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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