About the Destination:
Chadar Trek to the frozen river in Zanskar Valley is an extremely challenging due to the climatic conditions yet glamorous trek because of the seamless glacial beauty covering the whole region. It has been widely acknowledged and many travel magazines and platforms have described the challenges and the worth of Chadar Trek in many ways. Those who have experienced Chadar glaciers would return with a halo of achievement as it is one of the greatest treks in India.
This trek is going to be a visit to a completely frozen river in Ladakh. Often the trekking trails will be hindered due to the ice but there will always be another way to forge alternate trails through snow covered regions letting each trekker reach the river. The ice sheets are stable at the riverside and thus the trekking would be manageable. The dropping temperature, the spine-chilling ambience, the beautiful white crystalline-kind river, marvelous campsite, caves, sledges and many other features near Chadar are the contributing factor for its acceptance.
It would be rather an honour to do this unique trek especially from January till March when the ice cover would the most stable and offering you the best moments closer to nature. The walls near Chadar are almost vertical with a height up to 600 meters and the overall distance a trekker would cover will approximately 205 kilometers with 16 kilometers per day on an average.
About the Trek:
The great Chadar Trek begins when you reach Ladakh and spend one day for acclimatization. You will get ample time to explore the regions in Ladakh and visit the mind blowing sights like Shanti Stupa and other monasteries nearby. The first leg of the trek will happen afterwards with a journey to Tsomo Paldar and then to Gyalpo. The stunning campsites have a start here with unimaginable support from the exciting nature as well.
As you continue walking across the Zanskar Range, you will find the trek gaining more seriousness and challenges. Dibb Cave is the major attraction you come across on this stretch of the trek. It would be a great opportunity to amble along the extremely captivating sights on your way to another beautiful village called Nyerak. Frozen waterfalls, the multiple snow-capped mountain views and the atypical attractions will accompany you throughout.
Once you finish walking along the frozen river by watching all the enlightening visuals in the surroundings, then it is time to get back to Tibb Cave and then to Shingra Koma. This is another pretty campsite with so much happiness to offer. On the last stretch of Chadar trek, you will be returning to Leh and then the days are at your disposal. If you would like to spend more time exploring Leh and its culture, then you are completely free to do that.
Do's and Dont's on Chadar trek
Do’s of Chadar Trek
- Needless to say that one should inform one’s family before coming for this trek, so in case of any emergency, they can come for help.
- The temperature extensively drops down in the region. Therefore, it is advisable to keep warm clothes and shoes at hand. The shoes should also be waterproof.
- As there won’t be any pharmacies on our trek, please do carry required medications and a first aid kit, in case of any bruises or cuts.
- The area of this trek has hardly any shop to stop for food or drinks, hence it is advisable to carry water and energy giving food like energy bars and other eateries to be had at regular intervals. We also travel with plenty of water.
Dont’s of Chadar Trek
- It is the responsibility of every trekker to maintain the serenity of the surroundings. Thus, one should not litter anywhere and spoil the magnificence.
- The wonderful waterfalls should not be contaminated by the use of shampoos and soaps. Thus one should avoid using them. The local habitat tribes use this water for drinking purpose so one should keep it as clean as one expects its drinking water to be.
- When meeting monks or other locals on the way, pinpointing is not advisable as they make take offense.
- Respect the serenity of the shrines and thus one should never disturb the monks or prayers in the monasteries on the route.
- Trekking in the Frozen River is certainly a difficult task and thus, one should not try to be over-smart. Following the tips and guidelines is a must to carry out this trek safely.