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Snow Trek Chadar - Ladakh [ Upgraded]


Rs.30,500
Product Code: TRCDH
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Duration: 09 Days
Season: Jan-Feb
Grade: Vigorous
Region: Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir)
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ITINERARY


Day 01 : Arrive at Leh (3500 m)

Arrive in Leh airport where you would be greeted by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Today, we would spend the day in the room itself to acclimatise to the high altitude. This is absolutely necessary and is most important for the days ahead. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 02 :  Leh - Chilling - Shingra Yokma (3200 M)  (Drive / 3 - 4 Hrs & Trek / 1 Hr)

Post breakfast, we take a beautiful drive through the beautiful scenery with your first views of the Indus river and later the Zanskar river at their confluence at Nimoo. From Nimoo you follow the Zanskar to the roadhead at Shingra Yokma.  From here we Decend down to Forzen Zanskar river and we will have practice session. Overnight in trekking tents. 

Day 03 : Shingra Yokma - Shingra Gokma (3350 M) (Trek / 3 - 4 Hrs)

We begin the day at 7:00 am with a cup of hot tea. After breakfast, we set off on the “Chadar” which will be our routine for the rest of the trek. Today, we will trek close to 6-7 kms depending on the fitness of the group. Though our objective would be to get to Shingra Gokma we could camp after also in case the going gets tough during the day. This is something that we would follow all through the trek where we would keep the itinerary flexible to accommodate the group depending on fitness levels. Overnight in trekking tents. 

Day 04 : Shingra Gokma - Tibb Cave (3400 M) (Trek / 5 - 6 Hrs)  

Post breakfast, we set off for Tibb Cave. Today we trek through the deep gorges of the Zanskar valley with sheer cliffs on both sides. The lack of direct sunlight keeps the snow well packed for the trek. We end the day at the big cave here which is used by the locals when traversing this valley and set up camp for the night. Overnight in trekking tents. 

Day 05 : Tibb Cave - Nyerak (3680 M) (Trek / 6 - 7 Hrs)

Post breakfast, we continue the walk through the gorges to the Nyerak village. Enroute we pass a large frozen waterfall which is gushing water during the non-winter season and is a stop point on our rafting trips down the Zanskar river during the Aug-Sep period. Today we camp below the Nyerak village and one can go up to the village in the evening. Overnight in trekking tents. 

Day 06 : Nyerak - Tibb Cave ( 3400 M) (Trek / 6 - 7 Hrs)

Post breakfast, we begin to retrace our steps on the return trek. Though we will be returning by the same route, a lot of the trail would have changed as the river changes by the hour during the season depending on the temperature and sunlight. So in most cases it will be like a different trail itself!! We camp overnight at the Tibb cave. Overnight in trekking tents. 

Day 07 : Tibb Cave - Shingra ( 3350 M) (Trek / 5 - 6 Hrs)

We retrace our steps to Shingra. Overnight in trekking tents. 

Day 08 : Shingra Gokma - Shingra Yokma (3200 M) - Leh (Trek / 3 - 4 Hrs) & (Drive / 3 - 4 Hrs)

Today is the last trek day as we trek back towards Shingra Yokma. Then board our vehicles to drive back to Leh. Once in Leh, we check into our hotel and have a relaxing hot water bath and relive the memories of this wonderful trek. Overnight in the hotel. 

Day 09 : Depart from  Leh 

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

PRICE


PRICE INCLUDES

  • Accommodation ‘A’ category Deluxe Hotel "Singge Palace : http://www.singgepalace.com"with centralized heating system.
  • Stay on Double occupancy in Hotel & while camping.
  • 2 guides for the group of maximum 12 trekkers so 1 guide for 8 group members. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
  • High quality Camping arrangements
    We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek :
    • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
    • Good quality Camping Mattresses
    • Mess Tent
    • Toilet tents (2) with portable toilet seats
    • First Aid / Medical kit
  • Big oxygen cylinder (15 ltrs) will be carried throughout the trek for any kind of emergency.
  • All meals starting from lunch on Day 2 till lunch on Day 8. .
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
  • Camping permission
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Any Pickup and drop from the airport
  • Any meals in Leh
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Bottled water, alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, expenses incurred on account of sickness etc.
  • Wildlife & ALTOA Fees (Participants has to pay this fees directly in Ladakh)
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above.
  • Insurance
  • Service Tax

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

  • Charges for a porter to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs): Rs. 4400 per person. This cost also includes the accommodation and meals of the porter during the trek.
  • You can carry extra Oxygen can (Rs. 400/- per cane).
  • Warmee you can buy it from our team on day 1 (Rs.50/- Per pc)
  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

EQUIPMENT

RENT*

Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)

250

Waterproof Snow/Skiing Suit

100

Down jacket (for additional warmth)

300

Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover

75

Warm Gloves

50

Waterproof Trekking boots

300

Balaclava

50

Rucksack (60 ltrs)

150

Waterproof gaiters

50

Warm high-length woollen socks

50

Poncho/Raincoat

50

Trekking poles

60

*Cost in INR per day
*Taxes extra

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
    • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
    • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
  • Cancellation charges will be as follows
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund
  • Please Note
    • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
    • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true

VITAL INFORMATION


Transport Options 

By Air 

For travel between Delhi and Leh, the advised mode is the flights that ply between these two places. There are a number of flights that operate on this sector with all of them being early in the morning to take advantage of the clear weather over Leh. In case you are travelling from outside Delhi, it would be best to stay in Delhi the previous night to catch the connecting flight the next day. As flights in this sector tend to be expensive, you are advised to book early to get the best fares.

Weather Details

In Leh, the temperature in the daytime will be between -10 to 0 °C, depending on weather condition. The temperatures would drop after sunset till sunrise, and one can experience temperatures as low as -25 °C.  Feather jacket is a MUST not just for the trek but around Leh town, with warm gloves and warm hat. If we visit monasteries it is necessary to take your shoes off, in such cases thick warm socks are necessary.

On the trek, one needs to plan for extreme winter conditions, which means you need to be prepared for -10 to -30 °C temperatures, cold winds and protection from snowfall and getting wet.  Especially plan for getting wet feet, so we advise you to wear water proof rubber boots with warm liner inside, this is sufficient if you are walking through ankle deep water. You may be required to cross water which can be knee deep, in such case you would need to remove your boots cross barefoot or with sport sandals and after crossing dry your feet wear warm socks and continue the trek. The walking on Chadar is walking on hard ice which is slippery. In our experience, gear like Yak-Tracks (a grip made of metal and rubber which can be attached below the boots) is very helpful. Please be prepared for taking a detour if the ice is not formed, in such sections we may have to do some scrambling on the rocks or traverse on some lose unstable sections.

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

List of Essentials

Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags.

  1. Day pack (25ltrs)
  2. Dry fit shirts and trousers 4 pairs
  3. Fleece jacket
  4. Balaclava and Buff
  5. Gloves
  6. Warm Socks (lots of extra pairs)
  7. Water and wind proof trousers
  8. Water and wind proof jacket
  9. Thermal upper and lower (3 pairs)
  10. Day wear shirt x2 or 3
  11. Underwear 5-7
  12. Boots
  13. Camp shoes / Sport sandals
  14. Hand towel
  15. Waterproof sack cover
  16. Down booties
  17. Toilet paper
  18. Two 1 ltr water bottles (preferably thermos flasks)
  19. Torch with extra batteries.
  20. Body Moisturiser
  21. Lip care
  22. Body Powder / Anti-Fungal (feet and body)
  23. Sun screen lotion
  24. Sun cap
  25. Sunglasses
  26. Head torch with extra batteries.
  27. Toiletries
  28. Personal medicines
  29. Pee bottle (Optional)
  30. Camera with extra batteries.

…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the 'GIO trekking Manual'. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the 'GIO Trekking Manual' which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the right trek & training for it

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the 'GIO Trekking Manual' to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.

Trek grading system

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.

Disclaimer

Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising 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 trip/program/activities.

FAQ’s CHADAR TREK


Best time for Chadar trek?

The best time to do this trek is just after the winter snow starts to settle in, during the coldest months of January and Februrary; when the temperatures are low enough for the Chadar/ice sheet to be formed properly. All our departure dates are within this period for one to get the best possible experience

 

What will be the temperature during the trek?

Temperature is the main challenge during this trek, where during nights it may fall down to 25 to 30 degrees below freezing point though during a normal day it may range from -5 to -10 Degree C.

 

Is diamox recommended?

Since there is not much altitude to be gained during the course, mostly 3400 to 3700m, Diamox is not recommended. We suggest one acclimatizes well by following good health practices in the mountain like getting enough rest, staying hydrated, having sufficient carbohydrates and avoiding alcohol. This is our recommendation but we suggest you get in touch with your physician for the best advice on the subject

 

Group size?

GIO Adventures has a strict policy on Responsible Travel and keeping this in mind we do only small groups on any of our treks(max 12 people). This also means extra safety & personal attention for our guests. Chadar Trek is basically on the frozen Zanskar River that the locals use to gain access to the remote Zanskar Valley. Since this is a sensitive zone which may get affected by much trekking activity therefore it makes more sense to promote small groups to minimize the impact on the ‘Chadar’.

 

Solo lady trekker?

They are as invited as anybody else and as safe as anybody else, which is absolutely safe. Also single women get to share the tent/room with other women only unless they have opted to take rooms/tents on single basis. If there is no other lady on the trip then they get to stay in the room/tent on single basis. Even if there is a single lady on our trip we will have a separate toilet tent while camping, only for ladies. Every trek is lead by two highly skilled and experienced mountaineering guide with good experience of travelling with groups so they ensure that within the group also a certain decorum is maintained

 

Drinking water?

Natural mineral water is present all over the trail but due to extreme cold weather everything is frozen here, therefore most water is harnessed by melting the ice or from parts of river that are not frozen completely. This water is boiled and filtered before consumption. Carrying a thermos bottle is recommended so as to sustain the warm water for a longer time, as water in normal bottles freezes over the night. We also use water purification tablets if required

 

Medical emergencies?

In case of any emergency one of our guides along with the porters and support staff will carry/accompany the guest back to the starting point of the trek from where he/she will be driven to the Leh hospital for treatment. We carry first aid arrangements and basic medicines with us on the trek

 

Type of Hotel?

In case you have opted for the upgraded service package you get to stay in a good hotel/high quality guest house with central heating and hot water supply with 2 people sharing a room. For the standard package we put up our guests in guest houses with rooms having attaced washrooms. 3 guests share a room

 

Fitness level?

Moving at the altitudes ranging from 3400m - 3700m, this trek is not much technical or strenuous, hence does not require any rigorous training for it, though a person needs to be fit and fine to commence and also finish this venture

 

Type of Footwear?

Although we recommend a high quality waterproof hiking shoes with good grips under them, one can also manage the trek with a local made Gum boot. Saving your feet from getting wet, these affordable shoes can be bought from the local market at Leh city. Other than this it is recommended to carry an extra pair, as a backup.

9Days | Season: Jan - Feb | Grade: Vigorous MaxAlt: 3680m (Nyerak)


Sketch Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive At Leh (3500 M)
Day 02 : Leh - Chilling - Shingra Yokma (3200 M)  (Drive / 3 - 4 Hrs & Trek / 1 Hr)
Day 03 : Shingra Yokma - Shingra Gokma (3350 M) (Trek / 3 - 4 Hrs)
Day 04 : Shingra Gokma - Tibb Cave (3400 M) (Trek / 5 - 6 Hrs) 
Day 05 : Tibb Cave - Nyerak (3680 M) (Trek / 6 - 7 Hrs)
Day 06 : Nyerak - Tibb Cave ( 3400 M) (Trek / 6 - 7 Hrs)
Day 07 : Tibb Cave - Shingra ( 3350 M) (Trek / 5 - 6 Hrs)
Day 08 : Shingra Gokma - Shingra Yokma (3200 M) - Leh (Trek / 3 - 4 Hrs) & (Drive / 3 - 4 Hrs)
Day 09 : Depart From Leh

Description

One of the most thrilling and adventurous jaunts the chadar trek offers a fascinating chance to discover a whole new world of Zanskar Valley. Challenging as it is, it is a lot popular among countless adventure freaks. Considered as a difficult hike, this expedition is best suited for seasoned trekkers. Chadar as the name suggests, denotes a sheet of ice that opens up endless surprises for vivid explorers who visit this spot to plunder its beauty. An extremely nerve-wracking trail, it involves walking over a thick blanket of ice and this is what makes chadar trek a lot tricky. If you are trekking in ladakh and havent tried for the frozen river trek ladakh then there is a lot you have been missing out.


Due to the extremely cold winters, the Zanskar river freezes and this is when trekking enthusiasts from around the world flock this place. As the road to Zanskar Valley gets closed due to the snow, the only way to access the valley is through the frozen river. The entire river appears like a sheet of ice that requires a lot of courage to cross. This frozen river expedition is for the dauntless as it involves walking over ice with the river flowing underneath. One needs to possess stamina to cover approximately 105 km on foot. Unlike other hikes which involve complete walking, this one trek make the trekker climb icy boulders, walk on a layer of ice and rest in caves.


During this trek, one has to face extreme cold conditions thus it is always advisable to understand the circumstances and come fully prepared. Though this spot features a harsh and deserted environment still it is one of the most sought after treks. Chadar holds the secrets of the majestic Himalayas. One gets to enjoy some of the rarest and the most spectacular views while hiking. The trip starts from Leh and heads towards Chilling, followed by a hike to Tilat Do, the starting point of this trek. From Tilat Do, we proceed towards Shingra and then to Tibb Cave and the village of Nyerak. The trail route from Tibb Cave to Nyerak is considered the most scenic one. From Nyerak, its a return journey that passes Tibb Cave, Shingra, Tilat Do and finally reaching Leh. Trekking ladakh will truly be wild and whacky. For enthusiastic snow trekkers, January & February is the best time to head on this trail and also for ladakh trekking. If you are a daring adventure freak, you must opt for Chadar trek 2017. Apart from testing your mettle, this trek will reward you with mind boggling Himalayan landscapes, challenging trail and pristine beauty of the snow. This hike is a matchless and unbeatable and will surely be more than an experience. A frozen spectacle of ice awaits you this winter, ramble on !

DETAILS
Duration 9 Days
Region Ladakh

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