(Chadar trek- 3rd Feb’2013 Batch)
Do’s and Dont’s on Chadar
We were part of Feb 3rd batch of the Chadar trek this year. And like Arjun says, it turned out to be more of an experience than a trek. An unforgettable one at that..and sometimes unbearable too:) There were quite a few things which we realized/learnt during the Chadar trek which I would like to share and might be of help to future trekkers:
- Its next to impossible to trek with our regular trekking shoes. Sometimes we have to walk through areas where the water levels are knee high.
- And if our socks get wet, it would be a nightmare on the Chadar trek. So, it would be best to buy rubber boots similar to what most of the porters/locals use on the trail. They are waterproof and can be bought in a local store in Leh. If your shoe size is 9-10, getting a pair might be tough..so start searching as soon as you land in Leh:)
- Invest in a good pair of ski gloves..This is critical on this trek as most of us have never been in such hostile weather. Also, have another pair of thin gloves as they often come in handy
- Ladakh is a very dry area and we get dehydratd in no time. We may not feel this due to the cold. But its very important to keep sipping on water through the trek.
- In case you have too much numbness in your fingers or toes sometimes, do not directly warm them near the fire. Instead get the blood flowing a bit through movement and then warm them near the fire.I made this mistake and can assure you the after effects are painful..
- Dont plan any excursions before or after the trek. Before the trek, its better to take rest and acclimatize. And after the trek, the only thing on your mind would be to escape from the cold and get back home:)”