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Chadar Trek - Advenchar

Chadar Trek

  • 9 Days
  • Group : 8-15 People
  • Guided Trek
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Start: Leh
  • Altitude
    Altitude: 3390 m

The Chadar Trek is a one-of-a-kind trek. You get to walk on the frozen Zanskar river! What more could you ask for? It is one of the must-have adventures in the Indian Himalayas.

The word Chadar comes from the Arabic word chadar, which means “white bedsheet”, and if you look at the pictures, the scenery is exactly that! A white bedsheet of pure unadulterated snow!

Chadar Trek trek can only be done in the peak winters (January & February) when the river freezes and the temperature is sub-zero to maintain the Chadar. In the past few years, Chadar Trek has gained a lot of popularity among Trekkers all over the world. 

It is a long trek but an easy one in comparison to other treks in Ladakh like Markha Valley Trek. There is neither significant ascent nor descent in the Chadar Trek. However, the main challenge is the cold. The temperatures in Chadar Trek can go as low as – 25 C if the weather turns against us.

Departure & Return Location


Meeting Time

4 P.M

Price Includes

  • Activity: Trekking, Camping etc
  • Accomodation in Guest House/Hotel on Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 & Day 8 (Twin/Triple sharing)
  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Transportation from Leh to Shingra Koma & back to Leh
  • Meals during Trek (Veg)
  • All season Camping tents on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags with adequate sub-zero temperature rating, comfortable mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys, ice-axe, micro-spikes, slings if required
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid knowledge
  • Experienced Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including portable oxygen cylinder, oximeter

Price Excludes

  • Meals during stay in Leh
  • Personal Gum Boots Please carry your own gum boots for the trek. You can also purchase them from Leh
  • Wildlife Permit Fee, Entry charges
  • Medical examination expense in Leh, if any
  • Insurance
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. (extra luggage, if any can be left at the base camp with the authorities)
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reasons
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
What to Expect
  • The flight to LehYour adventure begins the moment you board the flight to Leh. If you're lucky enough to find a window seat, you are sure to be mesmerized. You can see the views of snow-capped mountains from thousands feet up in the air. In winters, Ladakh is a completely snow-covered heaven.
  • Camping in sub-zero temperaturesThe temperatures in the whole of Chadar Trek stay sub-zero. So, you have to sleep, wake up, trek and do everything in between in minus temperatures.
  • Gorgeous ChadarChadar Trek passes through a gorge which is a very rare sight in the treks of Indian Himalayas.
  • Frozen WaterfallsThere are several waterfalls on the way to the ultimate Nerak waterfall. The sunset view at Nerak is a sight to behold!
  • The Fauna of LadakhDiscover wild animal footprints such as foxes, ibex, and snow leopards in the tranquil beauty of Shingra Koma.
Chadar Trek Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Leh

Your adventure begins the moment you board the flight to Leh. If you’re lucky enough to find a window seat, you are sure to be mesmerized. You can see the views of snow-capped mountains from thousands of feet up in the air. In winters, Ladakh is a completely snow-covered haven.

You’ll be flying over long stretches of snow-covered Himalayan mountains, and you’ll find out why driving to Ladakh in the winter is impossible. When you arrive in Leh, you will be greeted by cold, crisp air, and the temperatures will drastically change. The chill in the air will only be a taste of what to expect on the Chadar trek. With only a few shops open, Leh is a quiet place in winter.

You will be transferred to the designated hotel once you arrive in Leh. The first day will be spent getting acclimatized to the high altitude so spend your day outdoors but don’t exhaust yourself. Drink plenty of water to naturally acclimatize your body. This is critical in the days ahead. 

Day 2Acclimatization in Leh

Keeping in mind that some trekkers may feel the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), Ladakh Government has implemented new regulations that require all the trekkers going on the Chadar trek to spend at least two days in Leh to fully acclimatize to the sub-zero temperature as well as the high altitude.

It is mandatory for every trekker to adhere to these guidelines. It will be easier and more comfortable for you to stay in your warm hotel room but it is very important that you go out and explore. Your trek leader will be taking you for an acclimatization walk today and will brief you about the details, do’s and don’ts of the trek. The Leh market is also a great place to spend the day shopping and remain active. You can do last minute shopping for your trek. 

It is critical that you become familiar with the cold in Leh, as the temperature will only continue to drop as you begin walking along the frozen Zanskar River, where temperatures can drop below zero even during the day.

Day 3Medical Checkup Day

According to government guidelines in Leh-Ladakh, all the trekkers must undergo a medical examination after which they will be issued a fitness certificate. You’ll be taken to a local hospital in Leh for a health examination.

You will be given a green signal for the Chadar Trek only after you have been cleared by the medical officer. The trekkers will also receive their wildlife permits, insurance, and other necessary documents today.

Day 4Drive to Shingra Koma & Trek to Tsomo Paldar

Distance:  70 km (Drive to Shingra Koma) & 3 Km Trek
Time Taken: 4 Hours (Drive) & 2 Hours Trek
Altitude: 3,170 m (10,400 ft)

We’ll be starting the trek today. On this day, we will be travelling to the road head of the Chadar Trek, i.e Shingra Koma. The road to Shingra Koma goes through some of the famous sightseeing places around Leh like Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill, and the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers (Sangam)

As you reach the road head, your trek leader will brief you about the proper way to way on the Chadar. It will take some time to get used to walking the Penguin Walk with your gumboots on. You’re sure to fall a couple of times but that’s where all the adventure is. Make sure to follow the sledge path to avoid stepping on thin portions of the Chadar. You will be mesmerized by the different ice and rock formations throughout your trek. 

The first campsite of the trek is Tsomo Paldar where you’ll be camping in sub-zero temperatures. This is an experience of a lifetime. 

Day 5Tsomo Paldar to Tibb Campsite

Distance:  15 Km
Time Taken: 7 hours
Altitude: 3,291 m (10,800 ft)

We’ll be starting the morning with warm bed tea, and finding the strength to get out of the warm sleeping bags and into the biting cold of the early morning. We will have a warm breakfast and prepare ourselves for the trek. 

Chadar Trek is a flat trek, which means that we will not be gaining or losing significant altitude. After 5-6 hours of walk, we’ll only be gaining 300 ft in altitude.

In some places on the Chadar, you can even see the river running underneath the sheet of ice. 

On the way to Tibb cave, we’ll come across several waterfalls that stand frozen in time, they’re sure to leave you astounded! There are several stories about the mysterious origins of these waterfalls. Make a note to ask your guide about it. 

The campsite for the day will be near Tibb cave. The area is surrounded by dry sand.  

Day 6 Tibb Campsite to Nerak

Distance:  13 Km
Time Taken: 7 hours
Altitude: 3,398 m (11,150 ft)

Today is the most awaited day of the trek! We’ll be trekking to the magnificent Nerak waterfall. The Nerak waterfall remains frozen in the peak months of winters. After breakfast, we’ll cross the beautiful gorge and make our way to Nerak village. This trail will take you to the frozen waterfall, which is the most scenic and most awaited feature of the Chadar trek. The Nerak village also serves as a rest stop for rafting trips that take place between August and September.

The Nerak waterfall is a 25-minute walk from the campsite. Next to the Nerak waterfall is a bridge that connects to the Nerak village. If we reach the waterfall on time, we can go ahead and visit the Nerak village. Recently, the road has reached the Nerak village.

Trekkers and adventurers from all over the world visit this frozen waterfall, which is a natural wonder. With temperatures dropping to -30 degrees at night, Nerak will be the coldest of all campsites. 

Take your time to explore and photograph this once in a lifetime experience. After that, head back to the campsite for a hot dinner.

Day 7Nerak to Tibb campsite

Distance:  13 Km
Time Taken: 7 hours
Altitude: 3,291 m (10,800 ft)

Once we reach Nerak waterfall, we’ve only come halfway on the trek. Now, we’ll be retracing our steps back to the road head. 

The weather on the Chadar Trek can be very fickle, and the Zanskar river is quick to react. The Chadar can be there one day and disappear the next. At times, the route that we followed on the way to Nerak can completely change. You will get a completely new perspective of the trek when you’re coming back.

You will see a lot of locals negotiating the Chadar on your way back to Tibb cave. Try to imitate them and their jolly nature while walking on the Chadar the best you can. 

We will be camping at Tibb campsite. 

Day 8Tibb to Shingra Koma & Drive to Leh

Distance:  17 Km (Trek) & 70 Km (Drive to Leh)
Time Taken: 7 hours (Trek) & 3 Hours (Drive)
Altitude: 3,500 m (11,482 ft)

Today is the last day that you’ll be trekking on Chadar. We’ll be starting our trek from Tibb and trek to Shingra Koma. By now, you’ll have gotten used to walking the Penguin Walk and negotiate the Chadar quicker. We will pass the previous campsite of Tsomo Paldar and Gyalpo on the way back. Keep your eyes hooked and keep looking out and see if you can find any fresh footprints left by Foxes, Ibex or Snow leopards along the Chadar trail.

This is your final chance to see and observe the gorgeous Chadar. Take a look back, and breathe in all the unrealistic days on Chadar Trek that you just experienced. Bid adieu to the staff who helped you wholeheartedly.  

You can expect to arrive in Leh by evening. Stay at a guest house/hotel. 

Day 9Departure from Leh

You’ll be saying goodbye to us today and making your way back to the comfort of your home. You’ll once again be flying over the magnificent Himalayas! 

If you wish to continue your travels and explore Ladakh in winter, you can ask for suggestions and discuss your plans with anyone from our team. 

Best Time For Chadar Trek

The Chadar Trek, also known as the Zanskar Gorge Trek, is a winter trail over the frozen Zanskar River in the Indian union territory of Ladakh. It is one of the most challenging and beautiful treks in India, and it offers a unique opportunity to explore this remote region. The best time to do the Chadar Trek is from January to early-February when temperatures are at their coldest and the river is completely frozen.

The trek usually starts from Leh and takes around 8-10 days to complete. During this time, trekkers will experience some of the most stunning landscapes in India with dramatic mountains on either side of them. The route passes through many small villages along the way and offers spectacular views of snow-covered peaks, frozen waterfalls, and icy gorges.

At night, temperatures can drop below -25°C so it’s important that trekkers come prepared with appropriate clothing and equipment such as thermal wear, gloves, hats, boots, etc. It’s also important to be aware of altitude sickness which can occur due to the high altitudes reached during the trek.

The Chadar Trek is an amazing experience for those who are looking for an adventure off the beaten path. It’s not for everyone though; it requires physical fitness and mental strength as well as proper preparation before embarking on this journey. But if you’re up for a challenge then there’s no better time than January to early-February when you can witness nature in its most beautiful form – a frozen river!

Chadar Trek Map

Chadar Trek Photos
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How difficult is the Chadar Trek?

The Chadar Trek is considered to be a moderately challenging trek even for experienced trekkers. The trek involves walking on a frozen river, and the conditions can be quite unpredictable due to changing weather conditions and the possibility of ice breaking.

The altitude and the extremely cold temperatures also make it a strenuous trek. Proper acclimatization, physical fitness, and mental preparation are essential before embarking on the Chadar Trek. However, with the right preparation and guidance, the trek can be an unforgettable experience for adventure enthusiasts.

Why is Chadar Trek Difficult?

The Chadar Trek is considered a challenging trek in India due to several factors:

  1. Terrain: The trail passes through deep gorges, narrow canyons, and steep cliffs, which require careful navigation and steady footing. The trek involves walking on a frozen river, which can be slippery and uneven, making it physically taxing.

  2. Altitude: The trek takes place at high altitudes, ranging from 3,300 to 4,600 meters, which can lead to altitude sickness for those who are not acclimatized to the altitude. Altitude sickness can cause headaches, nausea, and fatigue, making the trek more difficult.

  3. Weather Conditions: The weather conditions during the trek are extreme, with temperatures dropping to -25 degrees Celsius or below at night. The cold weather can cause frostbite, hypothermia, and other cold-related ailments if proper precautions are not taken.

  4. Logistics: The trek requires carrying heavy backpacks, walking long distances, and setting up camps in challenging conditions. The remote region’s lack of facilities and infrastructure can make the trek more difficult.

Is Chadar Trek Dangerous?

Chadar trek involves walking on the frozen Zanskar River, which can be dangerous if proper precautions are not taken. While there are risks associated with any outdoor activity, experienced guides and proper safety measures can significantly reduce the danger.

It is important to note that the Chadar Trek is not recommended for beginners or those with limited experience in cold weather conditions and high-altitude trekking. The trek requires physical fitness, mental toughness, and proper gear to endure the harsh climate and terrain. It is highly recommended to go with a company and a guide who is knowledgeable about the area and the trek to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

What are the requirements for participation in Chadar Trek?

The Chadar Trek is a challenging winter trek in the Zanskar region of Ladakh. Here are the requirements for participation:

  1. Physical fitness: The trek involves walking on a frozen river, so you should be physically fit to undertake the journey. You should be able to walk long distances in sub-zero temperatures and navigate through challenging terrain.

  2. Age requirement: Participants must be at least 14 years old, and those between 14-18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

  3. Medical fitness: You should not have any medical conditions that may come in the way of completing the trek. Also, the region is prone to high-altitude sickness, so you should get a medical check-up before the trek.

  4. Equipment: You will need proper trekking gear, such as sturdy trekking boots, a warm jacket, gloves, a cap, a backpack.

  5. Experience: While prior trekking experience is not mandatory, it is recommended that you have some experience in high-altitude trekking to better understand the challenges of the terrain.

By meeting these requirements, you can participate in the Chadar Trek and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Zanskar region.

What kind of food will be available on this trek?

During the Chadar Trek, you will mostly be served hot and nutritious vegetarian meals, which will provide you with the required energy and warmth to complete the trek.

Breakfast usually consists of porridge, muesli, eggs, bread, jam, butter, and tea or coffee. Lunch will be packed, and it will consist of parathas, cheese, boiled eggs, cookies, chocolates, juice, etc.

Dinner includes soup, rice or noodles, lentils, vegetables, and chapatis. You will also have tea and snacks like biscuits, which will be served during the breaks.

As the trek is located in a remote area, the food options may be limited, but the meals are designed to provide you with the required energy and nutrition. If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, it is recommended that you inform us in advance so that they can make arrangements accordingly.

What kind of accommodation will I get on Chadar Trek?

During the Chadar Trek, you will be staying in basic accommodations such as guesthouses or homestays in Leh. The guesthouses will have comfortable rooms with attached washrooms and may also have a common dining area.

While trekking, you will be staying in tents that are specially designed for sub-zero temperatures. The tents will have sleeping bags and foam mattresses to keep you warm and comfortable during the night. You will also have a separate kitchen tent and toilet tent.

It is important to note that the facilities may be basic, and you may not have access to showers or running water. Despite this, you will be provided with hot water for washing and a warm and comfortable environment to rest after a long day of trekking.

Are there any medical facilities available on this trek?

As the Chadar Trek is located in a remote area, medical facilities are limited. However, the Advenchar’s trek leaders carry a first aid kit, which includes basic medication for common ailments and injuries such as headaches, altitude sickness, and blisters.

In case of a medical emergency, they will provide assistance in getting you to the nearest medical facility. It is recommended to carry your own medication if you have any pre-existing medical conditions and inform us about your medical history.

Furthermore, it is recommended that you get a medical check-up before starting the trek and consult a doctor if you have any concerns about altitude or any pre-existing medical conditions. It is important to prioritize your health and safety during the trek, so it is essential to take necessary precautions and be prepared for any medical emergency that may arise.

What kind of clothing should I bring for this trek?

The Chadar Trek takes place in subzero temperatures, so it is crucial to carry appropriate clothing and gear to keep yourself warm and safe. Here are some essential clothing items:

  1. Thermal Innerwear: You will need thermal innerwear to keep yourself warm inside as you will be trekking in sub-zero temperatures.

  2. Windproof Jacket: A windproof jacket is mandatory as it will protect you from strong chilly winds.

  3. Down Jacket: A down jacket will provide the required insulation to keep you warm during the trek.

  4. Fleece Jacket: Fleece jackets are recommended as they are lightweight, and provide additional warmth.

  5. Trekking Pants: You will need comfortable and warm trekking pants that are suitable for sub-zero temperatures.

  6. Woolen Cap and Gloves: You will need woolen caps and gloves to keep your head and hands warm.

  7. Woolen Socks: Woolen socks will keep your toes warm and provide the required insulation.

  8. Trekking Boots: You will need sturdy and comfortable trekking boots with crampons to get a good grip on the icy surface.

  9. Sunglasses and Sunscreen: Sunglasses are necessary to protect your eyes from the glare of snow and bright sunlight. Sunscreen is necessary to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

It is essential to carry suitable clothing and gear for the trek to keep yourself warm, comfortable, and safe, given the sub-zero temperatures and extreme weather conditions in the region.

How to prepare for Chadar Trek?

Preparing for the Chadar Trek is essential, given the challenging terrain and sub-zero temperatures in the region. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the trek:

  1. Physical Fitness: The trek involves walking long distances in sub-zero temperatures, so physical fitness is essential. You should engage in regular exercise and build up your stamina before the trek.

  2. Acclimatization: Acclimatization is crucial as the trek takes place at high altitudes. Spend a few days in Leh before starting the trek to get acclimatized to the weather and high altitude.

  3. Hydration: Stay hydrated during the trek as dehydration is a common problem at high altitudes. It is recommended to drink at least 3-4 liters of water per day.

  4. Medical Fitness: Get a medical check-up before starting the trek and consult a doctor if you have any concerns about altitude or any pre-existing medical conditions.

  5. Packing: Pack suitable clothing and gear, including sturdy trekking boots, a windproof jacket, a down jacket, and thermal innerwear.

  6. Mental Preparedness: Trekking in sub-zero temperatures can be challenging, so it is essential to prepare yourself mentally and stay positive throughout the journey.

  7. Altitude Sickness: Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness such as headaches, nausea, and dizziness. It is important to take necessary precautions to prevent altitude sickness and inform the trek leaders if you experience any symptoms.

By following these tips, you can prepare yourself for the Chadar Trek and have a safe and memorable experience exploring the breathtaking beauty of the Zanskar region.

How to make a booking with us?

You can make your booking at our website www.advenchar.com or you can contact us at hello@advenchar.com.

You must be at least 18 years old to make a booking with us. After the booking, our team will send you a confirmation of the booking.

We understand that you may have to change your travel plans due to the Covid-19 situation, so considering this we have introduced a Book Now, Pay Later facility for all the participants. However, you will be required to pay the full amount at least 15 days prior to the departure date.

How do I cancel/modify my booking?

If you wish to cancel/modify your existing booking, you can do so by logging in to www.advenchar.com, and pay through the dashboard or you can drop us a mail at hello@advenchar.com with all the details of your booking, and we’ll cancel it for you.

What is cancellation policy?

You can claim a 95% refund if you choose to cancel your booking before 30 days. The refund will primarily be in the form of a voucher valid for two years.  You can also opt for a cash refund, provided the booking is not part of a promotional offer, coupon code, or discount provided by Advenchar. 


  • Cancellation before 30 days from departure date – Get a 95% voucher refund valid for 12 months.
  • Cancellation between 30 and 15 days from departure date  – Get a 50% voucher refund valid for 12 months.
  • Cancellation less than 15 days from departure date – No refund. You can modify your trek free of cost and transfer it to a friend/family member.

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Rishi Raghav
Rishi Raghav
August 10, 2023.
We were a group of 9 to trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes with Advenchar in the first week of August, 2023. Swena was kind enough to accommodate us at the last minute since our trek to Tarsar Marsar was cancelled at the last minute with another company. Being a small group, we were able to start early in the morning, cover the hard sections before the sun came up & reach the campsite well before the evening rains. We were guided by Neil from Advenchar through the trek who is as well versed with the mountains as one can possibly get. The local Kashmiri team fed us to our hearts content. Bajjis, gulab jamoons, soup, kawa, sooji ka halwa was what I relished the most during the evening snacks. Mountain stories from Neil, crystal clear weather during the trek, the camaraderie among the co-trekkers & the ever helpful team made the pretty pretty KGL trek all the more memorable. Only disappointment was the trash at Vishnusar & Ganagabal campsites. Wished we had camped further away at these 2 sites. But the remaining 4 campsites were clean & beautiful. I would definitely do my next trek with Advenchar! Thank you for such a wonderful & beautiful experience!
Sheryl -
Sheryl -
August 6, 2023.
It is my first time trekking in India & I chose Advenchar for their positive reviews & small batch sizes. The team also patiently answered the many, many questions I had & were always available. True enough, I had a great & smooth experience with the KGL trek. The guides & helpers were experienced, knowledgeable & helpful. The trek timings were well planned; we often set off earlier & managed to avoid the rain. The food was delicious, varied & planned according to the trek. The tents were of high quality, withstanding the evening rain. Overall, I would recommend Advenchar, a huge thanks to them for everything. 🙂
Neetha Sharma B
Neetha Sharma B
August 5, 2023.
karthik b
karthik b
August 5, 2023.
This is my 1st trek with Advenchar. I really enjoyed the KGL Trek . Team Advenchar is focused on their small groups to deliver good experience for the trek enthusiasts. Kudos to team Advenchar.
KIran SHarma
KIran SHarma
August 5, 2023.
Like always Advenchar is the best. Srinagar to Srinagar it was a great experience to be a part of KGL trek. Hospitality is up to the mark. Overall we had a great time. Looking forward for more treks with Advenchar. Thank you for this memorable trek team Advenchar 😍.
Sid Malo
Sid Malo
June 13, 2023.
June 8, 2023.
Excellent experience Amazing team. Keep the hardwork going. 👌🎊
Sukriti Dilwaria
Sukriti Dilwaria
June 7, 2023.
It was my first trek, and I have to say, it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. The team was extremely professional and particular in their conduct and the trek was properly organised and executed.
Husain Nasir
Husain Nasir
June 7, 2023.
The staff is amazing right from the owner to the cook and other helpers. Would highly advise to let the client have an option of changing their trek in case the intended trekking destination is experiencing harsh weather.
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