CHADAR TREK LEH LADAKH (08 NIGHTS/ 09 DAYS) JAN 2017

  • Itinerary

    DAY 1: DELHI – LEH:                                                                                                                                                  Download ITINERARY

    Arrive at Leh airport, to be received by our representative & transferred to the hotel. Take full day rest at the hotel as you need to acclimatize well. Overnight stay at Leh.

    DAY 2: LEH TO CHILLING DRIVE, AND A SHORT TREK TO TILAT SUMDO.

    In the morning we leave by private vehicles with our support staff to begin this amazing and most exciting winter trek. Shortly after leaving Leh, we reach Nimoo, the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers. The sight is amazing as the iced up and frozen Zanskar meets the fast flowing Indus. A great place for Photo Stop. We then drive down from Nimoo following the track parallel to the frozen Zanskar River. A drive towards the road head beside the frozen river is another amazing experience. Travel distance between Leh and Chilling is around 64 KM. We reach the point, past the village of Chilling to where the road head ends. Touching the Chadar first time, we start the trek for 1-2 hrs along the magnificent frozen river Zanskar till Tilat Sumdo. Overnight in tent.
    MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER

    DAY 3: TREK TO TSOMO PALDAR:(9KMS/6HRS TREK)

    Wake up around 7:00 am, freshen up & after breakfast you are ready for a day full of frozen ice river trek by 9:00 am. Hearing the different sounds of Chadar forming and breaking, you will soon get familiar where the Chadar or the ice cover is thick and thin. Lunch is in between the trek. We all stop where sunlight is abundant though duration is much less as the river flows through a gorge and direct sunlight time is limited. We trek again on frozen ice towards the designated camping site for the day. Overnight at camp.
    MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER

    DAY 4: TSOMO PALDAR – DIBB :(14.5KM/8HRS TREK)

    After breakfast, we head for another day of expedition on the ice among some of the most fantastic landscapes and ice vistas. Though today is the longest day of the trek, we pass through some magnificent beautiful waterfalls and frozen ice cliffs on the left - it is like walking through a giant freezer! The walk also crosses through narrow gorges, where the trekker may have to climb briefly on to the Rocky River bank. The sharp bends and current of the river breaks the ice in some places. We might even catch sight of Bharals or Blue Sheep as we trek along the frozen river. Lunch in between on a flat rocky hill side by the river. Overnight at camp
    MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER

    DAY 5: TREK FROM DIBB TO NYERAK PULLU(11.5KMS/7HRS)

    Again one of the magnificent days on the Chadar trek. However, the caution being that this can become difficult if the Chadar is not very firm. The vistas are stunning though, as we pass through giant frozen waterfalls, ice cliffs and one may even catch sight of the Mountain Fox. – After lunch we pass the 'Incense Tree', called so, because the locals use its branches to burn in their morning rituals, and the prayer flag draped tree, marks the entrance to Zanskar proper. The porters will normally take a few twigs from the tree. We reach Naerak Campsite by late afternoon. An old, dilapidated bridge on the river as folklore goes is thought to be more than an 1000 years old. A trail is normally beaten through in the snow, towards the village up high in the mountains. Overnight at camp.
    MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER

    DAY 6 - RETURN TREK: NAERAK – DIBB:

    Though technically it is the same way back, it is also quite different. The Chadar or the blanket of ice that is forming on the River Zanskar is always changing, breaking up and forming itself again. As the Chadar dynamics are ever changing, the same route and place would look and feel different as the texture and conditions change. All along the way, cyclists will pass by and you will meet a lot of locals wearing their traditional woolen Gonchas, trekking their way towards the village of Padum, Lingshed and Naerak. Pleasantries are exchanged and even a few stories and legend about Zanskar and its people can be heard. Their warmth and smile is amazing among all the hardships. Overnight at camp.
    MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER

    DAY 7 - TREK FROM TIBB TO SHINGRA KOMA:

    Today we trek from Dibb to Shingra Koma. Shingra Koma is a big camping ground on your right as you walk up stream. It is 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. Overnight at camp.
    MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER

    DAY 8 - SHINGRA KOMA - TILAT DO - LEH.

    Today is the last day of this amazing and unique trek. We finally return to the road head where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to our hotel at Leh. On arrival at Leh, check into your hotel & relax & linger on to the experiences of this ice trek that you will always cherish and remember for a life time.
    MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER

    DAY 9 DEPART FROM LEH.

    Transfer to the Airport to board your flight back home.
    MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions:

    DELUXE PACKAGE BUDGET PACKAGE
    Accommodation on Twin/Triple sharing basis. Accommodation on Twin/Triple sharing basis.
    All meals in Leh(First and Last night) Breakfast in Leh Included (First and Last Night)
    All Meals while on Trek All Meals while on Trek
    Trekking equipment(Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Kitchen & Dinning Tent, Utensils, and Tent). Trekking equipment(Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Kitchen & Dinning Tent, Utensils, Tent).
    First Aid Medical Kits, Stretcher and Oxygen Cylinder. First Aid Medical Kits, Stretcher and Oxygen Cylinder.
    Qualified & professional Trek Leader, guide and Support Staff. Qualified & Professional Trek Leader, guide and Support Staff.
    Both way Airport Transfers. Transportation from Leh to Trekking point and back Both way Airport Transfers. Transportation from Leh to Trekking point and back
    Travel insurance Travel insurance
    Individual Porter included in this package Porter cost is not included.

      Exclusions:

      • Any kind of personal expenses.
      • Food mentioned as per inclusions.
      • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
      • Anything not specifically mentioned under the Inclusions
      • Any additional permits levied by local authorities over and above the ones currently applicable
      • Service Tax Extra (4.5%)

  • Payment Policy

    Payment Policy:

    1. 25% of the total amount needs to be paid as an advance immediately after confirmation.
    2. 25% more payment needs to be paid 25days before arrival.
    3. Remaining 50% payment 15 days before arrival.

    Cancellation Policy:

    1. 0-15 days before arrival-100% Non Refundable
    2. 15-25 Days before arrival-50% Non refundable
    3. 25 days to date of booking 25% Non Refundable

    Note: In case the Chadar Trek gets cancelled cause of natural phenomenon or any other reason beyond our control, we shall try to arrange for alternative treks like Lamayuru Trek, Zanskar Valley Trek or the Indus River Trek looking at the situation and possibility of the events. If the participant is unwilling to go for the alternative trek, there would be no refunds. As for Chadar trek, all the services have to be arranged before hand and cannot be shifted to any other date.

    No show and trek changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable. No money shall be refunded in case a person is rescued and brought back to the base camp before the said date. If the travellers need to return before the trip ends, they shall have to bear all the expenses for accommodation and meals at Leh or any other place.

  • Cost 

    Tour Cost Plan

    Package Hotel Name Per person on
    Twin sharing basis
    Deluxe Hotel The Zen Ladakh/Similar 33000/-
    Budget Guest House/Similar 19999/-

    Environment Fee of Rs. 2500 additional.

  • Stay 

    Stay at Hotel The Zen Ladakh (Deluxe Package)

    Leh Trek
    Trekking in Leh Ladakh
    Chadar Trek Ladakh

    Trekking in Ladakh

    Stay at Guest House (Budget Package)

    Trekking in Indian Himalayas
    Zanskar Trek
    Chadar Trek

    Leh Ladakh Trek

  • Dates

    Trekking starts from 10th Jan, 2017 onwards

    Note: The departure of the group is subject to a minimum group size of 10, failing which the departure will be shifted to next available date where the minimum group criteria has been met. We shall keep you posted on the status from time to time.
  • Trekking Tips
    Ladakh Trekking Tips

    The Himalayan foothills are just ideal for trekking, Hiking and Camping offering energetic out-door people a different and exciting option for a Adventure holiday. The Ladakh and Zanskar regions of Jammu & Kashmir are the most popular destinations for trekkers. Walking in the Mountains: Mountain walking is an art in itself. A good trekker is economical in his actions. If you watch a Hillman or a shepherd walking after his sheep, you will observe that he does not waste energy in unnecessary flailing of arms or legs. His strides are sure and steasy, and he soes not appear to be in a hurry. He thus reaches his destination without undue fatigue.

    Keep in mind the following points:
    Halts and Rests:

    1. During a rest period, lie against a tree trunk or a big stone. Place your legs on your rucksack or on any other higher place. This will regulate your blood circulation.
    2. Stop about 15 min. after the first start to readjust your rucksach or to tie a shoelace etc.
    3. Do not make halts frequent or prolonged. Too many halts destroy walking rhythm. Frequent rests are not needed if you follow the right walking techniques. Stop should be made, wherever possible, at natural stopping points, like on the top of a ridge, of before a difficult ascent, or at a scenic viewpoint.

    Equipments:

    The following list only mentions the essential elements. You have to prepare a list of clothes and small personal articles you will need during the trek. A small backpack (about 40 l. It will contain what you will need during a trekking day and carried by you), a kit-bag with padlock (or a big backpack. It will contain the 12 kg personal belongings, which will be carried by horses or porters. We advise you to protect the inside of the kit-bag with a plastic bag), a good sleeping bag, a sweater, a fleece jacket and a waterproof jacket (preferably Gore-Tex), good trousers as well as a waterproof trousers (preferably Gore-Tex), gloves and cap, hiking shoes, sunglasses and sun cream, a walking stick (optional), a frontal lamp or an electric torch. A foam mattress is provided, but if you have a self-inflating mattress, bring it: you will feel more comfortable First aid kit: Here are the main things which can be useful: iodine tablets, tincture or crystals for water purification, analgesics, antidiarrhoeal, intestinal disinfectants, antibiotics, antiseptic, eye drops, bandages, cutaneous antiseptics, waterproof tape, adhesive pads, cotton swabs, skin applications (burn, sunburn, bites or stings), acetazolamide (Diamox) for acute mountain sickness...

  • Risks and Precautions
    How to Reach:

    Leh is connected by good motorable roads to all major places in India. Leh is 1047 km from Delhi, 434 km from Srinagar, and 230 km from Kargil, 494 km from Manali, 380 km from Keylong, 118 km from Deskit (Nubra Valley), 690 km from Jammu. However, during winter all the roads get closed. The only way to reach Leh is by Air.
    Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the main airport of the area. The flights are directly connected from Delhi, Srinagar and Jammu. Daily flights are run by Air India, Go Air and Jet Airways. The flights can get delayed or cancelled during winter so one must keep their options open.

    Risks and Precautions:

    Going on Chadar is very adventurous but one requires taking proper precautions to really minimise the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Headache, Nausea and general discomfort are the normal symptoms of AMS. One requires taking proper rest for at least 8 hours to avoid AMS. Make sure one drinks lot of water and Black Tea. One may opt to take Diamox tablet which will help you to acclimatize the climate.
    If you start feeling AMS, immediately inform our crew and follow their instructions. Normally, we do have oxygen cylinders to fight AMS. In severe cases we will admit the guest to the hospital. Travel and Health insurance is covered in your cost.
    Weather in Himalayas is very unpredictable. Although our team is very careful about weather but abrupt changes are bound to happen sometimes. Please be fully prepared for the change in climate. If there are landslides or the weather is not good, our team head will take the final decision to proceed or not.
    Minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises can happen during trekking over the difficult terrains. Our team are certified and well trained to tackle First Aid injuries.
    Mobile networks do not work in remote areas of Himalayas, so it is good that you inform your loved ones and family members in advance about the same so that they are not worried. Normally in Leh post paid Airtel and BSNL connections work.

    What NOT to take on your trek

    On a trek you need to manage with minimum resources. This can be challenging. But the lesser you carry, the easier it is for you to trek. Here are some things you shouldn’t have in your backpack.

    • Throw out frivolous items. When emptied, your backpack should look more like a survival kit. Make-up, shaving kit, matching caps and scarves are a big no. You don’t need to be fashionable on a high altitude trek.
    • Don’t carry excessive medicines and toiletries. If you are trekking with your family or friends, ration your resources. For instance, carry a single bottle of sunscreen for all. This is more than sufficient for a 6-8 day trek. You don’t need to carry medical kits separately for each person either. One medical kit with the necessary medicines will suffice.
    • Avoid too many products with the same use. Carry a tube of face wash that can double up as a hand wash.
    • Leave anything you won’t need on the trek behind. Unwanted extras like the clothes you’ve taken for your post-trek travel need to be left in hotel lockers. These can wait till you are back from the trek.
    • Don’t carry too much food. Some trekkers tend to carry a lot of packaged food like snack bars. If you are travelling with Chadar Trek Ladakh you will be provided with meals and snacks. If you wish to carry food, carry a few nuts and dry fruits. Nothing more.
    • Avoid carrying electronics. Carry DSLRs, battery backups and tripods only if you are into photography. To be in the mountains is a break from constantly buzzing electronics. Carrying Ipads and speakers will kill that purpose and strain your back.
    • Don’t pack for “if” situations. “If it rains I may need an extra set of clothes or if it snows I might need an extra jacket.” These situations have very little certainty. What is certain is the weight of your backpack. So stick to that weight limit. Ideally, your backpack must weigh only 8-9 kg.
    • No turkey towels. They are bulky, eat too much space and take too long to dry. Carry one light towel instead.
    • Don’t carry extra footwear. You can avoid spare footwear altogether. But if you’re keen on it, carry the lightest pair. If you’re in a group, you can share the extra pair of slippers. Three-four can carry just one pair of slippers and manage with it.
    • Don’t overload yourself with water when not required. Carrying two 1L bottles is a must, but you don’t always have to fill them to the brim when there are water sources on the way.
    On a high altitude trek, even a handkerchief can weigh you down. So think and pack wisely.

    List Of Things to Carry
    Item Quantity Remarks
    Sleeping Bag 1 CTL will provide. If you have one, bring your own after consulting with us for hygienic reason.
    Sleeping Mattress(Foam/Rubber) 1 CTL will provide.
    Trekking Shoe 1 A) A good quality rubber sole with mid sole and ankle support (Medium or high ankle) shoe. Break in well before that you don’t face any sores/blisters when you are on mountain.
    B) Optional. Carry an additional shoe for longer duration treks. While walking on snow, shoe may get wet completely.
    Rucksack/Back Pack 1 Must, Between 35 to 50 Litre
    Rucksack cover (Waterproof) 1 Good to have for protection from rain/dust/stain etc.
    Daypack/Knap sack 1 Optional ( Can carry along with you with water bottle, food, camera and wind/water proof etc) if you want to offload your Rucksack in permitable routes.
    Thermal wear (Base Layer) 1 pair Upper and lower (Woolycot)
    Under garments/Inner wear As per need
    Cotton socks 2/3 pair Use full length socks (Don’t use tennis socks)
    Woolen socks 1 pair
    Woolen gloves 1 pair
    Waterproof gloves 1 pair Optional. Nice to have, especially on high altitude treks where snow/ice is encountered.
    T-shirt 3/4 As per need. Take at least one dry fit/quick dry type of synthetic material.
    Trek pants 2/3 Can be Tracks, 3 quarter/Cargo or Convertible kind. One dry fit lower of synthetic material is recommended.
    Camp sandal 1 pair Can be a strap on sports sandal/Hawaiian sleeper.
    Balaclava/Woolen skull cap/Monkey Cap 1 Protection from cold.
    Sun cap/Wide-brimmed Hat/Bandana 1 Protection from sun.
    Walking Sticks/Trekking Poles/Ski Poles 1 pair Nice to have, reduces the pressure on knees and gives balance specially while descending.
    Heavy Jacket 1 Double layer/Fleece/Synthetic fill/Down feather
    Windproof Jacket/Wind Cheater 1 Must. Better if hooded and water resistant/repellent
    Raingear/Poncho/Waterproof clothing 1 This is a must, specially in monsoon. Separate upper (with hood) and lower is better option.
    Water bottle/Hydration pack 1 Good quality plastic.
    Sunglasses 1 This is must for all the high altitude treks. Polarised/Anti glare is always a better option in snow with UV400 (UV A & B) protection. Trekkers with spectacle can order customised powered sunglasses.
    Sunscreen lotion 1 Optional. At least 30/40 SPF.
    Chap Stick/Cold & Moisturising cream Optional. As per need. Use small tubes/bottles.
    Tooth brush and tooth paste 1 Carry smallest available tube of tooth paste.
    Towel 1 Medium size (light weight).
    Soap/Soap strip 1 Carry small pocket size soap, or Soap strip.
    Hand sanitiser 1 Optional. Small bottle
    Tissue roll ( Toilet) 1 This is a must item as water may not be available in the vicinity.
    Anti Fungal Powder 1 Optional. This helps to keep the socks and the trek shoe drier and odour free to an extent. Carry smallest container.
    Knee cap 1 pair Optional. Makes a difference especially if you have knee injures/problems.
    Torch/Head Lamp with extra batteries 1 Must. Head torch keeps your hands free.
    Camera with extra cells Battery pack Optional. As per need. Normally there is no charging point on the Himalayan trek routes.
    Dry food items Kit Must. Carry some candy, chocolate bars/energy/nutri bars and Glucon C/D/Gatorade sachet.
    Personal first-aid kit Kit Anti septic cream, Betadine/Dettol/Savlon, Band aid, cotton, crepe bandage, safety pin etc.
    Medicines(This is a simple guide line and a doctor’s consultation is recommended.) Kit(Mandatory) a)General medicines comprising of headache, fever, vomiting, stomach upset and pain killer (Volini gel/spray)
    b)Anti Diarrhoearalc)Antibiotics –( choose broad spectrum antibiotics for treating a variety of infections – carry a course of each)
    c)Mild analgesics – (Aspirin/Paracetamol etc but DONOT take Codeine based painkillers).
    e)Strong analgesics ( Co-Proxamol/Ponstan/Temgesic, use with care).
    f)Anti inflammatory (Nurofen or diclofenac sodium)
    g)Diamox – This helps in acclimatisation (a proper dosage is must if taken. Drink lot of water as this is a diuretic drug.

    Things you must carry

    Chadar Trek Leh

    Take all the accessories that you need. Buy gumboots as the normal hiking shoes aren’t enough. They prevent the feet from frostbite, don’t get wet easily, and cost INR 400. Extra pair of socks, waterproof gloves, body warmers, flask bottles, exothermic pouches, trekking rods, couple of sleeping bags are some of the most basic things.

  • Medical Form

    Medical Form

    We request all the trekkers to consult a physician and conduct a medical check up before venturing in any Himalayan Trek. However this is NOT MANDATORY for all the treks, but helpful and advised. For certain treks this is MANDATORY (check with us for the same)

    Download Medical Form