Chadar Trek

duration Duration 8 Nights / 9 Days
altitude Maximum Altitude 11,123 ft
visit Best time to visit Jan - Feb
age Minimum Age 8+
Camp Base Camp Leh
Camp Accommodation type Tents

Book Chadar Trek in Winters

Chadar Trek - What if you have the opportunity to trudge on the frozen ice sheets along an icy emerald green river running beside you? How will it feel to sip tea and devour Maggi at almost blood-freezing temperature? What if you have the rarest chance to cuddle a waterfall and feel the pointed tips of it? 

Amidst the scenic and stunning at chadar trek altitude of 11,400 feet, there flows the splendid Zanskar River which stays frozen all throughout the December – February. Chadar which translates into ‘Blanket’ in English depicts the frozen river, and is also widely famous with the name ‘The Frozen River Trek’. Unlike any other treks in India, this Himalayan trek is not where you have a set trail or the itchy forests around you but it brings you the opportunity to venture out to an unparalleled experience of trekking amidst the vast mountains and sporadic slippery trail. You won’t be pitching your tents in wild and thick meadows or dense forests but right under the umbrella of erratic meteor showers.

Best Time to do Chadar Trek Ladakh

The best time for Chadar Trek Ladakh is ideally between late December and early February.  Most of the usual treks have around 3 to 10 degree Celsius average temperature but Chadar trek temperature will ask you to hold yourself and your clothes tight for – 15 to – 20 degree Celsius. Candid moments such as occasional visits of the sun during the trek or the singing songs during the bonfires will elate you and discover a marvelous life. Chadar Trek Leh Ladakh is one of in a lifetime experience of trudging on an outstanding trek route full of almost transparent ice sheets and massive yet breathless mountains. The trek invites out of the world experience of uncertainty, astonishment, adventure, and the quest to conquer your fear.

One of the added advantages to Chadar best trek is the extra stay at Leh, Ladakh. You have got two extra days to explore, while your body is acclimatizing to the new environment. Walk through the local markets, historical sites, learn local culture and unique cuisine. As many have recounted their experiences in Leh in January, we too believe that Ladakh is simply nothing less of a winter paradise. The vast barren lands full of flawless white-coloured snow botched with blue coloured rare lakes and rivers are true delight to the travelers. Unlike other places, Ladakh is a town where you will find warm and genuine hearted people in local homestays. If you have got enough energy and zeal left even after the trek, you must make plans to drive through a few of the most prominent places such as the ever famous ‘Pangong Lake’ and Thiksey Monastery. Fancy racing your friends across a river? Ladakh’s got plenty of frozen rivers for you!

Experiences at Chadar Frozen River Trek

Along with all the sightseeing opportunities and befriending some locals to savour the tastiest local food, if you are lucky, you might also get a chance to witness some extravagant local festivals such as Ladakhi Losar, Matho Monastery festival, Thiksay Gustor and Spituk Gustor. Well, the way Ladakh is full of surprises and gifts, you too can stuff in some vivid coloured local dresses for yourself and your special friends! Wouldn’t it be so amazing to wear them and remember your relished memories of Chadar Winter Trek and unbelievable Ladakh? But despite all the benefits which Ladakh gives you over any other place, don’t forget about your ‘THE’ moment – The Chadar Lake Trek. What better deal would give you a blended experience of a trek and local sightseeing all at one place!

Moustache Escapes treks will ensure that that 54 km over the Zaskar frozen river and in one of the most beautiful valleys will not only be safe and accommodative but also be the most adventure trek of your life. We hope, the Chadar Trip & Trek brings you a large bouquet of vivid and flamboyant memories. Are you already feeling the cold? The thrills? The shivers down your bones?

Place your faith on us and give us the chance to take you a parallel paradise of ice, music and adventure while trekking on thef Frozen Watterfall Chadar Trek India.


  • View of magnificent Frozen Waterfall at Nerak
  • Experience the thrill of walking over frozen Zanskar River
  • Witness the beauty of Leh and it's lifestyle in winters
  • Catch the mesmerizing Sunrise at Shanti Stupa

Chadar Trek Itinerary :-

Day 1: Arrival at Leh. Acclimatize – Rest day

·         The only means to travel to Leh in the winters is through the air. Take this opportunity to peak your view of the stunning snow-topped mountains and the serenity of the Zanskar Region.

·         Depending on the place you are travelling from, embrace yourself to a sudden burst of cold. It is advisable to keep your extra warm clothes ready to adjust your body to the new climate.

·         Get sorted with your arrival formalities at the airport. Later, check-in to your pre-arranged hotel or guest house.

·         First day is entirely to adjust your body and acclimatize with a different kind of atmosphere. Keep yourself warm and cozy and relax for the rest of the day.

Day 2: Acclimatization Walk in Leh

·         Today’s day is again an important day for your body to adjust to the oxygen level and the climate density.

·         Start your day with a delicious breakfast watching scenic mountains peeking through the windows.

·         Afterwards, head outside for a walk around the city's popular spots. Proceed strolling towards Shanti Stupa, a sacred Buddhist stupa. It's a beautiful viewpoint for witnessing sunrise and the panoramic glimpse of white-washed Leh in snow.

·         Keep yourself hydrated through the day trip. Moreover, it is prudent not to wander off to any high-altitude place during your rest days at Leh.

Day 3: Medical Checkup

·         Today will be your third and final day before starting with the trek. After eating the breakfast, enjoy the walk to the government medical camp led by the trek guide which goes through some of the local markets. Get to befriend some of the locals too.

·         The government officials will examine your oxygen saturation, blood pressure and BPM. Once you have passed the medical test, you will receive your medical fitness card, issued by the ALTOA designated medical camp.

·         Only after passing all the medical tests, you will be alloted with the permit for Chadar trek. Keep the permit safely throughout the trek because it certifies you that you are capable and have the required capacity to undertake the trek.

·         Scan through all your vital items required during the trek. See if there is anything essential you are missing out on. Prepare and get excited to start with your adventure from the next day. Sleep well at night.

Day 4: Ride to Shingra Koma & Trek to Somo Paldar Campsite

·         Finally, your body has acclimatized to the environment. It's time for a heavy breakfast and then a thrilling ride to Shingra Koma.

·         This ride is not for the faint of heart, as bumpy roads and hairpin bends are common on this route. Look out to stay calm. As the surrounding high mountains will take your breath away.

·         After the drive, deboard from the vehicle and trek towards the Tsomo Paldar campsite. Your Chadar trek best time expedition starts here, offering your first touch on the frozen Zanskar river.

·         Those who are new at Chadar Trek Route, might feel challenged walking in gumboots. Try judging the fragile paths while keeping in mind the overall weight (your weight + luggage). Alas! A few meters into the trek you will be able to catch the hitch to walk over the frozen river.

·         After walking on numerous icy surfaces, you'll gradually begin to understand the walking pattern. You'll arrive at the campsite soon. Dinner is followed by an overnight stay at the Tsomo Paldar campsite.

Day 05: Trek to Dib Cave/Tibb

·         Begin your day with a cup of hot tea and breakfast. Following that, we will begin our trek toward Tibb Cave, our next campsite.

·         En route, you will see some of the most beautiful frozen waterfalls, as well as ravines and gorges. You'll notice rock patterns and sedimentations as you continue hiking to the campsite. Your packed lunch will be served on the way.

·         Upon arrival at Tibb Cave, we will set up camp under a large cave. Spend the rest of the day relaxing with butter tea and then followed by dinner.

·         Post dinner, spend the night at the campground.

Day 06: Dib Cave/Tibb to Naerak Frozen Waterfall Camp

·         Today, we'll trek to the most anticipated campsite. Head to the Nerak Frozen Waterfall campsite.

·         The 13km trail passes through Chadar Trek's most famous landmark, the Frozen Waterfall. On your way to the Naerak campsite, you will be served a hot lunch.

·         Visit the village of Naerak and interact with the residents to learn about their way of life. Trekkers are advised to dress appropriately for the cold weather.

·         Set up your camp in the close proximity (15-20 minutes away) from the frozen waterfall.

·         Dinner will be followed by an overnight stay at the Nerak campsite.

Day 07: Trek from Naerak to Tibb

·         We will begin the return trip after breakfast and proceed to Tibb Cave.

·         The return path would be difficult, and the river reacts quickly to temperature changes. You'll find the mystical frozen Zanskar river has now taken on an entirely new appearance.

·         Admire the natural beauty of the area, take photos, and interact with the locals, who can be seen wearing traditional woollen Gonchas (robes). We'll spend the rest of the day relaxing at the Tibb campsite.

·         Dinner is followed by an overnight stay in Tibb.

Day 08: Trek back to Shingra Koma & Drive To Leh

·         Wake up early. It's time to head out of Tibb. Have your breakfast and move towards Shingra Koma, crossing Gyalpo.

·         Careful on the way. You might find the footprints of Leh’s untamed creatures. As the region beholds creatures like snow leopards, ibex, and foxes.

·         In the evening, we will drive back to Leh.

·         Enjoy overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09: Departure from Leh

·         Today, the Chadar Frozen River Trek ultimately came to its conclusion.

·         Check out from the guesthouse after breakfast.

·         Depart to the Leh airport

·         End of the trip.

How to Reach Chadar Trek Base Camp

Air: The only way to reach Leh during winters is by flight.

Things you should carry on Chadar Trek:-

#Wearable
  • Two pairs of Synthetic Track Pants
  • Two (or more) full sleeve tees with collars
  • Full Sleeve Jacket
  • Undergarments (4 Pairs)
  • Thermal inner (2 Pairs)
  • Two pairs of Sports socks
  • Two pairs of Woollen socks
  • Balaclava/Woollen monkey cap
  • 2 Pairs of Woollen Gloves and Surgical Gloves
  • 1 Hot water bag (available at the medical store)
  • UV Sunglasses (Curved to completely cover your eyes)
  • Gumboots (If Not, purchase it from Leh)
  • Backpack (55 - 65L)
  • Daypack (20L Capacity)
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Muffler or Headscarf (Woollen)
  • Trekking Pole
  • Quick-dry towel (Thin)
  • Lip balm
  • Cold cream
  • Sunscreen with SPF 40+
  • 2 Water Bottle (1L each)


#Personal Medical Kit
  • Six Tablets of Crocin
  • Four Tablets of Avomine
  • Five Tablets of Combiflam
  • Four Tablets of Avil (25mg)
  • Ten Tablets of Disprin
  • One Crepe Bandage of 3 to 5 meters
  • Ten Tablets of Norflox
  • One Role of Gauze cloth
  • Ten Strips of Band-aid
  • One Role of Leukoplast
  • Ten Tablets of Digene
  • One Roll of Cotton
  • Five Pacs of ORS
  • Betadine/Any Antiseptic Cream
  • Volini/Any Painkiller Cream or Spray
  • Ten Tablets of Diamox
  • Any other prescribed medicine


#Personal Toilet Kit (minimal)
  • Toilet paper


#Electronics
  • LED Torch or Headlamps (preferable)


Extra set of cells
  • Carry a Small Repair Kit with safety pins, needle, thread and string.
  • Photographers carry waterproof covers for Camera and Memory-Cards. Also an extra set of batteries will help you trekking with electricity issues.
  • Other camera essentials.

NOTE: Use plastic bags to organize your belongings into different sections, and keep a few extras on hand for wet clothes, snacks, colas, and personal food.

Chadar Trek Inclusion and Exclusion :-

Inclusions

• According to the itinerary, Leh Guest House is where you'll stay on Days 1, 2, 3 and 8 , you'll camp on Days 4,5, 6, and 7 of your trek.

• All Vegetarian Meal from breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served from day 4's breakfast through day 8's breakfast.

• While staying in Leh, breakfast will be provided.

• Celebratory meal on Day 8 in Leh to commemorate your successful Chadar Trek.

• Trekking gear, including sleeping mats, air-breathable four-season tents, mobile kitchens, and utensils for meals.

• For Safety, the First aid, Medical kits, Oximetres, and Oxygen cylinders is included.

• Trekking leaders, guides, and support workers that are skilled and knowledgeable are available to assist trekkers.

• Transfer from Leh Guest House to Trek Base Camp on Days 4 and 8.


Exclusions

• INR 5,500 is required to be paid to the government (on the spot) for tentative permits (LAHDC, ALTOA, Adventure Insurance Premium).

• All personal expenses of any type.

• Payment for medical check-up at SNM Hospital or wherever the ALTOA group recommends.

• Porters for personal luggage. They can be booked for INR 4750/- for the entire trek days, from Day 4 to Day 8 (5 Trek Days), with a maximum of 10 kg of luggage.

• Airport transfer from Leh Airport (Govt. Pre Paid Taxi Charges @ INR 500/-)

• Everything that isn't specifically included under inclusions.


Notes :-

• A mandate report on Negative COVID-19 is required. The Check-In time is 12 PM noon, where Early Check-In is the subject of room availability.

• We and the participating partners/hotels disclaim any liability for any additional costs (hotel stays, meals, etc.) incurred as a result of poor weather or any other event without the tour operator's control.

• We are not responsible for any itinerary change due to force majeure (such as rescheduling/cancellation of flight or train, political disturbances, natural phenomena, etc.).

• In any circumstances, group members can leave the trek. Condition being he/she/they has to pay the trek cost of transportation from the point of aborting trek till the trek end.

• It is mandatory for all trekkers to carry a Valid ID proof.

• Trekkers are responsible for their own luggage safety from being damaged, missing, or getting lost. We'd advise you to travel carrying a small daypack for your expensive things.

• You are solely responsible for paying any damage/accident by you to other property/person on the trek.

• Non-Indian trekkers are allowed to pay separately for Khardungla and Pangong Tso Permits.

• We advise each trekker to travel with a Basic First Aid Kit along with his/her/them medicines as per their physical condition/prescription.

• It is advised to follow your trek leader for a successful trek. As your trek leader is responsible for managing the group with all the safety measures.

Chadar Trek cancellation policy


1. If Cancellation is done before 30 days of travel, 100% refund of the total package amount will be done.

2. If Cancellation is done before 10 days of travel, 50% refund of the total package amount will be done.

3. If Cancellation is done within 10 days of the travel, No Refund will be done.

4. On any condition, if your tour/trek/activity remains incomplete or uninitiated due to "force majeure," medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes, or personal choice after reaching starting point; you are ineligible to refund, reschedule, or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

5. Cancellations are strictly subject to the cancellation policies stated on the website, regardless of the date of booking.

6. Refund procedure will be completed within 10 business days.

Chadar Trek FAQ's

Q1. What is the best time to do Chadar trek?

The months of January and February are the only months best for the Chadar Tek. It is that time when the Zanskar River freezes into a thick sheet of ice due to the extreme temperature drop, setting the Chadar Trek for the adventurous ice trail that you were looking for.

Q2. What is the temperature in the day time and night time?

Daytime lows are often about minus 10, on average. Evening lows range from 20 to 25 below zero.

Q3. Is Chadar trek for beginners?

No. Chadar frozen river trek only demands experienced trekkers with prior experience in extreme physical and mental endurance.

Q4. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants for the Chadar trek?

High endurance, good stamina, and above-average health, both physically and mentally are required on this exhilarating trek. Though the trek does not have much elevation, the extreme temperature and the walk over the frozen river make Chadar Trek the toughest trek in India. The trek is challenging yet fun as it moves you out of your comfort zone and makes you trek in the snow desert. While walking on this trek is a daunting task, it can be done well if you plan for it rightly. Make sure you start preparing yourself physically and mentally two-three months before the trek. Not to forget acclimatization, it helps the body to adapt to extreme weather.

Q5. How to prepare for Chadar Trek Ladakh?

Exercise :- Staying physically fit is very important to get through this trek. One must start preparing for it 2-3 months in advance, or at least work out daily for a month. Other important things to do on Chadar Trek include walking practice for 5 km in 25-30 minutes daily. Combine walks with climbing, holding your breath for 40 seconds, and lunges/squats.

Proper clothes :- It is of utmost importance to buy proper gear and layers. Surviving in the cold is not easy and having proper layers to cover yourself is very important. Without proper clothing to cover yourself, it becomes very risky to survive on this trek.

Pack efficiently : - As mentioned earlier, you would have to walk a lot each day on this trek. If you are lightweight and carry a lighter bag, this will help you in walking quickly and a longer distance without getting your back and shoulders strained.

Prepare yourself mentally :- Chadar trek is a mentally challenging trek and it is not for the faint-hearted. Prepare your mind that you have to be in cold weather for a very long time which is challenging. You have to act responsibly here with little things like washing your utensils, bearing the cold, and setting up the camps. You have to be mentally fit also to accomplish this trek as this trek offers adventures that are mentally challenging.

Q6. Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Yes, there are sanitary facilities available on the Chadar trek. One can use our dry toilet tents for nature calls.

Q7. What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

30 degrees comfortable double-layer Siachen sleeping bags, sleeping mats, and air-breathable 4-season camping tents are provided during the trek.

Q8. If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

While trekking in snow, gumboots are the best option to walk in and they can be availed on rent at Leh market.

Q9. Can Chadar trek Ladakh be done solo?

Due to severe climatic conditions, we avoid solo batches for Chadar frozen river trek. Any solo woman traveller or solo trekker, in general, can join our batches of 6-8 trekkers. It's safe and comforting.

Q10. What are the options available for drinkable water?

Zanskar river water will be used as drinking water after boiling. You must fill your thermal flask and only drink hot water while trekking. Hot water supply time will be communicated with the trekkers by the trek leader. It will not be possible to make hot water every time a trekker asks. So, we recommend every trekker fill their thermal flask when hot water is ready. Do carry your insulated water bottle.

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