5 Reasons to Attempt Chadar Trek in Ladakh

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5 Reasons to Attempt Chadar Trek in Ladakh

5 Reasons to Attempt Chadar Trek in Ladakh

Running ferociously between the canyons in Ladakh in the summer months and offering an amazing rafting experience, the Zanskar River provides the most thrilling trekking experience in winter months of January and February to the trekking enthusiasts around the world.

5 Reasons to Attempt Chadar Trek in Ladakh

It's the only one of its kind : While there are lakes and rivers around the world that freeze, it is Chadar (frozen Zanskar River) that offers an incredible 7 days trekking opportunity to trekking enthusiasts. You can actually trek till or beyond Padum continuing on the same route. The same route is taken by the villagers to connect to Leh town.

5 Reasons to Attempt Chadar Trek in Ladakh

It is not a difficult trek : There is no doubt that the Cold (temperatures going down to -30 degrees) is a huge challenge; the trek is not a difficult one. You are practically walking on the flat terrain without any ascends and descends. Also, walking on the ice sheet is not easy like walking in the snow. When the sun is out, the ice layer releases water and makes it extremely slippery. You should know how to use your trek poles and negotiate it by dragging your feet/body.

5 Reasons to Attempt Chadar Trek in Ladakh

Everyday is a different experience on Chadar : Walking on the frozen river is absolutely magical. Through the ice sheet, you can see the river flowing as well. Not only this, you will also experience how the icicles club together forming an icy patch. Bakula Caves, Hot Water Spring, Frozen Waterfalls along with the famous Tibb Caves will add to the thrill. Socializing with locals and the folklore will keep you up till late in the dinning mess.

5 Reasons to Attempt Chadar Trek in Ladakh

Not an expensive trek for the thrill it offers : Given the challenges the supporting team (guides, porters and cooks) goes through, it is actually not an expensive trek. Ranging from 18K INR to 35K INR depending on the trekking organizations and inclusions/exclusions, it is not expensive given the thrill it offers.

5 Reasons to Attempt Chadar Trek in Ladakh

Chadar Trek will {probably} not exist after 3-4 years : With the authorities working aggressively on the road connectivity, which is in progress, all those remote villages (for whom the connectivity is extremely important from medical, education and normal routine life) will have a road connectivity soon. As you start trekking on Day 1, you will see the road getting constructed. Also, with changes in temperatures and the impact of carbon footprint, no one is sure till when will Chadar freeze strongly enough to support hundreds of trekkers attempting the Trek.

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