Himalaya photography Trip

Chadar Trek Photo Tour

About The Chadar Trek Photo Tour:

Ladakh is famed for its high passes, brackish water lakes, a stunning lunar landscape, a Buddhist culture warped in time, deep blue endless skies, and a landscape that is larger than life. It is an adventure seekers paradise. Many have said Ladakh is the most beautiful place in the world, but we seek beauty even more surreal and attempt one of the most celebrated, difficult, and exquisite treks of the region.

During our Chadar Trek Photo Tour we will walk on a frozen river bed, camp near caves along the way, and fight the twin difficulties of extreme cold and altitude to get the unique ‘Chaddar’ experience, the walk over the frozen Zanskar River. A route patronized by the people of the Zanskar valley for hundreds of years, as their only contact with the outside world for trade, during the 8 months long freezing winter.


  • The unique experience of trekking on the frozen Zanskar river.
  • Amazing scenery, wild gorges, and frozen waterfalls.
  • Countryside trekking hospitality at its best.


  • Type of Trip               : Treks & Walks
  • Grade                          : Tough
  • Maximum Altitude      : 3800m/12,468ft.
  • Trip Duration             : 13 Nights
  • Trek Duration             : 09 Nights/10 Days
  • Trip Dates                  : January/February
  • Reporting Time & Venue: 09:00 hrs at Leh airport
  • Dispersal Time & Venue: Before 9:00 hrs from Hotel in Leh
  • Food Plan: All meals including lunch on day 01 to breakfast on day 14.
  • Travel & Transport: Transfers and sightseeing in SUV/MUV
  • Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 04; Camping – 07; Guest House -02

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Chadar Trek Photo Tour

Itinerary of Chadar Trek Photo Tour

Day 1 – Arrival in Leh (3500m/11,484 ft.)

Report to the hotel by 12.00 noon. The day is spent resting at the hotel and a leisurely orientation walk in the evening in the Leh market. To aid acclimatization it is necessary to have plenty of water along with rest. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Leh.

Day 2 – Leh sightseeing

On our 2nd day of Chadar trek – Himalaya photography Trip is for taking in the sights of Leh and to use this as an opportunity to acclimatize further. We visit Thiksey Monastery (one of the most visited and photogenic monasteries in Ladakh which houses one of the largest Buddha statue, the 40 ft. tall Maitreya, the Buddha of Future) and Stok Palace (the place where the current royal family lives). Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Leh.

Day 3 – Drive to Tilat Sumdo (63 km.; 1½ hrs); Trek to Bakula Caves (3180m/10,434 ft.; 2 ½ hrs)

The 3rd day of the Chadar trek – Himalaya photography Trip, after breakfast we drive to Tilat Sumdo. Just before Tilat Sumdo is Chilling, one of the most famous villages in Ladakh and known as a center for crafts, especially for its metalwork. In the afternoon meet your trekking crew and prepare for the trek. After lunch starts our trek from Tilat Sumdo to Bakula Caves which is 2 ½ hrs, along the frozen river.

Over the next few days of Chadar trek – Himalaya photography Trip, we will traverse a landscape of frozen waterfalls where the harsh winters have preserved the traditions and cultures of the local people in a frozen Shangri-La. The Zanskar Valley is the most isolated of the Trans-Himalaya valleys and that true sense of remoteness will become all the more evident as we approach our camp. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Bakula Caves.

Day 4 – Bakula Caves – Paldar Sumdo (3220m/10,565 ft.; 6–7 hrs)

On the 4th day of Chadar trek – Himalaya photography Trip, after breakfast, we trek 6-7 hrs, to reach Paldar Sumdo. We trek along the edges of the frozen river, through a narrow mountain gorge. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Paldar Sumdo.

Day 5 – Paldar Sumdo – Dibyokma (3000m/9843 ft.; 4–5 hrs)

Post breakfast we start our journey towards Dibyokma it will take us around 4-5 hrs of walking. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Dibyokma.

Day 6 –  Dibyokma – Nerak Pullu (3800m/12,468 ft.; 5–6 hrs)

On the 6th day of Chadar trek – Himalaya photography Trip, We head back to the river and walk along a canyon. A trek of 5-6 hrs through tremendous canyons which is inaccessible in any other season, leads us to Nerak Pullu. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Nerak Pullu.

Day 7 – NerakPullu to Lingshed (3800 m / 12468 ft; 6–7 hrs)

On 7th day Chadar trek – Himalaya photography Trip, we leave the river after an hour today, to follow a narrow gorge to Lingshed village. Around Nerak is probably the most dangerous area on the Chadar, but this is not the only reason we leave earlier then normal. After up to two hours of trekking we turn off the river, and start following a side stream up a valley which shows so many ibex and blue sheep trails it seems hard to believe. We are going higher today, and you will feel it. Add fresh snow, and it will be harder still. On arrival stay in a guesthouse/ camp.

Day 8 – Rest day at Lingshed

Day 9 – Lingshed to NerakPullu (3000 m / 9843 ft; 5 hrs)

On the 9th day of Chadar trek – Himalaya photography Trip, the return journey starts and we retrace our steps to NerakPullu leaving the poignant beauty of the monastery, children behind, and carrying the memories with us. Along the way, we bid adieu to the ibex and blue ship and reach NerakPullu.

Day 10 – Nerak Pullu – Dibyokma (4–5 hrs)

On day 10 of the Chadar trek – Himalaya photography Trip, We walk back to Dibyokma. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Dibyokma.

Day 11 – Dibyokma – Paldar Sumdo (4–5 hrs)

On 11th day of Chadar trek – Himalaya photography Trip, We walk further to Paldar Sumdo. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Paldar Sumdo.

Day 12 – Paldar Sumdo – Tilat Sumdo (6–7 hrs); Drive to Leh (63 km.; 1½ hrs)

Our last days of Chadar trek – Himalaya photography Trip, we walk to Tilat Sumdo to the road head. We cross the familiar territory our mind filled with the experiences of the last week of walking through this enchanted land. At Tilat Sumdo we get into our waiting vehicles to Leh for a much-deserved bath and some good rest in warm cozy rooms. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Leh.

Day 13 – Excursion to Khardungla & back (5602m/18,380 ft.; 37 km; 2 hrs one way)

After breakfast, the group sets off to visit Khardungla pass (5602m/18,380 ft.), the world’s highest motorable pass. The snow-clad view of Leh & Nubra valley is to be seen to be believed. After a photography session, we return back to Leh. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Leh.

Day 14 – Final departure

We check out of our hotel before 9.00 am depending upon our flight schedule.

Trip Notes Chadar trek – Himalayan Photo Tour:

  1. Age Group: Minimum 18 years completed.
  2. Travel: All the Delhi – Leh flights are scheduled in the early morning hours hence it is advisable to fly to Delhi a day in advance.
  3. Fitness: Chadar trek – Himalaya photography Trip involves walking for 5-6 hours daily at an average pace, but we recommended this trek for people with an extremely good level of physical fitness. The highest altitude that we attain on this trip is 3500m/11,484 ft. We do not recommend this trip to people with chronic problems like epilepsy and those related to blood pressure or heart or diabetes.

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January / February


14 days/13 nights

Photographic themes:

landscape, Villages, mountains, culture, people, wildlife



Tilat Sumdo,

Bakula Caves,

Paldar Sumdo,


Nerak Pullu,




Paldar Sumdo,

Tilat Sumdo,

Explore Khardungla

included :

  • Transfer from/to airport upon arrival and departure
  • all accommodations
  • Leh: In a Classic category hotel on twin sharing basis.
  • On the Trek: In a camping tent on twin sharing basis.
  • Note: The rooms at Hotel Mahey are centrally heated with running hot water.
  • Meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Private transportation + fuel,
  • Complimentary Sack, cap & duffel bag.
  • Monument visit fees
  • Chaddar entry Permit fee
  • Necessary porterage and camping equipment on the trek.
  • Hire charges for Sleeping Bags.
  • One experienced Trip Leader and local guide(s).
  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide
  • Professional Photographic Guide Tim Vollmer

not included :

  • International Airfare/train ticket
  • Alcohol
  • Travel insurance, health insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any site, etc.
  • Camera fees
  • Tips to porters, camping team, driver, guide, etc.
  • Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary, because of natural calamities, flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle breakdown, etc. factors beyond the control.
  • What is not mentioned as included

Getting there:

You will organise your own travel to and from Leh

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Chadar Trek Photo Tour

Photography Instructor for the Chadar Trek Photo Tour

Tim Vollmer

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Tim has devoted his life to photography. Photography has been his long-held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. He is Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that is unique to each country.

His journeys have taken him around the world in pursuit of memorable travel experiences and the creation of compelling images. His work has been featured in international publications. His images and stories are shared on various internet outlets. As a driven artist, professional, entrepreneur, and adventurer, Tim is eager to share his passion, knowledge in photography, and travel through the tours he designed on his own, or through his partnership with professional photographers from around the globe. Tim and his family lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in the Czech Republic.

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