Rafting at kaligandaki river in Nepal
|Kali Gandaki river Map|
The Kali Gandaki River is one of the major rivers of Nepal for rafting destination. The Kali River begins its journey high on the Tibetan plateau in the kingdom of Mustang border of Nepal and Tiber. The Kali Gandaki river flows southward through a steep gorge known as the Kali Gandaki Gorge (the deepest gorge in the world) or Andha Galchi, between the mountains Dhaulagiri (8167 m) to the west and Annapurna (8091 m) to the east. The river with total catchment area of 46,300 sq km is notable for the deep gorge through which it flows and for a large hydroelectric power in Nepal. The Kali Gandaki River Rafting was first opened to commercial use in 1991 since then adventure lover can enjoy through Rafting in Kali Gandaki River. The journey of Kali Gandaki River Rafting descends through challenging white water, unique cultures and amazing beaches. 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.
The Kali Gandaki is one of Nepal’s very best rivers for whitewater Adventure rafting.Rafting in Kali Gandaki River Rafting begins and ends in Pokhara you need to get there one day before the trip. Kali Gandaki River has some 60 rapids within 72 km of its distance. Over the rafting trip, you are forced to nominate yourself with rapids like ‘Little Brother’, ‘Big Brother’, ‘Rafters Refund’ , ‘walk in the Dark’ at the end of descends; all of them are quite enough to flip a raft. During our three days rafting trip at Kali Gandaki River mostly Grade III rapid-but sometimes really exhilarating grade Iv and Grade IV+- too. It is not necessary to have experience for doing Rafting on Kali Gandaki River, if you have healthy enthusiasm for adventure, don’t mind being wet for whole day, have a sense of humor then Kali Gandaki River rafting definitely will provide you a jolting, roller-coaster ride through a very big bathtub, an exhilarating tussle with natural force.
River Start Point…………..Near Beni
River Finish Point……………..Mirmere
River Grade……………..III – IV++
Duration: 02 Nights / 03 Days
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.
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
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.