Paddling in India

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Hi. we're off to India travelling next month, and were hoping to get in a couple of days kayaking in the Himalaya's. (near Ladakh or Leh) Do people know if there are places where you can hire equipment as we weren't planning on taking boats out? Just looking to do some nice easy grade 3 as a bit of fun really!
Any advice would be greatly appreciated,
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I'm pretty sure there is somewhere in Leh you can hire boats, someone else here probably has some more useful info.

As for rivers, there is a good write up of the rivers in the area here.

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Hi

I got some creek boats for hire in Ladakh, when do you want to visit and for how long?

There is a lot of Class III to paddle, but you do need to take it easy and acclamatise a little.

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Sounds great- I've PM'd you.
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Check out this site,

http://johnheaton.blogspot.com/

Sheffield boater too.
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The Indus near Leh is a good starting point, bouncy grade 3.


When I last paddled it, I got a lift from a local rafting operation to the put-in. Whilst launching, I was rather surprised when this highly skilled and experienced raft company announced to the customers that I was leading the trip and would now give them all the essential safety briefing ... right away ...


(this was not Shalabh's operation)
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Does anyone know if its worth taking dry trousers to India at this time of year?

Also is it ok to take out sterling and just change it into Rupees in the banks. Or is it better to have Dollars?

Thanks.

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For the Tsarap, yes. It's glacial and at 14500 feet. That said, the air temp is roasting.
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Post by shalabhgahlaut »

There are ATM services in Leh and usually thats what tourists prefer using.
Was definitely not that organized when Mark was last there! Also the Indus now has shrunk and rare is it to get big bouncy Class III whitewater. Luckily, the Zanskar still carries a lot of water and the river has a punch to it below the confluence.

If the weather is bad, it can get pretty cold in Ladakh.

Changes again: Ladakh isint that dry anymore! with loads of rain and few sunny days in the last few seasons!

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