Featuring a surreal backdrop of natural colours, the Frozen River Trek, commonly known as the Chadar Trek, is one of the challenging treks in the Ladakh region.
The strenuous mountain trail on the ice-clogged river under the blue winter sky passes through valleys, mountain caves, and frozen waterfalls. It is one of the most arduous treks of Indian Himalaya as the trekkers will pass through craggy rocks and the temperature may dip to below minus 10 degrees, a rare climatic condition which can be difficult to survive.
The Frozen River Trek, which is one of the popular winter treks, is also one of the longest trekking trails in the Indian Himalayan region that covers an entire stretch of 90 kilometres in 8 chilly days. Like a walk to paradise, the Chadar Trek swipes several trekkers’ dreams making it a part of their diary. The journey leads off from Ladakh to the snowbound villages of the Zanskar Valley.
One may acquaint the eyes staring and asking, ‘what made you explore the barren beauty?’ The answer just walks following the Chadar trail to a state of absolute bliss secluded within the colours of nature.
Things to do there:
You can trek along the traditional winter trading route connecting Padum to Ladakh along the frozen Zanskar river. This is a real adventure with only a couple of groups making the trek every year. The conditions on the river can be variable so a flexible approach is required! You can gain insight into the remote cultures of Zanskar and Ladakh and you will have the chance to stay with local Zanskaris along the way, go for a sightseeing tour to explore the Gompas and forts around Leh as you let your body acclimatize to the altitude and spot rare Ladakhi animals like snow leopard, ibex, Himalayan Thar, blue sheep, etc.
How to Reach?
During the winter season, it’s always impossible to reach Leh via roadways and railways’, thus traveling by air is the best choice. Airlines like Jet Airways, Air India, and Go Air provides daily flight service from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar. Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport, Leh’s airport, is one of the highest commercial airports in the world at 3,256 m.