Chadar Trek is an 8-day trek on the frozen river of Zanskar which connects the Zanskar village with Leh, the small town of the Ladakh region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Every year, there is a narrow window of about a month (mid-Jan to mid-Feb) when the powerful river Zanskar freezes creating a thick sheet or ‘chadar’ of ice. During this time, it is the only way that connects the Zanskar village with the city of Leh. Surrounded by mountains on both sides, this route became famous and one of its kind with trekkers who walked on the frozen sheet from Leh to Zanskar and back, over a course of 7-8 days. It is not uncommon for the temperatures to go below -35 degrees in the night.
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