THE ZANSKAR RIVER EXPEDITION

Zanskar: the name evokes magic! Just an amazing trip and so doable, I took an 82 year old lady and she loved it. The drive is a spectacle, the river is so beautiful, the camp spots, the little villages, majestic textured cliffs and gravity defying hanging bridges….Please my friends, don’t miss it, come with me.

The trip runs: 20 th to 31st August 2013.

Drong Durung Glacier

Day 01 : Fly Delhi – Leh (3466m ; 11,370ft). Transfer to hotel. Rest, hydrate and acclimatise. Overnight Leh hotel.
Day 02 : Leh. Acclimatise and sightseeing. For the more energetic a visit to a few monasteries such as Shey, Thikse and Hemis will be arranged. Or choose to realx and walk into Leh town, to its exciting market and outdoor restaurants. Overnight Leh hotel.
Day 03 : Drive Leh – Kargil (3201m ; 10500 ft ; 9-10 hrs). We drive from Leh to Mulbek – Kargil, through a spectacular moonscape. We drive over the Fotu La (14,000 ft), a high mountain pass and exit the Indus valley. Enroute, we do a photo stop above the Lamayuru monastery belonging to the ‘Red Hat’ sect. Overnight Kargil hotel.
Day 04 : Drive Kargil – Rangdum (12,000ft). A spectacular drive past Panikar and Parkachik,with magnificent views of the Nun and Kun massifs (7000 metres),hanging glaciers and large meadows.We drive till Rangdum Gompa (12,000 ft).Camp overnight.
Day 05 : Drive Rangdum – Remala (3635m ; 11,925ft ; 6 hrs). We drive to Remala, which is the starting point for the rafting trip on the Stod river, a tributary of the Zanskar river. We drive over the Pensi La (14,500 ft), which enables grand views of the Zanskar peaks at the bottom of which is the Drung Durung glacier that feeds the Zanskar river, 40 km below, into which we flow trip the next day. Overnight tented camp.
Day 06 : Rafting expedition begins at Remala. Raft till near Karsha Gompa, near Padum. (3496m ; 11,466ft ; 4 hrs) We raft 30 km in 4-5 hrs which includes a break for lunch and hot beverages. We are surrounded by 6000 metre high peaks. River section today includes a Class II section, a good introduction for first timers as well as to the river in general. Settle into camp by afternoon, we can take an optional hike to Karsha Gompa.
Day 07 : After a late morning start, we raft from Karsha up to Honyo / Pidmo (3361m ; 11,025 ft ; 3 hrs). This stretch is approximately 25 km with Class II and III rapids. Another easy day to get used to the river, the altitude and hone our paddling skills.
Day 08 : After packing camp, we raft 25 km to Nyerak (3286m ; 10,780ft ; 3 hrs) a Class III section. The gorge narrows in on the river – this indeed is a Grand Canyon in its own right. We stop for the day to pitch camp in a gorge below Nyerak village.
Day 09 : Rest day at Nyerak. Take a hike to Nyerak village or relax under the cool shade of the willows at our Campsite. Wash up at the campsite stream and enjoy the day off.
Day 10 : Todays 35 km rafting section takes us from Nyerak to Lamaguru (3190m ; 10,465ft ; 5-6 hrs including scout and lunch) through the core of the Zanskar A classic white water day with continuous Class III rapids, and a few Class IV rapid where the river squeezes between a gap of about 18ft. We stop for lunch near a huge waterfall and continue to camp at the confluence of Markha river with the Zanskar. Rock formations, spires and an amazing palette of colours add to the trip today. Camp.
Day 11 : We raft 40 kms of Class III/IV white water from Lamaguru to Nimu (3154m;10,345 ft ; 3-4 hrs) today. We raft past the village of Chilling and exciting rapids as the Zanskar plunges out of the canyon to meet with the Indus at Nimu. We end our trip at the confluence of the Zanskar with the Indus. Drive an hour back to Leh. Last minute retail therapy and a hot shower! Overnight hotel.
Day 12 : Transfer to Leh airport. Fly Leh – Delhi.

THE COST : Rs. 67000.00 per person. Which does not include airfares to and from Leh. But takes care of everything from arrival in Leh to departure.

Call or mail me for details: +91 9810184360 / pavane@mhe.co.in

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A Short Ganga Expedition

For those with not enough time, but still a desire for adventure. An introduction to the charm of going self contained down a beautiful river,  the isolation of camping out on secluded beaches accessible only by water.

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Dehra Dun : Jolly Grant Airport by 11.30, pick up and drive to Shivpuri, the Aaranya Jungle camp. Check into rooms, Lunch, and change into rafting gear, depart for an Initiation section raft run from Marine Drive to Shivpuri. Return to Aaranya for tea. You will be issued dry bags and will need to separate and pack your personal gear for the next two nights expedition trip. Make sure that you pack only rafting wear ( quick drying tights/shorts and t shirts/ warm track suits and jacket for the evenings.
Overnight at Aaranya Jungle Camp
Day 02: Drive to Devprayag and commence rafting.

After breakfast we drive an approximate 2 hours to Devprayag, to begin your raft expedition. A fun day on the water that floats you into camp at the beautiful beach at Byas Ghat. Pitch your tents and set up camp.
Dinner and overnight in expedition tents on twin share basis

Day 03 : Raft from Beas Ghat to Byasi

Today is a relaxed day on the water, gets you some good paddling practice and lots of body surfing water time. The Ganga flows through a small gorge which is only reachable by raft.
The action starts from Kaudiyala, where you start by hitting Daniel’s Dip and end the day on a high by going through the Wall.
We will camp soon after the Wall.
Dinner and overnight in expedition tents on twin share basis

Day 04 : Raft from Byasi to NIM Beach

Start rafting after breakfast and hit a series of rapids like the Cash Flow, Black Money, Three Blind Mice, Cross Fire and Return to Sender.
We arrive in time for an early lunch at the MHE Beach camp before getting back on the river for the final section of whitewater, and exciting 2 hour stretch hitting rapids like the Golf Course and the Roller Coaster with a break for cliff jumping.
Return to the Beach Camp in Shivpuri for a campfire, dinner and a final night in the great outdoors before heading back to the city.
Dinner and overnight at Aaranyya Jungle Lodge on twin share basis

Day 05(6th Dec) : Breakfast followed by departure. You will be dropped back at the Jolly Grant airport to connect with your return flight.

Cost:Rs.17500.00 per person + 2.575% service tax

COSTS INCLUDE: Accommodation on twin share as per the itinerary. All meals from arrival in camp till departure. All rafting activities including guides, life jackets, helmets, wetsuits if required. All road transport from pick up at Dehra Dun airport to drop at the Dehra Dun Airport.

COSTS EXCLUDE: Insurance. Medical (Other than Basic first Aid). Accommodation in Delhi. Alcoholic beverages. Personal or additional expenses caused by delays/alterations due to natural causes: weather, road, river conditions or sickness.
BOOKING : Full advance to confirm the trip.

CANCELLATION CHARGES
Within 6 weeks of trip date: 25% of full amount
Within 4 weeks of trip date: 50% of full amount
Within a week of trip date: Full amount

UPPER ALAKNANDA RIVER EXPEDITION

Upper Alaknanda

A self contained multi-day river adventure down the Alaknanda river.

The trip starts from our base on the Ganges river near the pilgrim town of

Rishikesh, and launches from the town of Chamoli to end at

Rudraprayag, descending 70 kms of a classic river run negotiating over 85

Class 3+/4 rapids!!

A scenic drive of 165 kms (6hrs) hours takes us past the town of

Devprayag, Rudraprayag and Nandprayag, situated on holy confluences which

later form India’s holiest river, the Ganga. We reach Kaldubagarh, situated

above the Alaknanda, on the road to India’s holiest shrines for the Hindus,

Badrinath. Enroute, we pass Rudraprayag, best known for the infamous

man-eating leopard shot down by Jim Corbett in 1932 in its forests. One of

the most exciting the river runs in this part of the Himalaya, we take you

through thick forests and deep gorges and cascading whitewater, Foaming

rapids, sandy beaches and starry nights make this a truly memorable outdoor

trip.

Itinerary

Day 01 / : Board morning Shatabdi Express from Delhi leaving at

6:55 am. Reach Hardwar at 11:30 am and transfer to Camp Silver Sands. We

check into Camp Silver Sands, which is located on a large sandy beach on the

banks of the Ganga river – briefing on Camp, its activities and the trip to

follow. Short run till Shivpuri to get familiarised with paddling commands

and safety techniques, negotiating a few rapids, like “Three Blind Mice”,

“Crossfire”, and the “Body Surfing rapid”. Return to Camp for hot tea /

coffee and snacks. Campffire barbecue dinner & overnight Camp.

Day 02 / : An early morning drive to Kaldubagarh (6 hrs), the put

in point. Enroute we stop at Devprayag, to see the confluence of the two

rivers (the Alaknanda and the Bhagirathi) which meet to form the Ganga.

Check into guest house upon arrival, and get personal kit ready. Overnight

Kaldubagarh.

Day 03 / : An early start today, we drive an hour to Chamoli and

begin our river trip after a comprehensive safety check. We raft 30 kms with

nearly 40 rapids today, including a possible portage at Hillary Fall. This

is the spot where Edmund Hillary’s famous “Ocean to Sky” expedition ended,

being unable to travel up this rapid. Lots of paddling, lots of scouts, this

is the quintessential river day. We float into familiar Kaldubagarh for the

night. Overnight guest house.

Day 04 / : Today we raft from Kaldubagarh to Gauchar, rafting

down a series of nearly 20 Class 3+ rapids over a 4 hour day. We camp near

Gauchar, 7 kms upstream of the confluence of the Alaknanda with the Pindar

at Karnprayag.

Day 05 / : Today we raft till below Rudraprayag in a 5 hour day

covering 30 kms of Class 3+/4 rapids, including a portage at “Kakar Fall”.

We drive back down the valley to arrive at Camp Silver Sands for dinner.

Overnight Camp.

Day 06 / : Relaxed morning at Camp. Post lunch transfer to

Hardwar to board the evening Shatabdi home. Arrive Delhi by 10:30pm. Trip

ends.

Cost per person :: Rs. 20,000 per person (land costs) + 5000 (train and transfers) + 3.09% service tax = Rs. 25773

Cost includes : all travel from Delhi and back to Delhi by road/ rail / air as applicable (by non ac car / 2 or 3 tier ac coach), all arrangements for staying and camping while on the trip, accommodation on twin share basis in tents / rest houses / hotels, all meals, professional guide fee, / permits where applicable, all rafting, kayaking and safety equipment with india’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff, cook etc.

Cost excludes : railway station / airport transfers in delhi, any stay and meals in Delhi, sleeping bag, items of personal clothing, expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, insurance; any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.

Booking conditions : All bookings are subject to availability of space at Camp. We book space on a 100% advance.

Email: pavanemann@gmail.com / call: +91 9810184360

Brahmaputra River Expedition

THE BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER EXPEDITION

An exciting journey down one of the world’s greatest rivers, an option only for the true adventurer. The river, after flowing gently eastwards through Tibet, cuts the Greater Himalayas and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, Namche Barwa before it enters Arunachal Pradesh, where the expedition begins, a few miles inside the line-of-control with China. The expedition takes you through remote hillsides dotted with tribal settlements in clearings surrounded by leech-infested rainforest. It negotiates the finest big volume white water in an area, which is surely one of the most inaccessible in the world. A 7-day self-contained run from Tuting to Pasighat (180 kms approx.) through one of the most inaccessible regions in the world makes this one of the most premier expeditions offered.  Between 2002–09, we have run 08 very successful expeditions on the Upper Brahmaputra, and several people bear testimony to our operational expertise in one of the toughest logistical operations in the Indian Himalayas.

ITINERARY

Nov 17
Arrive Delhi and transfer to domestic airport.  Arrive Dibrugarh late afternoon by air.  Transfer to hotel.   Overnight Dibrugarh hotel.

Nov 18
Transfer to Boghiwheel Ghat (45 mins) and ferry across the river to cross onto the northern bank. Drive 3 hrs to Pasighat by road.  Overnight Pasighat.

Nov 19-20
Drive 02 long days along a Siang river, through Adi villages, settlements and lush tropical rainforest.  Reach our campsite at Purang by teatime. Check into tents, relax.

Nov 21
Relaxed day to sort out gear – walk around and interface with local tribals at the nearby village, time permitting. Ready rafts in the afternoon – a comprehensive safety briefing followed by instruction on paddling commands and rescue procedures. Overnight at Camp.

Nov 22
Raft to Pango (5 hrs). Camp. This morning, we encounter the big monster Class IV+ Ningguing rapid and another Class 4 rapid, Pulsating  Palsi to reach Pango, where we set up Camp for the night.  Campfire dinner and overnight Camp.

Nov 23
Raft  Pango – Cherring. Camp. Today, we scout and raft down the Pango rapid and enter the Ningguing and Marmong gorges, one of the most beautiful and remote jungle gorges in the world. It has steep impenetrable forests rising into oblivion on each side past the big rapid at Rikor and Zebra Rock rapid to set up Camp above a Class 6 rapid “Tooth fairy” at Cherring.  Overnight Camp.

Nov 24
Raft Cherring – Yinkeong / Alubadi.  Camp.  After a portage around the Class six rapid, we raft out of the Marmong gorge negotiating several Class 3+ rapids followed by a float till Yinkeong / Alubadi where we make Camp for the night.

Nov 25
Rest day at Geku Twins. Camp.

Nov 26
Raft to Geku Twins Camp.  We begin with a big rapid below Alubadi beach, called ‘Moing Madness” followed by milder ones all the way till the suspension bridge at Nubo.  We raft down “Karko” and make it to a beautiful site near Geku. Camp for the night.

Nov 27
Raft Geku Twins till below Sangam.   After Geku, we begin a long float till the 65 Bridge at Ditte Dime. An easy day with long float sections. We pass several Adi tribal settlements on the way and float past the confluence of the Siang river with the Siyom river after the
suspension bridge at Boling. We pass the flood-rutted guesthouse of Yembung and float onto camp near Rotung village, in time for hot lunch.  Transfer all gear onto our travel bags from the dry bags, and a chance to wash up near a fresh water spring.

Nov 28
Raft Rotung- Pasighat. We begin the final run to the plains at Pasighat by negotiating the last biggie on the trip at Ponging. The Siang seems to gather a lot more volume as we float into Pasighat where we beach our rafts for the last time on this trip. Transfer to rest house at Pasighat.

Nov 29
Drive to Boghiwheel Ghat and take a ferry boat across to Dibrugarh. Transfer to airport for flight to New Delhi. Trip ends.

Note :  1. We reserve the right to begin the rafting trip at Purang Nallah, 20 mins by river downstream of Tuting, if guide discretion demands that the Ningguing rapid be excluded from the run.  This right will be exercised in the best interest of the trip, and everybody’s safety.

Price per person: Rs. 1,35,000/- (For rafters)
Rs.  1,25,000/- (For kayakers)
Service Tax of 2.575% applicable. Please see actual forex rates to remit above Rupee Value

Extra cost for Helirafting group chopper charter : Rs. 6,00,000/-
(approx. US$ 15000 ; will carry 14 persons + 400 kilograms of personal baggage)

Cost includes:  Flights Delhi-Dibrugarh-Delhi, All hotels and breakfasts except in Delhi according to above plan, restricted area permit and fee, tented and rest house/hotel accommodation on twin share and all meals while on the trip; lead safety boater, professional guide fee and camp staff, all transfers by jeep / coach, guide, wetsuits, all sightseeing.
Cost excludes: Delhi hotels and airport transfers, expenses of a personal nature such as alcohol etc.; insurance; any hike in air fare/fuel cost/taxi rates; end of trip tips and gratuities ; any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, flight cancellations, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.

Note :
a) Kayakers to bring own boat and gear. We can provide kayaks for US$ 250 if you do not want to carry your boat out (choose from Liquid Logic HOSS, Session Plus, Dagger, Necky and Perception boats).   This river demands solid boaters with Class 4+ skills and experience in big water.
b) Cost does not include transfers and hotels in Delhi, as there are several options. Airport transfers in Delhi and Delhi hotels can be arranged on request.  An airport transfer costs Rs. 1800 (US $40) per transfer. Delhi hotels : The place which we have been using is close to our office,  (and where we put up most of our river guests) in a quiet part of South Delhi (about 30 mins from Connaught Place, but equidistant from the airport). They charge Rs. 3900  (US$ 95) for a double room per day.
c) The US $ conversion equivalents are calculated using the exchange rates averaged over the previous year.   Please check for any foreign exchange fluctuations at the time of booking.

Reading List :
“Tales from the river Brahmaputra” – Tiziana & Gianni Baldizzone
“The Seven Sisters of India – Tribal Worlds between Tibet & Burma” – Agjala Stirn & Peter van Ham

Rates quoted are on twin share. If you prefer single accommodation, the single supplement is Rs. 10,500. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodation, we will try our best to find you a roommate. If that is not possible, you will need to pay a “forced” single supplement of Rs. 6750.

Booking conditions: All bookings are subject to availability of space at Camp. We book space on a 100% advance.   All payments by wire transfer, cash or cheque/draft in favor of “Aquaterra Adventures (I) Pvt. Ltd.”

Activity Level
Our expedition trips are designed for energetic and flexible people who have the spirit of adventure and a positive attitude.  Previous experience in the outdoors and camping helps, though is not a must. These trips are participatory in nature, and everyone is expected to pitch in, set up and break down their own tent, clean their own dishes and help with loading and unloading the rafts.

The Next Step
Ready to go? Email me at pavanemann@gmail.com to book your place and we will guide you through the booking process.

Services provided
In remote regions, we often use local suppliers who provide services that may include vehicles for transportation, equipment, logistical support, hotels, guest houses etc. We do not own or operate these independent services or suppliers. We work with them as they share our commitment to service and quality.

The Bhagirathi Blast

NEW TRIP!

The Ultimate Bhagirathi Blast

Arguably the best weekend getaway north of the Indian capital. Three days of non stop action begins with an initiation run down the Ganga, and our guides preparing you for the big plunge down the Bhagirathi.

For real adventure, you will be hard pressed to find a better weekend option.

The Bhagirathi Blast
Location: Uttaranchal
Duration: 3 days
Grading:  Demanding

  Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive at Camp for lunch. Check into tents, camp briefing etc.
After lunch, raft a 10 km initiation section from Camp till Shivpuri. Raft down rapids like
“Three Blind Mice”, “Crossfire”, and “Bodysurfing”. Lots of paddling practising commands.Drive back to Camp for hot tea/coffee. Campfire dinner and overnight Camp.

Day 02 : After an early breakfast, drive 2.5 hrs to Paindas, and put-in below the dam.
Here onwards, we begin one of the classic river trips in the Himalaya, the quintessential
Bhagirathi and its finest section, untamed by the Tehri and Paindas dams upstream. Expect
high flows due to dam release. Raft the Bhagirathi gorge and run the 3-hour Class 4
section rapids like the ‘ Elephant Rapid”, ‘Chute”, S rapid and the continuous
rapid at the ‘Confluence’ before we meet the Alaknanda river. We are now on the
Ganga, and float 90 mins to Beas Ghat, northern India’s famous angling spot for
the Golden Mahseer. Set up Camp on a large beach. Campfire dinner and overnight
Camp.

Day 03 : Tea served by 7:00 am. After breakfast at 8:30am, raft 4 hours out of the
secluded Upper Ganga gorge. Raft down “Daniel’s Dip” and the biggest rapid on the
Ganga, the ‘Wall”. Lots of bodysurfing and float into Camp for hot lunch.
Depart for Delhi.

To book:

Email: pavanemann@gmail.com

Call: +91 9810184360

Camping and Rafting on the Ganga

The rafting season begins late September and continues through till end April. The camps and the lodges that I use on the Ganga offer a great trip for all, families, singles, couples and corporates. Contact for details and start planning.

Plan early to book trains / flights and travel to head up as painlessly as possible.  The  the closest rail head is Hardwar and the airport is Jolly Grant, that serves Dehra Dun, Hardwar and Rishikesh. Transfers to and from both venues to camp and back can be organized and are charged on actuals.

Value For Money Trip
2 day Raft  2 night Camp……….Rs. 5900 / person

Day 01 : Arrive at Camp  after lunch/tea. Check into tents, camp briefing etc.  Beach volleyball, kayaking or relax.  Campfire dinner and overnight Camp.

Day 02  : Tea coffee served 7:00 onwards. After breakfast,  get into rafting gear, safety briefing      and raft down big volume Ganga whitewater.  Raft down rapids like “Three Blind Mice”,      “Crossfire”, “Bodysurfing”, “Return to Sender”, “Roller Coaster”, “Golf Course” and lots more. We end the trip near Laxman Jhula. Drive 30 minutes back to Camp for hot lunch. Afternoon kayaking, volleyball or hike to a nearby village. Campfire barbecue dinner and  overnight Camp.

Day 03 : Tea served by 7:00 am. After breakfast at 8:30am, drive 30 minutes to Kaudiyala.       Board rafts and raft down the two big rapids on this section, the “Daniel’s Dip” and  “The Wall”. Lots of bodysurfing and float into Camp for hot lunch.  Depart for Delhi.

All our river trips are supported by safety kayaks
Bodysurfing on the Ganga 3 day raft 2 nights:  Rs. 6400 / person – Book Now!

Day 01 :  Arrive at Camp for lunch. Check into tents, camp briefing etc. After lunch, raft a 10 km initiation section from Camp till Shivpuri. Drive back to Camp for hot tea/coffee. Campfire dinner and overnight Camp.

Day 02 : Tea coffee served 7:00 onwards. After breakfast,  get into rafting gear, safety briefing      and raft down big volume Ganga whitewater. Raft down rapids like “Three Blind Mice”,   “Crossfire”, “Bodysurfing”, “Return to Sender”, “Roller Coaster”, “Golf Course” and lots more. We  end the trip near Laxman Jhula. Drive 30 minutes back to Camp for hot lunch. . Afternoon kayaking, volleyball or hike to a nearby village. Campfire/barbecue  dinner and  overnight Camp.

Day 03 : Tea served by 7:00 am. After breakfast at 8:30am, drive 30 minutes to Kaudiyala. Board rafts and raft down the two big rapids on this section, “Daniel’s Dip” and  “The Wall”. Lots of bodysurfing and float into Camp for hot lunch.  Depart for Delhi.
Miscellaneous Rates/day
1. Children below 05 years ————-FREE
2. Children 6-13 years camping only – 50% of adult cost
3. Children – kid section per raft trip — Rs. 500
4. Afternoon rapelling (4pm-5pm) ——- Rs. 350
(advance booking needed for permit requirement)
5. Rafting transfers—————————–Rs. 700/tfr per car
6. Accompanying Maids—Rs. 1000/nt meals + small tent

7. Drivers (meals only;stay at Byasi/Kaudiyala)-Rs.500/day
Service tax of 2.575% extra on all tariffs.

Kids have the greatest time and are welcome at Camp, in fact they love it more than the adults !  Ask for kids rafting possibilities, there are sections they can raft too!

To book: email:pavanemann@gmail.com, or call: +91 9810184360

Before you Book, Read This !!
State of the art equipment and in house logistics ensure a safe trip

When you wish to visit us, do take the trouble to find out where you are headed! Our Camps are set in the middle of Reserved Forest Areas, and it is a thorough privilege to be so close to nature. We are not a hotel, do not have electricity, heating or refrigeration, and we adhere strictly to eco-guidelines of no bright lights, no loud music, meal timings and no campfires during the fire season. Camp is run, not by hotel school graduates, but by the same guides that ensure a safe river or mountain trip for you. We do not have room service.  We provide you with a clean tent with beds to sleep in, healthy meals each day and a fun day of activity.

Bottomline, if you wish to visit us, come with the purpose of living by India’s holiest life force, the Ganga, surrounded by Reserved forests, for the call of the barking deer, or the midnight roar of the leopard ; not for creature comforts that we take for granted, coming from the city.
It will help you enjoy your holiday better, and we appreciate guests who realise this opportunity to commune with nature.

The Grand Canyon of the Colorado!!

A trip that I am definitely going on, come with me.


THE GRAND CANYON OF THE COLORADO

Monday 18th April 2011 – Thursday 5th May 2011
(Arrival and departure dates into and out of Las Vegas Nevada)

It is the most famous river trip in the world…. And with good reason. Journeying for 14 days and 226 miles down the Colorado river is the smallest part of this trip. We get a chance to explore the Grand Canyon from within, with its scenic side hikes and spectacular waterfalls. You’ll camp on expansive sandy beaches retracing the expedition of Major John Wesley Powell in 1867 and visit ancient Indian ruins. There is frequently a two-year waiting list for a commercial trip and up to 18 years for a private trip. We are so happy to have this departure date and very much hope you will be able to join us on a trip of a lifetime. April is a wonderful time to raft the Grand Canyon. The Canyon is greener than normal and water flows are excellent.

“Now the danger is over, now the toil has ceased, now the gloom has disappeared, now the firmament is bounded only by the horizon, and what a vast expanse of constellations can be see! The river rolls by us in silent majesty; the quiet of the camp is sweet; our joy is ecstasy. We sit long after midnight talking of the Grand Canyon, talking of home.”

Powell’s Journal, Major John Wesley Powell

Your Fun Filled Itinerary!

Day One:
You’ll be met on arrival at Las Vegas airport, Nevada by our trip leader who will take you to your hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. No matter how tired you are from your long flight from India, this place will wake you up! It’s Disneyland for grown ups! Settle in for a good rest before we make our way to Arizona tomorrow and that one step closer to rafting the Grand Canyon.
(No meals included)

Day Two:
We’ll leave Vegas around 10 am and take in the gorgeous drive to Flagstaff, Arizona (4-5 hrs). We will drive past the Hoover Dam, which holds up Lake Mead at the end of the Grand Canyon. This was an amazing engineering feat in itself, but when you consider it was built in 1936, it is truly sensational. Flagstaff is typical small town America but has a number of fantastic restaurants and bars to explore at your leisure. We will have a pre-departure meeting prior to dinner and pass out some equipment for your trip. This will be your last chance to purchase any last minute items for your trip. The crew will have Chums (glasses retainers) hats and caps.
(Included: Breakfast)

Day Three:
We meet for breakfast early! At 7.30am we’ll take the gorgeous drive to our rafting put in point at Lees Ferry (3 hrs), just below Glen Canyon dam. You’ll be outfitted with the remainder of the equipment, given a full and comprehensive safety talk as well as paddle instructions. As we float off downstream, you are about to embark on one of the best river journeys in the world. The History as well as geology of this area is astounding in its beauty.
(All meals Included)

Days Three To Fifteen: (Zero to Six hrs a day)
Each day we run amazing rapids such as the famous Crystal, Granite and the original Lava as well as awesome blast rapids such as Hermit! White sandy beaches, gorgeous side hikes everyday. Many people never get to sample the beauty of the Grand Canyon from within…. For those of you who have seen it from the rim, that in itself is a stunning experience, set amidst gorgeous granite and marble walls, we sleep on beaches with just the river in the background to send us to sleep. We visit ancient Indian ruins high above the river and view the scenic beauty of this canyon. We run the rapids and see where Major John Powell ran these rapids and this gorge in the late 1800’s in wooden dories. Similar boats are still in use in the Canyon!
There is ample time to adjust to river life during the trip. You wont need watches, cell phones or to worry about anything. This trip offers 100% relaxation.
We have no “fixed” itinerary for this trip, preferring instead to set ourselves up for hikes and ruins that we can do as a group. This adaptability allows us to remain on our own and away from other groups that may be in the canyon at the same time to us.
All meals included days three – fifteen.

Days Sixteen:
Your trip on the river finishes at Diamond Creek where we are met and taken back to Flagstaff (3-4 hrs) for our post trip meal. You have reason to feel proud of yourself! You have completed one of the best river trips in the world. We overnight in Flagstaff at the Grand Canyon River house. You’ll get the chance to look at some of your DVD of the trip and decide if you would like to purchase this. We’ll prepare you an amazing Cajun Boil tonight, a meal traditional to the area and a great way to spend your last night in Flagstaff.
Included: All meals

Day Seventeen:
We depart Flagstaff for our drive back to Las Vegas. Tonight, it may well be a great idea to all go out for an amazing meal at the revolving restaurant on top of the Stratosphere for the best views in Vegas. Bring your nice clothes… they have a dress code!
Included: Breakfast

Day Eighteen:
After breakfast, you’ll be dropped back at the airport for your flight back home after a trip of a lifetime.
Included: Breakfast

Cost Details : US$ 5500

What Is Included
• Transfers to and from Las Vegas Airport. We request that you are there on Day One, two days before your rafting trip departs (as described above). Transfers are also provided from Flagstaff to Lees Ferry (the start point) and from Diamond Creek back to Flagstaff after the trip.
• Accommodation for 2 nights in Las Vegas (one before and one after the rafting trip) and 2 nights in Flagstaff night (before and after the river trip) in a tourist hotel. On your last night in Flagstaff we will stay in The Grand Canyon River house, which is more basic than the pre-trip hotel, but we will give you an amazing meal, which is traditional in this area. This will be on a share twin basis with somebody else on the trip. Single supplements available for Vegas and Flagstaff hotel ONLY USD$170.
• All transfers to and from the river.
• All meals from breakfast on Day Three to dinner on Day Sixteen. Also included breakfast on Days two, seventeen and eighteen. We can cater for most dietary requests, just let us know!
• All rafting equipment, including the best in buoyancy aids, helmets, and spray jackets.
• Tented accommodation whilst on the river.
• All camping equipment including camping mattresses and sleeping bags* If you feel the cold, bring plenty of layers, because it can be cool in the evening..
• Qualified and experienced guides. The crux of our trips, we have a mixture of local and overseas guides who are extremely professional and are some of the most experienced guides in the world. These guys and girls make every effort to make your trip memorable and fun for you whilst at the same time ensuring your safety. They all hold advanced first aid qualifications and in the unlikely event of an injury they have the expertise and professionalism to deal with it.
• All necessary permits and licenses.

Please Note: Not included are flights, visas, departure taxes, travel insurance, inoculations, video or DVD of your trip, alcohol, personal items or gratuities. You will also need to budget for meals in town, which are not included in the price and any extra accommodation outside what is provided.

Holiday Options & Extensions
If you are interested in having a few more days (or weeks!) in America then the choice is endless. Depending on your available time there are everything from trips to National Parks, to an insight into the Vegas nightlife. We can recommend the following and suggest if you are interested in any of them to have a chat to our office staff who will be more than happy to give you the cost and low down on the different activities.

Las Vegas
If you are looking to stay on longer or arrive earlier than your scheduled days, we can arrange extra nights at a cost of $25 per person per night if you book early. Single rooms are $50 per night. The bright lights, oxygen filled casinos are an amazing place to visit in our opinion for a short period of time. Check out only places you have seen on TV, ride the roller coaster at New York, New York, or visit Caesars Palace and the MGM Grand. For advise on where to stay and what to do there, please contact our office teams in the UK or US.

National Parks
The US has some incredible National Parks to explore in this region. If you want to extend your stay in the USA, may we suggest a trip to the incredible Zion Park in Utah. Alternatively, check out Canyon lands or Bryce Canyon. This is truly breathtaking scenery.

Mountain Biking in Moab
For those of you fat tire enthusiasts, we can highly recommend a few days up on the slick rock landscapes of Moab. Mountain Biking trails abound here for the recreational, the hardcore biker.

Grand Canyon Flight
If you want a bird’s eye view of the trip you have just completed, there are plenty of options for a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon. These leave from Vegas or the town of Grand Canyon. Contact us if you would like details or make a booking.

Grand Canyon Skywalk
The Hualapai Indians recently completed the ambitious project of constructing the Grand Canyon Skywalk over the edge of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Walking on reinforced glass 4000 feet above the bottom of the Grand Canyon is not for the faint hearted, but you will be rewarded with out of this world views.

Getting There:

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
Ensure you have got a VISA before traveling to the United States. This should be organized well in advance before your planned travel date. No responsibility or refund will be given to participants who have not completed the relevant VISA process or are denied entry into the US.

FROM INDIA
Plenty of regular flight options exist to the US from Delhi and Mumbai. Your best connections will be to Los Angeles and an onward flight to Las Vegas from there. United, Continental and Air India all offer flights.

Climate & Water Levels:
Water Flows are controlled by Glen Canyon Dam and as such flows are consistently good from April to September. Its the only river we do anywhere in the world that the tide goes in and out! Temperatures are usually between 25-40 degrees Celsius with nighttime temperatures 10 – 20 degrees lower. Rain? We never know for sure when it will rain. It is extremely impressive if it does… the waterfalls and side streams are amazing. Bring a rain jacket just in case, but we also provide a spray jacket for on the river. We also suggest a thermal top. Even if it’s warm, the river is VERY cold. Under 40 degrees Fahrenheit!

Geology:
The Grand Canyon is a relatively recent surface feature etched into the face of a far older world. The Colorado River drainage and the Grand Canyon have developed in the past 40 million years but the rock strata the river cuts though represent more than a third of the earth’s 4.6 billion year history. Our trip leaders and guides are on hand to provide you with their immense knowledge in this area.

Wildlife:
There is a wide variety of wildlife on the Canyon if you keep your eyes peeled! You may see Desert Bighorn sheep, bobcats and mountain lions, or smaller species such as lizards or the infamous rattlesnake.

Exploration History:
The Indians were the first settlers in this area and there are still many Indian Reservations in this area. We’ll experience first hand the history of this area by visiting ancient food granaries and other historical relics. We’ll see and possibly meet Hualapai and Havasupai Indians.
Major John Wesley Powell was the first major explorer of the Colorado River. His diaries make excellent reading if you have the chance to get a copy to take on the river with you. He ran the majority of the river in wooden dories with the help of relatives and colleagues. Some left part way through the expedition on foot, and were never seen again. You will see examples of dories on the riverbanks left there from the early exploration days of this great unknown.

Beer Kitty:
We provide water and lemonade during the day. All hot drinks are provided. Generally on all our other trips people put in for a beer kitty. Work out how many beers you would like each evening and we will collect the money the night before the trip. Let us know your preferences for the trip, beer wine or marguerittas! We also suggest you bring a plastic bottle of your favourite drink and we’ll take it with us. Please let us know prior to your arrival if you require any special mixers for your drinks.

Fishing:
Please let us know if you are interested in this before the trip and we will organize some fishing licenses for you. You can catch trout, carp and catfish. Fish and chips anyone?

Dress Code:
Dress is casual around camp. Obviously get out your “glad rags” for the post trip meal in Flagstaff and Las Vegas! Due to the temperature fluctuations between the river and the outside temperature, we recommend long light trousers to cover your legs during the day, as well as a long sleeved business shirt. Make sure you also have a good wide brimmed sunhat for on the raft during the day.

Personal Equipment:
After years on the river the guides have found exactly what is necessary to feel comfortable on the raft by day, cozy around the camp at night and totally in style in town before and after trips! Therefore our equipment list will mean that you will be perfectly attired and outfitted for your whole trip and well under the baggage allowance – river guides are famous for being light travelers (one has to be when a kayak is often in tow!). A full list of what we recommend will be sent to you upon booking conformation. We find that most people already have in their possession what is needed for a rafting trip and very little if anything in specialized equipment is needed to be bought. Perhaps the only thing that we specifically recommend for America is PLENTY of sunscreen.

Visa Requirements
Please ensure you have a machine-readable passport or one of the new biometric passports. Visitors from the following countries do not need to apply for a visa before arrival into the United States providing you are traveling for less than 90 days. Andorra, Iceland, Norway, Australia, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Italy, San Marino, Belgium, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, Liechtenstein. Slovenia, Denmark, Luxembourg, Spain, Finland, Monaco, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. There is no cost involved for these nationalities, however upon entry into the United States you will be required to have your photo taken and be finger printed.

Exchange Rates
The US remains relatively in expensive for certain items, notably food and fuel. Exchange rates at the time of printing are 1€ is equivalent to $1.10 and £1 was equivalent to roughly $1.48. $1 buys 45 Indian Rupees

What Is Supplied
• Tents on twin share
• All river running equipment
• Spray jackets for on the river.
• Sleeping bag with sheet
• Eating Utensils
• Ground cloth and foam pad
• All meals while on the river
• A small pelicase for your camera
• Waterproof duffel bag
• Shuttle from Flagstaff to Lee’s Ferry and from Diamond Creek to Flagstaff at end of trip
• Music for the trip.

What You Need To Bring
• Camera and plenty of film or spare memory card for your digital camera. We also suggest extra batteries.
• Small pillow
• Personal toilet articles:
• Large brim hat with chin strap, or baseball cap with tie on strap
• Towel & washcloth
• 2 pairs shoes (we suggest a pair of hiking boots and a pair of Chaco Sandals [chacosan.com]
• Toothbrush & toothpaste
• Sunscreen SPF 50+ /moisturizing lotion/ lip balm SPF 50 +
• Soap & shampoo (biodegradable)
• Light coat/windbreaker or sweatshirt (Spring trips need heavier coat)
• Other t-shirts cos we are bored with the other smelly one!
• Rain coat
• Shirts -long & short sleeved, only fashionable items. You will need a loud Hawaiian shirt for the post trip meal….
• Long sleeved business shirts are good for sun protection
• 2 pair eyeglasses or spare contacts with tie on strap such as Chums (we have these available for purchase)
• Pants (of quick drying fabric work best)
• Sunglasses with tie-on strap such as Chums (we have these available for purchase.)
• Shorts
• 2 medium sized plastic water bottles (for taking on hikes) We recommend Nalgene or Sigg What is also a good idea is a Camelback for hikes which can carry a bladder of water plus some clothes and snacks for hiking.
• Karabiner for attaching water bottle to raft
• Swimsuit (s) please note guys…. No banana hammocks
• Flashlight or Headlamp + extra batteries.
• 2 sets of thermal underwear. Long sleeved tops and bottoms. One set for the river and one set for the evening.

Fitness and Safety:
The Colorado is a great trip. There are no specific requirements for this trip although we do recommend a reasonable standard of fitness to get the most out of the trip. The side hikes are great. At times we will do some loops away from the river and meet up with the rafts again downstream from where we left them. We recommend that you exercise regularly; running, walking or swimming, a month or two before the trip, to maximize your fun on this amazing river. Please let us know, quietly if you wish) if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications that could affect you throughout the course of the trip that you think we should be aware of.

Finally…
Please remember that things do change, prices go up and down, activities stop running or change format and weather can send the best laid plans out the door. We will do our best to provide what is described above but please take into consideration the nature of the journey that you are embarking on and the country that you are traveling in and understand that a certain degree of flexibility is necessary!

Guides
The key to you any great adventure are the guides that accompany you. Not only will your American team guide you safely down the river by day, they’ll transform into amazing chefs and entertainers and give you incredible insight into local wildlife, customs and history. Here is a sample of who may accompany you on your trip.

USA FACTS

Full name: United States of America
Population: 290 million
Area: 9.63 million sq km
Capital City: Washington DC
People: 71% Caucasian, 21% African American, 12% Latino, 4% Asian,
0.9% Native American
Language: English, Spanish, Native American languages
Religion: 56% Protestant, 28% Roman Catholic, 2% Jewish
Government: constitution-based federal republic (apparently)
Major industries: Oil, electronics, computers, automobile, manufacturing, aerospace industries, agriculture, telecommunications, chemicals, mining, processing and packaging.
Time Zone: Eastern Time GMT –5
Central time GMT –6
Mountain time GMT –7 (Arizona) Presently –8 Due to UK Daylight Saving
Pacific standard GMT –8

Electricity: 120V, 60hz
Currency: US Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 USD: 45.7 Indian Rupees
1 USD: £0.675 pence
1 USD: EURO0.81 centimes

Average cost of a meal: Budget US$ 3-10
Mid-range US$ 10-15

American Slang

How y’all doing: How are you
A whole ‘nother: Something completely different
Air head: lacking in brains
Blow a fuse: Lose your temper
Rugrats: children
Y’all have a good day now!: Have a nice day
Blow chunk: Vomit
“Chill, dude!”: Relax please
Da bomb!: An expression of good stuff, as in “That gig last night was da bomb, dude!”
Limey: English person
Ya’ll: (Southern US) you all
24/7 : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Pond : The Atlantic Ocean
Dork :A person without social graces (“dweeb, nerd, geek”).
Dude: Cool person
Drop the ball : to mess something up.

Did you know?

The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long. The rock strata that the river cuts through represents more than a third of the earth’s 4.6 billion year history.

Major John Wesley Powell was the first person to explore the Colorado River in 1869. Normal Nevills began commercial river runs in 1938.

Cancellation Policy:

Final payment are due by December 10th 2010. If payments are not in on time, trip will be cancelled or any spaces not paid for will be cancelled.

All cancellations lose $750.00 deposit. All deposits are Non-Refundable.

Passengers who cancel cannot be substituted for new passengers. Payments are non-transferable.

All passengers who cancel will be charged cancellation fee.

All cancellations within 120 days prior to the trip forfeit the entire tour cost.
We are strict with our policy and strongly suggest your clients purchase travel insurance prior to your trip. For best coverage clients must purchase insurance within 14 days of paying their initial deposit.

We require a minimum of 12 paying guests and a maximum of 16 paying guests. If minimum numbers are not reached by August, an option exists to book onto another trip on the 8th – 25th May 2011 with the same itinerary as above. This will be on a Space Available basis.