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“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!




Detailed Itinerary:


10 days / 9 nights


Day 1: Report to GH in Leh & Rest


Arrive in Leh and proceed to our simple GH. Use the Day to just rest and acclimatize.

Complete the paperwork and keep it ready for ALTOA Permits + Wildlife Fees + Insurance


Documents required:- 


1. ID Proof photocopy (Original + 2nos Photocopy)

2. Address Proof Photocopy (Same as Above)

3. Medical/Fitness Certificate from Family Doctor for High Altitude Trek (Same as Above)

4. 2 Photographs 

5. Original Boarding Pass (DEL - IXL)



Day 2: Market & Shopping Day


Use this day to head to the market to shop for items like Gum Boots, Wool Headgear etc . 

Half Day Sightseeing around Leh town can be arranged at an extra cost or one can flag down a local taxi and take off on a short excursion.



Day 3: Medical Test & Paperwork day


Head for medical check in the morning - one can only get a Go Ahead for the trek if cleared by the Local Doctors.


Parameters Checked:-

1. Height + Weight + Pulse

2. Blood Pressure (Up to 130/85)

3. Blood Oxygen Concentration using Finger tip pulse Oxymeter (Needs to be over 90%)

4. Breathing for any abnormality using stethoscope


Finish Medical test & insurance formalities by Lunch time & proceed back to GH to rest and pack for the trek


Important Notes:-


1. Standard procedure is to report 3 days prior to the start of the trek - we highly recommend coming in at least 4/5 days early so that acclimatization can be proper and we can also rule out the probability of any altitude related medical issue within first 4/5 days

2. Stay arrangements for the early arrivals can be made in the same GH at an extra cost

3. Extra stay also permits one to test gear and make last minute purchases if necessary



Day 4:- Trek Day 1 - Leh to Upper Shingra


Load luggage & take the 3/4hr road journey to the trekking start point. 

Our first walk on the Frozen river starts on this day. Enjoy the landscapes & the first time experience of walking on slippery ice.

Hike on the Chadar - Approx 3km & 3/4hrs

Accommodation:- Tent + Mat + Sleeping Bag

Note:- Lunch on this day would be late



Day 5:- Trek Day 2 - Upper Shingra to Tibb Cave


Start post breakfast and embark on the exciting journey towards Tibb Cave - Stop to listen to the interesting local folklore and myths associated with different locations on today's hike by our Affable Zanskari Guide 'Tsultim Gyatso'.

Enjoy the sight of multiple frozen waterfalls along the route as you amble + slide along to our destination for the day


Hike on the Chadar - Approx 13km & 6 to 8hrs

Accommodation:- Tent + Mat + Sleeping Bag

Note:- Hot Lunch would be served enroute 



Day 6:- Trek Day 3 - Tibb Cave to Neyrak village


Start early from Tibb cave for an adventurous hike along one of the most fragile parts of the Chadar - Stop & listen to more stories and fun facts about this section of the Chadar.

Enjoy time at the Frozen Waterfall that is always the Highlight picture of the trek to hearts content before proceeding ahead to the village.


Hike on the Chadar - Approx 12km & 6 to 8hrs

Accommodation:- Tent + Mat + Sleeping Bag (In case mud house is not available)


1. Hot Lunch would be served enroute

2. We will try for accommodation in local mud house with a central wood fired bukhari (Heating) - Availability of the mud house is on first come first served basis - This will be complimentary from CNC.



Day 7:- Trek Day 4 - Neyrak to Tibb Cave/Tsomo 


Wake up to an early breakfast & proceed towards the Frozen Waterfall again for one last look. Amble back towards Tibb Cave or Tsomo which is a little ahead of Tibb cave and take in the ever changing nature of the Chadar - the route we took the previous day may have changed overnight!


Hike on the Chadar - Approx 12 to 17km & 6 to 8hrs

Accommodation:- Tent + Mat + Sleeping Bag


1. Hot Lunch would be served enroute

2. With 2 days experience of hiking the Chadar - it is now possible to cover more distance in lesser amount of time than Day 1/2


Day 8:- Trek Day 5 - Tibb Cave/Tsomo to Upper Shingra/Lower Shingra


Retrace back to our start point keeping in mind that maybe the route may have changed due to the unpredictable dynamics of the Frozen River. Stop to enjoy a few ice slides along the route to make the otherwise monotonous journey Interesting!

Reach Shingra Campsite and celebrate the completion of the Chadar Experience - Enjoy Local Song & Dance with our Zanskari Team before calling it a night!

Hike on the Chadar - Approx 12 to 17km & 6 to 8hrs

Accommodation:- Tent + Mat + Sleeping Bag


1. Hot Lunch would be served enroute

2. With 2 days experience of hiking the Chadar - it is now possible to cover more distance in lesser amount of time than Day 1/2

3. Though it is possible to exit back to Leh on this day, we prefer to stay back on the Chadar to avoid the treacherous offroad journey back to Leh in the Dark!

4. So make the most of the last night - take in the view of the stars if the sky is clear and generally make merry.


Day 9:- Back to Leh


Wake up to our last breakfast on the trek & head out to the nearest roadhead after a quote of thanks to our staff!

Reach back to Leh by afternoon - Freshen up & pack for the return journey home the next day.


Day 10:- To Airport & Out


Leave for airport atleast 3hrs before flight time as per booking.



Check out previous years' pics here : Facebook Album 2016 & 2017


Check out this blog by Sukrit Nagraj on our Chadar trek last year : 


And Check out this video by Yash Doshi who did the trek with us last year :




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 **





Cancellation Policy


Standard administrative charge of 10% of the cost of the trip

Between 60 - 45 days: 55% of the Trip Cost

Between 44 - 30 days: 75% 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


Trip Highlights


  • 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


Trip Dates: 


Batch 1 : Jan 3-12, '20

Batch 2 : Jan 10-19, '20

Batch 3 : Jan 17-26, '19

Twin-sharing Cost: Rs. 28,500 / person

                   Ex Leh



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.



Cost inclusions

  • Accommodation in Leh for 4 Nights on Twin / Triple Sharing - Room only with basic gas / electric heating..

  • Accommodation during Trek in Alpine Tents along with Sleeping bag

  • All meals during the trek duration are included and would be simple, nourishing, & vegetarian.

  • 1 NOLS certified (Wilderness first aid and rescue) leader from CNC

  • 1 Qualified and trusted Local Guide

  • Services of support staff to make the trek comfortable.

  • Basic Medical kit

  • Surface transfer from Leh to Shingra (trek start point) and back

  • Trekking/Walking Poles & Sleeping Bag Liner can be provided on rent for the trek



Cost exclusions


  • Cost for Airfare, Train fare, Insurance Premiums

  • Airport transfer

  • ALTOA + Environment tax + Insurance + Medical Fee. (Approx Rs. 5050 / person)

  • Porter to carry rucksack during Chadar Trek (Can be hired for the entire trek @ Rs.2500/- for one backpack of 7 Kg)- Advance notice of at least one month needed to book this

  • Down/Feather Jacket or any other personal trekking gear

  • Extra charges for stay, food, transfer, porter, sledge arising out of natural causes like bad weather, snowfall, weak ice, etc. or due to personal medical / health issues.

  • Extra charges arising out of any evacuation due to personal / medical / weather conditions during the entire trip duration

  • Medical / hospitalisation charges, if any

  • Personal oxygen cylinder or medical kit. 

  • GST at prevalent rate

  • Anything other than what is mentioned in inclusions above


  • * * * 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.

  • The CNC group leader will accompany the group. Any participant who is forced to turn back due to any reason, will be sent back with a porter.



  • The CNC team is not accompanied by any doctor - nor will the team be carrying satellite phones

  • Air evacuation is not within the control of CNC

  • CNC team carries only basi medical kit comprising of pain killers, splints, disinfectant. 


  • 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.

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