Ladakh Zanskar River Expedition
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Ladakh Zanskar River Expedition

Location: Leh
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Season: Autumn, Summer
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Region: Asia
  • Type: Rafting-Kayaking
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Season: Autumn, Summer
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Region: Asia
  • Type: Rafting-Kayaking
Ladakh Zanskar River Expedition

The Ladakh Zanskar River expedition is one of the best multi day river expeditions in the world. Participants can choose to either raft or kayak.

It has it all, great white-water, amazing scenery and a cultural experience second to none. Also known as the Grand Canyon of Asia, it is located in the lunar-like landscape of western Ladakh.

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

The sight of the huge snow-capped peaks of the Greater and Zanskar Himalayan ranges coupled with the occasional Gompa (monastery) overlooking the river is something that will stay with you long after this expedition is over.

Like most adventure holidays in India we begin with a scenic drive with an amazing backdrop. Our first two days on the river are quite easy with smaller rapids, providing a good warm up for exercising at high altitude.

After these two days we enter the Canyon and commit to reaching its end where the Zanskar joins the Indus. With Canyon walls over 1000 meters deep in places, big class IV rapids and limited road access we are truly committed, where else would you rather be!

As well as enjoying 11 fantastic days in Ladakh you will see Delhi’s best sights and enjoy plenty of retail therapy and delicious Indian cuisine.

Why do The Ladakh Zanskar River Expedition with Earth's Edge

100% Financial Protection – Earth’s Edge is Ireland’s only fully licensed (TA:0711) and financially bonded adventure travel company.

All our Ladakh Zanskar River expeditions are led by an experienced Irish guide and doctor who travel with the group from Dublin.

Our packages are inclusive of flights from Dublin, in-country transport, a full local guiding & support team, accommodation, all meals on the trek, a celebratory meal & an Earth's Edge technical tee-shirt.

Our 15 day itinerary includes 5 days on the river, some trekking and plenty of time to explore Leh, the capital of Ladakh and Delhi, the capital of India.

We use excellent local guides, cooks and support staff. We have a strict Responsible Travel Policy and ensure our local partners are treated fairly.

Training day – Meet your Earth's Edge expedition leader, your Earth's Edge expedition doctor and your fellow Ladakh Zanskar River expedition team members two months before departure. Our training day consists of a full brief and a session on the water.

We have a strict Leave No Trace policy and do everything we can to ensure we leave the river as we found it. 

Our Ladakh Zanskar River Expedition Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin to Delhi.
Depart Dublin in the evening on an overnight flight to Delhi.

Day 2: In Delhi.
Arrive in Delhi in the mid morning. Rest for the day or go sightseeing & shopping.

Day 3: Delhi to Leh (3505m).
Take the short flight to Leh, capital of Ladakh.

Day 4: Sightseeing in Leh.
Spend the day in and around Leh.

Day 5: Leh to Kargil (2740m), 7 hrs driving.
Drive from Leh to Kargil.

Day 6: Kargil to Rangdum (3657m), 6 hrs driving.
Drive from Kargil to Randum. Afternoon trekking.

Day 7: Rangdum to Remala (3635m), 5 hrs driving.
Drive from Rangdum to Remala. Afternoon trekking.

Day 8: Remala to Karsha (3600m), 4 hrs rafting/kayaking.
Paddle to Karsha. Afternoon walk to Karsha monastery.

Day 9: Karsha to Pidmo (3420m), 4 hrs rafting/kayaking.
Paddle to Pidmo. Afternoon village walk.

Day 10: Pidmo to Nyerak (3286m), 5 hrs rafting/kayaking.
Paddle from Pidmo to Nyerak.

Day 11: Rest day in Nyerak.
Visit Nyerak village, go trekking or relax by the Zanskar River.

Day 12: Nyerak to Lamaguru (3190m), 6 hrs rafting/kayaking.
Paddle from Nyerak to Lamaguru.

Day 13: Lamaguru to Nimu (2743m) to Leh, 6 hrs rafting/kayaking.
Paddle to Nimu and then drive to Leh.

Day 14: Leh to Delhi, afternoon sightseeing.
Fly to Delhi. Explore Delhi and go shopping in the afternoon.

Day 15: Delhi to Dublin.
Fly Delhi to Dublin.

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