Himalayan Chadar Trek

An Extraordinary Affair with a Frozen River

Place: Himalayan Chadar Trek

Type: Himalaya

Endurance: Medium

Difficulty: Medium

Activities: Trekking / Camping

Cost: Rs.22900.00


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Camping

Himalayan

Trekking

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HIMALAYAN TREK

TREK MATES INDIA

Himalayan Chadar Trek


Day No: 1
LEH ARRIVAL:
You need to arrive to Leh on this day (latest). The reporting place is our hotel / guest house in Leh and the address of the same will be provided. You need to come to the place and you will be allotted with your room for the next two nights. You'll be greeted by our team member and passed on with some quick instructions for the first day. This day is for rest and acclimatization to the altitude and cold temperature. Meals Included - Dinner. Note: It is advisable to come a day early. Anyone coming a day early, can inform us and we'll make extra night's stay arrangements. Charges will be additional.

Day No: 2
ACCLIMATIZATION AND PREPARATIONS:
Today is the second day of our acclimatization. We will start final preparations for the trek. We will have a detailed briefing about the trek and we would complete our gears before push off tomorrow. We will also need to undergo a medical check-up at Leh hospital.

Day No: 3
LEH - NIMMU - CHILLING - SHINGRA YOKMA ROAD-HEAD and TREK TO TSOMO:
Today, after breakfast we drive with small brief halt at Nimmu (Sangam), the magnificent confluence of River Zanskar and Indus. We get first glipmse of Chadar from here. We can see the difference that slow flowing Zanskar is frozen and Indus is still flowing much better. We cross Chilling and drive to the roadhead. It may vary depending on snowfall or landslide. We gather at the roadhead and start our journey down to the river. Touching the Chadar first time, we start the trek for about 3-4 hrs along the magnificent frozen river Zanskar till Tsomo campsite. Campsite derives its name from an imaginary Zanskari girl. Our trek leader and guide will keep on teaching you about various types of Chadar and different ways to walk on it. Overnight in the camps.

Day No: 4
TSOMO TO YOKMA DO:
Today is a long day and we start early. The whole walk might take about 7 to 8 hours including lunch break. Today we would cross a narrow but magnificent stretch called Tsomo ka Tutu (Tsomo's throat), a perpetual non-frozen fall with green moss around called Tsomo ka Nakung (Tsomo's nose). By cross by multiple frozen waterfalls at distant. We reach Tibb that means under shadow in local dialect. We have our lunch and push further to Yokma Do which is about 3 hours from Tibb. Overnight in camp.

Day No: 5
YOKMA DO TO NEYRAK AND HIKE TO VILLAGE:
Again one of the magnificent days on the Chadar trek. The vistas are stunning though as we pass through giant frozen waterfalls, ice cliffs and one may even catch sight of the mountain fox. IN about 3 hours, we reach Neyrak campsite. We have a quick meal and hike up to the Neyrak village. This day is for visit to the beautiful village of Neyrak. We leave Chadar that is going further to Zanskar here and take the bridge over frozen river to cross over to the left and join steep 1.5 - 2 km trail to the village. The village has two parts - lower and upper which are situated 500m apart. Both area has DSPT (Satellite phone) from where you can call back home. Charges are around Rs. 8-10 per minute. Village is beautiful but harsh winter lifestyle can be imagined. At the topmost part there is a Gompa. The whole village takes about couple of hours to visit. If we are lucky, we might find a family to serve us hot butter tea with khambir, Ladakhi bread. We come down and camp at Neyrak. THIS CAN BE ALSO USED A BUFFER DAY. IF FOR ANY REASONS, WE ARE UNABLE TO FOLLOW OUR PREVIOUS SCHEDULE AND FALL BEHIND THEN WE CAN MAKE IT UP ON THIS DAY. IN THAT CASE WE WILL ONLY DO VILLAGE IF TIME ALLOWS.

Day No: 6
NEYRAK TO HOTONG / INTERIM CAMP:
Though technically it is the same way back, it is also quite different. The Chadar or the blanket of ice that is forming on the River Zanskar is always changing, breaking up and forming itself again. As the Chadar dynamics are ever changing, the same route and place would look and feel different as the texture and conditions change. It is a long day again and we reach Hotong. It is usually an uncrowded site with hardly any groups preferring to stay here and this makes our last day special away from the crowd. Today is the last night on Chadar so we do our traditional parting ceremony here (if not done at Neyrak the last point) and spend good time with whole staff.

Day No: 7
HOTONG / INTERIM CAMP to ROADHEAD AND DRIVE BACK TO LEH:
Today we trek from Hotong / Interim Camp to Roadhead. Last day of our amazing trekking experience. We trek from our campsite in Bakula to the road-head. If someone is willing to take a dip in the icy cold waters, it is always the last day as we head back home. Shingra Yokma is a great and safe sight for it. We also have our lunch here before the vehicles come and we drive back to Leh. We stop by at Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and thank everyone for the safe and memorable journey. We celebrate at Leh and spend overnight at Leh.

Day No: 8
FLY BACK FROM LEH:
Today you can book your return flight to your home from Leh. Alternately, you can plan to extend your holidays and explore Ladakh in winters.

Day No: 9
Rest at your home and share your memories with the gang!

• Torch
• Identity Proof
• warm jacket (compulsory)
• Windcheaters
• warm clothes (compulsory)
• Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
• A good trekking shoes
• Camera
• Woolen cap
• Pair of Woolen Gloves
• Fleece Sweatshirt
• Sweater
• Windproof Jacket 01 nos.
• Leggings from a Track-suit
• Cotton Socks
• Woolen Socks
• Raincoat
• Poncho 01 nos.
• Full Body Towel 01 nos.
• Sunscreen lotion
• Toiletries
• Cam charger
• Note: It is very important that you line the inside of your bags with a big polythene sheet. Doing so will ensure, that in the event of rain, even though your bag may get wet, your clothes will still remain dry!

2 nights accommodation in a guest house/standard hotel on twin / three share basis.
6 nights’ accommodations in trekking route in a tent with twin / three share basis.
Tea, Coffee, Break Fast, Lunch and Dinner in trekking route, all meals are vegetarian.
Services of trekking guide, porters, helpers, cook.
All required equipment like tens and sleeping bag.
First aid kit and oxygen cylinder.
Pick up and drop from Tilat Sumdo(trek start and endpoint).

Travel expenses to reach and return from Leh.
All meals in Leh including 2nd days Breakfast.
The proposed Wildlife fees, environmental fees, and other fees as being put forward by LAHDC and ALTOA or any other organization.
Any kind of personal expenses.
Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, health or any other reason.
Porter’s service to carry your personal luggage.
Health Insurance, Personal Insurance, and other travel insurance.
Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.

* If you need service of a porter then you have to pay Rs.650/- per day provided you book the same with us 15 days before the date of commencement and maximum luggage limit is 10KG.

By Air

Not Applicable

 

By Train

Not Applicable

 

By Road

Not Applicable

 

Description

CHADAR

The ‘Chadar’ is a perfect example of this resourcefulness of the Ladakhis and their indomitable spirit, in the face of such daunting odds. The term ‘Chadar’ means blanket in the local language, thereby giving an indication of the nature of this whole experience. Large sections of the river Zanskar, which is one of the mightiest rivers in Ladakh, freeze over in the dead of winter and are covered by a thick blanket of ice. This frozen blanket or ‘Chadar’ is the only way in and out for Zanskaris in winter when the road and various other caravan routes are closed. It has been their traditional trade route in winter for Centuries. The seven to eight days walk from chilling to Padum is both challenging as well as an incomparably exciting experience. The landscape acquires a pristine grandeur in winter as the trail enters into the gorge of the Zanskar, where temperatures sometimes drop to –30 to -35 Degree Celsius.