Chadar adventure over frozen river

Region :- Leh, Ladakh, J & K
Duration :- 09 days
Grade :- Difficult
Max Altitude :- 11,123 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 70 kms.
Best time:- January to February
The well known frozen river trek formally known as Chadar Trek is one of the most adventurous trek available in India and is on to do list of all serious trekkers. Falling in the Ladakh region this trek is done after mid January when most of the Zanskar River gets frozen and the temperature drops down few negative °C during the day. A trek done in extreme inhospitable conditions, with the route constantly changing as the new ice forms and old melts every few hours.

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OUTLINE: Delhi – Thiksey – Chilling – Gyalpo – Tibb cave – Naerk Village – Tibb cave – Gyalpo - Chilling – Leh - Delhi

ITINERARY:

Day

Particulars

Day 1

You will be received at Leh airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Day free at Leh.

(L-D)

There are plenty of things to be seen in and out of Leh town but we do not recommend any major exercise

immediately. Allow time for acclimatization. However a walk around the old town and perhaps up to the

old palace would not be out of the question.

Day 2

Morning after early breakfast drive to Chilling along with your trekking team. The road goes past Chilling to

(B-L-D)

Tilad Sumdo. To reach the camp-site, you have to cross the frozen Zanskar; and this is when you take your

first steps on the Chadar. Overnight at the campsite.

Day 3

Today is a long walking session, about 12 km, on the Chadar. After passing Shingra Koma, you reach the

(B-L-D)

camp-site for the day at Gyalpo, where the tents have already been pitched by the porters. The Gyalpo

campsite is at a bend in the river, surrounded by high peaks and walls of rock-faces which almost look man-

made. All that is left to do is to soak in the views, have an early dinner and call it a day.

Day 4

This day follows the same early morning routine. Today you will go from Gyalpo to Tibb Cave which is

(B-L-D)

about 13 Kms in distance. Today’s walk through the deep ravines of the Zanskar is stunning. At Tibb, there

is a big cave. This cave is the dwelling of all the porters, and they welcome you warm-heartedly in

here. Overnight at the campsite.

Day 5

After breakfast begin your journey to Naerak village. Today you will witness some spectacular sights. The

(B-L-D)

Naerak village lies several feet above the river; a vigorous hour-long trek can take you to the village if you

want to see the life of a Zanskari. The camp is set up close to the river.

Overnight at the campsite.

Day 6

Today you start the return journey and go back to the Tibb cave. And if you thought that it was just a

(B-L-D)

matter of retracing your steps back to Chilling, you can think again. The Zanskar River reacts to the slightest

change of temperature, and constantly keeps changing over time. The Chadar would have taken a

completely new form, and will it will almost be impossible to say whether you have been here

before. Overnight at the campsite.

Day 7

After breakfast begin your journey to Gyalpo. You can see several trails of pug-marks all along the trek –

(B-L-D)

footprints belonging to foxes, ibex or snow-leopards. You would be lucky to view a snow-leopard; but you

can almost be sure that you are being watched by one all the time.

Overnight at the campsite.

Day 8

This is the last day of treading on the Chadar – the last chance to immerse in the pristine beauty of the

(B-L-D)

frozen river. Once you reach Tilad Do, it is time to say good-bye to the Zanskar and the Zanskaries. Transfer

to your hotel. Overnight Leh.

Day 9

As this unforgettable journey gets over, you depart from Leh having a newfound respect for the Zanskaries

(B)

who brave all odds and survive with style in their beloved land. Trip ends on your arrival at Leh airport with

a great travel experience.

MEDICAL TIPS:

·         Carry regular medicines for headaches, travel sickness, vomiting, stomach upset, etc.

·         Please ensure that you carry specific medication that you are currently consuming (if any).

·         Consult your physician for general tips on high altitude travel.

·         Consumption of water should be minimum 3 to 3.5 litres per day.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

LOCATION

DELUXE

Leh

Hotel Yak Tail or similar

Naerak

Homestay or camping

Along the river

Campsites

DATES OF DEPARTURE:

·         January 16th 2015

·         January 23rd 2015

·         January 30th 2015

·         February 6th 2015

·         February 13th 2015

COST RELATED INFORMATION

COST (per person):

INDIAN NATIONALS

Without airfare

Rs. 24,500

With airfare ex-Delhi

Rs. 30,000

With airfare ex-Mumbai

Rs. 38,500

 

COST INCLUDES:

  1. All hotel, homestay and camping accommodations on twin sharing basis.
  1. All transport costs ex-Leh in Non AC vehicle.
  1. All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner every day of the tour) (No breakfast on the first day of the tour and no lunch and dinner on the last day of the tour).
  1. Sleeping, cooking and dining tents.
  1. Kitchen equipment.
  1. Sleeping Mat, 2 sleeping bags and 1 trekking pole.
  1. Cooks, helpers/porters & guide.
  1. All permits and camping charges.
  1. All airport transfers.
  1. All applicable taxes.
  1. Airfares depending on package selected from the above cost table.

SERVICES PROVIDED:

·        Support Staff in the ratio of minimum 1.5 : 1 to the number trekkers

BENEFIT:This will help make sure that you can concentrate on the trek and our team takes care of the rest.

·         Large luggage will be stocked at hotel in Leh and large haversacks will be carried by porters on the trek

       BENEFIT:This means you only need to carry your daypack which will contain water and day use items.

·        Twin-sharing stay at hotel in Leh, in the homestay & in the tent during the trek.

·        2 Sleeping bags & a sleeping mat shall be provided.

BENEFIT:2 layers of sleeping bags will keep out the cold. Since we will be providing both your sleeping bags,you have to manage that much less luggage from your home city.

·        Rooms with heater at hotel in Leh.

BENEFIT:Comfort similar to home-like conditions when you are not trekking.

·        Special High-Altitude Travel Kit provided to each trekker which includes:

§    Remedial Medicines for AMS and HAS.

§    Immediate First-aid

§    Ear plugs to keep cold winds at bay

§    Hand Sanitizer

§    Daily toiletries

§    Micro-polythene garbage bags

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  1. All food & beverages costs apart from the ones mentioned above.
  1. Trekking shoes and clothing.
  1. Any camera fees.
  1. Hotel & driver tips (if any).
  1. Entry ticket fees to Museums, Parks, etc.
  1. Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.)
  1. Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  1. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Cost Includes".

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT

MANDATORY Items:

·         Waterproof Jacket/Wind or rain proof layer Gortex type jacket

·         Waterproof Trousers

·         Trekking Trousers

·         2 Mid to Heavyweight Fleece Jacket with hood.

·         Sleeveless or Bodywarmer type fleece

·         Fleece Gloves/Mittons.

·         Wool or Fleece Hat

·         Sun hat

·         Woollen Balaclava/Monkey Cap

·         Good quality Thermal wears (100% wool, polyester or nylon ones for top as well as bottom)

·         4 pairs of Woolen socks.

·         4 pairs of Cotton socks.

·         Waterproof trekking boots

·         Sunglasses(with UV Coating).

·         A medium sized day pack, with plastic bag liner

·         Trekking pole

·         Stream crossing sandals e.g. Tevas or reef runners

·         Sunscreen SPF 40 or above as recommended by your doctor and lip balm.

·         02 Water Bottles(Thermostat type)

·         Water purification pills, drops, filter etc

·         A lightweight flashlight with extra batteries.

OPTIONAL:

·         Camera

·         Binoculars

·         Specific medication that you are currently consuming (if any).

KIT CONTENTS (provided to each trekker):

·        Vicks Vaporub

·        Pocket Tissues

·        Vaseline

·        Hand Sanitizer

·        Tooth Brush

·        Tooth Paste

·        Ear Plugs

·        Camphor

·        Digene

·        Crocin

·        Disprin

·        Diamox(Helps in high altitude acclimatisation)

·        Band Aids

 

PAYMENTS:

·         50% of the payment should be made as advanced at the time of booking.

·         Remaining 50% to be paid at least 30 days before the date of commencement of travel.

CANCELLATIONS:

·         75% of the total amount paid will be refunded if the travel plan is cancelled by the customer 60 days or more prior to the date of commencement of travel.

·         50% of the total amount paid will be refunded if the travel plan is cancelled by the customer 30 days or more prior to the date of commencement of travel.

·         25% of the total amount paid will be refunded if the travel plan is cancelled by the customer 15 days or more prior to the date of commencement of travel.

·         No money shall be refunded in case of cancellation of travel plan less than 15 days prior to the date of commencement of travel.

*Only if the payment schedule has been properly followed. If only part payment is made before cancellation, the refund amount shall only apply to the amount over and above the cancellation charges.

Please Note: 

It is very important that you line the inside of your bags with a big polythene sheet. Doing so will ensure, that in the event of rain, even though your bag may get wet, your clothes will still remain dry!

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