Take this adventurous journey over the frozen Zahnskar river which is done in the mid of the months of January and February, to experience the extreme cold and walk on the challenging terrain.
The valleys of Ladakh and Zanskar lies in the Trans Himalayan zone. For the inhabitants of Padum, Lingshed, Fotosar and Nerak this river of ice had remained the only way to commute to trade butter and their other wares during winters. During the harsh Himalayan winter the high passes and the roads are blocked by heavy snow fall.
All the buildings and monuments lay covered with the white mantle of snow. The snow covered Willow and populous trees stand starkly where the shepherd boys take their sheep to graze on this posh green pastures. The Himalayan magpie adds color to the white snow space.
One has to fly over a assembly of Himalayan icy glaciers, a series of parallel valleys filled with heavy snow and ice, towering snow peaks and the frozen Indus river to reach Leh, the capital of Ladakh that lies on the ancient silk route.
A distance of 75 kms in six days from Chillng to Nerak and back covers the whole trek. After reaching Leh, you will get to spend two days to get acclimatize yourselves to the wintry chilled weather where temperature sometimes plunges to minus 20 degree Celsius. Before the start of trek you can take a tour of the Himalayan holy Gompas in all around Leh, the Shanti Stupa, Hemis Gompa and other archive which was built by the ancients to receive the blessing of the enlightened Buddha and the Bodhisattvas.
There is a 40 kms drive on the snow bound Leh- Srinagar highway to Chilling. Enroute to Chilling at Nemo you can see the confluence of the eminent rivers, Zanskar and the Indus. In winter the water of the Zanskar freeze and form a sheet of ice and snow known as the "Chadar" which means blanket in Zanskari.
There is plenty of evidence here that this region was a part of the 'Tetis Sea'. Millions of years ago the sand and the pebbles of the beach pressurized by the Tectonic Plate Movements of the Continental Drift rose up and formed Fold Mountains. The Chadar is not uniformly frozen. At certain places it is a strong and tough sheet of ice but a certain others it is dangerously broken.
In the beginning of the trek, a few initial falls on the slippery sheet beneath your feet, will teach you to trek carefully and leads you till Tilad do, the first camp site. The actual expedition starts from Tilad do.
From Tilad do the next camp would be in Tibb Cave, this terrain is amazingly different and challenging, it is considered as the gateway of Chadar. Here in Tibb cave it is believed that in the days of yore Buddhist Monks used this silent dark caves to meditate and discover their inner selves. Your trek leads you to a beach camp in the Markha La. You can see the khyang or the wild asses roaming around the rocks, the remains of red fox lay preserved and undisturbed on the snow. The sound of water flowing beneath the icy sheet while you walking over it add deeply and widely into your memory
There are several rock fall areas, partly frozen river enroute Nerak. The spectacular waterfall on this route that now looks like a sculpture has an interesting story spun around it which grasps you when you hear it once you are there. The Chadar frozen river trek jaunts you over thick thin sheet of ice, snowy way, sometimes dig your feet into powdery snow or walk in ankle deep freezing water, the gigantic frozen river provides you more than expected.
There are many points where rapids are frozen in action to form an interesting sculpt, every moment of Chadar frozen river trek would make your memory bag full of different experiences including suspense, thrill, amusement altogether a whole lot of wonderful feeling.
The wind here carries the vibrations of many consecrated money stones over hills and valleys
Day 1: Arrival at Leh.
Transfer to guest house. Rest/Leisure Day. Get used to the altitude and cold while walking around the town. Stay in guest house.
Day 2: Drive to Tilad Do via Chilling
11,400 Ft to 10,390 Ft.
65 km drive
Feast your eyes on the mesmerising sun rise and the inviting views of the massive Stock Kangri. The day proceeds with the long but beautiful roller-coaster ride along the Indus to Nimu village, which marks the confluence of Indus and Zansker. Farther from this point the roand descends to the river valley to ultimately reach TiladDo going past chilling. Cross the frozen river to get to the camp site and get the first taste of walking on the chadar. Stay in tent
Day 3: Tilad Do to Gyalpo
10,390 Ft- 10,350 Ft
Trek 10 Kms
After overcoming the biggest difficulty of abandoning the warm embrace of the sleeping bags, get used to the freezing conditions over a steaming cup of tea. After a briefing session and tips involving walking o snow, the trek commences on the frozen chadar. While reaching the camp at Gyalpo, you get slowly used to the art of walking on the treacherous snow. After reaching Gyalpo passing ShingriKoma, soak in the beauty of the surrounding. Have an early dinner. Stay in tent.
Day 4: Gyalpo to Tibb cave
10,550 Ft to 10,760 Ft
Trek 15 Km
The same routine of early rising and an early breakfast followed by the commencement of walking at 8.30. Today marks the longest day of the trek of about 15 Km. Though arduous, the long walk keeps you warm. The sight of frozen waterfall welcomes you along the trek. Our trek comes to an end for the day after reaching the cave at Tibb. Stay in tent.
Day 5: Tibb cave to Naerk
10,760 Ft to 11,150 Ft
Trek 12 Km
The most beautiful day of the trek. Crossing the river along deep gorges, you reach a point where player flags are fluttering along Juniper trees. A few steps away stands the massive frozen waterfall, the highlight of the trek. A bridge next to the waterfall marks the summer path from Zansker to Leh. The Naerk village lies a bit above the campsite. You can trek to the village if you wish to observe Zanskari way of life. Stay at tent.
Day 6: Naerk to Tibb
11,150 Ft to 10,760 Ft
Trek 12 Km
This marks the start of the return journey. Though it essentially means retracing the steps, but it fells entirely different as the chadar breaks and reforms at its own will. Stay at tent.
Day 7: Tibb to Gyalpo
10,550 Ft to 10,760 Ft
Trek 15 Km
We trek back to Gyalpo today.You can see several trails of pug-marks all along the trek – footprints belonging to foxes, ibex or snow-leopards. You would be really lucky to view the ever elusive snow-leopard. Stay at tent at Gyalpo.
Day 8: Gyalpo to Tilad Do and drive to Leh
10550 Ft -10,390 Ft and drive to 11,400 Ft
Trek 10 Km
Drive 65 Km
This is the last day of trek and at Tilad Do you say goodbye to the Zansker and the Zanskaris. After a final walk on the chadar, you get on the transport for the ride back to Leh. Stay at Guest House.
Day 9: Departure from Leh.
Transfer from guest house to Leh Airport.
• Transport from Leh to Leh
• All necessary permits
• Accommodation (trekkers hut,Home stay,camps,Tents) with sleeping bag and sleeping mat.
• Food while on trek (Veg.+ Non Veg. Meal)
• Trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
• First Aid.
• Entry fees
• Food during the transit.
• Any kind of personal expenses.
• Personal equipments : Ice axe, trekking pole.
• Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
• Anything not specifically mentioned
1. Backpack (45-55 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame.
2. Knap pack (20L) optional
3. Trekking shoes – no sports shoes. (With Rubber Sole, high ankle)
4. 3 trek pants
5. 4 tees with collar
6. Full sleeves sweater (not too thick).
7. A full sleeves fleece jacket.
8. A full sleeve thick jacket or something similar.
9. 1 pair of thermal inners (optional)
10. Sports socks.
11. Woolen monkey cap
12. Wind cheater Or a light rain coat/poncho.
13. Woolen hand gloves + synthetic glove (water proof).
14. Sun glasses (polarized or UV protected)
16. Cold cream & sun screen lotion (SPF 40+).
17. Lip balm.
18. Carry 2 Water bottles (1 L each).
19. Personal toilet kit and toilet papers
20. Personal medicine kit
a. Coca 30 – 30 ml
b. Crocin – 6 tablets
c. Avomine – 4 tablets
d. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
e. Combiflam – 4 tablets
f. Disprin – 6 tablets
g. Norflox TZ– 6 tablets
h. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
i.Band aid – 10 strips
j. Eno – 6 Satches
k. Cotton – 1 small roll
l. ORS – 5 packets
m. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
n. Volini Spray(small)
21. Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string
22. LED Torch with 2 extra set of cells.
23. Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available on the slopes or at the base camp)
24. While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags.
25. Trekking pole/Stick is mandatory.
26. Carry lots of dry fruits, chocolates combinations as snacks. Chewing gums
27. Travel coffee mug n plate
28. Soap Strip
29. One Candle , lighter
If for some reason you wish to cancel the trek, email intimation (firstname.lastname@example.org) needs to
be sent to along with telephonic information.
The cancellation charges are as under:
Cancellations prior to 45 days from the start of the trek : 100% refund
Cancellation between 45 days and 30 from the start of the trek : 75% refund
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek : 50% refund
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek : no refund
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