Chadar Trek on a Budget

Trekkers are known for their budget travels and this info piece is only recommended for experienced trekkers.
The budget gets really important for trekkers as they go for treks every now and then.

People who have a good experience of trekking can reduce their travel expenses for Chadar Trek in many ways:

** By booking flight tickets early you can save minimum INR 7000 for every individual as the prices go on increasing depending upon the demand.

** Avoid personal porter if you can carry your own rucksack and if you are not going there for photography.

** Stay in a guest house instead of a centrally heated hotel.

** Skip the sight seeing day if you think your body will adjust with the temperatures in 1 day maximum.

** Go with a bigger team (number = 20) and automatically it will reduce your cost.

Feel free to add in more points by commenting below:

People who are interested to go for the budget chadar trek upto Lingshed village can leave a mail or call me :

Mobile: +91- 7602865245


Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Himalayan Explorers Club


My first Major Trek (Full Chadar trek)

When I had started trekking I did not know I would end up making it my profession and the first major trek I took was Chadar Trek.

That time there were only 2 or 3 companies who were organizing Chadar Trek but as a student it was not possible for me to go with a travel company as they were charging nearly INR 85,000. So I decided to look for some veterans who could help me with Chadar.

Luckily I met an old experienced army officer who was going for the same trek. Only during the planning stages I was told that Chadar Trek stretches as far as Padum village. Thankfully the trek was half sponsored by that army officer for me (i guess i was lucky !) otherwise it would not have been possible for me to embark that powerful journey.

But one thing is for sure – my physical fitness was checked while trekking with people from the armed forces as we completed the trek within 8 days. We touched the last village on Chadar -“Padum village” and came back within 8 days. The normal time taken for the same trek is 15 days.

But I believe only hardcore trekkers should go for the full chadar trek version.
Others can opt for trekking upto Lingshed village where they have the option of staying in a “village homestay” plus they get to see the “Lingshed solar school” along with the “Lingshed Monastery” which is a great experience in itself. This trek is good for the first timers also as it requires more of mental fitness.

Chadar Trek is incomplete without visiting Lingshed village.

Lingshed solar school

Lingshed solar school

Warm regards
Rohit Khattar
Himalayan Explorers Club

Mobile: +91-7602865245

Chadar Trek —- (Leh to Padum)

    Full Chadar Trek (Leh to Padum)

Zanskar Valley, Laddhak, Jammu & Kashmir, India

Walk over the frozen Zanskar river before global warming and roads catch up in a few years.

Scroll Down and you will find interesting facts/thoughts on Chadar Trek

Chadar Trek Map will make it easy for you to understand

Chadar Trek Map (leh to padum- full trek)

Chadar Trek Map (leh to padum- full trek)

monastery in padum

monastery in padum

Expected Temperatures: -10 to -15 degrees°C (day time), -25 to -35 degrees°C (night time).
Best Time: Jan-Feb (Ask me for Fixed Batches)

Itinerary that you should follow:

Itinerary of Full Chadar Trek Leh-Nyrakpulu-Zangla-Padum-Karsha-Leh (15 Days including 1 day as a back-up day).

(Day-01) – Fly from Delhi to Leh (3500 m). Local sightseeing in Leh. Stay in hotel.

(Day-02) – Acclimatization, Local sightseeing in leh. Purchasing & Packing. Stay in hotel.

(Day-03) – Leh – Chilling – Tilath sumdo (By Road)–Shingrak (Trek 2-3 Hrs.) Night Stay in Camp near cave.

(Day-04) – Shingrak – Muska La – Choumo Cave (By Trek) Night Stay in Cave / Camp.

(Day-05) – Choumo Cave – Tipouma – Dib Cave – Nyrakpula Village (By Trek). Night Stay in Camp / Home stays in Village.

(Day-06) – Nyrakpulu Village – Charkdo (By Trek) Night stay in village / Camp. (Long Trek).

(Day-07) – Charkdo – Hanumil – Pinamo – Zangla (By Trek) Night Stay in Zangla village. (Long Trek).

(Day-08) – Local Sightseeing in Zangla. And then trek to padum via Pissu Village (By Trek) Night Stay in padum village (Headquarter of Zanskar).

(Day-09) – Rest & local Sightseeing in Padum – Karsha Monastery (By Car). Night Stay in Karsha village.

(Day-10) – Karsha – Charkdo via Padum – Zangla (By Car). Charkdo to Nyrakpulu Village (By Trek) Night Stay in Nyrakpulu Village.(Long Trek).

(Day-11) – Nyrakpulu – Tipouma (By Trek) Night Stay in Camp.

(Day-12) – Tipouma –Muska la (By Trek) Night Stay in Cave & Camp.

(Day-13) – Muska la – Tilath sumdo – Chilling (By Trek). Leh from Chilling (By Road). Night Stay in Hotel.

(Day-14) – Fly from Leh to Delhi by early morning flight.

Note- 1 extra day required for backup/emergency (bad weather or anything unpredictable)

zangla fort - full chadar trek

zangla fort – full chadar trek

festival in padum

festival in padum

Gear info – You must carry your own personal gear like – warm inner wears, Jacket, Gloves, Woolen Cap, Lower, woolen cloth, trekking shoes .
If you don’t have all these then it can be arranged on per day hiring basis from leh/delhi/bangalore.

Feel free to get in touch.

Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Himalayan Explorers Club

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Temi Tea Estate #sikkim


Comes with a price but Sikkim’s Temi Tea is super-tasty !

Here’s a pic of the tea estate where I spent a couple of hours relaxing and enjoying the awe-inspiring views.

Temi Tea Estate, Sikkim

Temi Tea Estate, Sikkim

And a green bullet to match the green sikkim !

green bullet ! green sikkim !

green bullet ! green sikkim !

Place where I ate my lunch–Jorethang-Sikkim

jorethang, sikkim  (don't even go here)

jorethang, sikkim
(A must Avoid)

Pathetic food- almost made me puke !
But you don’t really have options in Jorethang…

To be continued …….

Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar

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Solitude of the outdoors (Why trek in a small team)

Couple of reasons why I take less number of people in a group while going for a trek or an expedition or any other adventure.


* To enjoy the peace & solitude of the outdoors: Not possible in a big team. People choose the outdoors to refresh themselves but the minute they are in a big group the scenario changes completely. I always recommend trekking in a small team/group.

*Lesser impact on the environment: The impact on the environment can be huge if it is not properly managed.

*Poop Smell: If you have been on a trek with a big group then you would realize what I am talking about.
If the whole group wants to clean their stomach in the morning then the chances are high that the foul smell will ruin your total experience or might even stop you from going for such adventures again.

*Time Management: When you are in a remote area- away from all networks in a small team then things like packing-breakfast-breaks while walking happen quickly(very important) which is not the case in the case when trekking or exploring in a big team.

*Less Dependency: A lot of times it has been seen that there are always a few members in a team who are not as quick as the others or who are not as fit as the others are- which becomes a little difficult to tolerate for those who do not wish to/might not want to stop for one person. The dependency is less when you are in a small team and chances of personalities clashing are also less.

You join a big group – you pay less! You join a small team- you pay a small premium!
Choice is yours !!!

Do leave your comments if you disagree.

Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Adventurer/Expedition Leader
Co-Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club

Chadar Trek Cost

INR 24,000 Leh to Leh(For the 9 days Basic Chadar Trek)

INR 30,000 ( Longer Version : 11 days: Chadar Trek inclusive of Lingshed Village – 2 extra days)

New Cost for 2016 : New Inclusions / Exclusions
Please shoot a mail or feel free to call for queries regarding the Full Chadar Trek (Leh to Padum – 15 days)

Deposit to book your place in the team : INR 2500

Chadar Trek Team 2013

Chadar Trek Team 2013

Limited seats as the batch size will not exceed 10. (trekking best enjoyed in a small team)

Cost becomes non refundable in case of any natural calamity and is refundable if participation is cancelled one month before the trek.

Cost is inlcusive of everything you need for this trek like Cab assistance from the airport & back, food, permissions, guide, porters, good tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mattress, trekking poles, home stay in padum, zangla, lingtse., insurance & other trekking gear etc. We provide you with a centrally heated hotel at Leh, Veg/Non Veg (Indian & Continental meals) during the trek and porter to participant ratio will be 1:1 for the entire trek.

Do Not worry for your luggage as it would be carried by your personal porter during the complete trek. You just need to carry your daily day back pack like your camera, packed lunch, chocolates, trekking pole, your personal water bottle etc.

Cost is exclusive of personal items like trekking shoes, warm clothes etc.

Please Note: Flight charges, shopping & liquor charges are not included in the above cost.


Buy flight tickets for Delhi to Leh and Leh to Delhi in advance and save upto INR 10,000 easily.
Your planning will reduce your cost of the flight tickets and if you need help with it you can always connect with me.

You can mail me to book your Chadar Trek 2015.

MOBILE NUMBER: +91-7602865245

Rules of Booking : Full refund till 31st December till 2014 and no refund after that.

For the registration in Chadar Trek 2015 you just simple send a confirmation mail as earlier with following details :-
1. Name
2. Fathers Name
3. Your permanent address with your contact details
4. Date of Birth
5. Your ID and address proof
6. Contact detail for backup and emergency

Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Adventurer/Expedition Leader
Co-Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club

Chadar Trek 2017 Itinerary (with Fixed Departures)

Chadar Trek 2016 Fixed Batch Dates and 3 styles of Chadar

  • (Leh to Neyrak & Back  :: 9 days)- “INR 20,000 All Inclusive”
  • (Leh to Padum & Back  :: 14 days) – Ask for “Day wise Schedule”

Note: You would be doing this trek in a small team/group (for ease/comfort and most importantly for the solitude of the outdoors)
(To Join: Call me at +91- 7602865245 (Whatsapp Available)
or Write a comment here or Mail me / Ping me on Facebook/Twitter)

chadar trek (frozen waterfall)

chadar trek (frozen waterfall)

Fixed Departures for the 3 styles of Chadar are available i.e.

**Chadar Trek (Leh to Neyrak) 9 days – Shorter Version

  • 13th to 21st January 2017 (open)
  • 16th to 24th January 2017 (open)
  • 17th to 25th January 2017 (open)
  • 19th to 27th January 2017 (open)
  • 23rd to 31st January 2017 
  • 30th January to 7th February

    **Chadar Trek 2016 (Leh to Lingshed) 11 days

    • 20th Jan – 30th Jan, 2017

(Day-01) – Fly from Delhi to Leh (3500 m). transfer to hotel – (Strictly a Rest day)
(Day-02) – extra day for Acclimatization, Local sightseeing in leh.. Stay in hotel or we start the trek if your body adjusts quickly with he temperatures
(Day-03) – Leh – Chilling – Tilath sumdo (By Road)–Shingrak. Night Stay in Camp near cave.
(Day-04) – Shingrak – Muska La – Choumo Cave (By Trek) Night Stay in Cave / Camp.
(Day-05) – Choumo Cave – Tipouma – Dib Cave – Nyrakpula Village (By Trek). Night Stay in Camp / Home stays in Village.
(Day-06) – Nyrakpula Village – Lingshed Village. Night Stay in Camp / Home stays in Village.
(Day-07) – Spend an entire day resting in Lingshed, one of the most remote villages in Ladakh. Visit monastery, school for monks and explore the village. Night Stay in Camp / Home stays in Village.
(Day-08) – Lingshed Village – Nyrakpula Village – Dib Cave. Night Stay in Camp/Cave.
(Day-09) Dib Cave – Choumo cave/Muska La. Night Stay in Camp / cave.
(Day-10) Choumo Cave/muska La – Shingrak – Tilath Sumdo (Road head). from Tilath Sumdo shifted to leh by Car
(Day 11) Fly Back to Delhi (with pictures & memories for life)

**Chadar Trek (Leh to Padum) 14 days

  • Fixed Departure Date : 18th Jan – 31st Jan, 2017
Itinerary :: Full Chadar Trek (14 Days including 1 back-up day).
Day 1: arrival leh
Arrive in leh. Transfer to hotel rest for acclimatization (strictly a Rest day).
Day 2: drive to tilat sumdo-3100m ( 2 hrs)
It takes about an hour to get used to the “ladakhi shuffle” of walking on the frozen zanskar. Boots with “sticky” soles are helpful as well as the poles. Practise walking in the afternoon. Camp at tilat sumdo.
Day 3: trek to shingra yokma – 5hrs
Leave camp by about 8.30am. Continue along the chadar to the cave at bakula bawo. It is believed that the first bakula rinpoche of ladakh spent a week meditating in this cave. A juniper tree above the cave is considered holy to the locals who traverse this gorge. Camp at shingra.
Day 4: shingra yokma to tipkyeak bawo – 6 1/2 to 7 hrs
Leave camp by about 8.30am. We stop for lunch at tsemodo for about an hour and continue to camp at tipp bawo. The water in this particular section tends to melt more easily and we may at times have to traverse the steep rocks due to the melting ice. If there is no proper campsite, we will go further to camp at gyalpo. – 3170m. Camp at tipp bawo.
Day 5: tipkyeak bawa to nyerak pulu (3390m) – 6 – 7 hrs
This can become a difficult day if the chadar is not very firm. The scenery though is stunning as we pass incredible frozen waterfalls which look like ice cliffs. If you look closely chances are that you will see blue sheep, ibex clinging onto the cliffs. Stop for lunch enroute at yokmado near one of the many caves used by the zanskaris at night and continue to walk on the chadar to camp at nyerak pulu. The village is high above the river. (if the chadar is in good condition this walk will take about 6 hrs otherwise it may take upto 8 hrs). Camp at nyerak.
Day 6: nyerak pullu to tsarak dho (3400m)- drive to padum – 2 hrs
Visit the monastery in the morning then trek for 2 hrs through the valley before reaching the frozen chadar. We then begin our walk on the frozen river to tsarak dho. 5 – 6hrs and from there the will pickup and drive to centre of the Zanskar region Padum.
Day 07: padum – karsha
We will walk around the Padum  and stakrimo gonpa and visit the the karsha monastery and the village karsha by jeep.
Day 08: drive padum to tsarak dho
Day 09: trek lingshed dho
Day 10: trek tipp bawo
Day 11: trek shingra kogma
Day 12: trek tilat sumdo – drive to leh
Day 13: fly to Delhi. 

 Note- 1 extra day required for backup/emergency ( for bad weather or anything unpredictable) so total 14 days Leh to Leh


Duck Walk on the Edges-Chadar Trek

Duck Walk on the Edges-Chadar Trek

Read about Chadar trek :

Fixed Departures for the 3 styles of Chadar are available i.e.
**Chadar Trek (Leh to Neyrak) 9 days
**Chadar Trek (Leh to Lingshed) 11 days
**Chadar Trek (Leh to Padum) 14 days

Book Now(Limited Seats)

Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar

Mobile: +91- 7602865245

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Adventurer & Co-Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club

All About Smiles : Lingshed Solar School

Chadar Trek

Brijesh Tiwari, an ITC employee, carried a bag full of stationery all the way to Lingshed(from Leh) to distribute it to the school children there. No wonder why they speak highly of ITC’s distribution system.
He walked on the frozen zanskar river for days to reach Lingshed and he was accompanied by people from various other organizations.

brijesh tiwari with a full bag of stationery items

brijesh tiwari with a full bag of stationery

The whole group decided to give something back to the beautiful people of Lingshed Village during the winters when all the roads connecting to the town Leh are shut because of heavy snowfall and the only way to reach the distant villages is by walking on the zanskar river which is partially frozen during January and February.

Team at Lingshed Solar School

Team at Lingshed Solar School

Above Picture: The whole group at Lingshed Solar School, Lingshed Village.
The solar school is largely funded by people from Austria.

cute zanskari kid enjoying chocolate

cute zanskari kid enjoying chocolate

There are various NGO’s which are doing a real good job for the people of Ladakh and a lot of volunteers come from various parts of the world to not only contribute but also to enjoy the beauty of the barren land and high passes.
team: Frozen Waterfall

team: Frozen Waterfall

I lead treks in Ladakh regularly (for small groups only)and you can Join me for Chadar Trek 2014(frozen zanskar river expedition).
Read the Chadar Travelogue here :

“Every Trekker Contributes”(some knowingly and some unknowingly)

Rohit Khattar
Adventurer & Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club

What is ‘Chadar’ used for?

“Chadar”, (veil of ice/bedsheet) as they call the zanskar river which is partially frozen during the winters, is the only road-way for the zanskaris living in padum or lingshed to go to Leh or from Leh(town) as other passes are closed during the winters due to heavy snowfall.

1:)*Trade with the outside world : As there is no other means of transport the locals have to take this risk which becomes a part of their lifestyle so to survive and make money they use the frozen river called Chadar to reach Leh

zanskari man carrying food on the sledge

zanskari man carrying food on the sledge

2:)*Take kids to School: The main school or should I say schools are in Leh and most of the remote villages in Ladakh don’t even have schools and even if there is one then it is without teachers. The locals use this risky route to take their kids to the school.

daddy walks with his boy on the frozen zanskar  river

daddy walks with his boy on the frozen zanskar river

Kids studying inside the Lingshed Village Solar School

Kids studying inside the Lingshed Village Solar School

3:)*Visit Sacred Places in Winters : The zanskaris believe a lot in what the monks say and they visit them regularly to ask questions to them of different nature so they use this route to visit the monasteries of Leh where the monks live as they usually abandon other monasteries during the winters.
ancient scripts (monks share the knowledge with outsiders as well)

ancient scripts (monks share the knowledge with outsiders as well)

4:)*Now To Earn as a Porter/Guide/Cook: Over the years this route has become a source of regular income for many zanskaris as they get the job of porters or guides during the Chadar Trek season. (frozen zanskar river trekking which is now famous worldwide).
porter and cook inside the cave during chadar trek

porter and cook inside the cave during chadar trek

Note : “Earlier there were few jobs during the winters for the people of Leh.”

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Rohit Khattar

Himalayan Explorers Club