Chadar means sheet, The Chadar Trek (ice sheet track) or the Zanskar Gorge is a winter trail which lies, in the Indian union territory of Ladakh. Traditionally the only means of travel in the area during the harsh winter months, the trail has become popular with international adventure tourists.
The trek is over the Zanskar River which lies frozen during the winter. The most preferred time to cross the ice would be in February. During that time, the ice tends to be at its most stable state. The Frozen River Trek begins from the small village of Chilling from where the Zanskar River begins to freeze. During the winters, the road to Zanskar Valley is closed due to snowfall and this makes the frozen river the only way to access the valley. The trek across the frozen river is called the ‘Chadar’ (ice sheet) trek and it holds many surprises and scenes of breathtaking beauty, which attracts tourists and trekkers from all over the country and the world.