Tons River Expedition


The largest tributary of river Yamuna, Tons originates from Bandarpunch mountain range on the border of Garhwal and Himachal Pradesh and joins the main artery below Kalsi near Dehradun. According to mythology Tons has its origin from the times of Ramayan and has been flowing from the unending tears of Shurpanakha ever since Lakshman chopped off her nose in anger. The Tons valley in Jaunsar Bawar region is one of the most intriguing places in the entire state of Uttarakhand. It also differs from rest of the region considering its culture and temples. The residents of this valley are believed to be descendants of the Kaurav clan from the epic Mahabharat and there are many temples dedicated to prominent Kaurav personalities such as Karna and Duryodhan who are worshiped as deities.

Considered as one of the most technical rivers in India the menacing Tons river has plenty of grade 3,4 ad 5 rapids separated by less than 100 meters of flat water. The upper river loses altitude at an average of 32 feet per km before it reaches a remarkable tilt falling at 78 feet per km over a stretch of 3 km. The technical nature of the river and the scenic surroundings make it one of the finest whitewater experiences possible in the world today.

Previous rafting and kayaking experience would help. This expedition requires a minimum of 6 committed rafters.

Region : Tons valley, Garhwal

Best season : Oct- Nov, Mar-May

Grade : 4, 5

Duration : 7 days

Min group

Price : On Request



Drive from Dehradun to our campsite by the Tons river in the Tons valley. With breaks for meals we arrive at the campsite well before it gets dark. Overnight stay in the camp by on the bank of Tons River.

After familiarization with paddling commands, paddling strokes and safety instructionswe begin rafting at Mori and end the trip at Khunigad. Reach the camp by afternoon and relax on the beach or go for a short hike in the pine forest. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Start the 60 km river run from Mori to Tiuni which will be covered in two days. we would encounter some grade 4 and many smaller rapids in this section. We raft till late afternoon and then pitch our camp or relax or take a walk in the forest. Dinner and overnight stay in the camp. 

The river picks up volume after its confluence with Pabbar river and provides terrific whitewater.  We now move into a beautiful gorge and paddle through some of the country’s best white-water till late afternoon and then camp by the river. Overnight stay in the camp.

We paddle through a black tropical canyon on our last day of the expedition which ends at Minus. Drive to Dehradun and board the train back to Delhi.

PS: The above is a suggested itinerary. You can tailor-make the itinerary to suit your interests and time in hand. 


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