Rafting in Zanskar

Duration - 8days
Grade - III & IV
Minimum no. of Pax: 08

This is one of the most exotic rafting expiditons of 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 Class IV, and it passes through very remote and difficult to acess terrain of Ladakh. The river's water is very cold(around 7 degrees Celcius), and cold water gear like wet suits etc are necessary.

In the winters, the Zanskar river freezes, and the local inhabitants use it for accessing the outer world. Amongst trekkers this is also famous as the "Chadar Trek".

Described here is a schedule for participants who would like to join us from Leh.

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. Enroute we would be visiting the Lamayuru Monastery, Rangdum Monastery, Karsha Gompa and Alchi Monastery.

Trip Schedule

Day01 :
Early morning pickup from Leh Hotel, drive to Kargil. Enroute visit the beautiful Lamayuru monastery. Overnight stay would be at Kargil in Hotel/Camp.

Day02 :
Drive to Kargil to Rangdum.Cammp would be set-up in lish green meadows near the Rangdum Gompa. Late afternoon one can take a stroll, and visdit the monastery.

Day03 :
Drive grom Rangdum over the Pensi-La(14500Ft) to Remala. Overnight camp at Remala.

Day04 :
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.
Day05 :
Karsha to Pidmu. Easy section on the river. Camp is established at Pidmu. One can explore the nearby small villages.

Day06 :
Pidmu to Neyarak. The river picks up pace, and creates a series of class III kind of rapids. Camp is set at Neyarak.

Day07 :
Neyarak to Lamamguru. 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.

Day08 :
Lamaguru to Nimmu. Another action packed day with several class III+ rapids and 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 60kms), visiting Alchi monastery on the way.

Test the time and blast off... Rock the raft and glide with pride. Warm culture & hot Paddling

Clients testimonials

  • "Prateek and his team was outstandingly proffesional. And it shows in there work. I hadthe best time of my life doing rafting and staying at the IGA base camp near rishikesh. It was an excellent experience."
    - Rahul K. Gupta,
    BMR Advisors
  • "I have been going for these outdoor activities since i was 14, but never got such professional blend of services and complete adventure. IGA has this really good management."
    - Shailendra Bisht,
    Relationship Manager, Deutsche Bank