River Rafting Zanskar

By Amit Gurav info@countrysideindia.com | 2009

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Fly into Leh. Starting point of rafting is Chilling on Zanskar river ie about 1.5 hrs from Leh, 30 kms. Rafting from Chilling to end point is 23 kms takes 2.5 hrs. It has 3 plus grade rapids - can be done by anyone. Rafting is depends on water level - instructions given there itself. U see instructions to the group.

Team members doing practice before the actual rafting. Rafting can be done from May to August. Can do in Sept but cold. Leh to Leh is app Rs 1500/ including transport and lunch.

Always there is one safety kayaker with the rafts whom u see right in front of picture. Zanskar is also known as the `Land of White Copper`.

Practicing river rafting. Note that Nimmu is the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers.

The kayaker is also practicing. `Zanskar River originates from the high altitude plateau of Sarchu on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir . Originally known as the Tsarap the river gorges a path out of the rocky mountains of western Himalayas , dropping in a continuous torrent of class V rapids. The river then eases into the forbidden Kingdom of Zanskar and slowly flows past the capital at Padum. Here it joins with the Stod river which flows down from the Pensi La pass on the road from Kargil to Padum`.

Getting into the wild and exciting river Zanskar. `The walls of the Canyon go up thousands of feet off the river bed`.

Rafting on the river amidst the rapids. `The Zansar gorge is referred to as the Grand Canyon of Asia by many`.

Rafting on the river amidst the rapids. The 7 day rafting trip is supposed to be a trip of a life time. Best time to go is August.

Finding your bearing against high speed water ie splashed on to us. The river has some classic Class IV, V rapids.

One of the boats over turned, was done purposely since the people wanted to experience.

Once raft over turned team members dispersed. You see them getting together and into the boat.

The raft is upside down. Most of the members sitting on the raft.

Rafting in the river. `Enjoy a spectacular night sky filled with twinkling stars, while you sit around a camp fire and listen to stories of the many runs our guides have done on their favourite river`. This narrative is applicable to the many day rafting trip.

They crossed one rapid sitting on the raft that was upside down. Members of the raft then split 50% and went to the other two rafts.

Made the raft straight is what you see.

Now the group again got into 3 rafts and enjoyed as you see in the picture. Mountains on either side of the river are very beautiful, have different shapes and colors. If you like to do this trip mail info@countrysideindia.com. The company also organizes longer rafting trips on the Zanskar.

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