River rafting is one of the most popular adventure in Nepal. Named after “Kali” the goddess known for destroying the evil, the Kaligandaki is one of Nepal’s most holy rivers. The river originates form the Tibetan Plateau in Mustang, the Mighty Kali Gandaki plunges down through the snow-capped Himalayas, carving into one of the deepest gorges in the world between Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The Kali Gandaki passes through narrow gorges, alongside beautiful waterfalls and beautiful jungle and traditional Magar and Chhetri villages. With exciting white water currents, wonderful mountain views, local villages, suspension bridges, cool waterfalls, rich jungle corridor, deep gorges, and beautiful white sandy beaches, Kali Gandaki river rafting is one of the best all round river adventure in Nepal. After your exhilarating white water trip while Kali Gandaki river rafting, you have options either to drive or fly back to Kathmandu or to visit the Royal Chitwan National Park or again you can go for the trekking trip in the popular area of Annapurna region for few days.
It’s an hour drive from the hub nub of lakeside Pokhara after 6 hours stunning drive from Kathmandu and then evening at the camp of Modi Khola. At around 7 am, we drive to the put-in point. 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 rafting trip. First day we begin with plenty of class III rapids this is a warm up for the team, after couple of hours 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 whilst the others play volleyball or relax and take in the scenery.
Below the village of Purti Ghat, once the rafts are packed we start down the river for a day mixed with adrenaline, calm and spectacular scenery including views of Annapurna I and Himchuli. We will tackle many class III sections and the challenging class IV named REFUND. This section of river is abundant with vines and lush vegetation hanging from the cliff faces. Our campsite is below the village of Purti Ghat.
Almost immediately 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 confluences are 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. After the shirt-rafting trip it is time for the journey to end. You arrive in the Mirme where your bus will be waiting for you. We load up the gear and prepare for the bus journey back to Pokhara 105 km. for 5 hours driving.