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Rivers of East Tibet
Tibet has long been a place of great mystery and intrigue. World famous for high mountain ranges, this vast plateau is also the source of water for 25% of the world’s population. As the waters that feed the world make their journey from sources high in the remote sub-ranges of the Himalaya, they present whitewater opportunities to great to be ignored!!
Come join us on this rare chance to experience some of these incredible rivers as the flow off the Eatern edge of the plateau. Because of the logistical and political challenges of paddling in Tibet, very few groups have boated here before. Trip leaders Willie Kern and Jed Weingarten have unsurpassed experience and knowledge of the rivers in this remote area, making this a truly unique opportunity to paddle in this beautiful region.
Arrive in Chengdu. Flights to Chengdu are available from every major city in China, as well as from Bangkok.
Fly from Chengdu to Lhasa. You will be picked up by our vehicle at the Gonggar airport, about an hour outside of Lhasa. A scenic drive will take you to the Dekang hotel in the old Tibetan quarter of town. The hotel is centrally located to the Jokhang and Barkhor, allowing you to truly experience the spiritual side of Lhasa. We will spend the afternoon sightseeing and people-watching around the city.
Today we continue our acclimatization process while visiting some of Lhasa’s most famous landmarks. The Potala Palace will be on the schedule, as will whichever of the big monasteries (Sera, Drepung) we are allowed to visit. We will also take a walk through the Jokhang, the most important monastery in all of Tibet.
We will gather up our kayaks and after some outfitting, we’ll head out to the west of Lhasa following the main highway towards Xigaze. About an hour and a half out of town we will arrive at the Nyemo gorge section of the Yarlung Tsangpo, where we’ll get our first taste of Tibetan whitewater on Tibet’s largest, most famous river. Don’t worry, this gorge is nothing like the fabled gorges lower down on the Yarlung. We will return to Lhasa for the night after boating.
Leaving Lhasa, we’ll head east, crossing the 5200m (17,056 ft) Serkhym La. Dropping down off of the pass, we’ll begin to follow along the crystal blue waters of the Gyamda Chu. We will run at least one section of this river before camping along side of it.
Continuing on our way east, we will drive through the towns of Bayi and Nyingchi before going over the Senchen La, another high pass. If the weather is clear, we will enjoy spectacular views of the two mountains that sit on either side of the infamous Tsanpo Gorge, Namche Barwa and Gyala Peri. Coming down from the pass, we will end up following the Rong Chu river. We will stop and run a section here, before heading up the Tong Chu to camp.
April 25-May 6
We will spend this time cruising around E. Tibet paddling different sections of the Parlung Tsangpo and it’s tributaries. We aren’t doing a day by day itinerary here because we want to leave this very flexible as to accommodate for water levels, group paddling level, and the group mood. We will take at least one day off of paddling to explore an amazing area of glaciers, lakes, and alpine peaks and valleys. We will visit Rawu lake, the headwaters of the Parlung Tsangpo, as well as a couple of monasteries and shrines in the region. Rivers we paddle, depending again on water levels and group dynamics, will include the Parlung Tsangpo, the Po Tsangpo, the Yigong Tsangpo, the Jepu Tsangpo, the Sumzom Chu, the Drugla Chu and the Druk Chu. We may run some of these sections twice.
This day will consist mainly of driving back to Lhasa, but we may have the opportunity to stop and run a quick section on the way. Arriving back in Lhasa, we’ll go for a big group dinner before retiring to the Dekang hotel.
This day will be left for you to explore Lhasa on your own, do any shopping you want to, and visit any sights you want to see that we may have missed before leaving Lhasa. After a relaxing day in this most amazing of cities, we will have our final dinner and party.
Fly in the morning from Lhasa to Chengdu and on to connecting flights.
What to Bring
We will be paddling class 3-4 whitewater. You will need to bring your own personal paddling equipment. The nature of the rivers is generally continuous, the water is very cold, and the elevations are quite high, so we are requiring that everyone wear a drysuit on the river for safety. Please also be sure to bring sturdy footwear to wear in your boat. We have a variety of boats available for rent, get in touch with us for a list of models.
We will be camping with our vehicles, drivers, and cook at night. In addition to providing your personal tents, we provide 2 large group tents, one for cooking, and one for hanging out and eating.
Weather in this extremely mountainous area is widely varying and changes fast. Daytime temperatures could range from 35-75, and we will most likely see at least some rain. Nights are quite cold, so a warm sleeping bag and puffy jacket are nice!
We will have some foam mats available, however, if you have a therm-a-rest type of mat that you enjoy sleeping on, go ahead and bring it.
We will be at high altitudes for the duration of this trip, which means that we will need to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness. We recommend that you see your doctor before this trip, and discuss this with her. She may wish to prescribe Acetozolamide (Diamox), which is unavailable in Tibet.