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Duration of the Tour: 13 Nights /14 Days
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12/01/2014 25/01/2014
26/01/2014 11/02/2014
02/02/2014 15/02/2014
09/02/2014 23/02/2014
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Chadar (Frozen River) Trek

Walking on the Chader (Frozen River) of Zanskar is an ultimate experience for adventure lover. This is the only way in and out for the people of Zanskar in winters when all other ways are closed due to heavy snow fall at high passes.This is a trek into some of the most isolated yet inhabited regions in the Zanskar Mountains, most notably the village of Lingshed. Trekking on ice, the frozen Zanskar River, on an average five to seven hours daily at an easy pace but a reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed to sustain walking for nine days during winter conditions.The trek commences from the village of Chilling located not far from the confluence of Indus and the Zanskar River. The trek follows the river gorge through a spectacular landscape, a photographer’s paradise, offering occasional sighting of wildlife. Although pleasant on clear, sunny days, the weather conditions can change abruptly, with temperatures known to plummet minus 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Chilling and Lingshed are the only sizeable villages on this trek, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.

Best Period to trek: Mid January to End of February.

Maximum Altitude: 3580m

Minimum Temperature: -40 degrees

Age group: Above 20 to 50 years

Trek Grade: Simple walks on Ice (Frozen River) every day on an average four to seven hour, strictly depends on weather conditions.

Grading: A reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed for this trek.

Special interest: Excellent view for photographers, ideal place for nature lovers and best spot for adventure lovers 

Tour Route

Leh / Chilling / Lingshed / Chilling / Leh

Tour Program

Day 1: Delhi – Leh
Arrival at Leh airport, to be received by our representative & transferred to the hotel. Take a full day rest at the hotel as you need to acclimatize well to the high altitude. Overnight Hotel in Leh.

Day 2: Sightseeing of Hemis, Thiksey and Shey
After breakfast drive for a full day sightseeing with visits to Shey Palace, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Overnight Hotel in Leh.

Day3: Full day sightseeing of Phyang, Liker and Alchi
After breakfast proceed for a full day sightseeing with visits to Phyang, Liker and Alchi monasteries. Overnight Hotel in Leh.

Day 4: Leh – Chiling (3200m), 5 hrs drive (Taxi / Bus)
After breakfast drive towards Nimoo where the confluence of river Zanskar & Indus is, from there take left & drive along the Zanskar River till you reach Sumdado. At Chiling after Lunch visit the White Copper artists famous for their handmade works. Overnight in a home stay.

Day 5: Chilling - Tilatdo - Shingra-gongma, 5 hrs.
After breakfast start walking towards Tilatdo (0.5hr) from where the Trek will start till you reach Shingra-gongma. Stay overnight in the tent.

Day 6: Trek Shingra-gongma - Deepyokma (3300m), 4hrs.
After breakfast start the 4hrs trek to Deepyokma where you’ll see no. of caves, Tsomo Paldar, naturally flowing spring water. Overnight camp.

Day 7: Deepyokma to Nyrakpulu (3400m), 4 - 5 hrs.
Start the trek to Deepyokma, after 4-5 hrs reach Nyarakpulu. Camp at irrigation field.Another 1hr walk up along with a small stream you will reach a beautiful village called Nyarak. From here Singee-La will be visible, which is a summer trek pass. Overnight camp.

Day 8: Nyarakpulu – Lingshed (3800m), 6 - 7 hrs.
Walk on Chadar / Frozen sheet for 1-2 hrs & then another 5hrs steep walk up to Lingshed Village. All your tiredness will vanish after spending the night at Lingshed village Home stays where local heating is available. Overnight Homestay.

Day 9: Lingshed (Full day rest)
Spend the day exploring Lingshed Village, its Monastery & a school for the monks. Lingshed is connected with other parts of Ladakh only through trek routes therefore in winters hardly any tourists visits this place. Overnight Homestay.

Day 10: Lingshed – Nyarakpulu, 6-7 hrs.
Walk back through the same steep path for 4-5 hrs & then walk on the frozen sheet for another 1- 2 hrs till you reach Nyarakpulu. Overnight Camp.

Day 11: Nyarakpulu – Tsomopaldar (3300m), 4 hrs.
Taking the same route back from Nyarakpulu to Tsomopaldar. Overnight camp.

Day 12: Trek Tsomopaldar – Tilatdo (3200m),  5 hrs.
Trek back from Tsomopaldar to Shingra gongma & then to Tilatdo. Overnight camp.

Day 13: Tilatdo – Chiling – Leh,  5 - 6 hrs.
Walk for half an hour from Tilatdo to Chilling. From Chiling  5hrs drive by Taxi or Bus to Leh. Reach Leh by evening. Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 14: Departure from Leh
In the morning transfer to the airport from where you’ll board the flight to Delhi.

Tour Ends

See what our Customers say about Chadar (Frozen River) Trek

I have travelled with teams of Overland Escape on 6 occasions now and every single time the experience was wholeheartedly positive. On two occasions, Tundup organised lengthy treks through remote parts of Ladakh, Zanskar and Nubra and his organisation was absolutely reliable and spot on on every occasion. The trekking teams we travelled with were excellent, the food outstanding and the support available whenever it was needed. We were trekking during the floods in Summer 2010 in Zanskar and Changtang, and were, ultimately, the only trekking group that reached Tso Moriri during the middle of August, in the week just after the flooding. This was due to the competence of our guide, Namgyal, who changed our route to enable us to proceed, who knew exactly where to cross the swollen rivers and who kept us completely safe at all times. On 4 occasions, Overland Escape organised Easter expeditions through the Markha Valley for relatively large school groups. This, of course, needed extraordinarily good organisation, and on each occasion, this was exactly what we got. Not only were all timings kept and all information was relevant and 100% reliable, the trekking teams Tundup organised for us, were amongst the best teams I have ever travelled with. In particular, Namgyal is in all likelihood the best guide I have ever trekked with. His knowledge of the region, its culture and wildlife is outstanding, and he is also an excellent travel companion. He can empathise with and enthuse adults and youngsters to the same degree. Overland Escape certainly is one of the best trekking outfits I have come across in the Himalayas or indeed anywhere in the world (I have also trekked in Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, Peru and Jordan). I would wholeheartedly recommend travelling with this organisation.

Edwin Gruber



"Tundup, have really a sixth sense...his associate in Manali (Kuram) is really a good man...a really good man where you can trust and give the full faith for everything. As already said, Tundup, know very well how to choice his partners. Concerning the driver choose by Kuram for the transfer from Manali to Dharmasala and then to Amritsar...he was a very good professional driver. All of us were surprise to find out in India a special driver, very professional, very polite...typical western style driver. Few words, always agree for everything, never complain and at the end he wanted to refuse our tips and we forced him to have it. I don't know if this choice has been affected by Tundup or by Kuram...but in any case...compliments to all of you. Now we are here into our house, very sad...our holiday has finished so quickly that we didn't realize. Everything has gone well, everything perfect. We'll be always in debit with Tundup for his great service and we really hope to see him again in a close future for another trekking. Thanks again for all, thanks for your book guide and for your full assistance."

Fausto & Silvia, Italy



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