Brief Description

Chadar Trek in Ladakh is like no other trek in the Himalayas. Walking on a frozen thick glass like river, with dramatic mountains on both sides, is an experience of a lifetime. At only 11150 ft altitude Chadar Trek almost feels like an expedition to the North Pole, where the temperatures drop down to -30 degrees at night, the ration is transported on sledges, you find refuge in caves and life blossoms on survival instincts, making it an eminently ‘do before you die’ trip. The Chadar trek allows you to get to know the Zankari culture up close through the locals you meet on the trek and experience their hospitality. One of the highlights of the Zanskar frozen river trek is the most magnificent waterfall frozen completely from top to bottom called Nerak waterfall. The best time for Chadar trek is from mid-January to mid-February, that is when the Zanskar river freezes and you get to walk on massive slabs of ice spreading for miles and miles. The landscapes and overall experience will leave their imprints on your hearts forever. When it comes to trekking In India, Chadar is the most glamorous trek. From 2019 onwards, the local administration has made it mandatory for every Chadar Trek participant to undergo a medical examination at SNM Hospital, Leh post which a fitness certificate would be granted. We would provide more information closer to the departure date on this aspect. Continue reading here for all important information like - Chadar Trek Temperature, Route Map, Itinerary, Photos, and Videos. We have some essential blogs linked at the end to help you prepare for Chadar - The best trek in India.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped the region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice axe, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Arrive in Leh ( 9,800 FT, 0 Kms Trek)
2 Day 2
Rest & Acclimatization in Leh
3 Day 3
Medical Checkup in Leh
4 Day 4
Leh to Shingra Koma via Bakula (10,550 FT, 70 Kms drive to Bakula, 2-3 hrs trek to Shingra Koma)
5 Day 5
Shingra Koma to Tibb (10,760 FT, 14 Kms)
6 Day 6
Tibb to Nerak (11,150 FT, 12 KMs trek)
7 Day 7
Nerak to Tibb (10,760 FT, 12 Kms trek)
8 Day 8
Tibb to Bakula (10,550 FT, 12.5 KMs trek). Drive to Leh.
9 Day 9
Departure From Leh

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Chadar Trek is a winter trek walking over the blanket of frozen Zanskar River. The 9-day Zanskar frozen river trek goes through extreme weather conditions with snow all around. Walking over ice can be tricky due to the uneven formation of ice. There may be places where there is no ice sheet formed. There you will have to forge a new trail trekking over snow embankments. The temperature in night falls down to - 30degree Celsius sometimes. The conditions are harsh but not unbearable. The experience is unique in itself as no other trek can claim to have such conditions. Anyone wanting to experience extreme weather conditions along with rarest of views should do Chadar trek in Ladakh.

Eligibility: Experience required

  • Should have at least 7-10 Himalayan trekking days in your kitty.
  • For the trek’s achieving more than 3500 m at least, one should have an experience of trekking at altitudes higher than 2500 meters.
  • One should have done at least one Moderate Plus Category trek.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

  • How to walk on snow
  • How to use basic mountaineering equipment like gaiters & micro spikes
  • Basic principles of acclimatization

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  2. Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  3. 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  4. Push Ups – 10
  5. Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets

If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Packing List: What to pack

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Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The trek begins from Leh in Ladakh. The best travel option around Leh is by air.
By air: Jet Airways, GoAir, and Air India provide daily flights from New Delhi to Leh. It is recommended that you make your flight bookings well in advance not only to save on the price but also for a confirmed seat. You can also take an alternate flight route to Srinagar. Fly to Srinagar from Delhi and then drive to Leh from Srinagar. The 10 hour road journey from Srinagar to Leh can be covered by hiring a shared taxi which will cost you around INR 3000-4000. The drive route from Srinagar to Leh is scenic. For coming back, you can either take a direct flight from Leh to New Delhi. Or take the same route via Srinagar. Flights from Srinagar to Delhi are cheaper than Leh-Delhi.
By road: You can take the route from Manali to Leh. Travel from Delhi to Manali by a HRTC Volvo bus. From Manali get a seat in a shared taxi (INR 2500-3500). If you are on a tight budget, There is also a bus from New Delhi to Leh (via Manali) with one side fare of INR 1365. The bus journey begins at 2:30 pm from Delhi ISBT reaching Keylong next day at 1:30 pm. After an overnight halt at Keylong, it reaches Leh the next day. The another route to Leh can be taken through Srinagar. There are shared taxis from Srinagar to Leh available at cost of INR 3000-4000. If you are an ardent biker, you wouldn’t mind taking a bike trip from Delhi to Leh and back.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

There are so many enchanting places to visit in Leh-Ladakh. During your acclimatization period, you can roam around the town and visit the monasteries; Diskit Gompa, and Lamayuru Monastery. Drive up to the Magnetic Hill and experience the crazy magnetic phenomenon on the hill. The picturesque Nubra Valley will take your breath away. The green oasis villages, the monasteries, the ruined palaces- Turtuk and Bordang; there is a whole different culture in this place. It is 150 km away from Leh. you can take a shared taxi to this route. How can you leave Ladakh without seeing Pangong Lake, the sapphire blue lake. You can also visit Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Leh Royal Palace.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

BSNL has the best connectivity in Leh-Ladakh region followed by Airtel. However, you won’t receive any connectivity once you move further on the trek.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

Chadar Trek best time is from first- the second week of January to the Second - Third Week of February.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Chadar Trek - Ladakh

Chadar - The frozen river trek is one of the most glamorous treks in the country. This trek finds it's place on every trekker's bucket list. You literally Walk on a thin sheet of ice. Bearing extreme temperatures is the toughest part of Chadar trek. Along with the beautiful trail, the trekker especially enjoy the breathtaking views of the frozen Nerak Falls.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

At Leh, trekkers stay at a guest house. During the rest of the trek, camping is done on the trail.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

The temperatures on this trek are extreme. During nights they drop as low as -30 degree Celcius.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

Yes, there will be snow on the trek.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

Yes, you can offload your backpack. Weight limit for each bag is 12 kg.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A trek leader will be assigned to your batch nearing the date of the trek.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

No, trekking poles are not necessary.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Only limited shops are open during winters in Leh. Therefore, you will be able to purchase only basic items like gumboots, gloves etc.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for a solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is completely safe.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, you will get certificates on completion of the trek.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We use four season tents for Chadar Trek. The sleeping bags we use are rated from -15 to -20 degree celcius.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

There are no built up toilets on the trail. We comply with the rules and regulations given by the local authorities.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

We provide gaiters and microspikes. But you must get your own goggles for the trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

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Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

We will reach the hotel in Leh by the afternoon.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the expedition?

Boarding Pass, Id Proof and Medical Certificate. The medical certificate will be issued on the basis on your boarding pass.

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Written
How's the Josh??? High sir!

How's the Josh??? High sir!

5.00
Forever grateful to Bikat for organizing the best, the most comfortable Chadar trek.
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Great experience on Chadar Trek '19

Great experience on Chadar Trek '19

5.00
I completed the Chadar Trek in Jan 2019 with Bikat. The overall experience was something which completely exceeded my expectations, and this trek will always hold a special place in my heart. Firstly, the trek leader Mr. Somnath (Somu Sir) was so friendly and approachable while being such an experienced and professional trekker. All the trek leaders from Bikat who came to brief us - Somnath, Gautam, Vikas were extremely experienced and prepared us so well for the trek - they even checked our jackets and other gear a day in advance so we can buy stuff from the Leh market if they weren't good enough! Despite Chadar being such an unpredictable trek due to the weather conditions, the way our trek leaders prepared us, I felt so comfortable, I was hardly afraid. This was reflected even during the trek - we faced an unfortunate circumstance where the Chadar broke and we had to stay back in the camps for another night (this was going to be the last day of the trek). The trek leaders and our extremely experienced local guide Chumdan bhai (forgive the spelling) handled the situation so well and ensured we finished the trek safely. Since we were a day late, the authorities from Bikat contacted our emergency contact and informed them about the situation while reassuring them that we were in safe hands. I couldn't be more grateful to them for the way this situation was handled given how scared our parents can get. And of course, the food was cooked and served to us by the local Zanskari people who were the porters as well. I would have never imagined having eaten so much and so well on the Chadar trek - the food was so delicious! The local porters were so friendly and worked so hard for us, they truly were the backbone of the trek. Coming to fun and games, Somu sir was so jovial and friendly, there was hardly a dull moment. I'll never forget the messages we would give each other after a day-long walk on the Chadar!
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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Camping during the trek and hotel stay in- Leh on Day 1, Day 2 and Day 8
  • Meals during the trek starting lunch on Day 3 till lunch on Day 8
  • Trek equipment includes Dome Tents (twin sharing), Siachen sleeping bags, mattress
  • Helmet, Gaiters, Harness & Carabiners as required
  • Experienced & mountaineering certified trek Leader with first aid certification.
  • Services of Guide, Cook and Support team
  • Transport from leh to Road head and return

What's not Included

  • Meals in Leh
  • Any expenses incurred on medical examination in Leh
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Portage of personal luggage
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head price Includes
  • Altoa & Environmental Fee

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund
  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date - 5% deduction
  • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure - 50% deduction
  • Less than 15 days of departure - No Cash Refund
Voucher Refund
  • Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date - No deduction
  • Cencellations within 5 days prior to departure - No Refund
*Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
*Please note that this is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy

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