Kali Gandaki River

Posted by Andy on Thursday, September 2, 2010

Named after the Hindu goddess of destruction, Kali, the river rises in Mustang, which is on the northern side of the Himalayan range.

As the Kali Gandaki tumbles down between the majestic Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna ranges, it forges one of the world’s deepest river canyons.
The recent damming of the lower portion of this river has left us with one of Nepal’s premier medium-length river journeys; combining great whitewater with some of the most beautiful scenery in Nepal, seldom-visited villages, abundant wildlife, sandy beaches and beautiful waterfalls.

The rapids on the Kali Gandaki are much more technical and continuous, which will keep paddlers busy all day. Both experienced and novice rafters love this diversity, which is difficult to find on any other 3-day trip
Nice drops, sparkling chutes and turbulent rapids provide class III to IV+ runs during the fall and spring seasons.

Feature rapids
Little Brother, Big Brother, Wake and Bake, Good Morning Cobra and Walk in the Dark.

Rafting dates
According to schedule – Spring: February to May, Fall: September to November

This rafting trip starts and ends in Pokhara.

Detailed itinerary

Day 01
After our drive to Nayapul, lunch is served at the river beach while our guides make the rafts ready. When lunch over, the chief river guide gives his safety briefing.

Ready yourself to paddle because the biggest rapid of this river, Small Brother, approaches with speed. Another challenging rapid, Big brother, follows immediately. After some grade III+ rapids you will be able to get off downstream and we will set up our camp. Enjoy the starry night and campfire.

Day 02
After a few minutes of rafting, you encounter the grade IV Morning Rapid before paddling down to the next camp facing other rapids. Enjoy panoramic views of the mountain and traditional country life in the world’s deepest river. At the end of this exhilarating day another excellent campsite will be at our disposal.

Day 03
Watch the Nepali landscape as you paddle on the huge waves and rapids until the approach to the dam at Mirmighat. Enjoy lunch here as the guides pack the equipment and drive back to Pokhara, some 4 hours distant.

The rafting program is – because of weather or unforeseen events – subject to change.

Services & costs included in price

  • All meals, transportation to the put in point and back from the take out point, all rafting equipment and accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Services & costs NOT included in price

    • Alcoholic beverages, personal expenses and insurance.