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  • River Rafting in Zanskar River

River Rafting in Zanskar River

Duration: 12 Days 11 Nights
Activities: River Rafting
Regions: North India
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Leh - Kargil - Manda - Zamgok - Hanamur - Nyerak - Lamaguru - Nimu - Leh - Delhi
Best Time: April, May, June, July, August, September

Overview

A self contained multi-day expedition down the spectacular and scenic Zanskar river gorge. The trip takes you down extremely desolates and remote Zanskar gorge with walls arising a few thousand feet from the river bed. The trip ends at mighty Indus river. This combined with hikes and visits to various monasteries in the Zanskar and Ladakh region makes this a fascinating trip to the last truly lost horizon of our shrinking planet. This run through grade III-IV rapids enhances the experience of journeying down this otherwise untrekkable gorge.

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Day 1: Arrive - Delhi

Arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2: Delhi - Leh

Morning flight to Leh. Arrival and transfer to hotel. Day free for acclimatization. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3 : Leh – Kargil

We drive over the Fotu La (14,000 ft), a high mountain pass and exit the Indus valley.Vist Lamayuru monastery enroute. Arrive Kargil check in to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4 : Kargil - Manda

A spectacular drive past Panikar and Parkachik,with magnificent views of the Nun and Kun massifs (7000 metres),hanging glaciers and large meadows. We 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,Overnight tented camp.

Day 5 : Manda - Zamgok

Rafting expedition begins at Hamiling. Raft down till near Zamgok,Padum. We are surrounded by 6000 met high peaks. River section today includes a Class II section, a good introduction for first timers as well as to the river in general.Arrive and set the camp by afternoon and we can take an optional hike to Karsha Gompa.

Day 6 : Zamgok - Hanamur

Morning raft down to Hanamur. This stretch is approximately 35 km with Class II and III rapids. Another easy day to get used to the river, the altitude and hone our paddling skills.

Day 7 : Hanamur - Nyerak

After packing camp, we raft 25 km to Nyerak in 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.

Day 8 : Nyerak

Rest day at Nyerak.Wash up at the campsite stream and enjoy the day off.

Day 9 : Nyerak - Lamaguru

Todays 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 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 today. Camp.

Day 10 : Lamaguru – Nimu - Leh

Today we raft 40 kms of Class III/IV white water from Lamaguru to Nimu. We end our trip at the confluence of the Zanskar with the Indus. Drive an hour back to Leh.Overnight hotel.

Day 11: Leh - Delhi

Morning board flight for Delhi. Met on arrival at Delhi and transfer to hotel. Afternoon at leisure for independent activities.

Day 12 : Depart Delhi

Transfer to international airport in time to board the flight to onward destination.

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