River Rafting in Leh Ladakh – World’s Highest White Water Rafting Expedition

Jammu & Kashmir

River rafting in Leh Ladakh is the highest in the world. An experience to be excited about and once had, revered for a lifetime! Here is what you need to know before planning to do River Rafting in Leh, where to do it from, rates and options.

River Rafting in Leh Ladakh

The Leh Ladakh river rafting in Zanskar river has grade 3 rapids and the longest stretch that one can opt for is 26 km river rafting expedition that lasts 3 hours. The cold water and the winds make the Zanskar river rafting experience, bone chilling.

Leh to Zanskar river distance: 12 km or 20 minutes

White Water Rafting in Ladakh

Booking River Rafting in Leh

The best place to book your river rafting in Leh adventure is from Indus Himalayan Explorers. Just head to the Sangam point and book it a day in advance. And while you’re there, dont forget to have maggi and black coffee at the Sangam point restaurant.

PRO TIP: Book in advance online. Online booking is cheaper than on site booking and of course through an agent too.

Rafting Operators in Leh

There are several Travel Agents around Leh Market offering white water rafting in Leh on the Indus River and Zanskar River. The cost from Phey to Nimoo or Scorpochay to Nimoo river rafting is Rs 1500 per person including transport, raft and lunch. Other white water rafting expeditions are also organised from Zanskar on demand and the cost depends on the number of people and rafting expedition points as per your customised route.

Whoever you choose to raft with, make sure you go with a professional company with an experienced guide.

river rafting in Leh with Indus Himalayan Explorers

Recommended Adventure Company to river raft in Ladakh with: Indus Himalayan Explorers

Their rafting base is at Sangam – the confluence of two rivers Indus and Zanskar. Tourist visit this point for the spectacular view of the rivers. We booked our rafting directly at the booking counter at Sangam point, where all day trips operate from. Indus Himalayan Explorers is the most experienced rafting company of Ladakh established In 1982. Their rafting team comprises of certified river guides who know the area and the river in an out. We travelled to Ladakh in the month of May and experienced a deadly storm and the guides took utmost care of our safety and comfort. Read more about this experience at zanskar river rafting reviews.

Daily Trips details – Zanskar river rafting

Tsogste (chokste):- 6 kms :- approx time 45 mins to 1 hour

  • This is the trip specially designed for kids below 12 years and respected seniors citizens.
  • This is a normal flat water rafting trip. You don’t get wet and also don’t need to change your cloths for rafting.
  • Good trip for the people who just want to relax and enjoy the beauty sitting in the raft.

Scorpochey:- 14 kms :- approx time 2 hours

  • This is the most recommended trip. this section is fun.
  • Best trip for adventure lovers and people with no prior experience of rafting.
  • You get wet 100% in this trip. first 8 kms of the trip has good rapid.
  • We will give you wet suits and river shoes for change. changing facility is available at sangam point.
  • People with medical history like asthma, heart patient, pregnant ladies and anyone with major surgeries in last 6 months are not allowed for 14 kms of rafting. They all can join you at last 6 kms of the trip.

Chilling:- 26 kms :- approx 3 hours

  • This trip is only for adventure lovers who has got guts.
  • We have some good class 3+ rapids in this section.
  • You never know sometimes boat sails over you. 🙂
  • You should be physically fit for the trip. swimming knowledge is an advantage.
  • You get wet 100% in this trip. first 8 kms of the trip has good rapid.
  • We will give you wet suits and river shoes for change. changing facility is available at sangam point.
  • People with medical history like asthma, heart patient, pregnant ladies and anyone with major surgeries in last 6 months are not allowed for 14 kms of rafting. They all can join you at last 6 kms of the trip.

Daily Trip details – Indus river rafting

Phey to Sangam:-26 kms:- approx 3 hours.

  • This is the most loved trip by the people.
  • The view of the valley is amazing.
  • We have many small and big rapids in this section. Some rapids are almost a kilometer long.
  • Water is warmer than zhanskar river, so you can try body surfing in this river.
  • You get wet 100% in this trip. first 8 kms of the trip has good rapid.
  • We will give you wet suits and river shoes for change. changing facility is available at sangam point.
  • People with medical history like asthma, heart patient, pregnant ladies and anyone with major surgeries in last 6 months are not allowed for 14 kms of rafting. They all can join you at last 6 kms of the trip.

The white water Rafting on Indus and Zanskar has rapids generally of  II+ and III grades the popular rafting points are from Phey to Sanggam in Indus River and  Scorpochay to Sangam and Chilling to Sangam in Zhanskar River . Experienced rafters can try more challenging route between Alchi and Khalsi, which takes in the long series of rapids at Nurla.

1. Phey – Sanggam Nimo route
This route consist mostly of Grade II and III easy rapids and that passes through astoundingly beautiful mountains, many of them with tiny hamlets and imposing old monasteries nestling among the valleys. Starting from Phey Village about 8 Kms from Leh and ends at Indus-Zanskar confluence at Nimo Sanggam, about 26 kms on Rafting.

2.Scorpochay to Sangam
One of the best day trip rafting grade 2+ and 2hrs by Raft ,its life time Experience memories.
As per our more than 2 decades experience don’t miss the world highest rafting in Ladakh.
After Rafting you will get the certificate of world’s highest rafting participation from our booking counter at Sangam

3. Chilling to Sanggam
This section is especially for good swimmer and adventure lovers because of high rapids and high volume of water this section becomes more challenging and fun.  trips takes around 3-4 hours and yes some flips in between. Enjoy swimming.

4.Stakna to Choklamsar
This section is beautiful. amazing scenery. you will pass along the monastery, villages and super landscape.

5.Tsogsti to Sangam
This section is for kids below 12 years and respected senior citizens.

6. Sangam  to Nimoo
If you are short of time choose your trip from Sangam to Nimmo. hit 2 big rapids and feel the adrenaline of rafting at worlds highest point.

Zanskar River Rafting Grade

Many people gauge the thrill of a river rafting experience by the grade of rapids on the route which is very telling about the difficulty level on the River Rafting expedition. River rafting in leh on the Zanskar has Grade II and III rapids, not more. Having said that, Indus river rafting and Zanskar river rafting expedition is highest in the world.

Zanskar River Rafting Cost

No Sector Cost ( LTR ) Cost ( LR ) Cost ( R ) Time Grade
1. Chilling to Sangam Rs. 1800 Rs. 1500 Rs. 1500 3 hrs III+
2. Schorpochay to Sangam Rs. 1300 Rs. 1200 Rs. 1000 2 hrs II+
3. Tsogsti to Sangam Rs. 900 Rs. 800 Rs. 700 1 hr No rapids
4. Stakna to Choklamsar Rs. 1500 Rs. 1300 Rs. 1000 2 hrs No rapids
5. Phay to Sangam Rs. 1000 Rs. 1000 Rs. 800 3 hrs I+
6. Sangam to Nimoo Rs. 2300 Rs. 2000 Rs. 2000 1 hrs II+

LTR = LUNCH TRANSPORT & RAFTING; LR = LUNCH & RAFTING; R= RAFTING

White water rafting in Leh Ladakh is the highest in the world. This does not necessarily mean that it is the best. A good river rafting experience is based of five factors:

  1. Grade of rapids
  2. frequency of rapids
  3. Stretch / time taken for the expedition
  4. Location
  5. Professionalism, Experience, Friendliness and Service rendered by instructors
  6. Quality of gear provided by the adventure company

Consider these factors and align your expectations from River Rafting in Leh, accordingly. To know which experience is most suitable for you, read the next post on ‘Which River Rafting in Leh package is best for you?’

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