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8 Days Chadhar trek

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  • Whole Day Tour
  • Max People : 16
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 23’ - Dec 23'
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Pickup: Delhi International Airport

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!

Chadhar Trek Highlight:

  • Chances of spotting himalayan Ghost (Snow Leopard)
  • Expreiivce the excruciating cold of Ladkah during the trek.
  • Camp at sub zero temperature.

Departure & Return Location

Delhi/Bagdugra Airport.

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Bedroom

4 Bedrooms

Trip Advisory

  • 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

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
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Detail Tour Program for Goecha La Pass Trekking

Day 1Arrival at Leh Airport

  • Altitude 11,400 ft.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel/guest house in the outskirts of Leh city.
  • Keep your woolen cap and gloves handy.
  • You will be flying over long stretches of snow-covered Himalayan mountains, which will make it evident why it’s impossible to reach Ladakh on road in the winters. The moment you land in Leh, cold and crisp air will greet you, and you will experience a drastic change in the temperature. Leh has just begun to wake up from its sleep with only a few shops open.
  • The chill in the air will serve only as a preview of the temperatures during the Chadar river trek. Be sure to take enough rest to acclimatize to the weather here and remember to drink enough water and keep yourself hydrated, The night is spent in a guest house.

Day 2

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.

  • It is irrevocable and it is important that it is strictly followed by every trekker. You can spend the day shopping at the Leh market.
  • It is very important that you get used to the cold temperature in Leh because the temperature will only tend to fall as you start walking on the frozen Zanskar river, where the temperatures reach way below zero even in the daytime. It is advisable that you avoid visiting places that are at a higher altitude.
  • It is also advised that you check and crosscheck all the essentials before going to bed.

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

  • 11,480 to 10,500ft
  • Drive 3-4 hrs, trek 5 hrs/11 km
  • On this day, you will be heading to the starting point of the, which is Shingra Koma.
  • One of the most scenic drives in the entire region of Ladakh, you will get to see many top spots like Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill, and the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus. a drive of about 90 minutes along the Zanskar River will bring you to Chilling.
  • The car will drop you where the road end and this is where you start walking on Zanskar. Walking with your gumboots on will definitely be a challenge in the initial stage. Getting the hang of patterns of ice formation will take some time.
  • You will have to judge the fragile surfaces from the strong ones as there are a number of different kinds of surfaces on the Chadar trek, but once you start walking you will know more about it.
  • Planting your foot will be important in most cases, you can check for the ice for its steadiness with your walking stick before stepping on it.
  • Make sure your backpack is light and small so you can manage and use the weight on your own effectively.
  • The trek for the day will take you to the first campsite of the journey, Gyalpo, situated at the river bend, covered by High peaks and amazing rock faces.
  • This will be your first experience of camping under sub-zero temperatures.
  • Overnight at Gyalpo

Day 4Gyalpo to Tibb Cave

  • 10,500ft to 10,800 ft
  • Trek 12 km/ 5 to 6 hours
  • Chadar is not a trek where altitude keeps on the rise at a fast pace. As you trek for 5 to 6 hours, you will only gain an altitude of 300ft from Gyalpo to Tibb Cave. Wake up from a chilling night and enjoy a warm breakfast.
  • As you head to the next campsite at Tibb Cave, you will come across some of the most beautiful frozen waterfalls. These waterfalls have a mystery revolving around their origin or source but are nonetheless breathtaking.
  • With the Zanskar flowing right beside you with its emerald green waters, you will stop midway to Tibb Cave for Lunch.
  • As you move ahead, you will come across various rock patterns which will shine distinctively as the rays of the sun fall on them.
  • The campsite for the day will be near Tibb Cave which is surrounded by dry sand.

Day 5Tibb cave to Naerak camp

  • 10,800 to 11,100 ft
  • Trek 13 km/ 6 to 7 hours
  • The campsite for the day is the most awaited one, as you will be going to Naerak today, after breakfast. The 13 km long trail will bring you the chance of seeing the most scenic landmark of the Chadar river trek, which is the frozen waterfall. This frozen waterfall is a natural masterpiece in itself and attracts trekkers and adventurers from across the globe.
  • Hot lunch will be served on your way to Naerak.
  • Naerak will be the coldest of all the campsites on the trek where the temperature goes down to as low as -30 degrees during the night. It will be important that you wear proper clothing and in layers to stay safe from the biting cold.
  • Reaching the waterfall on time would mean that you will have plenty of time to pay the village of Naerak a visit as well.
  • You will be camping at a distance of 15-20 minutes from the frozen waterfall.
  • Overnight at Naerak camp.

Day 6Naerak to Tibb Cave

  • 11,100 to 10,800 ft
  • Trek 13 km/ 5 to 6 hours
  • After breakfast today, you will start the return journey and go back to the Tibb cave.
  • If you have the notion that going back is the easier part of the journey, the Chadar will force your mind to think again. The Zanskar River reacts to the slightest change of temperature, and constantly keeps repackaging itself. The Chadar would have assumed a completely new form, and will it will almost be impossible to say whether you have been here before.
  • On your way back to Tibb cave, you will be seeing a lot of locals negotiating the Chadar wearing the traditional woolen Gonchas, where some of them are monks coming back to Leh from the monastery at Lingshed, while others are young students going back to schools in Leh after their vacations, accompanied by their parents. To see this sight is warming enough. You will be in awe of the way these people have adapted to the temperatures below zero and still smile
  • Overnight at camps in Tibb cave.

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

  • 10,800ft to 10,300 ft and drive to 11,400 ft.
  • Trek 18 km/ 7 to 8 hours
  • Starting from Tibb, go up to Gyalpo, and then trek on to reach Shingra Yokma today.
  • The high walls of mountains rising from the sides of the river almost look like castle walls.
  • You will be noticing a lot of fresh trails and footprints all along the Chadar river trek, belonging to Foxes, Ibex, or Snow leopards.
  • Although you would be lucky to spot a Snow Leopard; but you can almost be sure that you are being watched by one all the time.
  • Retracing the steps we took, this will be the last chance to look at the majestic and mesmerizing Chadar, which you will miss for sure. Trekkers along the way, who are about to start their trek will for sure ask you the experience. It will be amazing to play a guide to these people and to talk to someone about the experience while it is still fresh in your head.
  • You will reach Leh approximately by 6:30 in the evening. It is recommended that you book your return flight on the 9th day instead of the 8th day.
  • Tonight you get to sleep in a warm guest-house.
  • Overnight in Leh.

Day 8Departure

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

Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary Trek Map
FAQ

How do I get to Shingba rhododendron sanctuary?

The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is situated near Lachung in the Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim. It takes nearly 7 hours drive to reach the sanctuary from Gangtok. You can also hire a taxi from Yumthang to Gangtok. Another perfect way to explore this place is by trekking from the Yumthang Valley.

What creatures are found in Shingba rhododendron sanctuary?

The Shingba sanctuary provides shelter to a large variety of animal populations like Tigers, Common Hill Partridges, Gorals, Blood Pheasant, Serows, and many more. The endangered Spotted Linsang or Tiger-Civet has also been reported from this sanctuary.

Which rhododendron species is found in Sikkim?

Rhododendron niveum is the state tree of the Indian state of Sikkim.
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