Zanskar Rafting Expedition
Trip Duration : - 09 nights, 10 days
Trip Grade : - III+ – IV
Area : - Ladakh
Best time to go : - Mid July to Mid-August
Quick Itinerary : -
Detailed Itinerary : -
Day 01 : Fly Delhi – Leh (3505 mts)
An hour long flight from Delhi to Leh will take you over the Greater Himalaya where you will be able to see the K2 amongst many other breathtaking views. You land at one of the highest civilian airports in the world at 3139 mts. It is strongly recommended that you rest and acclimatize to the altitude and not move out of your bed except for your meals today. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Leh – Acclimatisation and sightseeing
After an early breakfast at the hotel a visit to monasteries such as Shey, Thiksey and Hemis will be arranged. You will arrive back to Leh in time for lunch for which Leh offers excellent opportunities. Post lunch relax or walk into the Leh town, to its exciting Tibetan market for souvenirs. You can take in the magnificent sights of peaks across the horizon and get ready for the drive to Kargil the next day. Overnight stay at Leh hotel.
Day 03 : Drive Leh to Kargil ( 3200 mts )
Early morning wakeup, amazing drive to Kargil across spectacular Himalayan views, overnight guest house at Kargil.
Day 04 : Drive Kargil – Rangdum ( 3657 mts )
A beautiful and amazing views of Nun, Kun massifs and lush green meadows during the drive, overnight camp.
Day 05 : Drive Rangdum – Padum ( 3627 mts )
We drive across the Pensi La at 4627 mts to enter into the Zanskar valley. The last part of the drive is also with heart touching beauty of the Himalayas. We drive to the campsite at Padum. If the time permits us we visit the Karsha Gompa in the evening. Karsha Gompa is the largest and the most important monastery in Zanskar and dates back to the 15th Century. Overnight dinner and stay at Padum in tents.
Day 06 : Raft Padum – Zangla ( 3505 mts )
Rafting trip starts with the safety talk. It is the highest put-in point for the river expedition on the planet. We raft down 30 kms in 3 to 4 hours. The river today is a class 2 section, a good introduction for the first timer and as well as to the river in general. Settle into camp at Zangla by afternoon. Overnight at camp.
Day 07 : Raft Zangla – Neyarak ( 3292 mts )
Today we raft nearly 25 kms of class 3 section to Neyarak. This is a grade 3 section and warms you up for the rafting that is to follow in the days to come. The river banks would change into towering mountain walls rising to thousands of feet above you. Will have lunch on the way and raft some more rapids before calling it a day and set up the camp below Neyrak village which is one of the few locations where camping is possible in the canyon. Overnight camp at Neyrak .
Day 08 : Raft Neyarak – Chilling ( 3200 mts )
Today’s 40 kms rafting section takes us from Neyrak to Chilling approx. 5-6hrs including scouting and lunch through the core of the Zanskar valley. A classic white water day with continuous class 3 rapids, and a few class 4 where the river squeezes between a gap of about 18ft known as the GATE. We stop for lunch near a huge waterfall and continue to the confluence of Markha river with Zankar river. Rock formations, spires and an amazing palette of colors add extra on the today trip. We raft till Chilling. Overnight camp at Chilling.
Day 09 : Raft Chilling – Nimu and Drive to Leh
We 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 ). Overnight hotel.
Day 10: Early morning transfer to Airport to board flight to Delhi. Trip Concludes.