Rafting Indus on Ladakh
Travel Tips

Dry bags should be taken along with you to carry small things like towel, sun protection cream, sunglasses, money, driver’s license and so on.

  • Basic first aid like antiseptic liquid, cotton, joint pain creams, and paracetamols and digestion medicines should be taken.
  • Snacks and water is a must because there can be no opportunities for any meal breaks while rafting
  • Neoprene boots or old sneakers should be taken
  • People with cardiovascular or respiratory problems should not try out river rafting.

When to visit

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sprinkles Pleasant
  • 17° Max
  • -9° Min
  • 12 mm
  • Woollen
Route/ Place

There are several rafting routes on the fabulous Indus River. Every route has easy rapids to difficult ones. However the protagonist place where the tourists have to reach for the rafting is Leh in Ladakh. The most common routes taken by the tourists are

  • Phey-Nimo Route: This rafting route does not have too tough rapids and the grades range between I and III. The scenic beauty all around while flowing down the river from between the mountains is truly mesmerizing. The little monasteries that are visible from the river impose an ambience of peace everywhere. The rafting starts from Phey Village and ends in Nimo which is the confluence of River Indus and Zanskar. The ending point is 36 km away from Leh and the beginning point is only at a distance of 12 km from Leh.
  • Upshi- Kharu Route: Here the float starts from Upshi which is 90 km from Leh towards its south east. The route is although longer than the previous one, yet it is not too difficult. Mostly grade I and II rapids are present here. The Journey ends in Kharu along the road to Leh.
  • Phey –Saspol route and Kharu Spituk route: Both these routes have either the starting point or the ending point close to Leh. These routes are really happening in terms of the beauty of the surrounding landscapes but the rafting way is for the beginners and amateurs.
  • Saspol Khaltsey route: This is a challenging route for the rafters. The tough rapids at Nuria are huge and can give goose bumps to the adventurers. The journey ends in Khaltsey which is 90 km away from Leh.


  • Lifejackets: These are the most significant items for rafting. It saves the individuals from drowning if anyone falls into the rapids
  • Inflatable rafting boats: The rafting boats are generally inflatable which are light and so gets carried off easily in the river flow.
  • Carbon paddles: The carbon paddles are preferred for rafting because they are durable and full sized. So the fun is much more with such paddles.
  • Helmets: helmets for rafting are a must for saving your skull from any kind of injury.
  • Dry and wet suits: Both dry and wet suits should be taken depending on the temperature of water. After wearing the dry suit inside, the wet suit should be worn above it because the water in River Indus is pretty cold.
  • Tents and rescue throw bags: tents are to be taken for camping purposes on the banks of the river. The rescue throw bags containing ropes are to be taken to rescue someone who has fallen into the rapids.

Places to Stay

How to Reach

  • The Leh Airport is the most handy communication zone in Leh. There are several flights to Leh from different cities of India.
  • The nearest railway station to Leh is Kalka. It is also accessible from the Jammu Railway station. However, one has to hire a bus or a taxi from the railway station. It is 1019.06 km away from Leh. So the train route is really not very preferable.
  • There are several transport opportunities on the roadways. There are luxury buses and taxis available. If you reach Delhi by airways, then you can reach Leh only after 1047 km of bus or car journey. From Manali the distance is 473 km.

Surrounding Attractions

Apart from the adventure of river rafting, the tourists can enjoy several sightseeing spots near Indus River in Ladakh. Let’s have a look at some of them

  • Hemis Monastery: This beautiful Monastery situated on the banks of the Indus River is also placed on an elevated position on the mountains. It’s a wonderful place for taking a snap of the Indus River.
  • Leh Palace: This is a beautiful ancient Palace in Leh which was built in the 17th century. It’s a walking distance from the Leh market.
  • Leh Shanti Stupa: It’s a Buddhist epirome of peace near the River Indus. The tourists visit here to gain deep mental peace.
  • Spituk Monastery: This 11th century Monastery in the Leh town has the stautue of Goddess Maa Kali.
Emergency No.

The following emergency numbers must be stored with every individual who is participating in the rafting activity. It is for their personal safety and also for the safety of his or her team members.


Disaster Management cell in Leh: 01982- 234346


Leh District information office: 01982-252829


District Police Station: 01982- 290730


Police Telecom Headquarter: 01982- 255500


Leh SNM Hospital: 01982-252185