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Chadar Frozen River Trek

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  • Discover Lingshed Village, which only gets connected to the outer world once a year
  • Experience a flat walk of 105Km on the bed of the frozen Zanskar River
  • Trek through arduous conditions and arctic temperatures dropping tol (-) 35°C

 

Additional Information

Trek Duration

More Than Five days

Destinations

Chadar

Trek Difficulty

Difficult

Suitable For

< 18 year olds, 18-39 year olds, 40-49 year olds, 50-59 year olds, 60+ year olds, Families

Guiding Method

Guide/Instructor

Tour Languages

English

Company

Eccentric Travels

Eccentric Travels

Eccentric Travels is an Extreme Himalayan Expeditions Company offering extraordinary high altitude expeditions in Garhwal & Kumaon region, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir Region.

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Day 1: Arrival at Munsiyari

Leh is impossible to reach in winters. Hence, the only entry point is the Ladakh Airport, the highest airport in the world. The moment you land at the Leh airport, you will feel the fresh and crisp air, and a drastic drop in the temperature. Most of the shops are closed during this time of the year, and the chill in the air is just a precursor of what lies ahead. The night is spent in a cosy guest house.

Day 2: Leh to Chiling to Tilat Sumdo ( 3200m) 4 hrs drive ( Taxi/Bus):

Start off our journey with a drive to Tilad. The ride takes you along the river of Indus to the village of Nimu. Stop by at the confluence point for a while to sink in the view. The road then, goes past Chilling to Tilad. To reach the camp-site, cross the frozen river of Zanskar; and this is when you take the first steps on the Chadar ( blanket). It takes a while to get the hang of walking on the ice sheet.

In the evening, pitch tents on the banks of Zanskar. A few warm up exercises are done to keep warm. As the sun sets, it drags the temperature down with it, and its time to tuck into the sleeping bags to start the trek the next day.

Day 3: Trek Tilat Sumdo to Gyalpo ( 3300m) 5-6 hrs.

The biggest challenge of this day from now on would be to get out of the warm sleeping bags and go out into the giant freezer outside. The steaming cups of tea provided to the team give ample motivation.
Day 3 is a long walking session on the blanket of ice on the river. Depending on the weather, the Chadar can have various forms. It can be a cold, hard surface of slippery ice, or it can have snow dust on it providing a good grip. Eventually you get used to walking on the Chadar. It is important to keep up a decent level of fluid intake hence have hot soupy noodles at regular intervals.
Reach the Gyalpo campsite by evening, where the tents will already pitched by the porters. The campsite is at a bend in the river, surrounded by high peaks and mountain walls. The view is fascinating.
Have an early dinner to start off early the next day.

Day 4: Gyalo to Tibb Cave ( 3300m) 4-5 hrs

Have proper breakfast,today is the longest walk of the day – almost 14 km. Today’s walk through the deep ravines of the mountains on either sides of the river keep the sunlight away from the Chadar for most part of the day. There are numerous big & small caves in these mountains. At Tibb, there is a big cave which is the dwelling point of all porters. They welcome you warm-heartedly, and can share a cup of butter milk with them.

Day 5: Tibb Cave to Nyerak ( 3400m) 5-6 hrs

Today is the most spectacular day of the trek. Trek to the Nyerak Village, the place where all Zanskaris live. Walking on the river, reach the Sacred Juniper trees. The locals give us a twig of this tree tied with a piece of prayer flag as a token of good-luck and good-health. Here, you can also see the biggest frozen waterfall in the region. The sunrays play with the ice to show the beautiful rainbow colours. You can see dozens of colours in this enormous ice structure as sunlight plays off its surface. The Nyerak village lies several feet above the river, an hour-long trek. The camp is set up close to the river.

Day 6: Nyerak to Tibb Cave ( 3300m) 4-5hrs

Start the return journey and make way back to the Tibb cave. The Zanskar River reacts to the slightest change of temperature, and is constantly changing. The Chadar would have assumed a completely new form, and it will almost be impossible to know that you’ve had been here before. You would also be meeting a lot of monks and locals here.

Day 7: Tibb Cave to Gyalpo ( 3300m) ( 3-4hrs)

Starting from Tibb, go up to Gyalpo today. The high walls of the mountains look almost like castle walls. This region also has a lot of foxes, ibex and snow-leopards. If you are lucky enough to spot a Snow Leopard, that would be a cherry on the cake.

Day 8: Gyalpo to Tilat do to Chilling to Leh

This is the last day of walking on the blanket of ice. Once you reach Tilad Do, it is time to say good-bye to the Zanskar and the Zanskaries. Sleep in a warm guest-house again at leh.

Day 9: Departure

Take a flight back from Leh.

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What's Included:

  • Accommodation in Leh on day 1 of arrival and day 8 (in centrally heated rooms)
  • Accommodation in tents/ camps during the days of trek (twin sharing)
  • Expert Trek Leader
  • All meals (veg/non-veg) during the days of the trek
  • Dinner on days 1 and 8, upon arrival at Leh
  • Kitchen tent and equioment
  • All necessary trek equipment including sleeping bags and mats, tents, crampons, trekking poles
  • Cook + helper during all days of trek
  • Porter for every traveller (up to 7kg)
  • Basic wildlife fees and camping charge
  • ALTOA trekking fees as applicable
  • All transportation by from Leh to trek start point (Chilling) and back after the trek
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

What's Excluded:

  • Travel Insurance or unexpected costs
  • Any rescue service expenses
  • Any during road transfers
  • GST of 5% as per updated Govt Regulations
  • Bottled water
  • LAHDC newly introduced permit fees. Average Pricing INR 2500 for foreigners
  • Any meals during road transfers
  • Any personal expenses (laundry, bar bills, etc)

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Company Information

Eccentric Travels is an Extreme Himalayan Expeditions Company offering extraordinary high altitude expeditions in Garhwal & Kumaon region, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir Region.

Tour Details

  • Availability
    Available Daily
  • Booking Type
    Instant Booking
  • Duration
    9 Days
  • Guiding method
    Guide/Instructor
  • Guide Language
    English
  • Meeting/Starts Point
    Leh, Jammu or Kashmir
  • Maximum Altitude
    4572 Meters
  • Trek Difficulty
    Difficult

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