Kaligandaki River Rafting

Take on one of Nepal's all-around best whitewater journeys as you raft the Kaligandaki River, from Pokhara. 3 days.

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Kaligandaki River Rafting

Take on one of Nepal's all-around best whitewater journeys as you raft the Kaligandaki River, from Pokhara. 3 days.

Kaligandaki River Rafting is not only thrilling and adrenaline-fuelled but rich in mountain scenery and jungle wildlife. Famous for its 60 rapids in 60 minutes of rafting and cascading warm waterfalls, the Kaligandaki certainly gives you value for your money. When you’re not hitting the rapids, this trip also gives you the chance to relax on the pristine sandy white beaches and experience Nepal’s culture. So, what’s included?

  • 3 days of rafting along the Kaligandaki River
  • 2 nights of accommodation in the riverside camp
  • Local, qualified, English-speaking guide
  • All equipment
  • All meals (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Transfers to/from Kathmandu (excluding flights)
  • Porters
  • River Permits
  • Official trip photos

Perfect for: Class III+ / IV rapids. Perfect for first-time rafters, and one the most fun stretches in Nepal.

What to Expect

Day 1:

Your guide will pick you up from the Pokhara lakeside and take you into the lower foothills before dropping down into the Kaligandaki River Valley. This route gives some fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. You will have a refreshment break before heading to the trekking hub of Beni.

Once you’ve had some lunch, your team will be given a safety briefing and receive all of the equipment for your journey. Then you’re off!

The trip hits the ground running with ‘Big Brother’ - the biggest rapid you’ll experience this trip - before heading on to ‘Rafters Refund’ in the heart of whitewater Nepal country.

Once you reach the campsite for the first night, you will spend the evening by the campfire with a meal prepared by your guides. Relax and enjoy an early night before a full day of rapids tomorrow.

Day 2:

Wake up on the riverside to the peaceful sound of water and a hot tea or coffee. Once you’ve packed up the tents and enjoyed a hearty breakfast, you will head off for another action packed day of rapid rafting.

By lunch time, you’ll be ready to relax on the beach and play in the shallow waters before heading onto the camping area. Enjoy another riverside campfire, local dinner and an early night.

Day 3:

Your last day will consist of a pleasant morning of river rapids and gentle padding in the waters before reaching a dam. Here, your guide will set up some games and you can try your hand at kayaking.

Around mid-morning, after you’ve had enough time playing on the waters, you will reach the take-out point just below the Seti Beni. Here, jump back into the bus and your guide will take you back to Pokhara.

Accommodation

You will be camping on white sand beaches on the riverside each night. Your host will provide all camping equipment including toilet tents, shelters, mattresses, sleeping bags, tarps and personal tents. These will all be included for no additional charge, but if you would rather bring your own gear, feel free!

There will be no electricity or wifi along the route, so solar charges are recommended to keep your camera batteries charged. You can, however, get mobile signal for the majority of the trip.

Your raft guides are magicians with gas stoves and open fires, so you will be pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of food. You can expect cooked breakfasts, salads, pastas, Dal Bhat (the local speciality), steaks, lasagna, curries and more!

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Location

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The Kaligandaki River starts in the Tibetan Plateau and carves one of the deepest gorges in the world between Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Mountains. The river offers exciting rapids, amazing mountain scenery, waterfalls, white sandy beaches and a jungle rich in wildlife. It is widely considered one of the best all-around rafting trips in Nepal.

Kathmandu is famed for its World Heritage sights with include of the holiest Hindu temples and one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Despite the 2015 earthquake which brought devastation to parts of the city, the heart of Kathmandu is as intoxicating and exciting as ever.

Start point?
Your rafting adventure will start in Pokhara at 7am at the Hotel Crown. From here, you will be driven to Maldunga. (3 hours).

Finish point?
The trip will end in Mirmi. From here, your guide can drive you on to Pokhara (5-hour drive).

Getting there and away?
Fly into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. Book whichever flight suits you best.

From Kathmandu, you’ll need to make your way to Pokhara. Your host can assist you to make one of the following arrangements:

Your host will contact before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Visas, insurance, travel documents
  • Personal insurance
  • Additional snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guides (optional)

You can usually expect 2 rafts on most trips (6-8 people on each), however if you are looking to visit us with a large group, we can offer the option of booking you a private trip.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

The Kaligandaki is a friendly river for intermediate kayakers but also fun for the experienced kayaker who will feel completely at home in the many holes and surf waves that abound in the river. One or two Class IV that can be portaged if necessary. You will need to possess a moderate level of fitness as you can expect to spend around 6 hours a day paddling, depending on the season.

The trips have a large variety of food. For lunch, you can choose from foods such as pasta, salads, tuna, baked beans, cheeses, salami, biscuits, crisps, bread, fried rice and fruit. In the evenings, dinner can include garlic bread, french fries, Dal Bhat, chicken curry, mashed potato, Buffalo steak, chilli, Bolognese, custard, rice pudding, fruit salad, popcorn and prawn crackers.

There are also have lighter bites such as biscuits and bananas held in dry bags on the rafts for river time snacks.

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

The summer and autumn are the high water seasons and during this time, the whitewater rafting is much more exciting and challenging. The June to August weather is hot and humid whereas by September to November, the weather will become milder.

During the dry season (December to May), the rapids pack a lot less punch than at high water times. This is not only the best time to learn to whitewater kayak, but you can make the most of the lower water with more rafting games, tubing and cliff jumps.

Your host will provide all the necessary equipment for rafting including PFD’s, helmets, dry tops, throw bags, dry bags, pelican boxes, wetsuits, paddles - all at international standards and regularly checked

Your guide suggests that you bring:

  • Swimsuit
  • Sun cream
  • Shorts or cropped trousers and T-shirt you don’t mind getting wet
  • Clothes for travelling in
  • Sun glasses with sports strap
  • Capped hat
  • Teva style sandals or trainers
  • Warm fleece
  • Socks
  • Camera
  • Small amount of money for snacks and treats if you wish
  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag and mattress (if you do not have, please ask and we can provide for you for free)
  • Dry clothes for the evening(s). Make sure you bring warm clothes with you as the night times can get cold, especially in the winter months.
  • Warm hat, gloves and scarf for the winter months
  • Pyjamas
  • Small wash kit - biodegradable products are preferred if you have them
  • Torch
  • Book, deck of cards or small travel games
  • Personal medication (please let us know of any pre-existing medical conditions before participating in any whitewater trip)

Our adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travellers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.


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