Rafting in Ladakh
While resting between trekkings, just before starting the new one, we decided to go rafting on Zanskar river. We started from Chiling and swimmed down about 25km to raft bay near Nimu village which took us about 3 hours. This quite popular route was graded III+ white water and, from our experience, going through some rapids and currents was challenging…
We used one of the many Leh travel agencies’ offer – the Luna Ladakh Travel (www.lunaladakh.com) – which seemed very competitive regarding the price. The choice turned out to be right. For rafting with all equipment (body suits, helmets, etc.) and transport, and really charismatic guide we paid only 800 INR per person (about 45 PLN) – benefiting from after-season discount -60% (in high season the pries spike up to 2000 INR per person).
Even so, after-season rafting has it’s negative sides also. In September the temperature gets lower every day and jumping into cold water isn’t such a big fun anymore. We came back from the rafting quite happy, but all wet and quite freezing. We were swimming in 10 person team – two Indians from Mumbai, two sympathetic Polish people leaving in different parts of the world and our guide. We were supported by rescue team: one Indian in kayak swimming just after us and jeep following us with spare boat (and our stuff) on the road by the river.