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With snow-capped peaks eloped in the clouds; bounteous scenic beauty; indigenous culture of the Indo-Tibetans; gushing rivers; vibrant landscapes and unpredictable flora and fauna, Ladakh seems like a huge playground for the adventurers. To keep the adrenaline rush kicking, there are many adventure activities to enjoy in Ladakh , but it’s the river rafting that proves to be most thrilling. For river rafting trip in Ladakh, there are two rivers – Indus River, which flows southeast and then into Pakistan and Zanskar River, the north-flowing tributary of the Indus. The rivers have rapids mostly ranging from grade I to III and few ranging from grade IV to V. Further adding to the beauty of the river rafting adventure is the undulated terrain, crisscrossed by the remote villages and ancient monasteries, which are an important attraction of Ladakh. The most famous river rafting trail in Ladakh is from Chilling-Nimmo that passes through astoundingly rapids ranging from grade I- IV. Nimo is the point of confluence of the River Indus and Zanskar. For the beginners, the ideal stretch is from Phey to Saspol and Kharu to Spituk.Another stretch from Chilling to Nimo on the Zanskar River is perfect for experts to combat against rapids ranging up to grade IV.
NOTE:- All the itineraries can be customized to suit your own special interests, preferences, abilities, extension and reduction of numbers of days.
Our services start with your arrival at Leh airport. Meet & greet and transfer to the Hotel. Welcome tea on arrival. We recommend you completely relax for the rest of the day to enable yourselves to acclimatize to the rarefied air at the high altitude and a successful ltour or trek in Ladakh requires you to acclimatize well with high altitude, tourist can explore the Leh market shanti stupa in the evening only if you feel fine. O/N hotel
After breakfast take a full day excursion to renowned monasteries and palaces of Ladakh region
Founded in 1433 by Palden Sherab. Thiksey monastery is the most beautiful monastery of Ladakh. This monastery majestically overlooks the valley, a magnificent group of about 80 monks; discovery of the beautiful inner courtyard which distributes access to the various temples. The most amazing is certainly the temple of Maitreya with its gigantic interior statue which covers all floors of the building. To join the next site, we will take the path of school children.
Founded in 1632 by Lama Staktsang Raspa. Visit Hemis Monastery, it is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Lineage. The monastery houses an amazing collection of the age-old relics such as the idol of Lord Buddha made up of copper gilt, gold and silver stupas It holds the distinction of being the biggest as well as the wealthiest monastery of Ladakh. The annual Hemis festival honoring Padmasambhava is held here in June.
Visit Shey (Built in 17th century by king Deldan Namgyal) ancient capital of Ladakh, is an interesting complex whose importance is still measured by the quality of the paintings and the astonishing quantity of chortens or other votive monuments that surround it, especially the copper gilt statue of lord Buddha. The Rock-carved statue of five Buddha can be seen below the palace on the roadside, which was probably carved during the reign of Singay Namgyal.
Built in 1825th by king Tsespal Tundup Namgyal. Stok Palace, residence of the present kings of Ladakh. Transformed into a museum , the collections presented evoke a recent past where the royal family ruled over this valley. O/N hotel
Today we drive from Leh to Lamayouru, Mulbek and Kargil, 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, visit the mesmerizing Moon landscapes and the Lamayuru monastery renowned as Tharpa Ling which means the ‘place of freedom’; Lamayuru monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. Arahat Nimagon blessed the site and Naropa founded the monastery in the 11 century. O/N hotel
After havingbreakfast, drive to Rangdum, south on the banks of the river Suru. The road is in good condition until Sanku then a sometimes chaotic track, sinks towards Nun and Kun that one discovers towards Panikhar . The show is grand, with peaks over 7000 meters that block the horizon to the south. Arrival at the end of the day at Rangdum Gompa , where we visit the monastery. Installation at the camp located in the great plain at the foot of the monastery.
(NOTE) in the Zanskar Valley (between Kargil and the Padum Valley), it is mandatory to use local taxis, Hence the frequent change of vehicles (for each valley or district areas .) This particular local legislation generates high transportation costs, but we have no choice. O/N camp
We drive to Remala which is the starting point for the rafting trip on the Doda river, a tributary of the Zanskar river. We drive over the Pensi La (4400m), which enables grand views of the Zanskar peaks at the bottom of which is the Drung Durung glacier that feeds the Zanskar river, 40kms below, into which we flow trip the next day. O/N camp.
Rafting expedition begins at Remala. Raft till Karsha Gompa, near Padum. We raft 30 km in 5hrs which includes a break for lunch and hot beverages. We are surrounded by 6000m 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.O/N camp
After a late morning start, we raft from Karsha up to Pidmu. This stretch is approximately 30kms with Class II and III rapids. After settling into the camp by mid-afternoon, we visit the nearby villages of Pidmu and Hanumil. O/N camp
After packing camp, we raft 20kms to Nyerak, a Class III section. 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. O/N camp
Today’s 35 km rafting section takes us from Nyerak to Lamaguru, 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 colours add to the trip today. O/N Camp
We raft 40 kms of Class III/IV white water from Lamaguru to Nimu today.We make camp short of Nimu,the confluence of the Zanskar with the Indus river. O/N camp
Raft approximately 25kms from Nimu to finish the trip at Alchi through Class III / IV rapids. After ending the trip, pay a visit to Alchi, which is known for its paintings, and Alchi one of the most interesting sites of Ladakh (founded in 11th century by Lotsawa Rinchen Zanhpo) finely chiseled paintings typical of Tibetan-Kashmiri art (bring headlamp to enjoy the frescoes in the dim light), monumental statues, chortens, prayer wheels and Loungta. Drive back to Leh. O/N hotel
Early morning transfer to airport to board flight back to home and tour ends with sweet memories. For the more adventurous a drive to either Manali or Srinagar can also be arranged on request. The road journey is covered in two or more days with an overnight halt at either Serchu or Jispa, which lies on the Leh-Manali highway, or Kargil, which lies on the Leh-Srinagar highway.
Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
Avoid trekking during the nights. Single rooms and tents can be requested for a supplement (subject to availability). Please enquire at the time of booking.
Ladakh is very safe, tourist friendly and cheering place, but still you need to take care of some preparations which can make your tour even better and memorable: Carry headache, stomachache, anti-vomiting tablets with you. Please respect the culture of Ladakh. We are providing world class services in the secluded place, which is similar to an oasis, is very difficult and challenging. Still we try our best to bring cheer on your faces.
Things to carry:
While you cannot carry much on the rafting boat, except maybe a waterproof camera, if you are really interested, you need to carry these things and leave it in the starting point while going on a rafting trip in the majestic beauty of Ladakh.
Apart from this while you are rafting, you must be wearing easily dryable simple clothes – like shorts and tee.
Code of Ethics for tourists visiting Ladakh
a. As a Guest – Respect local traditions- protect local cultural- maintain local prides.
b. While taking Photographs- Respect privacy-ask permission and restraint use of flashlight for photography and filming inside National Monuments and smoking and alcohol drinking is strictly prohibited
c. Respect Holy Place- preserve what you have come to see- never touch or remove religious objects- purchase and sale of antiques which is more than 100 years old is against the law and it attracts punishment under rules.
d. Keep stream water clean and avoid using pollutants such as detergents in stream and springs- if no toilets facilities are available- make sure are at least 30 Meter away from water source and Bury or cover waste.
e. Giving to Children encourages begin- a donation to project like Health Centre or School is a more constructive way to help.
f. Visitors who value local traditions encourage local prides and maintain local cultures-please help them to gain a realistic view of life in other parts of the World.
g. The beauty of the place and loving kinds of the people may change you but please do not change them.
Eating and Drinking
Whilst camping, the staff will bring a hot drink (usually tea) to your tent each morning. When you reach camp in the afternoon tea and biscuits will be served. At breakfast, dinner and in the afternoons, there is a choice of hot drinks. Breakfasts typically include cereal, toast and jam, eggs and porridge. Lunch on trek is usually served as a picnic en route (except on shorter days when it is in camp). Lunch and dinner typically include soup to start, followed by a variety of hot dishes (both local and western) such as potatoes/chips, vegetables, curry, pasta, rice, dal and paneer (cottage cheese). At dinner time a dessert such as tinned fruit and custard, fritters or cake is also be served.
Note:- that although some meals will include meat, it is not as readily available while camping.
Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.
We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Ladakh. In Leh there is a shop called Dzomsa which sells safe drinking water. Your leader will show you where this is on your first day in Leh.