Zanskar Expedition


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This is one of the most exotic rafting expeditions in the world.

The expedition on the Zanskar river is completely self supported, and passes through the steep gorges carved out by the river over countless years. The Zanskar gorge has been referred to as the 'Grand Canyon' of Asia by many explorers.

The river is graded as Class IV, and it passes through very remote and difficult to access terrain of Ladakh. The river's water is very cold ( around 7 degrees Celsius ), and cold water gear like wet sutis etc are necessary.

This trip is a combination of the experience of Jeep Safari, Monastery visits, and rafting in one of the most exotic and isolated gorges of the world.

Note: We deliberately keep our expedition Leh to Leh, to give you greater flexibility in terms of exploring more of Leh/Ladakh before and after the expedition. It is recommended that you spend a few days in Leh town prior to the expedition to acclimatizing at 11,000 feet above sea level. You can visit the ancient monasteries, palaces and villages around Leh during that time.

Variations : For extended / truncated versions of this expedition click on Variations tab below.

   Trip stats   Season   Departures   Variations
Location Remala to Nimmu
Duration 8 days
Pickup - Drop Point Leh to Leh
Difficulty DEMANDING
   Trip stats   Season   Departures   Variations
   Trip stats   Season   Departures   Variations
   Trip stats   Season   Departures   Variations
Day 1: Leh to Kargil by road
Early Morning Pickup from Leh Hotel, drive to Kargil. Enroute visit the beautiful Lamayuru monastery. Overnight stay would be at Kargil in hotel/camp.
Day 2: Kargil to Rangdum by road
Drive from Kargil to Rangdum. Camp would be set up in the lush green meadows near the Rangdum Gompa. Late afternoon one can take a stroll, and visit the monastery.
Day 3: Rangdum to Remala by road
Drive from Rangdum over the Pensi-La ( 14,500 Ft ) to Remala. Overnight camp at Remala.
Day 4: Rafting starts.
Rafting Remala to Karsha. Rafting expedition starts from Remala on the Stod river. Today is an easy class II kind of section to introduce any first time paddlers. Camp is set near the Karsha monastery. Late afternoon a visit to the monastery.
Day 5: continued....
Karsha to Pidmu. Easy section on the river. Camp is established at Pidmu. One can explore the nearby small villages.
Day 6: continued....
Pidmu to Nyerak. The river picks up pace, and creates a series of class III kind of rapids. Camp is set at Neyarak.
Day 7: continued....
Neyarak to Lamaguru. The gorge narrows down. We run several class III/IV rapids. There is a beautiful waterfall at the confluence of Markha river and Zanskar river. We would be stopping for lunch here. Overnight camp would be at Lamaguru.
Day 8: Finish at Nimmu. Drive back to Leh
Lamaguru to Nimmu. Another action packed day with several class III+ rapids and a couple of class IV as well. The raft trip finishes at Nimmu, where the Zanskar river confluences with Indus. We would drive to Leh ( about 60 kms ), visiting Alchi Monastery on way.

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