First time I checked the India hikes website and read about Chadar Trek, I added it to my bucket list. The idea of walking on a frozen river for 7 days and surviving in inhospitable conditions looked challenging and interesting. I heard more about it from fellow trekkers on Kashmir trek last year and my desire to do the trek further increased. After coming back from Kashmir trek(Aug 2013) the first thing I did was to register for the Chadar Trek. I registered for the 11th jan 2014 batch and booked my flight tickets so that I reach Leh on 10th jan and get an extra day for acclimatization. As the time was passing by I was getting nervous about the trek. I was not sure whether I will be able to survive the cold. I read blogs on how to prepare yourself for extreme low temperatures and was trying to prepare myself mentally that I will be able to survive and complete the trek successfully. Then I thought it will be better if I do a winter trek before going for Chadar trek, so I registered for Kedarkantha trek in December 2013. Kedarkantha trek was an experience in itself and I will write about it in a separate post. But after completing the Kedarkantha trek and surviving in -17 C temperature I was confident of successfully completing Chadar Trek.