River rafting is one of the top adventure sports in Ladakh. Besides offering a unique rafting experience, the Indus waters in Ladakh also traverse through spectacular sceneries, monasteries and villages.
Rafting expeditions on the Zanskar River also marvellous. Known as the Grand Canyon of India, this region holds high cliff-like gorges at certain places. With varying rafting choices depending on the season, personal physical fitness, cost and experience, Ladakh offers grade one to grade four range of rapids.
Air: The nearest airbase to the rafting site is situated in the capital city of Ladakh i.e. Leh. The airport is connected to cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Srinagar and Jammu by Jet Airways and Indian Airlines.
Rail: Jammu serves as the nearest railway station to Zanskar valley. It is situated about 690 km away and is connected to almost all the major cities of the country by express trains.
Road: One can reach Leh easily by road especially during the summer season via State Highway. It takes two days to go reach from Srinagar but roads might not be safe enough owing to the unrest in Kashmir. Regular bus service also plies between the two cities on alternate days between the months of July and October. For the remaing months the roads id snow bound and thus closed. Another alterative to reach Padum is by hiring a vehicle from Kargil.
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Cost of Activity : Around Rs. 65,000 for 12 days which icludes accomodation, road transfer from a particular point, meals and professional guides. Garde 3 and Grade 4 rapids.
Difficulty Level : Challenging/Garde III+ to Grade IV
Nearest Airport : Leh
Nearest Railhead : Jammu
Nearest road city : Srinagar/Kargil
Region : Ladakh