8 Nights and 9 Days
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.
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
Stay hydrated as you spend your first day of the trek in Leh.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.