Rafting in Ladakh is unique and quite unlike anywhere else in the world. It provides the best opportunity to thoroughly enjoy and experience the natural beauty of the spectacular landscape that has deep gorges, towering snow-capped peaks, beautiful hilltop monasteries, hillside villages with smiling locals, and glimpses of the unique flora & fauna.
White Water Rafting options are as follows:
1. Rafting on Indus River
2. Rafting on Zanskar River
The Indus River has rapids of grades I & II but at some places, the grade even climbs to III to even V levels. Some of the most popular rafting points are:
1. Phey to Nimo,
2. Upshi to Kharu, or
3. Upshi to Nimo.
The other points usually run from:
1. Phey to Saspol, or
2. Phey to the Indus - Zanskar confluence at Nimo, and
3. Nimo to the monastic enclave of historical Alchi, which is about 75 Kms west of Leh.
Seasoned rafters may want to try more challenging route between Alchi and Khaltsey, which includes the kilometre long series of rapids at Nurla. The easier runs include the run between Hemis (40km south of Leh) situated along a road which crosses the Indus and Choglamsar, a three-hour trip that goes through quiet, calm waters, and passes through the riverside villages of Stakna, Shey and Thiksey (25km south-east of Leh), before ending at Choglamsar, just short of the Leh city.
White Water Rafting in Leh
The uniqueness of the Indus River water is that the levels remain high during the months from June to August, known as the best season for thrilling rafting expeditions. When you plan a trip to Ladakh that includes rafting, we honestly recommend you to do it in the monsoon season, as it will be an experience of a lifetime for you all.
White Water Rafting Charges in Ladakh
Ladakh is not that expensive and that is so even for White Water Rafting.
A grade II+ rafting for 2+ hours:
Rs. 1500 to Rs. 1800.
These charges can go up or down depending on
1. the travel agent you pick, and
2. The level of rafting proposed, and
3. Your season
White Water Rafting Charges in Leh
Leh is full of travel agents that arrange your white water rafting on both: The Indus River and the Zanskar River. However, their charges are quite different from one another often include services which are unique.
Rs 1,500 per person, including transport, rafting and lunch.
The rates vary if the number of persons in the group are more.
White Water Rafting in Indus Valley
The Indus River white water rafting offers a spectacular river rafting course along with camping at some of the most interesting locations. This experience is much easier and quieter than the Zanskar, the Indus River is suitable for Grade II and III trips. This river, originating in Tibet, flows through Ladakh, goes past Leh, and then passes further into Pakistan.
Rs 1,200 to 1,650 per person which includes lunch, rafting and transport.
If you are in a group, the rates come down substantially.
White Water Rafting in Zanskar River
The Zanskar River originates from the high altitude Sarchu plateau on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. Known as the Tsarap the river gorges a path out of the mountains of Western Himalayas, dropping in a continuous gush of class V rapids. The river then eases itself into the forbidden Kingdom of Zanskar and flows past the capital at Padum. Now it joins the Stod river which flows down from the Pensi La pass on the road from Kargil to Padum.
ChargesRs. 1200/- to 1,450 per person for 14 kms rafting, which includes full protected clothes and shoes kit with little training thrown in the beginning. If you need lunch and transport as well, you should add another 300/- per person. If you travel in a group, the charges are much less.
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