» River Rafting in Ladakh
River Rafting in Ladakh
A range of rafting options is available on the Indus and its major
tributaries. The best stretch for professionally guided runs in white water
is on the Indus between Spituk and Saspol. Beyond Saspol, the river becomes
difficult and funning it requires technically skilled participants and
careful organization. Upward of Spituk, the Indus has the easiest stretch up
to Karu, ideal for basic training and for day-return "scenic floating"
for amateurs. In recent years, running the Indus has become an attractive
alternative to trekking and features on the itinerary of most visitors. The
most difficult but exciting option for river running is on the Zanskar along
its spectacular course through the gorge in the Zanskar mountains, between
Padum and Nimo. This is suitable only for well organized white-water
expedition, prepared for several days of river running and camping in
absolute wilderness. Participants are required to be trained rafters
themselves while the arrangements should be assigned to a Trekking in ladakh
dependable professional agency. Adequate arrangements for rescue coverage is
an essential pre-requisite for embarking upon a white -water expedition on
river like the Zanskar.
Zanskar River Expeditions trip begins with a flight over the Himalayas into
the Trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We
spend a few days in Leh town acclimatizing at 11,000 feet above sea level
and visiting the ancient monasteries, palaces and villages around Leh. We
drive west of Leh past the town of Kargil and travel south into the valley
of Zanskar, one of the coldest inhabited places on earth. Staring the trip
on the Doda river, we begin our self contained multi-day river adventure
down the spectacular and scenic Zanskar river gorge. The trip takes you down
the extremely desolate, remote and sheer Zanskar gorge with walls rising a
few thousand feet out of the river bed, culminating on the mighty Indus
river, (which incidentally lends India its name) at the historic monastic
conclave at Alchi.
Indus and Zanskar river are famous for river rafting in Ladakh region.
The waters of Zanskar are frigid at 6 7 degrees Celsius. Wet suits
are mandatory on this trip.
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