The Frozen River Trek on the Zanskar River
Zanskar lies to the south west of Leh, surrounded by the Himalayan and Zanskar ranges, which is the most isolated of all the trans-Himalayan valleys. The valley has an area of about 5,000 sq kms and an elevation of 13,154 ft. The route from Kargil to Padum is the only motor able road to reach Zanskar Valley. The area remains inaccessible for nearly 7 months in the year due to heavy snowfall. All the passes are closed in winter and the only alternate route out of Zanskar in winter is the frozen Zanskar River, which has become a popular destiny for winter tourist hikers. This is popular as Chaddar trek. For this expedition you are accompanied by local staffs from Zanskar, all the porters, and guide are from Zanskar itself, in every sense we want to give you a local feeling, and it helps the visitors to interact easily with local families, and monks. You will never forget the gathering and camp fire in evening, at some places you have to sleep in caves, which will give you a life time experience. After arriving in Delhi we will fly to Leh where the surrounding monasteries and villages will be an excuse to acclimatize. Our first steps on the Chaddar will lead us in imposing gorges watching over by the Himalayas. After one week of moving in this unreal world with our Zanskaris porter ’s caravan, we go up to Lingshed to experience calm, serenity, greatness of the landscapes, monasteries, nunneries and praying flags, which will offer us a brief respite. This travel doesn’t require any special technical knowledge. However, it demands to the traveler a total let-go and a total confidence in our ability to deal with any situations. But after all, a live travel rarely insipid experience.
We have two options the longer one is up to Padum and back and the shorter one is upto Lingshed and back, the costing for both are given below respectively.
Fixed Departures on 10th, 20th, and 25th of Jan 2017
20 Days (Delhi-Leh-Chilling-Padum-Chilling-Leh-Delhi)
Cost: 1850 Euro / Person for a group of 2 - 3 people
Cost: 1600 Euro / Person for a group of 4 - 8 people
15 Days (Delhi-Leh-Chilling-Lingshed-Chilling-Leh-Delhi)
Cost: 1400 Euro / Person for a group of 2 - 3 people
Cost: 1200 Euro / Person for a group of 4 - 8 people
What is included in Chaddar trek?
Accommodation with all meals, Flight tickets (DEL-LEH-DEL) ,Transportation both ways (to the starting point and coming back from the finishing point by Jeep), Tents, mattresses, porters, home stays, food, guide, cook, cooking gears, crampons, walking sticks, camping fees, and inner line permission where it's needed.
Prices Do Not Include:
Monument & Museum Entrance Fees.
Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Prices included".
Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls.
Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
Our cooks are careful to prepare your meals with your enjoyment in mind. Typically these plentiful meals will be primarily vegetarian in nature with some meat or protein in the form of canned fish or tofu. This is typical of the Ladakhi diet in general.
Our cooks are encouraged to use hand sanitizers such as alcohol based gels prior to food preparation. You are encouraged to do the same.
Dishes are typically stainless steel bowls and pans and are cleaned after meals with scrub pads and soap.
Our staff will provide rehydrating liquids in large quantities throughout your trek. Take advantage of tea, coffee, juice boxes and water whenever you can.
At altitude it is typical not to feel much hunger or thirst. Make sure you stay adequately fed and drink plenty of fluids, both at meals and along the trail. During the summer, heat can be a real factor requiring significant intake of liquids while you trek. Carry 2 liters of water with you.
Porridge, Cornflakes, Muesli, Bread, Apricot Jam, Honey, Butter, Peanut Butter, Cheese,
Pan-Cake, Omelet, Tea and Coffee.
(You will have Pack-Lunch while trekking)
Sandwiches, Boiled Eggs, Boiled Potatoes, Fruit Juice, Energy Bars/Chocolate Bars, Biscuits, and Peanut Candies.
Tea Time :
You will have Instant Noodles Tea & Coffee with Biscuits, Snacks, and Cookies when you end the days trek.
Soup, Rice, Curry (Veg. Mushroom, Paneer, & Dal) Noodles (Thukpa & Chowmien) Veg Momos, Tuna Momos, Spring Rolls, and for Deserts Custards, and Fruits
Please Note: All of the above items are served different on different days, and the items are subjected to the availability in the market. Drinking Water :
Being a local and an Eco friendly organization we encourage you to kindly use boiled water instead of plastic bottled mineral water coz that will help us to keep the trekking routes/environment clean For the first day we will provide two liters of pressure boiled water, and from 1st evening of the trek our staff will supply boiled water, the source would be either glacier or Spring and the supply will continue till the end of the trek.
Chaddar Trek Longer Option: The Frozen River - 20 days (Jan-Feb)
Day 1: Delhi-Leh Arrival in Leh(3500m)
Day 2: Indus Valley (Leh – Shey – Thikse – Hemis)
Day 3: Leh - Chiling (3200 m)
Day 4: Chilling - Zaribago (3250 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk]
Day 5: Zaribago - Deepyokma (3300 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk]
Day 6: Deepyokma - Nyrak Pulu (3400 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk]
Day 7: Nyrak Pulu - Lingshed (3800 m) [3/4 Hrs of walk]
Day 9: Deepkongma - Warsanglo (3500 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk]
Day 10: Warsanglo - Pishu (3500 m) [4/5 Hrs of walk]
Day 11: Pishu - Karsha (3700 m) [3/4 Hrs of walk]
Day 12: Karsha (3700 m)
Day 13: Karsha - Zangla (3600 m) [5/6 Hrs of walk]
Day 14: Zangla - Sarakdo (3500 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk]
Day 15: Sarakdo - Nyrak Pulu (3400 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk]
Day 16: Nyrak Pulu - Tsomo Do (3300 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk]
Day 17: Tsomo Do- Tilatdo (3200 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk]
Day 18: Tilatdo - Chilling - Leh (3500 m) [3/4 Hrs of walk]
Day 19: Leh (3500 m)
Day 20: Flight Leh - Delhi
Early morning; transfer to the airport to board a flight back to Delhi.
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Chaddar Trek Shorter Option: The Frozen River - 15 days (Jan-Feb)
Day 1: Arrival in Leh to be received by our representative.
Day 2: Indus Valley (Leh – Shey – Thikse – Hemis-Leh)
Day 3: Sham Valley (Leh-Likir-Alchi-Leh)
Day 4: Leh - Chiling (3200 m)
Day 5 :Chilling - Zaribago (3250 m) [5 hrs of walk]
Day 6: Zaribago - Deepyokma (3300 m) [4/5 hrs of walk]
Day 7: Deepyokma - Nyrak Pulu (3400 m) [5/6 hrs of walk]
Day 8: Nyrak Pulu - Lingshed (3800 m) [3/4 Hrs of walk]
Day 9: Full day rest in Lingshed.
Day 10: Lingshed - Nyrak Pulu (3400 m) (5 hrs of walk)
Day 11: Nyrak Pulu - Tsomo paldar (3300 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk]
Day 12: Tsomo paldar- Tilatdo (3200 m) [6/8 Hrs of walk]
Day 13: Tilatdo - Chilling - Leh (3500 m) [3/4 Hrs of walk]
Day 14: Leh (3500 m)
Day 15: Flight Leh - Delhi
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A Typical Day of Trekking
Our typical day of trekking is based on an average level of client physical fitness coupled with the nature of our weather and terrain. This could include very warm days during summer, high passes, and the need to move between campsites which ensure adequate grazing for the ponies.
06:00 Bed tea is served to your tent. A great way to warm up before packing up your gear.
06:30 Hot water is provided for your morning wash.
07:00 Breakfast is served
08:00 Your personal packing is complete and your trail lunch is available to place in your day pack. Your guide will go over the day’s travel plans highlighting those areas along the route you will want to visit.
08:15 Off on the trail with your guide, or with instructions as to the route and where he will meet you if he needs to assist with pony packing (dependant on party size).
12:00 Lunch along the route, often in a meadow or beside a stream. A typical lunch might consist of a sandwich, juice box, cheese, boiled egg, boiled potato, apple, cookies or chocolate bar.
17:00 In camp with a pot of tea after a great day of sights and trekking. The tent is up and you are making notes in your journal and taking photos of the picturesque landscape.
18:30 Supper is served. Time for more tea and, perhaps, an early bed.
Expect to have rather lengthy days of travel with plenty of time to take photos and look at the scenery, visit tea tents or local villages as you pass through. You will have plenty of time in camp each evening to meet with other travelers, compare notes, read a bit, take photographs or visit surrounding villages or sites either before or after your supper is served.
By starting early you will have made substantial progress in the cooler part of the day, and will be able to take your time ascending the passes which can be up to 17,000 feet (5,180 M) on some routes, arriving at your next camp with some reserves of energy for the evening.
Frozen River Trek to Zanskar (Chaddar) 30-01-05 Anne Lavandon et Olivier Baillet - 02/02/06
We just got back from a 20 days trek in the chaddar + Zanskar valley, very glad that we had time (7 nights) in the Zanskar valley to soak in the atmosphere + remoteness. Karsha was our favorite village with beautiful Nunnery and Monastery + People. Our guides Stanzin and Padma were both excellent + really added the added the enjoyment, it was lovely to meet their families + dance in their homes !! thanks dreamladakh team !!! ( Did the Chaddar trek in Jan 2005)
client Name : Rosemary Pitchard & Gareth Thomas CUMBRIA U.K.
Nous revoici a Leh 18 mois plus tard, pour decouvrir la Ladakh et le Zanskar en hiver.
Nous revoici a Leh 18 mois plus tard, pour decouvrir la Ladakh et le Zanskar en hiver. Dreamland nous a organize un trek de 16 jours sur la riviere gelee, et incluant des visites de monastaires et des sejours dans les familles Zanskaris. L organization etait impeccable en depit de nombreux changements d itineraires dus aux conditions meteo (beaucoup de neige!). L equipe guide+cuisinier+porteurs se sont vraiment bien occupes de nous et de toute l expedition, et nous sommes revenus avec des souvenirs inoubliables de paysages extraordinaires, soirees dans les grottes autour du feu, et sourires rayonnants des enfants dans les villages…..Merci Dreamland!!!
De retour après une magnifique aventure sur le chadar
De retour après une magnifique aventure sur le chadar, la gentillesse des villageois, les paysages feeriques, le froid (hum), bref une lecon de vie. Merci aux porteurs, cuisiniers, Padma et l accueil ici a Dreamland et merci a Jura evasion . Pascal a déjà tout dit ! Grace a mon ami Chrstian, Jura Evasion, j ai enfin pu realiser mon reve pour mes 50 ans! Le Tschadar a livre ses secrets et la vallee du Zanzkar est fabuleuse…A decouvrir absolument! Grand mercia tous.
Pascal, Beatrice - 30/01/05:
A notre retour tu t es montre plus doux, plus calme, plus aimant…Tu as glisse autour de nos coups ton Katak aux couleurs turquoises, comme une offrande… A present Tchadar, tu coules dans la vie de nos clients, et sur ton lit, sur tes berges, chacun trouve son chemin. C est en toute confiance et chaleureusement que je recommande que je recommande mon collaborateur Javeed et Cie.
30/01/05 Bureau des guides Jura Evasion, et Association Respect et Dignite des porteurs d Himalaya. www.porteurshimalaya.org
Anne Lavandon et Olivier Baillet - 02/02/06
Important Questions :
How long does it take to get acclimatize?
Abruptly going to a height of 3500 m, one naturally feels a difference. Your body reacts and behaves differently in rarified air at high altitude. What you need to do is just take it easy and give some time to your body to adjust in to less oxygen (hypoxia) by a slow physiological process called Acclimatization. Time taken for acclimatization varies from person to person; usually you nee atleast 2-3 days in order get well acclimatized and you need to take complete rest for the 1st day even if you are feeling fine. Drink plenty of fluids at least 3-4 litres. Diet should be high in carbohydrates, less oily and predominantly vegetarian. Avoid excess of alcohol and tobacco in any form.
Why are some treks more expensive than others?
If we have to organize a trek near Leh than it's less expensive for transportation and same is for the pack horses as we have to send them to the starting point. Even after finishing the trek we have to pay for the horses for reaching Leh. That's why there are different rates for different trek routes.
Who carries the things/gears and food during the trek?
In Ladakh normally you have to trek around the height of 4000mts and the passes are around 5000mts so its very difficult to carry heavy loads at this height, that's why we provide pack horses/ponies they will carry everything, trekkers will have to carry only the pack lunch, water, camera, note book, and some delicate things which they don't want keep with the horses.
What we do with the garbage that are produced during the trek?
We are very keen to keep Ladakh clean, that's why we strictly instruct our staff to bring back all the garbages produced during the trek.
What about the temperature (maximum and minimum) during the trekking season?
The average temperatures in the trekking routes during the trekking season are as under:
January .............(Max -10*C Min-20*C)
Feberuary ...........(Max -2*C Min-12*C)
March ...............(Max 5*c Min-5*C)
April ...............(Max 10*C Min 5*C)
May................. (Max 15*C Min-3*C)
June................ (Max 25*C Min 6*C)
July.................(Max 30*C Min 10*C)
August ..............(Max 27*C Min 8*C)
September........... (Max 15*C Min -2*C)
October..............(Max 8*C Min -8*C)
November.............(Max 5*C Min-10*C)
December.............(Max -5*C Min-15*C)
How we look after your health while trekking?
Our guides are careful to prepare your meals with your enjoyment in mind. Typically these plentiful meals will be primarily vegetarian in nature with some meat or protein in the form of canned fish or tofu. This is typical of the Ladakhi diet in general. Our guides are encouraged to use hand sanitizers such as alcohol based gels prior to food preparation. You are encouraged to do the same. Dishes are typically stainless steel bowls and pans and are cleaned after meals with scrub pads and soap. Our staff will provide rehydrating liquids in large quantities throughout your trek. Take advantage of tea, coffee, juice and water whenever you can. At altitude it is natural not to feel much hunger or thirst. Make sure you stay adequately fed and drank plenty of fluids both at meals and along the trail. During summer, heat can be a real factor requiring significant intake of liquids while you trek. So always carry 2 liters of water with you.
Our guides will make every effort to pace your day so you are not pushed to your physical limits. This means you will be getting up and away in good time so your day will allow a consistent but moderate pace.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma or other chronic illness it would be wise to let Dreamland Trek and Tour know of this condition prior to leaving Leh. This way your guide will understand that you have medication along with you should someone other than yourself have to administer the drugs.
Preparation for altitude during the trek is vital. Acclimatize in Leh prior to departure on your trek. Take at least 4 days doing tours or other easy to moderate physical activity prior to beginning your trek. If possible start low and go slowly for the first few days of your trek. Some routes will not allow this, so acclimatization is even more important in these cases.
Prior to your trek meet with your doctor and discuss your overall physical condition and your doctor's recommendation for high altitude medication. You may also wish to discuss treatment and medication for traveler's diarrhea as you experience new foods and bacterial environments.
With these simple ideas in mind, your trekking experience will be most enjoyable for you and other travelers along the way.
What do we do if someone is sick or injured during the trek?
During the trek our guides will make every effort to pace your day so you are not pushed to your physical limits. This means you will be getting up and away in good time so your day will allow a consistent but moderate pace. And in case it hits a member of the tour then our assistant guide will immediately bring him/her down asap. He will use the ponies to ride for the sick person in the mean time he will inform us through a satellite phone (now we have satellite phone in almost every remote villages of Ladakh) and we will soon send a jeep to bring her/him to the hospital in Leh.
Rescue in Emergency:
In case if someone is critically sick or injured and requires helicopter evacuation, this can be done with the cooperation of JK Tourism Department & Indian Airforce as long as you have the insurance to cover this so it would be useful to let us know which insurance.