Chadar refers to the sheet of ice that from over the Zanskar river as it transforms itself from a
rapid flowing river into a white blanket of ice during winter. It becomes a frozen spectacle of glass
ice ranging from a bluish tinge to golden yellow that is seen during the few hours that sunlight
reaches directly into the gorge to the milky whitish on a moonlit night – as said a trek journey like no
other. Chadar connects villages in the Zanskar valley (deep in the mountains) with Chilling (on the
road to Leh) along the frozen Zanskar River. This route has been used for centuries for trade and
transportation, and is most reliable in February when the ice is most stable.