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The Chadar Trek Ladakh, which is done on the frozen river of Zanskar, is looked upon as an adventure seekers paradise. Trekking in ladakh , especially the trek to chadar is every travelers dream, and rightly so because the lunar landscape and endless skies overhead makes trekking at chadar memorable. It also challenges the skill and endurance of trekkers. The beauty is even more surreal as one moves ahead and so, this is one of the most celebrated and exquisite trek of the region. Walk on a frozen river bed, live in caves along the way and fight the twin difficulties of cold and altitude which makes this trek adventurous. The Chadar Trek Ladakh is without  doubt one of the best  treks for all adventure lovers.The region is a difficult place to travel especially in the winters. The mountains are steep and in the winter snowfall closes many of the mountain passes and makes the few roads treacherous. Villages, especially the remote ones become completely inaccessible during the snowbound season usually November to March. And the frozen Zanskar then becomes a boon to the many snow-bound villages by becoming the passage to civilization. Zanskar trek or the frozen river trek offers experiences of a lifetime to adrenaline seeking trekkers.

Region: Ladakh: (Jammu & Kashmir)
Duration: 9 days
Grade: Vigorous
Best season: Jan-Feb
Start/end point: Leh
Highest altitude: 3680 meter (Nyerak)

Activities: Trekking

Eligibility: 18 Years above

Please Carry:
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. 

*Day pack (25ltrs)
*Dry fit shirts and trousers 4 pairs
*Fleece jacket
*Balaclava and Buff
*Warm Socks (lots of extra pairs)
*Water and wind proof trousers
*Water and wind proof jacket
*Thermal upper and lower (3 pairs)
*Day wear shirt x2 or 3
*Underwear 5-7
*Camp shoes / Sport sandals
*Hand towel
*Waterproof sack cover
*Down booties
*Toilet paper
*Two 1 ltr water bottles (preferably thermos flasks)
*Torch with extra batteries.
*Body Moisturiser
*Lip care
*Body Powder / Anti-Fungal (feet and body)
*Sun screen lotion
*Sun cap
*Head torch with extra batteries.
*Personal medicines
*Pee bottle (Optional)
*Camera with extra batteries.

All the items : Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trip. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip.

Batch Dates


Day 1: Arrive at Leh(3500 m)
Arrive in Leh airport where you would be greeted by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Today, we would spend the day in the room itself to acclimatise to the high altitude. This is absolutely necessary and is most important for the days ahead. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 2: Leh Chilling Shingra Yokma (3200 m) Drive 3/4 Hours & Trek/ 1 hrs
Post breakfast, we take a beautiful drive through the beautiful scenery with your first views of the Indus river and later the Zanskar river at their confluence at Nimoo. From Nimoo you follow the Zanskar to the roadhead at Shingra Yokma. From here we Decend down to Forzen Zanskar river and we will have practice session. Overnight in trekking tents.

Day 3 Shingra Yokma to Shingra Gokma (3350M) ( Trek/ 4- 5 hrs)
We begin the day at 7:00 am with a cup of hot tea. After breakfast, we set off on the “Chadar” which will be our routine for the rest of the trek. Today, we will trek close to 6-7 kms depending on the fitness of the group. Though our objective would be to get to Shingra Gokma we could camp after also in case the going gets tough during the day. This is something that we would follow all through the trek where we would keep the itinerary flexible to accommodate the group depending on fitness levels. Overnight in trekking tents.

Day 4: Shingra Gokma to Tibba Cave (3400 m) ( Trek / 5-6 hrs)
Post breakfast, we set off for Tibb Cave. Today we trek through the deep gorges of the Zanskar valley with sheer cliffs on both sides. The lack of direct sunlight keeps the snow well packed for the trek. We end the day at the big cave here which is used by the locals when traversing this valley and set up camp for the night. Overnight in trekking tents.

Day 5: Tibba Cave – Nyerak (3680 m) (Trek 6 / 7 Hours)
Post breakfast, we continue the walk through the gorges to the Nyerak village. Enroute we pass a large frozen waterfall which is gushing water during the non-winter season and is a stop point on our rafting trips down the Zanskar river during the Aug-Sep period. Today we camp below the Nyerak village and one can go up to the village in the evening. Overnight in trekking tents.

Day 6: Nyerak – Tibba Cave (3400 m) (Trek- 6/7 Hours)
Post breakfast, we begin to retrace our steps on the return trek. Though we will be returning by the same route, a lot of the trail would have changed as the river changes by the hour during the season depending on the temperature and sunlight. So in most cases it will be like a different trail itself!! We camp overnight at the Tibb cave. Overnight in trekking tents.

Day 7: Tibba Cave - Shingra (3350 m) (Trek 5 / 6 Hours)
We retrace our steps to Shingra Gokma. Overnight in trekking tents.

Day 8: Shingra Gokma to Shingra Yokma (3200 m) Leh (Trek 3/4 Hrs) (Drive ¾ Hrs)
Today is the last trek day as we trek back towards Shingra Yokma. Then board our vehicles to drive back to Leh. Once in Leh, we check into our hotel and have a relaxing hot water bath and relive the memories of this wonderful trek. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 9: Depart from Leh
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

(From Leh to Leh) Rs. 26,500/- + 4,400/- porter + 5% GST on sharing basis

We will pick up the participant on the first day of Trek from Leh and drop them on the last day of Trek at Leh.

Please fill up the registration form and pay an advance of Rs.7500/- to confirm your booking. The balance payment should reach our office at least 30 days before the commencement of the journey.

Cheques or DD should be in favour of OUTDOORS UNLIMITED, payable at VADODARA only.

What’s included?

Accommodation: Stay on Sharing basis in Guesthouse/Hotel/Tent while camping.

Meals: All vegetarian meals Starting from lunch on Day 2 till lunch on Day 8.

2 guides: for the group of maximum 15 trekkers so 1 guide for 8 group members. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.

High quality Camping arrangements We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek: Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality Good quality Camping Mattresses.

Mess Tent

Toilet tents (2) with portable toilet seats.

First Aid / Medical kit: Big oxygen cylinder (15 ltrs) will be carried throughout the trek for any kind of emergency. (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

What’s not include?
*Any pick up and drop from the Airport
*Any meal in Leh
*Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
*Bottled water, alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
*Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
*Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, expenses incurred on account of sickness etc.
*Wildlife & ALTOA Fees (Participants has to pay this fees directly in Ladakh)
*Any meals/services not mentioned above.

Cancellation Charges*:
Minimum: 10%
between 45 to 30 Days: 25%
between 30 to 15 Days: 50%
Last 15 Days: No refund

* Cancellation charges will be applicable on total Program cost.
* Please note that the booking is not transferable.
* Please bring original receipt for claiming the refund.

  • Jain food will be provided on demand as per availability.
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