FrozenZanskar River Trek: Who should not attempt it at all?

Chadar Trek is in Ladakh, Zanskar river. It involves around 62km of trek and takes around 9days.

It is considered amongst the difficult treks.

Altitude: 11,000 Feet

Best Time: November to March, Mid Jan to Mid Feb is most recommended.

Temperature: -5 to -30 degree centigrade

Base camp: Leh

Criteria for Chadar Treak

Trekking experienceAt least 1 high altitude trek experience of 16,400 ft
FitnessShould be able to cover 6km trek in 30 min without stress.
StaminaShould be able to carry 12-16kg bagpack
Medically fitShould not be heart patient, no high BP or asthma or epilepsy
OthersTrekkers below 15 should be accompanied by parents. For 15 to 18, a disclaimer note from parents is needed.
NOC from ALTOA and wildlife permit
Chadar trek frozen zanskar river route map

Itinerary to frozen zanskar river chadar trek

Day1: Fly in to Leh and do a night stay at Leh. The road access is blocked during this season hence flight is the only option. You can get flight from Delhi to Kushok Bakula Rimpochi airport. Its 4km from the Leh city.

Day2: you need to acclimatization, sightseeing. This will help you avoid acute mountain sickness (AMS).

Do ensure to follow the SOP laid down by the authorities.

Day3: You need to undergo a Fitness test (2pm to 4pm) and insurance formalities before starting the trek.

Day4: First day trek starts. Leh to Bakula, a drive of around 70km. Then trek to Shingra Yokma a trek of 2-3hrous at an altitude of 10550 ft. Night stay at camp here.

Day5: Shingra Yokma to Tibb, a trek of 14km and altitude reached is 10760 ft. The trek starts around 9am and you can reach Tibb by 3pm. Here night stay at Tibb cave camp.

Day6: Tibb cave to Nerak, a trek of around 11km, altitude achieved is 11150 ft. Night stay at Nerak camp.

Day7: The returning journey starts on day 7. You will cover Nerak to Tibb this day.

Day8: Tibb to Bakula is covered on this day. Reach Leh by vehicle. Night stay at Leh Hotel.

Day9: Departure from Leh


Medical CheckupRs.200/-
Wildlife FeeRs.2000/-
Insurance and RescueRs.2000/-
NOC by ALTOARs.800/-


Frozen zanskar river chadar trek is an adventures and difficult trek meant for the mentally and physically strong.

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