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Chadar- The Frozen River Trek - 2019

Experience this unique trek over the frozen Zanskar River, and explore the scenery, temperature, atmosphere, sledges, unusual campsites, caves. Test your endurance and come out enthralled.

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Experience this unique trek over the frozen Zanskar River, and explore the scenery, temperature, atmosphere, sledges, unusual campsites, caves. Test your endurance and come out enthralled.

Cities

-   Leh (2N) - Shingra Yokma (1N) - Shingra Kogma (1N) - Tibb (1N) - Nerak (1N) - Tibb (1N) - Shingra Kogma (1N) - Leh (1N)

Hotel

-   3 Stars
Meals -   All Meals

Transport

-   Leh-Shingra Yokma | Trek

Transport

-   Shingra Yokma-Shingra Kogma | Trek

Transport

-   Shingra Kogma-Tibb | Trek

Transport

-   Tibb-Nerak | Trek

Transport

-   Nerak-Tibb | Trek

Transport

-   Tibb-Shingra Kogma | Trek

Transport

-   Shingra Kogma-Leh | Trek

Transfers

-   Transfers from Leh - Included
Transfers from Shingra Yokma - Included
Transfers from Shingra Kogma - Included
Transfers from Tibb - Included
Transfers from Nerak - Included
Transfers from Tibb - Included
Transfers from Shingra Kogma - Included
Transfers from Leh - Included

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1. The Auspicious | 2 Nights | 3

Chulung old road, Leh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101 Google map kazzmo

2. Camp at Shingra yokma/Darr | 1 Night | 2

Shingra Yokma/Darr, India Google map kazzmo

3. Camp at Shingra Kogma | 1 Night | 2

Shingra Kogma, India Google map kazzmo

4. Camp at Tibb | 1 Night | 2

Tibb, India Google map kazzmo

5. Camp at Nerak | 1 Night | 2

Nerak, India Google map kazzmo

6. Camp at Tibb | 1 Night | 2

Tibb, India Google map kazzmo

7. Camp at Shingra Kogma | 1 Night | 2

Shingra Kogma, India Google map kazzmo

8. The Auspicious | 1 Night | 2

Chulung old road, Leh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101 Google map kazzmo

Day 1:

Arrive in Leh by morning flight to get some acclimatization time-

  • The temperature in Leh in winters is almost always in the negative. Keep a jacket, woolen cap and gloves handy in the flight to face the blast of cold air the moment you land from the plane.
  • Leh is totally covered by a blanket of snow.
  • It’s white all around. Sometimes the roads have a coating of a think sheet of ice.
  • Watch out when you walk on them and be wary of slips and falls.
  • Stay at The Auspicious Hotel(Centrally heated) or like in Leh

Day 2:

Explore Leh - Shanti Stupa- Leh-

  • After breakfast we'l go on a guided tour of Leh town. Leh at 11,800ft is higher than your entire trek.
  • It is colder too. Daytime the temperature hovers at around -10 degrees and after sundown drops to -16 or more.
  • Get used to the cold at Leh during the day in the sun but get into your rooms once the sun goes down.
  • The city of Leh only partly open during the winter months only the shops catering to the local needs are open.
  • Buy all your gears from your city and don’t keep any major shopping to be done at Leh.
  • Also, today we’ll get the mandatory checkup for the Chadar trek done from Sonam Norbu Hospital in Leh.
  • Stay at The Auspicious Hotel(Centrally heated) or like in Leh

Day 3:

Leh to Darr (by jeeps), camp at Darr/Shingra Yokma-

  • Take your first few steps on Chadar carefully getting a feel of the surface you are stepping on.
  • The Chadar surface can be of various kinds – a coating of fresh powder snow, hard and shiny ice, a freshly formed chadar (sheet of ice), chadarthats weak and breaking or another new texture. It is easy to walk on a fresh coating of snow.
  • The snow gives you good grip and you can walk normally.
  • An old hard and shiny surface of ice is what is tricky in initially.
  • Do a penguin kind of walk on such a surface without lifting your feet too much off the ground.
  • The Darr/Shingra yokma campsite comes within an hour of your trek.An elevated level field makes a good camping spot.
  • On the opposite side are a few caves were those not carrying tents can camp.
  • The locals on their journey through the Chadar tend to stay in caves.
  • A campfire will make it better but it comes at the cost of the last traces of vegetation (dried) left on the banks of the Chadar.
  • Camp at Shingra yokma/Darr

Day 4:

Trek from Shingra Yokma to Shingra Kogma , 5. kms, 4 hrs-

  • Wake up with the sun at about 7 am and prepare to leave the campsite by 9 am.
  • Though the sun is up, Darr like most parts of the Chadar gets direct sunlight only during mid day.
  • Another reason why the Chadar forms and remains.
  • The morning walk on the Chadar may feel like a walk inside a deep freezer.
  • Your face should be the only exposed skin but its enough to give the deep freeze feeling.
  • As you walk on the Chadar, listen to the sounds it makes. Depending on the thickness of the Chadar, the sounds change.
  • You will soon start recognizing where the Chadar is thick and where it is thin and dangerous.
  • Shingra Kogma is a big camping ground on your right as you walk up stream.
  • Its right below a huge stone wall which is straight out of a hollywood movie.
  • The Zanskar river takes a beautiful turn right in front of the camp site and sharp peaks rise on the other side of the river.
  • Camp at Shingra Kogma

Day 5:

Trek from Shingra Kogma to Tibb, 15 kms, 7 - 8 hrs-

  • The trek from ShingraKoma to Tibb is a long one. It is also one of the most beautiful days of the trek.
  • Watch the small waterfalls on the left standing still in the form of icefalls.
  • A couple of hours into the days walk brings you to a massive waterfall on the left.
  • Prayer flags flutter on the trees in front of the waterfall. You know that the place is revered by the Ladakhis.
  • Surprisingly the waterfall is not frozen. Notice the greenish moss growing on the rocks under the water.
  • Camp at Tibb

Day 6:

Trek from Tibb to Nerak, 12 kms, 7 hrs-

  • The trek from Tibb to Nerak is 12 kms long. This is the day when you encounter the much awaited frozen waterfall.
  • The day is beautiful too going through the cliffs and gorges and valleys of Chadar. 5 hours into the trek and after your lunch break is when you see the first sights of Nerak.
  • Prayer flags around Juniper shrubs by the Chadar signal that you are now close to Nerak and before that the waterfall.
  • Nerak is a village located about 2,000ft higher than the river bed. The Chadar trekkers camp not at the village but at the camping ground 200 ft higher than the river.
  • There is a lone shelter at Nerakcampsite which serves as a Rafting point in the summer months. During winters, it serves as a shelter for the Chadar trekkers.
  • Camp at Nerak

Day 7:

Return from Nerak to Tibb, 7 hrs-

  • The return path is theoretically a retrace of the route you took the last 3 days but in reality can feel like a totally new one.
  • The dynamics of the Chadar can make the whole place look and feel different. Old Chadar breaks, new ones form where there was none earlier, texture of the Chadar changes and so on.
  • Sometimes the Chadar breaks right under your feet and floats away like a raft.
  • You have no option but to run on to the safer sheet ahead.
  • You see the same broken raft getting stuck somewhere downstream and other icicles clinging on to it to form a whole new Chadar elsewhere.
  • The Chadar trek is an experience. Your experience and what you see will be totally different from anyone else’s.
  • Camp at Tibb

Day 8:

Trek from Tibb to Shingra Kogma-

  • Watch the small waterfalls on the left standing still in the form of icefalls.
  • Camp at Shingra Kogma

Day 9:

Trek from Shingra Koma to Tilat Sumdo and drive back to Leh-

  • This is the last day of treading on the Chadar the last chance to immerse in the pristine beauty of the frozen river.
  • Once you reach Tilad Do, it is time to say good-bye to the Zanskar and the Zanskaries.
  • Tonight we'll all go out for a nice dinner in one of the fancy restaurants in town.
  • Tonight you get to sleep in a warm and cosy bed again.
  • Leh Hotel- The Auspicious (Centrally heated)

Day 10:

Departure-

  • After breakfast transfer from Leh to Airport to catch flight for onward destination.
See Detailed Itinerary
Transport
Any City to Leh - No Transport
Leh to Shingra Yokma - Trek | Trek
Shingra Yokma to Shingra Kogma - Trek | Trek
Shingra Kogma to Tibb - Trek | Trek
Tibb to Nerak - Trek | Trek
Nerak to Tibb - Trek | Trek
Tibb to Shingra Kogma - Trek | Trek
Shingra Kogma to Leh - Trek | Trek
Leh to Any City - No Transport
Leh - Trek
Shingra Kogma - Trek
Tibb - Trek
Nerak - Trek
Tibb - Trek
Shingra Kogma - Trek
Shingra Yokma - Trek
Leh - Trek
Leh - Tempo Traveller
Shingra Yokma - Trek
Shingra Kogma - Trek
Tibb - Trek
Nerak - Trek
Tibb - Trek
Shingra Kogma - Trek
Leh - Trek
Any City - Not Included

All Meals

Inclusions-

  • Accommodation: 2 Nights in Leh + 1 Night in Shingra Yokma + 1 Night in Shingra Kogma + 1 Night in Tibb + 1 Night in Nerak -+ 1 Night in Tibb + 1 Night in Shingra Kogma + 1 Night in Leh
  • Transfers: NAC Tempo Traveller/ Trek
  • Sightseeing: Trek
  • Meals: All meals (vegetarian)

Other Inclusions-

  • The environmental + Royalty fee for Indian clients.
  • All meals (vegetarian) from Brunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 9.
  • Guided tour of Leh town.
  • Accommodation type camp on triple sharing basis during the trek and hotel in leh
  • 06 Nights stay in High altitude trekking tents and 02 Nights stay in hotel in Leh at 'The Auspicious Hotel' (Centrally heated) w breakfast & dinner)
  • Transportation by NAC Tempo Traveller; departure transfers, pick up / drop to and from the trek starting / end point.
  • English speaking, knowledgeable and well-mannered trekking Guide during trek.
  •  All Trekking arrangement as following
  • All equipment of community-use nature and nature friendly including high altitude 3 person client tents,
  • Dining tents
  • Kitchen Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Toilet tents,
  • Staff tent,
  • Mattresses
  • Camping charges
  • Kitchen equipment like cooking utensils, camp crockery, tableware, lamps, bowls and cloth linens.
  • Trek support team including cook & helper, with enough porters to carry the provisions and during trekking.
  • Separate vehicle to carry the trekking equipment and support team to / from trek starting / ending point
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Oxymeter + medical box

Addl Info-

Program Type:  Guided trekking
Best Season:  Jan - Mar
Duration:  10 Days
Region:  Ladakh, Zanskar
Max. Altitude:  4000 m
Grade:  Challenging
Trek Starting Point:  Leh
Trek Ending Point:  Leh
Average Hiking Daily:  4 - 5 hrs
Total Trekking distance:  7 km
Accommodation:  Four men tents on triple sharing basis during camping
Nearest Airport:  Leh
Group Size:  8 to 10

Highlights-

  • One of the greatest treks as covered by Lonely Planet, National Geographic etc.
  • Walk on the frozen River Zanskar
  • Frozen waterfalls at Nerak
  • Experience Culture and Cuisine of Ladakh in the winters

Departure Dates 2019-

  • January: 24th, 27th Jan
  • February: 10th, 17th

  • The environmental + Royalty fee for international clients.
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Any increase on cost due to change in itinerary because of any natural causes etc
  • Porter for personal stuff for the complete trek is @ 8000/= per / bag and bag should not exceed 8 kgs

To be confirmed at the time of booking.

To be confirmed at the time of booking.

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