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The Chadar frozen river trek is an extremely popular trek. It is easy to see why. Travel magazines worldwide show incredible pictures of Buddhist monks walking bare feet on the frozen river. The Discovery and the National Geographic channels have both made films on the Chadar trek. Anyone who returns from the Chadar trek adds to the aura around it by talking about the conditions in a revering way.
It is a 9 day trek in freezing conditions. It is a trek over a frozen Zanskar river in Ladakh. Average mean temperature during the day is minus 10. In the night, temperatures fall to minus 20 and 25. Ice forms, breaks and changes color on the river every few hours. At places the Chadar (or ice) does not form over the river. Trekkers then have to forge a new trail climbing over snow covered embankments to descend to a spot on the river where the ice is more stable.
16 January, 2016,
30 January, 2016
5 February, 2016.
Backpack (Min 60 Ltrs) with Rain Cover
Trekking Shoes. (Quechua Forclaz 500 M Wenge Men Hiking Boots (43))
4 Pairs of Full sleeve shirts/T-Shirt and Track Pants (1 should be waterproof/windproof)
4 Pair of cotton socks. 3 pairs of wollen socks.
2 Full Sleeve Sweater (Quechua Forclaz 50 Fleece, Men’s Large (Black))
One Heavy Down Jacket (Quechua Warm Down Ski Jacket, XXL (Black)
Thermal Inners -2 Pair
2 pair water proof hand gloves
2 Pair woollen Gloves
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Personal Medicine Kit
Dark Sunglasses (U/V protected)
Walking Stick (At least one)
People who were spectacles- Should avoid contact lenses and use use photo chromatic glasses instead
Fly to Leh. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Drive to Chilling (3 hours), and trek to Tilat Sumdo (1-2 hours): overnight in Tent.
Tilat Sumdo to Shingra Koma(6-7 hours): overnight in Tent
Shingra Koma to Tibb( 7- 8 hours): overnight in Tent.
Tibb to Nerak (7 hours): overnight in Tent.
Nerak to Tibb
Tibb to Shingra Koma
Shingra Koma to Tilat Sumdo and drive back to Leh: overnight in Hotel