Chadar - The Frozen Zanskar River Trek

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20 - 31 Jan 2024 | 12 Days

INR 1,02,000 + 5% GST

Single Supplement: INR 36,000 + 5% GST

Group Size: 8-16 persons

Ladakh lies in the eastern half of the state of Jammu & Kashmir in the far north of India. It shares its much disputed north western border with Pakistan, while to the north lies the Chinese province of Xinjiang, and to the east, Chinese occupied Tibet. It covers an area of approximately 60,000 sq. kms, ranging from 2600 metres to 7670 metres in elevation, Ladakh is sandwiched between two mountain systems – the Karakoram to the north and the Himalayas in the south. Ladakh can basically be divided into five geographical regions – Central Ladakh (the heartland of the Indus valley), Nubra (lying to the north of the Ladakh range), Rupshu (a dry, high altitude plateau lying in the south-east of Ladakh, Zanskar (one of the highest inhabited regions in the world) and western Ladakh or Lower Ladakh (around Kargil).

Zanskar – a remote valley in Ladakh is the fabled “Land of White Copper” – a land of glaciers and extreme cold, snow leopards and the ibex, black wolves and the rare Himalayan blue poppy, and of spirits and monks. At an average altitude of over 13,000 ft, the strange aspect of this valley is that it has no entrance. The two rivers that flow in it meet to carve a gorge so long and deep that one cannot travel down it to enter or exit the region. The only way out is crossing the Zanskar range of mountains, through high passes that are closed eight months in a year.

This gorge of the Zanskar therefore, remains un-trekkable during the summer when the snow melt sends the river raging, but forms a corridor of ice in winter which serves as the only way, albeit dangerous, out of the Zanskar valley.

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DAYS 1-6

  • Day 1: Leh Airport – Leh Guest House

Meet on arrival in Leh and transfer to hotel. Day free to acclimatise. Overnight guest house on full board.

  • Day 2 & 3: Leh

Acclimatize and half day sightseeing of monasteries. Overnight guest house on full board.

  • Day 4: Leh – Chilling – Start trek to Bakula

Transfer by jeep on a tarmac road till Chilling. Then drive on jeep track for a few kilometers at Guru Do before starting the trek. Overnight camp by the river.

  • Day 5: Bakula/Dibyongma

Trek on the frozen river. Overnight camp at Tibb cave.

  • Day 6: Dibyongma-Nyerak

Walk on frozen river. Overnight camp at Nyerak.

DAYS 7-12

  • Day 7: Nyerak – Hanumil – Nyerak

We walk up the river valley from Nyerak, and upto a very steep canyon where we have lunch. Return to Nyerak by evening. It’s a lovely day in the canyon!! Camp.

  • Day 8: Nyerak

Visit the Nyerak village, its monastery and spend a day watching winter village life at work.

  • Day 9-11: Trek to Chilling and Drive to Leh

Return trek to Chilling in 3 easy days. Board the waiting vehicles at the road head a little upstream of Chilling to be driven to the Guest house in Leh. Overnight Guest House.

  • Day 12: Leh Airport Drop

Early morning transfer to the Leh airport to board the flight back to Delhi.

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  • All transfers as per the itinerary (Leh airport to Leh airport)
  • Guest house accommodation in Leh for 4 nights on twin sharing full board basis.
  • Guided sightseeing of monasteries for half day at Leh with an English speaking guide.
  • Transport to Chilling (road head) and return to Leh at the beginning and end of the trip by bus/jeeps.
  • Camp and kitchen equipment, fuel and food for the duration of ice trek.
  • Stay charges in Zanskari homes where applicable.
  • Guide, cook and Zanskari porters for the duration of ice trek from Leh to Lingshed and back. we cater for carrying up to 20 kilos of personal baggage per member including the sleeping bag.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights not included in the above-mentioned cost
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • Items of personal clothing
  • Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.)
  • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
  • Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – personal choice
  • Travel & cancellation insurance


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