A Trip To The Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers

By priyaflorence | Last updated: 04/25/2018
India Asia Nature Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers Ladakh Leh Jammu and Kashmir River Desert


One of the highlights of my trip to Ladakh, a desert plateau in Northern India, was visiting the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers near Nimo village on the Kargil – Leh highway. Located about 35 kilometers before Leh city and 6 kilometers from Nimo, the view at this point is quite breathtaking.

Tall mountains slope down to the rivers

Tall mountains slope down to the rivers

We went on this trip from Leh in May 2016 and it was one of the most awe-inspiring places I saw in Ladakh. Tall, sandy mountains almost devoid of vegetation slope down on either side of the river to meet at a Y-shaped curve called the confluence where the two rivers join.

Y-shaped confluence viewed from the road above

Y-shaped confluence viewed from the road above

A little one-storey cabin near the road belonging to Indus Himalayan Explorers, offers rafting and kayaking gear for the more adventurous traveller. This is a fantastic place to enjoy water sports, or just stand and skip pebbles over the waters. Go here for a memorable family picnic.

Indus Himalayan Explorers offers kayaking and rafting gear

Indus Himalayan Explorers offers kayaking and rafting gear

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