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14 days
Arrival Airport
New Delhi (DEL)
river grade
Air Temp
25°C (77°F)
Water Temp
15°C (59°F)
7 nights
6 nights


With scenery rivalling that on the Grand Canyon, this is a true expedition not to be missed. Our journey starts with an incredible flight from Delhi to Leh, before a few days acclimatising in this fascinating town. We’ll have the chance to explore several monasteries and perhaps take a drive to the world’s highest motorable road. Take in the wonderful vistas from our hotel or the many roof top restaurants on offer. With friendly greetings from the Ladakh people of “Ju leh” you will certainly be immersed in a wonderful, colourful and rich culture in this unique part of India. Our drive to the river takes in one of the most scenic roads in the world. The journey time is often doubled with all the photo stops. We’ll feel like we can reach out and touch a number of glaciers that come down to the road. You’ll camp in the heart of the Himalayas on the penultimate night of the drive in the most gorgeous place we have ever experienced. On reaching the river, you’ll be treated to world class white water, stunning scenery and visits to riverside monasteries on your journey. In the ever over crowded world we live in the Zanskar river will alllow you to escape and experience one of the worlds great true adventures. We also offer another Indian adventure on the Brahmaputra River which operates in November and December.


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Destination Map & Video

What you will be up to


Arrive Delhi, met by your trip leader at International Airport and transfer to deluxe accommodations.

Included: No meals


Domestic flight from Delhi to Leh. We transfer you to your hotel where you get the chance to rest and relax in this wonderful area.

All Meals Included.


Sightseeing and acclimatizing in Leh. Light activity and short walks, as we are now over 3000 meters, to Leh palace and the town’s exciting market and outdoor restaurants. For the more energetic a visit to a few monasteries such as Shey or Thikse , we may even take a drive over Khardung La, the worlds highest motorable road at 5602m – 18350FT!. Overnight Leh hotel.

Included: All meals


Drive Leh – Kargil – we past through a spectacular moonscape. We drive over the Fotu La (14000 ft), a high mountain pass and exit the Indus valley. En route, we visit the Lamayuru monastery (optional), known to be one of the oldest monasteries amongst the ‘Red Hat’ sect. Overnight Kargil hotel.

Included: All meals


Drive Kargil – Rangdum (3964m ; 13,000ft). A spectacular drive past Panikar and Parkachik, with magnificent views of the Nun and Kun massifs (7000 metres), hanging glaciers and large meadows. We drive till Rangdum Gompa (12,000 ft). Tonight sees us camping in stunning surroundings.

Included: All meals


Drive Rangdum – Remala (3635m ; 11,925ft – 6 hrs). We drive to Remala, which is the starting point for the rafting trip on the Stod River, a tributary of the Zanskar River. We drive over the Pensi La (14,500 ft), which enables grand views of the Zanskar peaks at the bottom of which is the Drung Durung glacier that feeds the Zanskar River, 40 km below, into which we flow trip the next day. Overnight tented camp.

Included: All meals


Rafting expedition begins at Remala…. Raft to near Karsha Gompa, near Padum. (3496m ; 11,466ft) We raft 30 km in five hours which includes a break for lunch and hot beverages. We are surrounded by 6000 metre high peaks. River section today includes a Class II section, a good introduction for first timers. Settle into camp by afternoon, we can take an optional hike to Karsha Gompa

Included: All meals


After a late morning start, we raft from Karsha to Pidmo (3361m ; 11,025 ft). This stretch is approximately 25 km with Class II and III rapids. Another easy day to get used to the river, the altitude and hone our paddling skills.Descend the majestic Zanskar River Valley

Included: All meals


After packing camp, we raft 25 km to Nyerak (3286m ; 10,780ft) a Class III section. The gorge here narrows in on the river – this is indeed a Grand Canyon in its own right. We stop for the day to pitch camp in a gorge below Nyerak village.

Included: All meals


LAYOVER DAY! Rest day at Nyerak. Take 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 or have a chance to practice kayaking.

Included: All meals


Today’s 35 km rafting section takes us from Nyerak to Lamaguru (3190m; 10,465ft) through the core of the Zanskar, a classic white water day with continuous Class III rapids, and a few Class IV rapids where the river squeezes through a gap of about 18ft. We stop for lunch near a huge waterfall at the confluence of Markha river with Zanskar. Rock formations, spires and an amazing palette of colours add to the trip today. Camp at Lamaguru.

Included: All meals


We raft 40 kms of Class III/IV white water from Lamaguru to Nimu (3154m;10,345 ft 3-4 hrs) today. 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. Last minute retail therapy and a hot shower! Overnight in a hotel.

Included: Breakfast and lunch.


Domestic flight Leh to Delhi for our post trip meal. Please Note: Flights to Leh and back are extremely difficult to book during the season. We normally have an airline block which expires 45 days before the trip date. Should you wish to extend your stay in Leh, please put in a request at the time of booking.

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Depart Delhi on your international flight back home after the expedition of a lifetime.

Included: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices

Friday 5 August 2022 - Thursday 18 August 202214 days£2495€2650$2995
Tuesday 16 August 2022 - Monday 29 August 202214 days£2495€2650$2995

Flights To New Delhi, India

Flights to Delhi are relatively inexpensive and frequent. Many options exist, but don’t forget to use those frequent flyer miles if you are fortunate enough to have them! Our clients have used and recommended the following airlines who have excellent connections. Lufthansa via Frankfurt, Virgin, Swiss via Zurich, British Airways or Kingfisher and Jet Airways from India. We don’t book flights for clients, but we are always on hand to advise the best rates we can find and send you there! Alternatively we have teamed up with GYT who can provide you with a competitive flight quote by filling out this form on the Water By Nature website. Please note you will need to arrive on Day 1 as shown below and depart on the last day. Please ensure you do not book flights until your trip is CONFIRMED.

In order to secure your place pay your deposit  of £600 per person (USD$750 for U.S. customers). See our Terms & Conditions for full payment terms.

Please note that prices shown in GBP & USD are payable. UK residents should pay in GBP and USA residents should pay in USD.

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What you should bring

We find most of our clients have in their possession already what is needed for a river journey. We have broken down here the items into what you’ll need on the river and in camp. An equipment list of what you will require for your adventure will be sent to you prior to your departure.

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Current COVID Travel Status To India

Travelling from the US

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter India?
    • Travel to India for tourism and other short-term purposes will resume fully on November 15 for individuals holding tourist or e-tourist visas issued on or after October 6, 2021. Tourist visas issued before October 2021 will not be honored and travelers attempting to enter India using one of these visas are likely to be detained and returned to their point of origin.
    • Additional categories of travelers including certain business travelers, as well as individuals moving to India as residents, are permitted.
    • For complete information on travel restrictions and any possible exceptions, please consult the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs or the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The U.S. embassy strongly urges any U.S. citizen considering travel to India to carefully review the information available from the Government of India.  Please note these regulations are subject to change with little notice.  The U.S. embassy’s ability to intervene on behalf of travelers denied entry into India is extremely limited, and travelers denied entry at Indian ports of entry will likely be immediately reboarded and returned on flights back to the United States.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, as of February 22, 2021, all international travelers arriving in India, regardless of vaccination status, must upload a negative RT-PCR report to the Air Suvidha portal taken within 72 hours of the start of their journey.  Additional testing on entry/quarantine may apply depending on nationality or country of embarkment/transit.
  • All international passengers must visit in/airsuvidha/allairports and submit a self-declaration form at least 72 hours prior to departure for India. Travelers who are fully vaccinated and wish to partake of quarantine relaxations must also upload a copy of their vaccine certificate to the Air Suvidha Portal.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes, the type of screening depends upon where the traveler is coming from and/or transiting through and their vaccination status.
    • All travelers, regardless of point of origin, will undergo thermal screening upon arrival. Symptomatic travelers will be isolated and re-tested.
    • Travelers from most countries, regardless of vaccination status, will be permitted to depart the airport without further screening and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days post arrival.
    • Travelers coming from or transiting through locations listed as “Countries At-Risk” and which do not have a vaccination agreement with India will have to either self-monitor for 14 days post arrival (if fully vaccinated) or submit to a post-arrival COVID-19 test and home quarantine for seven (7) days (if partially or not vaccinated).

Travelling from the UK

Entry to India

All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under a bilateral agreement between the UK and Indian governments, a limited number of flights between India and the UK continue to operate. To book and for more information you should check airline websites, which contain important guidance, prior to travel. The British High Commission cannot assist with ticketing. The aviation sector remains unpredictable and is subject to change with limited notice.

  • Pre-boarding: All travellers should (i) submit a self-declaration form on the online “Air Suvidha” portal before the scheduled travel (ii) upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise.
  • On arrival:

Thermal Screening- Travellers will be subjected to thermal screening by health officials in the airport. If travellers are found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility for testing; if tested positive will be taken to an institutional isolation facility for further monitoring.

If fully vaccinated-Travellers shall be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days’ post arrival. (Please note that 15 days must have elapsed since the completion of COVID-19 vaccination schedule to be considered as fully vaccinated)

If partially vaccinated or not vaccinated – Travellers need to undertake the following measures:

  • Submission of sample post- arrival COVID-19 test at the point of arrival after which they will be allowed to leave the airport
  • Home quarantine for 7 days, retest on 8th day after arrival in India and if negative, self-monitor their health for a further 7 days.

More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website.

All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.

Travelling from elsewhere then contact us to find out the latest.

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