Bren and Adrian headed out to Tibet earlier this year. Check out their first video instalment.
Mid-July we left towards Southern Asia and joined an international group of kayakers to go and explore the whitewater in Tibet. Being known as the roof of the world and containing the tallest mountains in the world left us to wonder what rivers must lie deep in the heart of the Himalayas.
There has been a lot of expeditioning going on in countries like Nepal or India, but there are still a lot of places, rivers, and countries which haven’t necessarily been on the list of kayaking expeditions. There have been a few trips to Tibet done by kayakers, the most famous one probably being Scott Lindgrens and Steve Fishers trip to the Tsang Po, but the eastern part still largely remains untouched, just waiting to be explored. So we followed the call and sent it to Tibet.
Although this buyers guide is directed at students in reality it will apply to anyone thinking about taking up the sport. Over the next few weeks many students will be starting Uni and will be looking at joining a club.
In most cases the Kayak/Canoe club in a university will be the best club to join. That can pretty much be guaranteed.
After spending quite a bit of time on the rivers of Nepal, India, Bhutan, Pakistan and Tibet, we asked Himalayan veteran Darren Clarkson-King for some of his top tips about kayaking in the area.
Top tips for kayaking in the Himalayas
No matter how much is planned expect things to change. Expect the bus to be delayed, the monsoon to have closed the road, your internal flight to be cancelled due to bad weather and a million more issues.