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Zanskar Rafting Expedition 12D/11N

Jammu & Kashmir, Srinagar
INR 77,700.00
Holiday Overview

The trip begins with a flight over the Himalayas into the Trans-Himalayan region of Leh-Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Spending a couple of days at 11,000 ft above sea level in Leh, will visit the ancient part of the Leh. We then drive west of Leh past the town of Kargil, an important transit hub of Ladakh & travel south into the valley of Zanskar, famous for its stunning scenery & Tibetan-style Buddhist monasteries. Starting the trip on the Stod river, we begin our self contained multi-day river adventure down the spectacular & scenic Zanskar river gorge.

Holiday Highlights
  • Overnight stay in houseboat, including shikara ride & taste the traditional food of Kashmir.
  • Srinagar to Kargil by road (7 hours) journey, through Sonmarg, & head towards Drass & Kargil.
  • Campsight stay at Rangdum Village.
  • Remala, starting point for the white water rafting.
  • Leh Sightseeing.
Getting There
By Air

Sheikh ul Alam Airport in Srinagar is an international airport connected to major cities.

By Rail

Jammu Tawi is the closest railhead to Srinagar.

By Road

Private Coaches and taxis can be hired from Jammu Tawi to reach Srinagar. Srinagar is linked by the National Highway 1A to the rest of the country. J & K State Road Transport Corporation operates comfortable buses from Jammu. The Jammu – Srinagar road passes through majestic mountain passes, with fields stretching out to the sides and lined with towering trees.

Day 1
Arrival at Srinagar

On arrival at Srinagar, Transfer to our houseboat. Rest, hydrate and acclimatise. Overnight Houseboat. On a clear day, you could see as far as the Nun Kun massif. We land in Srinagar by noon and head off to catch a ferry shikara to our houseboat. Savour traditional Kashmiri cuisine and the flavour of staying on the lake. Trip briefing in the evening. Be prepared to be frisked a lot on this flight – this is a high security flight. Keep a pen and your passports handy – visitor’s registration is sometimes needed when we land at the airport. Overnight Srinagar.

Meals - Lunch & Dinner
Day 2
Srinagar - Kargil

After an early breakfast, will proceed towards Sonamarg (85 kms) takes through some of the magnificent vistas Kashmir is renowned for. We reach Sonamarg (Meadows of Gold) marvel at the beauty. Drass (62 kms) is where the landscape starts changing dramatically all the way till the famous Zoji La pass (11,640 ft ; visitors have to get themselves registered to proceed further). An hour of crossing Zoji La, we reach at Drass. A few kms beyond Drass is the Drass War Memorial, built in the memory of fallen soldiers in the 1999 Kargil War. From Drass - Kargil (58 kms), we reach by afternoon. Settle into the hotel.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3
Kargil - Rangdum

Kargil - Rangdum, a spectacular drive past Panikar and Parkachik, with magnificent views of the 7000 m plus Nun & Kun Massif, hanging glaciers and large meadows. We drive till Rangdum Gompa (12,000 ft). From Kargil, the road runs south upto the Suru valley for 67 kms upto Panikhar. The Balti settlements along this valley are surrounded by lush fields of crops and fruits. We gain height the mighty snow capped peaks of Nun (23,410 ft) & Kun (23,220 ft). The road swings to the east for 63 kms, past the last Muslim settlement of Parkachik, to the Buddhist Gelukpa monastery of Rangdum, sitting astride a small hill in the middle of a wide plain. An optional hike around the huge meadow. Overnight Camp.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4
Rangdum – Remala

Rangdum – Remala, which is the starting point for the rafting trip on the Stod River, a tributary of the Zanskar river. Overnight tented camp. The Pensi La (14,440 ft), the entrance to Zanskar which enables grand views of the Zanskar peaks at the bottom of which is the Drang Drung Glacier that feeds the Zanskar river. The road descends to the Stod or Doda river which it now follows past the well cared for Zanskari villages to Padum (90 kms), the capital of Zanskar.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5
Rafting Begins

Rafting expedition begins at Remala. Raft till near Karsha Gompa, near Padum includes a break for lunch and hot beverage surrounded by 6000 m high peaks. River section includes introduction for first timers as well as to the river in general. Settle into camp by afternoon, we can take an optional hike around Camp. A long walk to Karsha Gompa.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 6
Rafting Day 2

After a late morning start, we raft from Karsha up to Honyo / Pidmo which is approximately 25 km. Another easy day to get used to the river, the altitude and hone our paddling skills.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 7
Rafting Day 3

After packing camp, we raft 25 km to Nyerak. We stop for the day to pitch camp in a gorge below Nyerak Village. Dislocator, Spanish Fly, many names for this new biggie!

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 8
Day Off at Nyerak

Rest day at Nyerak. A hike to Nyerak Village or relax under the cool shade of the willows at our Campsite. Wash up at the campsite stream and enjoy the day off.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 9
White Water Rafting

Today's 35 km rafting from Nyerak to Lamaguru through the core of the Zanskar, a classic white water. We stop for lunch near a huge waterfall and continue to camp at Markha river with the Zanskar. Rock formations, spires and an amazing palette of colours add to the trip today. Overnight Camp.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 10
Last Day of Rafting

We raft 40 kms of white water from Lamaguru to Nimu. We raft past the village of Chilling and exciting rapids as the Zanskar plunges out of the canyon to meet with the Indus at Nimu. We end our trip at the confluence of the Zanskar with the Indus. Drive an hour back to Leh. Overnight hotel.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 11
City Tour of Leh

Leh Sightseeing. A visit to a few monasteries such as Shey, Thikse and Hemis will be arranged. Or choose to relax and walk into Leh town, to its exciting market and outdoor restaurants. Overnight Leh hotel.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 12
Departure to Delhi

Transfer to Leh airport. Fly Leh - Delhi. Trip ends.

Meals - Breakfast
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Accommodation Options
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  • Budget Hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Star Deluxe Hotel
  • 4 Star Hotel
  • Budget Hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Star Deluxe Hotel
  • 4 Star Hotel
  • Swiss Tent
  • Deluxe Tent
  • Deluxe Tent
  • Deluxe Tent
Whats Included
  • Assistance on arrival at airport
  • Accommodation in well appointed rooms
  • Welcome drink on arrival at Hotel
  • Meals inclusive of Daily Breakfast & Dinner
  • All transportation by Indigo/similar car for 02 -03 Pax & Xylo/Innova/similar for 04-06 Pax
  • All Sightseeing & Transportation as per the Itinerary, inclusive of all toll, taxes and driver allowances
Whats Excluded
  • Air fare / train fare.
  • Guide, camera charges & Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as meals, tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, Insurance etc.
  • Supplement will be applicable for Single occupancy.
  • Any other item not specified in the Package Inclusions.
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
Cancellation Policy
  • If cancellation takes place more than 45 days prior to departure, your full deposit will be returned except a processing charge of INR 5000 or US$ 120.
  • If cancellation takes place between 45 and 30 days priorto departure, 50% of thetour price will be forfeited.
  • If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour price will be forfeited.
Terms and Conditions
  • Rates & Bookings are subjected to change without prior notice.
  • Package valid from 6th to 17th & from 17th to 28th August 2016.
  • Govt. Service tax @ 3.50% will be applicable on the total bill.
  • Check In / Check Out time at all hotels is – flexible as per arrival schedule.
  • We shall not be responsible for any change in the itinerary due to landslides, flight cancellations, weather conditions or any unforeseen circumstances. The additional cost incurred will be in addition to the cost.
  • As per Govt norm you are required to present your photo ID Proof such as PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID or Driving License at the time of Check in at the hotel.
  • The rates are valid for Indian National only.

Kindly Note

  • Change in the date of departure or conclusion of the tour, or it is possible that a route change, postponement or delay (either in relation to departure or to the duration of the expedition) may becomenecessary due to inclement weather, snow and ice conditions, political restrictions or any other cause.
  • In the event of a change, postponement or delay, participants have no right to refund of the tour price (in whole or in part) or other compensation for any injury, loss or damage.
Areas Covered

Srinagar - It is the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated in the Kashmir Valley and lies on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus. The city is famous for its gardens, lakes and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. Not only known for its beauty, Srinagar also has a special place in the history of ancient India. The backdrop of the majestic Himalayan snow clad mountains makes Srinagar a dream destination for every traveler.

Kargil - Kargil is situated about 204 kms from Srinagar in the west and 234 kms from Leh in the east, is the second largest urban centre of Ladakh and headquarters of the district of same name. The town lies nestling along the rising hillside of the lower Suru basin. It is famous for the fine apricots grown here. In May the entire countryside becomes awash with fragrant white apricot blossoms while August, the ripening fruit lends it an orange hue.

Leh - Leh was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Dotted with stupas and crumbling mud-brick houses, the Old Town is dominated by a dagger of steep rocky ridge topped by an imposing Tibetan-style palace and fort. Here, gushing streams and narrow footpaths link traditionally styled Ladakhi buildings with flat roofs, sturdy walls and ornate wooden window frames.

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