River and Culture Journey to Tibet (the top of the world!)
Rafting and Kayaking
From most descriptions of Tibet, it is hard to believe that Tibet is home to a large number of spectacular rivers. Mt Kailash, in the west of Tibet, is the source of the subcontinent’s four greatest rivers: the Ganges, Indus, Sutlej and Brahmaputra. In the east, the forested land of Kham is home to the source of the Mekong and the Yangtse, the 2 largest rivers in East Asia. In the summer months, regular rains swell Tibet’s rivers and a result is a surprising number of world-class rafting and kayaking rivers.
Airborne Adventure Nepal (AAN) has partners in Tibet who are able to organize all the official permits to operate rafting and kayaking trips. We employ international guides who work alongside our Tibetan guides to ensure a very high standard of safety, service and cultural experience. We also run a variety of trips that combine some of the striking cultural visits in our general catalog with rafting and camping in areas of overwhelming beauty. We also have the ability to suggest, guide and handle logistics for first descents by experienced kayakers or rafters.
Safety and Experience
All our international guides are trained in wilderness first aid and river rescue. Our international rafting guides and safety kayakers have extensive experience running challenging whitewater expeditions in the Himalaya and elsewhere. Expert safety Kayakers are used on every whitewater run. Ram Bhandari is our trip leader who has and had over 20 year’s experience guiding, instructing, and managing rafting and other outdoor adventure operations around the world. All clients are provided with international standard safety equipment including a full wetsuit, helmet and buoyancy vest. We use state of the art rafts, kayaks, and equipment.
When we design your itinerary, we consider seasonal weather patterns, water levels and temperatures, altitude, accessibility, as well as surrounding scenery and cultural sites to ensure that you have the best possible experience on the water.
Travel options to Tibet.
The options are to travel through Kathmandu Nepal or Beijing China.
***If you decide to go through Nepal we need three days in Kathmandu to apply for the Chinese visa and Tibetan permit.
***Alternatively, if you decide to go through Beijing then we will get to Lhasa in two days and for your Tibetan permit we will sort it out and have it sent to Beijing, you will only need a Chinese visa.
Note: You will be flying in to Chengdu, China and then to Lhasa return journey when you book your ticket. We believe it might be cheaper for you to buy a ticket this way. If you are keen to go via Nepal then you need to talk to Airborne Adventure Nepal about the ticket from Kathmandu to Lhasa return because we have to stay three days in Kathmandu to get our Chinese visa and Tibetan permit.
Fixed Departure: 10th – 24th September 2019/20