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Chadar-Trek

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.


Adventure Trek Highlights

Region: Ladakh

Maximum Altitude: 10,900 feet

Difficulty: Challenging

Best time to visit: Between January and mid-February

Duration: Eight Nights / Nine Days 


Adventure Trek Itinerary

 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.

There will be enough time to explore Leh town or spend the day acclimatizing at your leisure. Acclimatization is essential for your upcoming trek. 
 
You need to submit the required documents 
>Medical Certificate
>Admission Form
>Declaration Form
 
We will go for a one basic health check where we will check the Oxygen level, which is done by us.
 
Things to consider on Day1/2 : 
 
-> It is mandatory to attend the orientation and briefing
-> It is mandatory to attend the acclimatization walk
-> Report any major change happening in your body(Nobody else knows your body the best- don't hesitate to report)
-> All required documents are mandatory
-> Any govt rule has to be obeyed
-> Pledge to keep the environment clean
-> Not to sleep during the day for more than 15 mins-20 mins(Essential to acclimatize your body)
-> Explore the town and local cuisines of Leh :)
 
 
As per the govt policy for Chadar Trek, you need to undergo one medical checkup at Leh SNM Hospital before commencing for the trek ( this is mandatory and subject to change - follow our website for updates)

Overnight at hotel, Leh

 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

Day 03: 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 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.


Meals

  • Morning Tea
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Evening Tea
  • Dinner

Note

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


Mandatory Document

  • Medical Certificate issued not more than 25 days from the start of the trek(PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU NEED TO GET ONE MEDICAL CERTIFICATE AGAIN FROM LEH SNM HOSPITAL AS PER THE GOVT RULES)
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card
  • Disclaimer Form 

Tariff Inclusions

  • Transport required for the trek, including Airport PickUp and Drop
  • 1 Free Date Change
  • Certified mountaineering guide from White Peaks Adventures
  • Skilled local staff who has ample knowledge of the route.
  • Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
  • Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/)
  • Equipment – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mats
  • Basic First aid Kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.
  • Forest Permits and camping charges.
  • ALTOA Permission and wildlife tax.

Tariff Excludes

  • Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks
  • Personal trekking equipment – like trekking poles or sleeping bag liners
  • Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
  • Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
  • Food to/from the trailhead.
  • Environment Tax
  • Goods and Services Taxes 5% - Indian Government Taxes


FACTS ABOUT CHADAR TREK
 
Based on our survey of the people trekking with us over the years with us , physical fitness is much less than mental.
 
Mental Fitness: 60%
 
Physical Fitness: 40%  
 
CONDITION IN LEH : During winters you won't see much people(locals+tourist) in Leh. Due to less vegetation and tourism in winters, cost of living becomes high and local people find it better to stay out and find other sources of income. Still, you will find few amazing ladakhis managing souvenir shops and restaurants.
 
ATM :  There are sufficient ATMs in Leh, but we recommend you to carry cash since in winters all the services are delayed here.
 
FOOD:  Food is not an issue during winters(unless you eat it slow:), you can find plenty of options in the Mall Road, Leh Market serving Indian, Continental, Chinese, Tibetan and Ladakhi food. We recommend trying some Thupa and Momos which are the specialty. There are two general stores too if you are looking to buy some groceries.  
 
STAY :
 
  •  During Trek: Organised campsites. Sleeping in double layer sleeping bags in a 2-4 sharing dome tents. There are identified campsites as per the Itinerary which is subjected to change as per climate and resources and as suggested by our guide.
  •  While in Leh: Sewage is a huge problem during winters as all the water pipelines get freezes, making hotel owner to shut down during winters. White Peaks Adventures have tie-ups with 3 renowned Hotels which continue their operation in Winters for a comfortable warm stay. 
 
ALTITUDE: 11400 ft
 
ACCLIMATISATION: White Peaks Adventures mandates the first and second day as acclimation day with short acclimatization walks/climbs and exercises. It is highly recommended for all trekkers not to exert on this day and follow the instructor guidelines. We understand you might have a tiring journey traveling from different parts of the globe but sleeping is not an option since it will not let your body acclimatize. Take a quick nap of 30 minutes and get ready to explore some of Leh this day.
 
COMMUNICATION: "Julley Ji" - say hello to people you see around and expect a warm welcome to Leh(second largest district of India). Chatting is not at all a problem in Leh, you will find people too friendly to talk in Hindi/ English.
 
NOTE: Trekkers must follow the rules as guided by the Instructor and trek as a team as conditions can be severe sometimes.
 

How To Reach

Nearest Airport:
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. 


Cancellation Policy

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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