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Walking on the frozen river of Zanskar is THE ultimate experience for adventure lovers. The traditional name of the trek is "Chadar trek" the frozen sheet of ice, which was the only way in and out for the people of Zanskar in winters, when all other ways are closed due to heavy snow fall at high passes.

This is a trek to some of the most isolated yet inhabited regions in the Zanskar mountains, most notably the village of Lingshed.

You will be trekking/ walking on ice - the frozen Zanskar River, an average five to seven hours a day, at an easy pace; but a reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed to sustain walking for five - six days during the harsh cold winter conditions.

THE-CHADAR-FROZEN-RIVER-TREK-JAN-2018-15.jpgThe trek commences from the village of Chilling located not far from the confluence of the Indus and the Zanskar rivers. The trek follows the river gorge through a spectacular landscape, a photographer’s paradise, offering occasional sighting of wildlife.

Although pleasant on clear - sunny days, the weather conditions can change abruptly, with wind temperatures known to plummet minus 20 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Chilling and Lingshed are the only sizeable villages on this trek, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.


Tour Program
Region: Nyarakpulu
Best Period to trek: mid January to end of February
Maximum Altitude: 3400m
Minimum Temperature: -40 degrees
Trekking days: 07 days
Age group: 18 to 60 years
Transportation: By Jeep from Leh to Chilling and from Chilling to Leh
Trek Grade: Simple walks on Ice sheet (frozen River) every day for 5 to 7 hours and strictly dependent on weather conditions.
Grading: A reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed for this trek.
Special interest: Excellent view for photographers, ideal place for nature lovers and best spot for adventure lovers.


What we Provide

  • All accommodation for 9 nights {from DAY 01 at Leh till
    DAY 09 at Leh} (twin/ triple sharing basis) in comfortable
    CENTRALLY HEATED hotels/ or camps in scenic & off beat
  • Breakfast & Dinner while in Leh
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during trek days
  • Chai/ Coffee & cookies twice a day (11am & 5pm) during trek days
  • Inner Line Permit fees for restricted areas for
    Indian Nationals
  • Basic First Aid Kit & medicines
  • Services of certified & experienced guides/ instructors for
    high altitude trekking, specially on the perilous Chadar
    (frozen river) in the Himalayas
  • Services of Wilderness Medicine Institute Certified guides/
    instructors from NOLS,USA

Itinerary options and pricing:-

  • 9 Nights/ 10 Days INR 30,000/- per person


  • Any Air/ bus/ taxi/ jeep fare
  • 5% GST or as applicable at the time of billing
  • Lunch; we eat at Dhaba's along the road & pay directly there & then
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, internet, wifi, telephone/ fax calls, bed tea, mineral water, aerated/alcoholic beverages, juices, entrance and camera fee at monuments/ museums, medical expenses, gratuities etc.
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
  • Any item, activity or facility other than clearly mentioned within the inclusions & itinerary above
  • Any entry fees (union - wildlife - environment - trekking fees) any tips, porter/ pony charges or any other expenses incurred by the participants during the sightseeing, rafting,
    paragliding trips, other than as clearly mentioned within the inclusions and itinerary
  • Rs.2,500.00 per person Environment fees to be paid directly to the Govt. authorities before the trek starts
  • Any extra costs incurred due to extension/ change of the itinerary due to natural calamities, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond our control
  • Additional accommodation & or food charges due to unforeseen delays in the journey

Other Terms and Conditions

  • 100% Payment in advance.
  • The program schedule/route/ mode of transport might be changed due to unforeseen circumstances or for the safety of the group; the decision of the Program Director and / or the Field director will be final & binding in this regard
  • In case any participant falls sick during the tour, the expenses for medical treatment, travel & porter charges etc. will be borne by the concerned individual
  • During the tour, the decision of the Program Director and / or the Field Director will be final and binding
  • I Am Adventure shall not be held responsible for any accident, illness and loss of valuables or such other unforeseen events during the tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • Up to Sixty (60) days or more before the tour departure, 100% of the tour amount is refunded
  • Between Forty-five (45) days to Fifty-nine (59) days before the tour departure; 75% of the tour amount is refunded
  • Between Thirty (30) days to Forty-four (44) days before the tour departure; 50% of the tour amount is refunded
  • Twenty-nine (29) days or less before the tour departure; No refunds
  • The above are subject to a deduction of Rs.5,100.00 towards administration charges


Day 1

Delhi/ Bombay to Leh
Arrive at Leh airport, to be received by our representative & transferred to the hotel. Take a full day rest at the hotel as you need to acclimatise well to the high altitude of Ladakh. Overnight hotel in Leh

Day 2

Post breakfast, we take a walking tour of Leh town/ market to further acclimatise ourselves/ also finish any last minute shopping etc. Overnight hotel in Leh

Day 3

Leh to Chilling/ Tilatdo 5 hour drive
After breakfast drive towards Nimoo where the confluence of river Zanskar & Indus is, from there take left & drive along the Zanskar river till you reach Sumdado. At Chiling after Lunch visit the white copper artists famous for their handmade works. After that walking towards Tilatdo campsite (1 hour) from where the Trek will start tomorrow. Overnight in tents (1st night)

Day 4

Tilatdo to Shingra-gongma (3200m) (5 hours of walking) Overnight in tents (2nd night).

Day 5

Shingra-gongma to Deepyokma (3300m) (5 hours of walking) After breakfast start the 5-hour trek to Deepyokma where you will see a number of caves - Tsomo Paldar, naturally flowing spring water.
Overnight in tents (3rd night)

Day 6

Deepyokma to Nyarakpulu (3400m) (5-6 hours of walking) Start the trek from Deepyokma after 5-6 hours reach Nyarakpulu. Camp at the irrigation fields. Another 1 hour walk up along with a small stream & you will reach a beautiful village called Nyarak. From here Singee-La is visible, which is a summer trekking pass. Overnight in tents (4th night)

Day 7

Nyarakpulu to Deepyokma (3300m) (5 hours of walking) Taking the same route back from Nyarakpulu to Tsomopaldar. Overnight in tents (5th night)

Day 8

Walk back the same route till Shingra Gongma (4 hours of trekking) Overnight in tents (6th night)

Day 9

Deepyokma/ Tilatdo/ Chilling/ Leh (3200m) (3 hour trek & 2 hour drive) Trek back from Tsomopaldar to Shingra-gongma, Tilatdo & then to Chilling. Reach Chilling and drive back to Leh. Overnight hotel in Leh

Day 10

Fly back home: In the morning transfer to the airport from where you will board the flight to Delhi/ Bombay.

Tour Ends……




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