Ladakh has various treks and beautiful camping locations. What sets Ladakh apart for travellers is the Chadar Trek which is quite challenging yet mesmerizing owing to its scenic beauty. That one glimpse of the topmost sections of the Himalayas would certainly awe an individual because of its breathtaking view. The temperature during the trek varies from around -5 to -20 degrees celsius and the trekkers would occasionally face steep rocks along with facing treacherous sections of the Zanskar River. While this trek would offer a lot of difficult challenges, to the maximum point of questioning oneself, one would find all the answers once you observe and become a part of the Mighty Himalayas. And trust us, it would certainly be a life changing experience.
Situated at an altitude of above 3500 meters from the sea level, Leh is the second largest district in the county offering varieties of high passes and different terrains. As most of the passes would be closed in the month of January and February, you would be required to reach Leh airport, which again is the highest airport in the world. Sounds fun. Right?
You would be welcomed by none other than the Leh weather, a mix of hot and cold breeze that will
certainly catch your attention. Well, it is just not about this. As soon as you would start gazing all around, you will notice the peaks of the mountains covered with ice, Snow-Capped mountains all around. The view would certainly lock itself in your muscle memory. With all the formalities done and luggage picked up, hop-in in a taxi and head towards the pre-booked hotel. Get comfortable and relax overnight for the next day
Wake up early after spending your first night in Leh and kick-start the day by acclimatizing yourself at high altitude. You will then walk towards a sacred Buddhist Stupa, Shanti Stupa, to witness an all together beautiful sunrise along with capturing a panoramic view of the town of Leh. Remember to keep yourself hydrated as this would get your body ready for the upcoming adventure.
This particular trek would need you to get a medical check up done at Sonam Narbu Hospital as the government has made it compulsory for all the trekkers to obtain a clearance certificate. We suggest you to improve your stamina and energy, for removing the thin line between your fitness level and the Great Chadar Trek. Once it's done, you will have sufficient time to roam around in the market and try the local cuisine. Thukpa along with Kulcha and Qahwa(can you feel the heavenly aroma?) would go hand in hand.
After delicious breakfast, you would head towards Shingra Coma, a drive not for the timorous hearted as you will face a lot of hairpin bends with bumpy rides accompanying you and your fellow travelers. After a certain point, de-board from the vehicle and start trekking towards Somo Paldar campsite. Your Chadar Trek expedition starts here. Also, do not forget to keep your eyes wide open because the view will get your adrenaline rush flowing. Up for the magnetic view?
This morning will get you going to Tibb Cave which will provide you shelter for the night. In this 7-8 hrs stretch, you will witness various frozen waterfalls and you will also cross gorges and ravines. Butter tea would give you relief and we recommend you to try it. Spend your night waiting to witness the most scenic view of the region.
Today, you will be taking steps towards the most picturesque day of the entire journey that you have
accomplished till now. You will be spellbound after witnessing the largest frozen waterfall and the prayer flags will get your heart humming. The bridge built next to the waterfall is used in summers to reach Zanskar from Leh We camp at night in Naerak with locals and you would be surprised to see their way of living. Enjoy a cozy night.
Start walking back to Tibb Cave and once again spend your night in the raw shelter. This night would let you capture all your thoughts and memories. Maybe, penning it down would be a good option. You would find locals wearing traditional woolen Gonchas(robes). Remember, the return trail would make you witness the river in a different form as it quickly reacts to any change in the temperature. The entire frozen river might have taken an all together varied form.
Get ready to leave Tibb Cave and proceed to Shingra Koma via Gyalpo. This trail would not fail to surprise you as you will get a chance to witness high mountains along with footprints of wild animals like Snow Leopard, Foxes and Himalayan Ibex. And if you are really lucky, you might end up spotting them because they would surely be gazing at you. Silently. After reaching Shingra Coma, drive back to Leh and stay overnight at the hotel.
They say that we conquer the mountains but honestly you would find enough reasons to conquer yourself. The journey would come to an end here as you once again get ready to depart and say goodbye after having your morning breakfast. You came here to cover the Chadar Trek but you will leave from here with all the energy and experiences with yourself.
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January 8 – January 16 AVAILABLE
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January 24 – February 1 AVAILABLE
January 26 – February 3 AVAILABLE
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January 30 – February 7 AVAILABLE
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February 3 – February 11 AVAILABLE
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