self contained multi-day river adventure down the spectacular and scenic
Zanskar river gorge. The trip takes you down the extremely desolate, remote
and sheer Zanskar gorge with walls rising a few thousand feet out of the
river bed, culminating on the mighty Indus river. This, combined with hikes
and visits to various Gompas in the Ladakh and Zanskar region makes this a
fascinating trip to the last truly lost horizon of our shrinking planet
Zanskar, the "land of white copper". This run through Grade III -
IV rapids enhance the experience of journeying down this gorge.
Day 01 : Delhi - Leh
Fly from Delhi to Leh. Leh, the capital of Ladakh is situated at a height
of 3505 meters and is towards the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir. The
region is watered by the Zanskar River, which flows into the Indus River
just below. Assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel for overnight
Day 02 : Leh
Get Acclimatized and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Leh. Overnight in Leh.
Day 03 : Leh - Kargil
Drive from Leh to Kargil (180kms) and check-in at a hotel. Kargil is
nestled in the Himalaya, giving it a cool, temperate climate. Summers are
cool with frigid nights, while winters are long and cold with temperatures,
often dropping to -40 °C (-40 °F). The Zanskar plateau is even
colder, thus making it a near-uninhabitable place for humans to stay, except
for the hardy Khampas. The entire Kargil district is spread over 14,086 km².Overnight
stay at the hotel.
Day 04 : Kargil - Rangdum
Drive from Kargil to Rangdum (12,000ft) and check-in at a camp. The
farthest and the most isolated part of the Suru Valley, Rangdum is an
elliptical expanded plateau surrounded by colourful hills on the one side
and glacier encrusted rocky mountains on the other. Situated 130 kms South-
east of Kargil, it falls midway between Kargil and Padum. Due to its
remoteness from inhabited parts either of Suru or Zanskar, the areas wild
beauty is almost haunting, while its isolation is near perfect even as the
unpaved Zanskar road traverses its length. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 05 : Rangdum - Padum
Drive from Rangdum to Padum (8hrs) and check-in at a camp. Once the capital
of the ancient kingdom of Zanskar, Padum(3505 m) is the present day
administrative headquarters of the region. With a population of nearly 1500,
Padum can be described as the most populous settlement of Zanskar, otherwise
a very scarcely inhabited valley. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 06 : Padum
After a leisurely breakfast visit Karsha Gompa. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 07 : Padum - Zangla
Raft from Padum to Zangla (5hrs;30km; Class II) and check-in at a camp.
Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 08 : Zangla - Nyevak
Raft from Zangla to Nyevak (6hrs;40km;ClassIII) and check-in at a camp.
Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 09 : Nyerak - Markha
from Nyerak to Markha (5.5hrs;35km)and check-in at a camp. Overnight stay at
Day 10 : Markha
After a refreshing breakfast at the camp, set out for a hiking tour to Kaya
and Skiu. Return to camp for overnight stay.
Day 11 : Markha - Nimu
After an early leisurely breakfast at the camp raft from Markha to Nimu
(3hrs;25kms)and check-in at a camp. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 12 : Nimu - Leh
Raft from Nimu to Saspul (3hrs;20kms). Visit Alchi Gompa and drive to Leh.
Overnight stay at Leh hotel.
Day 13 : Leh
Reserved day for flight availability.
Day 14 : Leh - Delhi
Transfer to airport to board flight to Delhi.Assistance on arrival and
transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 15 : Delhi - Depart
Assistance and transfer to airport for your onward flight back home.
This trip can be combined with a Zanskar or around Leh trek.