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.

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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.

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

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



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


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


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.

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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.


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 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


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


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

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.

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