is a veritable Shangrila. Surrounded by extremely
high mountains on all sides, it could only be accessed
through dangerous and high passes with an access
window of a few months only, during summer. A thrilling
yet enlightening experience for you.
01 : An Early
morning flight from Delhi - Leh. An hour's spectacular
flight over the Greater Himalayas, with views stretching
as far as K2 in the west and the entire Zanskar
range and views of Tibet beneath. On arrival at
Leh, we drive 15 mins to our hotel, the Kanglhachhen,
a traditional, and very comfortable and clean hotel
in town. Rest and acclimatize. Overnight Leh.
02 : sightseeing for most of the day. Light
activity and short walks till Leh palace and the
town's exciting market and outdoor restaurants.
For the more energetic a visit to a few monasteries
such as Spituk, Thikse and Hemis will be arranged.
03 : Drive Leh - Kargil (180kms). We drive
from Leh to Mulbek / Kargil, through a spectacular
moonscape. We drive over the Fotu La (14,000 ft),
a high mountain pass, exiting the Indus valley and
entering the Suru valley. Enroute, we visit the
Lamayuru monastery, known to be one of the oldest
monasteries amongst the 'Red Hat' sect. Overnight
04 : Drive Kargil - Rangdum (12,000ft). A spectacular
drive past Panikar and Parkachik,with magnificent
views of the Nun and Kun massifs (7000 metres),hanging
glaciers and large meadows. We drive till Rangdum
Gompa (12,000 ft).Camp overnight.
05 : Drive Rangdum - Remala (6 hrs). We drive
to Remala which is the starting point for the rafting
trip on the Doda river, a tributary of the Zanskar
river. We drive over the Pensi La (14,500 ft), which
enables grand views of the Zanskar
peaks at the bottom of which is the Drung glacier
that feeds the Zanskar river, 40
km below, into which we flow trip the next day.
Overnight tented camp.
06 : Rafting expedition begins at Remala. Raft
till Karsha Gompa, near Padum. We raft 30 km in
5 hrs which includes a break for lunch and hot beverages.
We are surrounded by 6000 meters high peaks. River
section today includes a Class II section, a good
introduction for first timers as well as to the
river in general. After settling into camp by afternoon,
we take a hike to Karsha Gompa for the evening incantation.
07 : After a late morning start, we raft from
Karsha up to Pidmu. This stretch is approximately
30 km with Class II and III rapids. After settling
into the camp by mid afternoon, we visit the nearby
villages of Pidmu and Hanomil.
08 : After packing camp, we raft 20 km to Nyerak,
a Class III section. The gorge narrows in on the
river - this indeed is a Grand Canyon in its own
right. We stop for the day to pitch camp in a gorge
below Nyerak village.
09 : Today's 35 km rafting section takes us
from Nyerak to Lamaguru, through the core of the
Zanskar A classic white water day
with continuous Class III rapids, and a few Class
IV rapid where the river squeezes between a gap
of about 18ft. We stop for lunch near a huge waterfall
at the confluence of Markha river with Zanskar.
Rock formations, spires and an amazing palette of
colours add to the trip today. Camp at Lamaguru.
10 : Day hike to Kaya and Skiu. Return to camp
by late afternoon. (4-5hrs). Camp at Lamaguru.
11 : We raft 40 kms of Class III/IV white water
from Lamaguru to Nimu today.We make camp short of
Nimu,the confluence of the Zanskar
with the Indus river.
12 : Raft approximately 25 km from Nimu to
finish the trip at Alchi through Class III / IV
rapids. After ending the trip at Alchi, we walk
up to the centuries
old monastery to view the beautiful frescoes and
wood carvings. Drive back 60 km to Leh and check
13 : Leh. Reserved day for shopping, sightseeing
Day 14 : Early
morning transfer to
Leh airport. Fly Leh - Delhi. Trip ends