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Chadar Trek, Ladakh - Frozen River Trek

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Chadar Trek Highlights

  • Get a unique experience of walking on the Frozen Zanskar river with the proper taste of a scenic beauty .

  • Witness the magnificient beauty of Frozen waterfall to soothe out your soul .

  • Equivalent number of staff as per the trekkers for a guided experience.

  • Interact with the local people of Zanskar Village during the Chadar Trek 2023, to learn about the history of the place.

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Chadar Trek Overview

About Chadar Frozen River Trek :

Chadar Trek, Ladakh, also known as the Frozen River Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that combines the thrill of adventure with stunning natural beauty. This 9-day trek takes you through the remote and rugged terrain of the Zanskar Valley, where you'll traverse the frozen Zanskar River and marvel at the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and frozen waterfalls. The trek begins in Leh, where you'll acclimate to the high altitude and explore the local culture and history. Then, you'll embark on a challenging trek through the frozen river, hiking for 5-6 hours per day and camping in remote locations along the way. You'll witness the raw beauty of the Himalayas, the stark grandeur of the Zanskar Gorge, and the awe-inspiring natural ice formations of the frozen river. Book an exciting trek of the Chadar Trail, led by experienced hikers & nature lovers in one of the most remote and breathtaking regions of the world..

Chadar Trek Quick Facts:

  • Chadar River Trek Duration: 9D/8N
  • Chadar Trek Distance:  62 km
  • Maximum Altitude: 11,123ft
  • Difficulty Level: Difficult 
  • Chadar Trek Temperature: -5 to -15 degrees (during the day) and -15 to -25 degrees (during the night)
  • Chadar Trek Best Time: Early January - Early February.
  • Start and End Point of the Trek: Guest House in Leh.
  • Nearest Airport: Leh airport. (Kushok Bakula Rimpochee airport)
  • Last ATM: Leh Market and Airport.

How to Reach Leh :

The easiest way to travel to Leh is by air. The nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL) located in Leh. This airport is connected with many international airports in India like Delhi. It also receives flights from Srinagar, Jammu, Chandigarh, and other common destinations in India.

About The Activity:

  • Get ready to explore the Chadar Trek, where you'll have the opportunity to walk on the frozen Zanskar River.
  • It starts from Leh, the capital city of Ladakh, and takes you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes of the Zanskar region.
  • The trek is considered to be one of the most challenging treks in the world, as temperatures can drop as low as -30°C.
  • During the trek, look at the stars above you and marvel at the beauty of the sky of Ladakh which are perfect for stargazing.
  • Relax & soak in the natural hot springs that are found in the region that helps to relieve any muscle soreness from the day's trek.
  • Gather around the warmth of a bonfire and enjoy hot tea & snacks with swapping stories about your day's adventure with your family & friends.
  • Experience what it's like to live in the mountains by snow camping for the whole night inside a cozy tent surrounded by a pristine snowy landscape.
  • Explore the villages and learn about the local culture and interact with the friendly locals to know their way of living life.
  • Book Chadar Trek package and have an unforgettable experience of trekking with your loved ones.

Chadar Trek Package 2023 Inclusions:

  1. 4 Night Accommodation in Leh, that is 2 Night Room and 2 Night Camping at Leh guest house on Double/Triple sharing.
  2. Camp stay and Vegetarian Meals while on trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner). Breakfast on day 4 to celebratory dinner on day 8 in Leh.
  3. We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low-quality equipment, and having unappetizing meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts, and the environment while camping.
  4. First aid medical kits, Oxy Meter, because anyone can get hurt during an adventure (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)
  5. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide, and Support staff to help trekkers.
  6. Transport from Leh to Road ahead (on Day 4) and return (on Day 8).
  7. Porters for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/groceries)
  8. The facility of keeping extra luggage at Leh when leaving for Chadar Frozen River Trek.
  9. Handpicked Supporting Staff of multiple guides/helpers for the group. This will ensure high safety, accurate information, and personal attention which is necessary for this trek. We will be putting you in the hands of qualified & professional trek leaders, guides, and support staff with multiple years of experience.
  10. An option to opt for an alternate experience "Flavour of Ladakh" on a first come first basis for the first five trekkers in the group. The option can be availed between Day 1 to Morning on Day 4.
  11. As the Chadar winter trek takes place at a high altitude, a big oxygen cylinder (15 ltr) will be carried throughout the trek for any kind of emergency.
  12. Keeping this in mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:
  • Sleeping Bags ( Multi-layered Sleeping bags capable of upto -25 Degree )
  • Good Quality Sleeping Tents so the cold doesn’t bite.
  • Thick Camping Mattresses provide good insulation between your body & cold ground.
  • Kitchen Tents with proper dining arrangements, so you can eat in peace.
  • Toilet Tents pitched at the campsite.

Do's and Don'ts On Chadar Trek

> Do’s of Chadar Frozen River Trek

  • It’s always good to plan for an additional day to accommodate any unforeseen conditions like bad weather, broken bridges, flight delays, casualties that may arise.
  • One should inform one’s family before coming for this trek, so in case of an emergency, they can come for help.
  • As there won’t be any pharmacies on the Chadar river trek, please do carry the required medications and a first aid kit, in case of any bruises or cuts.
  • Abide by the instructions given by the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking

> Don'ts of the Chadar Frozen River Trek

  • Since you will be trekking in an eco-friendly zone, make sure you do not litter the vicinity and carry your leftovers back.
  • Flowy and frilly clothing might hinder your movement. It is better to avoid such type of clothing.
  • Do not rely on sports or casual shoes as they might compromise grip on the snowy surface.
  • When meeting monks or other locals on the way, pinpointing is not advisable as they make take offense.
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Chadar Trek Itinerary
Fly to Leh | Arrival
Acclimatization Day
Medical Check up | Day of Wild Card Exits
Leh to Shingra Koma via Chilling & Tilad do and Trek to Gyalpo
Gyalpo to Tibb Cave
Tibb cave to Naerak camp
Naerak to Tibb Cave
Tibb Cave to Shingra Yokma via Gyalpo, Drive back to Leh

Chadar Trek Package Options

Chadar Trek from Leh to Leh (From Hotel)

per Adult

Chadar Trek from Leh to Leh (From Hotel)


Double occupancy or triple occupancy in-room or tents

Day 1: Room accommodation- so you can acclimatize (without heaters)

Day 2 to Day 7: Tented accommodation

Day 8: Room accommodation with heaters


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (vegetarian) on the trek is included in the package.


Leh to Road head (on Day 4) and return (on Day 8).

Tour Leader

Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide, and Support staff to help



Camping, and Trekking

Must Know Before You Go for Chadar Trek

  • 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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Head torch
Rain cover
Extra pair of socks
Toilet paper & wipes
Walking stick
Water bottle
Backpack with waterproof linings
Fleece jackets and thermals
Led torch (with extra batteries)
Lightweight quilt or blanket
Mosquito & insect repellent
Waterproof windcheater
Woollen cap, socks, mittens & scarf
Warm clothes
Day pack (20-30l)

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Ladakh map

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Chadar Trek Policies

Confirmation Policy

The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking.

In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.

Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking before confirmation and a full refund will be processed.

Refund Policy

The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

All applicable refunds will be done in the traveler's Thrillophilia wallet as Thrillcash.

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellation are made 30 days before the date of travel then 25.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation are made 15 days to 30 days before the date of travel then 50.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation are made 0 days to 15 days before the date of travel then 100.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • Payment Terms Policy

  • 100.0% of total tour cost will have to be paid 0 days before the date of booking