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.â€‹
Maximum Altitude: 10,900 feet
Best time to visit: Between January and mid-February
Duration: Seven Nights / Eight Days
Day 01: Leh
Arrive in Leh. Report to your hotel by 11.00am where we will complete a brief orientation and briefing. There will be enough to explore Leh town or spend the day acclimatising at your leisure. Acclimatization is essential for your upcoming trek.
Overnight at hotel, Leh
Day 02: Leh to Tsumo Paldar
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 03: 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 04: 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 unspoilt views of it.
Overnight at camp, Nyerak village
Day 05: 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 06: Tibb Cave to Gyalpo
Continue along the “Chadar” to Gyalpo.
Overnight at camp, Gyalpo
Day 07: 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.
Your White Peaks Adventure ends here.
A new wildlife fee of between 2000 INR for Indian nationals and 2500 INR for foreign nationals has recently been introduced. If applicable, payment will be made at the time of reporting in Leh
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.
The road from Manali to Leh is only open in the summers, with a journey time ranging between two and four days. You should also make sure that you carry at least two spare tires. A good advice would be to carry a sleeping bag with you well, as the bus may stop in the middle of nowhere for the overnight stay.
Another route to Leh via Srinagar, also takes around two days. On this route, you would pass through famous spots like Kargil and Khalsi.