Phey to Nimo , Area: Leh, State : J &K
Team: Rajan Rikame, Bhaskar T. Saurabh K., Ravi, Vivek
Agency: Rimo, Guide: Gunpal & Jangu
Duration: 2 hrs, Distance:25km, River: Indus (Sindhu)
Without doubt, Zanskar offers one
of the most exhilarating and challenging white-water rafting journeys
in India. Beginning on the Doda River in deepest Zanskar, the multiday
river adventure descends through rapids of grade IV and V, passes
incredibly desolate, scenic gorges and stupendous cliffs down the
Zanskar River, and ends at the Indus, near Alchi Monastery.
The Indus River, locally known as the Singhe Khababs (out of Lion’s
mouth), flows across the north west to the south east, passing through
Ladakh and flows into Pakistan where it joined Shayok and Suru to
become major historical Indus River.
originates near the Kailash Mountain and the Mansarovar Lake in Western
Tibet. Water levels remain high during the month June to late August,
which is the best season for fascinating rafting expeditions. The
travel agent offers white water River rafting on Indus for one to five
The rafting on Indus provides spectacular view of the landscapes Ladakh
and Zanskar ranges which housed Buddhist monasteries on high cliff. The white water Indus
has rapids generally of I and II grades and at some places, has grade
III to even V rapids.
popular rafting points are from Phey to Nimo and also from Upshi to
Kharu or from Upshi to Nimo. The other points run from Phey to Saspol
or Phey to the Indus - Zanskar confluence
Phey - Nimo route : This
route consist mostly of Grade II or III easy rapids is that it passes
through astoundingly beautiful mountains, many of them with tiny
hamlets and imposing old monasteries nestling among the valleys.
Starting from Phey Village, about 12 Kms from Leh and ends
Indus-Zanskar confluence at Nimo, about 36 kms from Leh.
For all of us it was 1st time
experience. We all were eagerly waiting to be in the raft as early as
possible. Since it was sunny day all of us literally painted our faces with sunscreen.
Our guide has instructed all of us about our route, raft, terms used
while rafting and most important part is safety. Another guide Jangu
was on the Canoe directing the raft and entertaining us with his skill
set (In reality he was practicing for himself though). In the beginning
our guide started the raft by his paddle for some time and later
started instructing us when to paddle and turn etc. During he rafting
he allowed few of us to dive in the comfortable water level. The banks
were almost without any houses all the way except one of the road. At
some point in the Rapid we almost jumped 3-4 ft high. That was one of
the most enjoyable moment for all of us. We never forgot to capture the
scenery. At one of low current places we all sang some Hindi songs
related to river/water. Everyone has enjoyed each and every moment of
the rafting we had one 15 min break half way. At the end where the
Zanskar river joins the Sindhu (Indus) we had our final destination
just 100mt further. WE had good lunch and then back to Leh. It was one
of grate day for me.
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Written by: Rajan Rikame