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The Indus river which is also known as the 'Lion River', the Indus, having originated hundreds of kilometers further east from near the Kailash Mountain and the Mansarovar Lake in Tibet.
Indus River is one of the most striking white water runs anywhere in the Himalayas. The view is incredible which takes one through the canyon in the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges with various monasteries or gompas along the river bank. The icy cold and clear river have rapids generally of I and II grades and at some places, has grade III to even V rapids. Water levels are high, between the end of June and late August, which is the best season for fascinating rafting expeditions.

Indus River Rafting Itinerary:
Phey - Nimo route: This route consist mostly of Grade II or III easy rapids is that it passes through superbly beautiful mountains, many of them with tiny town and impressive old monasteries nuzzle among the valleys. Starting from Phey Village, about 12 Kms from Leh and ends Indus-Zanskar flowing together at Nimo, about 36 kms from Leh.

Upshi - Kharu route: This route is somewhat long as compare to the Phey-Nimo, but not too difficult. The stretch between Upshi and Kharu consists of I and II rapids, although there are some grade III rapids too. The starting point is at Upshi, about 90 Kms South east of Leh, along the road which leads south to Manali. From Upshi, the river makes its way westwards to Kharu, along the road to Leh.

Phey - Saspol: This rafting trip starts from Phey, about 8 kms south of Leh and its end at Saspol, on Leh-Srinagar Highway, near Alchi. This route is short and relaxed enough to enjoy the breathtaking view of scenery and beauty of tiny hamlets on the both side of Indus.

Kharu - Spituk: It starts from Kharo, about 45 Kms South-East of Leh and ends at Spituk, just short of Leh. This route is specially recommended for the beginners and amateurs. Saspol - Khaltsey: If you are experienced rafters, you may try the more challenging route between Saspol and Khaltsey, which has kilometre long series of rapids at Nurla. The rafting will finish at Khaltsey 90 Kilometres from Leh.

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