Kaligandaki River rafting
60 rapids in 60 minutes… need we say any more, welcome to Kaligandaki River Rafting! 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, the Kaligandaki 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.
Kaligandaki river rafting is perfect for all as you need no previous experience. One of the most fun medium length rivers you can do in Nepal.
The Kaligandaki 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.
III / IV
2 nights 3 days
7am, Hotel Crown, Lakeside, Pokhara. 3 hour drive to the put in
To: Mirmi (the Dam)
Volume in November : 117cms (4100 cfs)
Oct – Dec or March – June
US$1250 / GB£190 per person
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”
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.
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.
- Sun cream
- Shorts or cropped trousers and T-shirt you don’t mind getting wet
- Clothes for traveling in before and after the trip
- Sun glasses with sports strap
- Capped hat if you wish
- Teva style sandals or trainers
- Warm fleece for after the trip
- Camera (can be stored in our dry bags/box whilst rafting)
- Small amount of money for snacks and treats if you wish
- Water bottle
- Personal medication
- Sleeping bag and mattress (if you do not have, please ask and we can provide for you free of charge)
- Dry clothes for the evening(s). Make sure you bring warm clothes with you as the night times can get cold, especially in the winter months.
- Warm hat, gloves and scarf for the winter months
- Pajamas (Thermal Pajamas are recommended in the winter months)
- Small wash kit – biodegradable products are preferred if you have them
- Book, deck of cards or small travel games
- Personal medication (please let us know of any pre-existing medical conditions before participating in any whitewater trip)
- A small amount of money for treats here and there
- Photocopy of your passport & visa