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Zanskar River Expedition

Destination Covered :  Delhi – Leh – Kargil – Rangdum – Remala – Karsha – Honyo – Nyerak – Lamaguru – Nimu – Leh 
Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days

Day 01: Delhi – Leh (By flight)
Board flight from Delhi to Leh. Upon arrival, meet & assist by our company representative and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Rest of the day free at leisure to rest, hydrate and acclimatize with the Leh weather conditions, stay overnight at Leh hotel.

Day 02: Leh – Sightseeing
After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour in Leh visiting monasteries such as Shey, Thikse and Hemis. At evening relax in the hotel or take a short walk into the Leh town and stay overnight in Leh hotel.

Day 03: Leh – Kargil (3201m; 10500 ft 9-10 hrs)
After breakfast, get ready for a long drive to Kargil through a spectacular moonscape. We drive over the Fotu La (14,000 ft), a high mountain pass and exit the Indus valley. En-route, we do a photo stop above the Lamayuru monastery belonging to the 'Red Hat' sect. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and stay overnight in Kargil hotel.

Day 04: Kargil – Rangdum (12,000ft)
After breakfast, drive to a spectacular drive past Panikar and Parkachik, with magnificent views of the Nun and Kun massifs (7000 meters), hanging glaciers and large meadows. We drive till Rangdum Gompa (12,000 ft), overnight at camp.

Day 05: Rangdum – Remala (3635m; 11,925ft; 6 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Remala, which is the starting point for the rafting trip on the Stod 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 Durung glacier that feeds the Zanskar River, 40 km below, into which we flow trip the next day, overnight at tented camp.

Day 06: Remala – Karsha Gompa (30 Kms. Rafting)
After breakfast leave for rating till near Karsha Gompa, near Padum. (3496m: 11,466ft: 4 hrs) We raft 30 km in 4-5 hrs which includes a break for lunch. River section today includes a Class II section, a good introduction for first timers as well as to the river in general. Settle into camp by afternoon, we can take an optional hike to Karsha Gompa, stay overnight in camps.

Day 07: Karsha Gompa – Honyo (25 Kms. Rafting)
After breakfast, raft from Karsha up to Honyo / Pidmo (3361m: 11,025 ft: 3 hrs). This stretch is approximately 25 km with Class II and III rapids, another easy day to get used to the river the altitude and hone our paddling skills, stay overnight at camp.

Day 08: Honyo – Nyerak (25 Kms. Rafting)
After breakfast, we raft 25 km to Nyerak (3286m: 10,780ft) 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, stay overnight in camp.

Day 09: Nyerak – Relax
After breakfast, enjoy the relaxing day at Nyerak. Afternoon you can go for a short hike to Nyerak village or relax under the cool shade of the willows at our Campsite.

Day 10: Ryerak – Lamaguru (35 Kms. Rafting)
After breakfast, leave for a 35 km rafting section from Nyerak to Lamaguru (3190m: 10,465ft: 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.We stop for lunch formations, spires and an amazing palette of colours add to the trip today, stay overnight in camps

Day 11: Lamaguru - Nimu (40 Kms. Rafting)
After breakfast, proceed for the last of the rafting expedition covering 40 Kms of Class III/IV white water from Lamaguru to Nimu (3154m; 10,345 ft). We make camp short of Nimu, the confluence of the Zanskar with the Indus River, stay overnight in camps.

Day 12: Nimu – Leh Airport (30 Kms / 1 hour drive)
Early morning, transfer to Leh airport to board the flight to Delhi for your further journey back to home with illustrious memory of tour.


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