“This was, without question, one of the most magnificent trips I have done. The best trekking food I’ve ever had.”-A. Slinger
“The level of service was amazing, brilliant food, tents up quickly, being helped over any potential difficult piece. It was a fabtrip.”-I. Caroline
“A great trip. I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting a different trekking experience.”-M. Cook
Learn to ice climb on the roof of the world, and on the famous winter Chadar trek route. Already experienced and looking to take your climbing to a new region? This is the trip for you. We will have two guides on the trip, Luke Smithwick and Gomba Sherpa. Essentially, we’ll have 5 full days of ice climbing, and time to experience the Zanskar gorge. Each day will be built to suit the interests of climbers on the trip. If you already have climbing experience we’ll pursue more difficult routes with aesthetic and interesting terrain. If you’re a total beginner, no worries, we’ll work our way up, starting with a day of the basics, allowing you to progress at your own pace. Ice climbing is challenging, but has some great rewards and has a “wow, I really climbed that” feel to it. Join us.
“Something hidden, go and find it, go and look behind the ranges.” -R.Kipling
Skills covered (regardless of ability level):
- Avalanche awareness
- Placing ice protection
- Organization of belays
- Rope techniques
- Abseiling off ice anchors
- Steep ice techniques
- Leading (for those ready for it)
Chadar Ice Climbing Clinic
Dates: No Current Departure (contact Luke)
minimum: 3 participants
3 star heated hotel in Leh, single supplement
All other accommodation while present on scheduled trip itinerary
Group transportation by private vehicle
‘Himalaya Alpine’ style expedition:
Delicious meals, french press coffee & herbal teas, all porterage on trek, western and Sherpa guides, local guides and staff, single, roomy Mountain Hardwear & Big Agnes tents (double for couples) and our ‘equipped’ dining tent with solar charging for cameras.
Well equipped porters for personal equipment, you carry only a day-pack with thermos, warm layer, and camera.
Ice climbing equipment is included (Black Diamond equipment), you are responsible for your own climbing boots, readily available for hire in Leh at around US$3/day. Helmet, axes, harness, crampons provided.
What’s not included
Meals while not on trek, domestic flights, rescue insurance, India visa, international flights, bar bills, laundry, tipping and other items of a personal nature.
Gratuities and Extra Costs
Allow approx $250 for meals (while not on trek), drinks (on trek), and tips. We recommend $100-$150 per trekker thrown into the tips pool for the porter staff.
Day 1 – arrive Leh 3500m
We suggest booking on Jet Airways for this particular trip.
Day 2 – drive Chilling and trek Tilad Do 3100m
Day 3 – trek to first waterfall and start ice climbing (!)
Day 4 – 7 exploratory ice climbing
Day 8 – depart Leh
Note your domestic flight is a fine weather flight only and can occasionally be delayed. Also note that flights can be delayed by fog in Delhi in winter. It’s possible to extend this trip longer with a full trek of the Zanskar river gorge, or more ice climbing.
|trekking in the sun on the frozen Chadar.|
|Zanskari boys pose for a photo in their red woolen gonchas, typical dress for a Zanskari.|
|Lobsang Otzer (Pidmo) will be the head local guide on the trip, his 25th trip on the river. His enthusiasm and warmth is contagious, if only we can contain his singing to keep the wildlife in view.|
|Local guides huddle around the fire in camp on a full moon night, the ice of the river cracking and popping in flux.|
|Zanskari’s swap stories and laughter in a cave on the river. Most locals sleep in caves while on route.|
|Morning fog in the Zanskari village of Pidmo.|