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Zanskar River Expedition Leh - Ladakh

Tour Route : Leh - Kargil - Rangdom - Remala - Karsha - Pidmu - Lamayuru
Duration : 13 Days / 12 Nights

Best time: June to mid August'

Day 01: Arrival Leh ex Delhi by flight.
Meet on arrival at Leh airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free to acclimatization. Overnight at hotel

Day 02: In Leh
An excursion to famous monasteries of Ladakh. It is interesting to visit early in the morning to enjoy the praying ceremony at Thiksey monastery. Continue drive to Hemis monastery which is one of the most famous monasteries of the Ladakh region. On the way back visit to Shey Palace. Evening free to explore Leh market on own. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Leh/ Kargil (236 kms/ 8 hrs)
After Breakfast drive to Kargil enroute visiting Alchi Monastery, Giant Buddha at Mulbek. On arrival check in and overnight at hotel in Kargil

Day 04: Kargil / Rangdum (105 km, 5-6 hours).
After Breakfast drive from Kargil to Rangdum. 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 till Rangdum Gompa. Camp overnight.

Day 05: Rangdum / Remala (95 km, 5 hours)
We drive to Remala, which is the starting point for the rafting trip on the Stod river, a tributary of the Zanskar river. 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 a long and winding of ice and snow is the largest glacier in Ladakh which feeds the Zanskar River.  The mystical paradise Zanskar Valley is enclosed on three sides by the Great Himalayan Range, The Zanskar Range and The Pir Panjal Range.

The Zanskar River is a amazing feat of nature, it has formed a deep gorge in the Zanskar Range over the last many centuries by cutting against the mighty mountains. During the rafting come across the deep gorges with sheer cliffs rising for thousands of feet on both sides.  During the expedition you would raft for about 155 Km on the vintage Zanskar River which finally culminates in the mighty Indus. On arrival set up camp at Remala, which is the start point of rafting expedition.

Day 06: Remala / Karsha 3,496 m (40 km stretch, 5 hours)
Rafting expedition begins at Remala. Raft till near Karsha Gompa, near Padum. Today’s rafting section is a scenic run down the Stod River surrounded by 6000 m high peaks and the stark barren landscapes that make Ladakh so unique. The stretch includes a Class II section providing an ideal training ground for first time rafters. The rafting finishes at Karsha early in the afternoon we can take an optional hike to Karsha Gompa. Over night at camp at Karsha

Day 07: Karsha / Pidmu 3,361 m, (30 km, 4 hours)
After breakfast at camp raft from Karsha up to Honyo / Pidmo (3361 m ; 11,025 ft ; 3 hrs). This stretch is approximately 30 km with Class II and III rapids. Another easy day to get used to the river, the altitude and hone our paddling skills.

Day 08: Pidmu / Neyrak 3,286 m, (20 km, 4 hours)
After packing camp, we raft 20 km to Nyerak . 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 09: Rest day at Nyerak.
Take a hike to Nyerak village or relax under the cool shade of the willows at our Campsite. Wash up at the campsite stream and enjoy the day off.

Day 10: Neyrak / Lamaguru 3,190 m (35 km, 5 hours)
Today’s 35 km rafting section takes us from 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 18 ft. 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. Overnight at camp

Day 11: Lamaguru / Nimmu 3,145 m (40 km, 4 hours).
Another exciting day of white water rafting on the river, covering 40 km  stretch of Class III/IV white water from Lamaguru to Nimu . Set up camp on a small beach just before the confluence of the Zankar and Indus rivers at Nimmu.

Day 12: Nimmu/ Leh Drive
Pick up from Nimmu and drive to visit Likir and Alchi Monastery later drive back to Leh. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Departure Leh
Morning in time transfer to airport to board flight to Delhi. End of tour.

 


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