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The Chadar Trek or the Zanskar Gorge is a winter-trail in Zanskar region of Ladakh, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The mountains are steep and in the winter snowfall closes many of the mountain passes and makes the few roads
treacherous. Some villages become completely inaccessible between November and March. One method of accessing snow-bound villages during the winter
is trekking on top of the ice of frozen rivers. The Chadar trek is one such route, connecting villages in the Zanskar valley (deep in the mountains)
with Chilling (on the road to Leh) along the frozen Zanskar River. This route has been used for centuries for trade and transportation, and is most
reliable in February when the ice is most stable.
Now, We should make it clear that the Zanskar river is big and fast-flowing. For most of its length between Chilling and the Zanskar valley the
river is confined within a steep canyon. If the idea of walking over frozen river ice with a large pack on your back and very cold rushing water
a few inches below your feet is terrifying, then you are not alone.The hike from Chilling to the Zanskar valley takes more than a week, and at night
porters usually sleep in caves in the canyon walls.
This trek is considered as one of the most exciting and unique treks
The ‘Chadar’ is a perfect example of the resourcefulness of the Ladakhis and their indomitable spirit against such daunting odds.
The landscape acquires a pristine grandeur in winter as the trail enters into the gorge of the Zanskar where temperatures sometimes drop to –30 degree
Celsius. You will be dropped by a vehicle at Chilling. The trek passes through a narrow valley filled with breath-taking views of ice-peaks and unexpected
hanging icicles. You will spend the night at cave camps with the help of a born fire.
Chadar means sheets and is used to refer to the trek along the frozen Zanskar.
Info About Trek
Region :- Leh, Ladakh
Duration :- 08 days
Grade :- Difficult
Max Altitude :- 11,123 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 70 kms.
Fly to Leh
Flying over miles and miles of heavily snowed mountains will tell you just why it’s impossible to reach Ladakh by road in the winters.
The moment you land at the Leh airport, one of the highest airports in the world, you will feel the fresh and crisp air,
and a drastic drop in the temperature. The night is spent in a cozy guest house.
Drive to Tilad Do via Chilling
You can start the morning by witnessing the sunrise from the Shanti Stupa, from where you can get a panoramic view of the entire town of Leh and its
surroundings. You can also see the peak of Stok Kangri almost beckoning you to climb it. But today’s agenda includes a very picturesque and thrilling
long-drive to Chilling. The roller-coaster ride takes you along the Indus to the village of Nimu, where the Zanskar converges into Indus. After stopping
at this confluence point to take in the view, the drive continues and the road begins descending right into the river valley.
Tilad Do to Gyalpo
The biggest challenge of this day, and all the remaining days, is to get out of the warm toasty sleeping bags and go out into the giant freezer outside;
but the steaming cups of tea being served provide ample motivation.
Today is a long walking session, about 12 km, on the Chadar. Depending on the weather, the Chadar can assume various forms.The locals, it appears,
have a sixth sense as to where exactly to step on the Chadar.
Gyalpo to Tibb Cave
This day follows the same early morning routine: bed tea at 7, breakfast at 8, and quick-march at 8:30. Have a good breakfast, as today is the longest
walk of the day – almost 14 km. But that is nothing to worry about, all the walking keeps you incredibly warm.
Tibb Cave to Naerak
Today is the most spectacular of all days on this trek. Walking on the river you cross deep gorges and reach a point where Juniper trees are covered with
prayer flags. The porters give you a twig of this tree tied with a piece of prayer flag as a badge of good-luck and good-health. A few steps away stands
the mother-of-all frozen waterfalls – a huge instance of suspended animation several feet tall and equally wide. You can see dozens of colors in this
enormous ice structure as sunlight plays off its surface. Right next to the waterfall is a bridge across the river which is a part of the summer-time
road from Zanskar to Leh.
Naerak to Tibb
Today you start the return journey and go back to the Tibb cave. And if you thought that it was just a matter of retracing your steps back to Chilling,
you can think again. The Zanskar River reacts to the slightest change of temperature, and constantly keeps repackaging itself. The Chadar would have
assumed a completely new form, and will it will almost be impossible to say whether you have been here before.
Tibb to Gyalpo
Starting from Tibb, go up to Gyalpo today. The high walls of mountains rising from the sides of the river almost look like castle walls. You can see
several trails of pug-marks all along the trek – footprints belonging to foxes, ibex or snow-leopards. You would be lucky to view a snow-leopard; but
you can almost be sure that you are being watched by one all the time.
Gyalpo to Tilad Do, and drive to Leh
This is the last day of treading on the Chadar – the last chance to immerse in the pristine beauty of the frozen river. Once you reach Tilad Do, it is
time to say good-bye to the Zanskar and the Zanskaries. Team and our helpers will take good care of you and make this trek one of the
most memorable experiences for you. Tonight you get to sleep in a warm guest-house again.
Depart from Leh
As this unforgettable journey gets over, you depart from Leh having a newfound respect for the Zanskaries who brave all odds and survive with style in
their beloved land. This trek also leaves behind a tremendous feeling of accomplishment – one of having undertaken and endured an extraordinary and
challenging trek. The Chadar trek will be a cherished memory for life.
Expenses for the Trek is 22000/- Per Person.
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1. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
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or ailment, please bring prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, sever headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia.
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