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Chadar Trek in Ladakh | Go Adventure

Saturday 12:00 PM - Ladakh · Raku Complex · leh

The Chadar Trek or the Zanskar Gorge is a winter trail in the Zanskar region of Ladakh, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Traditionally the only means of travel in the area during the harsh winter months, the trail has become popular with international adventure tourists. This is known as Chadar(blanket/sheet) Trek due to the formation of the thick blanket of the snow in the Zanskar region.

Its walls are near vertical cliffs up to 600 m high and the Zanskar River (a tributary of the Indus) is only 5 meters (16 ft) in places. The overall distance is approximately 105 kilometers (65 mi) – an average trekker walks 16 kilometers (10 mi) per day.

The best time to do the Chadar trek is January to February when the temperature during the winters drops sometimes to -30 to -35 degrees

Chadar trek starts from Chilling however with time the organizers tend to drive ahead to about 1 km away from the first camp at Tilad Sumdo (10,390 ft ). Over the next days, the trek moves to higher camps till Nerak (11,150 ft). This is the return point of the famous trek. There are other variations of the trek which go till Lingshed while a bigger version will take you to Padum over almost 14 days

Inclusions

Transport:

  • Airport transfers
  • Trek point transfers

Meals:

  • Breakfast and dinner at hotel in Leh
  • All meals on the trek (Freshly prepared vegetarian food)

Accommodation:

  • Three sharing homestays in Leh
  • Dome tents on the trek

Equipment:

  • Camping gear (dome tents, dining tent, toilet tent, mattress, sleeping bags, hot water bottle, etc)
  • Safety gear 
  • Rubber gum boots
  • Micro spikes

Medical Services

  • Onsite first aid
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Staff
  • Trained and experienced guide/trek leader
  • Kitchen and support staff
  • Porters/Mules

Permits

  • Trekking permits

Exclusions

  • Lunch during the stay in Leh
  • Transport for local sightseeing on day 1, 2 and 3
  • Personal porter
  • Medical check-up fee
  • Personal equipment such as walking sticks, raincoats, gloves, etc
  • International & Domestic flight fares, visa charges
  • Monument/monastery and Museum visit fees. 
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry. 
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc. 
  • The cost incurred in case of evacuation or any emergency 
  • Tips to porters, camping team, driver, guide, etc. 
  • The cost incurred due to change/extension in the itinerary due to roadblocks, bad weather condition, flight delays, vehicle breakdowns, etc
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Leh (3500m)

  • Arrival at Leh.
  • Meet us at Leh and check in to the hotel. The first day is kept for relaxation and recuperation.
  • The night will be spent at the hotel.

Day 2: Acclimatization Day

  • Early morning briefing session, equipment check 
  • Spend this day acclimatizing to the high altitude of Leh
  • Spend your time at leisure exploring Leh Market, Leh Palace, and Central Asian Museum
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 3: Medical Fitness Checkup + Last-minute shopping

  • After breakfast, we will go to the local SNM hospital for a medical fitness check-up. (It has been made mandatory by the local administration for every trekker going on Chadar trek without which one will not be allowed to join the trek)
  • You will be dropped back to the hotel or the market post getting the medical certificate. 
  • The second half of the day can be spent doing some last-minute shopping/exploring Leh town or resting.
  • Overnight at the hotel

Day 4: Drive from Leh to Shingra Yokma followed by trek from Shingra Yokma (3140m) to Gyalpo (3200m) 

  • Distance/Duration: 10 km / 3 hours
  • Early morning we will drive to Shingra Yokma via chilling.
  • It is a 65 km long drive. (2 to 3 hours)
  • This is the start of the Chadar trek.
  • Gyalpo is a 10-kilometer trek away from Tilad Do along the Zanskar River.
  • Spend the night in tents

Day 5: Trek from Gyalpo to Dibb Cave (3300m) 

  • Distance/Duration: 15 km/ 4 to 5 hours 
  • After an early breakfast, gear up for a long day.
  • The trek to Tibb Cave is 15 km long.
  • You will see many frozen waterfalls, one higher than the other.
  • Spend the night in tents at Tibb.

Day 6: Trek from Dibb Cave to Nyerak (3390m) 

  • Distance/Duration: 12.5 km / 4 hour
  • Gear up for a 12 and a half kilometer trek to Nyerak Village.
  • The long march along the river is as hard as it is fulfilling.
  • Tents will be set up by the river for the night.

Day 7: Trek from Nyerak to Dibb Cave  

  • Distance/Duration: 12.5 km / 4 hours
  • Get up early and enjoy the view as breakfast is prepared.
  • We will trek back to Tibb Cave (12 km)
  • Get there by early evening to set up camp.
  • Spend the night in tents by the river.

Day 8: Trek from Dibb Cave to Shingra Kongma 

  • Distance/Duration: 3 hours
  • Post breakfast, we’ll continue trekking back from the same route that we came from.
  • You would be a bit low on energy after trekking for 5 days so we will take it easy.
  • Once we reach Gyalpo, we’ll set up camp by a warm fire and get warm.
  • Spend the night in tents by the river.

Day 9: Trek from Shingra Kongma to Tilad Do and drive to Leh

  • This will be the final day of the magical Chadar Trek.
  • We will trek back to the starting point, Tilad Do via Shingra Koma.
  • We will reach there, early in the evening if all goes as planned.
  • A jeep will take us back to Leh, where you can sleep like a baby after this long, long journey.
  • Spend the night at a hotel in Leh.

Day 10: Departure From Leh

  • Departure from Leh.
  • You can celebrate the completion of the Chadar Trek. You can also rest assured that you will never forget the things you would have seen and learnt along the beautifully gritty journey.
Things to carry
  • Valid ID proof (Passport/Voter ID/Drivers Licence) 
  • 70 to 90-liter backpacks
  • Water-proof trekking shoes
  • Down feather jacket (a must)
  • Rain poncho or jacket/windcheater (a must!)
  • Thermal inner (both upper and lower) with one spare 
  • Woolen or fleece sweater/jacket
  • Full sleeve t-shirt (one spare)
  • Trekking pants preferably waterproof (one spare)
  • Woolen cap
  • Thick buff/balaclava or muffler to cover your mouth and nose
  • Thick gloves with inner
  • Woolen socks (3 pairs)
  • Cotten socks (4 pairs)
  • Spare undergarments(three pairs)
  • Sun goggles
  • Sunblock
  • Trekking pole
  • Wearable Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Water bottle, preferably wide-mouthed, with at least one-liter capacity
  • Warmer
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • Power bank 
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Raku Complex, Fort Road, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101

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