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River Rafting in ZanskarZanskar River Rafting Trip ; An adventure lover's paradise, Ladakh is blessed with the mighty Zanskar and Indus rivers, providing suitable conditions to enjoy the river rafting. Today, Ladakh is one of the most popular white-water rafting destinations, encompassing some of the most enthralling rapids of the world

What makes ladakh river rafting special for tourists as well as adventure enthusiasts? Of course, the fact that Zanskar is the only river in India where rafting in summers are possible. The 150 km long Zanskar river originates from the high altitude Sarchu Plateau situated at the border of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

Originally known as the Tsarap river, it crosses Padum and joins with the Stod river which comes from Pensi La pass and it is from this confluence the Zanskar river takes birth. Further, Zanskar river flows through the Zanskar mountain ranges, cuts solid rocks enroute and makes it way first to north and then to east and finally joins the river Indus at Nemu.

White Water Rafting on Zanskar river provides a great variety of rapids from Grave I to Grade V. Above all, the river passes through small isolated villages and hamlets, where friendly people on the way greeting you, makes your rafting a trip of a lifetime.

Famous Stretches
Padum to Nemu Rafting Stretch : One of the most popular runs on Zanskar river, Padum to Nemu run covers a distance of 120 kms. Considered the most difficult run, Padum - Nemu trip is suitable only for well organized rafting expedition. As the trip takes several days so you have to stay in camps set in utter wilderness.

Padum to Nemu stretch is replete with exhilarating rapids including Grade III and Grade IV rapids, which can be dangerous. Rafting across Padum - Nemu run is only for well trained and experienced rafter and you must be well-equipped with right equipments. Sufficient arrangements for rescue coverage is a pre-requisite for undertaking the rafting expedition on Zanskar river.
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Phey to Nemu Rafting Stretch : Slightly easier than the Padum - Nemu stretch, the Phey - Nemu route offers Grade II or III rapids. Phey - Nemu run starts at Phey village, just 12 kms from Leh and ends at Nemu, about 36 kms from Leh. While rafting on this route, you will pass through breathtakingly beautiful mountains, many of them housing the tiny hamlets and splendid old monasteries flanked by the lovely valleys.

Rafting Operators in Ladakh
A number of travel agents in and around Ladakh offer attractive white water rafting packages on the Zanskar river. Phey to Nemo rafting expedition will cost you around Rs. 800 - 900, including transport, raft and lunch. Apart from these, the travel agencies make arrangements for special permits required for rafting in the areas situated close to India's international borders. In addition to Phey - Nemo stretch, other rafting expedition are also organized on demand, the cost of the run depends on number of person and rafting points.

Essential Gears for Rafting
For undertaking the white-water rafting expedition in Zanskar river you have to carry some essential gears like wet suits, rafts, sleeping bags, life jackets etc. The Tourist Office and many private agencies at Leh-Ladakh offer the rafting gears on hire.

River Rafting Seasons in Ladakh
July to September is ideal to undertake the rafting expedition in Ladakh. During this period the Zanskar river remains full of water and you get high fun and enjoyment.

Reaching Zanskar
Zanskar as well as Ladakh have limited public transport and other facilities including accommodation. Padum, the administrative centre of Zanskar is accessible from Kargil. The single motorable road connecting the two places is open only in summers between June and October. During this period buses run between the two towns on alternate days, the rest of the months the road remains snowbound and closed.

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