River Rafting Expedition on the Zanskar Siang Rivers

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Zanskar River Expedition August 20th 2016 - August 30th 2016 $3,850 US
Siang River Expedition December 5th 2016 - December 15th 2016 $3,850 US

Zanskar River Expedition

India’s Zanskar River, a remote Himalayan tributary of the Indus, harbors one of the most spectacular navigable gorges in the world. Hailed as the “Grand Canyon of the Himalaya,” a journey down the Zanskar features an excursion through a geologic paradise, submersion into a culture (Zanskari) virtually unknown throughout the contemporary world, and a thrilling whitewater adventure. The trip, however, is not for the faint of heart – or for those short on time. Paddling the Zanskar consists of four days’ air time, a bone-jarring multi-day jeep ride through spectacular Himalayan wilderness, and at least five days of intense rafting, not counting layovers. As of yet, relatively few westerners have visited the land of Zanskar, but Global Descents offers one deluxe catered expedition to and through the gorge every Himalayan summer. This journey exceeds the expectations of the world’s most experienced adventure travelers – if you are prepared to experience the cultural and the physical adventure of a lifetime, contact Global Descents today to find out more about our upcoming Zanskar River Gorge expedition!

*Please note that this expedition requires good physical condition due to the immense altitude change.  We will be starting our journey to the river at 11,000’ and the actual river portion of the expedition will begin near 14,000’  Please take this into account and take the proper precautions.

Siang River Expedition

From its source atop the sacred Buddhist site of Mount Kailaish, the River Yarlung Tsang Po flows nearly a thousand miles across the barren tundra of the Tibetan plateau. A pinch between two towering peaks, 7,782-meter Namcha Barwa and its little sister, Gyala Peri, forces the river southward around the “Great Bend,” where it plunges nearly ten thousand feet in less than a hundred miles through the Tsangpo Gorge. Tumbling into the jungle territory of the indigenous Adi in Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India, the river takes an Adi name, the Siang.

Opened to foreign travelers in only 2003, the Siang remains one of the least explored gorges on the planet to anyone – other than the 100,000 Adi who inhabit the corridor, which sustains the last surviving rainforest in India. The Adi subsist much as they have for thousands of years in the steep, forested Siang River Valley, hunting; fishing; foraging; cultivating rice and wheat; and lodging in picturesque bamboo, cane, and thatch homes, which dot the landscape.

The river has only been descended a handful of times; and sections of the gorge are all but inaccessible by boat, making for some of the most preserved and pristine scenery remaining on the planet. Enormous sand beaches, flanked by showers warm enough for bathing, make for perfect camping; fifty species of mammals, including eight primates and several species of leopards, thrive in the surrounding jungle; and professional kayakers compare the quality of the whitewater among the greatest in the world, ranking with the Zambezi, the Grand Canyon, the Futaleufu, and the White Nile.

Sadly, the Indian government and the Chinese government upstream are concurrently working on projects that will flood the Siang Valley along with its rainforest, the wildlife, the Adi homeland, and the spectacular Siang River Gorge. Global Descents urges you to take advantage of the opportunity to explore this remote, wild, and astonishing place before it ceases to exist!

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  • Type: Tours
  • Capacity: 6 People
  • Rental Minimum: 10 days
  • Cancellation: Full Refund 5 Days Prior


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