Chadar is considered as one of the most exciting and unique terrains, as it involves trekking on a shiny, slippery ice sheet on the bank of the Tsarap River. You can notice the water gurgling below your feet as you walk on the frozen blanket of the river. This trek is very challenging as we tread through a deep gorge, walking on thin ice or on the banks, staying at night in caves – the adventure is as raw as it can get. The narrow valley filled with breathtaking views of ice peaks and beautiful thawing icicles will attract your gaze.
During winter months when all roadways are closed due to snow, the resourceful Zanskaris came up with this innovative idea of treading over a frozen river to travel to and fro from their villages.
This act of survival during winters for the Zanskaris has been transformed into an adventure challenge over the years. The biggest catalyst to drive you to take up this challenge is that this trek will eventually be rendered obsolete once the road from Chiling to Padum is completed. The road will certainly be safe and more convenient than the river, but its completion will mark the end of an ancient local practice. We at Alpine Wanderers feel this factor should act as an impetus to experience this ultimate feat.