One option is to drive through most of western Ladakh, past monasteries, palaces, villages, and then hike to one of the most surreal places on the planet. The tripanskar river rafting begins with a flight over the Himalayas into the Trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
We would recommend a few days here in the town of Leh to acclimatize to the 11,000 feet above sea level . There is plenty of things to do here like visiting the ancient monasteries, palaces and villages etc around Leh.
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.
Zanskar River Rafting
The rafting trip starts on the Stod river, it is mainly done as a self contained multi-day river adventure down the spectacular and scenic Zanskar river gorge. The trip takes you down the extremely desolate, remote and sheer Zanskar gorge with walls rising a few thousand feet out of the river bed, culminating 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.