One of Ladakh’s most iconic treks and arguably its most thrilling, the Chadar Trek is one to tick off any budding mountaineer’s bucket list. As temperatures plummet to between -15 and -30 during the winter months, the Zanskar River becomes entirely frozen over for a period of 3-4 months, providing the ideal conditions for winter trekking. This trek is both physically and mentally challenging, and not for the faint-hearted. But the high altitudes and low temperatures are all worth it for the unparalleled views and sense of accomplishment. The mother of all Indian treks.
Maximum Altitude: 10,900 feet
Best time to visit: Between January and mid-February
Duration: Eight Nights / Nine Days
Day 01: Leh
Arrive in Leh. Report to your hotel by 11.00am where we will complete a brief orientation and briefing.Our Senior Instructor and Trek Guide will brief your about the trek, you are advised to ask any questions to get comfortable with the trek details. We will be discussing the Chadar formation, Do's and Dont's, Climate and other essentials you need to know before commencing for the trek. Our representative will check every trekker's backpacks and you can leave the extra luggage behind. You will have enough time for shopping in case any essential is missing.
Day 02: Medical CheckUp and Acclimatisation
This is your second day of Acclimatisation, this day you will undergo a medical checkup at the Leh City Hospital, please note that the medical checkup can be on either day 1 or 2 depending upon the availability. This second medical checkup is a mandate for Leh Adventure Association, it is still mandatory for the trekkers to bring the Medical Certificate as per the White Peaks Adventure Mandates.
Overnight at hotel, Leh
After breakfast, take the three-hour drive to the traditional Ladakhi village of Nimoo. Here you will have your first glimpse of the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers. From here, continue by road to Tilat Do. Crossing the Zanskar River on foot, we will set up camp for the night.
Overnight at camp, Tsumo Paldar
Day 04: Tsumo Paldar to Tibb Cave
Start the day at a reasonable 0700 hrs, with a cup of tea. After breakfast, we set off on the “Chadar” which will be our route for the rest of the trek. Today, we will cover between 10-12 km, and aim to camp in Gyalpo for the night.
Overnight at camp, Tibb Cave
Day 05: Tibb Cave to Nyerak village
Following breakfast, we continue along the “Chadar”, through gorges on to Nyerak village. Along the way we pass a large frozen waterfall, a sight to behold, usually gushing during the summer season. Today we camp just below the Nyerak, visiting the village in the evening or hike the hill for unspoiled views of it.
Overnight at camp, Nyerak village
Day 06: Nyerak to Tibb Cave
Today we will retrace our steps, but fear not, the return trek is not at all repetitive. The frozen river changes by the hour, and we will see the same route in a different light and temperature. A new trail in itself.
Overnight at camp, Tibb Cave
Day 07: Tibb Cave to Gyalpo
Continue along the “Chadar” to Gyalpo.
Overnight at camp, Gyalpo
Day 08: Gyalpo to Leh
Today is our final day as we trek back towards Tilat Do. Here we cross the frozen Zanskar for the last time and then continue by road to Leh. Once back in town, check into your hotel and take a well deserved hot shower and relax for the evening.
Overnight at Hotel, Leh
Day 09: Departure from Leh
Checkout at 10 AM from the Hotel, you can plan your onward journey from here.
Your White Peaks Adventure ends here.
A new wildlife fee of approx 2000 INR for Indian nationals and approx 2500 INR for foreign nationals has recently been introduced. If applicable, payment will be made at the time of reporting in Leh
Leh is accessible only by air during winters. Nearest Airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpoche Airport is 5 Kms. leh, which is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from the airport to Leh, costing between Rs.400 - Rs.1,000. Leh is well connected to Delhi by air. However, if you plan a trip to this area of the country, do book your tickets well in advance as prices can skyrocket! A beautiful flight, try and get a seat on the left-hand side of the plane for the very best views.
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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ARs 3000 booking amount is required to book the slot on a non-refundable basis. Full payment to be done prior to 30 days of the start date.
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the date of departure: 100% Refund
Cancellations between 20 days to 29 days prior to the date of departure: 75% Refund
Cancellations between 10 days to 19 days prior to the date of departure: 50% Refund
Cancellations 9 days prior to the date of departure: No Refund
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