Recap of Ladakh River Festival and What’s In Store for 2019!

The Ladakh River festival is a breathtaking kayaking competition that takes place 11000ft high in the fearsome Indus river. It is the highest kayaking competition in the world. The severe height and weather conditions are just the beginning of the troubles for the kayakers.

Organised by Wet and Wild Explorations, this initiative was taken up to promote and showcase the hidden talent of the local people. Another intention behind organising this festival was to hopefully attract sponsors for the local and native kayakers. We also love to unite white water sport lovers from across the globe and learn from each other!

The competition happened the last 2 times on the bold Indus river. The river here flows over huge boulders creating 3-metre-high waves and terrifying hydraulics that even the world’s finest kayakers have difficulty navigating.

So far the Ladakh River festival has had two successful editions. We are looking forward to another enthralling episode of madness. Here's a recap of what's happened so far and what is upcoming.

LRF 2017

The first ever Ladakh river festival 2017 was huge success and went beyond our expectations. It was a great joy to congratulate all our participants, supporters and sponsors namely: Adventure axis, Adventrips India, Rimo expedition, ALTOA, Peakuk, Zeon hotel, hotel Yaktail, River wild, Tourism department Leh, Trans northern expedition and Adidas sick-line. Thank you so much for the constant support towards the LRF and we hope for it to continue in the future.

And a Huge Congratulation to all the winners of Ladakh river festival 2017.

Ashu Rawat from Rishikesh, India, is the winner of LRF 2017.

LRF 2018

The second edition of the Ladakh River festival, the worlds highest kayaking competition, was an absolute success. High water levels were making it a tough and tight race between the competitors. Congratulations to all the winners and participants. We had a blast! Here are the results of the different categories:


1. Chamkor Singh Rana

2. Pramod Gurung

3. Pawan Singh Rana


1. Manoj Sunar

2. Ashu Rawat

3. Pramod Gurung


1. Ashu Rawat

2. Chamkor Singh Rana

3. Pawan Singh Rana


1. Pramod Gurung

2. Manish Rawat

3. Manoj Sunar


Ashu Rawat

LRF 2019

We are thrilled to announce the final date for the 3rd edition of the Ladakh River festival.

Note down the dates - 17th and 18th of Aug, and plan your trip during the competition for great fun with Himalayan kayak community.

Our proud sposnsors from the past have been - Peak UK, Sharkskin India, Adventure Axis, Wet N Wild Explorations, Rimo Expeditions, Adventure Sindbad, Splash Ladakh, Mamaadventure, NRS, Khayulmineralwater, Frozen Himalayas, Tofu Maker Films and Purelandexpeditions.

LRF is the highest kayaking competition in the world, so please make sure that you visit here a few days before to acclimatise yourself.

We are working hard to curate a river festival which can provide a platform to engage the local community with this beautiful sport and vice versa. As this festival is purely managed and run by volunteers, we encourage as many people to take part as possible in supporting the even. Any kind of support from you for the competition is a great motivation for us and the community. We hope to see a huge turnout this year round! Thanking everyone again for the unconditional support. Let's make this event a grand success!