Temperature shall generally revolve between 0-5 degrees during daytime while in Leh. During trekking daytime temperature shall revolve between -5 to 5 degree. Night temperature can plunge up to -20 degree
During the period of Chadar trek most of the hotels or accommodation places in Leh will be closed as this is not a tourist season. Very few of the hotels will remain open. Accommodation will be provided in a standard hotel in comfortable rooms. Rooms will be triple/quad sharing basis. No personal room can be guranteed
Palace View/ Mount Castle/ Bimla Guest House/ Dolma Guest House or similar kind of guest houses.Accommodation will be arranged either of these options/ similar while in Leh
You can also opt for the deluxe hotel (Hotel Zen) stay in Ladakh. Hotel zen is the only hotel in Leh of 4 start category. In that case you need to pay 4000/- Rs. extra for two nights stay in Leh.
Heating system will be there in the rooms of Leh hotel. While we select hotels with heating system, functioning of those is beyond our control. We will not be liable if the heating system malfunctions at this extreme weather.
Triple/Quad sharing rooms will be provided in hotel. Twin/triple/quad sharing tents during trek shall be provided
You can hire a porter who will carry your bag which should not weigh more than 12 kgs. This will help you to trek on the frozen river of zanskar without any burden. The normal rate of porter will be 800/- per day per bag which may increase during the season. If you need a porter then booking one beforehand would be advisable.
No non veg food can be provided. Sumptuous vegetarian meals containing Rice/Roti, dal, vegetables, potato etc. will be provided
Stoves will be carried by porter. Zanskar river water will be used as drinking water after boiling
It’s the set practise of the region. In any extreme weather region fuel costs a lot. So the hot water in hotel/guest house will be provided in limited quantity.
We shall share a list of what to carry once your booking is confirmed. You must carry enough warm clothing suitable for this freezing weather.
Each group will have oxygen cylinder, first aid medicine kit containing medicines required to handle high altitude sickness problem. As this is a hard graded trek, chances of physical strain is always there.
If any critical situation arises for any of the trekker then decision of the group leader of Chadar trek will be final and has to be obeyed irrespective of age, gender etc
You are more than welcome to join any of our fixed departure Chadar trek groups in Leh.
If the trek gets cancelled due to bad weather, authority intervention, army intervention or for any other unforeseen circumstances then no refund can be possible once the trek starts. For detailed terms of refund please see the terms and condition section above.
Any high altitude trek in Himalayan region has a risk component associated with it. So does Chadar trek.
Gumboots are required while trekking on the frozen river. One can bring his/her own or rent from Leh market.
Dry toilet pit tents will be there during trek. While staying in Leh guest house, in case the pipes gets stuck by frozen water due to cold, you have to use common toilet. Through Tus you are getting Chadar trek best price and you will get all possible basic facilities required for this famous trek on frozen Zansker river.
We cannot confirm you right now. But we will try to help you getting extra accommodation if needed before or after Chadar trek
There is no minimum group size. Generally in a group there will be approx. 12-14 people.
No. We do not provide pick up and drop to and from Hotel. You will be informed the name of the hotel where you will be staying prior to the trek so that you can easily come from the airport via shared taxi.
A team of Guide, porters will be there with each batch
Will share a list once you book
No. Trekking poles are your personal. Micro spikes are not generally required. You need gaiters and Gumboot. Those you need to bring on your own
Physically fit trekkers should not face any issue. So be physically fit and try to avoid alcohol, smoking etc. at least 3 months prior from trek date.
Main challenge is AMS. Physically unfit people are more prone to caught by AMS. But we have a full acclimatization day there to get accustomed with altitude.
No. Medical team is available in Leh. Guides who are well versed with handling AMS will accompany you with first aid kit.
On an average you will be walking for 5-7 hours per day. The aim is to reach the camping point by noon so that the rest of the day you can explore the beauty of Chadar or relax.
Chadar trek is not like any other normal trek. It is hugely dependent upon the weather, river and other climatic conditions. During the trek if needed the trek leader can change the trek to avoid any delay, mishap or any possible unwanted situation.
Chadar trek requires optimum level of fitness. People with obesity, blood pressure issue, breathing or asthma problem are requested not to take risk of doing Chadar trek.
Tata Sumo, Tempo traveler, Gypsy etc. will be arranged for surface transport during Chadar trek 2017. These vehicles will be arranged to reach Chilling from Leh and come back after the trek completion
No. We do not arrange any kind of rental for our trekkers. We always advise people to go prepared. Jackets, trekking poles, shoes, gumboots etc. are for your personal usage so you should bring those along with you.
The cost of any extra accommodation in Leh for any reason has to be paid by trekker. It is a budget Chadar trek and only two nights accommodation are included while in Leh
No. To and from transfer from Airport to Leh hotel is not included in the package. Trekkers can easily hire a cab from airport to hotels as the hotels are situated in prominent area of Leh city. Name of the hotel where accommodation for Chadar trek participants will be arranged will be shared with the participants later
Quechua, Zamberlan, Lafuma, Conquest and The North Face are some of the high quality high altitude trekking shoes. Please mind only high ankle covered shoes are fit for Chadar trek. Also, gumboots are very effective provide great resilience.
While embarking on any high altitude trek we need to understand that certain amount of risk is associated with it. Chadar trek is also not an exception of this. Rather, due to its extreme temperature and wilderness and trekking condition it is regarded as a difficult trek. So it has certain risks associated with it.
Chadar trek best time is january to February, when its extreme cold in Ladakh. Due to its extreme condition it is common that trekkers can caught AMS. The symptoms of AMS is headache, nausea or general discomfort in your body. If you feel any of these prior trekking or during trekking DO NOT ignore rather contact the trek leader immediately. The trek leads at are expert in Basic first aid and handling AMS.
We all understand the weather in Himalaya is unpredictable and can not be controlled or predict to 100% accuracy. Ladakh is also not an exception. The temperature can change abruptly or a storm can hit the Zanskar river anytime without any prior indication. So, if there is a slightest chance that the trek can be hampered and trekkers safety may get compromised the trek leaders will take decision best suited for trekkers. In that case, trek leaders and guides will take final call which all members have to abide by.
We all know Ladakh is a truly remote region. And in that Zanskar is one of the remotest places. No long range communication device works there. So, for the entire period of Chadar trek you will be cut off from all kind of sophisticated communication. Trek leaders generally rely on walkie-talkie or runner who carries message from group to group. So, you will be detached from the outside world for those 7 days
Zanskar is the frozen Chadar river in Leh Ladakh and attracts travelers from all around the world who want to experience this extravagant phenomena in a harsh winter environment. Cases of injuries, deaths have been reported earlier due to lack of preparation, proper guide, absence of proper experts in team etc. etc. So it is always advisable to do Chadar trek with proper preparation and professionals who organize the trek professionally.