Rafting Location: Zanskar
Grade: Class II & IV
Season: July - September
Degree of difficulty: Moderate
Zanskar River originates from the high altitude plateau of Sarchu on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Originally known as the Tsarap the river gorges a path out of the rocky mountains of western Himalayas, dropping in a continuous torrent of class V rapids. The river then eases into the forbidden Kingdom of Zanskar and slowly flows past the capital at Padum. Here it joins with the Stod river which flows down from the Pensi La pass on the road from Kargil to Padum.
Day 01: Flight to India (Delhi)
Midnight: Around midnight arrival in Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. Meet our representative and transfer to your Hotel.
Morning fly to Leh. The rest of the day is at leisure to acclimatize ourselves to the high altitude of Leh. It is important to go slow as acclimatisation is critical to your enjoyment.
Day 02: In Leh
Local sightseeing of Leh, the capital of the historic kingdom of Ladakh. The town is a fascinating labyrinth of winding streets and quaint bazaars. The main street is open and airy, lined with rows of shops. Visit the Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, and the Leh Mosque
Day 03: Leh - Thiksey - Shey - Hemis Monsteries - Stok Palace
Full day sightseeing of Thiksey, Shey, Hemis and Stok monasteries. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 04: Drive Leh - Kargil (180Kms / 8-9 Hrs)
Drive from Leh to Kargil, (180 kms) through a spectacular moonscape. We drive over the Fotu La (14,000-ft), a high mountain pass, exiting the Indus valley and entering the Suru valley. Enroute, we visit the Lamayuru and Redzong Monasteries. Packed lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 05: Drive Kargil - Rangdum (12,000ft) (105Kms / 7-8Hrs)
A spectacular drive past Panikar and Parkachik, with magnificent views of the Nun and Kun massifs (7000 metres), hanging glaciers and large meadows. Overnight tented camp.
DAY 06: Rangdum - Remla (95Kms / 6Hrs)
Drive over the Pensi La (14,500 ft), which enables grand views of the Zanskar peaks at the bottom of which is the Drung Durung glacier that feeds the Zanskar river, 40 km below, into which we flow trip the next day. Overnight in tented camp.
DAY 07: Remla - Karsha
Rafting expedition begins at Remala. Raft till Karsha Gompa, near Padum. We raft 30 km in 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. After settling into camp by
afternoon, we take a hike to Karsha Gompa for the evening incantation.
DAY 08: Karsha - Pidmu
After a late morning start, we raft from Karsha up to Pidmu. This stretch is approximately 30 km with Class II and III rapids. After settling into the camp by mid afternoon, we visit the nearby villages of Pidmu and Hanomil.
DAY 09: Pidmu - Nyerak
After packing camp, we raft 20 km to Nyerak, a Class III sections. The gorge narrows in on the river - 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 10: Nyerak - Lamayuru
Today's 35 km rafting section takes us from Nyerak to Lamayuru, through the core of the Zanskar A classic white water day with continuous Class III rapids, and a few Class
IV rapid where the river squeezes between a gap of about 18ft. We stop for lunch near a huge waterfall at the confluence of Markha river with Zanskar. Rock formations, spires and an amazing palette of colors add to the trip today. Camp at Lamaguru.
DAY 11: Lamayuru – Nimmu - Alchi – Leh
We raft 40 kms of Class III/IV white water from Lamayuru to Nimmu today. Finish the trip at Nimmu and drives to Leh 60 kms enroute visit Alchi. Visit the Alchi Monastery. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12: Leh - Delhi (by air)
In the noon flight from Leh to Delhi.