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Zanskar River Trek

Zanskar River Trek

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A trek on of the frozen Zanskar River, locally known as Chadar, is an unforgettable journey. You will be exploring areas that are cut off from the outside world for over eight months in a year and can be visited in winter by following the old caravan trail along the frozen Zanskar River. You will be walking through the Kingdom of Zanskar and encountering the small towns of Pishu, Pidmo, Stonde and Zangla with their impressive monasteries and forts en route.

One interesting aspect of this trek is that you will have the opportunity to stay with local Zanskaris and gain an insight into the remote cultures of Zanskar and Ladakh. Cho Oyu Trekking team members support the local economy by employing locals as guides, porters and cooks.

Graded as an expedition (grade 5) due to the remoteness of the area and unpredictable weather conditions, this is an adventurous trek in the true sense of the word. It would be beneficial for one to have some prior basic mountaineering experience, especially in the use of ice axes and crampons. You should also be prepared to bear with the extremely cold temperature (down to –35ºC at night). Above all, you should have a flexible attitude to deal with the ever-changing weather conditions, be mentally and physically robust and possess a penchant and spirit for adventure par excellence.


Day Itinerary Accommodation
01 Arrival in - DELHI and transfer to hotel Hotel
02 Flight to Leh (3505 m) Hotel
03 Sightseeing around Leh Hotel
04 Drive to Chilling and trek to Tilat 5 hrs walking Camp
05 Trek to Teeb Caves - 7 hrs walking. The trek on the frozen Zanskar river starts  Camp
06 Trek to Neeraq cave - 7 hrs walking. Walk on frozen river Camp
07 Trek to Pidmo - 8 hrs, over the frozen river Camp
08 Trek to Stongde - 6 hrs, walk on the frozen river Camp
09 Trek to Spadum - 3 hrs walking. Complete trek to Spadum Guesthouse
10 Rest day at Spadum Guesthouse
11 Trek to Karsha - 3 hrs walking Camp
12 Trek to Pishu - 4 hrs walking Camp
13 Trek to Hanumil Cave - 4 hrs walking Camp
14 Trek to Neeraq - 6 hrs walking Camp
15 Trek to Teeb cave - 6 hrs walking Camp
16 Trek to Tilat - 7 hrs walking Camp
17 Return trek to Chilling Camp
18 Drive to Leh via Nimmu Hotel
19 Fly to DELHI Hotel
20 International Departure


  • 2 nights hotel in Delhi and 3 nights hotel in Leh  on B/B plan at sharing basis.
  • Flight to Delhi-Leh-Delhi.
  • Full Board (Bf,Lunch,dinner )during trek.
  • Transporation by private car Leh-chilling-Leh
  • Tents,sleeping mats ,kitchen equipmentetc.
  • Local guide and escorts during trek.


  • Drinks
  • Extra nights in Hotel
  • Lunch and dinner.
  • International air ticket.
  • Indian Visa
  • Camera and Video charges
  • Personal insurance
  • Sleeping bag
  • Telephone call
  • Laundry service

Trip Fact

  • Trip Duration : 20
  • Arrival Date: Delhi
  • Departure Date: Delhi
  • Highest Altitude : 4400 m
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Grade :
  • Season : Autumn
  • Destination : India
  • Activity : Tour / Trek in India

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