Chadar Trek: A unique experience in the Zanskar region of Ladakh
Chadar which is a word of Hindi origin literally translates to a blanket. During winters the Zanskar river freezes and a blanket of ice is formed. You got it right! You will be trekking on a frozen river.
The locals call the frozen river trail Khaado Sanglam.
However adventurous it might sound, the Chadar Trek is not for the faint-hearted and non-serious trekkers. The temperatures may drop below -25 degrees at night. The Chadar trek, categorised as a difficult one, is suitable for trekkers who are looking forward to an extremely adventurous trek. The Chadar Trek will test you physically and mentally.
The Chadar Trek that stretches over 62km is ideally an 8-day itinerary.
Chadar Trek features
Day-min : The minimum number of days required for the trek
Day-max : The maximum number of days you can spend on this trek. Prolonged itinerary can be discussed with our team.
AWTD : Average walking time per day (<3 : easy, 3 to 5 : moderate, >5 : strenuous)
Min : Minimum altitude of your trek.
Max : Maximum altitude of your trek.
Ascent : The difference of altitude between the trek starting point and the highest point of the trek.
Descent : The difference of altitude between the highest point of the trek and the trek ending point.
Stamina : The physical effort involved during your trek. Rated from 0 (easiest) to 100 (most strenuous). If you have an average fitness you can consider all the treks up to 50. See here for more details
Technical : Difficulty of your trek in terms of exposure to danger and required experience.
0 to 20 : No difficulties,
20 to 40 : Walk on good mountain trails,
40 to 60 : Some walks on difficult mountain trails (steep slope, rocks, etc.),
60 to 80: You are exposed to some dangers (void, snow, falling rocks, etc.),
80 to 100 : Experience required (please inquire).
Overall : Average between Stamina and Technical rating.
Best time to do the Chadar Trek
This is when the Zanskar river freezes!
Chadar trek itinerary
Photos of the Chadar trek
Other treks in Ladakh
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