Chadar Frozen RiverTrek 2019

9 Days & 8 Nights

Starts at INR 19500 Per Person

INR 22500(13% OFF)

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Overview

Destination:

 Leh Ladakh

Trip:

Chadar Frozen RiverTrek 2019

Duration:

9 Days / 8 Nights

Group Size:

 1 to 20

Grade:

Moderate

Trip type:

Fixed Day Departure

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Reporting Place:

 Leh

Start Point:

 Leh

End Point:

 Leh

Best For:

Solo Travelers/Couples/Friends

Best Season:

January & February

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Short Itinerary

DAY 1:

Arrival in Leh (3500 m) - Altitude 11,400 ft. Stay in Guest House

DAY 2:

Acclimatization Walk in Leh- Altitude 11,400 ft. Stay in Guest House

DAY 3:

Getting a medical check-up at SNM Hospital- Altitude 11,400 ft. Stay in Guest House

DAY 4:

Lower Shingra and Somo Paldar - 11,400 to 10,390 ft. - Drive 75 kms | 08 Kms Trek | Stay in tent

DAY 5:

Trek to Dib Cave/Tibb -10,550 - 10,760 ft. - Trek 15 KMs - Stay in tent

DAY 6:

Dib Cave/Tibb to Camp at Naerak - 10,760 - 11,150 ft. - Trek 12.5 KMs - Stay in tent

DAY 7:

Naerak to Tibb/Gaylpo- 11,150 - 10,760 ft. - Trek 14.5 KMs - Stay in tent

DAY 8:

Tibb to Shingra Koma & Back To Leh- 10,390 to 11,400 ft. - Drive 75 kms | 08.5 Kms Trek | Stay in Guest House

DAY 9:

Departure from Leh


Detailed Itinerary

Chadar trek is one for the adrenaline-junkies that like to go all in or all out. This trek will give you a chance to walk on the frozen Zanskar River. It is a huge favourite among Indians and travellers from abroad. Meant to be tried only by seasoned professionals, Chadar river trek is about endurance, focus and fitness.

  • DAY 1

    Arrival in Leh (3500 m) - Altitude 11,400 ft. Stay in Guest House

    Leh, which lies at an altitude of more than 3500 metres above sea level, is the second largest district in the country. In winters, as most passes leading to Leh are closed, you will be flown to the Leh airport which has the distinction of being the highest airport in the world.

    As soon you land at the airport, you will be greeted by dry and cold air, but what will take all your attention is the lofty, snow-capped mountains all around; a sight that will remain with you forever. After completing the arrival formalities and picking up your bags from the baggage counter, take a taxi and proceed towards the pre-arranged hotel. Enjoy an overnight stay in the hotel.

  • DAY 2

    Acclimatization Walk in Leh- Altitude 11,400 ft. Stay in Guest House

    Get up early in the morning and begin the process of acclimatization at high altitude. Proceed to walk towards Shanti Stupa, a sacred Buddhist stupa, from where you will get an opportunity to witness a beautiful view of the sunrise and a panoramic sight of the town of Leh.

    Stay hydrated as you spend your first day of the trek in Leh.

  • DAY 3

    Getting a medical check-up at SNM Hospital- Altitude 11,400 ft. Stay in Guest House

    Due to the challenging nature of this particular trek, government has made it mandatory for participants to acquire medical certification before they undertake Chadar trek. A clearance certificate upon a medical check-up will be issued by the Sonam Narbu Hospital. One will get a certificate only when adequately fit and acclimatized for the trek.

    Your Chadar trek expedition starts here.

  • DAY 4

    Lower Shingra and Somo Paldar - 11,400 to 10,390 ft. - Drive 75 kms | 08 Kms Trek | Stay in tent
    Enjoy tea and breakfast in the morning and start your journey by driving to Shingra Koma. This ride is not for the faint-hearted as bumpy roads and hairpin bends are quite common on this route. The sight of the surrounding high mountains will give you a sense of awe. After a point, you will have to deboard from the vehicle and trek towards Somo Paldar campsite.

  • DAY 5

    Trek to Dib Cave/Tibb -10,550 - 10,760 ft. - Trek 15 KMs - Stay in tent
    Today, you will set out to trek to Dib Cave/Tibb. During the day, you will behold the breathtaking beauty of the region including ravines and gorges. You might not see sunshine properly as the steep cliffs in this area obstruct them. Once you reach Dib, you will see a large cave. This is the place where you will halt for the night and rest. Butter tea would be offered and we recommend you to try it. Enjoy overnight stay at the campsite.

  • DAY 6

    Dib Cave/Tibb to Camp at Naerak - 10,760 - 11,150 ft. - Trek 12.5 KMs - Stay in tent
    Today, you will trek the most scenic part of the region and get a chance to witness the largest frozen waterfall and prayer flags. The bridge built next to the site of the waterfall is used in summers to reach Zanskar from Leh. Thereafter, you can proceed towards the village of Naerak to mingle with the locals and understand their way of living. Stay overnight at the village camp comfortably.

  • DAY 7

    Naerak to Tibb/Gaylpo- 11,150 - 10,760 ft. - Trek 14.5 KMs - Stay in tent
    On this particular day, start your return trip and proceed towards Tibb. The return trail would not be easy and the river quickly reacts to any change in the temperature. By now the frozen river might have taken an entirely new form. On the way back, admire the beauty of the region, click pictures and meet locals, who can be seen wearing traditional woolen Gonchas (robes). Upon Dib Cave, relax and stay overnight at the campsite.

  • DAY 8

    Tibb to Shingra Koma & Back To Leh- 10,390 to 11,400 ft. - Drive 75 kms | 08.5 Kms Trek | Stay in Guest House
    In the morning, get ready to leave Tibb and proceed towards Shingra Koma, crossing Gyalpo. The trail today will give you a chance to witness high mountains and pugmarks of wild animals like snow leopards, ibex and foxes. If lucky, you just might spot a leopard; even if you do not, then at least be sure, you would be watched by them. In the evening, drive back to Leh and stay overnight at the hotel.

  • DAY 9

    Departure from Leh
    Today, the mesmeric journey to one of the finest scenic destinations of India will ultimately come to an end. The entire experience, we are sure, would give you an unmatchable feeling of achievement and satisfaction. In the morning, check-out from the guesthouse and depart from the Leh airport.



Things to Know

Inclusions:
  • Accommodation. (Camping) and Leh Guest House (Day 1,2,3, 8 according to Itinerary)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg.)
  • Trek equipments.
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
  • Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff to help trekkers.
  • Transport from Leh to Road head and return.
  • Transportation from Base Camp Leh to Leh is included in the package as per the itinerary.
Exclusions:
  • Food / Meal in Leh. Available in Leh Hotel/Guest House @ Rs.250/- Per Meal
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Insurance
  • Local Fees Environmental Fee, Wildlife Fee, ALTOA, LAHDC etc ranges between Rs.300/- to Rs.2500/-
  • Porter to carry personal luggage. The same be arranged @ Rs.3750/- Per Day(5 Days) up to 10Kg baggage
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under 'Inclusions'

 Additional Information:

  • Additional Night at Hotel in Leh @ Rs.1500 Per Person/Night on Twin Sharing Basis without meals.
  • Sightseeing/Taxi can be arranged from our travel desk at the Base Camp Leh on actual as per the rate of Leh Transport & Taxi Union.
  • Oxygen cylinders and first aid will be there during the trek. Rescue and medical team will be available on call in case of any exigencies from Chilling or Naerak DTPT point. 
  • Tented accommodation will be provided on twin/triple/Quad sharing basis while on the trek.
How to Reach:

Stupas and mud-brick houses, cold desert climate, Tibetan-style forts and palaces, souvenir shops and restaurants selling local food- Leh is a tourist's paradise. Leh's easy accessibility by air led to growth of tourism over the years. Somewhere peaceful, somewhere bustling, Leh and its spectacular attractions like Hemis gompha, Tso Moriri and Pangong Lake are true visual treats. So let's got o Leh.
 
How to Reach Leh by Air
Leh has its own airport, which is served by direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Srinagar. Flights via Delhi and Srinagar can be availed from any pat of the country to reach Leh. Owing to its importance as a tourist destination, frequency of flights to Leh from various Indian cities have also increased. From the airport, local cabs can be hired to reach anywhere in Leh.
 
How to Reach Leh by Road
Manali-Leh road has been serving as the second best road to Ladakh. Himachal Pradesh Tourism, HRTC and J&K SRTC operate daily deluxe and ordinary buses between Manali and Leh. Government buses, both deluxe and ordinary, run from Kargil and between Leh and Srinagar on regular and frequent intervals. Cars and jeeps are also available for Leh-Srinagar and Leh-Manali route.
 
How to Reach Leh by Rail
Pathankot, Chandigarh and Kalka are the closest railway stations to Leh. Important trains from various Indian cities serve these stations. One can board a train till either of these stations and then hire a cab to reach till Leh.

What to Carry:
  • Carry 2 pair of synthetic track pants. Track pants are light and when things get cold you can wear one over the other.
  • Carry 2 Full sleeve tees with collar.
  • Fleece jacket - sweaters are highly discouraged.
  • A full sleeve thick jacket.
  • Carry 4 pairs of undergarments.
  • Get 2 pairs of thermal inners.
  • Carry 2 pairs of sports socks. 2 pairs of woolen socks.
  • Woolen monkey cap/balaclava that cover the ear.
  • Woolen hand gloves + synthetic glove (water proof). If you dont have synthetic gloves, get two pairs of woolen gloves and a surgical glove.
  • Hot water bottle/Bag - available at any medical store.
  • Sun glasses, branded company with 100% UV protection. Curved ones will cover your eyes well. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek.
  • Gumboot, if not purchased from Leh.
  • Backpack (55 - 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Daypack (20 L) is required only if you wish to offload your backpack to our support team. If you don't want to carry your backpack you can give it to porter, but you have to inform us in advance and charges would be Rs. 700/- extra per day per bag. Please also do inform us about this at least 15 days in advance.
  • Trekking shoes: Good standard trekking shoes are sufficient for the trek. On Chadar, which is solid ice or a slight cover of snow on slippery ice, trekkers have found to their amazement that a simple gumboot finally is the best for Chadar. Most of the outside agencies in order to impress tell about crampons. In my years of experience in Ladakh and on Chadar too, I can absolutely say that crampons are quite dicey - quite a few trekkers have injured themselves or worse broken their ankle while a crampon get stuck on the fine cracks in the ice. Gumboot is available in Leh hardware shop and can be purchased here itself. If your shoe size is 9-10, getting a pair might be tough..so start searching as soon as you land in Leh. Sports shoes are not allowed. You need traction on snow and sport shoes with their PVC soles are hardly the choice. Ensure the shoes are well broken in before the trek. Trekkers will soon learn and modify their trek to the "penguin walk" style on seeing from the porters and guide! It is a kind of dragging your foot and not lifting much.
  • People who wear spectacles, choose one of these: i.        Use contact lenses.   ii.        Photochromatic glasses. ii.        If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.
  • A woolen head-scarf or muffler.
  • Trekking pole is mandatory.
  • Light towel (should be thin, quick drying kind).
  • Chapstick or lip balm.
  • Cold cream and sun screen lotion (SPF 40+). While sun screen help prevent sun burns, a better option is to stay covered.
  • 2 Water bottles (1 L each). The insulated water bottles are good but even normal water bottles will suffice.
  • Personal medicine kit containing:Crocin - 6 tablets/Avomine - 4 tablets/Avil 25mg - 4 tablets/Combiflam -5 tablets/Disprin - 10 tablets/Norflox - 10 tablets/Crepe bandage - 3 to 5 meters/Band aid - 10 strips/Digene - 10 tablets/Gauze cloth - 1 small role/Leukoplast - 1 small roll/Cotton - 1 small roll/ORS - 5 packets/Betadine or any antiseptic cream/Volini or Moov or Relispray/Diamox - 10 tablets (to be taken only if required and but not as preventive medicine/Any other medicine that you take.
  • Personal toilet kit (minimal) and toilet paper.
  • LED Torch with extra set of cells (head lamps are much more preferable).
  • Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string (mandatory).
  • Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available)
  • While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes

The Big NO

  • No denim or jeans – not suited for this trek.
  • Snacks, colas, alcohol and personal food – No need to overburden yourself with food. Do not carry any disposable plastic bottles like (Bisleri, Aquafina), plastic wrapped/packaged items. Do not bring any non bio degradable material.
  • After packing, weigh your gear. It should be in the range of 8-10 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you will need to iterate and remove what is not essential.
  • Carry light and what is essential. As an example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 10 days).
  • Some general advice about clothing: To protect yourself from cold, dressing in layers is the mantra. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T-shirt that is thick. 3 T-shirts worn one over the other is as good as a full sweater. This is just a guideline. If you are prone to cold carry extra warm clothing.

How to Join

Online :  Our participation process is very simple. You may apply online to reserve your seat through this page or call us at 8010224422 between 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM on any working day.Alternatively,you may email us bookings@internationalyouthclub.org at for booking and assistance. ASK FOR EMI OPTIONS

Offline : You may book offline through NEFT or Direct Transfer by paying the booking amount of Rs.5,000/- Per Participant in the following Bank Account:

Bank Name: YES Bank
Account Name: International Youth Club 
Account Number: 006188700000308 
IFSC Code: YESB0000061 
Branch: Saket, New Delhi 

You need to email NEFT/Transfer/Proof of deposit details at bookings@internationalyouthclub.org along with Expedition Name, Date of Reporting, Participant’s- Name, Mobile, Email, DOB, City and Gender in order to send you the confirmation within 48 working hours from our side.


Trip Schedule-Book Online

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Refund and Cancellation

  • All the booking cancelled before 15-December 2018 are eligible for 50% refund.
  • There will not be any refund applicable for new bookings and existing bookings after 15th-December 2018

Reviews

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Trisca - 04/02/2018

Chadar trek was always on my wishlist but knowing about the extreme challenges I always gave it a second thought of doing it or not. It was the time I saw the ad of International Youth Club, read about the schedule and other people's reviews, I just made up my mind to do it. Many thanks to International Youth Club to make it a dream come true. I simply saw a God made Heaven on Earth amongst the blue Zanskar, white ice and the amber Himalayas. With each day of the trek, we explored newer phases of Himalayas. We had a great team which made the difficulty level of the trek easier. The rooms were very cosy when we reached after landing in Leh. The organizers were very friendly, the helped us with buying proper shoes required for the trek, heaters for our room and also some sightseeing. The cooks made amazing food. Last day we were overwhelmed when he specially made a cake for us with an icing on the top for we completed the trek successfully. We had a group member who had a birthday during those days. When the cook learnt about it, he managed to make gulab jamuns for the entire team. The porters were also very helpful in carrying all our stuff. The gala time we had in the evening bonfire and the music and the tasty snacks and the dinner is never forgettable. They also made sure about all the medical needs of the group members. Overall, we just enjoyed a lot! The beauty of the Himalayas in the Chadar is just spellbound. Every brave heart must make this once in their life..!! Thanks, International Youth Club..!!

Anup - 10/10/2018

I had a nice and an awesome time while trekking and walking in the frozen ice path of Chadar mountains. The walk on ice trek in Chadar was the best trek that I had ever taken.

Ekant - 07/10/2018

Awesome trek experience and the beauty of Himalayas. Enjoyed all the way on zanskar frozen river. Guides and porters were very helpful and the food, tent facilities were good. Hats off to native people of zanskar.


FAQs

1. What are the available dates for Chadar Trek in 2019?
January’2019(10 Batches): 4-Jan, 7-Jan, 10-Jan, 13-Jan, 16-Jan, 19-Jan, 22-Jan, 25-Jan, 28-Jan, 31-Jan February’2019(04 Batches): 3-Feb, 6-Feb, 9-Feb, 12-Feb Limited Seats Available!

2. What are the Pricing and Variants available for Chadar Trek 2019?
Rs.19,500/- excluding permits and airport return transfers Rs.24,500/- including Trekking Pole, Gum Boots, Permits, Environmental Fee, Wildlife Fee, ALTOA, LAHDC and airport drop. Plus 5% GST will be applicable on both the variants

3. What are the Booking and Cancellation policies?
All the booking cancelled before 15-December'2018 are eligible for 50% refund. There will not be any refund applicable for new bookings and existing bookings after 15th-December'2018.

4. What if someone booked the tour but the trek didn't happen? (Refunds and operations)
In case the Chadar is not formed we will offer the alternate trek for same duration otherwise 50% refund is applicable on the bookings.

5. What if some natural calamities happen in between the treks?
International Youth Club takes utmost care to ensure safety of its members during the trekking expeditions. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, International Youth Club will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trekking and expeditions.

6. If any kind of permission required entering in some certain areas?
Any other charge that the local authority (LAHDC, ALTOA or any other) may charge development fee during the trek (which may range anywhere between 500- 3000 INR per head). All of these kind of charges are to be paid by trekkers in advance before starting the trek and not included in the package. Currently the Fee is Rs.2,300 for Indians and Rs.2,800 for Foreigners.

7. To and Fro transportation details?
Transportation from Base Camp Leh to Leh is included in the package as per the itinerary. Airport transfers pick up or drop may be arranged at an additional cost of Rs.500/- Per Person

8. Stay during the trip?
Stay will be in Hotels and guest houses while in Leh City. Tented accommodation will be provided on twin/triple sharing basis while on the trek.

9. Food: What and how will it be provided?
Meals will be provided while on trek. Our cooks will be serving the simple vegetarian nutritious veg hot meals for breakfast and dinner during the camping. Pack lunch will be provided during the trek. (Rice pulao, potato, dal, local dishes, hot soups, eggs, breads, poha, sweet, tea, milk, high energy bars, dry fruits, juices etc. is the regular menu)

10. Medication at Chadar Trek 2019?
Oxygen cylinders and first aid will be there during the trek. Rescue and medical team will be available on call in case of any exigencies.



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