It's a primal trek on the Zanskar river, which is sheathed in ice each winter. We walk on ice, traverse across the gorge walls where the river thaws, and bed in caves that have been used by local travellers over centuries. Legends, history, culture and magical landscapes are an everyday affair on this walk, which is possible only during a window in the coldest months of winter. The trek follows an ancient trail used by the Zanskaris during the days of the Silk Road, when they walked this frozen highway all the way to Leh.
We are trying to make our Chadar experience as exclusive as possible. This year, we are scouting for newer campsites where we can avoid the maddenning crowd that Chadar now has.
Chadar Trek is rated as Moderate only because of the weather conditions. All other aspects of Chadar are similar to what a beginner trek would be like. Here is what you can expect on a beginner trek.
"Any trip rated as a 'Beginner Trek' is an ideal first step into the world of trekking in the Himalaya. The trips are short - generally under a week - in moderate altitudes with gradual altitude gain. A typical day will involve 4-5hrs of hiking on mountainous trails with an odd day over 6hrs. Most beginner treks in the Indian Himalaya are camping trips where overnight accommodation will be in tents. You will be accompanied by our camping and kitchen staff throughout the trip. In Nepal, all our stay and accommodation on the trail will be in tea-houses.
This trek suits individuals looking for their maiden trek in the Himalayas or families which want to introduce their young ones to trekking."