Zanskar Rafting Expedition
Tour ID: zanskar-rafting-expedition
Difficulty level: Moderate to Challenging
Duration: 9 Days
Start from: Leh
Ends at: Leh
PRICE: INR 52000
Departures: Not announced yet.
You may suggest a date of your choice.
Zanskar river rafting expedition is one of the top few, exotic and remote, river trips in the world.
Our river trip starts from Remala, which would qualify as one of 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 Leh, and travels through scenic landscape to Kargil, and further to Remala near Padum. The river trip flows through the amazing sheer gorges of Zanskar right up to Nimo where the river confluences with Indus.
The trip can be further enhanced by taking up few exciting road excursions around Leh as per individual interests.
Day 1: Pickup guests from their hotel, drive to Kargil ( 10,500 ft ) across spectacular Himalayan views, overnight guest house at Kargil.
Day 2: Kargil – Rangdum ( 12,000 ft ), amazing views of Nun, Kun massifs and lush green meadows during the drive, overnight camp near the Rangdum gompa.
Day 3: Rangdum – Remala ( 11,900 ft ), drive across the Pensi La at 14000 ft to enter into the Zanskar valley. Overnight camp at Remala.
Day 4: Remala – Karsha ( 11,500 ft ), 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 5: Karsha – Honia/Pidmo ( 11,000 ft ), raft an easy class II, III section to camp at the mouth of the Zanskar gorge. Ovrnight camp.
Day 6: Honia – Neyarak ( 10,800 ft ), 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
Day 7: 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 8: Neyarak – Lamaguru/Chilling ( 10,500 ft ), 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 9: Lamaguru – Nimu, 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 ).
We recommend our guests to extend their stay at Leh to visit places of interest like Pangong lake, Khardongla, Tsomoriri, Shey, Thiksey, Hemis and Nubra to name a few. We can help in arranging the extension, or they are welcome to plan this part of the vacation on their own.
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Road transfers ex Leh for the expedition, enroute stay at Kargil, use of quality rafting equipment, life jackets, helmets, miscellaneous safety gear, wet suits, neoprene booties, paddling jackets, safety kayaks, dry bags, tents, sleeping bags, kitchen and mess arrangements, all meals, services of quality manpower, all necessary permits ( All stay is on twin share basis )
Hotel stay at Leh before and after the expedition, alcoholic beverages, expenses of personal nature, tips, insurance of any kind, flight tickets. ( We recommend at least a stay of 2 nights at Leh before the expedition to get properly acclimatized )
BOOKING AND CANCELLATION POLICY
- Tour needs to be booked at least 60 days in advance. Full payment is required to confirm a booking.
- 75 % refund if cancellation happens 45 days prior to departure
- 50 % refund if cancellation happens 30 days prior to departure
- No refund for any cancellation/no show in the last 30 days prior to departure
Prior to making a booking, please take a look at the TRAVEL ADVISORY section.
Personal torch, quick drying clothing to wear for rafting, river sandals, warm clothing, inner fleece body warmer lining, warm and windproof jacket/outer layer, warm headgear/balaclava, gloves, cameras, personal medication ( first aid would be provided ), sun glasses, sun protection and moisturizing cream etc.
- This expedition explores some really remote destinations in Ladakh which are at considerably high altitude, with no or limited communication possibility and/or medical facilities nearby.
- Adventure programs in the Himalayas not necessarily would always run exactly as scheduled. Allow for unplanned long days or early camps due to weather disruptions or similar causes.
- Any additional expenses which might occur due to delays, weather disruptions, medical evacuation etc. would need to be borne by the participants as per actual. All overstay due to weather disruption, road blocks and similar which are not under our control would be charged on pro-rata based as per tour cost for planned days.
- All participants are recommended to have a travel insurance that covers wilderness travel of this nature.