The Chadar frozen river trek in Ladakh, India is like no other trek in the mighty Himalayas. Walking on the frozen Zanskar river, with snow-capped mountains on both sides can be the experience of a lifetime. While that is indeed captivating, you will get fascinated when you look up, ahead and all around you to witness surreal beauty.
Counted as one of the most glorious and unique treks in India, the Chadar Frozen River Trek in India takes place during the period of mid-January to mid-February. Though the Frozen trek is considered as one of the most challenging trekking routes due to its high altitude and freezing temperature, thousands of trekkers come to Leh every year to set out on this adventurous journey.
Commencing from Tilat Do, trek finishes at Nyrek, giving you the opportunity to explore how the people here walk on this ice-covered river, especially during the adverse winter season. This trek allows you to get to know about the Zankari culture through the locals you come across during your trek. A major highlight of the Chadar Frozen River Trek is the magnificent frozen waterfall, called as the Nerak Waterfall. This makes the trekking trail extremely popular among adventure enthusiasts and trekkers.
The inhabitants or Zanskaris, as they are known popularly, usually take a road from Zanskar to Nerak for their day-to-day activities and work. Since the road gets blocked and it becomes dangerous to travel during the winters, the locals tread along the Zanskar river since it freezes at this time.
The 75 km long Chadar Trek comprises of snow-capped mountains which lend cliffs to block the bleak way and a sheet of ice comfortably taming the wild river below. Before embarking on the adventurous journey, you can even take a tour of the Himalayan holy Gompas all around Leh which were built by the ancients to seek blessings from Lord Buddha.
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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
Life is unpredictable and we understand that sometimes you have to cancel or change your trip dates and it is our endeavor to make it as easy as possible for you. However, please understand that we plan everything including guide fees, permits, accommodation and ration in advance. Therefore, any cancellation means inconvenience and certain losses to the people involved in various stages of the programme. Keeping that in mind, our cancellation charges are as below –
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the event: Full refund as cash
Cancellations between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the event: 50 % refund as cash.
Cancellations less than 15 days to the start of the event: No refund.
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.
Note: WeTrekkers reserves the right to cancel a programme before departure in the event of logistical problems arising due to natural calamities, strikes, wars or any other circumstances that make the event inadvisable. In this case, we will refund 50% of the event fees.
Itinerary Changes & Trip delays: We plan itineraries based on the information available at the time of planning and in rare circumstances, they are subject to change. In the event that the itinerary is changed or delayed due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, transportation delays, government intervention, landslides etc., we will always aim to give you the best experience possible. However, WeTrekkers cannot be held responsible for the cost of delay or changes.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 5% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.
Refunds will be processed within 7 - 10 working days from the date of cancellation.
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Before embarking on any expedition or trek, we make it a point to ensure that alternate plans are created for emergency situations. Safety of clients being our top priority, our experienced professionals work closely with tourists to provide them reliable services. in case a tour gets delayed due to harsh weather conditions, our trusted individuals at the nearest village/town will start enacting support procedures.
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