Snow treks are the new adrenaline zones for trekkers and the unicorn of this space happens to be the Chadar Trek. This trek conserves the authenticity of trekking by making it mandatory for trekkers to sleep in tents or caves, pushing physical limits and testing emotional character. With temperatures well below -20 degrees Celsius during the trekking season, Chadar Trek makes the most seasoned of trekkers question their abilities to undertake it.Also Read - Covid Restrictions Imposed in Leh District Amid Covid Cases; Schools, Colleges Shut | Full Guidelines Here

However, that is not to say that it’s not worth the effort. Those who have undertaken this trek certainly do not regret it. Chadar Trek happens to be the experience of a lifetime owing to its natural beauty and the novelty of the trail. Trekkers begin their journey from the city of Leh and cover places like Chilling, Tsomo Paladar, Tibb Cave, Nerak and Gyalpo. On the way they walk on a frozen river with snow-capped mountains on either side. Trekkers witness several scenenic beauties but the list is topped by the frozen waterfall. They say you will never have seen something so enigmatic. Also Read - How About Movie Watching Experience at World’s Highest Movie Theatre in India? Check Interesting Facts

Chadar trek

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The best time to undertake this trek is from January to February. That is when the river freezes completely. It is advisable to go with experienced guides and proper equipment. Apart from these necessities the trek demands the trekkers to be extremely fit and have an experience of at least one high altitude trek. Interestingly, during winter, in order to get to boarding school in Leh, Zanskari children walk for 5 days down the frozen Zanskar river. Also known as Zanskar Ice Trek, each year, hundreds of Ladakhi people make this walk on the ice from their remote mountain homes in the Zanskar Valley down the frozen Zanskar River to the beginning of the nearest motorable road in the area. Also Read - Siachen Base Camp is Now Open for Domestic Tourists

The average cost of the trek ranges between 23k-27k depending on the service provider. It is advisable to choose a provider who keeps the group size small, carries necessary medical aid including oxygen and has contingency plans ready. As the trek is for 9 days, covering 62 kms at a height of 11,100 ft – it is also advisable to check your BMI and consult your physician before going for the trek. People suffering from chronic illnesses and heart diseases are advised completely against it.