Kaligandaki River Rafting

  • Duration 3 Days
  • Trip Grade Challenging
  • Destination Nepal

Highlights

  • Rafting on exciting Kali Gandaki River an adventure of life-time experience
  • Lovely views on scenic floats facing dramatic landscapes of hills and valleys
  • Encounter world class rapids with enjoyable time bouncing on big exciting waves
  • Great adventure rafting in between rolling green hills and jungle corridor
  • Explore rural river side farm villages of great age-old heritage and cultures

‘Enjoy great adventure paddling through exciting rapids and bouncy waves’

The Kaligandaki River Rafting, located around Mid-West Nepal, which is a few hours’ drive from scenic city Pokhara to reach our rafting starting or ‘Put in Point’, Kali Gandaki River originates from the glaciers of Mustang Himal. The river turns and winds downstream from the Mustang area and through the world deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, in between Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna Himalayan range.

As the river flows downstream and eventually joins with Trisuli River to form a large and wide Narayani River at Dev Ghat within the district of Chitwan around low flat Gangetic plain of Terai belt.

Further downstream the river gets bigger with large water volume, as Mygdi and Modi River meets Kali Gandaki River fed from the glaciers of world 7th high Mt. Dhaulagiri and 10th high Mt. Annapurna to join at Kusma, a moderate size farming town.

After getting organized for three days splash, and gathering information on rafting paddling technique and safety procedures, float downstream to encounter Grade I, II to IV depending upon its water level and the time of the seasons.

This exciting white-water adventure leads to breathless challenging rapids, a delightful adventure for hardy adventurer as well for beginners, enjoying great adrenaline thrills rafting the Himalayan glacial rivers.

An interesting and exciting river for rafting as you paddle to conquer great big rapids named ‘Leopards Jump’ and ‘Devils Shake’, with many more exciting white water thrills as you float downstream.

Kali-Gandaki River, gaining much popularity over the years where rafting takes towards serene green environment and it has all the thrills, excitement plus a scenic view of the landscape, flora, and fauna.

It also includes various different species of birdlife with monkeys and other wild-life often spotted on these exciting rafting activities.

Besides its superb scenery on float one can enjoy and explore rural farm village life while rafting or at the end of the rafting, as you spend overnight in camping on sandy beaches with time for walks along the local villages.

Finally, rafting comes to an end in a place called Jungle Ghat near the village of Mirmi, where our vehicle will be at standby, after changing with warm dry clothes, and then exciting drive brings you back at Pokhara after a great thrill and adventure on Kali Gandaki River rafting.

Itinerary

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Meet early in the morning in Pokhara and drive by private vehicle to the put-in point of rafting adventure near the town of Kusma, at the confluence of Mygdi and Kali Gandaki Rivers.

Here our river guides will start unloading the bus and pumping up the rafts, and then get into rafting gear, as our Captain will brief you on full safety procedure.

Once the rafts are loaded (everything you need for three days has to come with us as there’s no road access!) and then set off for a wild white-water rafting adventure.

In the first place, you will be greeted with the two biggest rapids of the whole river! Big and Little Brother. These will certainly get your heart pumping!

After 4-5 hours on the river, then end the day for overnight on the shore with lovely sandy beach, where tented camp is set and enjoy the evening with super dinner cooked by our expert River guides and cook.

There will be opportunities to play football, relax, swim, and take in the surroundings. The camp is famous for its large statue of Lord Shiva that faces over our camping site, with ample time for dinner and some rafter's rum punch!

    Enjoy the morning with a hearty breakfast and then time for packing up and cleaning up the camp leaving no traces, except for your footprints. Time to reload the rafts before setting off!Then start the day paddling across the first rapid of the day, appropriately named ‘Good morning’, the splash will wake you up for the day ahead. There are many class III rapids to enjoy today. Stop halfway in the day to have lunch on the banks of the river, before tackling the next series of rapids. It’s then the same procedure as last night as you set up a temporary camp on the river banks for one more night under the stars. On a clear night possible to see the Milky Way from the campsite.

      On our final day of rafting adventure on Karnali River, after a good bellyful of breakfast, the camp will be packed up for the last final time.

      As you paddle through the last bouncy waves and rapids, before hitting a fairly long flat section to finish off the day. For those of you interested, you will be offered the chance to have a go in the kayaks if you wish.

      Here, deflate the raft after unloading, and then take a drive of near 5 hours to reach back at the Lakeside in Pokhara, where you can have a well-earned shower for the first time in three days! Enjoy the evening walk by the lakeside before group dinner, after a glorious adventure and experience on Kali Gandaki River Rafting.

        Kali Gandaki River Rafting, provided with standard Itinerary where days can be shorter or longer as per water volume on the river as per the season-wise, some designated ‘put in and ending point’ can differ, due to the current of a river according to different seasons and other conditions, etc…….

        We will follow the itinerary if it needs to be changed in case of weather, and difficulties going over rapids, might require more days especially in late autumn and winter times, where our leader and lead head guides decide holding full authority for Trekking Planner.

        Cost Details

        Includes

        • Pokhara to starting point (Kusma)/ending pint (Mirmi or further downstream) to Pokhara, of rafting by private vehicle/local bus
        • 02 nights/ 03 days rafting on full board, including 02 nights accommodation and meals (breakfast, Lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee
        • River Permit
        • Necessary equipment as high quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, dry bag for gear, camera barrels and all safety and medical equipment
        • Safety Kayak
        • Necessary Staffs (Guide, Helpers, Cook etc)
        • Tented accommodation in beautiful river beach with camp fire
        • Food, accommodation, insurance for all staff and their transportation
        • Expedition elements include professional guides and leadership
        • First add kid box
        • Trekking Planner inc’s sleeping bag, down jackets,Ti-shirt, Cap, duffle bags - if necessary
        • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
        • All applicable government and local taxes as per the itinerary

        Excludes

        • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
        • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
        • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
        • Mineral water, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages during the whole trip
        • Hotel accommodations & meals at if you stay anywhere at the hotel during whole trip
        • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
        • The Tips to the rafting crews and drive
        • Anything not included in service includes column

        Essential Info

        EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST
        Items for River

        • River sandals
        • Shorts or a swimming costumes
        • A baseball style cap, good sunglass and quality sunscreen

        Shells and nsulators :

        Windproof & water proof outerwear, jacket & pants (gortex or nylon) Fleece jacket/sweater (wool or synthetic only for the winter season)

        Clothes:

        Long sleeve t-shirt / turtlenecks (synthetic)
        Short sleeve t-shirts
        Several pairs of thick socks (wool or synthetic), with thin liners (synthetic)
        Light weight long underwear, top & bottom (polypropylene or "capilene")
        Wide brim hat (straw type beach hat or synthetic outdoors) to sunburn
        protection on face, ears, & neck , Underwear, etc

        Footwear:

        1-pair new - condition lightweight walking / running shoes, with textured soles.

        Other Items:

        • Quality sleeping bag & sleeping pad. For those who don't have they can rent it easily in Kathmandu or Pokhara
        • Light weight clothing as pants, shorts, cotton underwear, t-shirts, swim wear
        • Light weight long sleeved shirt or t-shirt and a fleece style jacket
        • Toiletries (environmentally friendly is best)
        • Flashlight with spare batteries & bulbs
        • A couple handkerchiefs
        • Pocket knife
        • Stuff sacks
        • Biodegradable soap
        • Hand towel
        • Feminine hygiene items, including plastic bags to pack out dirty items
        • Lighter / matches (for toilet paper and candles)
        • Spare eyeglass or contact lenses (Due to the ease of getting eye infections, care should be taken in using contacts. Disposable contacts lenses replaced frequently can lessen the risk of eye inflections
        • Hard shell water bottle; one 2-liter or two 1-liter bottles ("Nalgene" or Manmade Metal) that will not melt while adding hot boiled water
        • Emergency contact information
        • Personal medical kit.

        Climate and Weather:

        Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to the first week of June will be the best time during spring times, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours.

        Morning and night time as well in shade can be cold, other months from September and October great times for rafting, most days are clear for views of mountains and beautiful landscape scenery.

        Although much colder months of autumn season with extreme cold during morning and night time, where sunlight much shorter.

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