Zanskar River Rafting Expedition

Duration: 13 nights/ 14 days

Best Time: Mid June-Mid Sep

The trip takes you down the extremely desolate, remote and sheer Zanskar gorge with walls rising a few thousand feet out of the river bed, culminating on the mighty Indus river. We then drive west of Leh past the town of Kargil and travel south into the valley of Zanskar, one of the coldest inhabited places on earth. Starting the trip on the Stod river, we begin our self contained multi-day river adventure down the spectacular and scenic Zanskar river gorge. The trip takes you down the extremely desolate, remote and sheer Zanskar gorge with walls rising a few thousand feet out of the river bed, culminating on the mighty Indus river, (which incidentally lends India its name).

Arrival Delhi

Upon arrival meet to assistance drive to hotel for rest of the night.

Delhi-Leh

Morning transfer to domestic airport, take flight to Leh, on arrival meet to our staff, transfer to hotel, rest of the time for relax, get used the rare air of Ladakh region, afternoon walk in the Leh market.

Leh

After breakfast visit to a few monasteries such as Shey, Thikse and Hemis. Evening walk in the market. Overnight Leh hotel.

Leh- Kargil (3201m) 8-9 hrs drive

We drive from Leh to Mulbek - Kargil, through a spectacular moonscape. We drive over the Fotu La (14,300 ft), a high mountain pass and exit the Indus valley. Enroute, we do a photo stop above the Lamayuru monastery belonging to the 'Red Hat' sect. Overnight Kargil hotel.

Kargil- Rangdum (12,000ft) 6-7 hrs drive

A spectacular drive past Panikar and Parkachik, with magnificent views of the Nun and Kun massifs (7000m),hanging glaciers and large meadows. We drive till Rangdum Gompa (12,000 ft).Camp overnight.

Rangdum- Remala (3635m) 7 hrs drive

We drive to Remala, which is the starting point for the rafting trip on the Stod river, a tributary of the Zanskar river. We drive over the Pensi La (14,500 ft), which enables grand views of the Zanskar peaks at the bottom of which is the Drung Durung glacier that feeds the Zanskar river, 40 km below, into which we flow trip the next day. Overnight tented camp.

Rafting - Karsha Gompa

Rafting expedition begins at Remala. Raft till near Karsha Gompa, near Padum. (3496m ; 11,466ft ; 4 hrs) We raft 30 km in 4-5 hrs which includes a break for lunch and hot beverages. We are surrounded by 6000 metre high peaks. River section today includes a Class II section, a good introduction for first timers as well as to the river in general. Settle into camp by afternoon, we can take an optional hike to Karsha Gompa.

Rafting - Karsha To Honyo

After a late morning start, we raft from Karsha up to Honyo / Pidmo (3361m, 3 hrs). This stretch is approximately 25 km with Class II and III rapids. Another easy day to get used to the river, the altitude and hone our paddling skills.

Rafting - Nyerak Village

After packing camp, we raft 25 km to Nyerak (3286m, 3 hrs) a Class III section. The gorge narrows in on the river - this indeed is a Grand Canyon in its own right. We stop for the day to pitch camp in a gorge below Nyerak village.

Nyerak

Rest day at Nyerak. Take a hike to Nyerak village or relax under the cool shade of the willows at our Campsite. Wash up at the campsite stream and enjoy the day off.

Rafting - Nyerak to Lamaguru

Todays 35 km rafting section takes us from Nyerak to Lamaguru (3190m, 5-6 hrs including scout and lunch) through the core of the Zanskar A classic white water day with continuous Class III rapids, and a few Class IV rapid where the river squeezes between a gap of about 18ft. We stop for lunch near a huge waterfall and continue to camp at the confluence of Markha river with the Zanskar. Rock formations, spires and an amazing palette of colours add to the trip today. Camp.

Rafting - Lamaguru to Nimu

We raft 40 kms of Class III/IV white water from Lamaguru to Nimu (3154m, 3-4 hrs) today. We raft past the village of Chilling and exciting rapids as the Zanskar plunges out of the canyon to meet with the Indus at Nimu. We end our trip at the confluence of the Zanskar with the Indus. Drive an hour back to Leh. Last minute retail therapy and a hot shower! Overnight hotel.

Leh

Full day for relax or optional monasteries sightseeing. Ovenight at hotel.

Leh-Delhi

Morning take flight to Delhi, upon arrival check in hotel , rest of the time visit New Delhi as Qutab Minar and Government buildings. After dinner in time dep. transfer to onward destination.