Go Pro: I loved having my GoPro with me. I didn't have to worry about the weather conditions at all before using it. Extra camera batteries: There is no power anywhere on this route once you leave Leh, therefore make sure you carry enough batteries and fully charged power banks. Music: Carry your favourite playlists to keep you going, especially when the going gets tough.
- Make sure you cut your nails short, especially your toes as long nails will really hurt inside your gumboots (I learned it the hard way).
- Arrive in Leh a day or two earlier to acclimatise before the trek, especially if you are flying in from a warm place like Bombay, as was my case.
- Try to pack as light as possible.
- Please do not take on this challenge if you have never been on a hike/trek before. This one is definitely not for first timers, it can be very unsafe.
- Prepare yourself mentally and physically before you sign up for this one.
- Pick a tour operator wisely. They can make or break your adventure.
- The campsites are really trashed by tourists. Please help in cleaning them up or at least be conscious of not adding to the litter.
- If you have any warm winter wear that you could give away, please carry them for the porters. They really need them and cannot afford new ones. I gave my gumboots away to one of the porters after the trek and I can't tell you how happy it made them.
Have you been on The Chadar Trek before? Comment below if there is anything else that helped you enhance your experience on the frozen river.
This blog was originally published on The Sassy Pilgrim.