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The Zanskar
Trip Overview
Whitewater Kayak and Raft Expedition on the Zanskar River, India
Grade: IV
Time Of Year: August
Duration: 12 days
Departure Point: New Delhi, India
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This amazing trip starts as we head up and through western Ladakh, passing monasteries, palaces, villages, hikes and travel to one of the most surreal places on the planet. The trip begins with a flight over the Himalayas into the Trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We spend a couple of days in Leh town acclimatizing at 11,000 feet above sea level and visiting the ancient monasteries, palaces and villages around Leh. We then drive west of Leh past the town of Kargil and travel south into the valley of Zanskar, one of the coldest inhabited places on earth. Starting the trip on the Stod river, we begin our 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, (which incidentally lends India its name). Undoubtedly a classic, this journey to the last truly lost horizon of our shrinking planet - Zanskar, the "land of white copper” is a trip of a lifetime. Heading down the amazing Zanskar river

Day 1
Arrive New Delhi. You will be met by an AdventureX guide and then transferred to a domestic airport for afternoon internal transfer to Leh. Transfer to hotel. Rest, hydrate and acclimatise. Overnight Leh hotel.
(Evening meal included)

Day 2
Leh. Acclimatise and sightseeing. For the more energetic a visit to a few monasteries such as Shey, Thikse and Hemis will be arranged. Or choose to relax and walk into Leh town, to its exciting market and outdoor restaurants. Overnight Leh hotel.
(All meals included)

Days 3
Drive Leh – Kargil. We drive from Leh to Mulbek - Kargil, through a spectacular moonscape. We drive over the Fotu La (14,000 ft), a high mountain pass and exit the Indus valley. Enroute, we do a photo stop above the Lamayuru monastery belonging to the 'Red Hat' sect. Overnight Kargil hotel.
(All meals included)

Day 4
Drive Kargil - Rangdum. A spectacular drive past Panikar and Parkachik, with magnificent views of the 7000 metre plus Nun and Kun massif, hanging glaciers and large meadows. We drive till Rangdum Gompa where we overnight.
(All meals included)

Day 5
Drive Rangdum – Remala. 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 glacier that feeds the Zanskar river, 40 km below, into which we flow trip the next day.
(All meals included)

Day 6
The expedition begins at Remala and we raft and kayak down to Karsha Gompa, near Padum. Surrounded by 6000 metre high peaks the river section today is class II, a good introduction for first timers as well as to the river in general. We camp in the afternoon and there is an optional hike to Karsha Gompa.
(All meals included)

Day 7
After a late morning start, we raft the class II/III stretch from Karsha up to Honyo / Pidmo.
(Meal in Pokhara excluded)

Day 8
After packing camp, we raft the 25km class III section to Nyerak. The gorge narrows in on the river - this indeed is a Grand Canyon in its own right. The evening's camp is pitched in a gorge below Nyerak village.
(No meals included)

Days 9
Rest day at Nyerak. Take a hike to Nyerak village or relax under the cool shade of the willows at our Campsite.
(All meals included)

Day 10
Today's 35km class III/IV section takes us from Nyerak to Lamaguru through the core of the Zanskar A classic white water day! We stop for lunch near a huge waterfall and continue to camp at the confluence of Markha river with the Zanskar.
(All meals included)

Day 11
40 kms of Class III/IV white water from Lamaguru until the Zanskar plunges out of the canyon to meet with the Indus at Nimu. Drive an hour back to Leh. Last minute retail therapy before overnight in hotel.
(All meals included)

Day 12
Transfer to Leh airport. Fly Leh - Delhi.
(Breakfast included)

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Dates & Pricing
Price includes: Transfers to/from New Delhi Airport, internal flights, all accommodation, all meals (except where specified in itinerary), all equipment, guides.
Excludes: personal insurance, personal drinks (soft drinks, beer etc.), tips, international flight.
Zanskar River Expedition
August 2015 12 days £1395
Deposit £250
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