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

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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