Our Zanskar season is slowly coming to a close and we are getting set for our Suru missions in Kargil and our trips in Nepal. Our premier departure on the Zanskar is already taking bookings for next year. We are taking private dates along with our classic departures. This expedition is suitable not just for kayakers but for rafters and adventure seekers. Our premier departure includes visits to monastic communities, time in the ancient city of Leh and inspiring vistas. It truly is a life changing trip.
3nd Aug Zanskar Raft/Kayak
Private groups on request, dates during Aug, Min numbers 4
For adventure kayakers we are also taking bookings for the ultra classic Tsarap Chu self supported expedition. This is a great week long remote class 4/4+ canyon that we run in a self support fashion. We include the Zanskar and the Indus also on this schedule, making it an amazing two week journey.
New for 2015 we will also be running a bespoke Markha Valley 3 week trek – a mysterious land, forbidding by any measure. This mysterious “land of passes” is also the abode for several hardy animals and birds. It also boasts rare high mountain foliage. Yak, Nyan, Urial, Black Necked Crane, Ibex are some rare spices of wildlife which you will see during your trip.
Soon to be released will be the NEW ebook, Whitewater Ladakh a mini guide by Darren Clarkson-King & Tsering Chotak
Kerala is fast becoming the new paddling Mecca of India if not the world. Clear rivers, jungle classic style slides, boofs, playholes and much more. Every monsoon Kerala hosts the Malabar River Festival and this brings international paddlers to compete in this amazing playground. In 2014 we held our first indeterminate workshops in the region and are now planning for 2015
Pure Land Expeditions are pleased to announce that from 2015 we will be offering bespoke private trips for intermediate class 3-4 paddlers along with advanced class 4-5 runs seeking first descents and running harder lines. Our tours include hotel stay, private transport, guides and coaching. We will have a fleet of hire kayaks available for those that do not wish to travel with a boat (charges apply). These include Nomad, Karnali, Diesel along with playboats.
The tour will be based in Kodenchery and we will offer free transfers Calicut airport or train station.
Kerala has a wide selection of rivers, some exploring trips and some road side. We will design the daily schedule in relation to the water levels and group.
Private groups min 3 max 6 intermediate and advanced
Images c/o Malabar Festival and High team
Our season based in Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh has come to an end -We have secured the logistic support for our Paradise India schedule for next season, Ganga, Alaknanda, Pindar, Manadakni and Tons, this is set to be an premier trip with base camps, overnights and hotels throughout.
It is now time to travel south to Malabar to explore some new rivers and the great contest. From the south we fly to the FAR NORTH, to Zanskar season – our first trip starts on 2Aug, we just know you will love it up here. The Zanskar is a classic canyon, with time to explore the monastic and cultural landscape along with the river.
For the second year running we are proud to announce our Tsarap Chu Kayak descents are all set to go. This amazing river is a class4/4+ tight canyon that we run in a self support fashion, kayakers only – 23rd Aug Tsarap/Zanskar Combo NOW REDUCED TO £1100 AND STILL SAVE 10% WITH GROUPS OF 4 OR MORE (£990)
Following Zanskar season its the move back to Nepal, our all time classic Sun Kosi trip along with Poon Hill treks and bespoke adventures.
Our 25th Oct raft and kayak Sun Kosi special has spaces available at a REDUCED RATE £800/900 for groups of 4 or more. Now is no better time to book.
See you in the flow.
Our seasons are our lives, spring is Nepal, when the rain of monsoon sets in andwe pack up and move on to the high paths of India, first off to the Ganga, to rafts and yoga in Rishikesh then the city of Leh becomes our base.
The raging water of the Indus, the climb at Stok and the hidden places within the Zanskar gorge. As winter sets in on this Tibetan culture we head back to Nepal.
Poon Hill, kayak schools, raft adventures and Hindu beliefs. Its back to India for December and then the cycle begins again. At each stop we train and build the sports at a grass roots level. We know that without a grass roots arena for growth the passion for these kind of adventures will fade. As a company we are lucky, we know its a lifestyle job that few have the chance for. Due to this we know that what we do matters and we pride ourselves on the offering premier trips in these lands of adventure. Opening doors for experiences of a lifetime. From the classic Zanskar and Sun Kosi river expeditions to the treks and motorbike tours the journey never ends. We welcome each and every one of our guests as friends who join us for adventures. We know you will love been part of these unique expeditions and with a breathtaking arrangement of location and activity choices now is the time to explore.
Oh and we also sell Waka kayaks.
We all look forward to seeing you soon.
Over the last few months things at Pure Land Expeditions have taken a giant leap for many reasons. Pure Land Expeditions, and our sister company Elements Adventure Nepal, have been joined by Waka Kayaks UK to form part of the Round Peg Square Hole ltd group.
Round Peg Square Hole, is a company like no other. Unlike others we pride ourselves on the flexible approach to our guests needs. We deliver unique services for personal growth, life enjoyment and adventure. Our belief is simple, life is to be lived. We plan to chase butterflies of the heart and soul.
With this growth Pure Land Expeditions is able to develop further premier international quality raft, kayak, adventure and trek expeditions across the Himalaya. Now based in Pokhara Nepal, just off Hallan Chowk and also in Leh, India our fully trained and skilled staff are leaders in the field. This means our high quality international standards are kept. All our trips offer this premier service, without question. Our guides are market leaders with head guides having over 20 years experience of running our classic departures such as Poon Hill treks and Sun Kosi river expeditions.
As 2014 races towards 2015 we are proud to offer kayak expedition trips to Thule Bheri, Dudh Kosi, Tsarap Chu and Arun. Whilst these are remote and challenging trips our team is able to facilitate the smooth running of the expeditions with safety and back up, without question. We run these trips as a bespoke service to enable each member the unique experience they deserve. Our Motorbike expeditions from Manali to Leh are becoming one of our most popular trips for petrol heads – nothing like riding an Enfield over the high pass. The flow of pray flags in the wind and the chants of the monastic life.
For those that want to patch together day trips or simply need logistic assistance Elements Adventure Nepal is the only place you need to look. We have a team of guides, porters and equipment available to use along with the ability to join our daily sessions or plan your personal expedition. Here at Elements are pleased to team up with the adventure legend Sano Babu at his resort for paraglide flights -you know you want to learn to fly like a bird, dont you. Babu is perhaps the best pilot in the world. A pioneer in this sport, a dear friend and a gifted adventure leader.
As part of Round Peg Square Hole we operate to provide confidence and personal growth across the social care sector – to live a life you deserve.
Jonny and Mike sat exhausted. This long hard rapid never gave up, wave after wave – move after move. The river was wider now the box canyon sections had gone but it was no easier. Between each breath they still knew they were only half way done with this river. It had proved to be more than they ever hoped for. It showed them a world of beauty and calm, chaos and drama.
Our Tsarap Chu expedition is a world classic featuring breath taking canyons, local culture, committing rapids and expert guiding. It is a class 3-5 self support expedition in high altitude deep in the Himalayas. You must be a confident class 4 kayaker with some class 5 experience to commit to this expedition.
Tsarap Chu and Zanskar combo £1375. Min 2 pax, max 6 per group. Price includes: expedition food, guides, hotels, logistics.
NOW REDUCED TO £1100 AND STILL SAVE 10% WITH GROUPS OF 4 OR MORE (£990)
We have available hire kayaks, from old school playboats to more modern creekers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to hire a kayak, we have a wide selection available. We also hire paddles, pfds, skirts and helmets.
Our famous Nepal Multi River Schedule features classic Himalayan river descents guided by experienced international guides and includes all logistics, expedition foods, lodges/hotels and transfers. It is suitable to all kayakers who love adventure and love to explore. Our spring trip is ideal for class3 and 4 kayakers looking to spread their wings.
Cost per person £1200, deposit £200
Tip starts – 5th April
Day 1 We will collect you from the airport in Kathmandu and rush you to your base hotel in Thamel district Kathmandu, time to soak in the culture and visit the temples, or sit with a beer and watch the sun dip below the Himalayan sky.
Day 2 Trisuli class 3+ We will leave the chaos of Kathmandu stopping for breakfast on our route to the river. Arriving at the Trisuli river for lunch time we spend the afternoon kayaking and getting to grips with Himalayans water. We will stay in Fishling village overnight (beach camping) and eat in local homestay.
Day 3 Lower Seti 2-3 This is a idyllic river where kingfisher and monkeys play, a perfect introduction to raft supported expeditions
Day 4 Lower Seti 3+ We finish the river as it empties in the Trisuli and head towards Pokhara, to clean clothes and warm showers.
Day 5 Kali Gandaki class 4+. We will journey to this deep gorge after breakfast, this is a very special river and we will make our journey in a raft-supported fashion, running the class 4+ rapids with safety paramount. We will sleep on the first night next to the holy confluence
Day 6 Kali Gandaki
Day 7 Kali Gandaki and return to Pokhara hotel.
Day 8 Morning rest and an afternoon on the classic Upper Seti A great day run with tight lines (3-4) surrounded by white peaks.
Day 9 Marsyandi, Our journey starts with our journey to Besi, We overnight in the hotel (B/B)
Day 10 Marsyandi 3+4. After breakfast we begin our descent from Bhule Bhule. This is class 4 and 4+. Overnight in lodge, evening meal provided
Day 11 Marsyandi 3+, As morning breaks we journey to Paundi and journey down river to the main highway. Return to KTM, Hotel
Day 12 Bhote area upper &balephi as needed a time to paddle in commiting canyons or relaxed class 3+
Day 13 Bhote area retrun to Ktm, a change to revisit the favourite sections of the Sun Kosi, Balephi or Bhote Kosi
Day 14 Sighseeing
Day 15 Fly to host country
Please understand that Nepal is a developing country and that at time we need to change the schedule due to logistics, road closures and landslides.
– The expedition is fully inclusive whilst on the river, we will provide Hotel and breakfast in Kathmandu/Pokhara. Kayak hire is Free for all trips booked (deposit paid) before 31 Dec 2013. After this Hire cost may vary ($10-$25) depending on model and age. When hiring a boat please bring hip pads and airbags.
Kayak Fleet available from us in Nepal
Everest x2, Large Burn, Small Burn, Speedo, Phat, Spice (m), Bliss, Mamba (m), Nomad (l), gride (l), Rpm, Z.one (l), Whipit, Salto evo, Bazooka (m), Blowfish, Remix79(welded), Charger(welded), Raptor, Overflow. H2 (m), Shiva (l)
Kayak Fleet available in India
Gus, Hoss, Little Joe, Karnali, Phat, Burn(m), Whiplash, Jefe
Kayak Fleet available in UK
Diablo, Salto, Karma, Bazooka
Darren has been asked many times to run one of his ‘fear’ workshops down south. So here it is. Places are limited. Email email@example.com to secure a place.
LOCATION – RIVER DART: FULL DAY
SAT 7TH DEC 2013
COST PER PERSON £75
The river doesn’t care about the kayak we ride in, it doesn’t even care about the experience we have, so we must care. We must understand our own experience and how we interact with the river that forms our experience.
Perhaps this is how we can control our understanding of fear and our projections in the flow from the times where we put over selves in the place of fear.
How many times have we, ourselves, witnessed a mini drama, a crisis of thought or a greater crisis only to emerge from the pool fresh and in the ‘now’.
This is land and water based. The day will offer a holistic approach to the moment and the truth we can find in each stroke, each drop of water and each breath. This requires an open mind. We will not be thinking about stroke analysis, its not about that, its about how our unconscious works.
Is it for me? You’re paddling with peers but have mind games and doubt on some features. Perhaps you want to start pushing your grades, know your have the skills but lack confidence. The day will use methods from NLP, Auto Suggestion, Crisis Intervention Therapy and Meditation.
We are super excited to be running expeditions for our guests to the mighty Dudh Kosi, the River from Everest.
This excerpt is from RIDING THE TEARS OF EVEREST (1st Edition).
Classed as one of the best multi-day trips anywhere in Nepal if not the world was finish enough as it flowed ever onwards
Since breakfast we have been awaiting this moment. Waved off by the villagers whose hospitality had been unsurpassed. The curried eggs and rice had been a fitting last meal on the river. Evident relief on our faces as our teeth tried to push forward through the long growing beards forcing out a smile. Hope sparkled in our eyes and a relaxed dialogue flowed like the river. In the heat of the morning I had put my waterproof dry top in the back of my boat. Sandwiched under my camera and next to my bag of rescue rope it offered a comfortable backrest if nothing else. I only wore a pair of shorts that were well past new and a smelly thermal top. I no longer wore my T-shirt as I feared that all the dirt and debris was forming its own eco-system. When worn on such a hot day I could feel that the red rash of prickly heat would run down my spine. The thermal was just more comfortable. With the relaxed attire I was pleased that the river held no major rapids, no surprises.
A few quick strokes and the kayak, that had been my beast of burden, turned towards the bank just before the river of Everest ended its path. Grounding my boat on the rocky shore was a relief I jump out of the seat. I knew that this journey is not the true finish of the trip but the Dudh Kosi mingled with the drainage of the Sun Kosi on its way to India.
This month The Paddler ezine issue 12 – has a multi page interview with Pure Land Expeditions owner Darren Clarkson-King
It seems so long along that Darren did his amazing Everest descent (the article will appear in the ezine next month) and longer still that he paddled from K2, although this doesn’t mean that he as been quiet, oh no. His kayaking life is about more, much more than this. His passion for adventure and wild rivers still fuels Pure Land Expeditions and underpins the guide ethos – think, feel, do. All water offers us places to grow and develop – its not about the river, or the boat you ride.
To find out how one of the most recognizable characters in paddle sports inspires, motivates and thinks click the links, enjoy.