The Chaddar is a lifeline to Zanskari people from the rest of the world. Chaddar is the pride and prestige of the Zanskari. And it connects them from different cultural and traditional background people to exchange the life saving techniques during harsh winter climate which goes up to -40 C.
Chaddar is mostly walking on ice sheets formed from the flowing water river of Zanskar. It connects them from the outside world and in fact the Ladakh region and its people.
Zanskari people praise the Chaddar trail rather than complaining to Almighty for remaining isolated from the rest of the countries. Cecause it gives them an opportunity to spend most of their time with the family and friends, cheering Local butter tea and playing local games during winter.
The Chaddar also gives them an opportunity in income generation and livelihood, the Zansakri feel proud in leading the trekkers for Chaddar, which also makes them the finest guides in exploring and experimenting with new and challenging routes. The Zanskari will tell you the mountain ghost stories and the deities which protects the Zanskari from failing during the winter harsh climate.
Book in advance:
Booking in advance will not only give you enough time for preparation but also gives you options to choose the departure dates according to your time availability. It will also help you in cost cutting while purchasing your flight tickets. We advise you to book your international or domestic Air flight tickets well in advance.
You can also book the Chaddar at the last time as well, we are well experienced enough to organise late trek well off.
The company owns the right to apply the cancellation charges; any legal matter is subjected to Leh jurisdiction only.
In the event of making cancellation of the trek, the company must be informed before in writing, the cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive cancellation notification.
- Note: it is expected to carry your personal luggage on your own during the trek as you are challenging yourself against the odds, but in some cases if someone fell tired, the porters can carry your extra personal luggage for a fee of INR 500 per bag per day.
- To book the Chaddar trek you can use our online booking form or can call us personally for more clarification and information. You can use online payment/ check deposit/ demand draft options or could deposit cash in to the Company account no. Once the payment is done, your booking conformation id will be shared to you.
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Arrival Leh K B Rinpoche Airport (world highest airfield) upon arrival you will meet our representative at the airport and transfer to Hotel for Check in. we suggest you to have Complete day rest for acclimatization to avoid High Altitude Sickness (HAS) which is common to guest flying from very low attitude to sudden high altitude areas like Leh which is at 3358 m above sea level. You will be Welcome at hotel with herbal tea which is advisable for health concern. Dinner and Overnight stay at guest house/Hotel in Leh
visit Ladakh’s richest and Famous architectural sites; a guided heritage walk is being organized and promoted by our Company to get knowledge about Ladakhi architecture, culture and traditions.
We will start early in the morning from the guest house/ homestay/hotel for Chilling. Will take about 2 hours to get there, the drive takes you along the Indus River where the confluence of Indus and Zanskar River meets at Nimoo village, halt for few minutes for photograph, the drive continues then and reaches Tilad Do, the trekking point. Get down from the Cab. Get yourself prepared for the most thrilling frozen river trek of your life to make into the most memorable one. Put your first step on the Frozen Chadar, you will feel thrilled and enjoyment and appreciate yourself in making the right decision for the Chaddar, you have to cross the frozen river to reach the camp site. While reaching the camp our experienced staff will provide you the basic information to survive in the harsh cold climate. Enjoy the huge peaks all around you with hot cup of coffee/herbal tea. To get you warm take a little short hike into the mountains and capture the overwhelming look of the frozen river. The temperature drops down in the night. Take your dinner and go for sleep in the tent.
After having your breakfast get yourself prepared for the most thrilling experience of your life which is walking on the frozen sheets of water of Zanskar river. Today we will walk the distance of 12km approximately, the Guide will give you an instruction on how to walk on the frozen river, following the instruction of your guide will help you in completing the trek without facing any difficulties and protecting yourself from the cold water and weather.
Depending on the weather and the temperature during nights, the formation of ice on river is formed, some time the ice layer could be thick or thin, or in worse, sometime the formation of ice is very thin or nothing then at some point you have to step down into the freezing flowing water through your knee or up to waist or climb on the cliffs on the mountains to cross to the other side of the trek to continue. You will also encounter the dusting of snow covered on the ice which makes you slippery and hard enough to walk, during all these time you need the very basic tool and that is the “SPIRIT OF KEEP GOING”, it is well said “FAILING IS NOT A CRIME BUT LACK OF EFFORT IS”. Take proper rest in between and keep one pace in walking. The first rest point is the Shingra Kongma, which is a small beautiful place near the river, start walking to reach the first camping site-Gyalapo. Dinner and Night halt at Gyalapo. It is advisable to drink proper fluid/water for dehydration.
Wakeup call for today’s trek is at 6:00am in the morning, the distance we have to cover today is 14km in total. Eat proper breakfast and get you self ready by 8:00am to start your day. Follow the instruction of your guide and keep walking. While during the trek you will find a number of small and big caves in the mountains which is used since centuries long by the Zanskari people to get shelter and keep warm during the nights which is also a transit stay for the Zanskari. Keep looking at the sides of the mountains to get a closer look of frozen waterfall, capture the magnificent sizes of the frozen waterfall.
The Tibb cave is big in size, where there is enough space to accommodate the group. Enjoy the born fire in the cave which will make the space warm, share your experiences of the day with the fellow trekkers and enquire tomorrows trail with your guide and the staff. Relax your nerves and enjoy the warmth of a cup of black coffee. Dinner and Night halt at Tibb cave.
Start little early to spend more time at the biggest water fall which falls in between the trail, The reflection of the sunlight, mountains and the sky gives enormous colour on the big ice structure which is meters in height and equally wide in size. Take picture of this huge structure to frame it in your collection. Walking through the valley and crossing the George you will find a variety of shrubs and herbs on the cliffs, the herbs is of medicinal value used by the local Amchi (traditional local doctor) to heal different ailments. While during the trek you will also find big trees of Juniper grown in full sizes, which is listed in protected flora chart and is equally watched by the forest department from cutting it down. The juniper tree is considered auspicious in Buddhist philosophy, the twigs and the branches is used by the Buddhist in every ceremony as an incense stick.
There is a bridge on the right side of the waterfall which is used as a road in summer by the people of Leh and Zanskar. The village settlement lies above the Zanskar river, if you wish to experience the lifestyle of the locals, an extra hour will take you into the village, the locals are warm heartedly in nature and will offer you a cup of butter-salt tea. We will pitch our tents close to the river. Dinner and Night halt at Camp in Nyeerak camp site.
From Nyeraak back to Tibb cave is the distance you have to cover today. There is chance to encounter with the locals who might be travelling to Leh via the same route. The nearest monastery monks and the local people who have send their children in Leh School for better education keep often travel on Chaddar. You will notice the locals wearing the traditional dresses from head to toe to keep themselves warm during winters. The inhabitants are much adapted to the harsh climate, the smile on their faces will encourage you to lead the trek and make it success.
The valley is rich of flora and fauna, the wild animals like ibex, red fox, Tibetan snow cook and in fact the big cat popularly known as the “ghost cat” or snow leopard owns the territory of this region. You will find the pug marks on the snow of these big cats or the footprints of other animals, and if you are lucky enough you will find the snow leopard on the cliffs hunting its prey while the other wild animals roam in the valley in search of food
After having your breakfast start packing all your extra gears and get yourself ready for the last hiking on the ice sheet on the last day of the unforgettable trek of your life. The trekking staffs start singing local folk songs to pay thanks giving to the Mother Nature to make the trek success, the last chance to say goodbye to the local people and the last time to exchange the addresses among the staff and the group members of the trek.
Our representative will drop you at Leh KBR Airport, Fly home with smile and memories, back to home.