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Rafting In Zanskar

River rafting in Zanskar is a challenging recreational outdoor activity and this will be done only in mid of July to September end. The most exciting rafting in Zanskar river of Zanskar valley, along its spectacular course through a gorge in the Zanskar ranges between Padum and Nimu.



Zanskar River Rafting


This tour introduce you rich culture and heritage of Ladakh with wonderful landscape dotted with Monasteries, Stupas and ancient castles. This tour will offer such a varied landscape with high altitude wonderful mountains of Himalayan range. close-up of the Nun Kun massif (23,400ft ASL) as we drive right below its northern face and its hanging glaciers. Our final road leg sees us cross the Pensi La 14500 ft ASL, the highest point of the trip with the Durung Drung glacier below, a major source of the Zanskar.


Day 01: Fly Delhi to Leh.

Arrive Leh, transfer to Hotel. Day free for rest. Overnight in Hotel.


Day 02: Sightseeing around Leh

Visit Monastries & Palaces in and around Leh. Overnight at hotel in Leh.


Day 03: Drive Leh - Lamayuru - Kargil

Enroute to Lamayuru Monastery and the Buddha statue at Mulbek Overnight Kargil.


Day 04: Drive Kargil - Rangdum

The most spectacular drive filled with natural wonders. We drive to Rangdum Gompa(12,000 ft.). Few mountain drives get you this close to the Great Hgiimalaya. The awesome amass of the Nun Kun massif over 7000m high with its hanging glacier across the road from kargius, dominating today's journey. Overnight in the PWD rest house/ tented camp at Rangdum .


Day 05: Drive Rangdum to Remala Village

Our final road leg across the Pensi La at 14,500 ft ASL, surrounded by an awe inspiring arena of the Zanskar peaks. Below us is the Durung Drung glacier that feeds the Zanskar River. We drive on to camp 40 kms below the glacier at Remala village, our put-in. Overnight tented camp.


Day 06: Raft Remala Village to Karsha

Rafting expedition commences on the Doda river from Remala to Karsha covering approx 30 km. Class 2 rapids primarily, wide open valley surrounded by 6000m high Himalayan and Zanskar peaks. After settling into camp by 2pm, take a short walk to the spectacular Kharsha Monastery for the evening incantations by the monks.


Day 07: Hike Around Karsha

This will be a layover day. Witness a beautiful sunrise over the Himalayan peaks Followed by a leisurely breakfast. Visit The Kharsha Monastery early morning or late evening to witness the chanting of the monks. During the day you may drive or walk 1hr. 30 mins to the village of Padum which is at the cross roads between the valleys of the Zanskar and Tsarap river.


Day 08: Raft Karsha to Nyerak

Our river journey continues down to the confluence of the Doda with the Tsarap River, to form the Zanskar. Today's stretch is approximately 50 kms. With Class 2 & 3 rapids, passing by Zangla village the old capital of Zanskar. We enter the upper Zanskar gorge, completely dwarfed by the gigantic chasm walls each turn bringing on amazing rock formations and colors. The power of the river and rapids pick up, ending our exciting run till Nyerak, the only camping site in the upper gorge section. Lounge around in the early evening and take in the grandeur of this geological wonderland.

Day 09: Hiking around Nyerak

Layover day. You have the option to just take it easy or go on a day long hike up this magnificent canyon first crossing the 25 ft span wooden Nyerak Bridge across one of the narrowest parts of the river. Up it is after that on the old trade route between Zanskar and Indus valleys, now a well-known trekking route. This trek gives you a completely different perspective on the scale and geological formation of the gorge with stunning views as we climb higher above. We have a chance to interact with the hardy but cheerful locals as they trek between their habitations in this harsh and desolate lunarscape. Visit the local home of Tashi who weaves carpets. After lunch we descend back down to river level and Nyerak camp.


Day 10: Raft Nyerak to Lamaguru

Action packed rafting day through the heart of the Zanskar Grand Canyon- 40 kms of non-stop Class 3 and 4 whitewater, awe-inspiring rock formations and a stop for lunch at a gigantic cataract pouring out of a cliff face to an oasis below - Paradise! We conclude our long days rafting at Lamaguru camp, the confluence of the Markha River with the Zanskar.


Day 11: Raft Lamaguru to Nimu Village

We start early to raft the final leg of the Zanskar from Lamaguru to Nimu, covering approx 25 km to its confluence with the mighty Indus. Mostly Class 3 bouncy rapids including encountering the big water 'Chilling' rapid as the volume increases significantly after the Markha River has joined. Our raft trip ends at the confluence from where the river becomes the mighty Indus as it flows westward towards Pakistan and finally to the Arabian Sea. We drive back 40 km to Leh to check into our hotel to have lunch and take those much needed hot showers! Overnight at hotel.


Day 12: Leh

After a leisurely breakfast some sight-seeing of the neighbouring monasteries at Thikse, Shey and Shanti Stupa. The afternoon is for shopping and exploring Leh's quaint bazaar and numerous bakeries. Overnight at hotel.


Day 13: Fly Leh – Delhi

Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel. Late evening transfer to IGI Airport for return flight.


Day 14: Departure



Note: To operate this tour we need minimum 4 paying person. This tour is feasible from mid of July till end of August. Price on Demand.