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One of the toughest treks in India is the Chadar Trek in Ladakh.

1. Introduction

Here's a detailed overview presented in bullet points:

Weather: The weather during the Chadar Trek is extreme. In winter (January and February), temperatures can drop as low as -30°C to -35°C. The trek involves walking on the frozen Zanskar River, which is the traditional winter route used by the locals.

How to Reach:

  • By Air: Fly to Leh from Pune. Leh is well-connected by air, and flights are available from major cities.
  • By Road: Travel by road from Pune to Leh, although it's a long and challenging journey.
  • Distance: The total trekking distance for the Chadar Trek is approximately 70-75 kilometers, depending on the specific route and conditions.

    Location: The Chadar Trek is in the Zanskar region of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India.

    Peaks: The trek doesn't involve climbing specific peaks, but it provides stunning views of the snow-covered landscapes and the towering Himalayan mountains.

    Difficulty: The Chadar Trek is considered one of the most challenging treks in India due to the harsh winter conditions, frozen river crossings, and the need for physical endurance.

    Duration: The trek usually takes around 9-12 days to complete, including acclimatization days and the trekking days.

    Preparation: Trekkers need to be physically fit and mentally prepared for sub-zero temperatures. Prior high-altitude trekking experience is recommended. Adequate winter clothing, trekking gear, and equipment for extreme conditions are necessary.

    Height: The altitude of the Chadar Trek varies, but parts of the trek are above 3,600 meters (11,800 feet) above sea level.


  • Day 1-2: Arrive in Leh, acclimatization, and preparation.
  • Day 3-9: Trek along the frozen Zanskar River, passing through deep gorges and remote villages.
  • Day 10-12: Return to Leh and depart for Pune.
  • Starting Point: The trek usually starts from Chilling, a village near Leh, which serves as the base camp for the Chadar Trek.

    Best Time to Visit: The best time to undertake the Chadar Trek is during the winter months from January to February when the Zanskar River is frozen, creating a unique ice trekking experience.

    Booking: Due to the extreme conditions, trekkers often go through experienced trek organizers who handle permits, logistics, and guides.

    Camping: Camping is an integral part of the Chadar Trek. Trekkers stay in tents on the frozen riverbanks.

    Package: Various trekking agencies and tour operators offer packages for the Chadar Trek, which may include transportation, accommodation, guide services, meals, camping equipment, permits, and medical assistance. It's crucial to choose a reputable agency for such an extreme trek.