Banner image
WHITEWATER KAYAKING

Whitewater kayaking is the sport of paddling a kayak on a moving body of water, typically a whitewater river. Whitewater kayaking can range from active, moving water, to demanding, extreme whitewater.

Paddling on rivers, lakes and oceans is as old as the Stone Age. The raft, the catamaran, the canoe and the kayak evolved depending on the needs and environment of the indigenous peoples in different parts of the world. The modern day kayak most likely originated about 8,000 years ago along the Siberian coast line by the Yupik and then transformed from the open canoe, via the Aleut and Inuit, into an enclosed kayak. The first boats made were hard to sink because they contained inflated seal bladders, which made them ideal for navigating whitewater.

The Greek, Herodotus, 484-425 BC, wrote in his travel diaries about boats with which merchandise was brought from Armenia to Babylon. The boats were made of a wooden framework that was covered with animal skins. Mules hauled the precious skins back to Armenia.

The Russian, Grigori Ivanovitch Langsdorff, reported from his trip around the world (1803–07) on the ease and elegance of paddling Eskimo kayaks/canoes. The Scot, John MacGregor, came back from his North American trip full of excitement about the kayak/canoe and in 1860 started building six boats that closely resembled Eskimo canoes/kayaks, weighing app. 80 lb (36 kg). In 1866 he published the book A Thousand Miles in the Rob Roy Canoe. The timing was right and the book became a resounding success. With the Industrial Revolution leading to more leisure time in the middle of the 19th century, people in Europe started to enjoy floating down rivers in all kinds of contraptions taking in nature previously only available to a selected few.

KAYAK SCHOOL
If you want to learn to kayak or want to advance your kayaking skills, we offer a variety of kayaking courses in Leh and Rishikesh
trips
KAYAKING BEGINNERS COURSE 4 Days
trips
KAYAKING INTERMEDIATE COURSE 4 Days
trips
KAYAKING ADVANCE COURSE 4 Days
DAY TRIPS
We offer kayaking day trips in Rishikesh (Oct - May) and Leh (May - Sep), we have a lot of different sections according to the paddler's skills. Please check below for details:
trips
Kayaking in Rishikesh Class 2 - 3+ Uttrakhand ITINERARY AVAILABLE
trips
Kayaking in Leh (Ladakh) Class 2 - 3+ Jammu & Kashmir ITINERARY AVAILABLE
EXPEDITIONS
We organise kayaking expeditions in many rivers in the Himalayas. Please check below all the rivers we organise kayaking expedition in, for some rivers itinerary will not be available, please contact us for that, itinerary available on request.
  • river pic INDUS Class 4 Ladakh ITINERARY AVAILABLE
  • river pic ZANSKAR Class 4 Ladakh ITINERARY AVAILABLE
  • river pic SHYOK Class 3 Ladakh
    SHYOK RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic TSARP CHU Class 4+/span> Ladakh ITINERARY AVAILABLE
  • river pic DRASS Class 4 Ladakh
    DRASS RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic SURU Class 4+ SURU
    SURU RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic GANGA Class 3+ Uttrakhand ITINERARY AVAILABLE
  • river pic ALAKNANDA Class 4 Uttrakhand ITINERARY AVAILABLE
  • river pic BHAGIRATHI Class4 Uttrakhand ITINERARY AVAILABLE
  • river pic PINDAR Class 5 Uttrakhand
    PINDAR RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic TONS Class 4 Uttrakhand
    TONS RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic MADHU GANGA Class 5 Uttrakhand
    MADHU RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic MANDAKINI Class 4 Uttrakhand
    MANDAKINI RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic KALI SHARDA Class 3 Uttrakhand ITINERARY AVAILABLE
  • river pic NANDAKINI Class 4 Uttrakhand
    NANDAKINI RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic YAMUNA Class 3 Uttrakhand
    YAMUNA RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic BEAS Class 4 Himachal Pradesh
    BEAS RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic SATLUJ Class 4 Himachal Pradesh
    SATLUJ RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic SPITI Class 4 Himachal Pradesh
    SPITI RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic CHENAB Class 4 Himachal Pradesh
    CHENAB RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic PARVATI Class 4 Himachal Pradesh
    PARVATI RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic BRAMAPUTRA/SIANG Class 4 Arunachal Pradesh ITINERARY AVAILABLE
  • river pic KAMENG Class 4 Arunachal Pradesh ITINERARY AVAILABLE
  • river pic SUBANSIRI Class 3 -4 Arunachal Pradesh ITINERARY AVAILABLE
  • river pic KARNALI Class Nepal
    KARNALI RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic SUNKOSHI Class Nepal
    SUNKOSHI RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic MARSYANGDI Class Nepal
    MARSYANGDI RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
  • river pic Trishuli Class Nepal
    TRISHULI RIVER EXPEDITION
    ITINERARY ON REQUEST
PHOTOS
photo
photo
photo
photo
photo
photo
photo
photo
photo
photo
photo
photo
FOR BOOKING OR ANY QUESTIONS?
  • Like what you see but want more information? Contact us today for booking or any questions you may have.
BASIC KAYAKING COURSE
X

Basic 4 days course in kayaking is one of our most sought after programs. It starts with simple introduction to paddling and moves onto advanced white water skills with lot of focus in developing the basic skills.

• Introduction to kayak and basic paddling skills

• Bracing and Leaning techniques to improve balancing in white water

• Self rescue mechanisms including T-rescue

• Eddy-in, eddy-out and river ferrying techniques

• Basic river reading skills including how to read river around rapids

• Running a grade 2 river section for about 9 km which will include running class 1 to 2+ rapids.

INTERMEDIATE KAYAKING COURSE
X

Already have some experience of whitewater kayaking and are now looking to feel more confident on Class 2-3 whitewater? Our Improvers Kayaking Courses Class 2-3 are the perfect way to make that happen! We have some fantastic sections of whitewater here in India giving you the perfect opportunity to understand and develop those fundamental skills.

No more charging down the river with your head down, instead you will find a new, fun and dynamic way of kayaking features and rapids that you come across along the way!

Breaking in and out of the river is THE fundamental skill that we require when whitewater kayaking! We work on various techniques on different types of eddy’s whether they have stronger powerful lines and features or are tight with small margins for error. With our help you will work on a strategy of catching and making those eddy’s you previously may have avoided!

No date to suit your plans, holidays or needs?

Just drop us an email or give us a call. We are pretty flexible here at the Kayak School giving you the best opportunity to improve you kayaking and to move up a grade!

Throughout the duration of the course we work on your fundamental skills for whitewater kayaking. Be it from the riverside coached sessions, to theory in the sand at an eddy or coaching and leading you through the rapids, our in depth knowledge and world class coaching will help you attain that goal of becoming a more confident, pro-active and dynamic kayaker!

Looking ahead, reading and predicting river features will help your understanding of whitewater immensely. It makes the skill of read and running rapids at lot less stressful and it gives you a solid, safe and fun line too! We will also occasionally get out to scout a rapid. This will help our understanding of whitewater, its features and the techniques and timing associated within this!.

Running waves and keeping the line can be quite confusing as not all waves are the same as we move towards Class 3. An integral part of this course is learning to work with diagonal waves, V waves and crashing or green style of waves.

Body position and forward paddling are fundamental to everything that we do while kayaking on a river. A dynamic forward paddle stroke is the key to building up confidence and getting to where you want to be on the river. Our body position also affects how we kayak, our boat reacts and how we run rapids. This is a essential skill that will be continually worked on throughout the duration of the course.

Advanced Techniques such as the draw stroke on the move and the bow rudder are extremely important in the higher river grades and it is on this course where we start our journey using them correctly and efficiently. A great way to do this is with a session on our secluded mountain lake and with no distractions from the river and its current it is the perfect place to understand and get a feel for you paddle blade before bringing it into whitewater.

Coaches / Instructors

All of our Instructors are fully qualified through the IRF Interntial Rafting Federation . They have a wealth of experience not only here in India but around the world.

Experience Required

You should have some experience of kayaking Class 2 white water. We will be kayaking for around 4-5 hours a day, and also on different rivers. so though you do not need to be an Olympic Athlete you should have a certain amount of paddle fitness or stamina!

Accommodation and Food

The region offers camping, bed and breakfast, holiday flats and of course hotels. Since the Kayak School began, we have been working with our partners, where you are made to feel welcome, enabling you to relax and get a good nights sleep after a great day of kayaking. If you would like help searching for your ideal place to stay just drop us a mail. Our partners offer great prices if you are coming here to kayak and are cheaper than what you can find online! Also please note that we do not take any commission from our partners!

Group Composition

Our ratio for Class 2-3 whitewater is 1:4. This gives you plenty of whitewater action and the opportunity to improve your kayaking while having the knowledge that your Coach / Instructor will spend time with everyone. All of our courses are guaranteed to run with just the minimum of 2 clients, what better way is there to improve your kayaking and take it up a level!

Kit to bring

If you have your own equipment then please bring it along for the course. We teach the modern way of kayaking and so if you are in an extremely old, long boat with no edge then we have modern designed kayaks, paddles and equipment that is included in the price of the course. A sturdy pair of river boots are mandatory (no sandals) plus any of your own personal kayaking apparel.

Transport

Its all include in the cost.

ADVANCE KAYAKING COURSE
X

Our Advanced Kayaking Courses Class III-IV is designed to give you the confidence to run different styles of white-water, be it: big volume, technical, continuous rapids. With our vast experience of coaching and our in-depth knowledge of the local area and rivers it is the perfect way to make a solid foundation that will help you improve your technique and give you a understanding of more challenging white water and a dynamic positive approach to river running!

No date to suit your plans, holiday or needs?

Just drop us an email or give us a call. We are pretty flexible here at the Kayak School giving you the best opportunity to see the region from a different perspective!!

Throughout the Skills and Thrills advance course we will be working on various techniques such as:

Breaking in and out of the river is a basic manoeuvre that we have learnt when we first went kayaking on a river, however we now want to improve our eddy skills to enable us to catch any eddy on the river. With the characters of eddys changing on various styles of river we will learn the different techniques that will help us get safely and smoothly into an eddy without the wobbles or getting caught on the edge of our kayak or stuck in the boils or eddy line!

Scouting is not just important to see where we need to go but as we start our journey into reading and understanding the dynamics of whitewater it will help us to plan our line and be one step ahead when we reach that certain point on the rapid or feature.

Looking ahead, reading and predicting river features - the more understanding of whitewater we have the easier it becomes to put in the correct technique, with a positive body position thus helping us to stay on the line and be ready for the next move or challenge. We will be looking at features such as waves (diagonal, straight, V waves, green and crashing waves) and holes (friendly, unfriendly and big volume) and the effects this has on our line or route down a rapid.

Safety and Group Dynamics will also be an important part of our Skills and Thrills Class 3-4 course. Understanding group dynamics and slowing everything down at first will give us a great insight into how we would run a typical Alpine style rapid with a group of friends and of course the more controlled and organised the group is, the safer the descent will be. Thus limiting those critical situations and lowering the chances of having a real time situation!

Understanding and working with Momentum - both lateral and downstream, working with our edges and understanding the fundamentals of body, boat and blade. We are aiming to make you a more dynamic and pro-active style of kayaker.

Instructors / Guides

All of our Instructors are qualified through IRF International Rafting Federation and have a wealth of experience teaching kayaking not just in Austria and the German speaking Alps but all over the world. Our Instructors/Coaches will tailor the course so that you learn at your own pace and of course your kayaking skills will progress extremely fast.

Kit to bring

If you have your own equipment then please bring it along for the course. We teach the modern way of kayaking and so if you are in an extremely old, long boat with no edge then we have modern designed kayaks, paddles and equipment that is included in the price of the course. A sturdy pair of river boots are mandatory (no sandals) plus any of your own personal kayaking apparel.

GANGA
X

In Rishikesh we have 4 different trips on which are differentiated based on the starting point of the tour. All these trips are carried out on the river Ganges and conclude below Laxmanjhula bridge in Tapovan. In addition we have a special trip on river Bhagirathi. We have high quality rafting equipments which are some of the best in the world with all kinds of safety and rescue tools like wet suits, dry tops, Personal Floatation Devices, Safety Helmets, booties, throw ropes, first aid kit and medicines. We also carry a dry bag in case customers want to carry their mobile phones or cameras with them. Apart from a fun-filled journey on the raft which passes through the mountains of Garhwal, the trip also includes body surfing in the river, cliff jumping and a small snacks break. Special focus is laid on the safety of rafters. Before every trip the customers are briefed about the security measures and rescue techniques. All the trips are accompanied by safety kayakers who along with the raft guides are highly experienced and internationally certified.

Meeting Point - Wet N Wild Explorations,, Tapovan, Rishikesh, 249192

Months - September to May

Stretches -

Brahmapuri to Laxmanjhula

Price: Rs 500/person
Distance: 6 km by river
Hours on river - 1 hour
Grade - Good class II
Major rapids - Initiation, Double Trouble
Shortest rafting day trip organized by us. The whole rafting experience takes around an hour on the river. The trip is comparatively easier and few small grade 2 rapids like Double trouble and Initiation are on the way. Best for those who are short on time but still want to have an adventurous experience on the Ganges.

Shivpuri to Laxmanjhula

Price: Rs 800/person
Distance: 12 km by river
Hours on river - 2.5 hours
Grade - 3
Major rapids - Return to the Sender, Roller coaster, Golf course, Clubhouse, Initiation, Double Trouble
Commercially most famous trip on the Ganges. The whole trip takes around 2 and a half hour and goes through some of the most famous class 3 rapids like Golf course and Roller coaster. The whole trip is high on adrenaline and guarantees an awesome experience with snack break and cliff jumping included in it.

Marine Drive to Laxmanjhula

Price: Rs 1200/person
Distance: 20 km by river
Hours on river - 3.5 hours
Grade - 3
Major rapids - Three blind Mice, Return to the Sender, Roller coaster, Golf course, Clubhouse, Double Trouble
Longer rafting trip which takes around 3 and half hour on the river. Includes all the famous rapids after Shivpuri with the addition of the famous rapid Three Blind Mice. Best for people who want to enjoy their whole day having an adventurous trip on the holy river of Ganges.

Kaudiyala to Laxmanjhula

Price: Rs 1800/person
Distance: 30 km by river
Hours on river - 4.5 hours
Grade - 4
Major rapids - The wall, Three blind Mice, Return to the Sender, Roller coaster, Golf course, Clubhouse, Double Trouble
Longest rafting trip organized by us on the river Ganges. The whole trip takes around 5 hours and including the time taken on road, it almost takes the whole day for the trip. The trip is one of the finest and most adventurous on the the Ganges with the raft passing through some grade 4 rapids like The Wall and multiple famous grade 3 rapids scattered all over the trip.

Full Day Bhagirathi Trip

River - Bhagirathi
Price: Rs 3000/person
Distance: 30 km by river
Hours on river - 4 hours
Grade - 4
Major rapids - Elephant rock, The Shoot, Sharp S, Confluence rapid
Start point - Koteshwar
Finish point- Devprayag
Bhagirathi rafting trip is a special trip organized by us on the Bhagirathi river. It’s a challenging grade 4 trip which starts in Koteshwar and ends at Devprayag which is the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi to become river Ganges. The drive from Rishikesh to Koteshwar takes 4 hours by road. And the rafting trip takes another 4 hours. The rapids are grade 3+/4 and hence more adventurous. The river is more turbulent passing through narrow gorges and the route is more in the wilderness away from human settlements and other kind of disturbances.

Costs include -

1. Transportation to the rafting start point and then back after rafting
2. All Rafting and safety equipments including wet suits, booties, PFDs, Helmet, Paddle etc
3. Refreshments/Snacks
4. Safety kayakers on all the trips
5. Cliff jumping(optional)

Costs exclude-

Pictures and videos of the trip. We can provide pictures and videos of the trip at a cost of Rs 800/- if informed in advance before the trip.

Cancellation Policy

1. For walk-ins we usually charge after the trip so cancellation policy doesn’t apply.
2. For advance bookings, we need to be informed 2 days in advance for full refund.

Food - We usually don’t provide any food on day trips but it can be arranged(only veg) on demand for an extra charge of Rs. 200/-

Pickup and drop off Policy:

We normally expect customers to contact us at our office in Tapovan and the transportation cost to rafting site is included in the price. We can pick them up from their hotel of stay if it’s within 1-2 kms of our office. For pick up from further locations we charge extra transportation charges depending upon the distance.
All our trips end near Laxmanjhula which is within walking distance of our office in tapovan. We can drop them off to their hotels if it’s within few kms of our office.

Rules & Regulations:

1. Customers shouldn’t have any medical problems like Asthma, heart diseases or any recent surgeries which might create problem during the trip.
2. No alcohol or drugs intake before the trip. In case we discover any such usage we will cancel the trip without any refund.
Swimming is not required but customer shouldn’t have any water phobia.

Start time:

There is no fixed starting time for day trips. We usually customize the time depending upon the demands of the customers but generally it commences between 9 am to 2:30 pm.

ZANSKAR
X

Rafting in Ladakh is one of the fastest growing adventure activities and our daily trips are organized mostly on two rivers - Zanskar and Indus. Big volume rivers with humongous amounts of cold water, different classes of rapids with picturesque landscape painted all along the route gives an altogether different kind of excitement in rafting at the top of the world. We have high quality rafting equipments which are some of the best in the world with all kinds of safety and rescue tools like wet suits, dry tops, Personal Floatation Devices, Safety Helmets, booties, first aid kit and medicines. We also carry a dry bag in case customers want to carry their mobile phones or cameras with them. Special focus is laid on the safety of customers. Before every trip the customers are briefed about the security measures and rescue techniques. All the trips are accompanied by safety kayakers who along with the raft guides are highly experienced and internationally certified.

Months - June to September

Chilling to Nimo:

River: Zanskar
Price: Rs 2000/-person
Distance: 28 km by river
Hours on river - 3 hours
Grade - 3
Start time - 8 am
Major rapids - Chilling rapid, Shoot rapid, Scorpoche rapid, Gorge rapid

Explore Ladakh in a different and more adventurous way by taking the path less traveled by, that is through the rivers of the valley. Rafting on the Zanskar river is one of a kind of adventure which takes you to places no other transport can take and at the same time one can play with the massive water bodies at the top of the world. Rafting trip from Chilling to Nimo is one of the most famous one day rafting trips in Ladakh. The trip rides high on the energetic waves of Zanskar and passes through the beautiful landscapes of Zanskar valley also famous as the grand canyon of Asia. The water is cold and silty flowing down from the melting glaciers of himalayas. The trip ends at the confluence of Zanskar and Indus in Nimo.

1. The trip starts in Leh where we will pick you up and take you to Chilling. The trip takes 2 hours by road. On the way you can do some local sightseeing of Magnetic Hill and Sangam.
2. At Chilling, after half an hour of briefing we will start the rafting trip. The route passes through some of the famous grade 3 rapids on the high water of the river and takes total of 3 hours before concluding at Nimmo.
3. Zanskar is a big volume river with an impressive amount of water and provides some adrenaline pumping rapids scattered all over the trip.
4. At Nimmo we will stay you at our camps where you will have lunch and can enjoy some Volleyball depending upon the time. Later we will drive you back to Leh.

Scorpoche to Nimo

River: Zanskar
Price: Rs 1800/person
Distance: 18 km by river
Hours on river - 2 hours
Start time - 9 am
Grade - 3
Major rapids - Scorpoche rapid, Gorge rapid
Rafting from Scorpoche is part of the bigger trip which starts from Chilling. It is of moderate difficulty and best for people who are either short on time or want to go with modest difficulty level. But the amount of fun and the enthralling view of the journey is unmatched. Riding the cold and silty water of Zanskar at an altitude of more than 3000 m with a mesmerizing view of the valley transforms you to a different world.

1. The trip starts in Leh where we will pick you up and take you to Scorpoche. The trip takes 1.5 hours by road. On the way you can do some local sightseeing of Magnetic Hill and Sangam.
2. At Scorpoche, after half an hour of briefing we will start the rafting trip. The route passes through some of the famous grade 3 rapids on the high water of the river and takes total of 2 hours before concluding at Nimo.
3. Zanskar is a big volume river with an impressive amount of water and provides some adrenaline pumping rapids scattered all over the trip.
4. At Nimmo we will stay you at our camps where you will have lunch and can enjoy some Volleyball depending upon the time. Later we will drive you back to Leh which takes 1 hour by road.

Tsogsti to Nimo

River: Zanskar
Price: Rs 1200/person
Distance: 5 km by river
Hours on river - 1 hour
Start time - 10 am
Grade - 1
Major rapids - No rapids
Tsogsti to Nimo is a low difficulty level trip conducted mostly on flatwater and low grade rapids. The trip is best suited for people who just want a relaxed and fun trip in the zanskar valley. Even though it’s low on the adrenaline level but the visual experience is still on par with any other river expedition in Ladakh.

1. The trip starts in Leh where we will pick you up and take you to Tsogsti. The trip takes 1 hour by road. On the way you can do some local sightseeing of Magnetic Hill and Sangam.
2 .At Tsogsti, after half an hour of briefing we will start the rafting trip. The route passes mostly on flat water without any major rapids and takes total of 1 hour before concluding at Nimmo.
3. At Nimmo we will stay you at our camps where you will have lunch and can enjoy some Volleyball depending upon the time. Later we will drive you back to Leh which takes 1 hour by road.
4. At Chilling, after half an hour of briefing we will start the rafting trip. The route passes through some of the famous grade 3 rapids on the high water of the river and takes total of 3 hours before concluding at Nimmo.
5. Zanskar is a big volume river with an impressive amount of water and provides some adrenaline pumping rapids scattered all over the trip.
6. At Nimmo we will stay you at our camps where you will have lunch and can enjoy some Volleyball depending upon the time. Later we will drive you back to Leh.

Costs include -

1. Transportation to the rafting start point and then back to hotel after rafting
2. All Rafting and safety equipments including wet suits, booties, PFDs, Helmet, Paddle etc
3. Lunch
4. Safety kayakers on all the trips
5.Sightseeing on the way like Magnetic Hill, Sangam, Gurdwara pathar sahib

Cancellation Policy

1. For walk-ins we usually charge after the trip so cancellation policy doesn’t apply
2 .For advance bookings, we need to be informed 2 days in advance for full refund

Food - We provide lunch(only Veg) on all day trips

Pickup and drop off Policy:

We pick up customers from their hotels in Leh and transport them to the rafting start point. All this are included in the cost. No extra costs. Drop off at their respective hotels after rafting is also included in the price.

Rules & Regulations:

1. Customers shouldn’t have any medical problems like Asthma, heart diseases or any recent surgeries which might create problem during the trip.
2. No alcohol or drugs intake before the trip. In case we discover any such usage we will cancel the trip without any refund.
3. Swimming is not required but customer shouldn’t have any water phobia.

X
If you are interested in joining the , please fill in the below details and we will get back to you.
EXPEDITION NAME
YOUR NAME *
YOUR EMAIL *
MESSAGE
Thank you for choosing Wet N Wild Explorations. Our representative will get in touch with you within 24-48 hrs.