8D/7N, Rs. 19,500

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Trek Highlights

Region: Leh, Ladakh, J & K

  • durationTotal Duration – 7 Nights / 8 Days (Ex Leh)
  • altitudeMaximum Altitude – 3303 m/ 10900 ft
  • gradeGrade – Challenging
  • seasonBest Season – January to feburary
  • gradeAccommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse in Leh; Organized Campsite
  • gradeFood – On trek – All meals included
  • gradeDistance – 45 KM.

Things to Pack: Rucksack, cotton clothes, good trekking shoes, a warm jacket,warmer, woollen or monkey cap covering head and ears, UV rays protected sunglasses, raincoat, extra socks, water bottle, torch, cold cream, sunscreen, toilet soap, towel, walking Stick medicines that you usually use.


How to Reach LEH

Flight is easiest mode of transport. Delhi is center destination. From Delhi there are flights till Leh which fly once daily. Jet Airways, Air India & Go Air offers flight services between New Delhi & Leh.
It is very much preferred to make your bookings well in advance as there are surge in pricing after a period of time. Due to snow-capped mountains it’s highly impossible to take road transport. So much preferred is flight.


Trek Preparation

Chadar Trek is one of the most thrilling & glamorous trek in the world. 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.

Tentative Schedule:

Day 1:Reporting day at Leh (1800m)

Reporting – Acclimatization – Orientation & Briefing of the trek – Trek Preparation & window shopping

Altitude 11,000 ft. Stay at Guest house

(Sufficient time would be given for visiting market and nearby places)  Spend the day in the room itself to acclimatize to the high altitude. This is absolutely necessary and is most important for the days ahead. Overnight in the hotel


Day 2: Departing from Leh

Leh – Chilling – Tilat do – Tsomo Paldar (Drive/3-4 hrs & Trek/1 hr)

11,000ft to 10,390ft. Stay in tent.


Day 3:  Tsomo Paldar – Tibb Cave (Trek 9-10 km. / 4-5 hours)

10,390ft to 10,760ft. Stay in tent.


Day 4: Tibb Cave – Nyerak (Trek 10-11 km. / 5-6 hours)

10,760ft to 11,100ft. Stay in tent.


Day 5: Nyerak – Tibb Cave (Trek 15-17 km. / 9 hours)

11,100ft to 10,760ft. Stay in tent.


Day 6:  Tibb Cave – Gyalpo (Trek 10-11 km. / 5-6 hours)

10,760ft to 10,550ft. Stay in tent.


Day 7:  Gyalpo – TilatDo – Leh (Trek 10-11 km. / 4 hours)

10,550ft to 10,390ft to 11,000ft. Stay in Guest house.


Day 8: Checkout 10.00am from Leh. Fly to your desired destination.

HOW TO REACH LEH

Flight is easiest mode of transport. Delhi is center destination. From Delhi there are flights till Leh which fly once daily. Jet Airways, Air India & Go Air offers flight services between New Delhi & Leh.
It is very much preferred to make your bookings well in advance as there are surge in pricing after a period of time. Due to snow-capped mountains it’s highly impossible to take road transport. So much preferred is flight.

DETAILED ITINERARY
When winter arrives in Jammu & Kashmir, Zanskar gets cut off from the rest of the state. The Pensi La, which is the usual route from Ladakh to Zanskar gets snowed out, making vehicular traffic impossible at this time of the year.

For years now, the frozen Zanskar river has been the only way for the people of Zanskar to make contact with the outside world in winter. It used to be a busy trade route back in the day. The Zanskari used to visit Leh to trade butter, cheese and animal hide for household items such as food grains and clothes. Though the Zanskaris are self sufficient these days, there are still a lot of the locals who still use this route, keeping the tradition alive.

The frozen Zanskar river thus got its name – the Chadar, a magnificent white sheet of ice and snow which flows through some of the most rugged rock faces. And this setting makes it one of the most stunning treks in the world.

Day 1: Acclimatization in Leh
Situated at an altitude of 3500m, the day will be spent soaking in the sights and sounds of Leh while at the same time, getting the body acclimatized to the oxygen levels. The Shanti Stupa and Leh market square will give you a good feel of the surroundings and the people. Get outside to stay aquainted with the temperature. Explore market and get your missing stuff from the market.

Day 2: Drive to Tilat Do
We start off from Leh and head out towards the start point of our trek at Tilat do. En route, we will pass Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill and the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers just before Nimu. Once past Chilling, we arrive at Tilat do. You will commence one to 2 hour trek till Tsomo Paldar. We take our first baby steps on the frozen river, so be prepared for some slips and falls! Walking in gumboots too will take a while, so be patient as it’s only your first day for long trek. We start off along the left bank, past the cascading waters of the Zanskar river and frozen waterfalls until we set up camp at Tsomo Paldar. Our camp site is on a piece of flat land high above, giving you a stunning view of bend of the river.

Day 3: Tsomo Paldar to Tibb Cave
Rising early would have its perks as the sun comes out from behind the mountains and lights up the valley. It will also help your body get used to the cold. Aching bones, if any, will be sorted by some scrumptious breakfast as the Zanskar comes to life with the rising sun. A relatively easy day of walking past higher waterfalls will get you to Tibb Cave, which lies at the intersection of two valleys. An evening walk down any one of them can make for good exploration.

Day 4: Tibb Cave to Nyerak
It’s the most eagerly awaited day, especially because en route Nyerak – the first village of Zanskar – is a stunning frozen waterfall. While the ones you have seen so far are from high up, this one is also several feet in length which makes it one of the most picturesque sights on the trek. Just ahead of it is Nyerak, and while we camp by the river, a short walk early next morning will take you back to civilization for the first time in almost a week. At Nyerak, you can treat yourself to some goodies from the local shop and interact with the residents there, who are more than happy to indulge in a good conversation.

Day 5: Nyerak to Tibb Cave
After four days of walking on ice, you will now be an expert. So feel free to look around and soak in the surroundings. There’s a good chance of spotting ibex and bharal on the high slopes, and if you’re lucky, even a snow leopard walking along the ridge. Also look out for birds such as lammergeiers and choughs sailing high above the valley. It’s the longest day of the trek through narrow gorges, which means climbing up a short distance by the bank of the river in places where a solid walking surface is unavailable.

Day 6: Tibb Cave to Gyalpo
Way back is tiring at the same time very interesting. After 5 days in this chilling region you get use to this environment. Snap shots of your favorite place, lying on the bed of ice, sharing your experience are the memories of trek.

Day 7 & 8: Gyalpo to Leh
We make our way back along the same way that we came, giving you the opportunity to soak in the sights that you probably missed. Trekkers along the way are sure to check with you on the route ahead, so be prepared to play guide and share your experiences.

Tariff

19,500/-

Departure Dates: 10th, 11th, 14th, 18th, 21st, 24th, 28th,
1st February 2018

Rates are excluding Ser tax of 9%

**NOTICE: According to Government of Jammu & Kashmir, Office of District Magistrate, Leh it has been decided to impose fees & restrictions on number of tourist undertaking the Chadar trek. It was decided unanimously that for the ensuing season fees for foreign trekkers Rs. 2500/trip & for domestic trekkers Rs. 2000/trip shall be enforced. So please participant you need to pay this separately on your reporting day.

Also there is customized Chadar Lingshed Trek for 10N / 11D for 26th January 2018 & Chadar Padum Trek for 15N / 16D in January 2018.


Tariff Inclusions

  • Local transport during Trek
  • Highly Advanced and qualified Guide from Himalaya Destinations
  • Skilled Local Guide 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’s – equipment’s – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mattress/ Sleeping bag Inner
  • While on trek all meals will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental.
  • Basic First aid Kit with portal oxygen.
  • Forest Permits and camping charges.

Tariff Excludes

  • Service tax 9%.
  • Food in hotel/guesthouse won’t be included i.e for 1st and last day
  • Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks
  • Personal trekking equipments – 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.

Here are our conditions:

For reserving seats you can pay 25% of amount which is non-refundable.

The other amount is payable 30 days prior expedition.

This treks are 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 Himalaya Destination will not be responsible for weather as well as health issues.

We ensure you to have a memorable time with us!

Cancellation Policy

Planning is done well in advance. To make your trip hassle-free, smooth arrangements are made prior.


Cancellation policy is as follows:
Cancellation prior to 30 days from date of departure: 75% Refund
Cancellation between 30 days to 20 days prior to date of departure: 50% Refund
Cancellation between 20 days prior to date of departure and departure date: No Refund

  • How many days’ prior notice do you require to confirm a booking for these trips?

Answer: You need to confirm the trek before month of December in order to arrange prior permissions and preparations. Booking shall be closed 30 days prior departure of 1st trek group.

  • Are there any minimum age restrictions for this trips?

Answer: Participant should be of Minimum age 15 yrs and above in order to participate in this trekking programme.

  • Is there any health condition(s) under which the travellers should be advised not to undertake this trek? Please specify.

Answer: Participants/ travellers are required to be medically & physically fit, and should not possess any breathing health problem like Asthama.

  • Can traveller assistance be provided to travellers with special needs (handicapped etc)?

Answer: Yes, assistance can be provided as per required, cost for same will be bared by participant.

  • Does the participant need past experience of trekking/mountaineering? If yes what experience and how many years of experience?

Answer: Yes participants should need atleast 2-3 yrs or 2-3 treks experience in Himalayan ranges in order to go for such trek.

  • Kindly tell us the reporting/meeting point/pick-up point in Leh?

Answer: Meeting point is at leh. Reporting place will specified once root booking is done.

  • What is the reporting/meeting/pick-up time?

Answer: Participants needs to report at allocated Reporting place, whole day is kept reserved for reporting time.

  • What is the drop-off time at on the final day?

Answer: 10:00am on day 08. Drop-off time is at morning after breakfast around 10 am when the route gets completed. Participants can drop off early morning also if they wish to.

  • Can airport transfers be arranged in Leh? Is there an additional price?

Answer: Airport transfer can be arranged as per participant’s requirement; price for this should be bared by participant.

  • What is the maximum group size for this trek?

Answer: Maximum group size is of 25 persons.

  • What is the drop-off time at on the final day?

Answer: Drop off time on final day is after breakfast. i.e. morning 10.00am

  • What is the wake-up time (day start time) on each day during the trip?

Answer: Each day wake up time is at morning at 6.30am and route will start by 8am.

  • Can porters/mules be arranged to carry personal luggage? What is the cost per day per porter/mules and weight limit of luggage?

Answer: Yes, porters & mules can be arranged for personal luggage, cost varies from Rs.700 to Rs.1200, depends on seasonal cost and availability.

  • Please tell us if the cost for stay and food is included for the first day & last day of the trip?

Answer: No, cost of stay and food is included for the first day & last day of the trip when you are staying at hotel/guesthouse.

  • Is accommodation on double sharing or triple sharing basis?

Answer: Accommodation is on triple sharing basis on base camp where you will be staying is guest house/hotel while on route its tented accommodation, 4 men tent well be provided.

DETAILS

The chadar trek is a winter trail trek in zanskar region of ladhakh, in jammu and Kashmir. In the local language chadar means blanket. The Chadar Trek is done on the frozen Zanskar River which provides an access trail to the Zanskar Valley and is used by locals and tourists during the winters seasons. The walls both side of the river rise vertical cliffs up to 600 m high and at some places the zanskar river is only 5m wide. During the summer this river becomes a perfect location for river rafting expedition and during the winters it transforms into an ice sheet where the Chadar trek is performed. For many years Chadar trek attracts tourist from all over the world and it is one of the most exciting and challenging trek. The trek is approximately 105 km on feet, an average trekker completes a distance of 15-17 km everyday. First one have to reach leh, then leh to chilling 3-4 hours drive. Chilling is the last motorable place. From chilling to tilat do is I hour trek. Following day tilat do to gyalpo is about 9-10km. and takes 4-5 hours to reach gyalpo.
The other day group has to walk for 5-6 hours from gyalpo to tibb cave. Tibb cave to nyerek is 9hours walk. The trek is performed on ice sheet all the way and gives most exciting feel to someone who does the chadar trek. From nyerek we go back to tibb cabe and then to gyalpo, to tilat do. Tilat do to chilling and take vehicle to reach leh. So one can do the chadar trek but have to wait till winter has come and can push to their limits. The best time to do the Chadar trek is January to February, when the temperature drops down to -30 to -35 degrees which makes the Zanskar Lake look like a mesmerizing crystal lake. The zanskar locals used the frozen river as for transportation of food material and to reach the nearest town or to their villages. But later this route become an adventurous trek route to those who like to push their limits. Every year many of the people come and experience the toughest and the most adventurous Chadar trek.

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