Chadar Trek

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Chadar Trek


Chadar Trek in Ladakh

This is the most thrilling and adventurous trek and one of our team's favorite as well. There is no better way to experience the Zanskar Valley Chadar Trek (bed sheet) as the name suggests denotes a thick sheet of ice that forms over the
Zanskar River

The Zanskar River is a north-flowing tributary of the Indus. In its upper reaches, the Zanskar has two main branches. First of these, the Doda, has its source near the Pensi-la 4,400 m (14,400 ft) mountain-pass and flows south-eastwards along the main Zanskar valley leading towards Padum, the capital of Zanskar. The second branch is formed by two main tributaries known as Kargyag river, with its source near the Shingo La 5,091 m (16,703 ft), and Tsarap river, with its source near the Baralacha-La. These two rivers unite below the village of Purne to form the Lungnak river (also known as the Lingti or Tsarap).

Zanskar River
, Chadar trek is meant for seasoned trekkers as it is a vigorous trek and walking throughout on the snow adds to its difficulty. We will experience extreme conditions while trekking here and subzero temperatures that go as low as -30 degrees. We also suggest getting ready for the trek prior to enrolling.

Chadar Trek in Ladakh is a thrilling and adventurous trek in India. "CHADAR" is a hindi word that refers to a "blanket" or "sheet" as the Zanskar river transforms itself from a rapid river into a white blanket of ice during winter, a frozen spectacle awaits the trekker to be experienced 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!

You walk on a frozen river called the "Zanskar". The frozen Zanskar river served and still serves as the traditional and only way of connecting between Leh and Zanskar for the locals in the harsh winter months of January and February. It's being used by the locals for centuries. It is also the only frozen river in the world to attempt trekking.

We at WANDERERS have been taking our fellow trekkers on this trek for many years to witness mother nature's wonder. Our "Guides" and "Trek Leaders" are experienced and certified trekking guides who will lead your way on this adventure.

Chadar Trek

1. Safety – As much you may not like to accept, it's true, all adventure sports holidays have potential risk to your life & well-being; This is also the biggest deterrent, as the family is never confident or are unwilling to take the risk; Therefore at WANDERERS we understand the safety standards and have accurate and defined procedures and plans; These include evacuation plans along with a certified first aid administrator and basic first aid Kit.

2. Local knowledge – Most of the adventure sports activities happen in remote places; a local guide or a team lead from the region is a must in those expeditions; when you are dealing with local people he/she can be a great asset when, if you need help in a distress situation or just help you understand the culture better, so that you don't end up offending people. for example, places like Leh, where altitude is a major challenge, only a local person (or our trek lead) can accurately predict any inconvenience or uneasiness people feel, thus identifying the issue and finding solutions are much easy than depending on bookish knowledge. When you travel with us 90% of the support staff that will accompany you on the trek with be local to ensure a smooth trek.

3. Right accommodation and Equipment – These two are non-negotiable item on our list. Everyone promises neat & hygienic accommodation, but when you are on a physically demanding trip comfort is equally important; A good sleep in the night can make a lot of difference in the quality of your activity the next day; we ensure offering the best facilities possible in remote locations. We have certified tents \ sleeping bags \ accessories that will be carried on the trip for your comfort. Along with this, we will be carrying portable oxygen along with us for emergency use. For washrooms, there will be portable tents setup at camping ground to use.

4. Food VS Nutrition – when you are involved in a demanding physical activity it's not only important to eat, but even more important to eat right; we will provide you with good & nutritious vegetarian food on this trip while camping. We will ensure that we take care of your calorie intake required to keep you well-nourished both during and after the activity.

Chadar Trek Leh Ladakh
Day 1:- Fly to Leh (Altitude 11,400 ft.). Stay in guest house

Have a briefing session in the evening over tea where we share the entire details of the trek once again. Hydrate well today as it helps in acclimatization.

Day 2:- Acclimatization day

Walk around the Leh Market and pick up gum boots for Chadar and do some sightseeing today. Have lunch and get back to the accommodation in time. Some local cafes can also be explore. Wanderers also has a Cafe in the main market. Make sure not to exert too much though.

Day 3:- Visit the SNM Hospital/Medical Camp for checkup

Chadar Trek in Leh Ladakh

By the end of the Chadar season 2018, a new policy for the safety of trekkers was introduced by the J&K Govt. As per this policy each trekker has to visit the Sonam Norbhu Memorial Hospital and get a routine check-up done. On completion of this we sort the wildlife permits and permissions and head back to our accommodation and get ready for the next day to start.

Day 4:- Drive to Shingra Yokma via Chilling and trek to Sumdo/Gyalpo (Altitude 10,550 ft.)

Chadar Trek Ladakh Cost

Drive 75 kms of picturesque landscape along the river Indus. Once we reach we assemble for a short briefing and start the trek. Depending on the weather, the path will be decided on the way. After passing Shingra Koma, you reach the camp-site for the day at Sumdo/Gyalpo, where the tents have already been pitched by the porters. The Gyalpo Campsite is at a bend in the river, surrounded by high peaks and walls of rock-faces which almost look like man-made. All that is left to do is to soak in the views, have an early dinner and call it a day.

Day 5:- Sumdo/Gyalpo to Tibb Cave (Altitude 10,550 to 10,760 ft.)

Chadar Ladakh

Post the briefing with the Trek Leaders start the trek for the next 13.5 kms. Today's walk through the deep ravines of the Zanskar is stunning. The sublime walls of the mountains on either sides of the river keep the sunlight away from the Chadar for most part of the day. At Tibb, there is a big cave. This cave is the dwelling of all the porters, and they welcome you warm-heartedly in here. Stay in tents at Tibb Cave campsite.

Day 6:- Tibb cave to Nerak camp (Altitude 10,760 to 11,150 ft.)

Chadar Trek 2020

This day will be the most spectacular of all days on this trek. Walking on the river you cross deep gorges and reach a point where Juniper trees are covered with prayer flags. The porters give you a twig of this tree tied with a piece of prayer flag as a badge of good-luck and good-health. A few steps away stands the mother-of-all frozen waterfalls – a huge instance of suspended animation several feet tall and equally wide. You can see dozens of colors in this enormous ice structure as sunlight plays off its surface. Right next to the waterfall is a bridge across the river which is a part of the summer-time road from Zanskar to Leh. The Naerak village lies several feet above the river, a vigorous 2 hour-long trek can take you to the village if you want to see the life of a Zanskari. The Camp is set up close to the river.

Day 7:- Nerak back to Hatong (Altitude 11,150 to 10,760 ft.)

Chadar Trek Frozen River Zanskar Trek

Trek 12.5 kms retracing your steps to Hatong. Hatong is a few kilometers ahead of Tibb Cave and is a beautiful Camping locations with fewer trekkers camping in Hatong Campsite Campsite. By now the whole landscape would have changed. The Zanskar River reacts to the slightest change of temperature, and constantly keeps repackaging itself. The Chadar would have taken a completely new form and will it will almost be impossible to say whether you have been here before. Stay in tent.

Day 8:- Hatong to Shingra Yokma to Leh (Altitude 10,760 to 10,550 ft.)

Frozen River Trek

Starting from Hatong, reach the road where the vehicles will be waiting for us. The high walls of mountains rising from the sides of the river almost look like castle walls. If you are lucky, you might spot a snow-leopard; but you can almost be sure that you are being watched by one all the time. Drive from here till Leh will take about 4 hours.

Day 9:- Return from Leh post break-fast


Inclusions:-

1. Accommodation – 4 days in Leh and 5 days on Chadar
2. Breakfast in Leh and all meals while on trek (Veg.)
3. Trek equipment including Tents, sleeping bags, fleece liners, trek mats etc. Your personal trekking equipment must be bought by yourself, ie Shoes, Clothes, Backpack etc, we will share the list with registered participants.
4. Necessary Permits \ permissions with environmental fees.
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff to help trekkers.
7. Transport from Leh to Road head and return.

Exclusions:-

1. Lunch & Dinner while staying in Leh.
2. Any kind of personal expenses.
3. Insurance.
4. ALTOA Fees – approx. 2000 INR
5. Porter to carry personal luggage. We expect you to carry your own backpack, in case you don't want to, we will arrange for a porter and the charges can be paid on the site.
6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head price includes.
7. Any cost arising due to medical emergency, to be borne by the trekker/ trekkers (if any)
8. Due to weather conditions/ Chadar deforming conditions Wanderers will not be liable to any sorts of refunds. Depending on the situation and availability, we would offer an alternate trek/ trip.
Ex Leh : INR 21,500 (excl. 5%GST) – The Park Fields home stays

Ex Leh :INR 38,500 (excl. 5%GST) – The Zen Ladakh Resort (4 Star property)
January Batches

Batch 1: 3rd Jan - 11th Jan 2020
Batch 2: 4th Jan - 12th Jan 2020
Batch 3: 5th Jan - 13th Jan 2020
Batch 4: 10th Jan - 18th Jan 2020
Batch 5: 11th Jan - 19th Jan 2020
Batch 6: 12th Jan - 20th Jan 2020
Batch 7: 17th Jan - 25th Jan 2020
Batch 8: 18th Jan - 26th Jan 2020
Batch 9: 19th Jan - 27th Jan 2020
Batch 10: 24th Jan - 1st Feb 2020
Batch 11: 25th Jan - 2nd Feb 2020
Batch 12: 26th Jan - 3rd Feb 2020
Batch 13: 31st Jan - 8th Feb 2020

February Batches

Batch 14: 1st Feb - 9th Feb 2020
Batch 15: 2nd Feb - 10th Feb 2020

Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of M/S Wanderers payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway.

Bank details:

Name: Wanderers Expeditions Pvt. Ltd
Account Number: 070163300002799
Bank: Yes Bank Ltd.
Account Type: Current Account
Name: M/S Wanderers
IFS Code: YESB0000701
Account Type: Current Account
Branch: Yes Bank, Sector 50, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips.

Cancellation Policy:

45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15 Days: No refund
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