Zanskar river rafting expedition
Zanskar river rafting expedition
Zanskar river rafting expedition is one of the top few, exotic and remote, river trips in the world. Our river trip starts from Padum ( 3490 mts ), which would qualify as the highest rafting put in locations possible on the planet. The river journey flows through deep gorges and traverses across harsh inhospitable geography of Ladakh, in one of the remotest and sparsely inhabited regions of the world.
The expedition starts as a road journey from Srinagar or Leh, and travels through scenic landscape to Kargil, and further to Padum. From Padum the river trip flows through the amazing sheer gorges of Zanskar right up to Nimo where the river confluences with Indus. The expedition ends at Leh, and can be further enhanced by taking up few exciting road excursions around Leh as per individual interests.Trip Itinerary Rafting expedition
Day 01: Delhi – Leh (3505 mts)
An hour long flight from Delhi to Leh will take you over the Greater Himalaya where you will be able to see the K2 amongst many other breathtaking views. You land at one of the highest civilian airports in the world at 3139 mts. It is strongly recommended that you rest and acclimatize to the altitude and not move out of your bed except for your meals today. Overnight stay at Leh hotel.
Day 02 : Leh –
Acclimatisation and sightseeing After an early breakfast at the hotel a visit to monasteries such as Shey, Thiksey and Hemis will be arranged. You will arrive back to Leh in time for lunch for which Leh offers excellent opportunities. Post lunch relax or walk into the Leh town, to its exciting Tibetan market for souvenirs. You can take in the magnificent sights of peaks across the horizon and get ready for the drive to Kargil the next day. Overnight stay at Leh hotel.
Day 03 : Drive Leh to Kargil (3200 mts)
Early morning wakeup, a amazing drive to Kargil across spectacular Himalayan views, overnight guest house at Kargil.
Day 04: Drive Kargil – Rangdum ( 3657 mts )
A beautiful and amazing views of Nun, Kun massifs and lush green meadows during the drive, overnight camp.
Day 05: Drive Rangdum – Remala ( 3627 mts )
We drive across the Pensi La at 4627 mts to enter into the Zanskar valley. Overnight camp at Remala.
Day 06: Raft Remala – Karsha ( 3505 mts )
Rafting trip starts with the safety talk. An easy day with class II, III rapids to get used to the high altitude as well as to improve upon the paddling skills. Raft about 4 hours to camp at Karsha. Hike to the Karsha gompa, or just choose to laze at the camp site. Overnight camp.
Day 07: Raft Karsha – Honia/Pidmo ( 3352 mts )
Today we raft an easy class II, III section to camp at the mouth of the Zanskar gorge. Overnight camp.
Day 08: Raft Honia – Neyarak ( 3292 mts )
Today we raft nearly 25 kms of class 3 section to Neyarak. The river banks would change into towering mountain walls rising to thousands of feet above you. We would camp at Neyarak village which is one of the few locations where camping is possible in the canyon. Overnight camp
Layover Day Neyarak, a rest day at this camp site to prepare for the coming days of rafting. Hike up to the Neyarak village or enjoy your time at the stream near the camp site. Overnight camp.
Day 10: Raft Neyarak – Lamaguru/Chilling ( 3200 mts )
We raft about 35 kms through the deepest part of the Zanskar to reach Lamaguru which is the confluence of Zanskar river and Markha rivers. We would negotiate class IV rapids in this section, including the Gate, where the canyon narrows down and squeezes the river to almost 18 ft ! Lunch break near a big waterfall which plummets from the canyon walls. Overnight camp.
Day 11: Raft Chilling –
Nimu and Drive to Leh We raft nearly 30 kms of class 3-4 section from Chilling to Nimu. The river finally plunges out of the canyon to confluence with Indus river at Nimu. Our river trip would end at Nimu at the confluence of Zanskar river and Indus. Further drive to Leh ( one hour ). Overnight hotel.
Early morning transfer to Airport to board flight to Delhi. Trip Concludes.