Zanskar River Rafting Expedition

Departure Date

27 Jul - 07 Aug





Maximum Seats


Essential Information

  • Trip Highlights
  • Activities
  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Advisory
  • Cancellation Policy for this Itinerary
  • FAQ
  • Experience Class 2 to Class 4 rapids at 11,000 ft

  • 155 Kms of unadulterated adventure rafting among 6000 Mts peaks

  • Hone your rafting skills or learn some new ones

  • Rafting through the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers- Taming class IV rapids!

  • A guided trip to SHEY, THIKSE, HEMIS GOMPA

  • All Inclusive guided Trip

  • Adventure White Water Rafting of 155 kms among the Himalayas

  • Camping in remote himalayan villages

  • Culture trip to SHEY, THIKSE, HEMIS GOMPA

  • Enjoy spectacular views of 7000 metre plus Nun and Kun massif, hanging glaciers and large meadows

  • Checkout Balti settlements along the Suru Valley

  • Explore Leh

  • Spectacular drive from Leh to Remala

  • All transfers in a Non-A/C vehicle as per the itinerary (Leh-Leh Airport)

  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotels, camps

  • All Meals

  • Individual rafting equipment

  • All kayaking arrangements with India's most experienced team, camp staff and cooks

  • Porterage upto 15KG/Person

  • All common camping and trekking equipment

  • Peak fee/Sanctuary fee/Royalty / Permits where applicable

  • Safe Drinking Water

  • A guide for all monastery sightseeing Shey, Thikse , Hemis Gompa

  • All taxes

  • Airfare charges

  • Sleeping Bags

  • Any transfers outside of Delhi

  • Bottled Water

  • Items of Personal Clothing

  • Expenses of Personal Nature- Laundry, Alcohol, Phone Calls, Insurance, Camera Fee, Etc

  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.

  • This is for the adventure lover

  • This is a rapid class 4

  • This is a moderate grade trek

  • Smoking and Drinking is strictly prohibited on the trek

  • This is a guided tour with a guide from accompanying you till the completion of the trip

  • Please carry Govt. ID's

  • Packing essentials will be shared on confirmation

  • If cancellation takes place more than 45 days prior to departure, your full deposit will be returned except a processing charge of Rs. 5000 or US$ 120

  • If cancellation takes place between 45 and 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour price will be forfeited

  • If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour price will be forfeited.

  • Cancellation prior to 10 days from the start of the trek Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund

  • Temperature on Trek will be 1 to 5 deg centigrade

  • Participants must be in good health and reasonable physical condition.

  • Medical and evacuation expenses will be the responsibility of the participant.

  • A team consisting of a qualified Trek leader, trek guides, porters and cooks will be with you throughout the trek.

  • Safe drinking water throughout the trek is available. Your trek leader will brief you about these before starting the day’s trek

  • Transport will be from Leh to Leh

  • Essentials and packing list will be shared post onboarding

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Leh Airport- Hotel 3500 Mts

We will receive you at the airport.Transfer to hotel. Relax and acclimatise. Visit Leh market in the evening.
Day 02

Leh Acclimatisation 3500 Mts

A day for acclimatization. Optional visit to the Leh palace and the Shey, Thikse and Hemis gompas. Last minute shopping in the Leh market.
Day 03

LEH - KARGIL 3200 Mts

Set out after an early breakfast, travelling west of Leh towards Kargil. 36 kms from Leh, we reach Nimu, the confluence of the Zanskar with the Indus. We pass the derelict fort at Basgo, the painted caves at Saspol to reach Khalsi where the road crosses the Indus River and slowly winds its way 27kms up to the beautiful gompa at Lamayuru. We Continue to cross the Fotu La (4108m) and Namika La (3700m) to reach the village of Mulbekh. 41kms further is the town of Kargil which marks the transition from where one can either continue west to Kashmir or take the rough road south up the Suru valley into Zanskar, which is our destination. Settle into the hotel D’Zojila in a quieter part of town, have our last showers, and charge camera batteries. We are moving into a week of the great outdoors!
Day 04


A spectacular drive past Panikar and Parkachik, with magnificent views of the 7000 metre plus Nun and Kun massif, hanging glaciers and large meadows. The Balti settlements along this valley are surrounded by lush fields growing a wide variety of crops and fruits. The road swings past the last Muslim settlement of Parkachik, to the Buddhist Gelukpa monastery of Rangdum, sitting astride a small hill in the middle of a wide plain. An optional hike around the huge meadow.
Day 05


We drive to Remala, which is the starting point for the rafting trip on the Stod river, a tributary of the Zanskar river. Overnight tented camp. We drive over the Pensi La which enables grand views of the Zanskar peaks at the bottom of which is the Drung Durung glacier that feeds the Zanskar river. The road descends to the Stod or Doda river which it now follows past the Zanskari villages to Padum the capital of Zanskar.
Day 06


Rafting begins at Remala. Raft till near Karsha Gompa, near Padum. 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 around Camp. A long walk to Karsha Gompa, is possible.
Day 07


After a late morning start, we raft from Karsha up to Honyo / Pidmo. 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.
Day 08


After packing camp, we raft 25 km to Nyerak a Class III section. The gorge narrows in on the river – there is a rapid formed at the entrance to the canyon, by the making of the road, the dynamiting and also due to a fallen JCB! This indeed is a Grand Canyon in its own right. We stop for the day to pitch camp in a gorge below Nyerak village.
Day 09

Nyerak Campsite

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.
Day 10


Today’s 35 km rafting section goes through the core of the Zanskar A classic white water day with continuous Class III rapids, a few Class IV rapids 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.
Day 11


We raft 40 kms of Class III/IV white water from Lamaguru to Nimu 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.
Day 12


Early morning transfer to Airport for Leh - Delhi flight. Trip Ends! Look forward to see you next year or sooner :)!

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