilia'' reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which Thrilllophilia or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. Thrillophilia reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like a change in flight and train schedule, cancellation of flights/1trains, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, roadblocks, etc. will not be accommodated in the package cost. No bill will be reimbursed for any missed service/facility.
  • During a trip, in case the roads are blocked due to landslides or a reason that is beyond control, Thrillophilia will rearrange the itinerary for the travellers real-time, however, the cost of alternative accommodation will be borne by the customer as the hotels pre-booked execute their cancellation policies and are nonrefundable.
  • Because of any reason natural or personal, if the Trek or a particular activity is not completed, no refund will be processed.
  • The difference in the cost shall be borne by the client in case of any amendment in the package due to change in the number of guests, hotel change, itinerary change, etc.
  • If in case any traveller wants to or decides to leave the trip in the middle, all the expenses from that point onwards will be borne by the traveller. Neither the operator nor Thrillophilia will be held responsible for such decisions or for any refund.
  • The refund or compensation is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. refund or compensation are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of Thrillophilia.
  • At Thrillophilia, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event we might have to call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity or other issues like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that might prevent a safe trekking experience. In such cases, Thrillophilia will issue a Credit note summing up to the same amount as your trek fee that can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
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Quick Facts of Chadar Trek

Quick Facts of Chadar Trek
  • Maximum altitude: 11150 feet
  • Grade: Difficult
  • Duration: Nine days
  • Trekking distance: 62 kilometers
  • Trail type: One-way trail. The trek commences and ends at Shingra Koma.
  • Rail head: No rail head
  • Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (Leh)
  • Snow Season: January and February
  • Service from: Leh Airport to Leh Airport (Transport included)
  • Base camp: Leh
  • Best season: Winter season (January and February)
  • Region: Ladakh

Who can Participate:- Serious trekkers who are fond of experiencing freezing temperatures.- Should have a minimum age of 15 years.- People with enough stamina to cover a distance of five kilometers in just 30 minutes.- Has an experience of at least one high-altitude trek of 5000 meters or 16400 feet.- Should have the capacity to carry a 12 to 16 kg backpack.

Why to Go for Chadar Trek?

Chadar trek is one of the best trekking experiences that you should have at least once in a lifetime. Walking on the frozen sheet of ice on the surface of the river with dramatic snow-capped mountains on either side is indeed a remarkable experience in itself. This trekking experience allows you to witness the Nerak waterfall which is completely iced from top to bottom. There is also a possibility that you may encounter exotic wildlife, like snow leopards, blue sheep, and ibex in the chilling surroundings of your trek. Thus, it is a do-before-you-die adventure that lets you witness the in-depth Zanskari cultures, jaw-dropping scenery, and bone-chilling climates.

Short Itinerary for Chadar Trek

Day 1: The Chadar trek Ladakh starts with your arrival at Leh. Rest for the day or explore the attractions of Leh.

Day 2: The second day of your Chadar Lake trek will be your acclimatization day when you will be adapting to the cold weather conditions of the surroundings.

Day 3: Go to the Government Medical Camp to get all your medical tests done. Complete all your insurance formalities and other documentation work before moving forward for the Chadar winter trek.

Day 4: It is the actual day of the Chadar trek Ladakh when you will move from Leh to Gyalpo through Chilling and then to Tilad Do.

Day 5: On the next day, the journey included in the Chadar trek package will continue to the Tibb Cave.

Day 6: It is an iconic day of the Chadar winter trek as you will reach Nerak from Tibb Cave, where you can witness the Frozen Waterfall that garners the interest of tourists from across the globe.

Day 7: The seventh day included in the Chadar trek package will be a return day from Nerak to Tibb Cave.

Day 8: Moving forward, you will return to Shingra Koma through Gyalpo and then take an adventurous ride back to Leh.

Day 9: It is officially the last day of the Chadar Lake trek when you will be returning to your homes with tons of memories of the trek.

Chadar Trek Detailed Itinerary

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Reach Leh

  • The Chadar trek commences after you arrive at the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh.
  • On your way to your hotel on the outskirts of Leh, you will experience gorgeous snow-capped mountains that will definitely leave you awestruck with their striking beauty.
  • It is advisable to keep your woolen caps and gloves handy as you may feel an immediate drop in temperature when you arrive at the Leh airport.
  • After you reach Leh, you can rest for the day and acclimatize to the cold weather conditions.
  • The weather in Leh will give you a taste of what it will be like when you go for the Chadar trek.
  • In the evening time, you can go window shopping on the streets of Leh market to grab things that you would require in the trekking expedition.
  • You are not allowed to start your trekking journey on the same day of your arrival because it is extremely necessary for your body to adapt to the cold weather condition as the temperature may drop even further when you start climbing towards the Zanskar River.
  • Now, get back to your rooms and have a good night's sleep to revitalize your body for the trip.

General Trivia About The Trek

General Trivia About The Trek
  • Chadar trek does not include any kind of ascending and descending paths similar to the other Himalayan treks as you will be walking on a frozen sheet of ice on the Zanskar river all the time.
  • Although Himalayan waters are considered safe for drinking, the trekking experts advise purifying the water by boiling it with chlorine tablets during the trek.
  • The trade route between Zanskar and Ladakh regions that has existed for more than 1000 years is known as ‘Khado Sanglam’ in the local dialect.
  • Zanskar river freezes completely during the months of January and February to form a walkable path of ice.
  • There must at least be a group of six to seven people to go on the Chadar trek with a maximum of 15 to 18 people.
  • February is considered to be the toughest time to go on the Chadar trek as the fluctuating temperatures during the day and night can cause broken trails along the way.
  • The temperature on the Chadar trek drops to as low as -30 degrees Celsius, and thin air keeps flattering your skin at every inch of your walk.
  • Chadar trek is unique as it is a complete surprise package of slippery ice sheets, occasional cave stays, unusual campsites, and brisk-changing weather conditions.
  • If you are lucky, you may spot an old snow leopard or other wildlife on your trekking expedition.
  • Pictures of the beautiful frozen Nerak waterfall are surely a remarkable way to account for the memories.

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Important Tips for Trekkers

When you are going on a trekking expedition, it is essential to keep the do's and don’ts in mind. These tips will help the trekkers stay connected with their fellow travelers and prevent them in case of an emergency situation. Here are some of the important tips that trekkers should consider on the Chadar frozen river trek:

  • Inform your friends and family about the trek and give the number of your trekking organization to them so they can contact you in case of any emergency.
  • Wear warm clothes at all times and carry stuff that can keep you warm at all times as the temperature may drop drastically and unexpectedly during your trek.
  • Do not forget to carry your first aid kit and all the necessary medications as bruises and cuts are relatively common during treks and hikes.
  • Keep yourself hydrated at all times. People are more likely to skip drinking water due to the cold climate.
  • Walk actively and carefully as the sheet of ice may be slippery.
  • Do not litter everywhere as it is strictly prohibited to throw plastic and biodegradable stuff on the trekking trails.
  • Avoid contaminating the waterfalls while bathing with chemical soaps because villagers use this water for drinking purposes.
  • Remain polite towards your trek leader and co-trekker at all times.
  • Do not skip your meal under any circumstances.
  • Always be together with your trekking group, and do not wander anywhere on your own.
  • Ensure that you carry all the trekking essentials in your backpack.
  • Follow the instructions given by the trekking leader to ensure safety and security at all times.

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FAQ's of Chadar Lake Trek

How difficult is the Chadar Trek?

    The Chadar trek is regarded to be one of the most difficult treks in India. It gives you a larger-than-life feeling with its extreme weather conditions amidst the natural surroundings. What makes the trek even more difficult is that trekkers are required to walk on the surface of the thick layer of a frozen river. Hence, a trekker should have enough stamina to cover a distance of five kilometers in just 30 minutes is a good fit for the Chadar trek Ladakh.

    You can also check your body mass index (BMI) to find if your fitness level matches the difficulty of the trek. If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime for trekking. On the contrary, if your BMI is not normal, you are required to consult your trusted physician before adopting any fitness regime. Moreover, consultation from a medical practitioner is recommended if you are suffering from any chronic illness.

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