Ladakh provides a lifetime experience for adventure amidst is scenic beauty. It is not only the gorgeous locations in ladakh that will sweep you of your feet. The thrilling adventure sports of river rafting can be best experienced in this region of ladakh.River Rafting Routes in LadakhThe Indus and the Zanskar rivers are quite exciting to try out river rafting. The Zanskar seems to be quite risky as it covers the spectacular course through a gorge in the Zanskar Mountains, between Padum and Nimo. There are other popular river rafting routes as well which one should try.
Grade I: Small, easy waves; mainly flat water
Grade II: A bit difficult but with clear passages
Grade III: Difficult passages; narrow in places and with high waves
Grade IV: Very difficult, narrow and requiring precise maneuvering
Grade V: Extremely difficult. Very fast-flowing waters which can be maneuvered only by the experts
Grade VI: For all practical purposes, very tough and demanding great physical and mental toughness.
RAFTING ON THE THE ZANSKAR RIVER
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI: Our Local representative will greet you at the international airport and take you to your hotel.
DAY 02 : FLY TO LEH. You will have an early morning transfer to the domestic airport for the flight up to Leh. This surely is one of the most sensational flights in the world, taking you right over the top of the Greater Himalaya before dropping down in a series of steep turns, to land at the small military airport at Leh. The flight time is about 1 hour. You will be met on arrival and driven through Leh to check into your Hotel. Leh is at an altitude of 11,500 ft and therefore we recommend that the rest of the day is spent resting to help adjust to the altitude.
DAY 03 : LEH – KARGIL
Today we drive for about six hours to Kargil, passing through a spectacular moonscape. We drive over the Fotu La (4242m/14,000ft), a high mountain pass, and exit the Indus valley to enter the Suru valley. En route, we visit Lamayuru monastery, a major landmark on the old silk route. Legend has it that a lake behind the monastery, which was drained by the sage Naropa so the monastery could be built, once filled Lamayuru village. Spectacularly set on the mountainside, the 10th-century monastery belongs to the old Tibetan Drikung Kargyu Schools. We’ll also stop at Mulbek Mytra Gonpa, which was founded in 2nd century and is carved on a rock face . We will stay overnight in Kargil B,L,D at D-Zozila Hotel
DAY 04 : KARGIL – RANGDUM
Today we’ll take a spectacular 6- to 8-hour drive past the villages of Panikar and Parkachik, with magnificent views of the 7,100-meter 23430 feet Nun and Kun massifs, hanging glaciers, and large meadows. Our destination is Rangdum Gompa (3636m/12,000ft), founded in the early 16th century and currently home to about 40 monks. Rangdum has a small museum with fine artifacts. It is perched picturesquely atop a centrally rising hillock within the arms of a bifurcated mountain stream. We’ll camp nearby. B,L,DCamp.
DAY 05 : RANGDUM – KARSHA/PADUM (11,470′)
DAY 06 : Local sight seeing full day.
DAY 07 : PADUM/ZANGLA -NYERAK
After packing camp, we raft 28KMT to Nyerak (10,781′) through a section of Class III whitewater and into the amazing depths of the breathtaking Zanskar gorge, a mini-Grand Canyon that never ceases to amaze. B,L,D…Camp
DAY 08 : NYERAK – CHELLING
Today’s 32-KMT run takes us from Nyerak to Chelling (10,466′)-a great day for whitewater with fairly continuous Class III rapids and even a Class IV section where the river squeezes through a narrow 15-foot gap. We stop for lunch near a waterfall at the confluence of the Markha and Zanskar Rivers. A landscape of colorful rock formations and deep gorges combine to make this one of the most scenic days on the river.B,L,D…Camp
DAY 09 : CHELLING -NIMOO
A layover day at this perfect campsite for a well deserved rest. There are optional hikes to Kaya and Skiu villages. CHELLING-NIMO Twenty-five KMT of thrilling Class III rapids brings us to the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers at Nimo. o/n at Dolma retret center Nimoo with Local food and ladakhi system.
DAY 10 : Back to Leh rest and shopping.
DAY 11 : FLY TO DELHI. This is one of the most remarkable flights to be taken in India in that it crosses the Greater Himalayan range. On one side of the aeroplane can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aeroplane, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif. Upon arriving in Delhi we transfer to the Imperial Hotel.
DAY 12 : AT LEISURE IN DELHI. You have a full day in Dehli for relaxing, last minute shopping and any sightseeing you would like us to arrange. A day room will be kept at the hotel from midday onwards. Transfer to the airport in the evening for the early morning flight on Monday.
DAY 13 : FLY TO HOME