My story of doing the Chadar Trek
Walking on the frozen river had been on my bucket-list ever since I started trekking. With many adventure organisations in the market, it is difficult to pick the one you can trust. So, I got in touch with an organisation I had trekked with once before. With 5 layers of warm clothes on - a sweat-absorbent layer, Jockey thermal, fleece jumper and a down jacket - and a backpack full of excitement, I boarded my flight to Leh from Bangalore.
We witnessed the magnificent beauty of the snow-covered Himalayan ranges at 30,000 ft as we flew over Ladakh. It was a sight to behold. The temperature was -9 degrees when we landed at the airport. The cold stung through my skin and re-instated its presence. The weather was a battle I had to endure manifold in the days to come.
Everything about AMS
A very prominent thing you will notice in Leh are the multiple tips and warnings for acclimatisation. More than 50 percent of the tourists fall prey to AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). The first thing to do is rest for 24 hours as sleeping and resting is the best way to get used to the low-oxygen climate. So, always keep a buffer of 2-4 days before the trek.
To acclimatise properly, walk around the local street markets in the city which are at an even higher altitude than Chadar. Drink lots of water and rest until the trek commences. Most importantly don't forget to pack multiple layers since the negative temperatures can get to the most experienced trekkers. I took extra care of all the above points and packed multiple sets of Jockey thermals, which proved to be the best decision later.