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Our warmest thanks goes to Chandra whose professionalism got us over the pass but who was loads of fun too. He looked after us so well, and had a great team of lads. We all made it over the pass which was mainly due to Chandras training and advice.
Sue Charter (UK) | Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

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Ice Trek (Chadar) on Zanskar frozen river

This is an adventurous winter trek on the frozen Zanskar river following the traditional trading route.

The trek on the frozen River Zanskar, traditionally called the Chadar, is an unforgettable journey. You will be exploring a remote area that is cut off from the outside world for over half the year and can only be visited in winter by following the old trade route along the frozen Zanskar river. One of the most interesting parts of the trek will be the insight into the cultures of Zanskar and Ladakh.

We walk through the kingdom of Zanskar visiting the small towns of Pishu, Pidmo, Stongde and Zangla and their impressive gompas and forts. This is a truly adventurous trek due to the unpredictability of the conditions encountered and the remoteness of the area visited. The amount and condition of the ice on the Zanskar river can vary year on year and also day to day so a flexible attitude to the trek is essential. The maximum overnight low could be around -30 Celsius although it will warm up when the sun during the day comes out probably to around freezing level.

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Trip Details

What does this include

Price includes:

  • Internal flight to/from Leh and Delhi
  • All transfers including airport collections
  • Twin share room at Ashok Country Resort in Delhi and Hotel Pangong (or equivalent) in Leh
  • Breakfast only at hotels in Delhi and Leh, all meals included while on trek- Twin share tents while on trek
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Western and Sherpa guides, ponies and cook
  • Financial protection insurance with International Passenger Protection

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Delhi (from £350)
  • Travel & trekking insurance (Snowcard from £74)
  • India tourist visa (£30)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Delhi and Leh
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
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Trip Grade Strenuous

Trip Grade Strenuous

Suitability: a good choice for regular long distance hill walkers, very high level of fitness required. These trips may involve mountaineering and glacial travel.

1) Walking times: average 7 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions possibly with exposed sections. May involve steep ascent and descent over mountain passes that could be snow covered.

4) Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • January 2nd to 25th 2015
  • January 3rd to 26th 2016

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive Delhi 
  • Day 2Fly to Leh (3,505m) 
  • Day 3Sightseeing around Leh  
  • Day 4Drive to Chilling 
  • Day 5Trek to Tilat Do camp 
  • Day 6Trek to Gyalpo Skyalsos 
  • Day 7Trek to Dib cave 
  • Day 8Trek to Neeraq cave 
  • Day 9Trek to Dib Gongma 
  • Day 10Trek to Hanumil 
  • Day 11Trek to Pidmo 
  • Day 12Trek to Zangla 
  • Day 13Trek to Karsha 
  • Day 14Rest day in Karsha 
  • Day 15Trek to Pishu 
  • Day 16Trek to Hanumil 
  • Day 17-21Trek to Chilling 
  • Day 22Drive to Leh 
  • Day 23Fly to Delhi 
  • Day 24Fly back home 
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