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!! There will be times when you will accidentally go for a swim! But don't fear, that's what our expert safety kayakers are there for. Our job is to make you feel as safe as possible whilst learning to kayak in Nepal.
Don't have time for the full four days trip? Don't worry, we can do just 1-3 days as well. However the four day course is designed for you to get the most out of your learn to kayak experience.
We run this trip on the Trisuli river from our private tented camp, which in our opinion, is the best place in Nepal to learn (did we mention we have a swimming pool!). There are plenty of sections of the river to chose from to run depending on your ability and it is a nice, wide, exciting, safe river to learn on. We also have a great 'lake' right at the front of our camp, which is the perfect place to take your first steps in to the world of whitewater kayaking. Because of this, we can tailor make the trips to your kayaking ability and take things as fast or as slow as needed.
See our detailed itinerary below.
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)
US$300 / GB£230 per person
(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, we will 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 just outside our camp, which is more like a lake than a river - perfect for beginners. We will spend time getting used to being in a kayak, how it feels and learning how to cross the river, building your confidence as we go.
Depending on how you get on here, if there is time, we will paddle 7km down the river to Manakamana. Here you will encounter some gentle wave trains and Grade II rapids.
You'll spend the evening enjoying a campfire at our camp. Traditional music and stories round the fire are on the menu for tonight!
We will spend the morning doing skills training and giving the eskimo roll a try on a flat section of the river or in our swimming pool. (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 practicing eddy-ing in and out. Evenings can be spent going on a hike to local villages, swimming in our pool, fishing, reading or just chilling at our beach camp.
Today we will put the skills you have learnt into practice. We will travel up the river this time and paddle from Fishing down to Chumlingtar encountering several Grade II/III rapids (Surprise is the biggest one we will tackle). There will also be time to practice your roll and general kayak skills including rope work and bracing. Finishing at camp 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 our camp, 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 to our boatstore.
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.