Trekking at Chadar (Frozen River), Ladakh

Lamdik Eco Ventures
  • 12 days
  • Moderate
  • 4.9
  • Hilly

This is a trek into some of the most isolated yet inhabited regions in the Zanskar mountains, most notably the village of Lingshed. Trekking on ice, the frozen Zanskar River, we average five to seven hours daily at an easy pace but a reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed to sustain walking for nine days during winter conditions.


Walking on Frozen river of Zanskar is an ultimate experience for adventure lover. The traditional name of the trek is "Chadar trek" the frozen sheet, which was only way in and out for Zanskaris in winter when all other ways are closed due to heavy snow fall at high passes.

The trek commences from the village of Chiling located not far from the confluence of Indus and the Zanskar River. The trek follows the river gorge through a spectacular landscape, a photographer's paradise, offering occasional sighting of wildlife. Although pleasant on clear, sunny days, the weather conditions can change abruptly, with wind temperatures known to plummet minus 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Chiling and Lingshed are the only sizeable villages on this trek, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.

Tour Route
Leh / Chiiling / Lingshet / Chilling / Leh


  • Day 1

    Delhi – Leh

  • Day 2

    Visit to visit to monastery / visit to Festival

  • Day 3

    Leh to Chilling to Zaribago 5 hrs.

  • Day 4

    Zaribago – Deepyokma 4 hrs.

  • Day 5

    Deepyokma – Nyrakpulu 4,5 hrs.

  • Day 6

    Nyarakpulu – Lingshed 1 hrs.

  • Day 7

    Lingshed Full day rest

  • Day 8

    Ligshed – Nyarak pulu 5hr

  • Day 9

    Nyarakpulu – Tsomopaldar 4hr

  • Day 10

    Tsomopaldar – Tilatdo 5hr

  • Day 11

    Tilatdo – Chiling – Leh 5hr

  • Day 12

    Leh – Delhi


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