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8 Days Chadhar trek

  • Whole Day Tour
  • Max People : 16
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 24’ - Dec 24'
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Pickup: Delhi International Airport

8 Days Chadhar Trek Over View:

Ladakh is the home to numerous natural wonders, but the most precious gift bestowed upon this magical land is the Chadar Trek. The trek is all about persistence & survival – of learning to survive in the harsh terrains at sub-zero temperatures, interacting with the locals & understanding their way of living, especially in one of the most inhabitable regions in the world, while you trek across a dramatic gorge with frozen waterfalls on the frozen trail of Zanskar spanned out like a “Chadar” it acts as a mirror for the sky!

The primal thrill of sleeping in caves, musing over blazing bonfires in freezing temperatures with most definitely the ever-present sense of danger, yet surviving it all – makes it the “Do before you die” journey!

Departure & Return Location

Delhi/Bagdugra Airport.

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Hotels and Accommodation

All Hotels are 3 star and as per the itinerary.

Trip Advisory for 8 Days Chadhar trek

  • Climatic conditions in high altitudes vary from the plains; takes adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • Pay heed to tour leaders or instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound experience.

  • Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the tour.

  • Avoid roaming during the night.

  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.

Price Includes

  • Trekking equipment including mattresses and tent Dome/Alpine trekking tents and kitchen tent with camping stool.
  • Professional English speaking Guide throughout the Trip
  • All meals and beverages during the tour
  • Medical kit
  • All meals as per the Itinerary
  • Cooks, trekking guide, porters and yaks
  • Services such as trekking permit, Sikkim royalty and other services
  • Guide and porter fares and taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Bills of Personal Nature
  • International airfare/Domestic
  • Himalayan toy train ride in Darjeeling, tips etc. 
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
  • Extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances such as landslide/strike/accidents/natural calamities, Ropeway

8 Days Chadhar Trek Highlight

  • Chances of spotting himalayan Ghost (Snow Leopard) Camp at sub zero temperature.
  • Expreiivce the excruciating cold of Ladkah during the trek.
  • Experience the excruciating cold of Ladakh during the trek.
  • Entrance Fees
Detail Tour Program for 8 Days Chadhar Trekking

Day 1Arrival at Leh Airport

Arrival at an altitude of 11,400ft. Overnight stay in a hotel/guest house on the outskirts of Leh city. Keep your woolen cap and gloves ready. As you fly over snow-covered Himalayan mountains, the inaccessibility of Ladakh by road in winters becomes evident. Upon landing in Leh, brace for the cold, crisp air, signaling a drastic temperature change. Leh is just awakening, with few shops open. The chill serves as a preview of Chadar river trek temperatures. Rest for acclimatization, stay hydrated, and spend the night in a guest house.

Day 2Leh to Zanskar River Trek

Keeping in mind the health problems that trekkers are facing (Acute Mountain Sickness), as per the new regulations applied by Ladakh Government Authorities, anyone doing the Zanskar river trek should be at least spending two days in Leh to get your body fully acclimatized to the weather conditions here.

Strict adherence to guidelines is crucial for every trekker undertaking the challenging journey. Spend your day exploring Leh market. Acclimatization to Leh’s cold temperatures is vital, especially as you progress to the frozen Zanskar river, where temperatures drop significantly. Avoid visiting higher altitudes and prioritize acclimatization. Before bedtime, ensure thorough checks of all essential items for a safe and successful trekking experience.


Day 3Leh to Shingra Koma via Chilling & Tilad do and Trek to Gyalpo

Begin your trek from 11,480 to 10,500ft, driving for 3-4 hrs, and trekking for 5 hrs/11 km to reach Shingra Koma. Enjoy a scenic drive, passing Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill, and the Zanskar-Indus confluence. After a 90-minute drive along the Zanskar River, start walking on the frozen river at Chilling. Walking in gumboots is challenging initially; learn to navigate various ice surfaces. Judge ice stability with a walking stick, keep a light backpack, and reach the first campsite, Gyalpo, nestled at a river bend with stunning peaks and rock faces. Experience camping in sub-zero temperatures. Overnight at Gyalpo.

Day 4Gyalpo to Tibb Cave

Trek from 10,500ft to 10,800ft, covering 12 km in 5-6 hours. Despite the challenging terrain, the altitude gain from Gyalpo to Tibb Cave is only 300ft. Start the day with a warm breakfast after a chilly night. En route to Tibb Cave, encounter mesmerizing frozen waterfalls with an air of mystery. Lunch by the emerald green Zanskar river, surrounded by distinctive rock patterns illuminated by the sun. The campsite near Tibb Cave, surrounded by dry sand, offers a serene setting for the night.

Day 5Tibb cave to Naerak camp

Trek from 10,800ft to 11,100ft, covering 13 km in 6-7 hours. The highlight of the day is reaching Naerak, the most anticipated campsite. The trail offers a glimpse of the iconic frozen waterfall, a natural marvel attracting trekkers worldwide. Enjoy a hot lunch en route to Naerak, the coldest campsite with temperatures plummeting to -30 degrees at night. Ensure proper layering for warmth. Reaching the waterfall early allows time to explore the village of Naerak. Camp at a short distance from the frozen waterfall for an unforgettable overnight experience at Naerak.

Day 6Naerak to Tibb Cave

Trek from 11,100ft to 10,800ft, covering 13 km in 5-6 hours. Begin the return journey after breakfast, heading back to Tibb Cave. Contrary to the perception that the return is easier, the ever-changing Zanskar River challenges this notion. The Chadar transforms with temperature variations, presenting a completely new landscape, almost unrecognizable from the outbound journey. Witness locals, including monks and students, navigating the Chadar with traditional woolen Gonchas, showcasing their resilience to sub-zero temperatures. Marvel at their adaptation and warm smiles in the face of adversity. Overnight at camps in Tibb Cave.

Day 7Tibb Cave to Shingra Yokma via Gyalpo, Drive back to Leh

Trek from 10,800ft to 10,300ft, covering 18 km in 7-8 hours. Drive to 11,400ft. Start from Tibb, trek up to Gyalpo, and proceed to Shingra Yokma. The towering mountain walls resemble castle walls along the river. Observe fresh trails and footprints, possibly belonging to Foxes, Ibex, or Snow leopards. While spotting a Snow Leopard is rare, the feeling of being watched by one persists. Retrace your steps for a final view of the majestic Chadar before bidding farewell. Share your experience with fellow trekkers embarking on their journey. Reach Leh by approximately 6:30 PM. Consider booking your return flight on the 9th day. Enjoy a night in a warm guest-house for a comfortable overnight stay in Leh.

Day 8Departure

Your 8 days Chadhar trek ends here today with our guide seeing you off from the airport.

8 Days Chadhar Trek Map
FAQ About 8 Days Chadhar Trek

What is the Chadhar Trek, and how long does it take?

The Chadar Trek is an adventurous winter trek on the frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh, India. Typically, the trek spans 8 days, offering a unique and challenging experience.

When is the best time to undertake the Chadhar Trek?

The trek is usually undertaken during the winter months, from January to February, when the Zanskar River is frozen and forms a thick ice sheet.

How difficult is the Chadhar Trek?

The Chadhar Trek is considered challenging due to the extreme cold, icy conditions, and varying terrain. Trekkers should be physically fit and mentally prepared for the challenges.

What is the maximum altitude reached during the Chadhar Trek?

The trek reaches high altitudes, with the maximum point being around 3,600 meters (11,811 feet) above sea level.

Are permits required for the Chadhar Trek?

Yes, permits are required for the trek. These permits are usually arranged by trekking agencies and cover the necessary documentation.

What is the accommodation like during the Chadhar Trek?

Accommodation during the trek includes camping in tents on the frozen river. Participants should be prepared for basic facilities and extreme cold conditions.

Is a guide necessary for the Chadhar Trek?

Yes, having an experienced guide is highly recommended for the Chadhar Trek. They provide essential navigation, safety, and support in the challenging environment.

What type of clothing and equipment are essential for the Chadhar Trek?

Participants need to bring warm and layered clothing suitable for extreme cold conditions. Other essentials include a good quality sleeping bag, trekking boots, and necessary equipment for survival on icy terrains.

Are there age restrictions for the Chadhar Trek?

While there may not be strict age restrictions, participants should be in excellent physical health and able to withstand the challenges of the trek. Consult with trekking agencies for specific fitness requirements.

Can the Chadhar Trek be customized or combined with other adventures?

Depending on the trekking agency, customization options may be available. Some agencies may offer combined packages with other winter adventures in Ladakh.

Are there emergency services available during the Chadhar Trek?

Trekking agencies usually have emergency protocols in place, including first aid and evacuation plans. It’s crucial for participants to have travel insurance covering such activities.

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