Chadar Trek - Ladakh
- Altitude: 11100 Ft.
- Trek Length: 65 Km.
- Duration: 9 Days
- Difficulty Level: Difficult
- Base Camp: leh
- Nearest Town: leh
- Pick & Drop: Leh
- State: Ladakh
Imagine walking on the surface made of ice and frozen river. Sounds enthralling?
One can have this experience on the Chadar Trek in Ladakh. The Chadar trek is like no other trek in the Himalayas.
However, one can find frozen rivers or frozen lakes on other treks too but the experience of the Chadar trek remains completely different and exciting. Walking on a thick glass made of ice having huge and lofty mountains on both sides is an experience of a lifetime.
The Chadar trek offers an opportunity to explore and experience the Zanskari and Ladakhi culture and hospitality. Apart from all this, the frozen waterfalls that you see during Chadar Trek leaves you in awe. The best months to do this trek is January and February and seeing the difficulty level, the trek is not recommended for beginners.
1st Day: Reporting day at Leh
2nd Day: Acclimatization Day- Leh
3rd Day: Getting a Medical check-up at SNM Hospital
4th Day: Drive from Leh to Shingra Koma and trek to Tsomo Paldar (Drive 65kms, 4-5hrs/ 3kms trek 2 hrs)
5th Day: Trek Tsomo Paldar to Dib Cave /Tibb (15kms / 7-8 hrs)
6th Day: Trek Tibb to Naerak Camp (13kms/ 6-7 hrs)
7th Day: Trek Naerak to Tibb (13kms / 5-6 hrs)
8th Day: Tibb to Shingra Koma & Back to Leh (9kms Trek 5-6kms/ 75kms drive, 4-5 hrs)
9th Day: Depart from Leh
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1st Day : Reporting day at Leh
Reach Leh and get amazed by the breathtaking views of Leh town. It is advisable to wear warm clothes and take rest on this day as there are high chances of getting AMS due to high altitude and low temperature. However, you can explore the local market in the evening.
Try to get used to the cold temperatures as it would help you during the Chadar trek.
2nd Day : Acclimatization Day- Leh
As per the norms, a trekker should spend at least 2 days in Leh before leaving for the Chadar trek so that his body gets acclimatized properly. Trekkers can also spend time visiting other places in the vicinity.
We can take a walk to the Leh market, Shanti Stupa.
3rd Day : Getting a Medical check-up at SNM Hospital
Due to the perplexing nature of this specific trek, it is mandatory according to the government, for participants to obtain medical certification before undertaking the Chadar trek.
A clearance certificate will be issued after a medical check-up only when satisfactorily fit and acclimatized for the trek.
4th Day : Drive from Leh to Shingra Koma and trek to Tsomo Paldar (Drive 65kms, 4-5hrs/ 3kms trek 2 hrs)
After enjoying morning tea and breakfast, we start our journey by driving to Shingra Koma. This ride is definitely not for the faint-hearted as rough 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 while, you will have to deboard from the vehicle and trek towards Somo Paldar campsite. Your Chadar trek expedition will start from here.
5th Day : Trek Tsomo Paldar to Dib Cave /Tibb (15kms / 7-8 hrs)
After spending a cold night in the tent, have a wholesome breakfast and a hot cup of tea that will reactivate your senses in the morning in such subzero conditions. As you start trekking towards Dib cave which is our next campsite. This trek route has some of the most attention-grabbing frozen waterfalls that one can encounter. Lunch will be served midway to Tibb cave.
After walking for a couple of hours you’ll reach your campsite, you will be camping near the Tibb cave which is encircled by dry sand.
6th Day : Trek Tibb to Naerak Camp (13kms/ 6-7 hrs)
As you move towards Nerak, the most anticipated campsite of the trek. Today, the route is almost 13km that takes you to the most iconic landmark of the Chadar trek i.e. the frozen waterfall. Hot lunch will be served on your way to the campsite. Considerably, Nerak will be the coldest campsite on the trek where the temperature goes down to -30 degrees during the night. Trekkers are advised to wear proper layers to stay safe from the freezing cold. If we are able to to reach the waterfall on time, there are chances we might visit Nerak Village as well. Camps will be set at a distance of 15-20 minutes from the waterfall.
Back from Nerak:
There are many stories that trekkers might have heard stories of how unpredictable the weather patterns can get on the Chadar trek. There are times where you might find that the formation of Chadar no longer exists and at some places a new layer of Chadar is formed. Even though the route remains unchanged, it’s amazing to see how different it appears while we return.
7th Day : Trek Naerak to Tibb (13kms / 5-6 hrs)
Today, we start our return trip walk back to Tibb. The route of the return would not be easy as the river can rapidly react to any change in the temperature. By this time the icy river might have taken a completely new form. On our way back, we can admire the beauty of the valley and click pictures.
8th Day : Tibb to Shingra Koma & Back to Leh (9kms Trek 5-6kms/ 75kms drive, 4-5 hrs)
After having a hot breakfast, we get ready to leave Tibb and move towards Shingra Koma, crossing Gyalpo. En route, you will a chance to see high mountains and observe pugmarks of wild animals like snow leopards, ibex, and foxes.
If you are lucky enough, you just might spot a leopard; and in any case, 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.
9th Day : Depart from Leh
Departure from Leh. Take an early flight from Leh
Accommodation: Stay in Leh guest house on a Triple / Quad sharing basis on Day 1st, Day 2nd, Day 3rd, and Day 8th. Stay in Alpine / Dome tents during the trek on a Triple sharing basis.
Transportation: Transportation from Leh to Trekking point on Day 4th and back to Leh guest house on Day 8th.
Meals: Breakfast in Leh on Day 1st, Day 2nd, Day 3rd, Day 4th, and Day 9th. All veg meals during the trek from Day 4th lunch to Day 8th breakfast.
Camping logistics: Common Kitchen, Dining and Toilet tents during the trek. Porter for carrying camping logistics.
Others: Hot Water on request while staying in Leh.
Trek Leader Qualified and Experienced Trek guide and Support staff.
Trekking Equipment: Sleeping bag, Mattress
Safety Equipment: Basic First Aid Kit with OxiMeter and Oxygen Cylinder.
Other Facility: Keeping extra luggage in Leh Guest House.
ALTOA Fees ( Wildlife fees, Environment tax, Insurance, Evacuation charges, Forest permit, Medical checkup, Camping charges).
Any Surface transfer from Leh Airport to Guest House and back.
Expenses of personal nature.
Personal Trekking Equipment like Gum Boots, Trekking Pole, and others.
Room Heaters at Guest House in Leh ( we suggest not use the room heaters as it dehydrates the body).
Porter for carrying personal luggage.
Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusions.
No cancellations will be taken over the call or WhatsApp msg. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.
Free Cancellation up to 45 days before the departure date
44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of the total trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)
29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost
19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.
9 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.
5 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.
No Show. No refund.
In case of government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforseen circumstances, we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even certain activities are canceled, the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed up to the same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.
If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). No refund would be provided.
Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), Will be beared by the customer. The company will not be liable.
Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.
Things To Pack
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover): A good quality backpack from a good brand and try it before buying.
Day backpack:20 – 30 Ltrs.
Floaters or Sandals
Trekking Shoes: Always invest in good quality high ankle trekking shoes.They are lightweight, good grip, sturdy and easily available throughout India.
Gumboots: Only for Chadar
3 Quick Dry full sleeve fleece Tees
2 Track Pants ( No denim / Shorts / Capris)
4 Pair of Cotton Socks
5 Pair of Woollen Socks
3 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
1 Down feather Jacket ( to sustain -20 / -30 in degree temperature)
2 Pair of Thermal
Woolen gloves - 3 pairs
Waterproof gloves - 2 pairs
1 Scarf / Neck Gaiter / Balaclava
Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Ltr at least (2 bottle)
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries (carry extra batteries )
Personal Basic Medical Kit
Dark Sunglasses / People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lens (Contact lens are not recommended for Chadar trek))
1 Trekking Pole
Energy bar (Dry fruits / Chocolate / Electrol)
CAMERA with a huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !!
Power bank - At least 2 ( In winter battery drain faster than usual)
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