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Chadar – The Frozen River Trek

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Route : Delhi - Leh - Bakula Bao - Paldar Sumdo - Tibb - Neyrak – Lingshet do - PadumLingshet do - Neyrak - Tibb - Paldar Sumdo - Bakula Bao - Leh - Delhi

Incredible! Once in a lifetime experience! Walk in sub – zero temperature on the frozen Zanskar River, gushing downhill in the highlands of Ladakh also known as Little Tibet!  This ancient route has been used for centuries as a trace link by Zanskaris (inhabitants of Zanskar). On your journey, you will have the opportunity to stay with local Zanskaris and visit some of the ancient monasteries behind ice walls, wedged between the mighty Karakoram and the Great Himalayan range. The Ladakh region varies between 2743 m to 7672 m (9,000 ft to 25,170 ft) above sea level. Starting in the town of Leh (3505 m / 11,500 ft), this journey includes many fascinating excursions to nearby gompas (monasteries), villages and surrounding hamlets and you may also get to witness a sacred festival.
Zanskar valley lies to the southwest of Leh in the trans-Himalayan Zanskar range, within the great Himalayan system; it is the most isolated of the trans-Himalayan valleys. It has an area of about 5000 sq. km and an elevation of 4010 m (13,154 ft). The area remains inaccessible for nearly seven months of the year when all passes close. In winter, when the river freezes on its surface, Zanskaris walk   along it to reach the Indus River in Nimoo (‘chilling village”), on a trek known as the Chadar or Frozen Blanket. The regions geographical isolation has resulted in the preservation of its Buddhist heritage and identity. There are also some remote caves believed to have been used by the successive Buddhist saints to sustain mediation in pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment.

Highlights :

• Trekking up the frozen Zanskar River
• Winter life in the trans-Himalayan
• Ancient culture
• Monks & monasteries
• Jaw-dropping spectacular scenery
13 Days
14+ Age
  • Destination
  • Arrival
  • Arrival Time
    Early morning
  • Final Departure
  • Dress Code
    Casual, Warm and Sports Wear

Tour Itinerary : - Chadar – The Frozen River Trek


Day 01: Delhi – Leh fly: Himalayan flight

This morning, departure transfer to Delhi airport to board the flight to Leh, over the Himalayas –
This 90 minutes flight is one of the most sensational flying experience in the World, taking you right over the top of the Greater Himalaya before dropping down in a series of steep turns, to land at the small military airport at Leh. The journey offers spectacular views across the Himalayas, notably the 7000 metre massifs of Nun and Kun. Leh, known as Little Tibet, lays nestled beneath an imposing old fort and palace. Overlooking the Ladakhi capital, Buddhist monasteries and stupas perch on top of cliffs and ridpes.
Meeting on arrival at Leh airport and transfer to the hotel.
Rest of the day is at leisure to get acclimatized to the arid high altitude of Leh (3505 m). It is important to take it easy and allow for gentle acclimatization. For those who want to stretch their legs, the colourful bazaars and roadside stalls make for a relaxed afternoon's exploration.
Overnight in Leh

Day 02: Leh: visit Monasteries, stupas and palaces of Leh

This morning after leisurely breakfast we proceed for our visit, which will also help us to acclimatize further. The day is dedicated to the visit of Leh – exploring on foot. The walk starts with the climbing of the steep stairs or take the gentler 4x4 track to the Shanti Stupa. This provides an opportunity to survey the city in its entirety, the Indus river, whilst the Zanskar peaks provides a suitably dramatic backdrop.
We will then head down to the calming, the atmospheric 16th century monastery Sankar Gompa, belonging to the Buddhist Gelukpa sect offers a peaceful place to relax. In continuation, we walk uphill to the Namgyal Tsemo monastery, founded in 1430 by the King Tashi Namgyal.
We wind up the tour by dropping down a zig-zagging trail down the impressive and imposing Leh Palace and on to the old town as the path meanders through narrow lanes back to our hotel.
Overnight in Leh

Day 03: Leh :

This morning after leisurely breakfast, we set out for the visit to the single window Chadar Trek registration office to acquire the trek permit process, including mandatory health check-up.
Overnight in Leh

Day 04: Leh – Bakula Bao - Paldar Sumdo

This morning, after early breakfast we start to drive to Bakula Bao via Sangam (confluence of Indus & Zanskar) and Chilling village, the village known for the metal work craftsmanship.
On arrival, you will be greeted by trek crew. We start trek (about 4 to 5 hrs) to Paldar Sumdo (3220m). The trek is along the edges of the frozen river, through narrow mountain George. The steep mountain sights fascinate one’s mind as we trek along the river.
Overnight in Tents at Paldar Sumdo

Day 05: Paldar Sumdo - Tibb

This day we start early for the long walk around 6/7 hrs through the tremendous canyons, inaccessible during other season, to Tibb (3270m).
As the trek is along the river valley, one might find on high mountain ridges sights of mountain fox.
Overnight in Tents at Tibb

Day 06: Tibb - Neyrak

This morning, after breakfast we proceed for the trek which is to Neyrak(3300 m) for about 5/6 hrs. The first village and most importantly the first glimpse of human being since leaving Leh.
Overnight in Tents at Neyrak

Day 07: Neyrak – Lingshet do - Padum

This morning after leisurely breakfast trek for about 2 hrs to Lingshet do(3380m) from here we board the jeep and drive for about 3 hrs to Padum (3600m), the head town of Zanskar valley with small market.
Overnight in Padum

Day 08: Padum

This morning is at leisure. Later, we proceed to the visit of Bardan and Stongde monastery (this is subject to snow condition).
Overnight in Padum

Day 09: Padum - Lingshet do - Neyrak:

This morning after early start we proceed towards Leh – following the same route, we drive to the road end to Lingshet do for about 3 hrs. From here, we start trek to Neyrak for about 2 hrs with enroute visit to Karsha, the largest 15th Century monastery in Zanskar region (subject to weather condition and time permitting).
Overnight in Tents at Neyrak

Day 10: Neyrak – Tibb

This morning after breakfast, we trek for about 5 to 6 hrs to Tibb.
Overnight in Tents at Tibb

Day 11: Tibb - Paldar Sumdo:

This morning after breakfast, we trek for about 6 to 7 hrs to Paldar Sumdo.
Overnight in Tents at Paldar Sumdo

Day 12: Paldar Sumdo - Bakula Bao - Leh:

This morning, after early breakfast trek to the road head at Bakula Bao. Here, we have to bid farewell to our trekking crew and then board the jeeps and drive back to Leh (for about 4 hrs).
Overnight in Leh

Day 13: Leh – Delhi fly back:

This morning you will be transferred to Leh airport to board the flight over the Himalayas – a true farewell to the memorable trip of Frozen River Trek Himalayan Zanskar Ladakh.
Please bring your own: Good sleeping bags, Trekking shoes, warm socks, warm thermal clothing, good waterproof jackets, Sunglasses, Ice axe, good torch, medicines & toiletry etc.
NOTE : This is a serious challenging expedition therefore physical & mental fitness and resistance is required .

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Price, Inclusions and Exclusions

Prices per person
01 paying person in a Single Room
USD 2020/-
02 paying persons in a Double Room
USD 1635/-

Validity - January till March 2021.


Price Inclusions

• Accommodations in one room/tent for 13 days/12 nights
• Meal plan
    ✓ Full board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) – Leh
    ✓ Full board (Simple Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) - During Trek
• Transport services using Good Conditioned Small Car as follows
    ✓ Beginning with the pickup at Leh airport on Day 01 till drop at Leh airport on Day 13
• Meet and greet services in Leh only
• One time entrance fee to the monasteries as per the program.
• Trekking arrangements to include
    ✓ Alpine tents, thick mattresses
    ✓ All major meals
    ✓ Porters/ponies
    ✓ Service of cook, helper
    ✓ Trek guide
    ✓ Trek permission
• Environment Fee & Wildlife entry fee in Ladakh
• Services of English speaking local cultural guides (different guides in each city) as per the itinerary:
  > Day 02      Full day in Leh
  > Day 03      Half day in Leh
Domestic air travel (ONLY INDICATIVE)
  > Airfare(economy class)
    ✓ Delhi to Leh
    ✓ Leh to Delhi
• All currently applicable taxes

Price Exclusions

• International airfare for travel (from your home country to the destination and return)
• Services in Delhi
• Visa charges or fees
• Airport taxes
• Camera fees during the visit to the monuments, temples or National Parks
• Tips to driver/guide/naturalist
• Additional meals
• Drinks or mineral water at the hotels or restaurants
Ayurvedic massages or treatments, laundry etc or any other items of personal nature
• Travel, health and cancellation insurance
• Any other expense/changes due to unforeseen circumstances while in India
• Any other thing not mentioned in program or “Price Inclusions”



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