Chadar Trek

Price: $399 PP

Destinations Covered Leh Ladakh |
Tour Themes Winter Tours | |

Chadar means bed sheet in Hindi language. The name itself defines the trek. It’s a frozen river trek which is really different than usual treks operating around the world. During the winter season the Zanskar River in Ladakh freezes and thick of ice covers the river completely which allows walk on it. The thick sheet of ice looks really same as a sheet of the bed, The Chadar in Hindi.

The Chadar trek or the frozen river trek is different level of adventure which you do not get from other usual trekking trails. It will remain life long memory once you experience the trek. Located in Ladakh, in Himalayan range, The Chadar Trek is also an opportunity to feel you proud of yourself as the trek is presented as it only can be undertaken by strong and brave personality.

The 62 Km long Chadar Trek takes you to maximum height of about 3,596 meters from the sea level. Formally, your journey starts at Leh, the largest town and one of the capitals of Ladakh. After acclimatizing your body at Leh, we drive up to first campsite at Shingra, which is 70 km from the Leh in about 3 hours. While driving to the campsite you will see some breathtaking picturesque moments while the vehicle bends in narrow turning points. The way goes through the beautiful Indus River. You will the meeting point of Indus River & Zanskar River at Nimmu. The Chadar Trek completes on eighth day from Singra Yokma campsite.

For the detailed information, please read this blog: - Chadar Trek: A complete guidance

Be ready to get one of the great adventurous experiences with Luxury Holidays India. This trek surely will be the life-time memory with your friends, families and relatives. Make a group to grab a heavy discount. This trek can be customized with inclusion of other trips please feel free to contact us, it’s free!

 

Itinerary:

DAY 01: Arrival at Leh and transfer to Hotel

Our Airport representative will receive you from airport and you will be transferred to your hotel by a private luxury vehicle. The flight to Ladakh is a really breathtaking. You can see an aerial view of snowcapped mountains while flying over the Himalayas. You will feel really cold landing at the airport but no worries you will feel relaxed by beautiful scenery and warm hospitality by LHI staffs as well as local people. You can go for shopping in local market. Woolen cloths and dry fruits can be your shopping choice which will be helpful throughout your journey. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.

DAY 02: Acclimatization Day: Pre Trip Meeting

After your breakfast, we will visit Namgyal Monastery and go for short hiking near Leh. We will also take you for medical test at government hospital to check whether you are fit to trek or not. Overnight stay at your hotel (centrally heated room) in Leh.

DAY 03 Insurance, Medical and Trek Preparation day

After your breakfast, we visit tourist information center and obtain necessary permits and medical formality along with insurance. Overnight stay at your hotel (centrally heated room) in Leh.

DAY 4: Drive to Shingra Koma via Shingra and Trek to Tso Mo, 3 hrs drive and 3 hrs trek 

After the breakfast we drive up to first campsite at Shingra, which is 70 km from the Leh in about 3 hours. While driving to the campsite you will see some breathtaking picturesque moments while the vehicle bends in narrow turning points. The way goes through the beautiful Indus River. You will the meeting point of Indus River & Zanskar River at Nimmu.

We start the trek after organizing a short ‘trip meeting’, you will be fully advised about the trek, nature along with health, safety and security. You will also be advised how to walk and stay overnight inside the tent. It will take 2-3 hours to reach to camp site depends on your speed of walk. Overnight stay at Tso Mo.

DAY 5: Trekking to Tibb from Tso Mo, 6-7 hrs  

Before you wake up, our staffs will prepare your tea/coffee and serve you following breakfast. Today we have to walk 14 Km on Chadar which will take about 6-7 hours depending on your walking speed. It is really a freezing day, we will only see the sun only after 9-10 am that would also not sufficient to make you warm so make sure you fill your thermos with warm water. You can see giant rocks in your both sides while walking through the Chadar. Some places you will see deep blue color of water and some places you can feel the movement of the water under your feet, down the ice sheet. Few frozen waterfalls will be giving you a pose to take pictures along the way. We will take our lunch mid of the way along with hot tea/coffee. We will reach at Tibb around 3 pm. Overnight camp at Tibb.  

DAY 06: Trekking from Tibb to Nerak

After the breakfast, we start our trek towards Nerak. We will walk 2 Km less than yesterday, the distance of our camp is about 12 Km today. We take our lunch inside a cozy cave where around 15 people can stay for lunch.  We keep our luggage at camp site and walk about 3o minutes more to see beautiful Nerak Waterfall. You can see a bridge over the river which directs to Nerak village. Along with the new bridge, you can still see the old wooden bridge. After spending few times at wonderful falls we return back at camp where our meals are being ready by trekking staffs. Overnight camp at Nerak. 

DAY 07: Trekking back to Tibb from Nerak

After your breakfast, we will be heading back to Tibb campsite. We are returning back the same trail but you will really be amazed to see the changes in a single day. Zanskar River looks really different as temperature changes the mood of the river. The trail completely looks different than earlier. Overnight camp at Tibb.

DAY 08: Trekking from Tibb to Shingra Yokma and drive back to Hotel

Today is the final day of your trek. After your breakfast we start the day heading towards Leh through Shingra Yokma. You can reach the destination by other way then Chadar. It is just half an hour walk by both ways to complete the distance about 1.5 Km. We see beautiful sun shining in this place. You will be picked up to Hotel. You can go for shopping. We organize a post trek celebration dinner in typical local restaurant or in your hotel itself. You can taste local cuisines. Overnight stay at hotel (centrally heated room) in Leh.

DAY 09: Trip Extension or Departure

Today is the last day of your trip at Leh. You will be transferred to the Leh airport and arrange other transfers or trips if you have international transfer or other trips as well. If this is the only trip which you have booked we shall coordinate with you for your international flight but still you have plenty of options to visit more in India if you would like extend your trip in India. Please feel free to ask us.  We thank you for the opportunity of being your travel partner and wish to serve you in your next vacation. Have a nice journey.

 

Inclusions

  • All ground transports including Airport & Hotel transfers by luxury vehicle
  • Hotel in Leh with breakfast and post trek celebration dinner
  • Full board hygienic meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with Tea/Coffee)
  • Transportation throughout the trip
  • Trekking equipment including twin sharing dome Tents, Sleeping bag, Mattress
  • Helmet, Gaiters, Harness & Carabineers as required
  • Fully Experienced & Certified Trek Leader
  • Service Staffs including Cook, Guide and Porters as required
  • Salary, Food, Accommodation, Equipment & Accidental insurance for field staffs
  • Luxury Holidays India's T-Shirt
  • Trip Achievement Certification
  • Map & First Aid Kit
  • All Required Permits 
  • Office Expenses, Government Taxes and Service Charge

Exclusions

  • India Entry Visa (for international tourists)
  • International & Domestic Air Fare (available on extra cost)
  • Travel Insurance, Medical Examination Fees in Leh
  • Personal Equipment, Personal Expenses, Shopping etc.
  • Meals beside breakfast in Leh
  • Tips for field staffs
  • Extra accommodation, meals outside of itinerary
  • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)

Note & Accomadation

Food & Accommodation:

You really have a plenty of options to stay in Leh as per your budget. Normal guest houses to Star Hotels and Resorts are available in Leh.  You can choose the hotel as per your wish, in normal hotels you can again choose to fully heated or semi heated rooms which make the difference on total cost.

Your overnight shall be arranged under the tent camp during the trek, which is only option in this trek.

You can order as per your wish and have your meals in hotel in Leh and you will get full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) with Tea/Coffee and snacks during the trek
All meals (provided by us) are hygienic, vegetarian with/without Eggs.  

Packing List for Chadar Trek

  • Back pack with cover 
  • Day Pack with cover
  • Thermal Inners
  • Waterproof and Windproof Jacket & Pant
  • Scarfs/ Neck bands/ Headbands
  • Light and comfortable cloth
  • Trekking Pants/Trousers
  • Down Jacket
  • Gaiters
  • Sports Bras for Ladies
  • Cap or Hat
  • Woolen Cap
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Trekking Boots
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof Gloves
  • Woolen gloves
  • Cotton Socks
  • Woolen Socks
  • Gumboot  
  • Trekking Poles
  • Sleeping bags
  • Camera
  • Polarized sunglasses with UV protection
  • Water Bottle/hydration pack
  • Medicines and Toiletries including:
  1. Diamox tablets
  2. Blister Plasters
  3. Water sterilizing and neutralizing tablets
  4. Sunscreen cream:
  5. Lip Balm
  6. Face masks
  7. Tampons for Ladies

Trekking gears are available on rent in Leh, subject to available. You are advised to bring all trekking gear from your home as there are limited options in Leh during the winter season and they cannot be fitting you which makes comfortable on your trekking. (We still can assist you to get them booked as per your size if you book on time.)

 

Best Season for Chadar Trek

The best season to operate the Chadar Trek is just two months of winter when Zanskar River Freezes. January and February are the moths to conduct the India’s wildest and Glamorous Trek- Chadar Trek.

 

Getting Chadar Trek from Delhi/Mumbai/Bangalore

There are other two options along with the fly to reach Leh from your city in normal days but the flight is only and best option during winter. There are direct flights from major Indian cities including Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Chandigarh.   

Airport name of Leh is Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport, which is situated at elevation of 3256 meters from the sea level. Leh airport is considered as one of the highest located airports in the world. No one can predict the Trans Himalayan weather so there is a chance of getting flight delayed or cancelled. Due to heavy winds from the nearest mountains during day and evening, only flights can be operated in the morning.


How much does Chadar Trek costs?

Actually, no tour package can be said whether it is expensive or cheap by just reading its price offered by tour operators. There are some factors which make the price difference including total days and activities you are offered form the operators. Regarding Chadar Trek there is no different on itineraries due to winter season and the nature of the trek so only the factor which makes difference on the pricing are Food & Accommodation, Facilities during the trek and Safety and Security provided by the operators. Here they are in short brief:

Food & Accommodation

Where do you stay in Leh? There are many options for you to stay in Hotels from normal guest houses to Star Hotels and Resorts which makes difference in your total cost.

And off course, the food makes another difference in the pricing. What types of Food are being offered to you makes the difference.

Service during Trek

Experienced and High Qualified Trek Leader or guides, who knows everything including the nature of the Leh, Zanskar River, Weather, Ice Sheets of the River, Risk Factor, Food, Camp and many more definitely charges more than normal guys. Increasing numbers of Cook, Porter and Service Staffs also make the difference in your total budget.

Safety & Security

If we discuss about the equipment, quality and condition comes along with it which will make differ in your cost. Equipment used during your trek along with basic items to other items which will guarantee safety and security of guests during the trek makes price difference.

Filed staffs put their 100% effort to keep the trip safe and they assist to guests to gain full enjoy. They do not compromise to feel you relaxed during your stay with them so they work always in risk in these conditions. If we talk especially about Chadar Trek, they will check the ice sheets whether they are okay to walk or not and they will also have to assist you to walk through river where is no ice sheet through the ropes! As we all know that they will also walk carrying all items along with our baggage. So, the price depends on their numbers, insurance, wages and all.

 

Note: Unlike others we, Luxury Holidays India pays the high salary to encourage them for better services and we keep them insured with the insurance policy which will cover them in case of any accident due to unwanted circumstances.

Therefore, please do not jump for the trekking with someone who seems cheaper in pricing, read them, their offerings and your services.

 

Health Tips for Chadar Trek

You have enough days from day one to day three to acclimatize your body in altitude of about 10,500 meters from sea level but you still have to concern about your health regarding high altitude sickness. You need to save your feet and specially toes during your walk. The temperature during your whole Chadar trek will be +2 degrees to -30 degrees so you must think of it before selecting your trekking gears. Hence, you need best trekking shoes and you should wear 4 layers of clothing and also don’t forget to be hydrated all the times.

Again, if your guide/team leader is well experienced and field staffs are friendly and helpful you will have best support and you will get best advice to cope in these situations.