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ZANSKAR RIVER RAFTING EXPEDITION(Grade: Challenging)

Experience a Trip of a Lifetime as we go on a Multi-day river rafting expedition through the Zanskar gorge - also known as the 'Grand Canyon' of Asia!The Zanskar river rafting expedition is one of the top few, exotic and remote, river trips in the world. Get ready for sights and sounds of monasteries, drums, fluttering prayer flags, canyons and some of the best white water, that are far beyond your dreams and expectations!

Tour duration: 12 Days 11 Nights


Tour Highlights:
Road Trip to Zanskar valley - one of the remotest parts of Ladakh; Camping; Multi-day river rafting expedition! Tour Program:

Day

Trip Details

1

On arrival at Kushok Bakula Airport in Leh, you will be received by our representative and commuted to your accommodation. You are requested to take full day rest for high altitude acclimatization.  Overnight stay at Hotel in Leh.

2

After breakfast, attend prayer ceremony at the popular Thiksey monastery, Sindhu Ghat and the Stok palace, where the Royal family still reside. We visit a traditional local family who live in a 200-year old house and enjoy a cup of butter tea and experience Ladakhi lifestyle. Evening, we shall visit Leh palace and Shanti Stupa, which provide panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Overnight stay at Hotel in Leh.

3

We leave Ladakh and begin our journey towards Kargil (approx. 7 hours). Enroute we shall pass via the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers. We also visit the Guru Pattar Sahib mandir and drive via the ‘Magnetic Hill’.

We also visit the village of Lamayuru, home to one of the most famous and oldest monasteries in Ladakh. The landscape here is also known as Moonland, as it resembles the lunar landscape. We shall have a brief halt at Mulbek, famous for the 9-metre high rock sculpture of Maitreya Buddha built around the 8th century. Our journey for the day ends in Kargil, where we shall set up our Camps.  Overnight Camping at Kargil.

4

Today, we drive from Kargil to Rangdum ( approx. 6-7 hours). After a short drive, we enter in to the Suru valley, one of the most beautiful regions of ladakh, and the heartland of Kargil. You can enjoy the view of massive Nun and Kun peak and the Parkachik glacier.  The farthest and the most isolated part of the Suru ValleyRangdum is a picturesque place, surrounded by colourful hills on the one side and glacier encrusted rocky mountains on the other. It is almost midway between Kargil and Padum. Overnight Camping at Rangdum.

5

After breakfast, we shall visit the beautiful Rangdum Monastery. Later, we drive from Rangdum to Padum(approx. 6 hours).  About 20 kms. southeast of Randum stands the Penzi-la pass across which lies Zanskar. The Penzi-la pass (4401m) is a scenic tableland surrounded by snow-covered peaks. As the Zanskar road winds down the steep slopes of Penzi-la to the head of the Stod valley, the majestic Drang-Drung glacier, one of the largest glaciers in Ladakh  looms into full view.  We end our journey for the day at Padum. Overnight Camping at Padum.

6

Today, we shall visit the picturesque village of Sani, located around 6 kms to the west of Padum.  The chief attraction here is the castle-like monastery, founded by King Kanishka. In a courtyard behind the Gompa is a very ancient chorten called the Kanika Stupa.

We shall also visit Karsha Monastery situated in the Karsha village of the Zanskar region. Karsha is the largest and the most famous gompa of the Zanskar region. The largest monastic establishment of Zanskar, Karsha Gompa is an imposing complex of neatly white-washed chapels and rooms with a spectacular view of the valley. Evening free at leisure. Overnight Camping at Padum.

7

Today, we begin our Rafting venture downs the Zanskar river from Padum to Zangla. (4hrs; 30km; Class II) with stops for lunch and hot beverages on the banks of the river. We set up our camps at Zangla amidst spectacular scenery. We shall explore the Zangla nunnery and Zangla fort, the only remaining royal palace in Zanskar. Overnight Dinner and Camping at Zangla near the river bank.

8

The second section of the rafting commences on this day from Zangla to Nyerak. (6hrs; 40km; Class III) which will be spent almost entirely in a beautiful gorge. We set up our camps for the night at Nyerak.

9

Day free for rest and to explore Nyerak village and monastery. Overnight stay at Nyerak.

10

Today, we raft about 35 kms through the deepest part of the Zanskar to reach Lamaguru (approx. 4-5 hours), which is the Confluence of Zanskar river and Markha river. 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. Overnight camping at Lamaguru.

11

Today, we raft 40 kms of Class III/IV white water from Lamaguru to Nimu (approx. 3-4 hrs). We raft past the village of Chilling and exciting rapids as the Zanskar plunges out of the canyon to meet with the Indus river at the village of Nimo. We end our expedition at the Confluence of the Zanskar and the Indus rivers. Later, we shall board our waiting SUVs and drive back to Leh. Overnight stay at Hotel in Leh.

12

Early morning, we drive to Leh Airport for onward journey to Delhi with memories of a lifetime!

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