Chadar Trek 2018 – The Frozen River Trek

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Chadar Trek 2018 – The Frozen River Trek
9 days Duration
9/10 Physicality
Leh-Ladakh Location
16+ Age
 25,000.0  22,500.0 per preson

If you are looking for Chadar Frozen River Trek in 2018 with lowest prices then your search ends here. Aahvan Adventure is a leading Adventure Travel Operator in India located in Ahmedabad.

Chadar Trek – Fancy a real adventure trek with breathtaking views? The Chadar Frozen River Trek Package is your best bet. This trek covers a staggering 105 km one-way, with an average of 15-17 km per day. The winter snowfall closes most mountain passes and the ‘Chadar,’ meaning blanket refers to the frozen Zanskar river which becomes the only way for the residents near Zanskar to connect with the rest of the world. At times, the temperature drops to -30 to -35 degree Celsius. Despite the freezing temperatures, the sun and the blue skies are up by 9:00 am and that’s when our daily stay begins. While most of the trekking will be done on the frozen river, chadar or the normal trail used by the people in Zanskar, sometimes we will climb icy rocks or trails.

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COST OF THE TRIP Rs. 22,500/- Per Person (Sharing Basis)
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at Leh on Day 01
Accommodation during the trek
All meals – vegetarian (during trek)
Trekking permits
Trekking equipment
Safety equipment
Services of an expert trek leader
Food during transit
Backpack offloading charges
Personal expenses
Anything apart from the inclusions

Day 01 : Arrival Leh

As most roads are blocked during winters, air is the only way to reach Ladakh. The temperatures in Leh will always be in the negatives, so wear your warm clothes in the flight itself to avoid the drastic drop in temperatures from affecting you as you descend from the flight. Leh is immersed in snow and at times the roads will also be hidden under a thick sheet of ice. Due to this, the city will only be partly open. Only the shops catering to local needs will be open and hence, buy all your gears from your city. Overnight stay.


Day 02 : Leh – Chilling – Tilat Do

Your day will start with a climb to the Shanti Stupa from where you will witness your life’s most magnificent sunrise, amid the snow clad peaks of the Himalayas. 64 km away from Leh lies the start of our trek on the frozen Zanskar river. A thrilling ride to Chilling along the Indus river will take you to the Nimu village where the Zanskar converges with the mighty Indus. Next, we will start our trek, with varied challenges, on the frozen river. In between, we will reach Tilad Do and by evening we will cross the Zanskar river to reach the campsite. Overnight stay will be on the banks of Zanskar river where the Aahvan team will pitch tents and hand out warm sleeping bags.


Day 03 : Tilat Do – Gyalpo

The day will start with a few stretching exercises, breakfast and a briefing by our instructors on how to trek on the Chadar. The weather at Chadar is not very predictable, at times it can be cold with hard surface of slippery ice or it can be soft fresh snow. A 12 km trek will lead us to Gyalpo through Shingra Koma. Surrounded by towering mountain peaks, we will do an overnight stay in our tents at a bend in the river.


Day 04 : Gyalpo – Tibb Cave

After breakfast, we will kick-off today’s 14 km trek with scenes of frozen waterfalls and sky-reaching mountain walls which block most of the sunlight. The trek ends with a hot cup of Ladakhi tea and an overnight stay in tents waiting for us in the Tibb Cave.


Day 05 : Tibb Cave – Nyerak

A 5 hour trek after breakfast through the beautiful cliffs, Juniper trees covered with prayer flags and the valley of Chadar will take us to the region’s largest waterfall, Nyerak waterfall. After a refreshing stop at the Nyerak waterfall, we will continue towards our destination, Nyerak village, where we will camp overnight at the side of the frozen river, in tents.


Day 06 : Nyerak – Tibb Cave

This day marks our return journey and although the trek is the same, there is a slight change in weather conditions and therefore the sceneries. Overnight stay in tents inside the cave, just like last time.


Day 07 : Tibb Cave – Gyalpo

The second day of our return journey will show us mesmerizing views of frozen waterfalls. The destination for today is Gyalpo with an overnight stay in tents.


Day 08 : Gyalpo – Tilat Do – Leh

The last day of our exciting Chadar Frozen River Trek will leave you wanting more of the snow and mountains. However, soon it will be time for us to say goodbye to the Frozen River and the people of Zanskar. At Tilat Do, a vehicle waiting for us will take us back to Leh.


Day 9: (Return) Leh to Destination


January 27 to February 04 (OPEN)




Rs. 22,500/-Per Person (Sharing Basis)

Leh to Leh


Transport to and from the base camp (Leh to Leh)
Accommodation during the trek (camping)
All meals – vegetarian
Trekking permits and forest camping charges
Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)
Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)
Achievement Certificate
Memories of Life Time


GST 5% (Service Tax)
Transport from your city to Leh and Return
Backpack offloading charges (Rs.550 Per Day/Per Bag)
Food during transit to and from the base camp
Backpack offloading charges
Personal expenses of any kind
Anything apart from the inclusions


Before 30 days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
Between 21-30 days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded
Between 11-20 days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded
Between 0-10 days: No refund

Frequently Asked Questions on Chadar Trek

Q. What is the fitness level required for the Chadar trek and how hard is the trek?
A. This trek is difficult and we suggest this trek to experienced hikers.

Q. Which is the best time for Chadar Trek?
A. January & February

Q. What is the maximum altitude point of Chadar trek?
A. Nyerak – 3390m

Q. How can we reach Leh?
A. As most roads are blocked during winters, air is the only way to reach Leh-Ladakh.

Q. What will be the daytime and night temperature?
A. During day time the temperature will be around -5° to 0° and during night it will fall down to -30°

Q. Are trekking shoes mandatory?
A. Yes, Trekking shoes are mandatory and they would be with a good grip, ankle support and waterproof.

Q. Are there any provisions for taking bath?
A. There is no provision for bath on the trek.

Q. What is the size of trekking group?
A. 15-20 People

Q. How many guides are there in one group?
A. 2 guides

Q. Are accommodation for men and women separate?
A. Yes, men and women will not be sharing tents, unless they want.

Q. What kind of food you provide during the trek?
A. We provide food for 4 times in a day i.e. Breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner.

Q. Do I need to carry any documents with me?
A. Carry an original ID card and a photograph.

Q. Do you provide toilet tents?
A. Yes we do provide Toilet tents.

Q. Can we expect rains/snowfall during the trek?
A. Yes, Sudden weather changes are expected, always carry a light rain coat or water proof windcheater/poncho.

Q. Is there any mobile network connectivity?
A. In Leh you will have BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Postpaid mobile network. In other locations you won’t have any network.

Q. Where can we get Electricity?
A. During the trek, you will get electricity only in Leh.



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Hi, please send me the full details, including total expenses to & fro basecamp (Leh). Need to plan accordingly. Two of us are planning to join this this January.
Are these Waterproof trekking shoes are available for rent?
I’ve never been to any trek before. Though I went to Leh from Guwahati by motorcycle twice. Can I go for this Trek?


The walks on the snow blanket was no less than a dream come true.I successful completed this trek last year and I’m still not over the trek.This trip is just like being in heaven.It was all white, snow all around and we were walking on a Frozen River which is on its own an amazing experience.


Super chilling wind and that thrill, it can’t be described in words. Juts go there and you will realize that your decision was absolutely correct. And a big thanks goes to Aahvan Adventures for making me the witness of that Magic by Nature.


Hello There,
Can you please send me available dates for this trek ?


Yes Mr. Shridhar, I have sent you mail with all dates and details for this trek..Thank You


After knowing about the during of this trek, I was wondering about how the body would feel after spending 9 days in such a chill.This trek is considered as one of the most exciting and unique treks – a very special and an extraordinary trek on shiny ice on the bank of River.


Chadar Trek is one such trek where we get to see the beauty and magic of the nature to its fullest. This is a frozen ice trek within India. India is truly incredible. Walking steadily over the frozen Zanskar River was the best ever I did do far. At times, had to climb the nearby rocks and find the way forward. The drops in the temperature were also the challenging part. But at the end, with the help of the experienced guides and trek leaders,I completed this Chadar trek and got a million of breathtaking memories with me. My most beautifull and adventurous experience in India.All credits to Aahvan Adventure Team…


The place where you are walking on a frozen river and where the temperature falls up to -30 degrees. Thrill, excitement, adventure, beauty, nature etc. seems like all are created to describe Chadar Trek. Weaving between the snow capped mountains on a frozen path that constantly evolved and changed to make everyday a different experience was truly breathtaking. You not only get to trek through a frozen river but also get to witness the beauty of nature at its best. Climb over the surrounding snowy rocks, walk over the frozen waters, find way even when there is no way; you can only experience in this trek. Amazing experience overall.


The whole trip was an thrilling experience. With this organizer, booking was pretty easy and the guides or trekking staffs are really praiseworthy. Nice and memorable experience of trekking through the chadar frozen river trek.


It was an extraordinary experience on the Chadar Trek, this trek transforms into a completely new place during winters. It was my one of the unforgettable and remarkable trek of my life, you can imagine how delightful the entire trek is and also, the service was really awesome. keep it up AAHVAN ADVENTURES.


Just forget about the other treks and if you really want to challenge your own limits then you just need go for this Chadar frozen river trek. I promise you will get a life changing experience and about what the real trekking in mean. From beginning till the end, this Chadar trekking experience will keep you spellbound for sure. Such an amazing trek.


Chadar trek is that, I think all trekkers should go on board as the entire experience is simply breathtaking and equally beautiful. I successful completed this trek and still I want to this again and again.


Please mail me all the details of this trek on my mail id.


Can you give any group discount?


Hello, how can I join this trek? Please mail me all the details on my mail ID.


This experience etched on in my mind. Trek as we have was an experience that is just implausible! How can even a frozen River be so beautiful and kudos to the organisers for organizing such a trek very well.Thanks Aahvan Adventures for making it possible for us!


The experience is completely unforgettable and also the best of my life so far. I did many treks in Himalayas before but Chadar trek will always be my favourite. I don’t know about other organisers, but with this team, booking was pretty easy and the guides or trekking staffs are really praiseworthy. Nice and memorable experience of trekking through the chadar frozen river trek.


I completed this Chadar River trek and got a million of super enthralling memories with me. Great experience of Ladakh Chadar trek!I rarely write any review but my experience was so wonderful that I really want everyone to know that how beautiful was to trek on the frozen river.


Once in your life please do this chadar trek, the entire experience that you will have here is something that you won’t forget in your entire life. Truly an extra ordinary place to visit.


Do you have any batches in march month?


Sorry, This trek is only possible in the month of January and February. Snow melts after February, So it would not be possible to do this trek in March.


I have never seen those stunning views ever in all my travels around the world, It was truly an amazing experience. The entire mixture of streaming water, slippery ice, mountains, mountains, snowfall, waterfalls, clear skies and not to forget below freezing temperatures definitely embossed this adventure into my memory. The management and support of Team Aahvan was extremely good! Will defiantly join you next year for some other trek.


I would suggest chadar trek to all passionate trekkers. It is an amazing experience walking on the frozen river where at some places the snow blanket is so thin that you can hear the water movement under the snow. The Chadar Trek was one of the experience that I just cannot forget.


We are group of 12 people. Can you please tell me which dates are available?