• Region - Uttarakhand
  • Base Camp - Leh
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Altitute 3400m
  • Stay Rooms/Tents
  • Difficulty Vigorous
Chadar Trek Standard

Dwelling in the heart of Himalayan peaks in Ladakh, is the mountain desert kingdom that is a visual treat for all travelers, national and international. The Chadar Trek Ladakh, which is done on the frozen river of Zanskar, is looked upon as an adventure seekers paradise. Trekking in ladakh , especially the trek to chadar is every travelers dream, and rightly so because the lunar landscape and endless skies overhead makes trekking at chadar memorable. It also challenges the skill and endurance of trekkers. The beauty is even more surreal as one moves ahead and so, this is one of the most celebrated and exquisite trek of the region. Walk on a frozen river bed, live in caves along the way and fight the twin difficulties of cold and altitude which makes this trek adventurous. The Chadar Trek Ladakh is without doubt one of the best treks for all adventure lovers.

The Chadar Trek is considered an exciting and surreal trek and one out of every outdoor enthusiast wants to go at least once. You will be basically trekking upstream on the frozen Zanskar River. The temperatures are treacherous and you have to be careful of the path you tread for you are walking on a sheet (Chadar in Hindi) of ice. Hence the name Chadar Trek.

The Chadar trek is endangered trek and may cease to exist in the next 4-5 years or as many as it takes for the road that is being carved out on the rock face above the river. When completed, access to the Zanskar villages in the interior will be fairly straight-forward. Though for the best, the completion of the road will mark the end of an ancient local practice.

The region is a difficult place to travel especially in the winters. The mountains are steep and in the winter snowfall closes many of the mountain passes and makes the few roads treacherous. Villages, especially the remote ones become completely inaccessible during the snowbound season usually November to March. And the frozen Zanskar then becomes a boon to the many snow-bound villages by becoming the passage to civilization. Zanskar trek or the frozen river trek offers experiences of a lifetime to adrenaline seeking trekkers.

The Chadar trek is on one such route and an ancient route at that. It connects villages in the Zanskar valley situated deep in the mountains with Chilling, on the road to Leh. This ancient route has been used for centuries for trade and transportation.

When not frozen, the Zanskar, is big and fast-flowing river. For most of its length between Chilling and the Zanskar valley the river is confined within a steep canyon. When you trek on the frozen Zanskar you are basically walking on a sheet of ice of varying thickness. Below you have the river flowing beneath. If you follow your guides instruction, you should be safe.

One landmark that will stay in your memories is bound to be the trail on shiny ice on the bank of Tsarap River. From Chilling onwards you will trek towards a narrow valley filled with breath-taking views of ice-peaks and amazing hanging icicles that you are bound to find really bizarrely pleasurable to watch. You will also get to spend the night at cave camps, which is an experience in itself.

When you start the trek in the morning it will not be gloomy despite the temperature. The sun will be up and the sky will be as blue as it can be.

Trekking on the ice can be intimidating and you and having a good guide is critical on the Chadar trek, which with GIO Adventures will always be an affirmative.

The trek from Chilling to Padum is both challenging as well as an incomparably exiting experience. The landscape acquires a pristine grandeur in winter as the trail enters into the gorge of the Zanskar, where temperatures sometimes drop to 30 to - 35 Degree Celsius.

Undoubtedly, Chadar is a great trek to do and the Chadar frozen river trek is a very exciting trek. Both, the National Geographic and Discovery channels have made films on the Chadar trek. During the day, the average mean temperature is minus 10 while temperatures fall to minus 25 and 30 in the night. Keep in mind that the Chadar trek is not a difficult trek with multiple layers of sensible trekking. We offer optimized chadar trek cost to countless adventure freaks. Trekking in ladakh is one of the most nerve-wracking things to do, if you are a real trekker, you must go for it!

Sketch Itinanery

Day 01 : Arrive in Leh (3500m)

Day 02 : Acclimatisation walk in Leh

Day 03 : Medical Check up Day in Leh

Day 04 : Leh Shingra Yokma( 3200m) - Tsomo Paldar ( 3169 m) ( Drive / 2.5 - 3 hrs &Trek /2 - 3 hrs )

Day 05 : Tsomo Paldar( 3169 m) Dibb cave ( 3400m) ( Trek / 5 6 hrs)

Day 06 : Dibb Cave ( 3400 m) - Nyerak (3680 M) (Trek / 6 - 7 Hrs)

Day 07 : Nerak(3680 m) Hotang( Trek / 5 6 hrs )

Day 08 : Hotang Shingra Yokma ( 3200m ) - Leh (Trek/ 9 hrs & Drive 2.5 - 3 hrs)

Day 09 : Depart from Leh

Price Info

Accommodation in Standard Hotel with room heaters.

  • Good Quality Camping Arrangements
  • 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

Meals (All meals starting from lunch on Day 4 till lunch on Day 8)

  • Day 4: Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8: Lunch
  • 2 guides for the group of maximum 12 trekkers so 1 guide for 6 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.
  • Big oxygen cylinder (15 ltrs) will be carried throughout the trek for any kind of emergency.
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
  • Camping permission
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)
  • 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
  • GST 5%
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Recognised by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India as an Approved Adventure Tour Operator