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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. 


Show Detailed Itinerary
Leh is also the western tip of Tibet’s Changthang plateau. In terms of climate, geology, culture, and religion Tibet and Leh are very similar. Being a cold desert that gets even severe in the winters– barren mountains hostile to most forms of flora and fauna, Leh isn’t the most convenient town to ease into. Overnight at Hotel.
We spend the day allowing our bodies to adapt to the high-altitude and soak in the local culture. We visit some of the monasteries in and around Leh such as the Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. There is also the option of visiting the old Leh Palace and the Khardung La Pass (world’s highest motorable road at 5,600m/18,400ft). Overnight at Hotel.
In the morning we leave Leh and drive past Nimu, the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers and then on to the roadhead at Tilat Sumdo. Here we descend to the chadar and get a sense of walking on ice. The Zanskar valley is perhaps one of the most remote Himalayan valleys in India and the true sense of remoteness becomes more evident as we approach our first camp. Overnight at Camp.
The barren landscape changing colors with the movement of the sun is one of the most rewarding sights in the Himalaya.Sometimes, on the way, the ice is broken and we may have to climb up adjacent gorge walls for short distances or walk on the very edge. Overnight at Camp.
We walk past many frozen waterfalls till we reach an especially beautiful one very close to camp. There is also a small wooden bridge that connects the gorge walls a little ahead and is the route to be taken to reach Lingshed in the Summers.Nyerak Pulu is just below Nyerak village and is the only village we encounter in the famed Zanskar Gorge. Overnight at Camp.
From Nyerak we trek to Tsarak Do, beleived to be the coldest place on the entire stretch. The road has reached this place and this is where we hop onto waiting vehicles and drive to Zangla and into the warm confines of a homestay. Overnight at Homestay.
In the morning we visit Zangla Fort and later drive to Karsha with its big monastery built on the hill beside. We can visit the monastery later and interact with the in-house monks. Overnight at Homestay.
A day for rest, photography and interaction with locals. This should give us some understanding on how the locals cope with the severe Zanskar Winters year on year. Overnight at Homestay.
We start our return Journey to Leh and walk the Chadar back over the next 4 days. Overnight at Camp.
Reach Leh where a well-deserved hot shower would be waiting. The evening can be utilized for shopping and hanging around the market. Overnight at Hotel.
Drive to Leh Airport in the morning for departure to Delhi.

Cost details

88,900 / 1435  

  • - Twin share accommodation for 3 nights at a  'A' category hotel on full board in Leh.
  • - Twin share accommodation in 3-man tents with foam sleeping pads for 6 nights on the trek. Dormitory accommodation in local Zanskari homestay for 3nights
  • - All transport as per the itinerary
  • - Guided sightseeing of monasteries for half day at Leh.
  • - Camping fees & permits
  • - Full board camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent, tables & stools White Magic trip leader assisted by a local Ladakhi guide.
  • - Porters’ wages
  • - GST as applicable (Subject to change as per govt rules). 


  • - Sleeping bag
  • - Personal trekking equipment
  • - Items of personal clothing
  • - Air fares, visas, insurance, airport taxes, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, drinks, souvenirs and other expenses of a personal nature.
  • - Tips for guides, cooks & porters
  • - Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control

What to expect

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."


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