The Chadar Trek is one of the most stunning and exhilarating winter treks across the blue planet over the frozen Zanskar River. This trekk provides an excellent opportunity to explore the ancient culture of Zanskar, a blend of Tibetan and Indian cultures. One can also spot some exotic wildlife species such as blue sheep, snow leopard and ibex that can be found in the frozen surroundings.
The Zanskar River freezes and appears like a sheet (chadar) of ice during the winter season and this is the reason behind the name of this trek which is known as the Frozen River Trek and is considered one of the toughest treks in India.
One has to cover approximately 105 kilometers on foot during the trek. The mercury count is -15 to -20 degrees in the daytime while it dips to -25 degrees during the night and most of the trek has to be completed by walking and includes walking on the sheet of ice during the day and staying in the caves during night.
Why should you go on the Chadar Trek?
The Chadar Trek is One of the most popular trekking destinations in India and is undoubtedly a way to rejuvenate oneself and get relief from the hustle and bustle of
daily life.This trek offers the trekkers a sense of satisfaction and exhilaration that can be compared to none of others.
Any trekker who is an adventurer lover and ready to encounter the harshest conditions cannot afford to miss the Frozen River Trek. One can feel the high s
pirits by travelling through the snowy boulders which is beyond words and cannot be explained. However, caution is very importatnt and needs to be practiced before anyone can embark on this arduous trek, and a few pointers need to be kept in mind which are as follows :-
- Let a friend or family member know about your schedule so that someone can come for your help in case of any emergency.
- One should carry warm clothes along with him as the temperature can go very low.
- There can be a scarcity of food and water during the trail. Thus you must keep sufficient edibles and water with you to fulfill your hunger if by chance scarcity occurs but it is a very rare chance.
- Never forget to bring a first-aid kit and medicines as the trek is demanding and getting bruises and cuts is very common as well as one can hurt himself in snow or while trekking.
Destinations covered in Chadar Trek
‘Sumdo’ literally means ‘the confluence’ and Tilat S
umdo acts as a campsite for Chadar Trek and offers splendid vistas of the Himalayan Range.There is a small stream meeting the Zanskar at this point.
It is located about 10 kilometers away from Tilat Sumd and is a scenic spot showcasing rustic beauty that simply spellbinds the travelers.One should see this place and stay here for minimum 2-3 hours to enjoy the beauty of nature while going for the trekk.
Tibb is a picturesque place offering a fascinating waterfall and cave which is also used for overnight stay by the trekkers. It provides one with the views of sun-kissed mountains which are an enchanting sight to witness. This place is best for photography.
Nerak is a base camp for the trek. The view of sunset
from Nerak is so amazing and beautifull that an avid adventure lover cannot afford to miss it. This region is perfect view for a nature lover’s eyes. It is perfect place for a nature lover.
Gyalpo is an enchanting campsite which is located at a bend in the Zanskar River. This region is flanked by imposing peaks and walls of rock faces that look man-made. The tourists can soak themselves in the surreal natural beauty at this place.
Dibyokma is a place that offers dream-like panoramas including breathtaking views of the Himalayas. The serene and intact environment is the speaciallity of Dibyokma which makes tourists fall in love with this place.
It is one of the oldest villages in Ladakh, Lingshed boast
s awe-inspiring exquisiteness of nature. This region is prominently famous for one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh which is kown as the Lingshed Monastery.
Best time for Chadar Trek
The best time is during the winter months of January and February for trekking on the Frozen Zanskar River. Most groups carry out trekking in the Chadar Trek during mid-January to end-February.