|The Tons is the largest tributary of the Yamuna and flows through Garhwal region in Uttarakhand, touching Himachal Pradesh. The Tons thrust is named after this river.
Its source lies in the 20,720 ft (6,316 meters) high Bandarpunch mountain, and is one of the most major perennial Indian Himalayan rivers. In fact, it carries more water than the Yamuna itself. The Tons river expedition provides the thrill of running a river that have grade 3-4 and even some grade 5 rapids. It is considered to be one of the most challenging white water rivers to run in the country and has a lot of adventure to offer.
The Tons valley is a remote area and has a culture unlike any other in the region. The villagers in the Tons valley are believed to be descendents of the Pandavas and Kauravas from the epic Mahabharata. It also has some uncommon traditions such as polygamy.
The Tons offers one of the more technical river expeditions in India and has plenty of rapids spaced together with flat water. We will spend the day on some of the most exciting white water, with rapids such as ‘On the Horns of the Tons’, ‘Tons Squeeze’, ‘Confluence’, ‘Tuni Bazaar’. The last stretch of rafting and kayaking will take us through the gorge and bring us to the ‘Major Surprise’, the biggest rapid on this trip. Late afternoons and nights can be spent relaxing and enjoying near the riverside camp. Our river expedition ends at Minus. This river expedition brings one closer to nature as well as gives an opportunity to discover a new side of ourselves.
- One of the more challenging river trip India has to offer.
- Walk through the beautiful pine forest, visit century old forest bungalows.
- Visit an ancient temple dedicated to the Pandavas & Kauravas.
- Scenic camping by the river. Interact and visit nomadic tribe settlements.
- White water rafting at its best
- Forest walks & Visit to nomadic settlements
- Temple visits
- Pristine camping
Arriving Dehradun by Shatabdi we drive to the Tons valley via Mussoorie. With breaks for meals we arrive at the campsite well before it gets dark. Set up camp for the night by the Tons River.
Wake up to the gurgling sound of the river, tempting to begin our river expedition. After a talk on safety as well as basic paddling instructions we begin rafting at Mori and end the day at Khunigad. Back to the camp by afternoon, we can choose to relax on the beach and watch the sunset, or go for a short hike into the Pine forest or visit an ancient temple. Dinner around the campfire is a great place to share experiences of the adventures of the day.
For the coming two days we are going to cross the 60 km river run in which we will cover a section from Mori to Tiuni. Here we encounter some grade 4 rapids and a lot of smaller ones, which are sure to get our adrenalin pumping. In the late afternoon we pitch camp, where we can trek into the beautiful alpines pastures or the pine forests. Dinner is buzzing with excitement over the next day of rafting and kayaking and your river guide will have plenty of stories to share. Set up camp for the night by the river.
At Tiuni, the river starts to pick up volume as the river Pabbar joins, providing more volume & terrific white water .After the thrill of the top and middle section of the river expedition we now move into a beautiful gorge. Paddle through some of the country’s best whitewater during the day and set up camp in the late afternoon to explore the surrounding area.
The last day on the river expedition, we will paddle down the river through a black tropical canyon. At Minus we finish our trip and are met by our vehicles to drive us to Dehradun, to board the train back to Delhi.
The above is a suggested itinerary. One can tailor-make the itinerary to suit one's interest and time in hand.