ZANSKAR RIVER RAFTING.

Distance : 150 Kms
Grade : 3rd to 4th rapids.
Duration : 14 nights/15 Days

This package is a unique combination of 3 day jeep safari to the Zanskar Valley along with third to fourth grade rafting down the Zanskar River. Starting from Leh, a three days jeep trip goes through the scenic Sham and Suru Valley taking one up to Remala village in Zanskar. From Remala, which is the starting point for the rafting trip on the Stod River, a tributary of the Zanskar River, we will raft a distance of more than 120 km in 4 days till Nyemo village in the Indus Valley. 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 which finally culminating at the confluence of mighty Indus river and sturdy Zanskar River. During this rafting trip, your safety always remian our main concern, so our trips often begin with safety presentations to educate customers about problems that may arise and providing all equipment and accessories like life jackets etc. with expert pilots and river guides who look after you and your safety.

DETAIL ITINERARY FOR RAFTING

Day 01 : Arrival at Delhi International airport.
On arrival at airport /station, you shall be met by our representative displaying Placard addressed to your name, after meet and greet our representative shall transfer you to pre booked hotel. After breakfast at the hotel, leave by car with Govt. approved language speaking guide for the day tour of Delhi visiting Jama masjid Mosque, Red Fort, Raj Ghat, walk through the small lanes of Chandni Chowk. In the afternoon visit India gate, Humayun's tomb and Qutub minar. Evening: Shopping and light and sound show at Red fort. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 : Fly Delhi to Leh at Kushok Bakula Airport.
Leh to Delhi flight is of 1 hour and it's takes you through busy urbanization of Delhi to snow capped mountains of great Himalayan range. Upon arrival at Kushok Bakula Airport Leh, our representative will welcome you and transfer to Hotel. We recommend you complete rest at Hotel as it essential at the height of Leh(3500 meters) Overnight at Leh in Hotel.

Day 03 : Half day hiking to adjacent villages of Leh city.
This day is meant to provide an opportunity to get a feel of Leh city, its adjacent villages and prepare you for trek. Guests will be driven to the Leh Palace, which houses old relics that belong to the sixteenth century ruler of Ladakh and Shanti Stupa- a picturesque Japanese Stupa built for world peace After lunch at the hotel, you can go for leisure walk around Leh town (3500m) including a visit to Leh Gompa Soma and later in the evening stroll around colourful Leh market. Overnight stay at Leh in Hotel.

Day 04 : Full day Jeep tour sightseeing to 11th century Alchi Choskor Temple "The living heritage of Ladakh" and 15th century Likir Monastery. Overnight at hotel/guesthouse in Alchi.

Day 05: Drive Alchi to Mulbek.
We drive from Alchi to Mulbekh through a spectacular moonscape. We drive over the Fotu La (14,000 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 and 7th century rock crave statue of Avalokiteshvara and Nunnery monastery at Mulbek village. Overnight at Mulbekh in a guesthouse.

Day 06: Drive from Mulbek to Rangdum via Kargil.
A spectacular drive past Panikar and Parkachik,with magnificent views of the Nun and Kun massifs (7000 metres),hanging glaciers and large meadows. We drive till Rangdum Gompa (12,000 ft) where we would halt for Overnight in Camp/tent.

Day 07: Drive Rangdum - Remala (3635m) 6 hrs
In the morning 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 (4420 mts), which enables grand views of the Zanskar peaks, at the bottom of which is the Drung Durung glacier that feeds the Zanskar river, further driving down for 40 km , we will reach a serenve n calm village of Ramela where we would set up our camp for overnight halt.

Day 08: Remala to Karsha. 4-5 hrs
Rafting expedition begins at Remala and for the day we will raft till Karsha Gompa, near Padum(3496m). We raft 30 km in 4-5 hrs which includes a break for lunch and hot beverages. 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. Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 09: Raft from Karsha up to Pidmu 3 hours
After a late morning start, we raft from Karsha up to Pidmu (3361m). This stretch is approximately 25 km with grade II and III rapids. One more easy day to get used to the river, the altitude and hone our paddling skills. Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 10: Raft from Pidmu to Nyerak. 3 hours
After packing camp, we raft 25 km to Nyerak (3286m) a grade III rapid. 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. Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 11: 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 camp site stream and enjoy the day off. Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 12: Nyerak to Lamaguru 35 kms. 3rd and 4th rapids. 5-6 hours
Todays 35 km rafting section takes us from Nyerak to Lamaguru (3190m ) through the core of the Zanskar. A classic white water rafting day with continuous Class III rapids, and a few grade 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 beauty and excitement to the trip today. Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 13: Raft from Lamaguru to Nimmu and Drive to Leh. 3-4 hours
We raft 40 kms of grade III/IV white water from Lamaguru to Nimmu (3154m) 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 Nimmu. We end our trip at the confluence of the Zanskar with the Indus. Drive an hour back to Leh, check into hotel and pamper yourself with a hot shower and wholesome dinner. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 14: Free day at Leh.
Today will be free for complete rest, in the evening you can stroll around colourful Leh market for shopping. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 15: Fly Leh to Delhi and to your home country.
Transfer to Kushok Bakula Airport with assistance from Hotel/guesthouse, followed by an hour flight to Delhi and later on connecting flight to your home country.

Note : This trek is suitable only for well-organized white-water expeditions, prepared for about a week of rafting and camping in absolute wilderness. Participants are also required to be trained rafters themselves.

To book this rafting trip, please write to us