Chadar Trek or the Frozen River Trek is one of the Glamourous yet Wildest treks of India.
The Chadar trek or Zanskar George is a winter trail in the Zanskar region of Ladakh, the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Perched at an altitude of 11,150ft a walk on the frozen river will give you a lifetime experience.
Chadar Trek is walking on the Frozen Zanskar River, is top on the list of every seasoned trekker. It is one of the famous winter treks and also one of the longest trekking trails in the Himalayan region. You will witness pristine white snow, turquoise blue waters, and the red canyon walls all around. The region is also a prime territory for Snow leopards.
The best time to do the Chadar Trek starts from mid-January to Mid February. During this time, The Zanskar river freezes and you will walk on the ice spreading miles to miles. Experience the ravishing landscapes of the Himalayan mountains. The temperature drops down to -30 degrees and trekking with chilly breezes and snow-covered mountains will be a breathtaking adventure.
It is a 10-day long trek which starts from Leh and ends back at Leh.
The adventure journey starts with a drive from Leh to Shingra Koma (the starting point of Chadar Trek), the drive will cover the Leh to Zanskar River distance. You will see the majestic sights the cold desert and the confluence of Zanskar and the Indus River. Also the magnetic hill and the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. The trek starts from Gylapo, the first campsite of Chadar trek. Along the way, you will pass by Tilad do and Shingra Koma.
The next destination will be to Tibb Cave from Gylapo( 11,800ft). You will come across some amazing frozen waterfalls and most fascinating rock formations. The trek will give a chance to explore the local life of Zanskari and Leh people. Then, from Tibb Cave to move higher to Nerak (11,150ft). It will be a 13km long trek that will take around 7 hours to complete.
Here, you will see the most awaited sight of the trek: The Nerak Frozen Waterfall, as well as the Nerak Village for some exploration.
Further, the trek will go to Nerak to Tibb Cave at the height of 11,800ft where the trail goes moderate. The beautiful Zanskar River will give you a freezy experience and you feel some slightest change in the temperature. While trekking, avoid slippery patches and be sure of your footing. Choosing the correct camping spot is also extremely important for a safe and enjoyable experience of trekking in Chadar!
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