The “Chadar Trek” is one of the biggest adventures on the face of earth. . Alongwith being an adventurous trek, it also deep-dives into the culture of the remote Zanskaris. The remoteness of the region, timing of the trek and harsh climatic conditions make it one of the toughest treks on earth.
Hotel DetailsHotel options available in the package
|Destination||Nights||Hotel and Room||Meals|
|Leh||8 night(s)||Stay in camps/tents||Room only|
* Prices mentioned are for per person on twin sharing basis (minimum 2 people staying together)
Day Wise Itinerary
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrive In Leh.
RLT welcomes you at Leh Airport. As soon as your flight lands in Leh, you will feel the drastic drop in temperature, a gentle preview to the sheer cold during the trek. Taking a stroll through the Leh market, you will find that very few shops and eateries in the town are open for business; but if required, some last minute-shopping for the trek can be done. Overnight in Leh.
Day 2: Leh – Chilling – Tilat Sumdo
The day starts with a thrilling drive to Chilling along the Indus River. Arrive at Nimmoo (Confluence of Indus & Zanskar rivers) for a short photography stop. Continue along the snow-covered road, negotiating several hair-pin bends as you reach Chilling. To reach the camp site, you take the first steps on the Chadar, from where you reach camp within 1-2 hours. Overnight in camps at Tilat Sumdo.
Day 3: Tilat Sumdo – Tsomo Paldar (9kms/6hrs Trek)
Wake up around 7am, freshen up & after breakfast you are ready for a day full of frozen ice river trek by 9am. As you get familiar with the different sounds of Chadar forming and breaking, you will soon start to understand where the Chadar or the ice cover is thick and thin. Lunch is in between the trek, where we all stop where sunlight is abundant though duration is much less as the river flows through a gorge and direct sunlight time is limited. Witness the majestic frozen waterfall as we trek towards the designated camping site for the day. Overnight at camp
Day 4: Tsomo Paldar – Dibb (14.5km/8hrs Trek)
- After breakfast, we head for another day expedition on ice among some of the most fantastic landscapes and ice vistas.
- Though today is the longest day of the trek, we pass through some magnificent beautiful waterfalls and frozen ice cliffs on the left - it is like walking through a giant freezer! The walk also crosses through narrow gorges, where the trekker may have to climb briefly on to the rocky river bank. The sharp bends and current of the river breaks the ice in some places. We might even catch sight of bharals or blue sheep as we trek along the frozen river. Lunch in between on a flat rocky hill side by the river. Overnight at camp
Day 5: Trek From Dibb To Nyerak Pullu(11.5kms/7hrs)
- Again one of the magnificent days on the Chadar trek. However, the caution being that this can become difficult if the Chadar is not very firm. The vistas are stunning though as we pass through giant frozen waterfalls, ice cliffs and one may even catch sight of the mountain fox.
- After lunch we pass the 'incense tree', so called because the locals use its branches to burn in their morning rituals, and the prayer flag draped tree marks the entrance to Zanskar proper. The porters will normally take a few twigs from the tree. We reach Naerak campsite by late afternoon. An old, dilapidated bridge on the river as folklore goes is thought to be more than an 1000 years old. A trail is normally beaten through in the snow towards the village up high in the mountains. Overnight at camp.
Day 6: Return Trek: Naerak – Dibb
Though technically it is the same way back, it is also quite different. The Chadar or the blanket of ice that is forming on the River Zanskar is always changing, breaking up and forming itself again. As the Chadar dynamics are ever changing, the same route and place would look and feel different as the texture and conditions change. All along the way, cyclists will pass by and meet a lot of locals wearing their traditional woolen Gonchas, trekking their way towards the village of Padum, Lingshed and Naerak. Pleasantries are exchanged and even a few stories and legend about Zanskar and its people can be heard. Their warmth and smile is amazing among all the hardships. Overnight at camp.
Day 7: Dibb - Shingra
Starting from Tibb, go up to Shingra today. The high walls of mountains rising from the sides of the river almost look like castle walls. You can see several trails of pug-marks all along the trek – footprints belonging to foxes, ibex or snow-leopards
Day 8: Shingra To Tilad Sumdo
This is the last day of treading on the Chadar – the last chance to immerse in the pristine beauty of the frozen river. Once you reach Tilad Do, it is time to say good-bye to the Zanskar and the Zanskaries.
Day 9: Depart From Leh
You depart from Leh having a newfound respect for the Zanskaries who brave all odds. You bid farewel to RLT team and new found friends on trek as you board the flight with cherished memories of Chadar Trek.
- The package once booked is refundable and cancellable.
- Flight cancellation will be as per airline cancellation policy.
- Date of booking to 30 days before travel the cancellation charges will be 10% of the tour cost
- 30 to 15 days before travel - cancellation charges will be 50% of the tour cost
- 15 to 7 days before travel - cancellation charges will be 75% of the tour cost
- 0 to 7 days before travel - cancellation charges will be 100% of the tour cost. No refund shall be given
- Please note cancellation policy is subject to change. It depends on the hotel policy. In peak season, some hotels may charge 100% cancellation.
- Check-in at hotel starts from 14:00 hrs.
- Check-out time is until 12:00 hrs.
- Early check-in or late check-out is subject to availability and may be chargeable by the hotel.
- Once your payment has been processed, we will send you an email confirmation.
- You will receive all travel vouchers required for your flights and accommodation shortly afterwards.