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Ladakha paradise on earth, and the only state which has captivated visitors with its beauty and magical. The trek will give you the perfect opportunity to explore the picturesque mountain peaks, azure lakes or the challenging trekking trails; this scenic valley is known for all.

In winters, it is embraced with heavy snowfalls that cut off the entire region from the rest of the world but the beauty of the place comes in winter. Nestled deep within the whirly passages of the snow-clad mountains, this frozen river also entices thousand of trekkers from different corners of the world the trek is popularly known as the 'Chadar Trek'.

Due to the formation of thick snow blanket, it is known as the Chadar Trek or Frozen River TrekChadar Trek is considered to be one of the most challenging treks, yet it is one of the best winter treks in the Himalayas.


Day 1 Fly to Leh

Altitude: 11,400 ft.

Morning board your flight to Leh, an amazing experience of flying over miles and miles of heavily snowed mountains. The moment you land at the Leh airport, one of the highest airports in the world, you'll be welcome by Nirvana Trip representative. Surely you will feel like breathing in a fresh and crisp air. The town has just begun shedding off the thick winter slumber and is slowly coming to life.

Upon arrival, check-in to the pre-booked hotel and relax for a while or spend the day at leisure. Take a stroll through the Leh market, but make sure to cover yourself as the chill in the air The night is spent in a hotel and rest house.

Day 2 Drive to Tilad Do

Altitude: 11,400 to 10,390 ft. Drive: 65 km.

Morning wake up early give a unique taste to your taste bud then witnessing the sunrise from the Shanti Stupa, from here one can have a mesmerizing view of Leh.

Today’s agenda includes a very picturesque and thrilling long-drive to Chilling. Start your roller-coaster ride to Indus to the village of Nimu, where the Zanskar converges into Indus. The road goes past Chilling to Tilad Do. Among these mammoth mountains, the feeling of insignificance of one’s being does not escape anyone.

To reach the campsite, we have to cross the frozen Zanskar river and this is first steps on the Chadar. It takes a while to get a hang of walking on the ice sheet. As the evening comes, pitch your camp or tents on the bank of the Zanskar, and hands out thick warm sleeping bags. To get some exercise and keep warm, you can climb up the nearby mountains and get a good look at the frozen river.

As the sun sets, it drags the temperature down with it, and the sleeping bags in the tents look quite inviting.

Day 3 Tilad Do to Shingra Koma.

Altitude: 10,390 to 10,550 ft. Trek: 10 km.

The third day of your trek is the biggest challenge of this day. At morning take steaming cups of tea, you can perform a kind of exercise and yoga to keep warm all day long.

After breakfast starts your long walking session of about 10 km on the Chadar Trek. The trek leaders from Nirvana Trip will give you a briefing about the day, and tips on how to walk on the Chadar or Frozen River.

Chadar Trek can assume various forms it totally depends upon weather, it can be a cold and hard surface of the slippery ice, or it can have a dusting of snow over it, providing a good grip. The locals appears to have a sixth sense or their experience, they know where to step on the Chadar.

At places, it might be necessary to wade through ankle deep water or climb on the cliffs at the side of the river. It is important to keep up a decent level of fluid intake or you can keep chocolate with you as you require a lot of energy. Nothing makes you adapt to the conditions faster than nicely circulating blood in your system.

After crossing Shingra Koma, We will reach the camp-site at Gyalpo where we will Pitch our camp relax. Overnight stay at camp.

Day 4 Shingra Koma to Tibb Cave.

Altitude: 10,550 to 10,760 ft. Trek: 15 km

The fourth day of the trek is the longest walk of the day of 15 km. Follow the early morning routine: bed tea at 6, Yoga and find of exercise at 7, breakfast at 8, and quick-march at 8:30.

Today we will walk through the deep ravines of the Zanskar which is stunning. During the trek, you can find numerous caves in these mountains, big and small. Today is the day when you can explore the magnificent frozen waterfalls, some higher than the others.

Centuries ago the local villagers have to face a dearth of water and for a bucket of water, they went to Tibet. The rocks below this waterfall are covered with moss, and this is the only greenery you’ll see on this trek. At Tibb, there is a big cave.The highlight of the day is to share a cup of butter-tea with them!

Overnight stay at camp.

Day 5 Tibb cave to Naerak camp.

Altitude:10,760 to 11,150 ft. Trek: 12.5 km.

Fifth day is the most spectacular day on this trek as we are going to Walk on the river to cross deep gorges and reach a point where you will find a Juniper trees covered with prayer flags just a few step head you will find a mother-of-all frozen waterfalls – a huge instance of suspended animation several feet tall and equally wide.

From here you can explore the dozens of colors in this enormous ice structure as sunlight plays off its surface. Right next to the waterfall there is a bridge across the river, this is a part of the summer-time road from Zanskar to Leh. An hour-long trek will take you to a beautiful Naerak village that lies above the river.

The camp is set up close to the river. Overnight stay at Camp.

Day 6 Naerak to Tibb Cave

Altitude: 11,150 to 10,760 ft. Trek 12.5 km

Morning enjoy your bed tea today we will start our back journey and go back to the Tibb cave step back to chilling. The Zanskar River reacts to the slightest change of temperature, and constantly keeps repackaging itself. It is also possible that when we return back Chadar would be completed in a new form, and will almost be impossible to say whether we have been here before or not

On the way, you can meet as well as interact with locals residents wearing traditional woolen Gonchas – some of the monks who are hiking from the Lingshed Monastery to Leh. They are suitably adapt to the climate and seem very much at home in the sub-zero temperature and the biting cold winds. Nothing wipes the smiles off their faces and dampens the warmth of their spirit.

Day 7 Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma

Altitude: 10,760 to 10,550 ft. Trek: 15 km

After breakfast starting from Tibb, go up to Gyalpo. From far you will feel that the high walls of mountains like castle walls. Also, you can find several trails of pug-marks all along the trek – footprints belonging to foxes, ibex or snow-leopards. If you are lucky enough then you can also view a snow-leopard which is very rare.

Overnight stay at camp.

Day 8 Shingra Koma to Tilad Do and drive to Leh

Altitude: 10,550 to 10,390 and drive to 11400 ft Trek: 10 km. Drive: 65 km.

As this is the last day of trail on the Chadar - the last chance to immerse the beauty of the frozen river. Start your day early as sooner as better after breakfast start your trek once you reach Tilad Do, it is time to say goodbye to the Zanskar.

Nirvana Trip team and our porters will take good care of you and make this trek one of the most memorable experiences for you.

Tonight you get to sleep in a warm guest-house again.

Day 9 Return from Leh

As this unforgettable trail comes to end, depart from Leh having a good memory and tremendous feeling of accomplishment of the frozen lake.

  • Camping Accommodation  
  • Meals
  • Trekking team with necessary equipments
  • Bonfire           
  • First aid kit
  • All taxes included 

  •  Expenses of personal nature
  • Any kind of extra meal during the trek etc.
  • Any kind of Air and train fare
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, Political Strike etc 


Are Hotels open during the winters?
Over the years, popularity of the Chadar Trek have increased among the tourist influx in the Winters too. But yes compared to the Summers only a selected hotels are open during the Winters in Leh and rest during the trek we are staying in Camp.
Do Hotels have running water?
There is no running water in most of the hotels during the winters. As the extreme temperatures is minus 10 to 20 deg C hence the water get freeze in the pipes which leads to rupturing of the water lines
Is phone network, accessibility for communication is available during the trek?
One would have phone connectivity only in Leh. During the trek you would not find any place which give phone connectivity. The villages do have a satellite phone each installed by the government is if there is any kind of emergency you can use that satellite phone by paying a minimal charge.
What kind of cameras would work in that weather?
Any camera would work; it is batteries which is a problem. When the temperatures are low the batteries discharge faster. If you intend to take a lot of pictures on the trek, we recommend that you carry spare batteries with you and keep them wrapped up and warm in the nights.

things to do

If you are planning to for trekking at that time you need a check-list which you can follow at the time of bag pack

  1. Complete Research:  The first step is the most important one as 100 things can go wrong during your trip and you have to be ready to handle each and every situation. So much make a complete research like want kind of where is there, if you have carry cutlery or not, type of stay many other thing.
  2. Test your fitness:  In a journey there are many points where you feel sick so much be always be prepared for every situation during trekking you always have to prepared for freezing cold, acute mountain sickness. There are some place where there is shortage of oxygen at such a great heights will test your limit, time to prove how fit you are. You need lot of energy required at the time of trekking if you feeling now you can’t handle all the things need not to think like this be mentally prepared also I would recommend you to do some stamina building activities.
  3. Number of days: Take some extra days as you can’t believe on weather as any time you can face landslides, heavy rainfall uncertain climate change and you have to stay there only without any option. So take some extra days also don’t forget to have day offat some place to celebrate your success , Cheer up as its dream which comes true.
  4. Documents you must carry: Before going there you need to carry following documents like one photo ID- card.
  5. Cloths and accessories: As the weather can change any time you need to carry warm cloths and the following things
  • Saddle bags/ Magnetic tank bag/ Luggage carrier
  • Comfortable clothes: tracks, raincoats, tee-shirts also carry one extra cloth
  • Wind-cheaters, Jackets and pullovers
  • Flashlight with extra batterie
  • Shoes with good grip, extra pair of socks,
  • Sunglasses, caps or hats, sunscreen lotion and insect repellents
  • Personal toiletries
  • Water bottles etc
  • First aid

Don’t for trek

  1. Don’t take valuable articles with you
  2. Don’t leave your garbage at camp site, take back all that you carry
  3. Don’t play music on your mobile, this disturbs Jungle silence
  4. Don’t take any shortcuts since that may cause you & others lot of trouble
  5. Don’t take alcoholic drinks, this can be cause of serious accident
  6. Don’t smoke, this too can cause Jungle fires as well as animals will run away due to strong smell
  7. Don’t wear flashy cloths, put ones which matches natural colors

Do’s for trek

  1. Study the location map and collect information from senior members or internet about the place
  2. Be a good team member, listen to what trek leader says
  3. Maintain discipline
  4. Observe for pugmarks

Trek Essentials

Basic Gear:

  • Bagpack and Daypack with comfortable straps and rain covers.
  • Water bottles and high energy packaged food.
  • Flashlight and headtorch.
  • High ankle trekking shoes.
  • Raincoats.
  • Ropes and sticks.

Clothing :

  • Wind and Water proof jackets and pants.
  • Woolen sweaters.
  • Thermal inners.
  • Cotton tshirts.
  • Trek pants.
  • Woolen caps and mufflers.
  • Woolen and cotton socks.
  • Waterproof and woolen gloves.

Personal Utilities :

  • Soap and washes
  • Sunscreen cream and Moisturizer
  • Antibacterial powder
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet Paper & wipes
  • Quick dry towel

Medical kit :

  • Medicines like Paracetamol, Aspirin, Ciplox, Nimesulide, Citrizine, Benocide etc. (consult a doctor)
  • Ointment like Moov or Volini.
  • Painkillers.
  • Otrivin.
  • Anti-rash creams like Betnovet



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