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Chadar Trek

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Duration

8 Nights/9 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

30 people

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Overview

Chadar Frozen River Trek

“Chadar” refers to the sheet of ice that forms over the Zanskar river as it transforms itself from a rapidly 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 trekking 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.

 

Short Itinerary:

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 Shingra and Somo Paldar – 11,400 to 10,390 ft. – Drive 75 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 frozen Waterfall – 10,760 – 11,150 ft. – Trek 12.5 KMs – Stay in tent

Day 7: Naerak to Tibb/Gaylpo- 11,150 – 10,760 ft. – Trek 14.5 KMs – Stay in tent

Day 8: Tibb to Shingra Koma & Back To Leh- 10,390 to 11,400 ft. – Drive 75 km | 08.5 Kms Trek | Stay in Guest House

Day 9: Departure from Leh

 

Tariff:

Fixed Departures Dates (11 Batches):

January’2021(08 Batches): 9-Jan, 10-Jan, 16-Jan, 17-Jan, 23-Jan, 24-Jan, 30-Jan, 31-Jan’2021

February’2021(03 Batches): 6-Feb, 7-Feb, 13-Feb’2021

 

Pick your batch and date by sending Paytm/Phone Pe/Google Pay INR 5,000 and WhatsApp at 9971214881. One-time free date reschedules included. Limited Seats Available!

Option 1: Rs.19,500/- excluding permits and airport return transfers

Option 2: Rs.24,500/- including Trekking Pole, Gum Boots, Permits, Environmental Fee, Wildlife Fee, ALTOA, LAHDC and Airport Drop.

 Plus 5% GST will be applicable on both the variants

 

Insurance of approx. Rs.2,100/- is excluded in both the options to be paid directly

*You may book an onward flight to Leh at any time on Start Date as per your selected batch

*You may book return flight from Leh at any time on End Date as per your selected batch

*All flights arrival and departure are scheduled between 05:30 AM to 11:30 AM

*Air India, GoAir, Spicejet, Vistara operates at Leh Airport (IXL). You may check with the airlines for the baggage allowance. Air India offers maximum baggage allowance.

 Departure Dates: as per your requirement – customized date for your group in January-2021. Please let us know prior so that we can keep the date as the fixed departure date.

 

Additional Information:

  • Additional Night at Hotel in Leh @ Rs.1500 Per Person/Night on Twin Sharing Basis without meals.
  • Sightseeing/Taxi can be arranged from our travel desk at the Base Camp Leh on actual as per the rate of Leh Transport & Taxi Union.
  • Oxygen cylinders and first aid will be there during the trek. Rescue and medical team will be available on call in case of any exigencies from Chilling or Naerak DTPT point.
  • Tented accommodation will be provided on twin/triple/Quad sharing basis while on the trek.
  • What are the latest Chadar Trek Rules and Regulations of the Ladakh administration?

 

Cancellation Policy:

  • All the booking cancelled before 15-December 2020 are eligible for 50% refund.
  • There will not be any refund applicable for new bookings and existing bookings after 15th-December 2020

 

You need three days of proper acclimatizing at Leh before you can embark on this epic adventure.

Hence, the Leh administration has brought three necessary regulations for Chadar Trek.

  • Acclimatizing in Leh for three days
  • Medical Check before the trek up at Leh
  • Medical Insurance for the chadar trek and rescue
  • NOC from ALTOA followed by the Permit from the Wildlife Department.

The Permit will be issued to each trekker only after producing the medical certificate.

 

What are the Chadar Trek Medical, Wildlife Permit and Insurance fees?

The total fees for Medical, Insurance and Altoa NOC comes to INR 5,000/-.

Here is a breakup of the cost:

Sr. Description INR
1 Medical Checkup 200
2 Wildlife fees 2,000.00
3 Insurance & rescue 2,000.00
4 NOC by ALTOA 800
Total 5,000.00

*May Increase for any other Fees.

 

What does the medical test (at SNM) for the Chadar Trek comprise of?

On the third day of arrival, Medical test is conducted by SNM doctors. The Permit will be issued to each trekker only after producing the medical certificate.

The two essential things the doctors check are:

  • Oxygen Level
  • Blood Pressure

 

Apart from these two they also ask about your medical history like diabetes, Heart disease, etc. to judge if you are fit enough to complete the trek

But the most crucial is the O2 level and Blood Pressure reading. They will clear you only if these are two are reasonable.

Sometimes they may also advise medication if you have a stomach upset or mild fever.

Once you clear the medical test, you go for your insurance and permits.

 

Prior booking mandatory for advance booking please deposit the total amount in the below-given account. 

Kotak Mahindra Bank (5%GST Extra)

Account Name: Adventure Phunk (Current Account)

Account No.: – 8112981606

Branch: Jasola

IFSC Code: KKBK0004618

 

You can also pay through Google Pay (Tez), Phone Pe at 9971214881

 

★Note: Please send payment/Transaction details by email/WhatsApp and please mention your

1)Name

2)Address

3)Contact No.

4)Email Id

5) Date of Event Booking

at adventurephunk@gmail.com/WhatsApp 9971214881

A fresh confirmation voucher will be mailed/WhatsApp, after receiving amount in our bank account.

 

Cancellation Policy:

Note: Normally we expect to carry your personal luggage on your own if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter/Mules, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs.800/- extra per day per bag.

To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.

Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee:

The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email.
When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

When to book:

It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organizing your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)

In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: –

 

Cancellation charges: – 

  • 30 days or more before departure – No Charge
  • 15-29 days before departure – 25% of total
  • 7-14 days before departure – 50% of total
  • Less than 7 days before departure – No Refund

 

The Company reserves the right to:

  • Take the booking for the group tour and individual tour.
  • Cancel bookings even after the acceptance of the payment without assigning any reason. In this case, the company shall refund the money to the guest.
  • Dismiss any guest from the tour for misbehaviour especially if it affects the group and Physical or verbal assault to the Tour Manager.
  • Withdraw discounts at any point of time.
  • Change the routing of Air Travel.
  • Change hotel and/tour programmed due to unavoidable circumstances.

Refund Policy:

  • Refunds if any, for variation/modification/amendments/alteration and/or cancellations etc. of any tour will be paid directly to the guest by ‘A/C payee’ cheque, in Indian Rupees at the prevailing rate of exchange on the date of the cheque, as per Reserve Bank of India Rules and Regulations, irrespective of whether the tour payments in part or whole were made in foreign currency.
  • Refund payments will be processed within 15 days of cancellation date and the amount is payable as per cancellation policy.

 

No refund will be payable: –

  • For any missed/unused services of the tour including the meals due to whatsoever reason.
  • Where full deposit is required to be paid in advance to the concerned authorities to enable the Company to confirm the reservation
  • If services of the tour are modified, varied, amended, cancelled or not utilized.
  • If any guest decides and / or is required to cancel the tour due to any changes made in the rules by the concerned Government.
  • Where airfares are contracted in bulk for I-Fly departures.
  • If the tour is indefinitely postponed due to a natural calamity, riots, political calamities or any other unforeseen calamities.
  • Refund is not applicable for sectors on Indian/World tours wherein air tickets are non-refundable and date change is not allowed.

For all Card payments – Payment received by Cards and if there is any refund, such refund will be done through the respective cards Financial Institutions and credited to the same card. The charges for transaction to be borne by the guests.

 

Guidelines:

 Booking Procedure:

We have a variety of Products suiting the requirements of everyone. You can select the tour as per your preference. Once you select a Tour and agreed upon the Terms and Conditions, You can book the package by sending us the query and we will revert you within the next 24 hours.

 

What happens after you book?

  • Receive Holiday confirmation voucher within 24 hours.
  • Review travel dates, destination etc. in the confirmation voucher.
  • In case of discrepancy mail us / call us with your Booking ID at adventurephunk@gmail.com

 

Changes in pre-defined tour program:

  • Kindly intimate the booking person in advance for any amendment in tour program so that the necessary arrangements can be made.
  • As per the amendments, additional charges would be applicable.
  • In case of visa denial or delays adventurephunk.com will not be responsible.

 

Guidelines:

How to Reach

The flight is the easiest mode of transport. Delhi is the central destination. From Delhi, there are flights to Leh which fly once daily. Jet Airways, Air India & Go Air offers flight services between New Delhi & Leh.

It is very much preferred to make your bookings well in advance as there is a surge in pricing after a period of time. Due to the snow-capped mountains, it’s highly impossible to take road transport. So much preferred is flight.

 

Things for Carrying:

  • Carry 2 pair of synthetic track pants. Track pants are light and when the environment get cold you can wear one track pant over the other.
  • Carry 2 Full sleeve tees with collar.
  • Fleece jacket – sweaters are highly discouraged.
  • A full sleeve Down jacket.
  • Carry 4 pairs of undergarments.
  • Get 2 pairs of thermal inners. (Lower and Upper Body)
  • Gumboots, you can purchase it from Leh for 400-500 INR.
  • Carry 2 pairs of sports socks. 4 pairs of woollen socks.
  • Woollen monkey cap/balaclava that covers the ear.
  • Woollen hand gloves + synthetic glove (waterproof).
  • Hot water bag/bottle – available at any medical store nearby.
  • Sunglasses, branded company with 100% UV protection. Curved ones will cover your eyes well. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek.
  • Gumboots, if not purchased from Leh.
  • Bag-pack (55 – 65 L) with durable lashes and supporting casing. Day-pack (20 L) is required just on the off chance that you wish to offload your Bag-pack to our help group. On the off chance that you don’t need to convey your knapsack, you can offer it to the doorman, yet you need to educate us in advance and charges would be Rs. 700/ – additional every day per pack also inform us about this at least 15 days in advance.

  

The Big NO To

  • 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 bring any non-biodegradable material.
  • After packing, weigh your gear. It should be in the range of 8-10 kg – preferably on the lighter
  • 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 extra 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. The format will be sent after confirmation.

The documents are mandatory. Without them, you will not be allowed to trek.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4 Nights at Leh and 4 Nights at Trek
  • Expert Team with latest equipment’s
  • Option for additional nights in Leh & Ladakh sightseeing

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Leh (3500 m)
Day 01: Arrival in Leh (3500 m)

Leh, which lies at an altitude of more than 3500 metres above sea level, is the second largest district in the country. In winters, as most passes leading to Leh are closed, you will be flown to the Leh airport which has the distinction of being the highest airport in the world.

As soon you land at the airport, you will be greeted by dry and cold air, but what will take all your attention is the lofty, snow-capped mountains all around; a sight that will remain with you forever. After completing the arrival formalities and picking up your bags from the baggage counter, take a taxi and proceed towards the pre-arranged hotel. Enjoy an overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 02: Acclimatization Walk in Leh
Day 02: Acclimatization Walk in Leh

Get up early in the morning and begin the process of acclimatization at high altitude. Proceed to walk towards Shanti Stupa, a sacred Buddhist stupa, from where you will get an opportunity to witness a beautiful view of the sunrise and a panoramic sight of the town of Leh.

Stay hydrated as you spend your first day of the trek in Leh.

Day 03: Getting a medical check-up at SNM Hospital
Day 03: Getting a medical check-up at SNM Hospital

Due to the challenging nature of this particular trek, the government has made it mandatory for participants to acquire medical certification before they undertake Chadar trek. A clearance certificate upon a medical check-up will be issued by the Sonam Norbu Hospital. One will get a certificate only when adequately fit and acclimatized for the trek.

Day 04: Shingra Koma and Somo Paldar
 Day 04: Shingra Koma and Somo Paldar

Enjoy tea and breakfast in the morning and start your journey by driving to Shingra Koma. This ride is not for the faint-hearted as bumpy roads and hairpin bends are quite common on this route. The sight of the surrounding high mountains will give you a sense of awe. After a point, you will have to deboard from the vehicle and trek towards Somo Paldar campsite.

Your Chadar trek expedition starts here.

Day 05: Trek to Dib Cave/Tibb
Day 05: Trek to Dib Cave/Tibb

Today, you will set out to trek to Dib Cave/Tibb. During the day, you will behold the breathtaking beauty of the region including ravines and gorges. You might not see sunshine properly as the steep cliffs in this area obstruct them. Once you reach Dib, you will see a large cave. This is the place where you will halt for the night and rest. Butter tea would be offered and we recommend you to try it. Enjoy overnight stay at the campsite.

Day 06: Dib Cave/Tibb to Camp at Naerak
Day 06: Dib Cave/Tibb to Camp at Naerak

Today, you will trek the most scenic part of the region and get a chance to witness the largest frozen waterfall and prayer flags. The bridge built next to the site of the waterfall is used in summers to reach Zanskar from Leh. Thereafter, you can proceed towards the village of Naerak to mingle with the locals and understand their way of living. Stay overnight at the village camp comfortably.

Day 07: Naerak to Tibb
Day 07: Naerak to Tibb

On this particular day, start your return trip and proceed towards Tibb. The return trail would not be easy and the river quickly reacts to any change in the temperature. By now the frozen river might have taken an entirely new form. On the way back, admire the beauty of the region, click pictures and meet locals, who can be seen wearing traditional woolen Gonchas (robes). Upon Dib Cave, relax and stay overnight at the campsite.

Day 08: Tibb to Shingra Koma & Back To Leh
Day 08: Tibb to Shingra Koma & Back To Leh

In the morning, get ready to leave Tibb and proceed towards Shingra Koma, crossing Gyalpo. The trail today will give you a chance to witness high mountains and pugmarks of wild animals like snow leopards, ibex and foxes. If lucky, you just might spot a leopard; even if you do not, then at least be sure, you would be watched by them.

In the evening, drive back to Leh and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 09: Departure from Leh
Day 09: Departure from Leh

Today, the mesmeric journey to one of the finest scenic destinations of India will ultimately come to an end. The entire experience, we are sure, would give you an unmatchable feeling of achievement and satisfaction. In the morning, check-out from the guesthouse and depart from the Leh airport.

Included/Excluded

  • ✔ Accommodation. Leh Guest House (Day 1,2,3, 8 according to Itinerary) and Camping while on Trek on Day 4,5,6,7 according to Itinerary)
  • ✔ Meals while on trek (Veg.) – Hot Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner starting from Day 4 Lunch to Day 8 Breakfast.
  • ✔ Trek equipment’s including -30-degree comfortable double layer sleeping bags, sleeping matts, air breathable 4 season camping tents, mobile kitchen and utensils for food
  • ✔ First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
  • ✔ Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff to help trekkers.
  • ✔ Fixed return transfers from Leh Guest House to Trek Base Camp is included in the package as per the itinerary on Day 4 and Day 8
  • ✔ Porters to carry the common luggage including tents, sleeping bags, kitchen tents, camping ration and food, fuel/kerosene, oxygen cylinders, toilet tents.
  • ❌ Food / Meal in Leh. Available in Leh Hotel/Guest House @ Rs.250/- Per Meal (Approx.)
  • ❌ Any kind of personal expenses.
  • ❌ Adventure Insurance premium cover of Rs.2,100/- to be paid directly after the medical checkup in Leh (Premium amount based on 2019 Chadar Trek).
  • ❌ Local Fees Environmental Fee, Wildlife Fee, ALTOA, LAHDC etc of Rs.3,150/- Per Person to be paid directly after arrival in Leh (Permit fee based on 2019 Chadar Trek)
  • ❌ Porter to carry personal luggage. The same may be arranged @ Rs.3750/- for the complete trek days ie from Day 4 to Day 8(5 Trek Days) up to 10Kg baggage
  • ❌ Airport pick from the Leh Airport (Govt Pre Paid Taxi Charges @ Rs.500/-)
  • ❌ Anything not specifically mentioned under 'Inclusions'

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1) Available dates for Chadar Trek
Fixed Departures Dates (11 Batches):
January’2021(8 Batches): 9-Jan, 10-Jan, 16-Jan, 17-Jan, 23-Jan, 24-Jan, 30-Jan, 31-Jan’2021
February’2021(03 Batches): 6-Feb, 7-Feb, 13-Feb'2021

Pick your batch and date by sending Paytm/Phone Pe/Google Pay INR 5,000 and WhatsApp at 9971214881. One-time free date reschedules included. Limited Seats Available!
2) Pricing and Variants Rs.19,500/- excluding permits and airport return transfers Rs.24,500/- including Trekking Pole, Gum Boots, Permits, Environmental Fee, Wildlife Fee, ALTOA, LAHDC and airport drop. Plus 5% GST will be applicable on both the variants Booking and Cancellation
All the booking cancelled before 15-December are eligible for 50% refund. There will not be any refund applicable for new bookings and existing bookings after 15th-December.
3) What if someone booked the tour but the trek didn't happen?
(Refunds and operations) In case the Chadar is not formed we will offer the alternate trek for the same duration.
4) What if some natural calamities happen in between the treks?
Adventure Phunk takes utmost care to ensure the safety of its members during the trekking expeditions. However, in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Adventure Phunk will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes arising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trekking and expeditions.
5) If any kind of permission required entering in some certain areas?
Any other charge that the local authority (LAHDC, ALTOA or any other) may charge development fee during the trek (which may range anywhere between 500- 3000 INR per head). All of this kind of charges are to be paid by trekkers in advance before starting the trek and not included in the package. Currently, the Fee is Rs.2, 300 for Indians and Rs.2, 800 for Foreigners.
6) To and Fro transportation details?
Transportation from Base Camp Leh to Leh is included in the package as per the itinerary. Airport transfers pick up or drop may be arranged at an additional cost of Rs.1000/- Per Taxi
7) Stay during the trip?
Stay will be in Hotels with heating and hot water facility while in Leh City. Tented accommodation will be provided on twin/triple sharing basis while on the trek. + Single Supplement @ Rs.8500/- Extra (1 Person 1 Room and 1 Tent)
8) Food: What and how will it be provided?
Meals will be provided while on the trek. Our cooks will be serving the simple vegetarian nutritious veg hot meals for breakfast and dinner during the camping. Pack lunch will be provided during the trek. (Rice pulao, potato, dal, local dishes, hot soups, eggs, bread, poha, sweet, tea, milk, high energy bars, dry fruits, juices etc. is the regular menu)
9) Medication
Oxygen cylinders and first aid will be there during the trek. Rescue and medical team will be available on call in case of any exigencies.
from ₹19,500.00

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Deepankar Chowdhury

Member Since 2020

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