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a journey through surreal landscapes in a mystic land

25th July - 4th August '07 | USD 2375/- EURO 1780/- per person all inclusive

Trip Highlights �Views of the greater Himalayan Range deep into the Karakoram. �Famous monastery of Lamayuru �Deep and isolated Gorge of the Zanskar river. �Leh and its historical bazaar

Our "special" yearly feature goes through most of western Laddakh, monasteries, palaces, villages, hikes and travel to one of the most surreal places on the planet. The trip begins with a flight over the Himalayas into the Trans-Himalayan region of Laddakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We spend a couple of days in Leh town acclimatizing at 11,000 feet above sea level and visiting the ancient monasteries, palaces and villages around Leh.
We then drive west of Leh past the town of Kargil and travel south into the valley of Zanskar, one of the coldest inhabited places on earth. Starting the trip on the Stod river, we begin our self contained multi-day river adventure down the spectacular and scenic Zanskar river gorge.
The trip takes you down the breathtaking Zanskar gorge with sheer walls rising few thousand feet straight up on either side.This whole area is extremely desolate & remote. the expidition culminates on the mighty Indus river, (which incidentally lends India its name).
Undoubtedly a classic, this journey to the last truly lost horizon of our shrinking planet - Zanskar, the "land of white copper" is a trip of a lifetime.

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BOOK NOW25th July - 4th August '07 | USD 2375/- EURO 1780/- per person all inclusive

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: 25th July 07 � Delhi - Leh Fly Delhi - Leh (3466m; 11,370 ft).
Transfer to hotel. Rest, hydrate and acclimatize. Overnight Leh hotel.

Day 02: 26th July 07 - Leh Leh. Acclimatize and sightseeing. For the more energetic a visit to a few monasteries such as Shey, Thikse and Hemis will be arranged. Or choose to relax and walk into Leh town, to its exciting market and outdoor restaurants. Overnight Leh hotel.

Day 03: 27th July 07 � Leh - Kargil 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: 28th July 07 � Kargil - Rangdum 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: 29th July 07 � Rangdum - Remala 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 glacier that feeds the Zanskar river, 40 km below, into which we flow trip the next day. Overnight tented camp.

Day 06: 30th July 07 � Remala � Karsha 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 meter 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 : 31st July 07 � Karsha � Pidmu After a late morning start, we raft from Karsha up to Honyo / Pidmu (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. The Zanskar River Deep Gorge Grand Canyon Style White Water River Rafting Expedition Leh Laddakh Ladakh Spiti Kargil Padum Pangyong Tso Moriri Trans Himalayan Fixed Departure Package Tour Jeep Safari

Day 08: 1st August 07 � Pidmu � Nyerak 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: 2nd August 07 � Nyerak - LamaguruThe Zanskar River Deep Gorge Grand Canyon Style White Water River Rafting Expedition Leh Laddakh Ladakh Spiti Kargil Padum Pangyong Tso Moriri Trans Himalayan Fixed Departure Package Tour Jeep Safari Today's 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.

Day 10: 3rd August 07 � Lamaguru - Nimu 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 11: 4th August 07 � Leh - Delhi Transfer to Leh airport. Fly Leh - Delhi. Note: Flights to Leh and back are extremely difficult to book during the season. We normally have an airline block which expires 45 days before the trip date. Should you wish to extend your stay in Leh, please put in a request at the time of booking.

BOOK NOW25th July - 4th August '07 | USD 2375/- EURO 1780/- per person all inclusive

01. Warm Sleeping Bag (till 0'C or below at least)
02. Woolens / thermal underwear
03. Wind / rain proof jacket
04. Hiking / trekking shoes ; spare sandals
05. Woolen socks 06. Water Bottle 07. Flash Light and spare batteries - important 08. Sun Shade / Hat with Brim / woolen hat / gloves
09. Sunglasses
10. Sunscreen / Sun block
11. Vaseline / Lip Salve
12. Insect Repellent
13. Personal Toiletries - towels / soap etc.
14. Rucksack / duffel bag to carry your baggage
15. Small daypack to carry camera, packed lunch, water bottle and rain jacket on a walk.
16. Long trousers / long shirts / T-shirts etc.

Program Cost - USD 2375/- EURO 1780/- per person all inclusive

The Cost includes

internal airfare Delhi - Leh -Delhi
* All jeep transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
* Airport transfers
* Accommodation on twin share basis in tents / rest houses / hotels
* All camping and rafting expeditions logistics including kitchen staff, support staff and trip leader (Instructors with an experience of 16 years of running the rivers)
* All rafting gear
for the trip
* Accommodations during the raft in two men high altitude tents, ground mats and sleeping bags.
* All meals while on the expeditions

Prices Do Not Include:

* Any expenses of personal Nature.
* Monument Entrance fees.
* Guide charges.
* Any thing not specifically mentioned under the head �Cost Include�.

BOOK NOW25th July - 4th August '07 | USD 2375/- EURO 1780/- per person all inclusive

Rates quoted are per person. Company Liability:- * It is in the nature of a holiday of this kind to be flexible. The day to day agenda and ultimate goal of the tour is taken as an aim and not as a contractual obligation. We shall not be responsible for the delays or alterations in the program or expenses incurred due to conflict, international or internal flight delay or cancellations, strikes, sickness, weather, landslides, war, vehicle problems, political closures and disputes. * The booking is accepted on the understanding that you realize the potential risks and hazards that can be involved in holidays of this kind. Questrails, along with our associates/leaders/guides and any one else working in association with us can not be held responsible for any death, accident or mishap that may occur in connection with any part of, or services connected with the holiday. * The cost is for the entire package and there would be no refunds in case any part of the package is not availed. * The Company would not be liable to pay any kind of compensation arising because of any mishap, sickness, accident etc

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