Chadar Trek, Ladakh - Frozen River Trek

Fixed Departure Dates :18 January 2023,   27 January 2023

Duration : 12 Nights/ 13 Days

Area :Zanskar (Ladakh)

Altitude :3850 mts/12628 ft

Grade :Moderate to tough

Season :Mid Jan to End Feb

Total Trekking :60 K.M

Trek Information

Difficulty Moderate to Strenuous.

One must understand that you will be walking in high altitude area and walks are long and temperature is always in minus. Speicllay at night it will be below 20 D Celsius. Overall trail is Easy but almost a flat walk on the frozen river may take too long as expected. It depends the snow condition and water level

Nearest Airport Leh in Ladakh. (The only way to get to Leh in winter is by flight)

Altitude Highest altitude 10,900 feet.

The entire trek is below the altitude of Leh. If a trekker can acclimatize to Leh, then he/she needs no further acclimatization.

Base Camp :

Trek starts at Chilling (62 kms from Leh, 2.5 hrs drive)

Best Season

Last week of week of January is a good time till March though it depends on weather condition in the region.

Temperature :

Between -5° to -10°C during the day. Can drop to -25°C during the night at some camps.

Snow Entire trek is on snow and ice. Does not require special boots. Good trekking shoes with grips will do. Walking sticks and good quality of gears are essential. Clothing wear in layers

Physical Fitness :

Very much essential /required for the Chadar trek

Minimum Age :

Teen ager may join if trained

Travelling on a Chadar trek / Frozen river Trek in Ladakh you need to be in excellent physical condition. People who does not have any past strenuous trekking experience must avoid this trek. You need to acclimatize very well upon arrival in Leh. If someone not feeling well with the altitude must relax at the hotel till comfort zone.

One must go for the regular exercise nearly for one month. Stretching / long running and rhythmic exercises are very much essential.

We highly recommend you to visit your physician / doctor for a complete check up before you join / book this trek. Patient suffering with Sugar / Asthmatic problem/ lungs and heart disease must avoid or with the permission of your doctor should join.

Tour Itinerary

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. Therefore, it had been trade route for centuries for Zanskari People. Now the route is also famous as winter trekking among adventure lovers. For last several years, we have been organizing this winter trek in three different options with trained local Zanskari potters and our well-experienced guide and staff.

The most isolated and made inaccessible for nearly eight months a year due to heavy snowfall resulting in closure of all the access passes, Zanskar has the distinction of being the least interfered with microcosms of Ladakh, and thus one of the last few surviving cultural satellites of Tibet. This geographical isolation together with the esoteric nature of Buddhism practiced here has enabled its some ten thousand inhabitants to preserve and perpetuate their cultural identity. This Chadar trek allows you to penetrate this isolation and to examine some of the villages along the Zanskar River in the midst of winter and thus catch a glimpse of the lifecycle during this unique time of the year. A visit to the ancient monastic establishments of Karsha and Zangla promises to heighten your insight into the mysteries of this Shangri-la, a land and culture frozen in time behind the ramparts of the Zanskar mountains. Chilling and Lingshed are the only sizeable villages on this trek until Hanamur and Pidmo before Pishu and Zangla in Zanskar, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.


Take the morning flight for Leh. Check into the guest house and relax the whole day. This is necessary for getting acclimatised. Overnight at the guesthouse.


On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.

Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17’Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.

Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.

Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17’Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house.


In the morning drive to chilling along with our porters from Pishu village of Zanskar, visit coppersmith workshops. Dinner and overnight stay at guest house.


We begin our Chadar trek by walking on the frozen Zanskar river from Chilling to Zaribago. The trek is of about 5 hours. Overnight at Camp.


Walk on the frozen Zanskar river for about 4 hours from Zaribago to Deepyokma. Overnight at Camp.


Walk for almost 4 to 5 hours from Deepyokma to reach Nyarakpulu below the Nyarak village. Over night at Camp.


Frozen River (Chadar) Trek Leaving Nyarakpulu it's a one hour walk to the small village of Lingshed. Enjoy the comfort and cozy atmosphere of a private house with central heating.


Spend rest of the day in the warmth of a private home in Lingshed. Explore the nearby monasteries, meet the monks and hospitable people of the village. Overnight stay at the private home.


Lingshed to Nyarakpulu - a walk of about five hours to the campsite.


Nyarakpulu to Tso Mopoaldar a four hour walk to the campsite.


Frozen River (Chadar) Trek Mopoaldar to Tilatdo - another day of walking about 5 hours.


From Tilatdo walk up to Chilling village from where a Jeep will take you back to the hotel in Leh by evening. Overnight stay at hotel.


Early in the morning transfer to airport and from here catch a flight for Delhi.

Cost Include

  • Accommodation: In Leh, guest house with bed and breakfast basis. While on trek accommodation will be provided on Dome/Alpine Tent, carry mat, kitchen tent, camping stool etc will be provided.
  • Transport: Arrival, departure transfer at Leh by Toyota Qualis/Tata Sumo. Also all sightseeing in Leh. Drop & pick up for trek.
  • Meals: Leh: Only breakfast will serve. While on trek all meals will be provided. Meal will freshly prepare and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese, Continental & Ladakhi.
  • Porters: Experienced porter for carrying camping equipment, rations, vegetables and some amount of personal gear of the clients (one bag not weighing more than 15 kgs).
  • Professional local trekking guide & cook who know the area very well would accompany the group
  • Trekking & camping permit

Cost Does Not Include :

  • Enroute Meal
  • Any charges for carrying still/video cameras etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, beverages, etc.
  • Entrée fee if any
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Unforeseen expenses beyond our controls

Package Cost : Per Pax in INR

Rs. 36800 /- per person*

3.9% service Tax extra