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White Water Rafting in Tibet

White Water Rafting TibetRivers that qualify for listing at this site are limited to whitewater stretches which have not previously been run by anyone, including local Chinese residents. East of central Sichuan, the Chinese have used most rivers for transportation for centuries, including mild whitewater stretches such as the Min River north of Chengdu and the Yangtze north of Kunming, Yunnan.

Boating these stretches does not qualify, even though there is no public record of the first descent. If you believe you have run a first descent of a river that is not listed, please contact us.

White Water Rafting TibetMany rivers in western China have been surveyed by Chinese geologists in motorized Zodiacs for potential dam sites since the mid 1980's, but they portaged most or all of the rapids. These stretches qualify for listing as first descents if the rapids are run, except for those which cannot be safely run.

A couple of American kayakers snuck into Tibet and ran the Yarlung Tsangpo from Lhatze to Lhasa in 1986. It wasn't until 1998 that Chinese rafters completed a first descent from source to Lhatze, then from Lhasa to the Great Bend. While this team was hiking the Great Bend to photograph Hidden Falls, an American team attempted to kayak the Great Bend on the tail end of a flood, making 27 of the 60 miles before one of them drowned.

 White Water Rafting TibetAt low water in February of 2002, an international team ran another 17 miles in a gala event sponsored by Chevy Avalanche and Outside Magazine.

Tibet is known as Khawachen, " Land of Snows ," "Shangri-la" or "The roof of the world." 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 Bramaputra. 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 the result is a surprising number of world class rafting and kayaking rivers.

Adventure Silk Road Inc. has pioneered rafting and kayaking trips across Tibet and has unique access to permits allowing guided rafting and kayaking trips. We have employed international guides who work along side our Tibetan guides to ensure a very high standard of safety, service and cultural experience. We run a variety of trips that combine some of the striking cultural visits in our general catalogue 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.

We regularly run 6 different rivers in the Central Tibetan area, ranging from relaxing float trips to challenging Class IV white water. We offer short trips based out of Lhasa and multi-day expeditions to wild rivers in remote regions of Tibet . We can combine a rafting adventure with any trekking or cultural tour from our general catalogue. Simply let us know what kind of adventure you have in mind and we will prepare an itinerary to suit your needs.

Safety and Background
Adventure Silk Road Inc. has established itself as one of the most comprehensive adventure tourism company in Tibet . Our reputation is based on honesty, reliability and a high level of service and safety. All our international guides are trained in wilderness first aid and river rescue. Expert safety kayakers are used on every run except our float trip on the Lhasa river (where there is no whitewater!) They have extensive experience running challenging whitewater expeditions in the Himalaya and elsewhere. Our international guides have years of experience guiding, instructing, and managing rafting and other outdoor adventure operations around the world. Our rafting guides and safety kayakers come from several years experience running rivers in Nepal.

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 in Tibet can be challenging; however, the moment you arrive, Adventure Silk Road Inc. will make every effort to ensure your journey in Tibet will be a fascinating, fun and rewarding experience.

For more details information about Tibet White Water Rafting tour itinerary please visit bellow readymade itinerary and if you are looking different itinerary please Contact Us

 White Water Rafting TibetThe Yangtze river is one of the great rafting goals of the world. We have prepared itineraries on two of the Yangtze's main sources deep in northern Tibet's Qinghai province; the Tuo Tuo and Dam Qu rivers. The former has its beginnings in the fantastic mountain landscape of the 6,621m Geladaindong massif. The latter's more humble beginning is a small bubbling ground spring on the high alpine tundra in an area of vast natural beauty. Both   Read More »

 White Water Rafting TibetAs the Yangtze, Salween and Mekong rivers descend south from their headwaters in Qinghai and northern Tibet they reach a point at the border intersection of Tibet, Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, where they flow parallel to each other through a stretch of land not more than 50 km wide. Close proximity of such mighty rivers has created a geography like nowhere else on the planet. Separating the rivers are the Salween/Mekong, and   Read More »

Kongpo Region River Rafting TibetThe Kongpo and Draksum Chu are world-class rivers with exciting rapids and stunning mountain scenery. The Kongpo region is quite different from the rest of Tibet with forested mountains and emerald green rivers. On the Kongpo Chu, we run 77 km of very exciting rapids. The highlight of the trip is the Gyazhing Gorge, which has 3km of exhilarating class III and IV rapids. On the Draksum Chu we run approx 30km of   Read More »

Drigung Chu River Rafting TibetThe Drigung Chu is situated in an exquisite alpine valley about 3 hours from Lhasa . On the first day we drive to Terdom nunnery and soak in the sublime hotsprings. We also visit Drigung Til Monastery. On the second day we begin rafting and for two days we paddle the stunningly beautiful Drigung Chu. Continuous class III rapids are interspersed with incredible granite gorges and challenging class IV rapids. To undertake this trip you should   Read More »

Yarlung Tsangpo Brahmaputra River Rafting TibetThe Yarlung Tsangpo has its source high in western Tibet on the flanks of Mt Kailash. For over 800km the Yarlung Tsangpo meanders across the high plains of Tibet . Below Shigatse the river carves it's way through the dramatic Nyemo Gorge. Large volume rapids with huge waves make this a very exciting trip. To undertake this trip you should be able to swim and you must be fit and fairly well acclimatized. You will be expected to paddle   Read More »

Upper Tolung Chu River Rafting TibetThe Upper Tolung Chu is serious whitewater adventure only 1 hour from Lhasa . It is for rafters who have prior experience on class IV whitewater such as the Bhote Kosi in Nepal . You definitely have to be a confident swimmer to challenge this run and you must be fit and fairly well acclimatized. This is a very physical run and you will be expected to paddle hard for at least an hour of continuous whitewater! If you think this is for you..Go for it!!   Read More »

Duelung Chu Tolung River Rafting TibetThe Lower Duelung Chu river is a fun whitewater adventure only 1 hour from Lhasa . It is a perfect introduction to whitewater rafting in Tibet . You do not have to be able to swim, but it is recommended that you be physically fit and have acclimatized in Lhasa for a few days as you will be required to paddle and move around the raft. This is our most popular trip for those that only have a short time in Lhasa .   Read More »

Lhasa Kyi Chu River Rafting TibetA fantastic way to diversify your visit to Lhasa is afternoon of rafting on one of the cities nearby rivers. The Lhasa River is the perfect run for those looking for a spectacular scenic trip and not too much action. It is an ideal way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and gain a different perspective of Lhasa and the Lhasa Valley. We use oar rafts, which means the guide does all the work and all you have to do is sit back, enjoy the view and   Read More »
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