Area : Ladakh Himalaya
Duration : 13 Days (4 days travel/9 days trekking)
Best Season : Mid Jan - Mid Feb
Altitude : 3850 mts/12628 ft
Total Trekking : 80 K.M
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Reach Nyarakpulu below the Nyarak village from Deepyokma by walking for about 4 to 5 hours. Have the night stay at the camp.
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.
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.
On a ninth day, trekkers will trek till Nyarakpulu. Dinner and overnight stay in Nyarakpulu guest house.
Take a walk of around 5 hours from Nyarakpulu to the campsite at Tso Mopoaldar.
Early morning, after breakfast, embark on a trek till Tilatdo. Overnight stay and dinner in Tilatdo.
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.
The charm and allurement of the Zanskar river trekking end here as trekkers go ahead with an onward journey to Delhi.
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You should book frozen river trek two months in advance for the trek so that there is ample preparation time.
There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.
Total weight of the backpack should not exceed 12 kg. You should carry all those things, listed in the itinerary given by TMI.
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.
From start till the end, every turn of the trek will be lead by experienced guides, who are also expert mountaineers.
2-8 people, including both men and women
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.
Between June and October, the area receives maximum rainfall. As a result, the temperature drops to (-30) ° C.
In a day, we intend to travel for 5-6 hours around lunch time, covering a distance of 8-10 km.
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.
Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.
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.
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