It was spine-chilling cold and still dark....
And we began our bus journey from Leh which took us approximately 3 hours to the starting point which is Chilling (yes, you heard it right!). Here's where our 64km trek was about to start. I was confident that my first walk on the Chadar would be a cakewalk. After all, good judgement was needed to differentiate between old hardened slabs of ice and fresh slushy ice. I had many days to fall and I didn't want to fall right at the beginning. So walking like a penguin was a must, and having a wide grin was an absolute necessity. Did I mention that everyone had a camera to capture your every move?