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Chadar Frozen River Trek 2022

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Duration

8 Nights and 9 Days

Cancellation

No Cancellation

Group Size

Unlimited

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • "Chadar" refers to the sheet of ice that from over the Zanskar river as it transforms itself from a rapid flowing river into a white blanket of ice during winter. It becomes a frozen spectacle of glass ice ranging from a bluish tinge to golden yellow that is seen during the few hours that sunlight reaches directly into the gorge to the milky whitish on a moonlit night - as said a trek journey like no other. Chadar connects villages in the Zanskar valley (deep in the mountains) with Chilling (on the road to Leh) along the frozen Zanskar River. This route has been used for centuries for trade and transportation and is most reliable in February when the ice is most stable.

What you will do

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Day 01: Arrival in Leh (3500 m)

Leh, which lies at an altitude of more than 3500 metres above sea level, is the second largest
UT 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 or guest house.
Enjoy an overnight stay in the hotel or guest house.

Day 02: Acclimatization Walk in Leh

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 03: Getting a medical check-up at Medical Camp in Leh Market

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 ALTOA designated medical camp.
One will get a certificate only when adequately fit and acclimatized for the trek.

Day 04: Shingra Koma and Somo Paldar

Enjoy tea and breakfast in the morning
and start your journey by driving to
Shingra Koma. This ride is not for the fainthearted 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.
Your Chadar trek expedition starts here.

Day 05: Trek to Dib Cave/Tibb

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 06: Dib Cave/Tibb to Camp at Naerak Frozen Waterfall

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 07: Naerak to Tibb

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 08: Tibb to Shingra Koma & Back To Leh

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 09: 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.

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation. Leh Guest House (Day 1,2,3, 8 according to Itinerary) and Camping while on Trek on Day 4,5,6,7 according to Itinerary)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg.) – Hot Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner starting from Day 4 Lunch to Day 8 Breakfast
  • Trek equipments including -30 degree comfortable double layer sleeping bags, sleeping matts, air breathable 4 season camping tents, mobile kitchen and utensils for food
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff to help trekkers.
  • Fixed return transfers from Leh Guest House to Trek Base Camp is included in the package as per the itinerary on Day 4 and Day 8
  • Porters carry the common luggage including tents, sleeping bags, kitchen tents, camping ration and food, fuel/kerosene, oxygen cylinders, toilet tents.
  • Food / Meal in Leh. Available in Leh Hotel/Guest House @ Rs.250/- Per Meal(Approx)
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Adventure Insurance premium cover of Rs.2,100/- to be paid directly after the medical check-up in Leh(Premium amount based on 2019 Chadar Trek).
  • Local Fees Environmental Fee, Wildlife Fee, ALTOA, LAHDC, etc of Rs.3,150/- Per Person to be paid directly after arrival in Leh(Permit fee based on 2019 Chadar Trek).
  • Porter to carry personal luggage. The same may be arranged @ Rs.3750/- for the complete trek days ie from Day 4 to Day 8(5 Trek Days) up to 10Kg baggage.
  • Airport pick from the Leh Airport (Govt Pre Paid Taxi Charges @ Rs.500/-)
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under 'Inclusions'.

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  • When you make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms of these booking conditions. A contract will exist as soon as we issue our confirmation invoice. This contract is made on the terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by Indian Law, and the jurisdiction of the Indian Courts. If you had not seen these terms and conditions when you made your booking and you are not happy to proceed with the booking now that you have seen them please return all documentation to us or to your travel agent, within 7 days of receiving these booking conditions. Your booking will be cancelled and your monies will be returned in full, provided you have not commenced your travel. This clause does not apply if your booking was made within 4 weeks of travel.

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  • You can call our office on + 91 8351846007 between 10.00 am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday to discuss your plans. Upon receipt of your enquiry we will provide you with a full written quotation together with our suggestions and recommendations. This quotation will state clearly ‘What Is Included’ in the price and ‘What is Extra’. Once you have accepted the written quotation we will require you to complete a Booking Form and send it to us. The following deposits will be required and may be paid by cheque, bank transfer or credit / debit card, over the phone if more convenient. On receipt of the deposit, The Travel Vogue will proceed to confirm all the arrangements and send you within 7 to 14 days our confirmation together with a complete itinerary. We will require the balance to be paid on your departure.

  • Cancellation by you
  • Should you wish to cancel your holiday, you must notify your travel agent or The Travel Vogue directly in writing as soon as possible. Please advise the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy. If notification of cancellation is received more than 57 days before departure only your deposit will be forfeit, within eight weeks the following cancellation charges will be applied:

  • 56 to 35 days: 40% of final invoice
  • 34 to 19 days: 60% of final invoice
  • 20 to 8 days: 80% of final invoice
  • Within 7 days: 100% of final invoice


  • Cancellation by us
  • Normally we will not cancel your holiday except if events occur which make it impossible to operate to an acceptable level of safety, convenience and comfort, such as political unrest, hostilities, industrial disputes, strikes, riots or civil commotion, natural disaster or any other similar circumstances or if you have not paid in full payments before departure. All group departures are subject to a minimum number of passengers, the tour is reviewed at 4 weeks prior to departure which is the latest date when the tour might be cancelled on account of low numbers. If we have to cancel a tour you will be offered an alternative tour or a full refund.

  • We reserve the right to cancel your holiday any time during its operation if you are found to be behaving in a socially unacceptable manner or indulging in an illegal activity. In such cases no refund will be offered for the unutilised portion of the holiday and The Travel Vogue will further claim from you the costs of your return to the city.

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