River rafting, more often called the White Water Rafting is a popular sport in Kashmir & Leh. Armed with life-jackets and helmets tourists in large numbers opt for this thrilling sport. Anyone above 12 years of age wearing tight clothes is allowed to have a go. Only those people suffering either from blood pressure or asthma are advised to keep away! Tourists make it a point of trying at least once whenever they come in this valley of paradise.
The thrill of riding an inflated boat, the different sitting postures (compared with normal boats), the left jackets, helmets, the chilled water sprinkled around and getting wet … is an experience of a lifetime. No matter what the cost, getting firsthand experience is what one cherishes about!
Tour operators often have multiple options ideal for beginners and intermediates. The course ranges from 3-7 kilometers and take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Experienced campaigners can always take their own decisions.
White Water Rafting Seasons
Rafting is possible only when rivers flow freely. Hence this adventure sport is best experienced from April to September. Once the water volume recedes this rafting sport ends for the season.
It is a thrilling sport no doubt but different packages make the choice attractive. Beginners can opt for short-distances like 2-3 km whereas others who either have done it earlier (intermediates) or are seasoned can choose for distances above 8 km
Due to seasonal variations and Kashmir Tourism directives, two different timeframes are allotted which the tour operators stick to :
Pahalgam - 20th April to June - 9 am to 6 pm
Pahalgam - July to end September - 8 am to 7 pm
Sonamarg - 20th April to June - 9 am to 6 pm
- Every raft has a head coach and assistant coach.
- Change Room
- First Aid
- Life jackets are provided.
- Tight clothes (No Sari)
- Not suffering either from Asthama or Blood Pressure.