Sutluj River - sink in Himachal Pradesh envelopes an area of about 6,553 square kilometers.
Satluj River commences from the Mansarovar Lake, at 18500ft in Tibetan Plateau. Out of three Trans Himalayan rivers arising in the high Tibetan Plateau, it cuts across the impressive Himalayan ranges.
Satluj River sequentially crosses three great mountain ranges - the Zanskar range, the Great Himalayan range and the Dhauladhar range.
While rafting, if you go towards east of the Satluj, there are slender valleys, while in the west, valleys are quite open and broad.
The Baspa is one of the main tributaries of the Satluj.
The Satluj River has imprinted a deep ravine across the main or Great Himalaya near Pshong- Tong.
You will see an all-embracing cultivation of fruits and agricultural crops in southern part.
There are vineyards, flourishing crops and orchards of apricot, apples and grapes in the whole region.
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Baspa Valley: Known as Sangla valley, Baspa valley is one of the most pleasing valleys of Kinnaur.
It begins from Karcham where the Baspa River flows from the east and joins the Satluj.
When you enter into Baspa valley, it opens up beyond Sangla. This valley has wooded slopes till you reach Chitkul. It lets you explore quaint little houses, temples, gompas.
Spiti River: It is 60 miles long, and streams across the valleys of Spiti and Lahaul.
Lahual is the point from where Spiti River starts and passes through Kunzum pass.
The glaciers are set above the Lahaul valley.
Spiti merges with Sutluj River in Kinnaur.
Other small rivers like Cholmo, Gyundi, Rahtang, Parechu, Lungse, Hanze, Mane, Surahi, Tagling, Kaza, Lingti, and Tabo link up Spiti.
Nogli Khad: Nogli Khad unites with Satluj just under Rampur Bushahar and passes by Nirmand tehsil of Shimla district.
The river Satluj itself passes through the areas of Mahunm, Bagra, Batwara, Derahat and Dehar.
The main affluents of the Satluj in district Mandi are Bahlu, Bhagmati, Kotlu, Siun, Behna, Bantrehr, Siman, and Khadel.
Soan River: Soan River starts off from the Southern incline of the Shivalik range (Solasinghi range).
It flows through the southern fringe of Kangra and joins the edge of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
The slopes of this river vary from steep to gentle.
How to get there
By Air: The closest airport is Shimla, 200 km away.
From here hire a cab to go to Kinnaur
By Rail: Closest railway station is Kalka in Haryana.
From here a narrow gauge line runs up to Shimla.
By Road: Kinnaur is connected to National Highway No 22 via buses, taxis and jeeps.
Rampur also connects to Kinnaur by road.
Best time to visit: May, June, August, and September
- If you have no fear of water, then rafting can be a sport for normal and healthy persons.
- There are trained rafters to guide you during your expedition.
- You have to know swimming and be reasonably fit.
- Stamina is a key requirement for rafting.
- Keep extra pair of clothes.
- Avoid bringing your car keys, wallets, cell phones etc. with you for the rafting trip.
Things to Carry
- During summers, you need to carry simple gears and during spring and autumn the rafting trips require additional clothing.
- Carry paper bags or boxes to secure small personal items.
- Carry necessary medications such as inhalers, mosquito repellents, insulin etc.
- Also take along sunscreen, sunglasses, and a camera.
- Disposable waterproof cameras are easily available to take good quality pictures.
Places to Visit Nearby
You can visit Kinnaur, Simla, Solan, Manali through which Satluj flows. Uttarkashi is on the way which is a religious hill station.