Shopping/Clothing for Chadar Trek (How to Plan for Chadar Trek)

People plan for treks/expeditions way in advance but the most important thing that people ignore is The Gear.

I have seen people spending INR 40,000 TO 50,000 only on shopping for Chadar trek. And I despise the way people plan for chadar trek.
Following are the simple steps to fight the winters of ladakh and bring down to your shopping cost to INR 5000 only.

Steps to Defeat the cold

1:) Protect yourself from the harsh winds: The top layer of your clothing should be a wind cheater.

2:) Wear multi layer clothing and loose clothing helps

3:) Feel the cold (Make your body cold resistant on the first day of your arrival) : Enjoy the shivers so that you can enjoy the nature calls comfortably

chadar trek (leh to lingshed)

chadar trek (leh to lingshed)


Clothing

Thermals / Body Warmers – 2 No’s
Oversized Full TShirts with high neck & Track Pants (light weight) – 2 / 3 No’s
Sweater / Fleece– 2 No’s
Windcheaters – 1 No’s
Poncho/Rain Cover – 1No’s
Socks – 8 to 10 Pairs (Buy in Leh)
Head Cap + Balaclava – 1 No’s each (Available in Leh for 100 each)
Hand Gloves Inner 1no’s + Outer (waterproo)– 1 No’s
Down Jacket – This is not a necessity, Even a skiing jacket with -5º c with Fleece + thermal + TShirt will take care of your requirement

GumBoots is the only shoes that will work great in this TREK. I strongly recommend you buy them at Leh which costs only Rs.450/- & you can sell it to another trekker for Rs.200 when you comeback.

You get military socks in Leh for Rs.100 to 125. They are the BEST products for this trek.

Sun glasses – Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek, Curved ones will cover your eyes well. No blue coloured sunglass — they don’t block UV. Blacks, greens, browns are fine. Avoid multi tone sunglasses. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. .

People who wear spectacles choose one of these:
http://www.decathlon.in/accessories/sunglasses/cycling-and-running/huez-opticsg-800-optic/p-1223537
If above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.
Contact lenses are STRICTLY not allowed

Lingshed solar school

Lingshed solar school

Important tips:

1:) Drink water (hydrate yourself)
2:) Avoid smoking
3:) Avoid Alcohol
4:) Rest on the first day


Please feel free to ask questions:

Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Himalayan Explorers Club

Mail id: khattarrohit@yahoo.com

Mobile: +91- 7602865245

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

Email: khattarrohit@yahoo.com

Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Himalayan Explorers Club

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
Adventurer
Himalayan Explorers Club

email id: khattarrohit@yahoo.com