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Chadar Trek – What if you have the opportunity to trudge on the frozen ice sheets along an icy emerald green river running beside you? How will it feel to sip tea and devour Maggi at almost blood-freezing temperature? What if you have the rarest chance to cuddle a waterfall and feel the pointed tips of it?

Amidst the scenic and stunning at chadar trek altitude of 11,400 feet, there flows the splendid Zanskar River which stays frozen all throughout the December – February. Chadar which translates into ‘Blanket’ in English depicts the frozen river, and is also widely famous with the name ‘The Frozen River Trek’. Unlike any other treks in India, this Himalayan trek is not where you have a set trail or the itchy forests around you but it brings you the opportunity to venture out to an unparalleled experience of trekking amidst the vast mountains and sporadic slippery trail. You won’t be pitching your tents in wild and thick meadows or dense forests but right under the umbrella of erratic meteor showers.

Best Time to do Chadar Trek Ladakh

The best time for Chadar Trek Ladakh is ideally between late December and early February. Most of the usual treks have around 3 to 10 degree Celsius average temperature but Chadar trek temperature will ask you to hold yourself and your clothes tight for – 15 to – 20 degree Celsius. Candid moments such as occasional visits of the sun during the trek or the singing songs during the bonfires will elate you and discover a marvelous life. Chadar Trek Leh Ladakh is one of in a lifetime experience of trudging on an outstanding trek route full of almost transparent ice sheets and massive yet breathless mountains. The trek invites out of the world experience of uncertainty, astonishment, adventure, and the quest to conquer your fear.

One of the added advantages to Chadar best trek is the extra stay at Leh, Ladakh. You have got two extra days to explore, while your body is acclimatizing to the new environment. Walk through the local markets, historical sites, learn local culture and unique cuisine. As many have recounted their experiences in Leh in January, we too believe that Ladakh is simply nothing less of a winter paradise. The vast barren lands full of flawless white-coloured snow botched with blue coloured rare lakes and rivers are true delight to the travelers. Unlike other places, Ladakh is a town where you will find warm and genuine hearted people in local homestays. If you have got enough energy and zeal left even after the trek, you must make plans to drive through a few of the most prominent places such as the ever famous ‘Pangong Lake’ and Thiksey Monastery. Fancy racing your friends across a river? Ladakh’s got plenty of frozen rivers for you!

Experiences at Chadar Frozen River Trek

Along with all the sightseeing opportunities and befriending some locals to savour the tastiest local food, if you are lucky, you might also get a chance to witness some extravagant local festivals such as Ladakhi Losar, Matho Monastery festival, Thiksay Gustor and Spituk Gustor. Well, the way Ladakh is full of surprises and gifts, you too can stuff in some vivid coloured local dresses for yourself and your special friends! Wouldn’t it be so amazing to wear them and remember your relished memories of Chadar Winter Trek and unbelievable Ladakh? But despite all the benefits which Ladakh gives you over any other place, don’t forget about your ‘THE’ moment – The Chadar Lake Trek. What better deal would give you a blended experience of a trek and local sightseeing all at one place!

Moustache Escapes treks will ensure that that 54 km over the Zaskar frozen river and in one of the most beautiful valleys will not only be safe and accommodative but also be the most adventure trek of your life. We hope, the Chadar Trip & Trek brings you a large bouquet of vivid and flamboyant memories. Are you already feeling the cold? The thrills? The shivers down your bones?

Place your faith on us and give us the chance to take you a parallel paradise of ice, music and adventure while trekking on thef Frozen Watterfall Chadar Trek India.

View of magnificent Frozen Waterfall at Nerak
Experience the thrill of walking over frozen Zanskar River
Witness the beauty of Leh and it’s lifestyle in winters
Catch the mesmerizing Sunrise at Shanti Stupa

Chadar Trek Itinerary :-

Day 1: Arrival at Leh. Acclimatize – Rest day

·         The only means to travel to Leh in the winters is through the air. Take this opportunity to peak your view of the stunning snow-topped mountains and the serenity of the Zanskar Region.

·         Depending on the place you are travelling from, embrace yourself to a sudden burst of cold. It is advisable to keep your extra warm clothes ready to adjust your body to the new climate.

·         Get sorted with your arrival formalities at the airport. Later, check-in to your pre-arranged hotel or guest house.

·         First day is entirely to adjust your body and acclimatize with a different kind of atmosphere. Keep yourself warm and cozy and relax for the rest of the day.

Day 2: Acclimatization Walk in Leh

·         Today’s day is again an important day for your body to adjust to the oxygen level and the climate density.

·         Start your day with a delicious breakfast watching scenic mountains peeking through the windows.

·         Afterwards, head outside for a walk around the city’s popular spots. Proceed strolling towards Shanti Stupa, a sacred Buddhist stupa. It’s a beautiful viewpoint for witnessing sunrise and the panoramic glimpse of white-washed Leh in snow.

·         Keep yourself hydrated through the day trip. Moreover, it is prudent not to wander off to any high-altitude place during your rest days at Leh.

Day 3: Medical Checkup

·         Today will be your third and final day before starting with the trek. After eating the breakfast, enjoy the walk to the government medical camp led by the trek guide which goes through some of the local markets. Get to befriend some of the locals too.

·         The government officials will examine your oxygen saturation, blood pressure and BPM. Once you have passed the medical test, you will receive your medical fitness card, issued by the ALTOA designated medical camp.

·         Only after passing all the medical tests, you will be alloted with the permit for Chadar trek. Keep the permit safely throughout the trek because it certifies you that you are capable and have the required capacity to undertake the trek.

·         Scan through all your vital items required during the trek. See if there is anything essential you are missing out on. Prepare and get excited to start with your adventure from the next day. Sleep well at night.

Day 4: Ride to Shingra Koma & Trek to Somo Paldar Campsite

·         Finally, your body has acclimatized to the environment. It’s time for a heavy breakfast and then a thrilling ride to Shingra Koma.

·         This ride is not for the faint of heart, as bumpy roads and hairpin bends are common on this route. Look out to stay calm. As the surrounding high mountains will take your breath away.

·         After the drive, deboard from the vehicle and trek towards the Tsomo Paldar campsite. Your Chadar trek best time expedition starts here, offering your first touch on the frozen Zanskar river.

·         Those who are new at Chadar Trek Route, might feel challenged walking in gumboots. Try judging the fragile paths while keeping in mind the overall weight (your weight + luggage). Alas! A few meters into the trek you will be able to catch the hitch to walk over the frozen river.

·         After walking on numerous icy surfaces, you’ll gradually begin to understand the walking pattern. You’ll arrive at the campsite soon. Dinner is followed by an overnight stay at the Tsomo Paldar campsite.

Day 05: Trek to Dib Cave/Tibb

·         Begin your day with a cup of hot tea and breakfast. Following that, we will begin our trek toward Tibb Cave, our next campsite.

·         En route, you will see some of the most beautiful frozen waterfalls, as well as ravines and gorges. You’ll notice rock patterns and sedimentations as you continue hiking to the campsite. Your packed lunch will be served on the way.

·         Upon arrival at Tibb Cave, we will set up camp under a large cave. Spend the rest of the day relaxing with butter tea and then followed by dinner.

·         Post dinner, spend the night at the campground.

Day 06: Dib Cave/Tibb to Naerak Frozen Waterfall Camp

·         Today, we’ll trek to the most anticipated campsite. Head to the Nerak Frozen Waterfall campsite.

·         The 13km trail passes through Chadar Trek’s most famous landmark, the Frozen Waterfall. On your way to the Naerak campsite, you will be served a hot lunch.

·         Visit the village of Naerak and interact with the residents to learn about their way of life. Trekkers are advised to dress appropriately for the cold weather.

·         Set up your camp in the close proximity (15-20 minutes away) from the frozen waterfall.

·         Dinner will be followed by an overnight stay at the Nerak campsite.

Day 07: Trek from Naerak to Tibb

·         We will begin the return trip after breakfast and proceed to Tibb Cave.

·         The return path would be difficult, and the river reacts quickly to temperature changes. You’ll find the mystical frozen Zanskar river has now taken on an entirely new appearance.

·         Admire the natural beauty of the area, take photos, and interact with the locals, who can be seen wearing traditional woollen Gonchas (robes). We’ll spend the rest of the day relaxing at the Tibb campsite.

·         Dinner is followed by an overnight stay in Tibb.

Day 08: Trek back to Shingra Koma & Drive To Leh

·         Wake up early. It’s time to head out of Tibb. Have your breakfast and move towards Shingra Koma, crossing Gyalpo.

·         Careful on the way. You might find the footprints of Leh’s untamed creatures. As the region beholds creatures like snow leopards, ibex, and foxes.

·         In the evening, we will drive back to Leh.

·         Enjoy overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09: Departure from Leh

·         Today, the Chadar Frozen River Trek ultimately came to its conclusion.

·         Check out from the guesthouse after breakfast.

·         Depart to the Leh airport

·         End of the trip.

Things you should carry on Chadar Trek:-


Two pairs of Synthetic Track Pants
Two (or more) full sleeve tees with collars
Full Sleeve Jacket
Undergarments (4 Pairs)
Thermal inner (2 Pairs)
Two pairs of Sports socks
Two pairs of Woollen socks
Balaclava/Woollen monkey cap
2 Pairs of Woollen Gloves and Surgical Gloves
1 Hot water bag (available at the medical store)
UV Sunglasses (Curved to completely cover your eyes)
Gumboots (If Not, purchase it from Leh)
Backpack (55 – 65L)
Daypack (20L Capacity)
Trekking Shoes
Muffler or Headscarf (Woollen)
Trekking Pole
Quick-dry towel (Thin)
Lip balm
Cold cream
Sunscreen with SPF 40+
2 Water Bottle (1L each)

Personal Medical Kit

Six Tablets of Crocin
Four Tablets of Avomine
Five Tablets of Combiflam
Four Tablets of Avil (25mg)
Ten Tablets of Disprin
One Crepe Bandage of 3 to 5 meters
Ten Tablets of Norflox
One Role of Gauze cloth
Ten Strips of Band-aid
One Role of Leukoplast
Ten Tablets of Digene
One Roll of Cotton
Five Pacs of ORS
Betadine/Any Antiseptic Cream
Volini/Any Painkiller Cream or Spray
Ten Tablets of Diamox
Any other prescribed medicine

Personal Toilet Kit (minimal)

Toilet paper


LED Torch or Headlamps (preferable)

Extra set of cells
Carry a Small Repair Kit with safety pins, needle, thread and string.
Photographers carry waterproof covers for Camera and Memory-Cards. Also an extra set of batteries will help you trekking with electricity issues.
Other camera essentials.
NOTE: Use plastic bags to organize your belongings into different sections, and keep a few extras on hand for wet clothes, snacks, colas, and personal food.

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