Rafting in Indus River

Just like other adventure sports, River Rafting is undeniably one of the famous and thrilling sports of India. India has many stunning destinations like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, and Maharashtra where you will find gorgeous rivers surrounded by nature to relish in River Rafting and have unforgettable experiences. And one of the go-to destinations in India for adventure is the Indus River. 

The Indus River is located in Ladakh which flows across the North region and flows into Pakistan. River rafting in the Indus river will provide you a perfect opportunity to feel the chilly Himalayan water and an experience to enjoy natural surroundings around you. If you are alone or with your family, it is a great adventure activity to discover something different and have the best moments of your life. The force of Himalayan water or scenic landscapes will make your rafting experience more special and memorable. 

Both beginners or experienced people can enjoy this adventure filled with excitement. There are different grades in rafting from grade 1 to grade 5 but the Indus river is most suitable for grades 1 and 3 trips. It starts from the easiest level and ends with the challenging one. You should always think about your safety first and then choose accordingly. Additionally, there are 5 routes to do the rafting. Stakna to Choglamsar and Upshi to Kharu are the least traveled routes. Kharu-Spituk, Phey-Nimo, and Nimo-Saspol are the popular rafting spots. If you have a desire to take a challenge and try the harder route, then you should try the Alchi- khalsi route. It is quite difficult but definitely worth an experience. Enjoying rafting amidst mother nature allows you to enjoy life in a different way. 

As the river is graded ranging from simple level to extremely challenging. You must know about the grades and skills required to do the rafting with proper safety. 

  • Grade 1  has calm water with a little bit of current. A very basic skill is required.
  • Grade 2 has rough water, little rapids with bubbling current, and maybe some rocks. Basic paddling skills are required.
  • Grade 3 has small waves that are not so dangerous but need a professional guide. Experienced paddling skills are required.
  • Grade 4 has large rapids with medium waves, a few rocks, and a large drop. Whitewater rafting experience is required.
  • Grade 5 has large waves with intense volume and the possibility of big rocks, a large drop, and hazards. Advanced whitewater rafting experience is required in this grade.

The best time to visit Ladakh for river rafting in the Indus river is from July till September.

Tip: Before going for rafting, you should check the weather condition or if there are any government restrictions. Also, you must wear a life jacket during rafting for your safety and always listen to the guide but most importantly enjoy the rafting to the fullest. So this summer season comes with your family or friends to this beautiful location and get ready for some adventure.

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