Kaligandaki

60 rapids in 60 minutes... need we say any more! The Kali Gandaki borrows it's name from the goddess Kali. Kali is considered the Divine Mother and at times can be destructive. She represents the natural forces of the lunar and solar currents and symbolizes a fear of death in the Hindu People. Though you need not fear death while paddling the Kali Gandaki, you will experience some wild and adrenaline pumping rapids that are going to make your heart race. The River itself tumbles down to the plains from the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, carving through one of the deepest canyons in the world. Along the rivers course, you will find cascading warm water waterfalls which are great for playing in.

If you have the time, this river trip is one of the 'must do things' in Nepal, giving you an awesome taste of white water thrills, Nepal’s nature and culture at its best, as well as allowing you the chance to relax and get to know your rafting team around the evening fire on the pristine sandy white beaches that dot the Rivers banks.

Rafting : Rafters need no previous experience. One of the most fun medium length rivers you can   do in Nepal.

Kayaking : This is a friendly river for intermediate kayakers and a super fun play river for the experienced kayaker who will feel completely at home exhausting themselves play boating in the many holes and surf waves that abound in the river. One or two Class IV that can be portaged if necessary.

TRIP DATES

ON REQUEST

Oct - Dec or of March - June

FAST FACTS

CLASS

DURATION

DEPARTS & RETURNS

FROM / TO

VOLUME

BEST SEASON

PRICE

MAP

III+ / IV

3 days

Departs : 7am, Hotel Crown, Lakeside, Pokhara. 3 hour drive to the put in. Returns : Hotel Crown, Lakeside, Pokhara. 5 hour drive back to Pokhara

From: Maldunga. To: Mirmi (the Dam.)

Oct - Dec or of March - June

Volume in November : 117cms (4100 cfs)

US$250 per person

Kaligandaki River Rafting

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Our journey begins early in the morning from lakeside Pokhara. The bus journey takes us out the north side of Pokhara and up into the lower foothills before dropping down to the Kaligandaki River valley. We will get some great mountain views along the way. After a brief stop for refreshments we head to the river side just below the trekking hub of Beni.
Once lunch has been eaten every one will be given a life jacket, helmet and paddle. We then head to the river for our safety briefing. Listen carefully for instruction and how to act upon the guides commands, not to falling out of the raft and having a good time. The first rapid of the day is 'Big Brother' the biggest and maddest of the trip, no time for a warm up! Followed by 'Rafters Refund', but by this time its already to late to turn back….Welcome to white water Nepal… The evening is spent camping on a sandy beach just below a village. We will have a camp fire, drift wood permitting and a well earned meal…..and did I hear some one say “Rum Punch”

DAY 2

Waking up to the peaceful sounds or river life is an amazing experience. Hot tea and coffee will be ready and waiting for you when you wake up. Its time now to pack up the tents and load our gear before a hearty breakfast to fill our bellies for the days rafting. We have an action packed day of rapids. Taking lunch on a sandy beach gives us all time to rest and play in the shallow water before we head on to our night time camping place.

DAY 3

We have a pleasant morning of playing in some waves on the river and a gentle paddle across the placid waters before the dam. A great time for playing games, having a go at kayaking or swimming. Around midmorning we will reach our take out point just below Seti Beni. We then jump in the bus and head back to Lakeside Pokhara.

TRIP INCLUDES

  • All staff, including highly qualified & licensed Guides and professional Safety Kayakers all fluent in English and holding up to date First Aid Qualifications.
  • All camping equipment including toilet tents, shelters, matresses, sleeping bags, tarps, personal tents etc. No additional charge for sleeping bag hire.
  • All meals and water whilst on the river. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and juice will also be provided. Read our FAQ to see what tasty treats we will serve you.
  • Transportation to and from the river by bus.
  • All equipment, including PFD's, helmets, dry tops, throw bags, dry bags, pelican boxes, wetsuits, paddles, etc all at international standards and regularly checked.
  • If you are kayaking with us, kayak hire is also included in the cost. See which kayaks we have here.
  • Porters.
  • River permits.
  • Gear Raft support.
  • Extensive medical kit.
  • Trip photos *make sure you bring a USB stick along with you.
  • NOT INCLUDED

  • Unrelated travel, visas, insurance, travel documents etc... Items of a personal nature (toiletries, personal medication, clothing, camers...)
  • Personal insurance
  • Alcohol and additional snacks.
  • Travel insurance. To travel with GRG's you are required to have adequate insurance for the activity you are participating in, we have the necessary insurance for our crew but you must have your own seperate policy)
  • Optional tips for guides.
  • CUSTOMER REVIEW

    Raj Lama, UK - " It's simply an amazing experience - good rapids, outdoor camping by the river, great guides, and amazing scenery. It's fun, safety is always prioritised by the guides, and it's not that physically demanding - just the right amount of activity and group chill out time to make it a really enjoyable experience. I'm already mentally planning another trip with this company in 2016 to Tamur!"