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

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 :https://himalayantramp.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/chadar-trek-frozen-river-expedition/

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


Rohit Khattar
Adventurer & Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club
khattarrohit@yahoo.com

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.”

Shutterbugs List for Chadar Trek : http://wp.me/p1ZkSF-1E


Rohit Khattar
khattarrohit@yahoo.com

Himalayan Explorers Club