The Indus River is locally called Singhe Khababs which means from Lion’s Mouth in local language. The river flows from North West to South East and merges with Suru and Shayok rivers to become well known Indus River flowing
into Pakistan.

The river’s origin is in Tibet near the Mansarovar Lake and Kailash Mountains. The water level is quite high in summer months from June till August which is the best period for water rafting in Ladakh. While rafting, you will go through rapids of Grade I and II and only occasionally Grade III or higher grades. The most popular starting points for rafting are from Phey to Nimo and from Upushi to either Nimo which is the confluence point of Indus and Zanskar rivers or to Kharu. For more adventure lovers, there are also routes between Alchi and Kahltsey which are truly challenging with long series of rapids at Nurla. If one wants for an easy water rafting then one may go for route between Hemis and Choglamsar, a three hour rafting trip in quiet and calm water passing through villages at Shey, Thiksey and Stakna before reaching Cholglmsar near Leh.