8 Nights/9 Days
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.
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
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!
Plus 5% GST will be applicable on both the variants
*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.
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.
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:
|3||Insurance & rescue||2,000.00|
|4||NOC by ALTOA||800|
*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:
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
IFSC Code: KKBK0004618
You can also pay through Google Pay (Tez), Phone Pe at 9971214881
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A fresh confirmation voucher will be mailed/WhatsApp, after receiving amount in our bank account.
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)
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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?
Changes in pre-defined tour program:
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:
The Big NO To
Along with the above list, please ensure you also carry the following documents:
The documents are mandatory. Without them, you will not be allowed to trek.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.