Zanskar River Rafting – Gio Adventure

Rafting on Zanskar

Product Code: RT18
Availability: In Stock
Duration: 13 Days
Season: Aug-Sep
Grade: Vigorous
Region: Ladakh
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DAY 01: LEH (3500m)

Arrival in Leh by the early morning flight. This is a spectacular flight with great views of the several glaciers and mountains of the Greater Himalayas. Check into your hotel and relax the whole day to acclimatize to the altitude. This is absolutely essential and even if one is feeling well, a day of complete rest is advised. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 02: LEH (3500m)

On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area. Overnight in a hotel in Leh. Shey palace was built in 1645 by Deldan Namgyal as a summer residence for the kings of Ladakh. It is the oldest palace in Ladakh. Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.

Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. It was built in 1620 by the king-architect Singe Namgyal, a great patron of Buddhism. Hemis is the location for numerous religious festivals throughout the year.


Today you will drive through some amazing mountainscape to reach Kargil. The drive takes us over the Fotu La, the pass between the Indus and the Suru Valleys. En route you will halt at Lamayuru and visit the Monastery of the Red Sect, one of the oldest in the valley. Overnight at a hotel in Kargil.


Today you drive from Kargil to Rangdom. En route you will get a very close look at the twin Himalayan peaks of Nun & Kun. Also we will pass through the villages of Panikar and Prakachik. Towards the evening visit the ancient gompa at Rangdom. Overnight in tents.


A 6-hr drive will get you to Remala, the starting point of this grand journey. En route one crosses the Pensi La (14500 ft) and gets stunning views of the Zanskar range and the Durung Durung glacier (the glacier that feeds the Zanskar). Overnight in tents.


The raft trip starts on one of the tributaries of the Zanskar (Doda) with Class II rapids. The total rafting distance today will be 30 kms and will take about 5 hrs. The lone Karsha Gompa as it looks down the gorge will be crossed today. Those interested could trek up to its distant heights in the evening to attend the incantation service. Overnight in tents.


The Tsarapchu river joins the Doda at Zangla to form the Zanskar. The stretch today is about 25 km and takes one through Class II & III rapids. Today’s run will take about 4 hours. In the evening you have the option to hike up to the quaint village of Hanumil, seemingly untouched by the passage of time. Overnight in tents.


Today’s rafting section takes you through some great Class III rapids as the river narrows and enters the Zanskar gorges. From Hanumil we enter a spectacular canyon with towering rock walls on both sides. This is a breathtaking section of the river also you get to negotiate some exciting rapids on the way. Overnight in tents.


Today's 35 km stretch takes one through the heart of the Zanskar Gorge with heart pumping Class IV rapids interspersed between continuous stretches of Class III rapids. One of the highlights of the day is the pit stop for lunch at a huge waterfall at the confluence of the Zanskar and the Markha rivers. The sights and sounds of today's run on the river remains one of the highlights of this trip. Overnight in tents.


Today you give your arms a break and explore the Markha valley on foot. One can hike up to the villages of Kaya & Skiu from the campsite. Also you have the wonderful option of just lazing at the camp and soaking in the spectacular beauty of the Zanskar & Markha valleys. Overnight in tents.


Today you will run the river for about 40 kms taking about 3-4 hrs. En route you will negotiate the Chilling rapid. Today’s run will have Class III rapids with one Class IV rapid. It’s an interesting run as you will come out of the Zanskar gorges and meet the mighty Indus river at Nimo. You end your river trip at the confluence. We will set up camp here for the night and have a celebratory party under the stars in the evening. Overnight in tents.

DAY 12: NIMO – LEH (3500m)

After breakfast you will drive for about an hour to reach Leh. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the sights and markets of Leh. Overnight in a hotel


Take the morning flight for your onward destination. TRIP ENDS HERE.



  • Transport from and back to Leh including pickup & drop to Leh airport on Day 1 & 13.
  • Accommodation:
    • Leh / Kargil - In a hotel in Standard rooms on twin-sharing basis
    • On the river – In comfortable all-weather trekking tents. During the camping, you would be provided with comfortable sleeping bags and camping mattresses.
  • Food: Veg meals. All meals beginning with lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 13. We would provide non-veg meals wherever possible but keeping with the nature of the trip, vegetarian cuisine would be the primary choice. Lunch on rafting days would be packed for having enroute and all other meals would be freshly prepared by our kitchen team which would be travelling along with the expedition.
  • Body suits and dry tops for the rafting to keep warm while on the river
  • Experienced instructors, safety kayakers & state-of-the-art equipment to ensure maximum safety
  • Bonfire in the nights (wherever possible)
  • Service Tax


  • Any airfare
  • Liquor, soft drinks, bottled water, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, etc.
  • Any services / meals not mentioned above
  • Any costs rising due to delays, bad weather, landslides, etc.
  • Insurance


  • Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of GREAT INDIAN OUTDOORS (P) LTD. payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway
  • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips
  • Cancellation Policy
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund


How to Reach

Leh, the capital of Ladakh, is now connected by air to Delhi with quite a few flights arriving and departing daily. Most of the flights are operated in the early morning as this is the best time to get clear weather. As the popular season for Ladakh (Jun-Sep) is short it is advised that you book your flight tickets as early as possible to get competitive fares and to avoid non-availability.
It is also possible to drive to Manali to Leh along the scenic route that crosses some high passes and where the change in landscape is noticeable from the green Himachal Pradesh side (near Manali) to the stark arid landscape once you cross the Rohtang Pass and move into Lahaul and further into Ladakh. This is a 2/3 day drive, and there are coaches available from Manali. If required, we could also arrange for a private car for you for the drive.

Expected Weather

The expected temperatures would be 12-15°C during the day and 3-4°C during the nights. Though this is the summer months in the plains, Ladakh is a high altitude desert and remains cold throughout the year. Even though it is cold, you have strong sunlight and would feel warm in the direct sun but would feel cold the moment you get under the shade. Use of a strong sun block is recommended and you should keep yourself warm at all times.

List of Essentials

Below is a list of essentials you would require at the camp:

  1. Shirts / T-shirts
  2. Trousers / Track Pants
  3. Windproof jacket
  4. Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  5. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  6. Woollen cap
  7. Mittens (Woollen gloves)
  8. Scarf
  9. Woollen socks (extra pairs to be carried)
  10. Comfortable shoes to wear in the evening
  11. Floaters
  12. Towel
  13. Water bottle
  14. Cap / Hat
  15. Sunscreen Lotion
  16. Lip Balm
  17. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  18. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  19. Sunglasses
  20. Personal toiletries

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage.


Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

13Days|Aug to Sep|Vigorous

Sketch Itinerary

Day 01: Leh (3500m)
Day 02: Leh (3500m)
Day 03: Leh Kargil
Day 04: Kargil Rangdom
Day 05: Rangdom Remala
Day 06: Remala Zangla
Day 07: Zangla Hanumil
Day 08: Hanumil Nyerak
Day 09: Nyerak Lamaguru
Day 10: Lamaguru (Rest / Trek)
Day 11: Lamaguru Nimo
Day 12: Nimo Leh (3500m)
Day 13: Leh Departure


  1. Rafting through the high Zanskar gorges, a gorge as grand as the Grand Canyon
  2. Remoteness of the river
  3. Stark and spectacular landscapes of Zanskar & Ladakh
  4. Hike into the Markha valley
  5. Great campsites
  6. Opportunity to look into the ancient Buddhist culture from close proximity & visit some ancient monasteries
    Time in Leh to visit the local sites and the quaint markets


The Zanskar valley in Ladakh is one of the most beautiful valleys in the region with ever changing landscape and close encounters with natures beauties such as snow peaks, glaciers, long unwinding cold desert, gorges, etc. Through this valley cuts the Zanskar river and its tributaries. The river in addition to being an exciting way to explore the region also provides the white water enthusiast with excellent rapids and an unforgettable rafting trip. There are rapids of all classes and beautiful camping sports to unwind after a day on the river. The drive to the beginning of the rafting trip is an experience in itself and coupled with the exciting rafting trip, this trip is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

Duration 13 Days
Region Ladakh

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