Zanskar River Expedition

River Expeditions WWE Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Fix Departure 10th August 2017


Best season: Month of July to September
Area: Leh
Attractive place: Monastery
Called: Grand Canyon of Asia
Departure: on request
River Grade: 3, 4
Type of travel: Flight/Cab

This is a river adventure like none other. A long expedition would give you an opportunity to discover little seen parts of western Ladakh. Get ready for sights and sounds of monasteries, drums, fluttering prayer flags, canyons and white-water that is far beyond your dreams and expectations. Spend most of the day on the river Zanskar and pitch up camp late in the afternoon. Enjoy simple meals by the river side and laze in the afternoon or stroll & explore the area. Enjoy a spectacular night sky filled with twinkling stars, while you sit around a camp fire and listen to stories of the many runs our guides have done on their favourite river. You will also discover the rich culture and history of the natives as we make our way down the Zanskar, and take back memories that will keep you thrilled for a long time to come.

• All the transportation from start point to and finish as per itinerary says
• Tents on twin/triple share basis.
• All the meals in variety during the trip. Breakfast, Lunch Dinner, and Snacks Tea & Coffee.
• Rafts, wet suits, life jacket, helmet and safety equipment.
• Professional Raft guides, Safety Kayaker, Cook and helper
• All the camping equipment including kitchen tent, dining tent, sleeping mats.
• Permit and forest fees during the trip

• Accommodation and meals in before meeting place
• All the alcoholic beverages and Expenses of personal Nature,
• Personal insurance.
• Flight/Taxi/train from Delhi to starting point and back to Delhi
• Sleeping Bag


• According to government rules & regulations, we carried 8 Pax in each raft& a safety kayak
• All payments should be cleared before trip Departure
• For kids we organize shorts and safe rafting section
• Fill up the liability weaver before depart to you adventure trip
• Indian woman no Saari on the Rafting only suite , Shorts T-shirts Quick dry clothing’s
• Man No Jeans allowed once it get wet and its stay wet which make you cold
• All bookings are strictly subject to availability and confirmation by payment of non-refundable advance.
• All our packages are ‘group packages ‘and same services items are applicable forEach person in the group.
• In case of reduction in the number of persons, the total package cost will remain thesame. Minimum billing must be done as per the minimum guarantee given by thegroup.
• Any meal, activity or service not availed by the client will not be adjusted in the
• package cost.
• We reserve the right to alter or cancel any trip depending upon the prevailing condition




Day 1: Delhi – Leh

An hour long flight from Delhi to Leh will take you over the Greater Himalaya where you will be able to see the K2 amongst many other breathtaking views. You land at one of the highest civilian airports in the world at 10300 feet. It is strongly recommended that you rest and acclimatize to the altitude and not move out of your bed except for your meals today. Overnight stay at Leh hotel.

Day 2: Leh - Acclimatization and sightseeing

After an early breakfast at the hotel a visit to monasteries such as Shey, Thiksey and Hemis will be arranged. You will arrive back to Leh in time for lunch for which Leh offers excellent opportunities. Post lunch relax or walk into the Leh town, to its exciting Tibetan market for souvenirs. You can take in the magnificent sights of peaks across the horizon and get ready for the drive to Kargil the next day. Overnight stay at Leh hotel.

Day 3: Leh- Kargil

The drive to Kargil over the Fotu La Pass at 14,000 ft. is spectacular. Enroute, we stop for lunch at the Lamayuru monastery that belongs to the ‘Red Hat’ sect and capture the imposing moonscape on our cameras. Also, we will stop at the stone statue of the Maitreya and/ future Buddha at Mulbek. Overnight stay at Kargil hotel.

Day 4: Kargil - Rangdum (12,000 ft) - Phey

A spectacular drive past Panikar and Parkachik, a drive worth a thousand words and maybe even more, with magnificent views of the Nun and Kun massifs (7000 metres), hanging glaciers and large meadows. We drive all the way past the Suru valley up till RangdumGompa (12,000 ft) and stop for a lunch break and then continue with our journey to Phey. We drive over the Pensi La (14,500 ft), which enables grand views of the Zanskar peaks at the bottom of which is the DrungDurung glacier that feeds the Zanskar river, 40 km below, into which we take a float trip on the first day of the expedition. Overnight tented camp.

Day 5: Rest Day at Phey

After a two day long drive a rest day is called for. To build up your energies, soak in the sun, acclimatize and to get ready for the challenging four days ahead of you. Ride a donkey, hike up to a hidden and ancient monastery, mingle with the local kids or simply do nothing.

Day 6: Phey – Karsha - Zangla

After an early wakeup call and breakfast we pack up the camp and load our expedition gear on to the rafts. We start our rafting expedition at Phey (11,400ft) probably the highest put in for a river expedition on the planet. We raft 30 km in 3-4 hours which includes a small break as we pass by the Karsha Gompa complex. Throughout the day we are surrounded by 6000 metre high peaks. The River today is a Class II section, a good introduction for first timers as well as to the river in general. We negotiate a braided river which at times often splits in to as many as 10 channels with only one or two good enough for the rafts to cross. Settle into camp at Zangla by afternoon. Easy day to get used to the river, the altitude and hone our paddling skills.Camp Overnight.

Day 7: Zangla - Nyerak

Pack up and get moving for about 25 km on the river & enter the canyon to reach Nyerak(3286m; 10,780ft; 3 hrs). This is a grade 3 section and warms you up for the rafting that is to follow in the days to come. At Honimul, the last village, we enter a breathtaking canyon. The banks of the river now give way to mountain walls that rise thousands of feet above you. We run some terrific rapids today, stop for lunch, then raft some more before calling it a day and setting up camp below the Nyerak village. This campsite is one of the few sites in the canyon where one can camp.

Day 8: Nyerak

Leisure day in Nyrerak. Trek up to the village and interact with locals. Check how people leave in this harsh place.

Day 9: Nyerak - Chilling

Today’s 40 km rafting section takes us from Nyerak to Chilling (3190 m; 10,465 ft; 5-6 hrs including scout and lunch) 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 known as the GATE. We stop for lunch near a huge waterfall and continue to the confluence of Markhariver with the Zanskar. Rock formations, spires and an amazing palette of colours add to the trip today. After packing camp, we raft to Chilling. 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 at Chilling village.

Day 10: Chilling - Nimmo

We raft 35 kms of Class III/IV white water from Chilling to Nimmmo (3154 m; 10,345 ft; 3-4 hrs) today. We raft past the village of Chilling and exciting rapids as the Zanskar plunges out of the canyon to meet with the Indus at Nimmo. We end our trip at the confluence of the Zanskar with the Indus. Drive an hour back to Leh. Overnight hotel.

Day 11: Leh-Delhi

The flight back to Delhi will take you over the Great Himalayas and allow you to bid farewell to the mythical land of Ladakh, until next time! We know you’ll be back!


• Shorts, T-Shirts quick dry
• Full long sleeve to protect your skin from Sun 
• P - Cap 
• Light towel
• A Pair of Changing clothes at the end
• Warm jacket during the season
• Wet Suite
• Dry Top
• Sleeping Bag

• Strap up sandal 
• Flip flops
• Tennis Shoes 
• Neoprene Booties 
• Trek Shoes with Socks

• Sun Glasses with retainer
• Sunscreen lotion
• Lip Balm
• Vaseline

• Water Bottle
• LED Torch/ Head Lights 
• Toiletries 
• Note pad
• Camera

• InhalerFor River
• Any medicine 
• Move spray

• Big camera on the river
• Any Jewellery such as Wedding ring, Neck less etc.
• Passport, Adhaar Card, Driving License etc.
• Any important things which you don’t want to lost

• Life Jacket PFD
• Helmet
• Paddle
• Dry Bag
• Food at the Camp
• Tent with Mattress & quilt 
• Pup Tent
• Sleeping Bag
• Tent twin share basis
• Food during the trip
• Transportation 
• Accommodation as per itinerary

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Contact Zanskar River Expedition



White World Expeditions, Badrinath
Road, Oposite Sai Ganga Cottage,
First Floor, Tapovan Pin: 249192,
Rishikesh, Uttrakhand, India



+91 7579175929
+91 9997094425



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