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  • Trip introduction

    The Zanskar Rafting Expedition begins with a couple of days to acclimatize in Leh, and then onward into the Zanskar Valley, one of the coldest inhabited places on earth. You'll be able to explore at close range the desolate, remote Zanskar gorge with walls rising a few thousand feet out of the river bed, culminating on the mighty Indus river.

    The trip is a demanding one of medium difficulty. As this is an expedition, everyone will be expected to participate in pitching tents, washing dishes, and helping to load and unload the rafts.

    Thanks to the rafts, you'll be seeing locations you wouldn't be able to access otherwise, but days can be long. A typical day begins at 7 a.m, and we stop only by 14:00 or 15:00 hrs. We eat lunch on the river, and have relaxed evenings and cocktail hour every day, to discuss the adventures of the day.

    Destination

    Ladakh has some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Its incredible elevation makes it remote and its climate makes it challenging to explore for long periods of time. With gompas dotting the slopes of snow-capped mountains, and an otherworldly, barren terrain, this region is truly fascinating.

    There are sheer rock faces rising out of the river, and beautiful, desolate locations around every bend.

    Destination highlights

    Take on up to Grade IV rapids to test your skills | Spend a night on a houseboat in Srinagar | Explore Leh's most famous sights while you acclimatize | Spend entire days on the Zanskar and relax in the evenings under the stars

    Activity Details

    Grade II-IV

    Yes

    115

    10-20 ft

    5 hrs

    180 kms

    4 or 8 seater raft

    Trip details
  • Travel from Delhi to Srinagar

    Today we arrive in Srinagar and transfer to a beautiful houseboat via ferry shikhara. We enjoy a traditional Kashmiri meal, and attend a trip briefing in the evening. Overnight in houseboat.

    Houseboat in Srinagar

    Day 1 Milestone

    Delhi

    Srinagar

    00:00 AM

    Food

    Lunch | Dinner

    Veg|Non-veg
    Drive to Kargil
    Drive to Rangdum
    Drive to Remala
    First Day of Rafting
    Rafting to Honyo/Pidmo
    Rafting to Nyerak
    Rest day
    Rafting to Lamaguru
    Rafting to Nimu
    Sightseeing in Leh
    Return to Delhi
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  • Cancellation policy

    Please inform (in writing) Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt.Ltd about any cancellations. The following charges are applicable for cancellations:

    45 days prior to departure: Full refund minus INR 5000

    Between 30-45 days prior to departure: Refund of 50% of full cost

    30 days or less before departure: 100% of full cost will be forfeited

    During the trip, if the Tour Leader decides a traveller is unfit to continue the trip (for any reason), the decision is final and binding. In this case, there is no refund. However we may offer the option of taking another trip.

    Rules on trip

    All travellers will have to abide by the decisions taken by the Tour Leaders when it comes to safety and trip participation.

    Do not overpack; on rafting days, you will have to re-pack only essentials and share a dry bag with another person.

    There are five days of rafting on this trip. On these days, while we have a sufficient crew to manage living and cooking arrangements, you will be expected to pitch your own tents.

    During the rafting days, you will be informed of day start times and will have to be ready on time. Timing is important on the river.

    Consumption of alcohol or drugs is not permitted upto 6 hours before or during a rafting trip. We will, without refund, refuse intoxicated persons.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    There is no prior experience needed for this expedition. However, it would help if the travellers are enthusiastic, energetic, fit, and willing to pitch in.

    We recommend that you obtain travel insurance upon booking.
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
    • Zanskar River Rafting Rapids Thrill Adventure Nature
  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • All transfers by non-A/C jeep or car or coach

    • All arrangements for camping in tents or staying in guest-houses/rest houses on twin sharing basis while on trip
    • All meals on trip including in Leh and Kargil hotels
    • Professional guide fees
    • Crew and kitchen staff
    • Rafts or kayaks
    • Wetsuits
    • Wet booties
    • Wet gloves
    • Life jackets
    • Splash jackets
    • Safety gear
    • Tents, including sleeping tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents
    • Safe drinking water
    • First aid kit

    Excludes

    • Visa and passport charges

    • Vaccination charges if needed
    • Departure, airline and airport taxes
    • Extra meals that are not in itinerary or outside the hotel in Leh, Kargil and Srinagar
    • Bottled water, alcoholic beverages outside the hotel in Leh, Kargil and Srinagar
    • Additional charges like postage, laundry, personal clothing, medical expenses, etc
    • Travel insurance
    • Emergency evacuation charges
    • Tips and excess baggage charges
    • Costs incurred if trip is delayed due to weather, acts of god, or any situations out of the control of Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd.

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Quick-dry shorts and tees for wearing over wetsuits
    • Swimsuits or bikinis for women to wear inside wetsuits
    • Warm gear for nights and evenings
    • Long-sleeved tees and tops for evenings
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or watches
    • Avoid clothing that will not protect you from cold or harsh sunlight

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Rafts or kayaks
    • Wetsuits
    • Wet booties
    • Wet gloves
    • Life jackets
    • Splash jackets
    • Safety gear
    • Tents, including sleeping tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents
    • Safe drinking water
    • First aid kit

    You need to get

    • Warm sleeping bag (0 degrees C to -5 degrees at least)
    • Woollens or thermal wear
    • Wind/rain-proof jacket
    • Hiking/trekking shoes
    • Spare sandals
    • Woollen socks, gloves, hat
    • Water bottle
    • Flash light with spare batteries
    • Sunshade or hat with brim
    • Sunglasses with case
    • Sunscreen/sunblock above SPF 70
    • Lip balm
    • Insect repellent
    • Personal toiletries like towels, soap, etc
    • Duffel bag or rucksack
    • Karimat or Thermorest (optional)
    • Small daypack for daily necessities
    • Long trousers or skirt
    • Long-sleeved tees or tops
    • Quick-dry shorts for over wetsuit
    • Swimsuit or bikini for women to be worn inside wetsuit
    • Personal cigarettes or alcohol (not available on trip)

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication