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Duration of the Tour: 07N/08D
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01/01/2018 07/01/2018
07/01/2018 13/01/2018
13/01/2018 19/01/2018
19/01/2018 25/01/2018
25/01/2018 31/01/2018
31/01/2018 06/02/2018
06/02/2018 12/02/2018
12/02/2018 14/02/2018
14/02/2018 18/02/2018
18/02/2018 24/02/2018
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Chadar Trek (Frozen River Trek Package) 2018

Chadar trek is one of the most thrilling yet a challenging one for the trekkers in Ladakh. The temperature during winter in Ladakh drops down to minus 5 to 40 degrees, yet the trekkers, the exceptional adamant one choose this trekking. This trekking is worth the challenge; it is like the path least travel and you will see the hidden or unreachable ranges of the uppermost section of the Himalayas.  Since this trek demands ample of physical strength, one must be above 20 and should be physically fit. Within 8 days you will taste the chilly weather, but with the satisfaction of reaching the unseen villages and people by the rest of the world. Your journey will start after reaching Leh from flight, right after getting down you will welcome the cold weather, that day you will take full rest to adjust with the weather, after that day you will go for local sightseeing, by visiting few monasteries. During the third day your actual journey to walk on the frozen river will start from Chilling and you started camping at the side of the river bank until the day you reach Leh i.e. the day seven. Throughout this journey you will be accompanied by cook, helper, and porters. 


Tour Route

Leh-Chilling-Nyarakpulu-Chilling-Leh

Tour Program

Day 1: Delhi – Leh:  
Arrive at Leh airport, you will be received by our representative and transferred to the hotel, booked for you.  Take a full day rest at the hotel as you need to acclimatize well. Since it is the peak season of winter, the temperature will go down from minus 5 to 25 degrees; you will definitely feel the extreme chill from the moment you get down from the flight. Spend your night at hotel. 

Day 2: Sightseeing of Hemis, Thiksey and Shey:
After having your breakfast, drive to full day sightseeing by visiting Shey Palace, which means ‘looking glass’ as it got its name due to the reflection of the palace seen on the lake situated below the palace. Also you will visit Thiksey monastery situated 17kms south of Leh, it is one of the most beautiful of all the monasteries in Leh and you will also visit Hemis monastery, it is the largest monastery of Ladakh situated 45kms south of Leh. Expense your knowledge on Buddhism whilst visiting those monasteries and local livelihood by talking to a monk or local people. 

Day 3: Leh – Chiling/Tilatdo to Shingra-Gongma (3200m) 5 hrs drive (Taxi/Bus):
In the morning after breakfast drive towards Nimoo where the confluence of river Zanskar and Indus is located, from there take left and drive along the Zanskar River till you reach Sumdado. At Chiling after Lunch visit the White Copper artists famous for their handmade works. After that walking towards Tilatdo (0.5hr) from where the Trek will start till you reach Shingra-gongma (5 hrs).  Today is the day you will actually start walking on the frozen river, you will pitch your camp at the bank of Zanskar River.  As the dusk ascent the coldness will arise too, your sleeping bag and the warm water will keep you warm.  Spend your night in the tent. 

Day 4: Trek Shingra-gongma to Deepyokma (3300m) 4 hrs.
In the morning after having your breakfast with a hot cup of tea to beat the freezing weather and energise you for yet another challenging 4 hours trek to Deepyokma. Starting this trek to Deepyokma where you’ll see numbers of caves, and you will also see Tsomo Paldar, naturally flowing spring water. After a day long trek you will set your tent at Deepyokma for your night stay or you can stay in cave. 

Day 5: Deepyokma to Nyrakpulu (3400m) 4-5 hrs.
Start the trek to Deepyokma, after 4-5 hours of walk you will be reaching Nyarakpulu. After another 1hr walk up along with a small stream you will reach a beautiful village called Nyarak. Reaching this village you will get to know about Zanskar people and its way of life. From there Singee-La will be visible, which is a summer trek pass. Overnight either you can set your tent at the side of irrigation field or take a night stay at local shelter. 

Day 6: Nyarakpulu – Deepyokma (3300m) 5hrs:
On the way back you will take the same route back from Nyarakpulu to Deepyokma. Spend the night in camp at the side of river bank or in the cave. 

Day 7: Trek Deepyokma – Tilatdo/Chilling/Leh (3200m) (5hrs trek & 5 hrs drive)
Trek back from Tsomopaldar to Shingra gongma, Tilatdo and then to chilling. This is the final day of your trek on frozen river, after reaching Chilling you will drive back to Leh bidding farewell to the adventurous yet a challenging trekking.  Spend your night at hotel.

Day 8: Leh – Delhi:
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 Trek (Frozen River Trek Package) 2018

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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