Packing for Chadar Trek is a tricky task. We usually prepare a long list of things we wish to take along without considering the contrary.

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Much acclaimed to be one of the most difficult trekking adventures, you must focus on both things to pack and things never to pack on Chadar Trek to escape the avoidable hurdles and make your focus undeviated by these silly mistakes. Grab a pen and get going!

Here's the list of things you should never take on Chadar Trek:

01

Alcohol

Alcohol
Do you know the bottle of brandy you’ve carefully put on the list will be the first thing to bring you back from trek? Yes, the myth of alcohol being the best ally in the cold below-zero regions is one of the major reasons for people falling into the pit of Hypothermia. The alcohol leads to the increase in the rate of adrenaline, causing the blood vessels to dilate and hence making the blood flow to the surface.

This makes you feel warm but it is actually bringing the temperature of your body down, sending a direct invitation to Hypothermia which decreases the breathing rate, heart beat, blood pressure affecting the nervous system directly. Also to mention, alcohol brings down the water level of the body resulting in dehydration making you prone to Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS). You must avoid alcohol one week prior and post to your trekking expedition to be on the safer side.
02

Home size Toiletries

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Pack less, pack smart should be the underlying slogan of the Chadar Trek. Understanding that the load you pack is the load you’ll be carrying all through your journey is very crucial for the ones who wish to complete the challenging Chadar Trek.

Sunscreen, toothpaste, cold creams and other essentials are to be kept while packing but make sure you pack only the amount apt for the journey.

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03

Contact Lenses

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Contact Lenses

Contact lenses on Chadar Trek are advised to be avoided on higher altitude because of the lack of hygiene maintenance during the high altitude adventures making it prone to infections. Eyes being the most sensitive sensory organs cannot be taken for granted at all.

The contact lenses make the eyes more sensitive to glare in the daytime and difficult to adjust to the mountaineering setting at night. The lens solution also freezes because of the extreme temperature, rendering one more reason to avoid wearing contact lenses on Chadar Trek. You can wear spectacles underneath the round UV protected sunglasses to protect your eyes from snow blindness.

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04

Cotton Gear

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Cotton is a fabric that should be completely off your list of essentials to the Chadar Trek. The basic requirement of the cotton is to absorb the sweat and make you feel cooler. You don’t want that, right?

Also it would make walking through the water absolutely impossible as it would let water seep in and be absorbed by the fabric, making it heavy and difficult to walk in. You must go for things that do not retain water and is insulating in nature. 

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05

Plastic Ware

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Plastic Ware

Are you planning to carry the low maintenance light-weighted plastic bottles on the Chadar Trek? Well, not a good plan at all! The cold weather didn’t spare the enormous Zanskar River, what will it do the water in the petty plastic bottle.

Hence it is preferred to carry water in the insulated thermos flask to keep it from freezing.  With plastic wares strictly prohibited in the area, it is better not to include in your packing list.

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06

Denims

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Denims

Adventure thrills can only triumph if you are in comfortable attire. Denims are good for  casual adventures but trekking in temperatures below zero is a serious deal. The way to survive the drastic weather conditions is to wear layers of clothes and not let any skin exposed to the cold.

This is not possible in case of denims as they become stiff in the extreme weather conditions, hence making it completely beyond the bounds of possibility to wear something over it. Also to mention jeans become really heavy when wet and require a lot of time to dry. Make sure you wear something comfortable to focus on the journey and avoid these distracting hurdles.

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Heavy Sweater

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Heavy Sweater

It is advisable to avoid heavy sweaters and stick to the thin yet body warming thermals as they take up a lot of space also add unnecessary weight to your backpack. It is better to carry warmers and jackets rather than numerous sweaters to add unwanted misery.

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08

Wet Wipes

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Wet Wipes

Wet wipes something that is completely off logic to keep. With the water in the river Zanskar already frozen, the wet wipes would definitely not withstand the subzero temperatures. It definitely would be something you would regret keeping in your backpack.

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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.
"Trip was really awesome. I feel everyone should consider this trip at least once in their lifetime. My eyes were never tired of looking around at such beautiful and scenic views. I would like to extend my special thanks to Tour leader Mr. Jigmet Tandar. He is highly trained professional. The way he lead the tour made us have more fun. Thanks to the whole crew Jigmet, Stanzin, Wangyal, Kaushal, Tundoop. Made a lot of new friends. One suggestion to Thrillophilia team: Since this is not just any casual trip that anyone can go through please consider keeping a screening process for people who opt for it. This is one of the most extreme adventures where your body and mind will go through a lot of challenges, one can successfully complete this trip only if they are determined and well prepared."
03 June 2019
Excellent
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
I had a wonderful trip with Thrillophilia. Hotel provided in Leh was clean and good. All sightseeing places covered as per itinerary. The camping stay at Nubra Valley and near Pangong lake was awesome. We enjoyed a lot and overall experience was great.
The Sham Valley Trek was one of the most enjoyable treks I have undertaken in the last few years, and all the credit goes to Thrillophilia. The booking experience was extremely smooth and I would highly recommend this company for all your travels in the valley.
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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