Kali Gandaki River Rafting

Grade: Star
Duration: 3 Days
Departure: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Kali Gandaki River “3-day Classic Wildness Journey”
This is one of the most well-known rivers in Nepal which has its origin in Mustang which is an enclave of Nepal jutting into Tibet on the other side of the Himalayas. Over here, the river winds through a flat, arid and open valley and cuts through one of the deepest gorges in the world between Dhaulagiri (81677 m ) to the west and Annapurna (8091 m ) to the east.

Merging with the Modi Khola, it heads south through an area till recently was a stranger to tourists. There are hardly any villages actually on the river itself and most of them are located on the higher terraced areas – some few hundred meters above. This river is named after Goddess Kali and holds great reverence among devotees. Besides offering delights for the avid bird-watcher, you can also spot mongoose, monkeys and even the elusive leopard.

Accessibility & Location
The trip begins and ends in Pokhara. After hearty early morning breakfast at the lakeside, you will be transferred by private transportation to the put-in point at Maldhunga of the Kali Gandaki River ( an approximate 3-hour drive ). After a 3 day, 55 km wilderness journey, the trip ends and we come to the take-out point of Mirmi. Lunch will be served to you there, cleaning up, load the gear and head back to Pokhara – a 5-hour drive. The Kali Gandaki river rafting trip can be ideally be combined with the Annapurna Region Trek before or after the trip depending on your preferences.

River Description
The Kali Gandaki is one of the oldest tributaries of the Gandaki river system in Mid-western Nepal. The river was born before the formation of the Himalayas some 70 million years ago; during this period the river was flowing from the marginal Himalayan range of the Tibetan plate to the Indian Ocean. When the Himalayan range rose, it cut the valley to form Annapurna ( 8091 m ) and Dhaulagiri ( 81677 m ) massif and gave birth to the formation of the deepest gorge in the world. The Kali Gandaki River Valley route is also considered to be the oldest trading route and the pilgrimage trail to the revered holy site of Muktinath.

The spectacular scenery combined with cascading waterfalls and challenging rapids lures many white water enthusiasts to this valley for an experience found nowhere else in the world. This river is perfect for medium length wilderness expeditions and a journey through excellent bird watching and wildlife.

Season/Months Difficulties/Grade Water volume
September – December iv Approx. 300 cumecs
January – May iv- Approx. 200 cumecs
June – August Iv+ Approx. 450 cumecs

Trip Preparation and pre-departure meeting

Before heading every outdoor trip we would like to request to our guests to be gathered at our office for pre-departure meeting as it is also prime concern to introduce with our team-Trip Leader, Guides, trip staffs and other guests, complete official formalities, discuss about the trip system, timetable and other important matters to make your happy journey successful.

Equipment and Services we provide for the trip

Best quality self-bailing inflatable raft, Whitewater safety helmet, modern plastic paddle, neoprene-wetsuit, PFD-life jacket, Dry top Jacket, Waterproof Container/Barrel for camera and valuables things, Dry bag, First-Aid Kits and Tents/mass fly sheet and sleeping mat, other necessary camping gear cooking utensils, hygienically prepared food and drinks.

Things you need to bring for the trip 

River wear gear: shorts- half pant, T-shirts (long sleep for sun protection), swimwear, Sun Cap/Glass/Cream, personal water bottle, a pair of river sandals.

For the campsite wear: Personal sleeping bag, lightweight shirts, Trouser/pant, undergarments socks, a towel, light shoe, Fleece type pullover, flashlight, personal toiletries, camera, reading and writing materials, medication recommended by your doctor.

Safety Issue

Nepaltours River Rafting team takes safety issues very seriously for every rafting trip and believe every happy outdoor trip is a safe one. Our team members have updated training courses – AR/CPR, Wildness First-Aid and Whitewater Rescue Technician conducted by Rescue 3 International. Besides in every trip also provides expert safety kayaker for rescue and make your rafting journey with us more comfortable and enjoyable.

Care of Environment

The care of the environment is our prime concern responsibility to protect the wildness resources of Nepal for future generation. We practice and follow minimum impact policies on our every outdoor journey- by using gas or kerosene as cooking fuel instead of local firewood. Moreover by disposing and cleaning both biodegradable and non-degradable properly from the campsite.

Name of River: Kali Gandaki River
Days at River : 3
Distance covered on River: 60 km / 37 miles Approx.
Difficulty: 4
Raft put in Point: Nayapul
Rafting End Point: Mirmi
Water Volume (Cumecs): 120
Ideal Season: Spring & Autumn


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