The Chadar walk isn’t called the ‘wildest trek in the world’ for nothing. It’s a primal trek on the Zanskar river, which is sheathed in ice each winter. We walk on ice, traverse across the gorge walls where the river thaws, and bed in caves that have been used by local travellers over centuries. Legends, history, culture and magical landscapes are an everyday affair on this walk, which is possible only during a window in the coldest months of winter. The trek follows an ancient trail used by the Zanskaris during the days of the Silk Road, when they walked this frozen highway all the way to Leh with wares they would trade for essentials. For those looking for adventure, action and bragging rights, nothing can hold a candle to the Chadar trek.