Chadar Trek

Everything you need to know about the Chadar Trek

Chadar is a very popular name that has become a cult amongst adventurers and thrill-seekers in recent time. As a thick layer of snow shrouds the entire Ladakh region in a white sheet, winters start to seize untamed fury of glacial water of Zanskar River. Following repetitiveness of the event, river water eventually hits a point where subzero temperatures form a thick layer of ice on it. This is what is referred to as Chadar, and a memorable walk on this frozen river is called Chadar Trek.

As the name suggests, Chadar means a sheet. The upper layer of flowing water turns into a thick sheet of ice to pacify its fury and anger under the hood. The temperature falls to -27°C and you set on a week-long walk on the frozen river with a joyous heart and trembling legs while being watchful of your every single step. You try to keep yourself well-placed on a track where ice layer is thicker so that your steps don’t develop any cracks on the crispy layer. You keep on chasing the horizon and walking upstream for hours and days amidst the amazing views of completely frozen waterfalls in the backdrop and snow-capped mountains turning bluish to golden yellow when being kissed by the sun, making it a walk like none other in the entire world.





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