One of the most thrilling, challenging and the glamorous trek – Chaddar. Chaddar- called so as the zanskar river freezes during the peak winter season thus forming a blanket of ice over it which acts as the only route for the zanskar people to travel to leh via chilling.
This route was first brought into limelight by the Discovery channel who made a documentary on the people of this region. With temperatures dropping from -25 to -30 degrees during the night, it really tests your nerves for surviving in the cold conditions.
The Chadar Trek or the Zanskar Gorge is a winter-trail in Zanskar region of Ladakh, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Its walls are near vertical cliffs up to 600 m high and the Zanskar River (a tributary of the Indus) is only 5 m wide in places. The Chadar Trek is the frozen Zanskar River which provides an access route to the Zanskar Valley and is used as a trail by locals and tourists during the winters. It takes place on the trade route that has been used by the indigenous people for centuries.
In local language “chadar” means layer- indicating the layer of ice that covers the river . The chadar trek is basically performed on a frozen river called the “Zanskar River”, during the summer this river doesn’t disappoint its enthusiastic tourist as it becomes a perfect location for river rafting expedition and during the winters it transforms into an ice sheet where the famous Chadar trek is performed.
Chadar trek has attracted tourist from all over the world, it is one of the most exciting and challenging treks which covers the distance of approximately 105 km on foot, an average trekker completes a distance of 15–17 km each day.
The best time to do the Chadar trek is January to February, when the temperature during the winters drops sometimes from -25 to -30 degrees which makes the Zanskari River look like a mesmerizing crystal surface.
About Alpine Adventurers:
Alpine Adventurers was founded in 2009. Since then many adventure enthusiasts have joined in. The Team is active since its inception and is focused on covering the Alpine Trails (both explored and unexplored) of Kashmir Valley. Alpine Adventurers also has a girls wing which is operated by Female Members