Sat, 19 Jan | Leh

Chadar Trek - 2019

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Time & Location

19-Jan-2019, 3:00 pm
Leh, Leh

About The Event

Overview – Chadar - Frozen River Trek

1. The word ‘Chadar’ means ‘sheet’ in common Indian words and is used to refer to the trek on and along the frozen Zanskar River due to the ice sheet froze on top of the flowing river.

2. The Chadar Trek (frozen river trek) is a freezing escape that embarks upon the blanket of a large icecap on the River Zanskar. The trail all throughout leaves you with the clattering teeth and frost dried eyes.

3. Chadar trek is a valley trek and hence doesn’t take much toll on your legs but the difficult part is the temperature. Day temperature in Leh and while on trek is usually -5°C and during night it drastically falls to -25°C and below.

4. We give ample time from Day 1 to Day 3 for acclimatization, necessary medical checkups with the local authorities, keeping in mind the health problems that trekkers face during trek such as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)

5. Trek is not very challenging although one needs to cope up and be strong to handle such extreme weather conditions at high altitude which is the only challenge. Only 4-5 km jogging or equivalent workout would do if started 2-3 months well in advance.

6. Additionally one can train themselves by avoiding hot water (drinking & bathing), warm clothes and blankets in your own city at least couple of months before the trek.

Outline Itinerary

1. Day 1 – Arrive in Leh

Your Chadar trek tour starts with your arrival at Leh airport where you would be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Today, we would spend the day in the room itself to acclimatize to the high altitude. This is absolutely necessary and is most important for the days ahead. You may also do your last minute shopping in Leh. Overnight in the hotel or at Leh guest house

2. Day 2 to 3 – Leh Acclimatisation: (mandatory as per LAHDC)

These two days we will acclimatize in the thin air and complete the necessary medical checkups with the local authorities. Overnight in the hotel or at Leh guest house

3. Day 4 – Leh - Chilling (64km approx.) - Tilat Sumdo

Post breakfast, we take a beautiful drive through the beautiful scenery with your first views of the Indus river and later the Zanskar river at their confluence at Nimoo. From Nimoo you follow the Zanskar to the roadhead at Tilat Sumdo. From here we cross the Zanskar and depending on the time availability we camp on the other side of the river or we continue ahead a bit before setting up camp for the night. Overnight at camps

4. Day 5 – Tilat Sumdo - Tsomo Paldar (9kms/6hrs trek)

Wake up around 7am, freshen up & after breakfast you are ready for a day full of frozen ice river trek by 9am. As you get familiar with the different sounds of Chadar forming and breaking, you will soon start to understand where the Chadar or the ice cover is thick and thin. Lunch is in between the trek, where we all stop where sunlight is abundant, though duration is much less as the river flows through a gorge and direct sunlight time is limited. Witness the majestic frozen waterfall as we trek towards the designated camping site for the day. Overnight at camps

5. Day 6 – Tsomo Paldar - Tibb (14.5km/8hrs trek)

After breakfast, we head for another day expedition on ice among some of the most fantastic landscapes and ice vistas. Though today is the longest day of the trek, we pass through some magnificent beautiful waterfalls and frozen ice cliffs on the left – it is like walking through a giant freezer! The walk also crosses through narrow gorges, where the trekker may have to climb briefly on to the rocky river bank. The sharp bends and current of the river breaks the ice in some places. We might even catch sight of bharals or blue sheep as we trek along the frozen river. Lunch in between on a flat rocky hill side by the river. Overnight at camps

6. Day 7 – Trek from Tibb to Nyerak Pullu (11.5kms/7hrs)

Again one of the magnificent days on the Chadar trek. However, the caution being that this can become difficult if the Chadar is not very firm. The vistas are stunning though as we pass through giant frozen waterfalls, ice cliffs and one may even catch sight of the mountain fox. After lunch we pass the ‘incense tree’, so called because the locals use its branches to burn in their morning rituals, and the prayer flag draped tree marks the entrance to Zanskar proper. The porters will normally take a few twigs from the tree. We reach Nyerak campsite by late afternoon. An old, dilapidated bridge on the river as folklore goes is thought to be more than an 1000 years old. A trail is normally beaten through in the snow towards the village up high in the mountains. Overnight at camps

7. Day 8 – Return trek: Nyerak – Tibb Cave

Though technically it is the same way back, it is also quite different. The Chadar or the blanket of ice that is forming on the River Zanskar is always changing, breaking up and forming itself again. As the Chadar dynamics are ever changing, the same route and place would look and feel different as the texture and conditions change. All along the way, cyclists will pass by and meet a lot of locals wearing their traditional woolen Gonchas, trekking their way towards the village of Padum, Lingshed and Nyerak. Pleasantries are exchanged and even a few stories and legend about Zanskar and its people can be heard. Their warmth and smile is amazing among all the hardships. Overnight at camps

8. Day 9 – Tibb Cave to Shingra

Starting from Tibb, go up to Shingra today. The high walls of mountains rising from the sides of the river almost look like castle walls. You can see several trails of pug-marks all along the trek – footprints belonging to foxes, ibex or snow-leopards.

9. Day10– Shingra to Tilat Sumdo

This is the last day of treading on the Chadar – the last chance to immerse in the pristine beauty of the frozen river. Once you reach Tilat Sumdo, it is time to say good-bye to the Zanskar and the Zanskaries. Our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to our guest house at Leh.

10. Day 11 – Depart from Leh

You depart from Leh having a newfound respect for the Zanskaries who brave all odds. You bid farewell to team and new found friends on trek as you board the flight with cherished memories of Chadar Trek.

Inclusions

1. Medical check-up at Leh ensuring your fitness for Chadar trek

2. Accommodation (Homestay/Hotel + Camping) on twin/triple sharing basis

3. Dinner and Breakfast during stay in Leh

4. All Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg)

5. Trek equipments (Good Quality Tents, Comfortable Sleeping Bag, Liners, Thick Camping Mattress, Kitchen & Dining tent, Toilet Tent, All Utensils, Rations, etc.)

6. All necessary Wildlife Permits and Entry Fees EXCEPT Environment Fees of Rs. 2140

7. ALTOA Fees

8. First aid medical kits, oxymeter and oxygen cylinder

9. Experienced and Certified local trek leader

10. Guide and support staff

11. Transport from Leh to Trek start road head and back (in group)

12. Airport pick-up and drop facility

13. Certificate of achievement

14. 1 Tour Leader from CYT India

Exclusions

• Any kind of personal expenses

• Lunch during your stay in Leh

• Any kind of Insurance

• Environment Fee of Rs. 2140 to be paid at Leh

• Mules or porter to carry personal luggage

• Any additional permits levied over currently applicable by local authorities

• GST Extra (5%)

• Anything not specifically mentioned under the head

Note:

Normally we expect you to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay (Rs. 1000 x 7 = Rs. 7000) extra in advance. Please confirm minimum 15 days prior to the departure date. On spot charges may be higher.

Things to carry

• Backpack (55 - 65 L) with sturdy straps and well supported frame

• Daypack (20 L) is required only if you wish to offload your backpack to our support team

(If you don't want to carry your backpack you can give it to porter, but you have to inform us in advance and charges would be Rs. 1,000/- extra per day per bag. Please also do inform us about this at least 15 days in advance)

• Trekking shoes - Sports shoes are not allowed. You need traction on snow and sport shoes with their PVC soles are hardly the choice. Ensure the shoes are well broken in before the trek (Recommended: Forclaz Trek 100 - https://goo.gl/DBKb8T)

[Good standard trekking shoes are sufficient for the trek. On Chadar, which is solid ice or a slight cover of snow on slippery ice, trekkers have found to their amazement that a simple gumboot finally is the best for Chadar. Most of the outside agencies in order to impress tell about crampons. In our years of experience in Ladakh and on Chadar too, we can absolutely say that crampons are quite dicey - quite a few trekkers have injured themselves or worse broken their ankle while a crampon get stuck on the fine cracks in the ice. Gumboot is available in Leh hardware shop and can be purchased here itself. If your shoe size is 9-10, getting other pairs might be tough so start searching as soon as you land in Leh

• Trekkers will soon learn and modify their trek to the "penguin walk" style on seeing from the porters and guide! It is a kind of dragging your foot and not lifting much

• Gumboot, if not purchasing from Leh

• Carry 2 pair of synthetic track pants. Track pants are light and when things get cold you can wear one over the other

• Carry 2 Full sleeve tees

• Fleece jacket - sweaters are highly discouraged

• A full sleeve down jacket which can sustain negative temperature

• Carry 4 pairs of undergarments

• Get 2 pairs of thermal inners

• Carry 3 pairs of sports socks & 2 pairs of woolen socks

• Woolen monkey cap/balaclava that cover the ears

• Waterproof + warm hand gloves for negative temperature & one thin fleece gloves to wear inside waterproof gloves

• Hot water bottle/bag - available at any medical store

• Sun glasses with UV protection. Curved ones will cover your eyes well. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek.

• People who wear spectacles, choose one of these:

o Use contact lenses over sunglasses, or

o Photo chromatic glasses

[If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles]

• A woolen head-scarf or muffler

• Trekking pole is mandatory (at least one)

• Light towel (should be thin, quick drying kind)

• Lip balm

• Cold cream and sun screen lotion (SPF 50+). While sun screen help prevent sun burns, a better option is to stay covered

• 2 water bottles (1 L each). The insulated water bottles are good but even normal water bottles will suffice

• LED Torch with extra set of cells (head lamps are more preferable)

• Personal toilet kit (minimal) and toilet paper (tissue papers)

• Hand sanitizer

• Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string (mandatory)

• Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available)

• While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes

Suggestions

• No denim or jeans – as it’s not suitable for the trek at all

• Snacks, colas, alcohol and personal food - No need to overburden yourself with food. Do not carry any disposable plastic bottles like (Bisleri, Aquafina), plastic wrapped/packaged items. Do not bring any non bio-degradable material

• After packing, weigh your gear. It should be in the range of 8-10 kg - preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you will need to iterate and remove what is not essential

• Carry light and what is essential. As an example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 10 days)

• Some general advice about clothing…

• To protect you from cold, dressing in layers is the mantra. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T-shirt that is thick. 3 T-shirts worn one over the other is as good as a full sweater. This is just a guideline. If you are prone to cold carry extra warm clothing like fleece jacket.

Documentation

• Along with the above list, please ensure you ALSO carry the following documents:

o An identification card (like Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID card etc), along with a photocopy of the same

o 2 passport size photograph of yours

Personal Medical Kit

• Crocin - 6 tablets

• Avomine - 4 tablets

• Avil 25mg - 4 tablets

• Combiflam -5 tablets

• Disprin - 10 tablets

• Norflox - 10 tablets

• Crepe bandage - 3 to 5 meters

• Band aid - 10 strips

• Digene - 10 tablets

• Gauze cloth - 1 small role

• Leukoplast - 1 small roll

• Cotton - 1 small roll

• ORS - 5 packets

• Betadine or any antiseptic cream (eg. Calendula)

• Volini or Moov or Relispray

• Diamox - 10 tablets (to be taken only if required and but not as preventive medicine)

Price - Rs. 27,999 per person*

Difficulty - Moderate

Highest Point - 3303 m

Base Village - Chilling

Duration - 11 days

Trek Distance - 65 km

Start/End Point - Leh/Leh

Temperature - Winter: - 05°C/ - 25°C

Seasons - Winter: Jan - mid Feb

*5% GST is applicable on the above price

Payment & Cancellation Policy

• Book your slot by paying only 20% of the total amount (i.e. Rs. 5000/- non-refundable). This amount is to be remitted before 30th Nov.

• Remaining amount is to be paid 30 days before the commencement of Chadar trek (i.e. Rs. 22,999/- + GST amount)

• Cancellation up to 30 days - 80% of the total trek cost will be refunded

• Cancellation between 24-30 days - 50% of the total trek cost will be refunded

• Cancellation between 11-23 days - 25% of the total trek cost will be refunded • Cancellation between 11-23 days - 25% of the total trek cost will be refunded

• Cancellation less than 10 days - No refund

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