Named after the much-revered Goddess Kali and descending from the deepest gorge in Asia, this wonderful Kali Gandaki River Rafting (grade 3 to 4+) offers a mixture of amazing mountain views and pure adrenaline with a full fascination into the wilderness. Along the way you will encounter culture at its simplest. If you’re lucky, traditional Magar and Chetri villagers will venture down to the riverbank to witness your journey through the remote mountain wilderness of Nepal
Kali Gandaki River: meaning – ‘The River of God’ Annapurna Range (3 days)
|September – December||4+||Approx. 550 cumecs|
|January – May||4+||Approx. 200 cumecs|
|June – August||High risk||Approx. 1000 cumecs|
Location, Transportation and Timetable
Newbridge, (Kusma) the starting point for rafting on Kali Gandaki River is just 3 hours from Pokhara and is reached by private transport provided by Higher Limits Trek & Expedition Pvt.Ltd. Those departing from Kathmandu leave the morning before the trip, arriving in Pokhara mid afternoon. There is an orientation meeting early the same evening, providing you with an opportunity to ask any further questions you may have, to meet your member rafters, your guide and team. Overnight accommodation in Pokhara can be arranged on request. The 55km of Kali Gandaki river action takes 3 days. The return trip from the ‘Dam’ ending point of Kali Gandaki river trip to Pokhara is about four and half hour drive.
The beautiful scenery on this remote river makes Kali Gandaki River Rafting/kayakingi trip a favorite among those looking for a short to medium length trip. The Kali Gandaki passes through narrow gorges, alongside tumbling waterfalls and jungle, traditional Magar and Chetri villages, whose inhabitants often venture down to the riverside to meet the rafters with traditional ‘Namaste!’ There are excellent opportunities to see the Annapurna Mountain range and a diversity of wildlife and temples on River banks.
What we provide?
Along with our high quality self-bailing rafts, we provide helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits, lifejackets, and first aid kit. We provide plentiful, healthy and hygienically prepared food and drinks. Tents and sleeping mats are also provided. Sleeping bags can be supplied upon request.
All our equipment is of the highest quality, clean and well maintained.
What to bring?
Please bring with you shorts and a T-shirt or swimwear for on the river, suitable footwear for wearing in the raft, warm clothing for the evenings, a towel, sun block and your camera. A flashlight is also useful.
What you need to tell us
Please tell us if you are a non-swimmer, or not very confident in the water. Also it is important that you inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your well being on the trip.
Don’t forget to request vegetarian meals if required.
“Higher Limits Trek & Expedition Pvt.Ltd.” takes the safety of its customers very seriously. All our guides are licensed, with many years of experience on the rivers of Nepal. All are trained in CPR, First Aid and advanced river rescue techniques.