The white water Indus has rapids generally of I and II grades and at some places, has grade III to even V rapids. The popular rafting points are from Phey to Nimo and also from Upshi to Kharu or from Upshi to Nimo. The other points run from Phey to Saspol or Phey to the Indus - Zanskar confluence at Nimo and from Nimo to the historical monastic enclave of Alchi, about 75 Kms west of Leh. Experienced rafters may also want to try the more challenging route between Alchi and Khaltse, which takes in the kilometre long series of rapids at Nurla. Easier runs include the run between Hemis (40km south of Leh) situated along a road crossing the Indus and Choglamsar, which is a three-hour trip that goes through quiet, calm waters, and passes through the riverside villages of Stakna, Shey and Thiksey (25km south-east of Leh), before ending at Choglamsar, just short of Leh city.
The most difficult but exciting option for river running is on the Zanskar along its spectacular course through the gorge in the Zanskar mountains, between Padum and Nimo. This is suitable only for well organized white-water expedition, prepared for several days of river running and camping in absolute wilderness. Participants are required to be trained rafters themselves while the arrangements should be assigned to a dependable professional agency.
|No.||Sector||Price with LTR||Price Only LR||Price Only R||Time||Grade|
|1||Chilling to Sangam||Rs. 1800||Rs. 1500||Rs. 1400||3 hrs||III+|
|2||Schorpochay to Sangam||Rs. 1500||Rs. 1200||Rs. 1100||1 ½ hrs||II+|
|3||Tsogsti to Sangam||Rs. 1000||Rs. 800||Rs. 700||1 hrs||I+|
|4||Stakna to Choklamsar||Rs. 1500||Rs. 1300||Rs. 1200||2 ½ hrs||II+|
|5||Choklamsar to Phay||Rs. 1000||Rs. 800||Rs. 700||1 ½ hrs||I+|
|6||Phay to Sangam||Rs. 1500||Rs. 1300||Rs. 1200||2 ½ hrs||II+|
|7||Sangam to Alchi||Rs. 3000||Rs. 2500||Rs. 2400||2 hrs||III+|
There are several Travel Agents around Leh Market offering white water rafting on the Indus River and Zanskar River. The charge from Phey to Nimo rafting is Rs.1500 per person including transport, raft and Lunch. Other Rafting expeditions from Zanskar organized on demand and the cost depends on number of person and rafting points.
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