Kayakers Access Fund

Through kind donations of equipment and time we have been able to develop an access fund that supports the growth, at grass roots level, of kayakers across India, Nepal and Bhutan. Allowing access to skills, knowledge and resources at an international level. We are forever indebted to the Baird-Parker family, friends and colleagues at Canalside centre, UK. Whose faith and support in the early stages of developing the Access Fund was instrumental and is a lasting legacy.


To promote an international quality of training

To provide scholarship for kayakers to undertake international competition and training

To provide sustainable personal development

To work in promoting kayak sport across the Himalayas

Kayakers Access Fund runs across India, Nepal and Bhutan

Kayakers Access Fund is a not for profit fund

How you can help

Donation of equipment

Donation of time

How Kayakers Access Fund is financed – we accept donations and all money from our hire fleet to tourist paddlers is returned to the fund.

To apply for a scholarship/financial place please email – info@purelandexpeditions.com



IRF – Zanskar

IMG_105010th Aug Zanskar Raft/Kayak – £1275

We are offering a full IRF course as a bolt on to our Zanskar trip for an additional £150 – amazing value. – £1425

Pure Land Expeditons International Rafting Federation Guide Workshop Zanskar river India 2015
We will be adapting our standard Zanskar descent to included.
Introductions Registration & Paperwork.
The IRF guide & safety craft award scheme.
Personal & Customer equipment.
Safety talks raft & Safety craft.
On the water guide personal rafting & kayaking techniques. Paddling commands, reading the water , Rapid running, scouting, ferry glides, eddy in/out crew communication.
Evening land based rope work basic knot tying, Round turn 2 half hitches, Bowline, Water knot, clove hitch, Belay knot, Figure of 8 Family, sheet bend.
Safety talks continued.
On the water Am continuation of guiding skills.
Kayak based swimmer rescues.
On the water PM swimming and rescue skills using the speech, reach, row, throw, go principle.
Throw bag test.
Evening land based. Anchor tying, Progress capture techniques, Mechanical advantage workshop.
Scenario management.
2&4 point tethered rescues.
Tensioned diagonals.
Shallow water crossings.
Dealing with pinned rafts &kayaks.
Mechanical advantage test.
Moving over steep land.Trip leader assessments & scenarios.
Safety kayak carnage workshop.
Flip drills.
Written paper.

We will also have:

Trip leader assessments continued.
Extra training if needed.
Course close.

The main assessment areas for the week will include the following.
Must have an up to date logbook or experience letter.
First Aid certificate including cpr.
Must be able to deliver a full raft or safety craft safety talk.
Must be able to raft or kayak in a safe professional meaner on the chosen grade of water & be able to communicate with customers and fellow guides in a clear manner.
Must be able to complete a challenging swim on the chosen grade of water
Must complete a throwbag exercise.
Must be able to build a functioning 3;1 or 4;1 mechanical advantage system in 5 minutes using your own equipment.
Must be able to flip and re flip a raft as per the IRF flip drill in 2 minutes or less.
Must score more that 80% on the IRF written test.
Must pay the IRF admin fees.

All guides need to bring the following on the course.
PFD ideally a rescue PFD with a internal chest harness
Whitewater helmet
Flip line & caribeaners
Equipment needed to build a functioning 3;1 mechanical advantage system
Personal paddling clothing/wet/dry suit

The week will belong and intensive. We will be in the water lots. We will also have rest time, personal time in Leh and cultural tours if required. We will be tired & cold at times. But we will all learn so much from each other.


Day outline

10 Aug. Day 1 – Fly Delhi – Leh (3466m ; 11,370ft) not part of trip costs. Transfer/Overnight hotel.

Day 2 – Leh. Acclimatise and sightseeing. For the more energetic a visit to a few monasteries such as Shey, Thikse and Hemis will be arranged. Or choose to relax and walk into Leh town, to its exciting market and outdoor restaurants. Overnight Leh hotel. Course brief.

Day 3 – Drive Leh – Kargil (3201m ; 10500 ft ; 9-10 hrs). We drive from Leh to Mulbek – Kargil, through a spectacular moonscape. We drive over the Fotu La (14,000 ft),mountain pass and exit the Indus valley. Lamayuru monastery belonging to the ‘Red Hat’ sect is a highlight. Overnight Kargil hotel.

Day 4 – Drive Kargil – Rangdum (12,000ft). A spectacular drive past Panikar and Parkachik,with magnificent views of the Nun and Kun massifs (7000 metres),hanging glaciers and large meadows. We drive till Rangdum Gompa (12,000 ft). Camp overnight.

Day 5 – Drive Rangdum – Remala (3635m ; 11,925ft ; 6 hrs). We drive to Remala, which is the starting point for the rafting trip on the Stod river, a tributary of the Zanskar river. We drive over the Pensi La (14,500 ft), which enables grand views of the Zanskar peaks at the bottom of which is the Drung Durung glacier that feeds the Zanskar river, 40 km below, into which we flow trip the next day. Overnight tented camp.

Day 6 – Expedition begins at Remala. On the water until Karsha Gompa, near Padum. (3496m ; 11,466ft  We journey 30 km in 4-5 hrs which includes a break for lunch and hot beverages. We are surrounded by 6000 metre high peaks. River section today includes a Class II section, a good introduction for first timers as well as to the river in general. Settle into camp by afternoon, we can take an optional hike to Karsha Gompa.

Day 7 – After a late morning start, we raft from Karsha to Honyo / Pidmo (3361m ; 11,025 ft ; 3 hrs). This stretch is approximately 25 km with Class II and III rapids. Another easy day to get used to the river, the altitude and hone our paddling skills.

Day 8 – After packing camp, we raft 25 km to Nyerak (3286m ; 10,780ft ; 3 hrs) a Class III/IVsection. The gorge narrows in on the river – this indeed is a Grand Canyon in its own right. We stop for the day to pitch camp in a gorge below Nyerak village.

Day 9 – Rest day at Nyerak. Take a hike to Nyerak village or relax under the cool shade of the willows at our Campsite. Wash up at the campsite stream and enjoy the day off. Land rope work

Day 10 – Today is 35 km rafting section takes us from Nyerak to Lamaguru (3190m ; 10,465ft ; 5-6 hrs including scout and lunch) through the core of the Zanskar A classic white water day with continuous Class III/IV rapids, and a few Class IV rapids with bite, where the river squeezes between a gap of about 18ft. We stop for lunch near a huge waterfall and continue to camp at the confluence of Markha river with the Zanskar. Rock formations, spires and an amazing palette of colours add to the trip today. Camp.

Day 11 – We raft 40 kms of Class III/IV white water from Lamaguru to Nimu (3154m;10,345 ft ; 3-4 hrs) today. We raft past the village of Chilling and exciting rapids as the Zanskar plunges out of the canyon to meet with the Indus at Nimu. We end our trip at the confluence of the Zanskar with the Indus. Stay resort.

Day 12 – (bolt on Indus is possible) Final exam and hotel in Leh

Day 13 – Transfer to Leh airport. Fly Leh – Delhi.


Time to plan


Private dates, Day time, play time – £95, UK

14th Kali Sarda – £920, India/Nepal Border
20th Many Adventures, Trek, Raft, Explore – £1215, Nepal

30th Kali Sarda – £920, India/Nepal Border
23rd Running Rivers and Learning – Sun Kosi – £1225, Nepal
Private dates, Liquid Bliss India – £1400, India NOW £1100 for expedition starting 7th MARCH

NEW DATE 27th Many Adventures, Trek, Raft, Explore – £1215, Nepal

Private dates, Liquid Bliss India – £1400, India
Private dates, River deep mountain high – from £1100, Nepal

Private dates, In the realm of giants – £2400, Pakistan
Private dates, Liquid Bliss India – £1400, India

Private dates, Alps – £375, France
Private dates, (Until Oct) Fast bends and high passes – £1270, India

Private dates, Kerala, – £970, India
Private date, River deep mountain high, Monsoon Madness – £970, Nepal

3rd Zanskar – £1275, India
10th Zanskar – £1275, India
11th Tsarap Chu/Zanskar – £1375, India

Private dates, In the realm of giants – £2400, Pakistan

3rd River Gold – £995/£1025 –  It’s Darren’s 40th Birthday and he celebrates 15 years of Guiding in the Himalaya – We are offering a  special Sun Kosi River trip. Nepal £796/£820  for kayakers and rafters. Hotels, sightseeing in Kathmandu, all expedition food, international guides, and amazing fun. Message now.
10th Many Adventures, Trek, Raft, Explore – £1215, Nepal
25th Paradise Karnali – £1125/1325, Nepal
Private dates, In the realm of giants – £2400, Pakistan

Private dates, More than Gold – £1250/£1400, Nepal
3rd Zero to Hero – £1325, Nepal
3rd River deep mountain high, Multi River – £1200, Nepal

Private dates, Brahmaputra – £1800/£2000/£2200, India

India for 2015, why not?

Nepal season fully underway now and our plans are moving to India in the spring Mar-May of 2015. We have Multi River expedition based on the Ganga, the Alaknanda, Pindar and more rivers. This is lodge stay with international guides suitable for class 4 paddlers. We also have a great intermediate expedition with an amazing descent of Kali Sarda that borders India and Nepal. This is a full supported trip, raft support, sights in Delhi, amazing train ride all away from the stresses of modern life, a lesser traveled class 3 perfect. email info(at)purelandexpeditions.com more more data. With prices from £920 now is the chance of a lifetime.  shal place

Seasons Change



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.


kayak £1250

Rafter £1275

2015 DATES

3nd Aug  Zanskar Raft/Kayak

Private groups on request, dates during Aug, Min numbers 4


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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, Gods own country

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

Price tbc


Images c/o Malabar Festival and High team

North South Divide

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.


Daz, Andrea and the team.surf daz


Our season, our life


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.



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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.


nepal tuna


Oh and we also sell Waka kayaks.


We all look forward to seeing you soon.

All New, Who Knew?

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.