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Best Restaurants in Leh

Chaska Maska Restaurant, KC Garden Café and Restaurant, Namza Dining, Bodhi Greens, Bon Appetit, Sky Wok Restaurant, Summer Harvest, La Terrasse, The Nook, Il Forno Restaurant, Leh Dhaba, Tenzin dickey Tibetan restaurant and more

They say, a community’s history, culture, lifestyle and values are best reflected in its cuisines and the restaurants in Leh leave no stone unturned to present the best. You can clearly see (and taste!) the influence of different cultures and traditions on the local cuisine including Tibetan, Continental and the Far East. The various cafes and restaurants here offer delectable and comfort food ideal for a high altitude place like Leh. From smoky wood fired pizzas and traditional Ladakhi platter to hot steaming momos and refreshing local beverages, you will find them all.

Step into some of the best restaurants in Leh and get immediately transported to a surreal world of mouth-watering food, great ambience and homely service. Accompany your dining experience with live music at Il Forno or enjoy a traditional eating experience by the bonfire at La Piazzetta. If you want to double your experience and make it a shopping cum dining affair, head out to Namaaz Dining or just imbibe the natural beauty of snow-capped mountains and lush green surroundings at Bon Appetit.  Make the most of your trip with Ladakh tour packages and explore the region's culinary delights and scenic vistas.

Here are the list of some best restaurants in Leh:

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Sky Wok Restaurant

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Although this is a relatively new outlet, it has already garnered much popularity among locals and tourists alike and it is easy to see why. The first impression that Sky Wok gives is a cosy ambience with great lighting, soothing music playing in the background, comfortable setup and warm hues. They also offer al fresco dining on the top floor of the building.

This is a multi-cuisine restaurant that offers some delicious mutton dishes prepared with fresh ingredients and locally sourced spices. They are also well known for their Thai preparations such as Khao Mangai and Phat Kaphrao. The restaurant is located in the main market of Leh and is one of the few food joints here that have good Wi-Fi connectivity.

What to eat: Veg momo, thin crust pizza, bok choy and chicken

Timings: 11:30am – 8:30pm

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KC Garden Café and Restaurant

If you are planning to go pub hopping in Leh or hunting for a place to hang out with friends, end your search here. This café and restaurant, apart from delectable food also offers live music, private bonfire and the works. It is set in a calm and soothing location with magnificent views and comfortable seating.

Some of the tables are set up under tents or canopies and some are left to be enjoyed directly under a starry sky. For groups who wish to dine indoors can do so into the dining room or one of the nicely done up family rooms as well. The menu is extensive with options from a variety of cuisines and virtually goes on forever. They are one of the few restaurants in Leh that serves wine, beer and whiskey.

What to eat: Sizzlers, Chicken thukpa

Timings: 8am – 10pm

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Namza Dining

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Are you looking for a homely place to eat with some shopping options as an icing on the cake? Namza is a boutique and café rolled into one and is one of the best places in Leh to shop and eat. They deal in some great quality and a variety of traditional Ladakhi dresses as well as serve mouth- watering dishes, some of them recreations from centuries old recipes.

One of their specialties, the Yarkandi Pulao which attracts diners from far and near, needs a special mention. The recipe can be traced back right up to the time when the Silk Route was discovered and travellers all the way from Yarkand in Xinjiang traversed through Ladakh to get to India.

What to eat: Ladakhi platter, blueberry cheese cake

Timings: 11am – 10pm

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Bodhi Greens

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Do you want to make the most of this high-altitude destination and at the same time satiate your taste buds? Bodhi Greens can do both for you with spectacular views of the majestic snowy mountains and great food to go with it. This place is also ideal if you are looking for one of the best restaurants in Leh that serves vegan and vegetarian food.

The café style outlet has a terraced seating area that is cosy, casual and comfortable with long brown tables, bench-like seating, canvassed ceiling and light bulbs suspended from there by rustic hawsers. They serve fresh meals in bowls and whether it is their excellent salads, delectable pastries or nutritious falafel bowls, they undoubtedly know how to make healthy and wholesome food look good. 

What to eat: Falafel bowl, fruit basket, smoothies

Timings: 12:00pm – 9:30pm

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Bon Appetit

Good eating is not only about the food but also about great creations, service and ambience. With its traditional style architecture overlooking snow clad mountains, Bob Appetit offers a unique dining experience. This restaurant in Leh sits amid verdant fields, away from the bustling markets, a perfect setting for a satiating meal. You can dig into some lip smacking Italian and Continental fare here apart from great tandoori items that they specialize in.

The menu here is continually evolving, however, they take care to always keep fresh and local produce as part of their ingredients. Do not get deterred by the approach lanes which are narrow and dark as once you reach the restaurant, the views will take your breath away. The place keeps busy most days and so it is best to call and make prior reservations.

What to eat: Lemon and apricot iced tea, Spinach and cheese Lasagna, Roast chicken with vegetables

Timings: 11am – 9pm

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Chaska Maska Restaurant

This is one of the few restaurants in Leh that offer great South Indian food which is why you may find a lot of locals here enjoying their crispy dosas and steaming vadas. The restaurant is clean and hygienic with a simple and comfortable setting.

The staff here is very accommodating especially with vegetarian diets and if you require your food to be prepared with no onion or garlic, they will happily oblige. A few minutes’ walk from the main market of the city, the place is well located and easily accessible. It is also very popular among biking tourists. The service is quick and efficient and the vegetarian dishes are wholesome, tasty and served absolutely fresh.

What to eat: Masala dosa, Veg sizzlers, Palak paneer, Naan

Timings: 7:30am – 9pm

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Summer Harvest

This is more of a casually chic hangout place that offers chilled beer and a comfort menu for the entire day. Although they have little to offer to the vegetarians, some of the meaty fares are to die for. You would certainly not want to miss out on their delicious fried mutton momos, the spice infused rogan josh, the fiery Chinese noodles or the endless variety of pastas.

Yet another treat the Summer Harvest offers guests is the stunning views from the terrace that you can enjoy from here. You will find a lot of back-packers walking in here and may even end up rubbing shoulders with some of them over beer or butter tea.

What to eat: Kashmiri pulao, mutton rogan josh, Thukpa, Cheese momos, Fish tikka

Timings: 10:30am – 10:30pm

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La Terrasse

Does the sound of the eponymous terrace seating with snug and comfortable sofa chairs along with great tastes of Himalayan cookery, allure you? If yes, you must make it to this unassuming, no frills restaurant where you can relax and watch the world go by.

One of the most popular multi-cuisine restaurants in Leh, La Terrasse offers an extensive menu which includes everything from a sumptuous Israeli breakfast to salads, pizzas, fries and everything in between. This is a perfect pit stop to refuel when you are shopping in Leh. The food portions are quite generous and staff friendly and helpful. Prices are reasonable and you get good value for money. There is also a huge screen which runs big ongoing sports tournaments.

What to eat: Chicken Shashlyk, Aubergines cooked in coconut milk

Timings: 9am – 10pm

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The Nook

The Nook is without a doubt, one of the best restaurants in Leh for Indian food. Situated right in the heart of the city, the restaurant can be easily located and is a great place to refresh and cool off after a busy day of shopping and sight-seeing. This is one of the few places around here that serves beer apart from a great selection of drinks.

The menu comprises of Asian and Indian cuisine, with excellent grill, vegetarian and vegan options as well. From dals and curries to naans and rice dishes, the taste of food served here is unparalleled. The ambience is cosy, comfortable and is a good place to enjoy a happy meal with friends. The staff is friendly and attentive and prices are reasonable.

What to eat: Mutton biryani, Butter Chicken, Veg burger, Tandoori Chicken

Timings: 11am – 10pm

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Il Forno Restaurant

Head to Il Forno for a delicious meal with wonderful rooftop views of the mountains and the Leh Palace above and the bustling main street below. The menu they offer is extensive with great multi-cuisine options to pick from. This is one of the best restaurants in Leh to visit, especially on the weekends when they organise live music shows.

The palpable foot thumping live music combined with excellent food makes for an extremely enjoyable dining experience. Although the restaurant is renowned for their wood fire pizzas, they offer something that will appeal to all palates.

What to eat: Chilli paneer, Garlic bread, Non veg pizzas, Lasagna Bolognese, Butter chicken

Timings: 10am – 12am

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Leh Dhaba

Are you craving for a hearty Punjabi meal complete with hot naans fresh out of the tandoor and creamy butter chicken? One of the best restaurants in Leh serving North Indian food, the Leh Dhaba is the place to be if you are in the Main Bazaar area. It is situated right in the centre of the city square which gives it certain locational advantages. The view of the bustling market area from here is great and so is the service and food.

The restaurant offers halal meat which makes it especially popular in the area. Apart from typical Punjabi meals, they are also famous for their biryanis, tandoor items and non-vegetarian thalis. This is also a great place if you are looking for a romantic getaway with someone special, as they organize candle lit dinners as well.

What to eat: Biryani, Tandoori chicken, Jeera Pulao

Timings: 10:00am – 11:30pm

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Tenzin Dickey Tibetan Restaurant

A visit to this Himalayan kingdom cannot be deemed complete unless you have had a taste of authentic Tibetan fare in the quintessential Spartan surroundings at one of the local restaurants in Leh. Tenzin Dickey is one such place where nothing but the food served is primary. The warm and simple service, clean environment and some of the best vegetarian cooking will instantly steal your heart away.

The food is kept healthy yet tasty with not too greasy cooking or the use of artificial additives. The portion size of the dishes is extremely generous, so think before ordering too much. Finish off with one of their famous lemon, ginger and honey tea and you will be good to go.

What to eat: Crispy noodles, Veg Manchurian, Potato cheese fried momos, Lemon and honey pancakes

Timings: 9am – 11pm

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Local Cuisine Restaurant

As the name suggests, the restaurant serves some of the tastiest Ladakhi local food you can get in the best restaurants in Leh. However, the restaurant does not restrict itself to just the local fare, they also excel in Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes.

What first woos you to one of the most homely restaurants in Leh, is their very warm and welcoming staff who make you feel at home the moment you step in. Meals are served hot and fresh with excellent taste and prices are extremely pocket friendly. Whether you stop here for only a snack or decide to pack an entire meal, your entire experience will be a pleasurable one. The fish plates are a specialty here and certainly not to be missed.

What to eat: Chutagi (local Ladakh dish), Non-veg spring rolls

Timings: 12am – 12am

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Wonderland Restaurant & Coffee House

One of the most popular rooftop restaurants in Leh on the Changspa Road, this long established place has served guests with delectable, homely fare for years together. While you cannot head here in the hopes of enjoying spectacular views of the Himalayan range with your meal, you can certainly expect to be served consistently reliable great quality food.

The restaurant was started by an exiled Tibetan family who have unflinchingly maintained the authenticity of Tibetan cuisine in their food. The Indian dishes offered on their menu are also excellent and worth trying. If you give yourself an early start, this is the best place to go for some of the best coffee and cakes, as they open their doors well before most others.

What to eat: Veg burger and fries with mustard mayo, Italian coffee

Timings: 9am – 10pm

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La Piazzetta

A food lover’s paradise, this dreamy restaurant in Leh is set overlooking snow covered mountains through tall conifers. It offers indoor and outdoor seating as well as a third seating area with low seating and tons of cushions in true Kashmiri style. The outdoor seating is especially pleasant under soft pink hued parasols on a gravelled terrace.

The restaurant is quite spacious and ideal for big gatherings as well as outings with friends. Make this your go-to place on a cold night for a sumptuous hot meal by the bonfire and the sight of old world mural paintings on the wall. They serve Indian and Italian cuisines with some great choices in tandoor items, pizzas and salads.

What to eat: Wood fired pizza, ginger lemon tea

Timings: 11am – 9:30pm

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People Also Ask About Leh

  1. Which are the best vegetarian restaurants in Leh?

    1. Lamayuru Veg Restaurant: Conveniently located near Jamia Masjid, Lamayuru is one of the most sought after restaurants in Leh. They serve excellent north Indian and Chinese food as well as delicious freshly squeezed juices. You would not want to miss the mouth-watering tandoori momos here and wash it down with a cup of the quintessential lemon honey and ginger tea.

    2. Bon Appetit Restaurant and French Bakery: This is one of the best restaurants in Leh, known for their mouth-watering wood oven fired vegetarian pizzas as well as pastas, lasagne and other Italian and Continental dishes. The amazing architecture, ambience and spectacular views that the restaurant offers, makes it an absolute must-visit.

    3. The Turnip Restaurant: This pan-Indian restaurant offers an extensive menu consisting of tandoori items, Ladakhi food as well as Continental fare. The food here is absolutely fresh and served straight from their Live kitchen. They also offer a number of unique preparations in their The Turnip Specials menu.

    4. Punjabi Tadka Restaurant: This nondescript little place in the middle of the city square is favoured by locals and tourists alike for the piping hot oven fresh food that they serve. From their dal khichdi and tadka to masala chaas and Leh style north Indian paratha, you can eat a hearty meal here at a nominal price. 

  2. Which are the best attractions to explore in Leh?

    Here are some of the Places to Visit in Leh

    1. Pangong Tso Lake:
    Thanks to Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots, this is one of the most popular attractions in Leh. The peace and tranquillity of the place by the edge of the stunningly blue waters of the Pangong Tso Lake, makes for a great picnic spot.

    2. Thiksey Monastery: Considered to be one of the most beautiful Buddhist monasteries in the whole of Ladakh, this is a must visit in your itinerary. The 12-storey edifice houses over 500 monks. One of the best spots here to gain knowledge about Buddhist culture, scriptures, lifestyle, paintings and statues.

    3. Khardung-la Pass: This pass is the gateway to the picturesque Nubra and the Shyok valleys and is one of the highest motorable terrains in the whole world. Rent a Himalayan, one of the best means for traversing these roads, and experience the rugged beauty around you.

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  3. Is Leh Worth Visiting?

    Blessed with copious amounts of scenic beauty, this Himalayan kingdom is definitely worth visiting. Apart from the diverseness in geographical terrain, you will find a richness in culture and traditional heritage here. Leh offers plenty of attractions, interesting things to do and great cuisines to relish in the restaurants in Leh.
  4. What is the best time to visit in Leh?

    One of the best time to visit Leh is around the months of April through June when the temperatures are moderate. The sun shines bright during this time which makes sightseeing during the warm daytime extremely pleasant.
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05 October 2017
Umesh Joshi Stok Kangri Trek
First, I would like to say thank you to shyam@thrillophilia.com for their coordination and cooperation by writing my thrillophilia reviews.The trip was well planned and executed extremely well by the tour operators, I am very happy with the services provided by thrillophilia during this trek. 1) Our trek leaders Salman and Stenzin are really a wonderful Guys, they were very helpful and supportive all the time during trekking.Other staff members were also supportive and helpful. 2) Food quality and quantity was good. 3) Accommodation was good, camps were in good shape, neat and clean and quite spacious. Let's review the Trek about which I had read a lot at thrillophilia reviews. No doubt Stok trek was awesome as well as difficult. It would not be correct if I will say Stok trek is the most beautiful trek ???? but there is something which makes this trek different from all other treks and which is the main reason to attract tourist from every corner of the word, that is its height. At 20,500 feet Stok Kangri is the highest trekkable summit in India (6,153 m), what google says but when I googled it bit more and try to find if there is any other trek exist in this word which is above Stok, I did not get any information so I assume this is the highest trekkable summit in world ???? Highlights of this Trek 1) Trekking till base camp is not very tiring, which itself a big achievement as you would be able to achieve the height of 16300 feet ???? and the best part what I found in this trek is “you don’t need to walk too many hours to reach base camp” 2-4 hours walk a day is max you will walk. 2) Leh treks are totally different from Himachal and Uttrakhand treks in terms of scenic beauty, it’s a different experience, you would be able to see some splendid views of the Stok mountain ranges. 3) The last day “Summit day” will give you a totally different experience. You start your trek at night time which generally don’t happen in other treks. Moreover, you will get a chance to do snow trekking in summers as well “Only in summit Day”. Here is a great saying "the best view comes after the hardest climb" Very True!!! Preparation: I should say this is not a trek for first time trekkers but still if someone wants to give a try, Start your preparation at least 2 months before this trek as last day “Summit Day” is really a challenging one, compare to other days where you have to just walk 2-4 hours max here on final day you have to walk for a 12 – 14 hours and Trekking at night on Snow is bit tricky task and it becomes more challenging when you have to walk by putting Crampons on your shoes as rightly suggested by many people at thrillophilia reviews. a) Aim for 5 km running in 30 minutes b) Do breathing exercise which helps you a lot during this trek especially. c) Drink as much as water you can.
12 July 2018
Abhishek Kumar Chadar Trek
It had everything that you dreamed about. It had ice (lots and lots of ice), even when I was sleeping battling the cold at night I was could see those ice sheet right in front of my eyes. We were walking on ice, we were drinking those ice (of-course the boiled one), but the most exciting part was that we were never complaining even under these extreme condition. Thank to these amazing group of people I was travelling with. The support staff, the organiser and each and every people related to this trip were an amazing host. They made us feel at home, they fulfilled almost all our demands. I had done 2 treks before with other organizations, but these people were the best. The fun we had is quite vivid with this picture, but trust me nothing can be explained in words, you just have to feel it. Keep yourself fit and go for it . It will change the way you see nature , it will change your perception towards people and many more things. Stay happy and keep trekking
12 February 2019
Puneet Prajapati Chadar Trek
Being a fauji kid i always dreamt to do something adventurous and so i chose the most dangerous most exciting chadar trek as my first trek. After reaching the hotel in LEH i was welcomed by Satya sir and guess what we both shared common backgrounds i.e. fauj. After having breakfast i went to the room and slept for an hour or two. In the evening we were briefed by Satya sir and Shashank sir about the trek which actually helped me during the trek. We were a group of 14 among which 8 came solo just like me. At night we introduced each other and slept. Next morning we went for sightseeing and explored beautiful Shey palace and monasteries and by that time we all knew each other names. On day 3 we all went for medical checkups and every member from our group was fit for the trek. In the meantime we went to LEH market for some shopping. We were again briefed by Satya sir , Shashank sir and Sonam Sir and guess what we slept in the tents with our sleeping bags. Next day we started our journey from LEH to Chilling . After reaching chilling we were all set to step our foots on chadar for the first time and that feel was amazing. We walked for 3 hours and reached our first campsite. After having a lovely dinner by our porters we sang songs and went to sleep. Next morning i experienced first snowfall of my life and everything all around us appeared to be white and ahhh what an amazing feel i had that time. By God's grace we all successfully made it to Nerak on day 6 and saw that frozen waterfall for the first time. The josh and the deshbhakti inside me came out, i removed my jackets and stuff, wrapped myself in INDIAN FLAG and waved it at NERAK. I cannot describe that feeling until you experience chadar trek, we spent two hours at Nerak. Alright we made it to Nerak so easily and we all were like wow that was easy but nah something was about to come. After having lunch at Tibb caves we started our journey , after an hour there was a patch when our trek leader Dorge sir saw that chadar is weak ahead and went solo upto 50-80 meters & came back and said we cannot go from here, so we climbed up the hill carefully as it was all covered with snow. And again after this we saw the same thing but this time we couldn't go through the hills as those were standing hills. And at this point we all thought one thing that we all made it to nerak so easily, this has to be happened. Dorge sir again went solo up to 50 meters to check the chadar and suddenly his legs went inside the chadar upto knee. Being an experienced trekker he immediately came out and changed his socks. We didnt have any option so we started walking on the chadar. I being second last in my group saw my group mates how carefully they were walking on chadar, I heard the satisfying sound of crushing the chadar when my right foot went inside the chadar and my gumboots was filled by water. Ah i didn't went mad but stayed calm, my friend Dev behind me shouted Dorge sir come here, and he within 30 seconds came back to me removed my gumboots and helped me to change the socks. We successfully made it to our tents that day and the rest of the journey. All I want to say is we were a group of motivators, we became a family and from day 1 to day 9 we all were positive and supported each other. Much thanks to all the porters who made such yummy foods for us. Thank you to dorge sir & Sonam Sir who always said we will go to Nerak. Thank you to Satya sir and Shashank sir who's briefings really helped me during the trek. I wish again to be with this group because we became a family. Thankyou Thrillophilia for such a wonderful journey on chadar. I will be uploading my chadar trek journey on youtube soon i.e. PUNEET VLOGS. Peace
12 February 2020
Hemendra Kateja Chadar Trek
Hi My name is Hemendra Kateja, I live in Jaipur, Rajasthan. My Chadar Trek was one of the unimaginable and most memorable trek. I went with my friend Nikhlesh for this incredible trekking adventure in February 2020. We both were very excited for this trek as we already mesmerised with chadar trek footage that we saw in several vlogs on youtube. We invested a lot of money in trekking gears and in other stuff because we were very keen to see the Chadar. I have heard a lot about the beauty of the Zanskar River but when I reached there it was much more amazing and I fell in love with the mesmerizing views of Zanskar Valley. We leave from Jaipur to Delhi on 31st Jan 2020, and reached delhi around 3:30 AM on 1st Feb 2020, Our flight was at 6:20 AM from IGI Airport Delhi. We both already pre booked our window seats to experience the aerial view of Magnificent Himalaya Peaks. After experiencing aerial view of Magnificent Himalaya Peaks we landed on the land of LAMA. Pilot announced that the current temperature of leh is -16, and we were eager to experience that kind of cold temperature, so we put out a woolen cap and gloves before getting out of the plane. From 10 degrees (Delhi) to -16 degrees (Leh) was teeth chattering cold. Reaching on a Leh Airport we took our luggage and moved towards the exit. Our tour operators were waiting outside with placards and welcoming gestures. We met Mr. Dorjay. He drove us to the guest house which was situated in STOK which was 15-20 Km away from Leh. We met Rovit Singla. He also came here for the Chadar trek and he was part of our Trekkers group. We reached our Guest House “Skitsal Guest House”. Staff gave us a warm welcome as we were first to arrive from the group. There was a Dog “Shadow”, he also came to us and started sniffing, so now we were now officially roam around out of fear. Arrangements were very good which were made for us by the team. We met Mr. Tenzing and other staff too. After a couple of hours we met with 3 other trekkers of the group (Bittu, Shishank & Shubham) at Skitsal Guest House After an hour Abdul & Vikash also joined the group as a trekker. The Trip coordinators “Kavish Rathore” and “The Bearded Traveller” Visited to the Guest house and started the introduction session and also briefed us about chadar trek and do’s and dont’s during the trekk. They told us not to exert ourselves on the first day as we were already feeling heavy while breathing because we were still not acclimatized to the leh environment. Second Day, Tenzing took us for a small trek around the village and Buddha Stupa which was around 3 km from the Guest House. We enjoyed Kids dance Performances also which was happening in school nearby. Then we went to have authentic Laddakhi local food. We had Kahwa, Butter Tea, Ladakhi Bread, Fried Momo & steamed momo with Pasta. We also tried a local Wine called “Chaang”. After an exciting visit to a village four people have decided to visit Ice Stupa & Shanti Stupa, So we asked Tanzing to arrange a Taxi for four of us so we can visit these places. We Visited visit Ice Stupa & Shanti Stupa and came back around 8PM. We had Dinner and and slept early as tomorrow was our Health checkup and Chadar trek Registration. Tonight we asked to sleep in the camps rather than rooms. Next Day we left for the Health checkup and Chadar Trek Registration and all of the group members passed the health test and we got a green flag to go on chadar trek. From Leh Market we brought Gumboots & Trekking Pole. Some of our group members also brought some hot jackets and gloves. Tonight again we asked to sleep in the camps rather than rooms. From tomorrow our trek was going to start in the actual manner. Trek Day 1: On the first day of trek, we started with a thrilling ride to Shingra koma (Starting point of Chadar trek) via Tilad Do, Chilling and Nimmu. Passing through the high mountains was a bit scary but we had a wonderful driver with us. We met our 2 guides Hanif and Tundup, they taught us how to walk on different types of ice.The day got colder as we reached Shingra Koma. Our Helpers cooked soupy maggi for us followed by the tea and cookies. It was our first-day of trekking in Zanskar. We had to cover around 5 km today. Be careful while you walk on the ice as it will be very slippery at times. At first, I was a bit nervous to walk on the ice but as we continued I was able to walk but steadily. I fell on ice in the very first hour of chadar trek. Nikhlesh leg slipped twice in cold water on the very first day and the whole shoe got frozen within 5 - 10 minutes. Today almost every one slipped and fell on ice multiple times. We reached our First campsite at Gylapo by evening and porters and cooks were already there and they served us hot tea and snacks followed by Dinner. The campsite was very beautiful and we could see the mountains on all sides. Temperature dropped significantly at night while we were in sleeping bags. Hanif told us that there is a possibility that we might not get permission to move to tibb cave because chadar has been broken before Tibb cave and there are 2 groups stuck at tibb cave and army guys are trying to get them out safely. Trek Day 2: On the second day of trek, we had our morning tea and delicious breakfast, and we were waiting for the update of the trekking association that we can proceed to tibb cave or not. We noticed that many groups decided to move to tibb cave without a backpack because they thought that they have to come back eventually. But our guides Hanif & Tundup decided that we have to take risk and take our backpacks and then go to tibb cave, so if there is any possibility to reach tibb cave we will attempt that and it will save our whole day too. We started our trekking from Gylapo to Tibb Cave. Today was a big day for us as we had to cover around 15 km. We started trekking through the deep ravines of Zanskar, and the day was a bit colder as there was no sunlight at all. We noticed the place where 2 groups got rescued, because there was a rope tide to make a path for trekkers. Chadar breaks and forms very quickly in these cold conditions , so we were very lucky to get a chance to walk on solid ice. We saw many caves and frozen waterfalls. We reached Tibb cave at our camp site. We explored the tibb cave where porters were preparing for the bonfire. We also enjoyed the warmth of the bonfire. We had a wonderful dinner with some roti and a sabji. Before going to bed we noticed that there were very few people reached here for camping, because in morning they decided to stay in the camps in Gyalpo.We were in confusion that could we move to Nerak Village tomorrow or not, But Hanif came to us and gave us a good news that because tomorrow and day after tomorrow there is Chadar Festival at Nerak village ,so officials gave permission to open trekk to nerak. Hanif told us that Chadar condition is very bad so we need to leave early in the morning so we don't experience broken chadar. We took some night mode shots on our camera and went to those suffocating tents and sleeping bags. Trek Day 3: On the third day of trek, Today we had to trek from Tibb cave to Nerak Village. Morning started a bit early for us. The first time on the journey we woke up around 6 and had wakeup tea, and had our breakfast and we left for Nerak Village around 7:30AM. As we started trekking we came across many Junipers and prayer flags tied on a twig. It was such a beautiful sight. Within an hour we faced a broken chadar and our guides helped us and guided us to cross the broken chadar where water was at knee level. We changed our wet socks very fast. We also came across a huge broken waterfall on our way to the camp. We had to walk slowly as few of the paths were a bit slippery.Hanif and Tundup decided to setup camp 5 km before nerak village so we can save our whole day while going back to leh. Just before reaching the camp site I had a great fall on a chadar when I slipped very badly and I hit my shoulder and head on rock solid chadar. I must say i was very lucky that head gears came out as a saviour and they saved my head, but unfortunately i hit my shoulder and now it was very painful to walk with that heavy rucksack backpack. We reached our campsite and had tea and snacks, I applied a fast pain relieving spray on the shoulder and put our bags in the camps and moved towards nerak village.At that particular moment for fraction of second i thought i can't do that and i need rest, but that what i learned in this trip is to push your limit and challenge your body. I started again with that painful shoulder. Now I reduced my speed of walk because somewhere in my mind there was fear of falling again on the chadar. That thought was not going and I tried many times. Beautiful landscapes distracted my mind and I forgot my pain. We saw a hot water spring on the journey of the trek. We took a rest for lunch and from this point we could also see the Narek village and some stupas. Our trek leader Hanif & tundup was really helpful throughout the journey. After having lunch we moved to Nerak Village and we saw the grand canyon of Nerak and the mighty Nerak frozen waterfall. We clicked pictures on the frozen waterfall and then we moved to nerak village where the Chadar festival was happening. We saw the local people wearing their traditional woollen Gonchas. It was such a wonderful view to see how these people have adjusted to the biting cold here Chadar village people welcomed us very warmly, they started traditional dance with traditional songs of nerak, Drums were so in sync with songs and the echo of music in the valley was an epic experience. After Half hour of enjoyment we took our leave and started moving towards our camp. We came across many pug marks of foxes. After reaching our camp, the pain in my shoulder started irritating me and I was not able to do normal work. Today clouds covered the sky and it was too windy, so because of that we were feeling so cold and our hands and palm were getting numb. Here Hot water bag saved us in this horrible situation. Trek Day 4: On the third day of trek, Today we had to trek from Narek camp to Gylapo via Tibb Cave which was basically our return journey. And today we have to go more than 15 km I guess. IN the morning we woke up many times because of the windy weather and stage noise on our tents. After we woke up we found out that it was snowing, and everywhere there was a layer of snow. We had Tea and breakfast and moved towards Gyalpo. After we started our trek within 10 mins snow started falling again and this was the cherry on the cake of the journey, that we experienced trek in snow fall too. The morning was very cold when we started. We reached Tibb cave very fast and then we pushed our speed to reach Gyalpo camp. Everyone was very tired that they wanted to reach leh asap. But we need to spend one more night in the tents. We reached so early to Gylapo that we had enough time to explore nearby places, we took rest in sunshine and then we saw local blue sheeps, did some photography and then moved to the dining area. As this was our stay of trekk, so all the group of trekkers started playing dumb share arts and time flew by, we had great fun , laughs. We became good friends during the course of our journey. Then a hot dinner was served by the helpers and then we were surprised that all the crew members prepared a delicious and beautiful cake. Hanif and Tundup and all our crew came together and shared their experience of the trek, ever one were very emotional and happy at the same moment that they have achieved a milestone. We had a bonfire and sang songs and we danced together. Today's temperature was not that harsh.That night was the best night of the whole trek. We went to our sleeping bags and tent for the last time. Trek Day 5 : We were almost coming to an end of our trek. Today we had to trek from Gylapo to Shingra Koma. We started the trek for the last time, and as we know that our group is very fast so everyone expected that in 2 hours we will reach Shingra Koma. But as i previously said that Chadar is unpredictable. Last night it was not that cold, so because of that after 15 mins of trek we saw that there is no chadar present anymore and there is water everywhere, and the mountains were very steep that we cannot walk through. We were in huge confusion as our travellers were already waiting for us at the pickup point as Shingra Koma. We thought adventure was over for us on the last day but wait now we have to climb the 30 Feet mountain and then cross the valley from the mountains. How interesting and it was very dangerous too. Nikhlesh, Abdul and Ashish already climbed and reached on the top of the hill, I started to climb and slowly and steadily everyone climbed that hill. This was so much thrill and fun. We threw rope and the remaining group climbed the hill very soon. Thanks to Hanif Bhai and Tundup for making our trek such an awesome one. We were the first group who reached nerak from thrillophilia this season. We reached our pickup point and took a sigh of relief. We Stopped at Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib Ji and thanked god for the success of the Chadar trek and then we had langar prasad and moved towards leh city. We checked in our guesthouse Palam Hills Guest House. We took a bath after a week and then we went to leh market, and brought souvenirs for my friends and family. We enjoyed a bonfire with drinks and then we had dinner together and started packing our bags as we all have early morning flights. Today was our last day at Leh, we were ready for our return journey. We took our flight back home. We had the best time doing this incredible trek, a must do trek for all the adventure seekers, you will just love everything about this trek. Just remember to wear thermals and wear gumboots during the trek. You can buy them at Leh on your first day itself. We click a lot of pictures to cherish these memories. Huge thanks to team Thrillophilia and Kavish and The bearded Traveller. Thanks to all crew members and especially Hanif & Tundup, Keep rocking guys. Special thanks to my Team Nikhlesh, Abdul, Ashish, Bittu, Viskash, Rovit, Shubham and Shishank.
01 February 2018
Sateesh Chadar Trek
Amazing trek.. Thanks a lot to THRILLOPHILIA. Life changing experience. This is the master of all the treks. I am marathon runner, always wanted to go for a trek. Finalized to go for Chadar trek with little hesitation. But, THRILLOPHILIA cleared all the mental blocks and made me confident. Hats off THRILLOPHILIA. What an experience... People tells Swizz mountains. Guys come to Leh and go for Chadar trek. Then compare :) Again thanks a ton to THRILLOPHILIA
06 February 2021
Sirisha Vempral Chadar Trek
After skimming through numerous tour providers, I bumped into thrillophilia. Although quite skeptical initially, I decided to go through them for the Chadar trek; couldn’t have made a better choice! The pre-arrivals and registration team, especially Devanshu did a great job at providing detailed information concerning travel, accommodation, trek and miscellaneous. Super safe for Solo travelers, absolutely nothing to worry about. The trek group is a conflux of people from various age-groups and backgrounds with similar interests, meticulously put together. Extremely hospitable hosts, super-hard working porters made sure our trip was incredibly amazing!!! The ground operations lead SATHYA was constantly on his toes making sure every trekker’s need was tended to. His delightful rapport with the staff and fellow trekkers is truly commendable!!! SATHYA was a savior in disguise, helped us get through any glitches we had during acclimatization period and also made the post-trek celebrations an unforgettable experience!!! Great food, mesmerizing views, genial, super-responsive staff and a bunch of like-minded trekkers, all these made my trip freaking aweeeeeesome!!! #THINKTHRILLOPHILIA for your next adventure!!! They are tremendous!!!!
06 February 2021
indu chakraborty Chadar Trek
When I have received this link for sharing my story with thrillophilia uphorians, I indeed thought once really am I worthy enough for this column!! Then I thought no, if I don't put my bit through here,it will be a non-justice towards those blossomoed flowers who actually could made my story...... They are Satya right from thrillophilia ground team at Leh, Jimmy the Mithun chakraborty of our team who ensured safe dispatch of every individual in trip in one piece from leh...or even Mr Nimoh,.... Who ensured knocking every individual during the trek for keeping them safe.... Yes I of course did trekking of Sandakaphu or Pindari Glacier earlier.... But they were much earlier almost about 30+ years back ... So again this CHADAR trek was a bit challenge kind of trek to me to prove the actual worthyness of a 50+ mota (fat) aadmi all through..... Still it could become possible only because of never ending support of thrillophilia ground tean along with real time management... This is not a bid adieu to you all. ... it's just a break...I will be back definitely again amongst you all buddies....
06 February 2021
Akash Agrawal Chadar Trek
Trip with thrillophilia is so amazing.. Arrangements and all the staff are so good....it's a life time experience for me....every one should visit ones. Akash Agrawal
06 February 2021
Shah Pooja Chadar Trek
Completed Chadar trek with Thrillophilia last week it was one of the finest trip of my life. Starting from the booking to execution every thing was planned well. We were well briefed by Satya regarding trek and we'll organised local operator.
05 February 2021
Akshay Ratan Chadar Trek
Had a recent trekk to Chadar Lake. It was planned with add ons by thrillophilla in a very professional manner. We had a date change as well due personal reasons and they accommodated our request. All communication were well handled from office side and local operator were very helpfull. The trekk team and porters were very supportive and helpful. The ground representative of thrillophilla based in Leh could do better in way of a more professional briefing and feedbank about trekk in general and fine tuning. Rest was very nice.

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