4 days Beginner Kayaking Course
This is our standard beginners kayaking course suitable for even those who have never been in a kayak before, or people wanting to brush up on their skills. In four days we will teach you all the basics of whitewater kayaking and leave you feeling confident on Grade II-III waters. Be warned though, if you are a beginner, you need a big sense of adventure and be up for a challenge!!
Departs : GRG Office, Thamel, Kathmandu at 6.30am. Returns : GRG Office, Thamel, Kathmandu.
Gurung Valley, our riverside resort. We run a variety of sections of the river
September until June (not July and August due to monsoon high water)
(This is just a suggested itinerary, as people learn at different paces and we will change the sections we paddle depending on your skills). Depart Kathmandu at 6,30am and travel to 3 ½ hours to our camp. Once we arrive there we will set the camp up and have a spot of lunch and get to know the staff. After you will be given your equipment and shown how to use it and given a briefing on land before we hit the water. We will then spend the afternoon on a flat section of the river getting used to being in a kayak and learning how to cross the river and hopefully build your confidence.
We will spend the morning doing skills training and giving the eskimo roll a try on a flat section of the river. (You will be spending quite a bit of time under water today, getting used to bailing out of your kayak, but don't panic we've got nice warm wetsuits to keep you comfortable!). After lunch we will paddle down 7km to Manakamana the cable car. We will attempt some small rapids and teach you how to read the river. Time will be spent practising eddy-ing in and out. Evenings can be spent going on a hike to local villages, fishing, reading or just chilling at our beach camp.
Today we will put the skills you have learnt into practice. We will paddle from Fishing down to Kuring Ghat encountering several Grade II/II+ rapids (Surprise, Butterfly and Bezuli are the biggest we will tackle). There will also be time to practice your roll and general kayak skills including rope work and bracing. Finishing at Kuring Ghat in time for dinner and a nice camp fire.
By the last day we have two options depening on your skills and confidence. For those of you that are speeding ahead we will take you to Chauraudi and you will paddle down to Fishling, taking on the big rapids this river has to offer including 'Ladies Delight' and 'Landslide'. If however you are not ready for this yet we will take you on the lower section of the river and paddle to Mugling.
If, like us, you become hooked on kayaking, additional days can be added or we can take you to another river to practice your newly acquired skills! If you don't have 4 days spare this trip can be shortened to fit your schedule.