GUTS N GLORY - CHADAR TREK 2019
“CHADAR” as it is famously called is nothing but the Zanskar river transforming itself from a rapid river to a white blanket of ice during winter! A frozen spectacle, The Chadar comprises of glass ice ranging from a bluish tinge to golden yellow that is seen during the few hours that sunlight reaches directly into the gorge to the milky whitish on a moonlit night – as said a trek journey like no other!
Join Canvas N Chrome as we take you skating & sliding on the frozen & slippery Zanskar River for an experience of a lifetime!
10 days / 9 nights
Day 1: Fly in to Leh & Report to Guest House
Arrive by flight and report at Leh. Rest of the day free for acclimatization. Stay over night at the hotel.
Tip: The Acclimatization day helps one get used to the cold & dry weather of Ladakh. We would recommend our Guests to arrive a day Prior to get acclimatized to the weather & altitude.
Day 2: Use this day to get the mandatory check-ups for the trek at the approved hospital and to shop for any items that may have been missed out.
Day 3: Collect the fitness certificates from the hospital, walk around the market and use the day to pack for the trek.
Day 4: Chilling to Tsomo Paldar
Drive from Leh to Chilling and Tilat Sumdo. Today in the morning drive with small brief halt at the magnificent confluence of River Zanskar and Indus and then again a drive to the Chilling, one of the most famous villages in Ladakh, known for craftsmanship, especially the metal works. Touching the Chadar first time, we start the trek along the magnificent frozen river Zanskar till Tilat Sumdo and onwards to Tsomo Paldar. Also learn the fun way to adjust yourself to Ladakhi Shuffle walk style on the frozen slippery ice of River Zanskar. Hearing the different sounds of Chadar forming and breaking, you will soon get familiar where the Chadar or the ice cover is thick and thin. With a early lunch break in between, we would soon reach the majestic Tsomo Paldar.
Overnight in cave/camp/tent.
Day 5: Tsomo Paldar to Dibb
Trek from Tsomo Paldar to Dibb – 8 hours. 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. Lunch in between on a flat rocky hill side by the river.
Day 6: Dibb to Nyerak Pullu
Trek from Dibb to Nyerak Pullu – 7 hrs. Again one of the magnificent days on the Chadar trek. However, the caution being that this can become a 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. Nyerak village is located high above. Beyond the bridge that links Nyerak village with Lingshed, small huts mark the summer grazing shelters of the villagers.
Day 7: Neyrak Pullu to 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.
Day 8: Dibb to Shingra Koma
The ever changing topography of the Chadar makes the trek to Shingra Koma interesting as well as challenging. The trek on this day allows one to take in the beautiful landscape that one might have missed during the beginning of the trek.
Day 9: Shingra Koma to Tilat Sumdo & onwards to Leh
Trek to Chilling and enjoy the Chadar for one last day before heading back to Chilling for the drive back to Leh.
Day 10: Check out & Fly out of Leh
Check out of Hotel & Head for Leh Airport for Flight back home..
Check out this blog by Sukrit Nagraj on our Chadar trek last year : https://thetravellermindset.com/2016/02/24/walking-the-chadar-trail/
And Check out this video by Yash Doshi who did the trek with us last year : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSxbSWwgj7c
Direct flights to Leh are available only from Delhi and the same usually take off very early in the morning. Guests flying to Leh will need to fly in to Delhi on the previous night and take the early morning DEL-IXL flight.
** We strive to provide the best of services & adhere to the planned tour program, However the Program can be subject to change **
Standard administrative charge of 10% of the cost of the trip
Between 60 - 45 days: 45% of the Trip Cost
Between 44 - 30 days: 65% of the Trip Cost
Between 29 - 15 days: 85% of the Trip Cost
Less than 15 days from date of departure: 100% of the Trip Cost
Mesmerizing view of Karakoram Range from the Delhi – Leh – Delhi Flight
Walk/Skate/Slide on the Frozen Zanskar river
Camping in Caves/Cavern by the Frozen Zanskar
Experience Temperature in Minus (-20°C) & Live to tell the tale
Batch 1 : Jan 4-13, '19
Batch 2 : Jan 11-20, '19
Batch 3 : Jan 18-27, '19
Batch 4 : Jan 25-Feb 3, '19
Twin-sharing Cost: Rs. 25,500 / person
Group Size : 10 Explorers (Minimum) 20 Explorers (Maximum)
This will be an escorted trip subject to minimum number of 10 registrations
*** This itinerary is available for un-escorted trips as well. Please get in touch for details.
Accommodation in Leh for 4 Nights on Twin Sharing with Breakfast.
Accommodation during Trek in Alpine Tents along with Sleeping bag
All meals during the trek duration are included and would be simple, nourishing, & vegetarian.
Services of Experienced guide, cook, & porters during trek
Basic Medical kit
Trekking/Walking Poles & Sleeping Bag Liner can be provided on rent for the trek
All entry fees & permits
Cost for Airfare, Train fare, Insurance Premiums
Cost of any Individual Airport / Railway station transfer
Environment tax that has been newly introduced in 2017. The same will be payable at actuals on the spot at prevalent rate. (Last year this was approximately Rs. 2,500 / person)
Porter to carry rucksack during Chadar Trek (Can be hired for the entire trek @ Rs.3800/- for one backpack of 6 Kg)
Down/Feather Jacket (Can be hired @ Rs.750/- for entire trek duration)
Cost of green tax, environment surcharge (if any), etc.
GST at prevalent rate
* * * Special Note:- In case of ill health or any other reason, if any participant has to turn back to Leh, the cost of heading back to Leh (Travel + Porter) along with the Cost of stay in Leh has to be borne by the Participant himself/herself.
Any Increase in the Hotel tariff charges. Difference in cost arising due to change in Taxes by the Government which will have to be collected directly ON ARRIVAL.
Cost for supplementary service, optional Tours, Up-gradation Charges, and camera charges.
Cost for service provided on a personal request.
Bottled Water, Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Room Service, incidentals, porter charges Or any other expense of personal nature
Cost for any other service not mentioned in the 'cost inclusions' above
Difference in cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.
Extra cost incurred due to an illness, accident, hospitalization or any Individual unforeseen cost incurring incidence.
Personal / accident insurance.
Anything other than that mentioned in the inclusions above
For any queries, please get in touch with us on:
Rohit Nayak: (+91) - 961 901 7717
or send us a msg via the contact us box at the end of the page.
To register for the trip, please download the registration form here , fill it, save a copy and mail it to us on the above email.