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Kayak Ladakh, Kayaking Tsarap Chu River
River Tsarap Chu
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The Grand Canyon of the Himalaya - one of the most spectacular river journeys in the world.

Few places on earth can match the grandeur and sheer magnitude of the Zanskar Gorge.  Sandwiched between two mountain systems - the Karakoram to the north and the Himalayas to the south.  The whole region is full of amazing sights - strange gompas perched on soaring hilltops dwarfed by snowcapped mountains.

This is high altitude self-support expedition kayaking at its finest!


Day 1     Fly Delhi to Leh, transfer to Guest House

             Acclimatise and relax in Leh                 

Day 2     Day in Leh

             Kayak packing demonstration, acclimatisation

             Visit Leh Palace and Monastery

             Guest House

Day 3     Kayak River Indus from Spituk to Nimmu                                

             Day section kayaking with loaded boats

             Guest House

Day 4     Food & provision shopping

             Final preparation & packing for the expedition

             Guest House

Day 5     Depart for Sarchu and kayak for a couple of hours

Day 6     Kayak to Yarshun

             Kayaking 6-8 hours class III-IV including one portage

Day 7     Kayak to Dorshon

             Kayaking 6-8 hours class II-IV

             Visit Phugtal Monastery

Day 8     Kayak to Honyo

             Kayaking 6-8 hours class III-IV+ including one portage

Day 9     Kayak to Nyerak

             Kayaking 5-6 hours class III              

             Enter the Zanskar Gorge

Day 10   Kayak to Red Gorge

             Kayaking 2-4 hours class II-IV-

             Opportunity to trek to a great view in the morning

             Negotiate the main rapid in the Gorge and the tight squeeze

Day 11   Kayak to Nimmu and transfer back to Leh

             Kayaking for 4-5 hours exiting the canyon

             Run some big rapids near Chilling

             Transfer to Guest House

Day 12   Day in Leh

             Last minute shopping, taking in the ambience

             Guest House

Day 13   Fly Leh to Delhi then home

             Transfer to Leh Airport

Date: Please contact us!!

Instructors / Team

The instructor team at Kayak School Arlberg is second to none!  We have been exploring, teaching kayaking and leading expeditions in Northern India for the past 6 years.  Steve has also soloed the Tsarap Chu and Zanskar Expedition during the summer melt at the beginning of August!

All of our instructors and trip leaders have wilderness first aid and vast experience in remote and wilderness locations.

Accommodation and Food

In Leh we will be staying at a quaint family run Guest House.  Situated away from the hussle and bussle of the town centre it has a fantastic garden full of flowers and apple trees making it the perfect retreat.

Throughout the expedition we will be camping on remote beaches by the riverside.  One camp will be below the village of Nyerak.

In Leh there are restaurants offering: Italian, Pizza, Indian, Tibetan and Chinese food.

On the river we will be cooking in our groups with pressure cookers.  What you decided to purchase in Leh will be your meals for the duration!

Experience Required

The Tsarap Chu and Zanskar Rivers are located in some of the remotest areas of the world.  We will be totally self-sufficient and some experience of multi-day expedition would be advantageous.  

A good standard of fitness will be an advantage as we will be kayaking on whitewater from class II-IV+ for up to 6 hours a day at altitudes of over 4200m, we will also most likely have to portage 2 rapids.  So though you do not have to be an Olympic Athlete a good standard of fitness will make the trip more enjoyable and memorable!

Group Composition

The maximum number of clients for the trip will be 6.

We will have a ratio of no more than 3 clients:1 kayak instructor / guide

If you are keen to join us in Ladakh please get in touch via email or give us a call.   0043 (0)676 5303878

Click HERE to read about our Zanskar Gorge Expedition

If you have a group with different levels of kayakers, it is possible to run both of our Ladakh trips.  One group can kayak the Tsarap Chu and meet the other group in Padam where everyone can kayak down the Zanskar Gorge.

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Click HERE to read about our Tsarap Chu and Zanskar Gorge Expedition

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