Frozen River Chadar Trek

Trek LocationArea: Ladakh Himalaya

Trek DurationDuration: 13 Days (4 days travel/9 days trekking)

Trek SeasonBest Season: Mid January - Mid February

Trek GradeGrade:

On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding.

AltitudeAltitude: 3850 mts/12628 ft

Trekking DistanceTotal Trekking: 80 K.M

About Chadar Trek

Featuring a surreal backdrop of nature colours, the Frozen River Trek, commonly known as the Chadar Trek, is one of the challenging treks in the Ladakh region. The strenuous mountain trail on the ice-clogged river under the blue winter sky passes through valleys, mountain caves and frozen waterfalls. It is one of the most arduous treks of Indian Himalaya as the trekkers will pass through craggy rocks and the temperature may dip to below minus 10 degrees, a rare climatic condition which can be difficult to survive.

Frozen River Trek

The Frozen River Trek, which is one of the popular winter treks, is also one of the longest trekking trails in the Indian Himalayan region that covers an entire stretch of 90 kilometres in 8 chilly days. Like a walk to paradise, the Chadar Trek swipes several trekkers' dreams making it a part of their diary. The journey leads off from Ladakh to the snowbound villages of the Zanskar Valley.

One may acquaint the eyes staring and asking, 'what made you explore the barren beauty?' The answer just walks following the Chadar trail to a state of absolute bliss secluded within the colours of nature.

Frozen River Chadar Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Trek along the traditional winter trading route connecting Padum to Ladakh along the frozen Zanskar river.
  • This is a real adventure with only a couple of groups making the trek every year. The conditions on the river can be variable so a flexible approach is required!
  • Gain insight into the remote cultures of Zanskar and Ladakh and you will have the chance to stay with local Zanskaris along the way.
  • Go for a sightseeing tour to explore the Gompas and forts around Leh as you let your body acclimatise to the altitude.
  • Spot rare Ladakhi animals like snow leopard, ibex, Himalayan Thar, blue sheep, etc.

Best Time to Visit Frozen River Trek

January to February

This is the time when the upper layer of the Zanskar River freezes. The river looks like a sheet of ice; hence, it is referred in the local language as 'chadar'.

Where is the Frozen River?

During the winter season, the Zanskar River converts into ice, giving trekkers a perfect platform for trekking. The trail to the Zanskar valley is going to be a challenging yet exciting one as the ice walls are vertical cliffs, which are up to 600 m high, and the Zanskar river is narrow, approximately 5 m wide. Once upon the time, the trail used to be traditional trade route.

How to Reach?

During the winter season, it's always impossible to reach Leh via roadways and railways', thus traveling by air is the best choice. Airlines like Jet Airways, Air India, and Go Air provides daily flight service from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar. Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport, Leh's airport, is one of the highest commercial airports in the world at 3,256 m.

Frozen River Chadar Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi – Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatisation)

Catch an early morning flight to Leh. Upon arrival at Leh Airport (Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport), trekkers will be transferred to the guest house. Relax and get acclimatise to the place. Dinner and overnight stay in the Leh guest house.

Day 02: Leh – Shey – Thiksey - Hemis

Begin the day with a power packed breakfast and go for a monastery tour. Today, trekkers will visit Shey Gompa, Deldan Namgyal, Thiksey Gompa and Dresthang Gompa. Spend the night in the cozy guest house in Leh

Day 03: Leh – Chilling (5 hrs drive)

Start the day with a breakfast and then embark on a trip to Pishu Village, through the breathtaking roads that are bestowed with the sheer beauty of nature. Dinner and stay in Chilling guest house.

Day 04: Chilling - Zaribago

Post a hearty breakfast; start the first day of the trek to the Zaribago, which will take approximately five hours. Dinner and overnight stay in Zaribago tent.

Day 05: Zaribago - Deepyokma

The fifth day is going to be a thrilling yet exciting one as the trekkers will walk on the frozen Zanskar River till they reach Deepyokma. Overnight stay and dinner in Deepyokma camp.

Day 06: Deepyokma - Nyarakpulu

Reach Nyarakpulu below the Nyarak village from Deepyokma by walking for about 4 to 5 hours. Have the night stay at the camp.

Day 07: Nyarakpulu - Lingshed

Leave Nyarakpulu and have one hour walk to reach small village of Lingshed. Relish the comfort and pleasing atmosphere of private house equipped with central heating.

Day 08: Lingshed

Get pepped for a fun day of the Frozen River Chadar Trek. Explore the landscapes of Lingshed, visit monasteries and meet and greet the local people. Overnight stay in Lingshed guest house.

Day 09: Lingshed - Nyarakpulu

On a ninth day, trekkers will trek till Nyarakpulu. Dinner and overnight stay in Nyarakpulu guest house.

Day 10: Nyarakpulu - Tso Mopoaldar

Take a walk of around 5 hours from Nyarakpulu to the campsite at Tso Mopoaldar.

Day 11: Tso Mopoaldar - Tilatdo

Early morning, after breakfast, embark on a trek till Tilatdo. Overnight stay and dinner in Tilatdo.

Day 12: Tilatdo - Chilling - Leh

After arriving in the morning, set off on an trail to Chilling. Drive ahead and reach the hotel in Leh. Overnight stay at Leh hotel.

Day 13: Leh – Delhi

The charm and allurement of the Zanskar river trekking end here as trekkers go ahead with an onward journey to Delhi.

Tour & Services End.

Things to Carry for Frozen River Chadar Trek

Things to Carry while Trekking
  • Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
  • Sunglasses, Light gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  •  Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Daypack
  • One liter water bottles wide mouthed
  • Trekking Boots
  • Water purification/filter
  • Camp shoes/sneakers
  • Walking stick/Trekking pole
  • Cotton socks
  • Note book with pens and pencils
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Lip balm
  • Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
  • Down jacket/vest
  • Camp towel/towel/sarong
  • Fleece jacket/vest
  • Personal toiletries
  • T-shirts
  • Personal medicines
  • Underwear
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Trekking pants
  • Energy bars
  • Thermal tops
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Thermal bottom
  • Extra passport photos
  • Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Wind- and rain-gear with hood
  • Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
  • One pair cotton trousers or shorts
  • Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Frozen River Chadar Trek?

You should book frozen river trek two months in advance for the trek so that there is ample preparation time.

Who will carry my backpack?

There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Total weight of the backpack should not exceed 12 kg. You should carry all those things, listed in the itinerary given by TMI.

Where to meet us?

Leh Airport will be the meeting pint for the trekkers. From the airport, our guide will pick you and then assist you in the expedition.

How we run the trek?

From start till the end, every turn of the trek will be lead by experienced guides, who are also expert mountaineers.

What is the batch size?

2-8 people, including both men and women

What is minimum age required for Frozen River Chadar Trek ?

Frozen River Chadar trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 3850 mts/12628 ft, so the minimum age required is 15 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Frozen River Chadar Trek ?

Between June and October, the area receives maximum rainfall. As a result, the temperature drops to (-30) ° C.

How long we trek during Frozen River Chadar Trek ?

In a day, we intend to travel for 5-6 hours around lunch time, covering a distance of 8-10 km.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which beyond our control then an additional charge may apply which are of a hotel stay and food.

Can I take Diamox?

Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Different shoes are suitable for various types of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For warm and dry terrains, you can choose low-ankle hiking shoes. Trek boots are best for the rugged and cold condition. Trekking on the glaciers and extensive snow, on the other hand, will require trek boots with crampon-ready features. Any footwear brand that provides ankle support and comes with crampon-ready features are the best for trekking. Quechua Forlclaz 500 is good shoes with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

While trekking, we serve vegetarian food rich in protein, carbohydrates and highly nutritious. Sometimes, we surprise our trekkers with tasty treats like pakora, local food, etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates are definite?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

Trekking on high Himalayan altitudes is always a rewarding experience. However, it is important that you should keep your safety in mind. Emergencies, like illness, AMS, storms, missteps, landslides and even avalanches, are rare but can happen anytime during the trekking, so be prepared for any random goof-ups. To deal with any emergencies your guides, who are an expert mountaineers will be there for your rescue. Your tour guide will always carry a first aid kit to deal with any medical emergencies. In the case of some rescue operation, extra charges will be borne by the trekkers.

How to book the trek?

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure Dates 2019

17 Jan 2019 24 Jan 2019 01 Feb 2019

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