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Featuring a surreal backdrop of nature colours, the Frozen River Trek, commonly known as the Chadar Trek, is one of the challenging treks in the Ladakh region. The strenuous mountain trail on the ice-clogged river under the blue winter sky passes through valleys, mountain caves and frozen waterfalls. It is one of the most arduous treks of Indian Himalaya as the trekkers will pass through craggy rocks and the temperature may dip to below minus 10 degrees, a rare climatic condition which can be difficult to survive.
The Frozen River Trek, which is one of the popular winter treks, is also one of the longest trekking trails in the Indian Himalayan region that covers an entire stretch of 90 kilometres in 8 chilly days. Like a walk to paradise, the Chadar Trek swipes several trekkers’ dreams making it a part of their diary. The journey leads off from Ladakh to the snowbound villages of the Zanskar Valley.
One may acquaint the eyes staring and asking, ‘what made you explore the barren beauty?’ The answer just walks following the Chadar trail to a state of absolute bliss secluded within the colours of nature.
• Trek along the traditional winter trading route connecting Padum to Ladakh along the frozen Zanskar river.
• This is a real adventure with only a couple of groups making the trek every year. The conditions on the river can be variable so a flexible approach is required!
• Gain insight into the remote cultures of Zanskar and Ladakh and you will have the chance to stay with local Zanskaris along the way.
• Go for a sightseeing tour to explore the Gompas and forts around Leh as you let your body acclimatise to the altitude.
• Spot rare Ladakhi animals like snow leopard, ibex, Himalayan Thar, blue sheep, etc.
Catch an early morning flight to Leh. Upon arrival at Leh Airport (Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport), trekkers will be transferred to the guest house. Relax and get acclimatise to the place. Dinner and overnight stay in the Leh guest house.
Begin the day with a power packed breakfast and go for a monastery tour. Today, trekkers will visit Shey Gompa, Deldan Namgyal, Thiksey Gompa and Dresthang Gompa. Spend the night in the cozy guest house in Leh
Start the day with a breakfast and then embark on a trip to Pishu Village, through the breathtaking roads that are bestowed with the sheer beauty of nature. Dinner and stay in Chilling guest house.
Post a hearty breakfast; start the first day of the trek to the Zaribago, which will take approximately five hours. Dinner and overnight stay in Zaribago tent.
The fifth day is going to be a thrilling yet exciting one as the trekkers will walk on the frozen Zanskar River till they reach Deepyokma. Overnight stay and dinner in Deepyokma camp.
Reach Nyarakpulu below the Nyarak village from Deepyokma by walking for about 4 to 5 hours. Have the night stay at the camp.
Leave Nyarakpulu and have one hour walk to reach small village of Lingshed. Relish the comfort and pleasing atmosphere of private house equipped with central heating.
Get pepped for a fun day of the Frozen River Chadar Trek. Explore the landscapes of Lingshed, visit monasteries and meet and greet the local people. Overnight stay in Lingshed guest house.
On a ninth day, trekkers will trek till Nyarakpulu. Dinner and overnight stay in Nyarakpulu guest house.
Take a walk of around 5 hours from Nyarakpulu to the campsite at Tso Mopoaldar.
Early morning, after breakfast, embark on a trek till Tilatdo. Overnight stay and dinner in Tilatdo.
After arriving in the morning, set off on an trail to Chilling. Drive ahead and reach the hotel in Leh. Overnight stay at Leh hotel.
The charm and allurement of the Zanskar river trekking end here as trekkers go ahead with an onward journey to Delhi.