Ladakh Zanskar rafting

Ladakh Tri-Adventure

16 Days / India
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Overview

The 16-day Ladakh Tri-Adventure is divided into 3 sections; 4 days of mountain biking, followed by 4 days of trekking before finally spending two days rafting down the Zanskar river, covering a total distance of 270km. The entire expedition is at high altitude (with a low point of 2940m and a high point of 5005m) which adds another challenging element to this adventure.

Ladakh is a region in North Western India stretching from the Himalayan to the Kunlun ranges on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. The name ‘Ladakh’ means “land of high passes” in Tibetan/Ladakhi, a title befitting this beautiful mountainous area with much of the region lying above 3,000m.

Ladakh is more akin to Tibet than India with over 90% of the population practicing Buddhism. The most common language in Ladakh is Ladakhi which is a Tibetan dialect. As well as time spent on the trail, we take every opportunity to visit local monasteries, palaces, villages and markets in order to observe and learn about the local culture.

We are the only company in the world who send an International guide and doctor on all our expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Sending an international guide and doctor allows us to deliver an unrivalled level of safety and service for each and every one of our clients. Having smaller group sizes allows us to minimise our environmental impact and foster a stronger team dynamic.

Bike

We cover a distance of 150km over the four-day biking section.  We begin in Leh and follow the Indus river for the majority of our journey, exploring a region considered to be the birthplace of civilisation. The majority of our trail will be over paved road. On day 3 we climb away from the Indus and begin making our way to the heart of Zanskar. The four days spent on the bike are a good challenge, with the final day being the toughest as we spend 6 hours climbing to Hanupatta.

Trek

We trek for a total of 50km over the four days in an area considered to be one of the most remote regions of the Himalayas. We will have the trail to ourselves apart from a few villagers that we may pass going about their daily routines. We cross the river several times and trek over 4 high passes: the Sirsir La Pass (4826m), the Burniktse La Pass (4390m), the Sengge La Pass (5,005m) and the Chuchokhuri La Pass (3970m).

Raft/Kayak

The Zanskar River is considered by many to be one of the best rivers in the world for rafting. We will paddle over 70km across the two days we spend on the river. The river flows through a large box canyon with walls over 1,000m and no road access – so once we begin our journey, we are committed to reaching the end of the canyon! Our journey ends at the confluence of the Zanskar and Indu Rivers.

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 16th, 2021 - Aug 31st, 2021
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  • Aug 15th, 2022 - Aug 30th, 2022
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