Ladakh Zanskar rafting

Ladakh Tri-Adventure

16 Days / India
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Overview

The Ladakh Tri-Adventure expedition is ideal for those who enjoy a challenge and have a good level of fitness. This expedition is divided into three sections; mountain biking, trekking and rafting. It covers a total distance of 270km.

Located in Ladakh on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau this entire trip is at high altitude and this adds an extra element to the expedition. The lowest altitude on this route is 2940m and the highest point is 5005m.

With over 90% of the population practising Buddhism, Ladakh is more like Tibet than India in many ways. The expedition gives a great insight into local culture with visits to monasteries, palaces, villages and markets all included.

Bike

The four-day bike section of the Ladakh Tri-Adventure covers a distance of 150km. The vast majority of which is on paved road. We will begin in Leh and follow the Indus for most of the journey, an area considered by most, to be the birthplace of civilization. On the third day, we climb away from the Indus towards the heart of Zanskar. The bike section is stunningly beautiful but does pose a stern challenge. There are several tough climbs and the hardest being on the last day which is a full 6 hours of climbing.

Trek

The four-day trek covers a distance of 50km in one of the most remote regions of the Himalayas. Apart from a few villagers, we will have the trail to ourselves as we walk into the heart of Zanskar, the most remote district of Ladakh. It is a tough walk with many river crossings and four passes (4826m, 4390m 5005m & 3970m) to cross.

Raft/Kayak

We paddle 70km over two days on the Zanskar River, considered by many as one of the best rivers in the world. Once we start we are committed to reaching the end of the canyon which has walls over 1000m deep and no road access. We raft all the way to the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers completing this epic journey.

As well as enjoying 13 fantastic days in Ladakh you’ll see Delhi’s best sights and enjoy plenty of retail therapy and delicious Indian cuisine. The Ladakh Tri-Adventure is not for the faint-hearted

If you’d like more information on this expedition or the Kenya Tri-Adventure you can watch our information talk that we recorded in the Great Outdoors. James talks about Kenya first and starts the Ladakh talk 7 minutes in!

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Dublin to Delhi.

    Depart Dublin on an overnight flight to Delhi.

    plane
  • Day 2

    Arrive in Delhi.

    Rest for the day or go sightseeing & shopping in Delhi.

    arrive
    transfer
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 3

    Delhi to Leh (3505m)

    Take the short flight to Leh, capital of Ladakh.

    breakfast
    plane
    hotel
  • Day 4

    Sightseeing in Leh.

    Spend the day in and around Leh.

    breakfast
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 5

    Leh to Basgo (3260m), 5/6 hrs biking

    Cycle from Leh to Basgo.

    breakfast
    bike
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 6

    Basgo to Nurla (3046m), 6/7 hrs biking.

    Cycle from Basgo to Nurla.

    breakfast
    bike
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 7

    Nurla to Tarchit (3199m), 4 hrs biking.

    Cycle from Nurla to Tarchit.

    breakfast
    bike
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 8

    Tarchit to Hanupatta (3851m), 6 hrs biking.

    Cycle from Tarchit to Hanupatta. We say goodbye to our bikes and hello to our hiking boots today!

    breakfast
    bike
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 9

    Hanupatta to Photosgar (4193m) via the Sirsir La pass (4826m), 8 hrs trekking.

    Our first day of trekking in Ladakh! We trek over the Sirsir La pass to reach Photosgar.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 10

    Photosgar to Sengge La base(4426m) via the Burniktse La pass (4390m), 7 hrs trekking.

    Cross the Burniktse La pass to Sengge La base.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 11

    Sengge La base to Yulchung (3850m), 8 hrs trekking.

    Trek over the Sengge La pass (5005m) to reach Yuchung.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 12

    Yulchung to Nyerak (3470m), 4 hrs trekking.

    Trek from Yulchung over the Chochokorila La Pass (3970m) to Nyerak. This is our final day of trekking.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 13

    Nyerak to Lamaguru (3190m), 6 hrs rafting/kayaking.

    Our first day rafting on the Zanskar river. Paddle from Nyerak to Lamaguru.

    breakfast
    raft
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 14

    Lamaguru to Nimu (2743m) to Leh, 6 hrs rafting/kayaking.

    Paddle to Nimu and then drive to Leh.

    breakfast
    raft
    lunch
    transfer
    dinner
    hotel
  • Day 15

    Day 15: Leh to Delhi, afternoon sightseeing.

    Fly to Delhi. Explore Delhi and go shopping in the afternoon.

    breakfast
    plane
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 16

    Delhi to Dublin.

    Fly Delhi to Dublin.

    arrive

Facts

Ladakh is the highest plateau of the Indian state of Kashmir with much of it being over 3,000m. The total area of 45,110sq km makes Ladakh the largest district in India. The largest town in Ladakh is Leh.

Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. It spans the Great Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges and the upper Indus River Valley.

Religion and culture in Ladakh

Ladakh is sometimes called 'Little Tibet' due to strong cultural and geographical similarities with Tibet. The approach to Ladakh is invariably marked with many long walls running 2-3 km, decorated with engraved stones bearing the mantra 'Om Mani Padme Hun' and chortens which symbolises Buddha’s mind.

Buddhism is the religion of the majority of Leh District’s population. The most attractive features of the landscape of Leh are the Buddhists Gompas ( Monasteries). The Gompas are situated on the highest points of the mountain spurs or sprawl over cliff sides, located in the vicinity of villages and provide a focus for the faith of Buddhists.

Weather in Ladakh

Ladakh is a high altitude desert, as the Himalayas create a rain shadow thus prohibiting the entry of monsoon clouds. The main source of water here is the winter snowfall on the mountains that form the glaciers. In many parts of the country, people pray for rain, here Ladakhis pray for the glaciers or snows to melt for irrigation and drinking purposes. Surprisingly though, the thin air makes the heat of the sun even more intense than at lower altitudes.

Available Dates

  • Aug 17th, 2020 - Sep 1st, 2020
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  • Aug 16th, 2021 - Aug 31st, 2021
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