We begin with a flight over the snow capped Himalaya to Leh where we have time enjoy this beautiful mountain setting, acclimatize to the altitude (3300m), and visit some remarkable monasteries and villages. From here we take an unforgettable three-day drive to our put-in on the Zanskar. Along the way, we visit more monasteries, traverse across high passes with views of vast meadows, hanging glaciers, and towering snow -capped peaks. We then begin our self-contained whitewater expedition with vast panoramas, spectacular canyons, secluded villages and intoxicating whitewater!
The world’s paddling community considers the Zanskar River to be one of finest multi-day river trips found anywhere and our local team of guides will personally make sure you are hooked on paddling whitewater in the wilderness long before the trip is over!
To extend the fun and adventures in the Himalayas, come with us on the trip extension and enjoy easy cycling, hiking and paddling on the edge of the Karakoram mountain range in the Nubra and Shyok valleys.
The trip is open to all river rafting experience levels, and class IV whitewater kayak-bums. This trip is agreat trip for families! If you have any question please contact us.
Acclimatize at an altitude of 3500m in the city of Leh. The beautiful city bustling with ladakhi culture is filled with monasteries, prayer flags and museums. Visit the famous Thiksey monastery, Shanti stupa and Stok Palace.
LEH TO KARGIL
Whole day drive from Leh to Kargil. Lunch in the beautiful moon landscape of Lamayuru. The route passes through Fotu La pass at 14000 ft. Overnight accommodation in Kargil.
KARGIL TO RANGDUM
Whole day drive to Rangdum. Expect some of the most gorgeous scenery in the Himalayan mountains with Nun-Kun mountains and other glacial peaks. Camping overnight in Rangdum.
RANGDUM TO REMALA
Last day of driving before getting into the river. Route passes through Pensi La Pass and enters the magnificent Zanskar Valley with 6000m peaks all around the region. Catch a view of the origin glacier Darang Durung on the way. Overnight camp in Remala alongside the river Doda, a tributary of Zanskar.
REMALA TO KARSHA
First day rafting on the river. Short briefing on all the safety guidelines and then few hours of grade 2 rafting between the mountains. Arrival in Karcha in afternoon for lunch and overnight stay. Visit the famous Karcha monastery and a take a stroll in the small village of Karcha.
KARSHA TO ZANGLA
Another day of soft rafting on grade 3 section. The river flows through the beautiful valley laced with multicolored mountains all around. Reach Zangla around afternoon for lunch and overnight camping. Visit the small village of Zangla with lots of monasteries and culture.
ZANGLA TO NYERAK
Early start of the trip and then we enter the grand canyon of zanskar. Expect some grade 4 rafting filled with lots of rapids and lots of adventure. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the gorge before we have lunch on the river. 5 hours of rafting before we reach Nyerak village for overnight stay. Most famous camping site in the entire gorge. Rest in the camp or visit the small village.
NYERAK TO CHILLING
Another adrenaline pumping day on grade 4 section. Expect a lot of grade 3 and 4 rapids and continuous whitewater. The river gets narrower until it enters a steep 18ft wide gap called the Gate rapid. Lunch at one of the most beautiful waterfall on the route and then the valley passes through spectacularly colored mountain formations all around. Overnight camp in Chilling.
CHILLING TO NIMMOO
Last day on the river. Another classic whitewater day with continuous grade 3 and 4 long rapids. Enjoy the beauty of the zanskar river until we reach the confluence with the Indus river. Final camping in Nimmoo
NIMMOO TO LEH
Reach back Leh from Nimmo via Road.