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Chadar Trek - Ladakh

Chadar Trek

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  • 9 Days  8 Nights 
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Imagine walking on the surface made of ice and frozen river. Sounds enthralling

One can have this experience on the Chadar Trek in Ladakh. The Chadar trek is like no other trek in the Himalayas

However, one can find frozen rivers or frozen lakes on other treks too but the experience of the Chadar trek remains completely different and exciting. Walking on a thick glass made of ice having huge and lofty mountains on both sides is an experience of a lifetime

The Chadar trek offers an opportunity to explore and experience the Zanskari and Ladakhi culture and hospitality. Apart from all this, the frozen waterfalls that you see during Chadar Trek leaves you in awe. The best months to do this trek is January and February and seeing the difficulty level, the trek is not recommended for beginners.

We will arrive in Leh and check into our designated stay. After a brief introductory session, we will spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Travelers are advised to explore Leh Town, explore the Cafes in Leh, and indulge in local sightseeing in the evening.

Dinner followed by an overnight stay in Leh.

Note: This day spent in Leh is for acclimatization purposes.

After early morning breakfast, we'll head for a sightseeing tour.

We will visit the Shanti Stupa and explore the Leh Market in the evening. If time permits, we will explore other attractions in Leh as well.

Dinner and overnight stay in Leh.

Note: The Chadar trek requires trekkers to be properly acclimatized and hence we need to spend at least two days in Leh. 

We'll head to get a thorough medical check-up at SNM Hospital. Due to the perplexing nature of this specific trek, participants must obtain medical certification before undertaking the Chadar trek as per the government.

A clearance certificate will be issued after a medical check-up and trekkers will only be allowed to embark on the Chadar Trek if they are found to be fit and are properly acclimatized.

After enjoying morning tea and breakfast, we’ll drive towards Shingra Koma. This ride is not for the faint-hearted as jagged roads and hairpin bends make this a
tricky drive. The sight of the surrounding mountain ranges makes for a scenic ride that you’ll enjoy.

Upon reaching Shingra Koma, We will start our trek to Tsomo Paldar right from the starting point of the frozen Zanskar river. After walking on multitudes of icy surfaces,
you’ll slowly start to understand the pattern of walking. Soon, you’ll reach the campsite.

Dinner followed by an overnight stay at the Tsomo Paldar campsite.

In the morning, we will have hot tea and breakfast. After that, we will start trekking towards Tibb Cave which is our next campsite.

Enroute, you will be encountering some of the most enchanting frozen waterfalls. As you keep walking, you’ll come across rock patterns and sedimentations. En route, we’ll have our packed lunch.

Upon reaching Tibb Cave, we will set up camps and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner followed by an overnight stay in camps.

After having breakfast in the morning, we will head towards the most anticipated campsite which is Nerak.

The 13km trail traverses through the most iconic landmark of the Chadar Trek which is the Frozen Waterfall. Hot lunch will be served on your way to the Nerak campsite.

Trekkers are advised to wear proper layers to stay safe from the freezing cold. If time permits, we will visit the Nerak Village as well.

We will set up camps at a distance of 15-20 minutes from the waterfall.

Dinner followed by overnight stay in Nerak campsite.

 

After early morning breakfast, we will head back to our campsite at Tibb Cave. We will be retracing our steps back, admiring the beauty of the mystical frozen Zanskar.

Upon reaching the campsite at Tibb, we’ll spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner followed by an overnight stay in Tibb.

After having early morning breakfast, we will head out of Tibb and move towards Shingra Koma, crossing Gyalpo. 

En route, you might get a chance to see paw prints of wild animals like snow leopards, ibex, and foxes.

In the evening, We will drive back to Leh and spend the night at our designated stay.

After early morning breakfast, we will check out from the hotel.

The group will part ways with fond memories of the trek

Departure from Leh.

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Inclusions

Accommodation: Stay in Leh guest house on a Triple / Quad sharing basis as per itinerary. Stay in Alpine / Dome tents during the trek on a Triple sharing basis.

Transportation: Transportation from Leh to Trekking point on Day 4th and back to Leh guest house on Day 8th.

Meals: Breakfast only in Leh (Day 1 - Day 4 and Day 9th). All veg meals during the trek from Day 4th lunch to Day 8th breakfast.

Camping logistics: Common Kitchen, Dining, and Toilet tents during the trek. Porter for carrying camping logistics.

Others: Hot Water on request while staying in Leh.

Trek Leader Qualified and Experienced Trek guide and Support staff.

Trekking Equipment: Sleeping bag, Mattress

Safety Equipment: Basic First Aid  Kit with Oximeter and Oxygen Cylinder.

Other Facility: Keeping extra luggage in Leh Guest House.

Exclusions

ALTOA Fees ( Wildlife fees, Environment tax, Insurance, Evacuation charges, Forest permit, Medical checkup, Camping charges).

Any Surface transfer from Leh Airport to Guest House and back.

Expenses of personal nature.

Personal Trekking Equipment like Gum Boots, Trekking Pole, and others.

Room Heaters at Guest House in Leh ( we suggest not use the room heaters as it dehydrates the body).

 Porter for carrying personal luggage.

Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusions.

THINGS TO CARRY

Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover): A good quality backpack from a good brand and try it before buying. 

Day backpack:20 – 30 Ltrs.

Floaters or Sandals

Trekking Shoes: Always invest in good quality high ankle trekking shoes.They are lightweight, good grip, sturdy and easily available throughout India. 

Gumboots: Only for Chadar

3 Quick Dry full sleeve fleece Tees

2 Track Pants ( No denim / Shorts / Capris)

4 Pair of Cotton  Socks

5 Pair of Woollen Socks

1 Poncho

3 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket

1 Down feather Jacket ( to sustain -20 / -30 in degree temperature)

2 Pair of Thermal

Quick-dry towel

Windproof Jacket

Woolen Cap

Woolen gloves - 3 pairs

Waterproof gloves - 2 pairs

Sun Cap

1 Scarf / Neck Gaiter / Balaclava

Light towel

Lip Balm

Antibacterial powder

Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)

Water Bottle 1 Ltr at least  (2 bottle)

Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries (carry extra batteries )

Personal Toiletries 

Personal Basic Medical Kit

Dark Sunglasses / People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lens (Contact lens are not recommended for Chadar trek))

1 Trekking Pole 

Energy bar (Dry fruits / Chocolate / Electrol)

Extra Polythene

CAMERA with a huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !!

Power bank - At least 2 ( In winter battery drain faster than usual)


PICKUP LOCATIONS

Zanskar Region, Ladakh




Policy and Terms

No cancellations will be taken over the call or WhatsApp msg. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

 Free Cancellation up to 45 days before the departure date

 44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of the total trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)

 29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost

 19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.

 9 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.

 5 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.

 No Show. No refund.

In case of government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforseen circumstances, we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even certain activities are canceled, the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.

 If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed up to the same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.

 If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). No refund would be provided.

 Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), Will be beared by the customer. The company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

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