1. River Rafting Expedition on the Zanskar & Siang Rivers
  2. River Rafting Expedition on the Zanskar & Siang Rivers
  3. River Rafting Expedition on the Zanskar & Siang Rivers

River Rafting Expedition on the Zanskar & Siang Rivers

Rates: 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! If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.

Captain is included.
A captain is provided by the listing owner to host and operate the trip.
6 guests
Tours, Lessons, and Diving


Why Go With Global Descents?• World-Class Adventure, Unsurpassed Quality, Extraordinary Value• Explore the World’s Greatest River Canyons• Five-Star Guest Services• Highly Experienced, Fun, and Dynamic Expedition Leaders• Interaction with People from Remote CulturesGlobal Descents offers expeditions to suit every adventure traveler. We cater some of the world’s greatest river and adventure travel trips to ten different rivers on four continents. The Zanskar River and Siang River – India, Asia. The Zambezi River – Zambia and the Matsiatra River – Madagascar, Africa. The Rio Futaleufu – Chile, the Rio Cotahuasi and the Rio Ampurimac – Peru, and the Rio Fonce and the Rio Suarez – Columbia, South America. The Rio Chama – New Mexico, North America.These rivers rank among the most sought-after descents in the world of whitewater adventure rafting.The logistical complexities involved in running these rivers cannot be understated, but we have designed proven successful itineraries that produce high-quality, exciting, safe, and exceptionally fun trips every time. Whether you choose the aqua blue wave trains of Patagonia, the exotic wildlife and warm waters of Africa, the ten-thousand foot deep Himalayan canyon of northern India, or the jungle runs of South America, your adventure with Global Descents will be an unforgettable physical and cultural experience of lifetime!Mission Statement“To explore the world’s many amazing rivers with great groups of people.”GuidesOn your expedition with Global Descents, you will get to know your guides, all of whom you will find to be some of the most enthusiastic and dedicated people in the world. All are have more than a decade of experience running rivers across the globe. Simply put, we cut no corners in choosing our staff. As the backbone of our company, every one of our guides are knowledgeable about the rivers we run, and are fun, talented, people with exceptional river skills and uncompromising safety practices. Most of all, they are incredibly enthusiastic about sharing their favorite rivers with you. Meet your experienced Guides SafetyA guided river expedition with Global Descents will offer you the comfort, security and service of a U.S company abroad. We pride ourselves as true professionals, and have systems in place to ensure a safe and fun filled adventure.Our FocusGlobal Descents’ focus is personal service to each individual. Understanding your needs, passions, and interests help us to create the travel experience of a lifetime.EquipmentWe pride ourselves on using the best equipment in the industry: self-bailing rafts US Coast Guard approved life jackets fully adjustable helmets thick, inflatable sleeping pads and quality expedition tents. By staying up to date with the latest in gear technology, we are able to provide a higher level of comfort and safety. Let’s face it: it’s just more fun with good gear.CuisineWe have mastered the art of creating great cuisine in remote locations. We prepare regional cuisine highlighting specialties of each area. We invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy the warm campfire as we prepare your meal to remember.ConservationThere are constant threats to rivers all over the globe. From potential dams to other environmental threats to the watershed, it is the river community’s duty to inform both its guests and local communities about the benefits of protecting the resource. Global Descents strives to do its part in demonstrating the benefits of tourism to rivers by supporting the local economy as much as possible. We do this through buying locally and employing a large local support team.

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