Zanskar River Rafting

Zanskar Valley, located at the remote part of Ladakh, is a standout amongst the most captivating spots to visit in the Himalayas. It lies on the eastern side of J&K state and is isolated from Ladakh by Zanskar mountain range. In old era, Zanskar and Ladakh together were a piece of the kingdom of Guje in Western Tibet. There is a road being constructed from Nimmu that would connect to Zanskar, currently, the only road is connected via Kargil. Padum the main administration place for Zanskar has various trekking trails in the likes of Darcha in Himachal Pradesh over Shingo La pass and various other trails that start from Leh part. When you visit this magnificent valley, you’d be amazed at its completely open vistas, water streams spouting through the valley, the convincing quality of aggregate remoteness and the gigantic glaciers. Zanskar Valley is known for its wide perspectives and landscapes. This valley appears to be cut off from whatever is left of the world for more than 9 months of the year.

Trip Months – June to September.

Day 1 – Arrival at Leh.

Touch base in Leh nestled at an astounding 3524m has diminished oxygen levels and is a high beginning stage for a rafting. Given that the greater part of individuals will fly into Leh, The Western Mountains emphatically suggests a rest day at Leh for height acclimatization. It is our solid proposal that you didn’t take off to do any touring on the day that you arrive in Leh. Height acclimatization is the body’s method for changing in accordance with the diminished oxygen levels at the higher elevation and avoiding Acute Mountain Sickness. Overnight remain in lodging/homestay.

Day 2- Drive from Leh to Kargil.

Influence an early morning to begin and drive towards Kargil which is around 220 km from Leh town, this is a standout amongst the most picturesque drives and we would pass numerous chronicled historic points and lovely scenes in any semblance of Alchi, Lamayuru monasteries, Nimmu which is the conjunction of Indus and Zanskar waterways, high passes of Fatu La and Namika La. You could explore Kargil markets a bit in the event that you have arrived early. Overnight stay in hotel/homestay.

Day 3- Drive from Kargil to Rangdum.

We drive again at beautiful and challenging landscapes passing Panikar with magnificent views of Nun and Kun peaks towering at more than 7000 m. we drive down to Rangdum monastery and camp overnight.

Day 4- Drive from Rangdum to Remala.

We drive across the Pensi La pass at around 14,500 ft. as we drive down to Remala, you would witness the majestic Darang Durang glacier which is a feeder for the Zanskar River.

Day 5- Rafting from Remala.

We raft close to Karsha Gompa near Padum. We incorporate a break for lunch and hot drinks. We are encompassed by towering mountains. Waterway segment today incorporates a Class II area, a great presentation for novices and also to the stream all in all. Sink into camp by evening, we can take a discretionary climb around Camp.

Day 6- Raft from Karsha up to Pidmo.

Post breakfast, we raft from Karsha up to Pidmo. This extends is roughly with Class II and III rapids. Another simple day to get used to the river.

Day 7- Raft to Nerak.

Subsequent to pressing camp, we raft to Nyerak, a Class III segment. The gorge limits in on the stream – there is currently another fast shaped at the passageway to the gorge. We stop for the day to set up a campsite in a canyon underneath Nyerak.

Day 8- Nerak to Lamayuru.

Today’s segment takes us from Nyerak to Lamaguru through the center of the Zanskar An exemplary white water day with nonstop Class III rapids, and a couple of Class IV quick where the waterway presses between a hole. We stop for lunch close to a tremendous waterfall and keep on camping at the conjunction of Markha waterway with the Zanskar.

Day 9- Lamayuru to Nimmu and drive down to Leh.

We raft in Class III/IV white water from Lamayuru to Nimu today. We raft past the town of Chilling and energizing rapids as the Zanskar dives out of the ravine to meet with the Indus at Nimu. We end our excursion at the intersection of the Zanskar with the Indus. Drive a hour back to Leh. Overnight lodging at Leh.

Day 10- Depart Leh.

End of trip and fly back to your destination with enriching memories of Ladakh and Zanskar.


Raft Facts

Grade: Moderate/Difficult.

Altitude: 6300m.

Temperature: During the day, you can expect temperatures hovering around 15-25 degree Celsius. In the night, temperatures drop down to 5-10 degree Celsius in the lower altitude campsites

Raft Duration: 10 days.

Raft Season: Mid July – mid-September.

Starting Base Camp: Leh

How to reach Basecamp:

By Road: You can reach Leh from Manali or Srinagar by road either by a shared taxi or bus in a 2-3 day journey.

By Air: This is the most popular route to Leh – take a flight to Leh from Delhi or Srinagar.


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Cost Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in dome tents (2/3 per tent).
  • Accommodation in Leh on Day 1 and Day 10.
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary on a fixed menu/ buffet basis.
  • Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Camping Equipment: Tents, Sleeping bags, mats.
  • All charges for guides and permits.


Cost Exclusions:

  • Travel to and fro Leh.
  • Airfares, airport taxes and anything not mentioned in the inclusions and itinerary.
  • Meals, tea, coffee, mineral water, tips, transfers not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Doctor, telephone, laundry and other personal expenses.
  • Cost of personal emergency exit or expenses due to external factors such as climatic conditions.


Health & Fitness Requirements:

This raft does require you to have previous rafting experience. We do also highly recommend having an adventurous spirit and willingness to undergo the joys & hardships of outdoor camping and rafting, in addition to good physical and mental fitness, to completely enjoy the raft. If you suffer from severe muscular, chest, heart or bronchial ailments, we advise you against participating since most rafting happen in remote areas with limited access to medical services & hospital facilities.

Our guides are experienced mountaineers and we trust their judgments. If during the raft, the Guide advises you against continuing on the raft, we request you to respect his/her judgment and follow his/her instructions.