Rafting in Ladakh



Rafting in Ladakh (Indus/Zanskar River)

Elivation - 3500 mts.     Mid June - Septemter     05 Nights / 06 Days     Starting Point - Leh - Phey     End Point - Chilling - Leh    

Rafting in Indus River in Ladakh region is a completely different and thrilling experience. Rafting is an exciting activity for adventure lovers. This 5 nights and 6 day rafting tour in Ladakh is going to be a thrilling experience in Indus, locally known as the Singhe Khababs (out of Lion’s mouth) and Zanskar rivers. Indus originates near the Kailash Mountain and the Mansarovar Lake in the Western Tibet. The best time for rafting is during the months of June to late August as the water levels are high during these months. Along with this, you will be visiting ancient monasteries (Hemis, Shey, Thiksey, Alchi ), palaces (Stok palace, Leh palace) and villages in and around Leh.






River - Rafting Highlights

 Visit to the Shey Palace, Thiksey and Hemis monastery
 Rafting on Indus at Phey Village
 Day long rafting to Nimoo Village
 Ancient Alchi monastery



River Rafting is an adventurous sport for the strong hearted. If you want to enjoy the experience in the Himalayas there is no other suitable destination than Leh-Ladakh. River rafting in Leh-Ladakh takes you through picturesque landscape. Traversing through the deep waters amidst deep canyons and soaring snow-covered peaks it is an experience every rafter would love to enjoy. There are many options for river rafting in Leh Ladakh; the main ones being Indus River rafting and Zanskar River rafting. River Rafting in Indus River and its tributaries provide the rafters with many opportunities. The best of the stretches in River Indus is the one between Spituk and Nimu or Saspol. But those who are new into the sport should choose the easiest stretch upstream from Spituk up to Karu.

Rafting in Ladakh (Detailed Itinerary)

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Day 1: Arrive from Delhi to Leh

On arrival at the Leh airport, you will get an assisted transfer to the hotel. Check- in to the hotel for relaxing. After lunch, visit the market, the Leh Palace, the Hall of Fame and lastly, Shanti Stupa. Overnight stay.

After having your breakfast, visit the Shey Palace, Thiksey as well as Hemis monasteries and lastly Stok Palace Museum. In the evening return to Leh for an overnight stay at the hotel

On day 3, post breakfast, drive to Phey to do rafting on the river Indus, to go up to Nimoo (Level II and III). Overnight halt in camp at Nimoo.

Today you cover 30 kms by rafting (Level III/IV) on the river, starting from Chilling and going up to Nimoo. A short camp on the meeting point of the Zanskar with the Indus. Night halt in the camp.

Today, you will cover around 25 kms by rafting, from Nimoo to end the trip at Alchi (Level III / IV rapids). Now walk up to the Alchi monastery, centuries old to have a look at the beautiful wood carvings. Later drive back to Leh (60 km). Overnight stay in the hotel.

Fly down to your hometown on this day in the former hours of the day. With all the memories in your heart, happily and blissfully.

The tour follows a stunning high valley with superb views across the mountain region and is one of the best ways to still experience the unique culture of the High Himalaya region.








Services included in the Tour/Trek:


   Transfer upon arrival from Leh air port to Guest House.
   Guest House with Beak fast and Diner Nights in Leh.
   All surface transport indicated in the itinerary.
   All Camping fees and Monasteries fees.
   Wild life fee for the applicable area.
   Local English speaking guide during tour and trek.
   Meals on bases of booking tariff.
   Transfer from Hotel to Leh air port.
   High Quality Camping Arrangements.
   Toilet tent with portable toilet seats.
   First Aid / Medical kit.
   Charges of 2 guides (for the group of maximum 12 trekkers so 1 guide for 6 group members)
   All meals while on trek.
   Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment.
   Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any) Permits & camping fee (if any) for Indian National.



What is not included in Tour/Trek:


   Any flight tickets.
   Sleeping Bags, trekking shoes and clothing sun cream.
   Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered.
   Anything not specifically mentioned under the tour package.
   Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls.
   Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
   Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.



Things To Carry:


   Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt
   Water resistant Trekking Pants
   Windproof/water resistant jacket, down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
   Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woolen sweater
   Thermal inner wear
   Woolen cap, Inner fleece gloves, Outer water proof gloves
   Thick woolen socks and regular socks
   Scarf/muffler (optional)
   Comfortable waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes with a thick sole, Camp shoes
   Gaiters, Raincoat / Poncho
   Small light weight towel
   Insulated water bottle & hydration pack (optional)
   Cap / floppy, Sun glasses
   Sturdy walking stick /trekking pole
   Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm
   Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
   Personal medication
   Personal toiletries

When is the right time to travel to ladakh?

Unlike many destinations in India, Ladakh is not an all-year-around destination. Ladakh is a beautiful place that is located in the Himalayan range. It is located on the Indus River bank. This place has amazing scenery and many adventure routes for motorcycle enthusiasts. In short, the best time to visit Leh Ladakh is summer between the end of March to middle of August. The prime tourist time is between June and September.


 Summer in Ladakh


The summer in Ladakh starts from April. The temperature can go as high as 30 degree C. During nights, the temperature would reach the minimum of 16 - 20 degree C. The summer here is neither cold nor hot. The climate would be pleasant all throughout the day. the summer ends in September. Summer ends in September. According to many, the best time to visit this place is between June and August. The summer would be at its prime and thus, the snow would all be melted giving the place a good greenery look. You can find a lot of tourists in this place during this period.

There is another reason for tourists to flock during this period. The Hermis Dance Festival is conducted during this time and it is a very vibrant and colourful event to watch. Starting from camping to trekking, you can enjoy a lot of adventure activities during this time. All passes, mountain routes, trekking routes and others would be open during this period. The lakes would be clear and it would be easy to camp near the river.

The top activities to enjoy during summer are Stok festival and Matho festival in March and May, Hemis festival and Phyang festival in June to August. Nubra Valley is a must visit for the summer tourists. Road trips to Manali and Sri Nagar would be at its prime beauty. In short, the best time to visit Leh Ladakh is summer between the end of March to middle of August. The prime tourist time is between June and August.


 Monsoon in Ladakh


Rainfall starts in June and end by September. As you would have guessed this place would receive a lot of rainfall. The temperature would not be very cold, but the place would not be at its prime beauty. Most of the motorcycle and trekking routes would be blocked due to the rain. Many attractions would become inaccessible during this season. The temperature would be very pleasant and unless you want to drench in rain every day, it is better to avoid monsoon season. If you are planning to visit Ladakh during monsoon, make sure to watch Diskit and Thiksey festivals. You would be able to find considerable number of tourists during this season as the motorcycle tour passes would be at its prime beauty during this season. The trekking routes would be closed for safety purpose.


 Winter in Ladakh


The winter starts from the second week of October and ends by February. The temperature can go as low as -20 degree C and as high as 2 degree C. The lakes would be frozen, motorcycle passes would be closed and trekking routes would be blocked. Almost all adventure activities becomes either dangerous or blocked. Still you can find a lot of tourists here during winter. Those who come to Ladakh for wildlife attraction would choose winter. This is when you can spot a lot of snow leopards here. Moreover, Spituk and Losar festivals happen in winter season. Last but not least, the place would be very beautiful like a fairy tale snow land. A lot of people consider winter as the best time to visit Ladakh due to the scenic beauty of the place.

How to reach Ladakh | Ladakh Journey Organiser

Ladakh is called the adventure capital of the country for a genuine reason. The geographical location of the place makes it an ultimate destination for anyone looking for an adrenaline filled vacation. Ladakh is one of the very few destinations in the world where the entertainment starts the moment you begin your travel towards it. Thanks to the scenic routes, the travel to Ladakh is as exciting as your vacation. The land is bestowed with mountains, valleys, snows, cold desert, frozen lakes, trekking routes, rivers, mountain passes and so on. If you have picked Ladakh as you next destination, you are in for an exciting vacation.


Srinagar to Leh (Primary Tactic)


Reach Ladakh from Kashmir Valley through Kargil, which is around 434 kms. This route remains open from early June to November. Zoji-La pass of the Himalayan ranges that is a gateway to Ladakh is approximately 11,500 feet (3,505 m high) above the sea level. J&K State Road Transport Corporation, J&K SRTC, runs regular deluxe and ordinary bus services between Srinagar and Leh. There's a night stay in Kargil. You can also hire cars, jeeps or taxis in Srinagar. If traveling in groups, you can rent deluxe buses for Leh, Kargil or Padum (Zanskar) from J&K SRTC at Srinagar.


Manali to Leh (Secondary Tactic)


Manali-Leh road of 473 kms, since 1989 has been another route to Ladakh. This route is open from mid-June to early October. The road passes through the desert plateau of Rupsho and is around 3,660m to 4,570m high. There are a number of high passes falling on the route,Taglang-La being second highest motorable road in the world, 17,469 feet (5,235m) above the sea level. Himachal Pradesh Tourism (HRTC) and J&K SRTC run daily deluxe and ordinary buses between Manali and Leh; that takes around hours (or two days) with night halt in camps at Sarchu or Pang. You can also hire a Gypsy or jeep taxis.


By Air (Third Tactic)


Leh - Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport is the main airport of the area. The flights are directly connected from Delhi, Srinagar and Jammu; by the flights run by Air India, Go Air and Jet Airways. The schedules are set already though, but these are subject to change according to the weather. It is advised that you keep your plans flexible.


Distances by Road


   Srinagar - Leh: 434 Kms
   Manali - Leh: 473 Kms
   Srinagar - Kargil: 204 Kms
   Delhi - Leh: 1047 Kms
   Leh - Kargil: 234 Kms
   Kargil - Padum (Zanskar): 240 Kms
   Leh - Deskit (Nubra Valley): 118 Kms
   Leh - Pangong Lake: 150 kms
   Leh - Nubra Valley via Shayok River - Pangong - Leh: 128+150+150 = 428 kms


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