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Chadar Trek

Leh | 4 | 4

  • 62 KM

  • 8D | 7N

  • Difficult

  • 11,100 ft

  • Age 18-45 Year

Starting from ₹ 25000

₹ 21500per person

Extra 5% GST

14% OFF

  • Leh - Leh
  • Trek starts from Leh
  • Traveling Charges applicable

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All about the Chadar Frozen River Trek.

A thick sheet of ice, beautiful mountains on all sides and the fascinating Zanskari culture are enough to give you an experience of a lifetime. The Chadar trek is one of the most alluring and challenging treks in India at an altitude of approximately 11,150 ft.

This trek requires a maximum time of walking on this blanket of ice which is basically the Zanskar river, frozen during the winters. This 8-day trek is a must-do trek because of such intimidating natural heaven. There is a magnificent waterfall called Nerak waterfall which is frozen completely from top to bottom. You will be awed by numerous such things on your way to the last stop. Here, we will let you know all about this trek and what all experiences you will enjoy during the entire journey.


NOTE: The Chadar Trek suffers an unpredictable weather condition for which you need to gear yourself up and be prepared for all kind of circumstances.

  • Trekkers of India will prepare you for the hard.
  • You should be well equipped with winter accessories such as several layers of extra warm clothing, ice picks and trekking boots.
  • Keep some instant food options with yourself that can be preserved and made quickly.
  • Do not forget to carry two flasks of 1 litre each.
  • Note: Alcohol consumption and smoking is strictly prohibited during the trek.

Note: Alcohol consumption and smoking is strictly prohibited during the trek.



  1. Bring a copy of your ID proof and 2 passport sized photographs. (People from outside of         India must also keep a copy of their passport and visa)
  2. Network is available at Leh (only post-paid)
  3. ATM facility is available at Leh



You will be greeted at the Airport by our team.
Our cars will take you to the pre-booked hotel and rooms will be allotted to you.
Take some rest to get your body acclimatized with the changed altitude and temperature dip.
You can spend the rest of your day at leisure or can go to a nearby marketplace.

The day is reserved to acclimatize keeping in mind the health conditions of trekkers who may witness Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You will be served hot breakfast at your hotel.
You can walk to the Leh marketplace or can explore the town the rest of the day but make sure that you rest enough and sip on water on regular intervals so that you are now fully acclimatized and ready for your Medical test on the next day.

Enjoy your delicious breakfast at the hotel and get ready for the Medical test at the designated facility in Leh. Try to leave as early as possible to avoid any delay for your preliminary medical check-up. If you pass the medical prerequisites, you will get the fitness clearance, a green signal for the charming Chadar Trek.

Again, you can spend the rest of the day at leisure or can explore nearby places / marketplace. Spend overnight at the hotel and be mentally prepared for the expedition starting tomorrow.

Leh – Chilling – Bakula – Gyalpo
We start off from Leh and head out towards the start point of our trek at Gyalpo. En route, we will pass Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill and the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers just before Nimu.
Once past Chilling, we arrive at Bakula. You will commence 2 hour trek till Gyalpo.
We take our first baby steps on the frozen river, so be prepared for some slips and falls! Walking in gumboots too will take a while, so be patient as it’s only your first day for long trek.
We start off along the left bank, past the cascading waters of the Zanskar river and frozen waterfalls until we set up camp at Gyalpo.
Our camp site is on a piece of flat land high above, giving you a stunning view of bend of the river.

Rising early would have its perks as the sun comes out from behind the mountains and lights up the valley.
It will also help your body get used to the cold.
Aching bones, if any, will be sorted by some scrumptious breakfast as the Zanskar comes to life with the rising sun.
A relatively easy day of walking past higher waterfalls will get you to Tibb Cave, which lies at the intersection of two valleys.
An evening walk down any one of them can make for good exploration.

It’s the most eagerly awaited day, especially because en route Nyerak – the first village of Zanskar – is a stunning frozen waterfall.
While the ones you have seen so far are from high up, this one is also several feet in length which makes it one of the most picturesque sights on the trek.
Just ahead of it is Nyerak, and while we camp by the river, a short walk early next morning will take you back to civilization for the first time in almost a week.
At Nyerak, you can treat yourself to some goodies from the local shop and interact with the residents there, who are more than happy to indulge in a good conversation.

After four days of walking on ice, you will now be an expert.
So feel free to look around and soak in the surroundings.
There’s a good chance of spotting Ibex and Bharal a Blue Sheep on the high slopes, and if you’re lucky, even a snow leopard walking along the ridge.
Also look out for birds such as Lammergeirs and Choughs sailing high above the valley.
It’s the longest day of the trek through narrow gorges, which means climbing up a short distance by the bank of the river in places where a solid walking surface is unavailable.

Way back is tiring at the same time very interesting. After 5 days in this chilling region you get use to this environment. Snap shots of your favorite place, lying on the bed of ice, sharing your experience are the memories of trek.
We make our way back along the same way that we came, giving you the opportunity to soak in the sights that you probably missed. Trekkers along the way are sure to check with you on the route ahead, so be prepared to play guide and share your experiences.

Checkout 10.00 AM from Leh.

Time to Say Goodbye !! And a Farewell to all beautiful souls with unforgettable memories.


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  •  An experienced Trek leader who is a certified mountaineer
  •  A supporting staff to help and guide you throughout your trek
  •  Major trekking equipments of the best quality.
  •  Stay Triple Occupancy in Tents
  •  Safety gear
  •  First aid kit
  • Meals on scheduled time (Only Veg)


  •  Any kind of personal expenses
  •  Double Sharing Tent or Separate Tent.
  •  Any food item or other purchases made during the trek
  •  Any food item or other purchases made during the drive
  • Mules or Porters to carry personal luggage and other items on trek

How to Reach

You can fly from Delhi to Bhuntar in Kullu. Many airlines run regular flights between Delhi and Bhuntar, which are approximately 1.5 to 2 hours long. From Bhuntar Airport, you can take a shared cab or taxi to reach Manali, which is nearly 50km away. It will take nearly 1.5 to 2 hours, according to the road condition and traffic.

You can hire a taxi or a bus from Delhi to Manali. You will find frequent bus transportation available from different bus terminals in Delhi. The travel time from Delhi to Manali by bus or taxi is approximately 12-14 hours, according to the road conditions and traffic. After reaching Manali, your trek will begin from Jobra.

You can hire a taxi or a bus from Delhi to Manali. You will find frequent bus transportation available from different bus terminals in Delhi. The travel time from Delhi to Manali by bus or taxi is approximately 12-14 hours, according to the road conditions and traffic. After reaching Manali, your trek will begin from Jobra.

Food During Trek

Tea / Coffee / Juice
Bread Butter-Jam / Sandwich / Omelette / Aloo Paratha / Mix Veg Poha / Porridge / Chole Bhature / Aloo Poori / Mix Veg Vermicelli

Please Note: This is a Tentative Menu. Trekkers Of India can change/update the menu without any prior notice! 

  • Roti / Paratha / Sabzi / Vegetable Pulao / Jeera Rice / Daal Makhni
  • Refereshment: Banana / Packed Juice / Biscuit / Chocolate / Dry Fruits

  • Tea/Coffee, Mix Veg Soup
  • Bread Pakoda / Maggie / Veg Pakoda

  • Mattar-Paneer / Rajma-Rice / Roti-Sabzi / Tadka Daal / Aloo-Gobhi / Mix veg Manchurian / Masur Daal
  • Sweets: Gulab-Jamun / Halwa
  • Hot Drink: Bournvita

Terms & Conditions

Cancellation Process & Terms & Conditions

For canceling your booking, please send us an e-mail at support@trekkersofindia.com

Do not forget to mention your booking reference number in the same e-mail. Cancellation requests cannot be taken over the phone call or messages.

Advance Amount is Non Refundable 

  • Cancellation made 25 days before the trek- 90% cash refund or Get 100% of the trek fee in a Trekkers Of India Trek Voucher.
  • Cancellation made between 24 days and 15 days before the trek- 70% cash refund or Get 80% of the trek fee in a Trekkers Of India Trek Voucher.
  • Cancellation made between 14 days and 10 days before the trek- 50% cash refund or Get 70% of the trek fee in a Trekkers Of India Trek Voucher.
  • Cancellation made between 9 days and 1 day before the trek– No Refund, 10% Trek Voucher
  • If the Cancellation is made on the Starting day of the trek or there is no Show on the start day of trek, there will be No Refund, No Voucher.
  • Trek Voucher is Issued when Full Amount is Paid to book the trek.
  • No refund is applicable on cancellation if Advance Amount is Paid to Book the Trek/Trip.
  • Refunds will be made within 7-14 working days from the date of cancellation.
  • In case of refund, 3% payment processing charges must be applied.
  • In case of refund, 5% GST is NON REFUNDABLE.
  • If your Booking says ” NON REFUNDABLE “ No Refund or Trek Voucher will be issued.



In the rare event that we cancel a trek, this is the policy we follow:

We almost never cancel our treks. But in case we cancel a trek because of Lockdown, Natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes, bad weather) or unexpected political unrest, terrorism activity, curfews, local riots, or government orders, Trekkers Of India issues a voucher for the full amount of your trek fee paid to us or Alternate Trek will be arranged. You can redeem the Trek Voucher on any of our treks over the next one year or even extend it in case of emergency. NO CASH REFUND would be made.

What If Trekker is on Trek & It is not completed due to natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes, bad weather) or unexpected political unrest, terrorism activity, curfews, local riots, or government orders?

There would be NO REFUND in this case.

Trekker can avail our “Come Back & Trek Again Feature” Let us tell you more about it. (Not applicable on Winter Treks)


1. As a Trekker, there are times when you have to let go of a Trek in mid of the Trek Journey. You can fall ill or get hit by AMS or at times simply fatigue pulls you down or there may be other reasons as well such as Snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes or unexpected political unrest, bad weather, curfews, local riots, or government orders?. Or if your Trek Leader/Guide sends you back down to base due to a safety or health issue. At Trekkers Of India we feel bad when such things happen and we understand the feelings of Trekker.

But wait! Trekkers Of India will not let you go back with sad face! We have a feature/policy in which you can “COME BACK & TREK AGAIN” that means you can come back & do SAME TREK again. And Hey! you don’t need to pay Trekkers Of India money for the same. Happy now  ?

How to apply for same? Simply email us at support@trekkersofindia.in, Our support team will send you a Refcode (Which is not a Trek Voucher Code). Next year when you are ready to do Same trek again, you can simply mail us at bookings@trekkersofindia.in with Refcode and batch date our team will help you confirming your slot.

IMPORTANT: Offloading Fee, Travel Fee, Rental Fee is not included in this feature.


What is a Trekkers Of India Trek Voucher?

Trek Voucher is a credit amount which gets added to you Trekkers Of India account. You can redeem trek voucher by booking any Fixed Departure Trek with Trekkers Of India in future. Every Trek voucher comes with one year validity.

IMPORTANT: Trekkers Of India Trek Vouchers are non transferrable, non refundable to others. Only Trekker who has received it can redeem it. For example, If you have booked for five person you can either avail one Trek voucher of xyz amount or five trek vouchers will be issued on Trekker’s name.


How to redeem the Trek Voucher: 

Trekker will receive a Trek Voucher code on mail once you apply for the same.

1. Visit www.trekkersofindia.com
2. Choose Your Trek, Click on Available Dates.
3. Fill your Details
4. You will find Coupon Code option
5. Enter Your Trek Voucher code
6. Redeemed Yayy!

Please Note: This voucher code can redeemed only once for Treks in Uttarakhand, Himachal, Kashmir. Not redeemable for Treks in Maharashtra. And if you have received Voucher for treks in Maharashtra it can be only redeemed for treks in Maharashtra. If you need any support while Using the VOUCHER CODE feel free to Call/Whatsapp your Trek coordinator on +91 9999779236,9999779136. Trekkers Of Maharashtra coordinator is available on +91 8800144436.


  • Full amount to be paid to confirm booking.
  • Booking confirmations are subject to the availability of accommodation in specified hotels.
  • Cheques not accepted.
  • Payments accepted via UPI, Credit Card, and Net Banking (in case of payment via credit card 3% extra will be charged).
  • Once the payment is completed, inform our team via sharing a screenshot/ copy of the payment confirmation. Make sure the date, time, and UTR number are visible in the copy.
  • If a solo female traveller does not wish to share accommodation an additional cost will be charged.   


  • Trekkers Of India reserves the right to alter the day-wise schedule of the tour without any prior information (based on traffic, route restrictions or unforeseen travel-related circumstances). 
  • In case there is an unprecedented surge in transportation or accommodation costs (for instance, a hike in fuel charges), the total cost of the package will also increase.
  • Trekkers Of India will not be responsible for any change in the itinerary due to natural calamities or unforeseen circumstances. Any additional cost incurred for the same will be in addition to the cost borne by the client.
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions is not a part of this package. 
  • Images of the sites, city, hotel, etc. are for illustration purposes only. 
  • Additional charges would be applied for the passengers who wish to stay back at the destination or transit.

Things to Carry

Back Pack & Rair Cover 20-30 ltr (If hire a mule of porter)
Walking Stick 1
Water bottle/Hydration Pack 2 bottles of one ltr. each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle ofb one ltr., Carry at least one thermos flask.
Personal Medical Kit Consult yur Doctor
Snacks Energy Bar/Dry Fruits

T-shirts 2 Full sleeves (Non cotton)
Fleece T-shirt 1 Nos.
Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather/ Hollofil jacket 1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (Jacket & pants) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
Trek Pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Windstopper Pant 1 Pair
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woolen gloves 1 Pair

Sunscreen cream 1 Nos.
Mosturiser 1 Nos.
Toillet Paper & wipes 1 Nos.
Lip balm 1 Nos.
Hand sanitizer 1 Nos.
Antibacterial powder 1 Nos.
Toothbrush and toothpaste 1 Nos.
Quick dry towel 1 Nos.



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The winter months of January and February are considered to be the best time to go on Chadar frozen river trek. This is because around this time, the area experiences winters resulting in a temperature range of -5 to -25 degrees celsius. In addition to this, the Zanskar river is completely frozen during this time, thus resulting in a perfect trekking experience.

The Chadar trek can only be done during the months of January till February, therefore the roads to here are blocked due to heavy snowfall. The only way to reach here is through the air and Ladakh is accessible by air as well and one can easily schedule a flight to Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport.

The Chadar trek distance is 62 Km, where an average trekker walks around 10-15 Kilometers on foot. It takes around 5-6 hours of walking every day to make them reach the desired distance. Though the walk is straight featuring less elevation, the extreme negative temperature and the broken trails increase the difficulty of this trek. Work on your stamina and endurance at least a month prior to your trip.

Chadar trek temperature in the day time goes up to -10 Degrees. A sunny day can make the environment warm as well due to the reflection of the sunrays from the ice. Temperatures till -30 degrees have been witnessed by us in the nighttime. But don’t worry, it is quite warm inside the sleeping tent but the psychological feeling of cold will be there till the last moment of you being on the trek and in Leh as well.

With proper gear and sensible trekking, the Zanskar River trek Ladakh is not a very difficult trek. But what sets it apart is its unique experience. Everything about it is unique: the scenery, temperature, atmosphere, the frozen river, sledges, unusual campsites, caves, and the ever-changing Chadar. So unique that it makes for an unmissable experience. Chadar Frozen River Trek has been featured as the most unique trek in the country.

With proper training and preparation, even a beginner can opt for a Chadar trek package. Even though Chadar winter trek has been considered to be one of the challenging trekking routes, its path however is easy to coved for being straight and not inclined. Since you are required to spend nights in caves, pass through rugged snowy paths and a frozen lake, a large part of Chadar Trek thus depends on the mental as well as physical capabilities of a person. To make sure that you enjoy the trek in its best form, you can start training beforehand. A month-long extreme running, cycling, and weight training can make it easy for you even if you are a beginner.

The weather in Chadar Trek is extremely chilling. With the temperatures going negative to zero degree celsius, it adds to the difficulty of the Chadar trek. The piercing winds and sudden leg dips into the numbing water will challenge you to the core. The days are comparatively warmer than the nights as the sharp rays of the Sun flash over your heads, making the temperature rise to -5 degree celsius. The night cold is a test that can be qualified if you do not let your skin exposed to the freezing -25 degree celsius temperature outside and stay in your sleeping bags.

With the altitude up to 11,123 feet, Chadar Trek is a straight walk over the frozen Zanskar river facing the staggering extreme temperature. Due to the high altitude, the oxygen level is low, and so it is advisable that people suffering from asthma or any other breathing problem should not take it. If they want to take up this challenge then they require the medical approval and gear up to unveil the enthralling expedition.

Chadar trek is considered the toughest winter trek in India, it is indeed a difficult adventure. All you need is proper preparation which includes physical and mental training along with the smart packing regime. If you make all the pieces fall in the correct places, it does not matter even if you are a first-timer.

No, Chadar Trek should never be done solo as it is one of the treacherous treks ever. It is highly recommended to have a group even if it is a small one, to accompany you throughout the trek.

Starting from ₹ 25000

₹ 21500per person

Extra 5% GST

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  • Leh - Leh
  • Trek starts from Leh
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