KALIGANDAKI RIVER RAFTING

Description:

The Kali begins its journey high on the Tibetan plateau in the kingdom of Mustang. Plunging its way down through the Himalayas, the river carves the deepest gorge in the world between the two 8000m peaks Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The Kali Gandaki was first opened to commercial use in 1991. The journey descends through challenging white water, unique cultures and amazing beaches. When not negotiating rapids, time on the river can be spent under cascading waterfalls and enjoying the backdrop of the Annapurna ranges. Both experienced and novice rafters will love it. Being one of the holiest rivers in Nepal, every river junction on the Kali Gandaki is dotted with cremation sites and above ground burial mounds.  As the trip begins and ends in Pokhara you need to get there one day before the trip.  There are few options depending on your budget and time schedule.  All of them are relatively easy to arrange and if you want your tour operator can assist you. Himalaya Family Adventure Organize Kali Gandaki River Rafting.

Trip Highlights:

Departure Point  Pokhara
River Start Point    Near Beni
River Finish Point     Mirmire
Outward Travel Time  5 Hours
River Grade       III - IV
Return Travel Time    5 Hrs.
Group Size         2-20 People

Itinerary:

Day 01: At around 7/8 am, we drive for around 3-4 hrs to the put-in point near Beni. Throughout this drive we have stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks as well as the sacred Machapuchare. Upon arrival, we unload all the equipment and you will receive a full safety briefing.  Have lunch and then the guide will take you to the river starting point ready to begin your exciting 3 days raft trip. First day we begin with some class III rapids this is a warm up for the team, after 10/15 minutes you will be encountering 2 big class 4 rapids i.e. ‘Small Brother’ and ‘Big Brother’. Your guide will be making you work hard at doing exercises to work as a team maneuvering the raft efficiently.  After scouting the rapid, the safety kayaks will go first then the raft. Soon after encountering these two big rapids we will reach the Modi Khola confluence where we will choose the beach for the evening campsite. We unload the rafts and one raft team prepares dinner and rum punch whilst the others play or relax and take in the scenery.

Day 02: Once the rafts are packed we start down the river for a day mixed with adrenaline calm and spectacular scenery including views of Annapurnna 1 and Himachuli. We will tackle many class III sections and the challenging class IV named REFUND. This section of river is abundant with vines, wildlife and lush vegetation hanging from the cliff faces. Our campsite is below the village of Purti Ghat.

Day 03: Soon after being back on the water we reach the holy village of Seti Beni. The river has deposited a house size boulder in the confluence with a smaller tributary. Since confluence is considered holy places in the Hindu religion, this boulder has become an important shrine to the local river people. There is usually a great audience to watch and listen to the spectacle as each team negotiates the rapid that has formed around this holy place.  Not long after this it is time for the journey to end. Our bus will be waiting for us. We load up the gear and prepare for the bus journey back to Pokhara.

Safety for Rafting

Of course when rafting especially during the high water, your safety is our main concern. Prior to going on the water, our guides will give you a complete safety talk and demonstration of how to deal with any situation that might occur whilst on the river. Of course you will be supplied with and required to wear a helmet and life jacket at all times. Our guides make the trip fun for you but at the same time they don’t take unnecessary risks. Though on some rivers we run high class rapids, they all within the limits of our guides. Our guides all highly qualified and experienced allowing them to give you the thrills of the river in safety. Of course there are occasions when accidents do happen, that’s why our guides have full first aid training and know how to handle such situations. Safety comes first in everything we do.

Cost includes

All rafting equipments with guide, full meals while you are on the river, round trip transportation by tourist vehicle and river permit, Meals, Western and continental food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during your rafting trip, River Permit, Necessary equipment as high quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits   (only during the winter) on certain rivers, 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, insurance for all staff and their transportation, Expedition elements include professional guides and leadership, First aid kid box.

Equipments

We basically follow the suggestions allocated by the lonely planet guide book providing you with high quality equipment such as a self bailing raft, American Cup life jackets, white water helmets, Carlisle paddles, advance rescue Kayaks, 100 percent water proof barrels, dry bags, first aid kit, two person tent, dry jacket, sleeping bags, mattress, and professional raft guide (well trained on emergency medical technical & River safety)

Food

We are always conscious of serving hygienic western/continental meals. Our chefs are Knowledgeable in Nepalese and international cuisines. The vegetables are iodine treated.

The Guide

All our guides are skilled outdoorsmen, superb chefs and great companions. Our guides are trained at international standards and have spent several years rowing for leading raft companies.

Necessary Items to Bring   

T-Shirt, Sun Hat/Cap, Sandal, Shocks, Warm Fleece Jacket, Warm Shirts, Good Sleeping Bag, Sun Block Cream, Special Medications, Long Trousers, Towel, Dry Shoes, Shorts, Sunglass, Water bottle, Swimsuit, Toiletries, Torchlight.

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