For adventure lovers, Himalayas in India is a destination par excellence. Amongst many adventure sports that can be enjoyed in Himaclayas, trekking, skiing, gliding and rafting are the most popular ones. The last one, rafting, is also known as the white water rafting and can be enjoyed to the maximum extent in Himalayas. The reason for this is the presence of a number of snows fed rivers in the Himalayas that rush down the Himalayan ranges and makes their way through the various regions.
Rafting in Himalayas
Season: June to August
Duration: 13 days
Region: Zanskar Valley Leh
Day 1: Arrival at Leh by flight: Arrival at Leh airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free to acclimatization. Overnight at hotel
Day 2: In Leh : An excursion to famous monasteries of Ladakh. It is interesting to visit early in the morning to enjoy the praying ceremony at Thiksey monastery. Continue drive to Hemis monastery which is one of the most famous monasteries of the Ladakh region. On the way back visit to Shey Palace. Evening free to explore Leh market on your own. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Leh/ Kargil (236 kms/ 8 hrs): After Breakfast drive to Kargil enroute visiting Alchi Monastery, Giant Buddha at Mulbek. On arrival check in and overnight at hotel in Kargil
Day 4: Kargil / Rangdum (105 km, 5-6 hours): After Breakfast drive from Kargil to Rangdum. A spectacular drive past Panikar and Parkachik, with magnificent views of the Nun and Kun massifs (7000 metres), hanging glaciers and large meadows. We drive till Rangdum Gompa. Camp overnight.
Day 5: Rangdum / Remala (95 km, 5 hours): We 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 a long and winding of ice and snow is the largest glacier in Ladakh which feeds the Zanskar River. The mystical paradise Zanskar Valley is enclosed on three sides by the Great Himalayan Range, The Zanskar Range and “The Pir Panjal Range”.
The Zanskar River is a amazing feat of nature, it has formed a deep gorge in the Zanskar Range over the last many centuries by cutting against the mighty mountains. During the rafting come across the deep gorges with sheer cliffs rising for thousands of feet on both sides. During the expedition you would raft for about 155 Km on the vintage Zanskar River which finally culminates in the mighty Indus. On arrival set up camp at Remala, which is the start point of rafting expedition.
Day 6: Remala / Karsha 3,496 m (40 km stretch, 5 hours): Rafting expedition begins at Remala. Raft till near Karsha Gompa, near Padum. Today’s rafting section is a scenic run down the Stod River surrounded by 6000 m high peaks and the stark barren landscapes that make Ladakh so unique. The stretch includes a Class II section providing an ideal training ground for first time rafters. The rafting finishes at Karsha early in the afternoon we can take an optional hike to Karsha Gompa. Over night at camp at Karsha
Day 7: Karsha / Pidmu 3,361 m, (30 km, 4 hours): After breakfast at camp raft from Karsha up to Honyo / Pidmo (3361 m ; 11,025 ft ; 3 hrs). This stretch is approximately 30 km with Class II and III rapids. Another easy day to get used to the river, the altitude and hone our paddling skills.
Day 08: Pidmu / Neyrak 3,286 m, (20 km, 4 hours): After packing camp, we raft 20 km to Nyerak . 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.
Day 09: Rest day at Nyerak: Take a hike to Nyerak village or relax under the cool shade of the willows at our Campsite. Wash up at the campsite stream and enjoy the day off.
Day 10: Neyrak / Lamaguru 3,190 m (35 km, 5 hours): Today’s 35 km rafting section takes us from 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 18 ft. We stop for lunch near a huge waterfall and continue to camp at the confluence of Markha river with the Zanskar. Rock formations, spires and an amazing palette of colours add to the trip. Overnight at camp
Day 11: Lamaguru / Nimmu 3,145 m (40 km, 4 hours): Another exciting day of white water rafting on the river, covering 40 km stretch of Class III/IV white water from Lamaguru to Nimu . Set up camp on a small beach just before the confluence of the Zankar and Indus rivers at Nimmu.
Day 12: Nimmu/ Leh Drive: Pick up from Nimmu and drive to visit Likir and Alchi Monastery later drive back to Leh. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Departure Leh: In the morning transfer to airport to board flight to Delhi. End of tour.
Season: All Year except During Monsoons
Duration: 06 days
Day 1: Delhi – Shivpuri Camp: Depart from New Delhi. Arrival at Rafting Camp for lunch.
Post lunch, a 10-km river rafting session. Tent pitching demonstration and expedition training. Dinner around a merry campfire”.
Day 2: Shivpuri: Early morning wakeup call followed by a nature walk in the surrounding areas. After breakfast, we do a training raft run. Lunch at the camp. Post lunch, we drive for about a three-and-a-half hours to a beach on the Alaknanda River. Overnight at camp set up on the beach.
Day 3: Drive to Put in Point: We leave camp after breakfast and drive for an hour to the put in point for rafting expedition. Start the Alaknanda River Rafting Expedition. A few kilometers downstream the valley widens and the river eases in intensity once we are past the relatively big town of Srinagar. The town is famous in the area for its university. The entire rafting is through areas rich in avi-fauna and wildlife. Overnight at camp on beach by the river.
Day 4: On Expedition: After breakfast, start the day’s rafting. Today the river enters a breathtakingly beautiful gorge and picks up in intensity. We finish rafter for the day and set up camp for the night on an isolated beach by the Ganga River.
Day 5: Finish expedition and drive to Shivpuri camp: Rafting begins after breakfast. The river now widens out and is relatively calm for the next 20 river kilometers. We finish the rafting session and drive to Rafting Camp. Lunch at the camp. Post lunch, we go for sightseeing and visit the various ashrams of Rishikesh. Dinner around a merry campfire at Camp.
Day 6: Shivpuri-Delhi
Season: All Year except During Monsoons
Duration: 06 days
Day 1: Arrival Haridwar ex Delhi by train and drive to Rishikesh (23 kms/ 30 minute): Meet on arrival at Haridwar railway station and drive to Camp in Rishikesh. Greet on arrival at camp. Check in at camp. Later a short nature trek or Village trek or free to enjoy beach Volleyball, evening Tea, bon fire with drinking snacks, dinner. Overnight stay in tents
Day 2: Rishikesh /New Tehri to Nagar: Wake up in the morning and after breakfast drive to New Tehri from where we start the river rafting from to Nagar. Challenging the rapids of grades from 4 to 5. You can try your hands on Body Surfing in Bhagirathis Rapids. Packed lunch will be served while enroute to Nagar. Reach Nagar in evening. Overnight stay in the riverside camp at Nagar.
Day 3: Nagar to Devprayag: After breakfast rafting up to Devprayag in the route do face the rapids of Grades 4 to 5, enjoy beautiful scenic and enchanting beauty of Uttarakhand during the river rafting. Packed lunch enroute. Camp halt at Devprayag and overnight stay in the camp.
Day 4: Devprayag to Kaudiyala: Morning after breakfast ready for river rafting up to Kaudiyala. Experience the White Water and rapids of different grades from 1 to 3. Packed lunch will be served while enroute to Kaudiyala. Overnight stay in riverside camp at Kaudiyala.
Day 5: Kaudiyala to Shivpuri: After breakfast get ready for Rafting from Kaudiyala to Shivpuri to experience the rapids of Grades 2 to 5 like Sweet sixteen, Denial dip, The wall, Black money, Three blind mice also can enjoy Body surfing. Lunch in afternoon at the Shivpuri camp and after lesure hrs visit to Rishikesh city and attend ‘AARTI’ at sacred Ganga. Dinner & over night stay in camp.
Day 06: Shivpuri to Haridwar: In time transfer to Haridwar railway station to board train to Delhi. End of tour
For adventure lovers, Himachal Pradesh in India is a destination par excellence. Amongst many adventure sports that can be enjoyed in Himachal, trekking, skiing, gliding and rafting are the most popular ones. The last one, rafting, is also known as the white water rafting and can be enjoyed to the maximum extent in the state of Himachal. The reason for this is the presence of a number of snows fed rivers in the state that rush down the Himalayan ranges and makes their way through the various regions.
In Kullu valley this thrilling sport can be enjoyed downstream on the Beas River from Pirdi to Jhiri on a track of about 16 km in length. A short stretch of 7 Km from Pirdi to Bhuntar is also available. This stretch is totally for Amateurs. Every year 90 % of the tourists who enjoy this sport are First timers.
March to mid July. Mid September to March. Depending on the water situation there may be a break during the monsoon in summers. River Beas offers excellent Grade Two and Grade Three Rapids ensuring a safe yet thrilling experience. A rafting trip usually starts with the introduction to the equipment, safety measures, do’s n don’ts and the different command given by the guide.
After “boarding” the raft the adrenaline level of the participants usually sharply raises and desperate commands of “Fast forward” and “backward” can be heard. The raft hits Grade II near the confluence of Parvati and Beas River, sending the boat in an uncontrollable state for some moments with waves lashing on the thrilled participants.
Minimum age is usually 14 years. Good physical fitness is required; Life jackets and helmets are provided by the tour operator. The equipments required for river rafting are approved by HPTDC, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation on yearly basis. Seating Capacity is also approved by HPTDC according to the condition of the raft. Usually HTPDC approves a Seating Capacity of 7+1 (Seven Clients and one professional Guide). Be sure that Rafting Operators do no break these
Rules. If you find any operator going against your safety you can complain at HPTDC office at Kullu Or Manali.
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