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The Frozen River Chadar Trek

The Frozen River Chadar Trek

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Chadar refers to the sheet of ice that from over the Zanskar river as it transforms itself from a rapid flowing river into a white blanket of ice during winter. 

 It becomes a frozen spectacle of glass ice ranging from a bluish tinge to golden yellow that is seen during the few hours that sunlight reaches directly into the gorge to the milky whitish on a moonlit night - as said a trek journey like no other. 

 Chadar connects villages in the Zanskar valley (deep in the mountains) with Chilling (on the road to Leh) along the frozen Zanskar River. This route has been used for centuries for trade and transportation, and is most reliable in February when the ice is most stable. 

What's Included?

  •  Local transport during Trek 
  • • Highly Advanced and qualified Guide 
  • • Skilled Local Guide who has ample knowledge of the route 
  • • Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) 
  • • Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff. 
  • • Porters/mules for carrying common equipment (like rations/tents/utensils/) 
  • • Equipment’s – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mattress/ Sleeping bag Inner 
  • • While on trek all meals will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental. 
  • • Basic First aid Kit with portal oxygen. 
  • • 4 Nights @Leh & 4 Nights @ Trek 
  • • Accommodation Will Be Provided in Guest House/Room Stay (During 4 Nights @ Leh 1st,2nd ,3rd & 8th 
  • • Accommodation Will be Provided on Triple Sharing Basis in Tent stay at Trek- 4th,5th ,6th & 7th Days

What's not included? 

  • • Food/Meal in @Leh During the Stay in Hotel /Guest House House will not be provided(On Day- 1st,2nd,3rd,(All Meal) 4th Days Breakfast ) 
  • • Food/Meal Can be Arranged at an Extra Cost of 250/-per Meal 
  • • Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks 
  • • Personal trekking equipment – like trekking poles or sleeping bag liners 
  • • Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation 
  • • Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc) 
  • • Any Kind of Personal Expenses 
  • • Local Fees Environmental Fee, Wild life fee, ALTAO, LAHDC etc ranges between Rs.300/- to 2500/- 
  • • Porter to Carry personal Luggage. The same be arranged @Rs. 3750/- per day(5 Days) up to 10 kg Baggage 
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under ‘Inclusions’

Short Itinerary:- 90 Kms Trek

Day 1:- Arrival In Leh (3500 M)- Altitude 11,400 ft. Stay in Guest House 

Day 2:- Acclimatization Walk in Leh- Altitude 11,400 ft. Stay in Guest House 

Day 3:- Getting a medical Check-up at SNM Hospital- Altitude 11,400 ft. Stay in Guest House 

Day 4:- Lower Singra & Somo Paldar- 11,400 to 10,390 ft.- Drive 70 kms | 08 kms Trek| Stay in Tent 

Day 5:- Trek to Dib Cave/Tibb- 10,550-10,760 ft. Trek 15 kms- Stay In Tent 

Day 6:- Dib Cave /Tibb to Camp at Naerak- 10,760- 11,150 ft. Trek 12.5 kms- Stay in Tent 

Day 7:- Naerak to Tibb/Gaylop – 11,150-10760 ft. Trek 14.4 Kms- Stay in Tent 

Day 8:- Tibb to Shingra Koma & Back to Leh- 10390 to 11,400 ft. Drive 75 kms | 08.5 Kms 

Trek | Stay in Guest House 

Day 9:- Departure From Leh

Things For Carrying :- 

➢ Carry 2 pair of synthetic track pants. Track pants are light and when things get cold you can wear one over the other. 

➢ Fleece jacket - sweaters are highly discouraged. 

➢ Woolen hand gloves + synthetic glove (water proof). If you dont have synthetic gloves,get two pairs of woolen gloves and a surgical glove.\ 

➢ Hot water bottle/Bag - available at any medical store. 

➢ Sun glasses, branded company with 100% UV protection. Curved ones will cover your eyes well. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek. 

➢ Backpack (55 - 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Daypack (20 L) is required only if you wish to offload your backpack to our support team. If you don't want to carry your backpack you can give it to porter, but you have to inform us in advance and charge would be Rs. 700/- extra per day per bag. Please also do inform us about this at least 15 days in advance. 

➢ Trekking shoes: Good standard trekking shoes are sufficient for the trek. On Chadar, which is solid ice or a slight cover of snow on slippery ice, trekkers have found to their amazement that a simple gumboot finally is the best for Chadar. Most of the outside agencies in order to impress tell about crampons. In my years of experience in Ladakh and on Chadar too, I can absolutely say that crampons are quite dicey - quite a few trekkers have injured themselves or worse broken their ankle while a crampon get stuck on the fine cracks in the ice. Gumboot is available in Leh hardware shop and can be purchased here itself. If your shoe size is 9-10, getting a pair might be tough. So start searching as soon as you land in Leh. Sports shoes are not allowed. You need traction on snow and sport shoes with their PVC soles are hardly the choice. Ensure the shoes are well broken in before the trek. Trekkers will soon learn and modify their trek to the "penguin walk" style on seeing from the porters and guide! It is a kind of dragging your foot and not lifting much. 

1. Use contact lenses. 

2. Photochromatic glasses. 

3. If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectaclesand carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles. 

➢ A woolen head-scarf or muffler. 

➢ Cold cream and sun screen lotion (SPF 40+). While sun screen help prevent sun burns,a better option is to stay covered. 

➢ 2 Water bottles (1 L each). The insulated water bottles are good but even normal water bottles will suffice. 

➢ Personal medicine kit containing:Crocin - 6 tablets/Avomine - 4 tablets/Avil 25mg – 4 tablets/Combiflam -5 tablets/Disprin - 10 tablets/Norflox - 10 tablets/Crepe bandage 3 to 5 meters/Band aid - 10 strips/Digene - 10 tablets/Gauze cloth - 1 small role/Leukoplast - 1 small roll/Cotton - 1 small roll/ORS - 5 packets/Betadine or any antiseptic cream/Volini or Moov or Relispray/Diamox - 10 tablets (to be taken only if required and but not as preventive medicine/Any other medicine that you take. 

➢ Personal toilet kit (minimal) and toilet paper. 

➢ Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available 

bags for wet clothes 

The Big NO 

➢ No denim or jeans – not suited for this trek. 

➢ Snacks, colas, alcohol and personal food – No need to overburden yourself with food. Do not carry any disposable plastic bottles like (Bisleri, Aquafina), plastic wrapped/packaged items. Do not brin g any non bio degradable material. 

➢ After packing, weigh your gear. It should be in the range of 8 -10 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you will need to iterate and remove what is not essential. 

➢ Carry light and what is essential. As an example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 10 days). 

➢ Some general advice about clothing: To protect yourself from cold, dressing in layers is the mantra. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T -shirt that is thick. 3 T-shirts worn one over the other is as good as a full sweater. This is just a guideline. If you are prone to cold carry ext ra warm clothing. 

Along with the above list, please ensure you also carry the following documents: 

➢ An identification card (like driving license, voters ID card etc), along with a photocopy. 

➢ A passport size photo. 

➢ A medical certificate Format will be sent after confirmation. 

➢ Disclaimer certificate. Format will be sent after confirmation 


According to Government of Jammu & Kashmir, Office of District Magistrate, Leh 

it has been decided to impose fees & restrictions on a number of tourist undertaking the 

Chadar trek. It was decided unanimously that for the ensuing season fees for foreign trekkers 

Rs. 4000/trip & for domestic trekkers Rs. 3000/ trip shall be enforced. So please participant 

you need to pay this separately on your reporting day. 

if there is any change in local government tax, it will be borne by clients only. the company 

does not hold any responsibility or liability for that.


❖ All the Booking Cancelled Before 10th December 2018 are eligible for 25% refund 

❖ There will not be any refund applicable For New Booking and Existing Booking after 10th December 2018 

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