Duration : 19 Nights/20 Days
Destination : Nimmu - Chilling - Tilat - Zanskar river - Teeb - Neeraq - Pidmo - Stongde - Spadum - Karsha - Pishu - Hanumil - Return Trek to Leh

Chaddar Ice Trekking A trek on the frozen Zanskar River, traditionally called Chadar, is an unforgettable journey. You will be exploring area that is cut off from the outside world for over 8 months and can be visited in winter by following the old trade along the frozen Zanskar River.

We walk through the kingdom of Zanskar, visiting the small towns of Pishu, Pidmo, Stonde and Zangla and their impressive gompas and forts.

This is a truly adventurous trek graded as an expedition grade 5 due to the unpredictability of the conditions encountered and the remoteness of the area visited. The amount and condition of the ice on the Zanskar River can very year on year and also day to day so a flexible attitude is essential! It would be suitable for someone who has some mountaineering experience (especially the use of ice axe and crampons on steeper ice) and is prepared to put up with the cold temperature (down to –35C at night). One of the most interesting parts of the trek will be gaining an insight into the remote cultures of Zanskar and Ladakh and on this journey you will have the chances to stay with local Zanskaris. We also employ locals as porters, cooks and guides on this trek which is of great economic benefit to these marginal communities.


Day 01

Arrive Delhi and transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02
Arrival at Leh airport and transfer to the Hotel. Full day is t leisure to acclimatize yourself because of high altitude of Leh as it is 3500 Meters above the sea level. In the evening you will be visiting Leh Bazaar. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02
Arrival at Leh airport and transfer to the Hotel. Full day is t leisure to acclimatize yourself because of high altitude of Leh as it is 3500 Meters above the sea level. In the evening you will be visiting Leh Bazaar. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03
Sightseeing around Leh which is the ancient capital of Ladakh and has many hilltop forts and Palaces to visit including the Royal Palace, which overlooks the town. The town is situated on the old Silk Route and still has a tradition – It is well worth wandering around the colorful bazaar. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04
Sightseeing around Leh. The two most well known monasteries are Shey and Thiksey. Shey gompa was constructed by the first king of Ladakh and was the seat of power for the pre – Tibetan kings. Thiksey gompa is a very impressive monastery containing numerous stupas, statues, thankas, wall paintings and a large pillar engraved with the Buddha’s teachings.

Day 05
Drive to Chilling , and trek to Tilat 5 hours walking. Transfer by jeeps on a tarmac road to Nimmu, then drive on a track to Chilling. Then start the trekking from Chilling and continue on to Tilat. Overnight stay at Camp.

Day 06
Trek to Teeb – 7 hours walking. The trek on the frozen Zanskar river starts from here, spend the night in the caves at Teeb (possible to camp as well).

Day 07
Trek to Neeraq cave – 7 hours walking. Walk on frozen river. Overnight stay at Neeraq.

Day 08
Trek to Pidmo – 8 hours walk, over the frozen river.

Day 09
Trek to Stongde – 6 hours, walk on the frozen river.

Day 10
Trek to Spadum – 3 hours walk. Complete trek to Spadum where you can stay either with Zanskari families or in tourist bungalow.

Day 11
Rest day at Spadum. This is the day for relaxation and explore around.

Day 12
Trek to Karsha – 3 hours walking. Return trek to Karsha. Overnight stay at camp.

Day 13
Trek to Pishu – 4 hours walking. Return trek to Pishu. Overnight stay with Zanskari families or in camp.

Day 14
Trek to Hanumil – 4 hours walking. Return trek to Hanumil. Overnight stay in Hanumil cave.

Day 15
Trek to Neeraq – 6 hours walking. Return trek to Neeraq. Overnight stay in Neeraq cave.

Day 16
Trek to Teeb – 6 hours walking. Return trek to Teeb, overnight stay in cave.

Day 17
Trek to Tilat – 7 hours walking. Return trek to Tilab. Overnight stay in camp.

Day 18
Return trek to Chilling, drive to Leh via Nimmu. Overnight stay in Leh hotel.

Day 19
Spare day in Leh. A free day in Leh to explore the leh city and the Bazars, security day in case of flight cancellation.

Day 20
Fly to Delhi and home. Morning transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi, the rest of the day at your leisure with evening flight back home.

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