The Indus river is one of the longest and the most important river of this country as it has got its name from this river which Originates in the Tibatan plateau near Lake Mansarovar. Ladakhis knows this river by the name Singge Khababs (From the mouth of Lion) and Tibetan Knows by name Singge Chu Lions River. The complete length of the river is 3200 Kms. Indus then flows northwest through Ladakh-Baltistan into Gilgit, and flows into Pakistan where it joined Shayok and Suru.
The tributary of Indus river; The Zanskar river is more technical and adventurous the mother river itself provided one has the time and the will to travel few days to reach the rafting point of Zanskar.
June to August is the best season for white water river rafting over the Indus. Generally the scheduled rafting trips are done in half or full day but an expedition of 5 to 7 days of white water rafting can also be done on this river. Rafting over the Indus is one of the most spectacular trip that one can take as it passes along many villages and monasteries and the mountain ranges of the Ladakh and Zanksar region.
Upshi - Kharu : Mostly you encounter I to II grade of rapids but at some points you hit the IIIrd too. It is comparatively bit longer then the Phey to Nimo stretch. The starting point Ushi on the Leh Manali highway is 90 Kms from Leh. One has the beautiful view of snow capped mountains and monasteries at the hill tops.
Kharu - Spituk: Kharu wich is 45 Kms off the Leh Manali Highway is the starting point of this trip. This is also a scenic float with less rapids and one can enjoy the beautiful sights of the Stok Kangri and monasteries and villages afar.
Phey - Nimo : One of the most popular amongst the short river rafting, this one gives the thrill and twist of a III grade of rapid at places. It starts from Phey village which is 12 Kms from Leh and passes through the rugged mountains and visible trek routes to end up in Nimo villages near the confluence of Indus and Zanskar river.
Phey - Saspol: This is more of a scenic float This rafting trip starts from Phey off the Leh to Srinagar highway and ends at the beautiful village of Saspol. All the way you enjoy the continuously changing terrain and landscape and the tiny villages at the river bank.
Saspol Khaltsey: On of the most thrilling stretch of the river Indus where you may hit the rapid of III and more. All way along small and large rapids are continuously encounter this river.
Zanskar River White Water Expedition: The Ultimate Challenge
This Expedition can be done in 8 days where 3 days required to reach the starting point at Remala in Zanksar. It involves adventurous Jeep Safari drive from Leh to Kargil, Kargil to Rangdum and to Remala over the high pass of Pensi La which is 14,500 ft.
The actual river rafting is of 4 tough and thrilling days; covering about 155 Kms of running and constantly hitting II to III rapids and IV at many points. It also passes through the famous trek route of the Markha valley. Nights are spent under the canvas, a whole expedition and camping team follows. A rest day is recommended at Nyerak village. This tour can only be booked for groups well in advance.