A range of rafting options is available on the Indus and its major tributaries.
Water rafting at Indus is much easier and quieter than the Zanskar, the Indus is
suitable for Grade II and III trips. The best stretch for professionally guided
runs in white water is on the Indus between Spituk and Saspol. Beyond Saspol, the
river becomes difficult and funning which requires technically skilled participants
and careful organization. Upward to Spituk, the Indus has the easiest stretch up
to Karu, ideal for basic training and for day-return "scenic floating" for amateurs.
The most difficult but exciting option for river rafting is on the Zanskar along
with its spectacular course through the gorge in the Zanskar Mountains, between
Padum and Nimo. Zanskar River originates from the high altitude plateau of Sarchu
on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Originally known as the
Tsarap the river gorges a path out of the rocky mountains of western Himalayas,
dropping in a continuous torrent of class V rapids. 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
while the arrangements should be assigned to a dependable professional agency. Adequate
arrangements for rescue coverage are an essential pre-requisite for embarking upon
a white-water expedition on river like the Zanskar. The best season for river rafting
is from June to October.
Indus River as well as its major tributaries in Ladakh offers a wide range of river
rafting options. One of the best stretches on the Indus River is the one between
Spituk and Nimu or Saspol. However, those new to river rafting must go for the easiest
stretch upstream from Spituk up to Karu.
Zanskar River in Ladakh offers some of the most difficult, but exciting, rafting
options. One of these stretches is the one between Padum and Nimu, through a gorge
in the Zanskar Mountains.
In grade I, Water Rafting is done in easy waves.
A little bit difficult but the whole passage will be without any obstruction.
In this grade, a passage will be a bit difficult with narrow passage and high waves.
Grade IV id done on Difficult path and requires a particular strategy to cover the
Grade V has very difficult route with wild water flow and this type of water rafting
can be completed with the help of experts only.
This grade can be completed only by those who have tough mental and physical strength.