Chadar trek physical fitness is the basic test you need to qualify if you wish to try your hand over this exciting expedition. High endurance, good stamina, and above-average health, both physical and mental will be your best ally on this exhilarating trek. Though the trek lacks much elevation, the extreme temperature and the walk over the frozen river make Chadar Trek the toughest trek of India. The trek is challenging yet fun as it drags you out of your comfort zone and makes you dwell in the snow desert. 

While this trek is a daunting task, it can be commenced if you plan for it well. The right preparation can do wonders for your trip making it the most astounding experience of your life. Pack all the essentials well and make sure you start preparing yourself physically and mentally two-three months prior to the trek. Not to forget acclimatization, it helps the body to adapt to the extreme weather.

Check out Complete Physical Fitness Guide for Chadar Trek:

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Medical Fitness

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Medical Fitness

Trekking in the negative temperatures is not a cakewalk. Extreme temperature and an altitude of 11,000 feet, Chadar Trek, the challenges are enough to test you to the core. While the cuts, bruises, and pain are counted mandatory in Chadar trek, you need to check how much your body can endure. Chadar Trek physical fitness test has been made compulsory because of its difficulty.

To commence with the adventure you need to get a certificate from the doctor as without it you will not be considered eligible for the trek. The oxygen level and blood pressure are the main parameters in the checklist yet if you have the chronic illness or any medical issues including circulation problem, spine problem, diabetes, intestine or kidney problem, joint problems, hernia, asthma, cancer, any heart condition, blood disease or blood pressure problem, you might have to return empty-handed. Though you can still take up the challenge if your doctor approves of it.

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How to be Physically fit during the Trek

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How to be Physically fit during the Trek

As you have understood the pre-trek training to become eligible for the trek, you must understand that there are certain things you need to keep in mind to stay fit during the trek. Physical fitness is very crucial if you wish to complete the trek. You would not like to stop midway, right?

Commingling all the things that will help you throughout the trek including the clothing, medicines, footwear, and other essentials, you are now ready for the trek but to make this an AMS free trek for you. Following are a few points that will help you maintain the Chadar trek physical fitness with minimum risk:

Stay hydrated: Though the cool temperature will not make you feel the need, make sure you drink ample water to maintain the proper functioning of your body. Keeping your body hydrated during the expedition is something that needs to be taken up strictly. Take hot liquids including soup and water at regular intervals, as they will help you survive the beyond human tolerance temperature.

Slow pace: Walking slow and carefully over the frozen trail will minimize the risk of hazards. Since the journey is full of broken trails due to the temperature fluctuations there are chances you could dip your feet in the freezing water, therefore it is advisable to keep your walk brisk. This won’t entirely solve the problem yet would minimize it to a larger extent.

Pay attention: Staying cautious in this terrain will be the most fundamental requirement if you wish to complete the exuberant Chadar Trek. Pay attention to the cuts and bruises and let the guide know of the injuries during the adventure. Do not neglect any pain thinking you can bear it for a while because in case things go beyond the hands, it will take a minimum of 24 hours to get proper medical assistance.

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How to prepare for Chadar Trek

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How to prepare for Chadar Trek

You must have understood that without the proper training your fantasy of waking over the ice sheets turned Zanskar River amidst the Himalayas cannot be accomplished. The training of Chadar Trek physical fitness must start a month or two prior to your trip in order to get acquainted with the amount of valor you would require for the trek.

The mental training is as important as the physical training, hence you must make sure you invest the required efforts and time for the same. If done right, the physical training can help your brain to get trained to bear the pressure, simultaneously helping the brain and the body to come out of the comfort zone and get trek-ready. 

But the question arises - how to prepare for Chadar Trek? 
Well, you are at the right place. We have curated an exclusive list of doable things for all the adventure enthusiasts! Make sure you do not miss out any point, gear up to shed some sweat!

Walk and exercise: 
You should build a habit to walk for at least half an hour per day, two months prior to the trek. You’ll be walking for around 4-5 hours each day, therefore it is a better idea to get into the habit so that you don’t lag. Include cardiovascular exercises in your schedule as they will help train your heart rate to elevate and then relax. This will increase oxygen retention in your body which is very beneficial at high altitudes.

Build stamina and endurance: 
Stamina and endurance are the best allies that will help you survive through this trek. Daily exercising and walking will help you push your boundaries and hence increase your stamina.

Avoid heaters and warm quilts in order to increase your endurance for the cold. You can also trek to a nearby hill to get your body acquainted with the adventure. Try walking with weight over your shoulder, as this will help your shoulders to get acquainted with the weight of the backpack that you will be carrying during the trek. 

Medicines basics: 
Walking on the frozen river while the temperature drops to -25 degrees Celsius is a daunting as well as an enthralling task. While the mandatory cuts and bruises will be a part of this rewarding journey, it is advisable not to leave them untreated. You are required to carry a first aid kit which includes medicines for cold, fever, pain stimulants, anti-allergic pills, muscle pain-relieving ointments, and necessary antibiotics.

Do not forget to carry glucose as it will help you gain the energy levels whenever they drop. A medicine - Diamox will be an elixir during the adventurous journey as it helps to cure the dizziness, nausea, headache, and breathing problem caused due to the high altitude but it is still advisable to consult a doctor to check if it is the right medicine for your body or not.

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"the experience was awesome. The whole thing organized by Thrillophilia was great. Our tour operator Jigmet sir and the whole crew were 1 no. SHAMAAASS. Julley.
11 July 2019
Excellent
We went for Manali to srinagar Bike tour. It was the best bike trip of my entire life It all started with the person named Shubham from thrillophilia who helped me in selecting the best trip and processed with my booking, all thanks to him! Without him I wouldn’t have been able to experience the best trip of my life. On arrival there, we met our tour guide Tani and our Mechanic Shashi about whom I have read a lot at thrillophilia reviews. These 2 guys were so supportive during the entire tour that no matter what happened they were always there to look after us. They always made sure we are safe and we are following them and there is no overtaking taking place. Tani, the tour guide, one chilled out person he is! Make sure you get him as your tour guide and Shashi as the mechanic as these guys will always make sure that they are there for you no matter what. And in the end, it’s all the Main man behind everything, Jimmy Sir. Thanks a lot Sir for making me experience the best trip of my life! Without you and your team this wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks for helping us out in every way possible. The roads here are difficult terrain to ride on. You gotta be careful. You gotta carry your gum boots during water logging which is the most difficult to cross. But these guys made sure that we were all safe and had sound health till we reached home. Not even a single person was hurt. Our group was a mixture of all age groups, I’m fact we even got to meet 2 people From the Indian navy as well. One mad kickass experience! Unbelievable. Reaching the worlds highest Pass, Khardungla Top, was the highest achievement of my life till date which happened on this trip! And if at all you wish to go, don’t forget to ask Tani and Shashi as your tour guide and mechanic, and go only through Jimmy Sir as he has the best team! Thanks a lot to everyone out there for which I thought the best way would be to write at thrillophilia reviews.
We had a wonderful experience with Thrillophilia Out tour was Leh-Ladakh 6N7D, which includes Leh Sightseen, Nubra Valley Overnight Stay, Pangong Overnight Night. 1. First of all you should know that Thrillophilia doesn't have its own Travel Team. Thrillophilia actually linked up with several local Travel Agency. Once your Tour is booked Thrillophilia tagged one local Travel Agency for your Tour and that particular travel agency will take care of your entire tour. Our travel manager is Lobzang Tseldon. She is very helpful and you will not face any problem in your entire tour. 1. Hotel provided in Leh: Ladakh Heights. The hotel was very good,neat and clean.It is a new hotel so you don't found any pics in the internet. But lobzang will send you the pics of the Hotel. There is a canteen within the hotel where you will be having complimentary breakfast and dinner. Non Vegetarian please let Lobzang know that you want non-veg items as well.they generally prepare veg items only.but on request they will provide you omlette in breakfast and chicken/mutton in dinner. So if anyone wants to book Thrillophilia please ask Thrillophilia to tag you to the travel agency that offers non veg items too. The Hotel Ladakh Heights is a bit far from the main city but don't worry Lobzang will provide you car for visit to Leh market whenever required and she will not charge you for that. You will get a beautiful view from this hotel but if you want to stay near the main city you will not get any view from the hotel. 2. The stay at Nubra Valley was awesome. They have Royal Camp in Nubhra and it's is a nature-friendly camp. You will love it, I can guarantee you. 3. They stay at Pangong was okay. You can understand that at that altitude you will not get luxury.so the camp provided at Pangong was good for 1 night stay. Overall my experience with Thrillophilia was very good. We enjoyed a lot. Thanks a lot to Lobzang Tseldon for the wonderful arrangements of our tour.
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03 June 2019
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An exhilarating life-changing experience. If you are able bodied, a biking lover, a landscape / scenery admirer and a crazy adventure seeker, this is a must try for life. Our group of bikers were fun-loving yet very responsible riders. We became friends on the very first day and all of us enjoyed every moment, giving mutual respect at every instance, having each other's backs at every dangerous turn. Even elderly couples in the group made amazing memories with all the young folks! The Ladakhi food, the heritage site visits, the campfire dancing, the photos, the market shopping, the music, the hikes, the snow, even the adorable mountain dogs, furry yaks and double-hump camels, every-bit was amazing. The road team was extraordinary, specially Tani (captain) and Shashi (bike repairman). They were very friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable and also helpful at every step. We had a truck carrying our luggage all along, running behind us all through the roads, making sure no one is left behind. Jigmet has a lot of local connections, so you will be well taken care of at camps and hotels (even Jain food, on request).
24 October 2020
Excellent
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17 November 2019
Superb
It was an awesome experience. Completed the tour in July 2019. We had booked for 8 persons on Thrillophilia. The facilities were good, Tani-the tour guide, was superb. Amazing tour, to say the least. I have penned down my entire experience of Ladakh bike tour on my blog. Sharing the link here.
17 November 2019
Excellent
When we made the booking for 6-days trip to Ladakh via Thrillophilia, we had a lot of questions in our mind on how it's going to turn out, especially on whether it's a suitable honeymoon destination even for those who love a bit of adventure. That is primarily because the reviews of Ladakh were a bit scary. Almost all of the people who wrote reviews had a lot of things to warn you about- the extreme climate, sudden decrease in Oxygen levels, deserted/uninhabited places where it's difficult to get some help from anyone in case of any issues and so on. And there were some people who wrote bad reviews about Thrillophilia for some negative experiences they had to endure from the operators. But it was reassuring to see how Thrillophilia answered all the reviews, even the negative ones. They clarified how they assign tour operators based on customer reviews and in case of any negative experiences from the operators, there is not much Thrillophilia can help with apart from not assigning those operators anymore. As we were getting immediate response from Amit on all our queries on a timely basis, we decided to book the package. Cutting to the chase, we were contacted by the operator(Thupstan) the day before our arrival and he ensured that there was a taxi to pick us up on time. The tour guides and the driver of the backup vehicle he assigned for our group were so experienced that all we had to do was to keep riding until they ask us to stop. The halts were all well planned that we didn't have to worry about anything. And they were so approachable in case of any issues. And whenever we rode for a long time, they would come and inspect each bike and fixed any issues immediately. They were always willing to go the extra mile to make us comfortable. Let me quote an instance here - The driver of the backup vehicle had an issue with Blood Oxygen level when we reached Pangong. We had enough stock of Oxygen cylinders in the backup vehicle. But he didn't consider using it and hence took one of the bikes and rode to where he could find a pharmacy to get an Oxygen cylinder for himself. When one of us asked him on why he didn't use one of the cylinders that we had carried, he told us that the cylinders are just for our use and himself or any of the guides won't use that. Such was the concern they had for everyone in the group. In case anyone reading this still has a question regarding whether it's a suitable place for couples, the answer is YES. The accommodation they provide is suitable for couples as well. Even the tents are nice and safe. I could go on like this and I never thought this review is going to be this long when I started writing it. As others have mentioned in the reviews, it's such a beautiful destination and the experience is awesome. If you are thinking of taking a trip to Ladakh, go ahead and embark on this beautiful journey with Thrillophilia. I'm sure that you won't regret it.
"it was a very well organized trip,the hotel was very good,the tent in nubra was lovely and the food was good too..overall a good experience "

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