Chadar Trek is one of the most glamorous, one of the most thrilling and a must do trek of the world. Due to extreme weather conditions in winter at Ladakh , Zanskar river get freeze for 3-4 months and able to trekked for almost one and a half month which starts from January to Mid February. This trek is done in -15°C and -30°C which is one of the most challenging thing. You need to be mentally as well as physically prepared yourself to survive in such an atmosphere.
Your fitness is important although trek is not exhaustive. You need to cope up & be strong to handle such extreme weather conditions at this high altitudes. 3-4 kms of jogging or equivalent workout to this is required. Increase your stamina by doing it every day for 1-2 months. You need to increase you daily walk to make sure you do not strain yourself during trek. Additionally you can train yourself by avoiding hot water, warm clothes & blankets in your own city for couple of months before the trek. Plan the trek well in advance and start building your stamina, strength and lung capacity.
Acclimatization is important. You will get a day for this. Try and get acquainted with nature as much as you can. Avoid using heaters in room in Leh before the trek. Drink lot of Liquids (warm water, soup, tea) during trekking days. Embrace the climate & don’t just jump inside blankets. Soon the climate will become bearable & it would be fun.
Total Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Grade : Difficult
Maximum Altitude : 3870 m/ 12693 ft
Best Season : January to February
Accommodation : Hotel/Guesthouse in Leh; Organized Campsite on mountains
Food : On trek– All meals included
Day 01: Arrival Leh
Reporting – Acclimatization – Orientation & Briefing of the trek – Trek Preparation & window shopping Arrive in where you would be greeted by our representative and transfered to your hotel. Today, we would spend the day in leh itself to acclimatise to the high altitude. This is absolutely necessary and is most important for the days ahead. (Sufficient time would be given for visiting market and nearby places) Overnight in the hotel/Guest House.
Day 02: Leh – Chilling – Tilat Do – Tsumo Paldar. (Drive/2-3 hrs & Trek/2 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 Tilat Do. From here we cross the Zanskar and depending on the time available we camp on the other side of the river or we continue ahead a bit before setting up camp for the night. Overnight in trekking tents.
Day 03: Tsumo Paldar – (Trek/ Tibb Cave)
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 10-12 kms depending on the fitness of the group. Though our objective would be to get to Gyalpo we could camp earlier 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: Tibb Cave – Nyerak
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 raftingtrips 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 05: Nyerak – Lingshed (Trek 9-10 km. / 7-8 hours)
Day 06: Lingshed – Warsangdo (Trek 5-6 hours)
Day 07: Warsangdo – Pishu (Trek 5 hours)
Day 08: Pishu – Karsha. (Trek 5 hours)
Day 09: Karsha to Padum (Via Texi) and Back to Karsha. (Via Texi)
Day 10: Karsha – Warsangdo. (Trek 5 hours)
Day 11: Pishu – Lingshed. (Trek 8-9 hours)
Day 12: Lingshed – Neyrak (Trek 6 hours)
Day 13: Nyerak – Tibb Cave
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 14: Tibb Cave – Gyalpo/ Tsumo Paldar.
We retrace our steps to Gyalpo. Overnight in trekking tents.
Day15: Gyalpo/ Tsumo Paldar –TilatDo–Leh
Today is the last trek day as we trek back towards Tilat Do. Here we cross the frozen Zanskar for the last time and 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.
Day16: Group breakup before 10 AM.
Day 17 : Buffer Day - Essential for this route
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Wild life fee 2000 INR for Indian and 2500 INR for foreign nation.(NOTE:- This fee is applied sudden by leh government and there is chances to be reduced this fee so we r not included this fee right now. U have to pay this at the time of reporting in leh if applicable.)
Though we call every trekker post booking for packing guidelines as per the current weather,here are some mandates to remember:
Nearest Airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport is 5 Kms. leh, which is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from airport to leh, which costs about Rs.400‐ Rs.1,000. Leh is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Jet Airways, Air India and Go Air provide daily (once every day) flight service between New Delhi and Leh. However if you plan a trip to this area of the country, you must try to book your tickets well in advance. This might even cut down the prices which may be levied on booking at the last time. You would enjoy the flight as you would fly over many untouched areas and even some mountain ranges.
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This trek is to be confirmed 60 days prior from trek date. Making arrangements for trekking is tedious and it demands lot of efforts, so a little co-operation from your side is appreciated.
The expenses occurring from change in schedule due to weather conditions or personal health issues are to be borne by the participants. The Himalayan Adventure Trips will not be responsible for weather as well as health issues.
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Planning is done well in advance. To make your trip hassle-free & smooth arrangements are made in prior. Cancellation policy is as follows:
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Cancellations prior to 30 days from date of departure: 100% Refund
Cancellations between 20 days to 29 days prior to date of departure: 75% Refund
Cancellations between 10 days to 19 days prior to date of departure : 50% Refund
Cancellations 9 days prior to date of departure : No Refund