The Satlej River Expedition

The Sutlej river basin in Himachal Pradesh covers an area of about 6,553 square kilometers. On this trip we drop over 350 metres within the first two days, running continuous class 3+/4 rapids, and enjoying some truly amazing whitewater rafting opportunities.This is a challenging expedition with adrenaline-packed on offer.

IMPORTANT: This is not a fixed-departure trip and will require a minimum of 8 pax to make a booking.

Destination

You can expect some dramatic landscapes on this expedition. The Satlej is one of only three trans-Himalayan rivers originating in the high Tibetan Plateau (near the Mansarovar lake) that cuts across the mighty Himalayan ranges - the Zanskar range, the Great Himalayan Range, and the Dhauladhar Range. It enters India through a fearsome gorge near the Shipki La.

Beginning our trip from Rampur Bushair, we drop over 350 metres in the first two days of running continuous Class 3+/4 rapids, and ending at Tattapani, 42 kms upstream of the massive Kol dam site, which will form a massive lake till Tattapani in the years to come.

Destination highlights

Savour the thrill of running through class 4 white water rapids | Capture gorgeous views of the Himalayan landscape| Enjoy relaxed afternoons, spent hiking by the river

3 and 4

Yes

150

12-20 ft per km

20 ft per km in the top reaches till Luhri

100 kms

90 kgs

Raft

Old Delhi Junction Railway Station

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Delhi

Train

Rampur Bushair

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18:00

21:40

We begin our journey by boarding an overnight train from Delhi to Kalka.

Overnight in the train.

Food

No meals provided

Veg | Non Veg

Day 1 Milestone

Delhi

Kalka

19:00 PM

We arrive in Kalka early in the morning, and transfer to Rampur Bushair on the Sutlej. We then check into hotel for the night.

Hotel

Stay in clean, comfortable rooms in a hotel on twin-sharing basis.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg | Non Veg

Day 2 Milestone

Kalka

Rampur

07:00 AM

We begin our river expedition today at Rampur. We run 3 hours of consistent whitewater including Ugly Nogl, and several other drops, descending over 200 metres in the first 20 kms. We set up camp below Nirith on a beautiful river-side camp ground.

Tents

Tonight we camp in twin-sharing tents at riverside campsites.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg | Non Veg

Day 3 Milestone

Rampur

Nirith

07:00 AM

Today we raft across the river till below Luhri down another amazing section of the Sutlej. Overnight at a river-side camp.

Tents

Tonight we camp in twin-sharing tents at riverside campsites.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg | Non Veg

Day 4 Milestone

Nirith

Luhri

07:00 AM

Today, we take on the big Patakhra rapid which is usually portaged with boats lined around. We camp shortly after the rafting over the rapid, at Pandowa village. Overnight at camp.

Tents

Stay in clean, comfortable rooms in a hotel on twin-sharing basis.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg | Non Veg

Day 5 Milestone

Luhri

Pandowa village

07:00 AM

We spend the day enjoying rafting for 4 hours till Tattapani and exit near the hot springs. We then drive 44 kms to Shimla and check-in to a hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Hotel

Clean, comfortable rooms in a hotel.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg | Non Veg

Day 6 Milestone

Pandowa village

Tattapani - Shimla

07:00 AM

Today is a relaxed day. We check-out at noon and have lunch in Shimla. We then transfer to Chandigarh to board the evening train to Delhi. We arrive in Delhi by around 10 p.m. and the trip ends here.

Trip ends before nightfall.

Food

Breakfast

Veg | Non Veg

Day 7 Milestone

Shimla

Delhi

08:00 AM

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • All travel from Delhi and back to Delhi by road/rail as applicable (by air and non-ac car/jeep/coach)
  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on the trip, accommodation on twin share basis in tents/rest houses/hotels
  • All meals as specified
  • Professional guide fee
  • All rafting, kayaking and safety equipment
  • Camp staff
  • Cook

Excludes

  • Airport transfers in Delhi, any stay and meals in Delhi
  • Sleeping bag
  • Items of personal clothing, expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes
  • Basic medical and evacuation insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Thermal underwear
  • Long trousers /long shirts / t-shirts
  • Good pair of shorts, one quick dry to be worn over wetsuit, if used
  • Swim suit for ladies - a bikini top and bottom is great for wearing under the wetsuit
  • Good sandals
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Not to wear - Avoid wearing denim/jeans or expensive watches/jewellery.

What not to Wear

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

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • Rafts
  • Safety equipment
  • Helmets
  • Life-jackets

You need to get

  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Thermal underwear for river
  • Good sandals for raft, spare flip-flops
  • Water bottle
  • Flash-light and spare batteries -important
  • Sun shade/hat with brim
  • Sunglasses and eyeglass retainers
  • Sunscreen/sun block with minimum SPF 50
  • Vaseline/lip salve
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal toiletries - towels/soap etc.
  • Rugsack/duffel bag to carry your baggage
  • Karimat/thermarest (optional)
  • Small daypack to carry camera, packed lunch, water bottle and wind/rain jacket for jungle walk
  • Shoes for elephant safari, jungle walk, and neutral colored clothing
  • Long trousers/long-shirts/ t-shirts etc.
  • Good pair of shorts, one quick dry to be worn over wetsuit, if used.
  • Swim suit for ladies - a bikini top and bottom is great for wearing under the wetsuit
  • Alcohol/cigarettes - not available on tri

Medical Kit

  • Specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.

Cancellation policy

The following charges will apply on cancellation:

If cancellation takes place more than 45 days prior to departure, your full amount will be returned except a processing charge of Rs. 5000 or US$ 120.

If cancellation takes place between 45 and 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour price will be forfeited

If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour price will be forfeited.

Some trips attract a minimum processing charge – please check.

The tour price is quoted as a package. No partial refunds or credit will be given for services not used. We recommend that you obtain travel insurance upon booking.

Rules on trip

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

All bookings are subject to availability of space at camp.

Train bookings are very difficult to get if you book closer to date. A railway tatkal surcharge of Rs. 1400 per person per sector will apply should we be unable to get a ticket under standard quota.

Aquaterra Adventures (I) Pvt. Ltd., reserves the right to change, alter or cancel a trip due to any reason or extraordinary circumstance like dangerous water levels, landslides, bad weather etc. This right will be exercised in the best interest of your safety, and for the well being of an individual or group of individuals.

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