Kali Gandaki River Rafting

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  • Duration 3 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Best Season All Season


  • The “best all-around river in Nepal”
  • Mountains, villages, temples, jungle, wildlife, suspension bridges, temples, gorges, and more!
  • Super fun, big and bouncy rapids with exciting wave trains
  • Beautiful remote beach camping

The Kali Gandaki river raises in Mustang an enclave of Nepal Poking into Tibet on the other side of the Himalayas here; it is a flat and braided river, flowing in an arid open valley. As it tumbles down between the majestic Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna ranges, it creates one of the world’s deepest gorges. The explorer Michael Peissel ran this stretch of the river in a small hovercraft in 1973 and at least two other groups have rafted and kayaked in this section.

A deservedly popular and medium length of river trip is combining exhilarating white water with fine scenery. One of the famous names of Himalayan Rivers, it is a flat and braided river, flowing in an arid open valley. As it tumbles down between the majestic Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna ranges, it creates one of the world’s deepest gorges.

During Kali Gandaki River Rafting all day we have to continue keeping paddlers busy against all technical rapids on the Kali Gandaki River Rafting. Both experienced and novice rafters love Kali Gandaki River Rafting. Nowhere else is it possible to find such diversity on a 3-day raft trip. Nice drops, sparkling chutes, and turbulent rapids provide class III to IV+ runs during the fall and spring seasons.

After your Adventurous Kali Gandaki River Rafting trip 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 the Annapurna region for a few days.


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    After 4 hours drive from Pokhara, we will reach Modi Khola where we will set up camp for the evening. 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. We will then have our lunch and then the guide will take you to the river starting point ready to begin your exciting 3 days rafting trip. On the first day we begin with plenty of class III rapids this is a warm-up for the team, after a 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.

      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 the 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 at 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.

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        Useful Info

        What we provide:

        Along with our high-quality self-bailing rafts, we provide helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits, lifejackets, and a 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.

        Classification of rivers:

        Maintaining the highest standard of safety and service, river trips have been classified in accordance with the status of water flow, rapids & remoteness.

        • CLASS I Easy: Small rapids, fast-moving water with riffles and small waves, few obstructions, minimal risk to swimmers, and the possibility of self-rescue.
        • CLASS II Novice: Gentle straightforward rapids with wide and clear channels and slight maneuvering required.
        • CLASS III Moderate: Exciting rapids with irregular waves and hazards, strong eddies, and current and skilled maneuvering required.
        • CLASS IV Very difficult: Raging Rapids, powerful maneuvering required, and turbulent water flow.
        • CLASS V Extremely difficult: Long and very violent rapids with several hazards, unavoidable waves, and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex demanding routes, a high degree of danger to swimmers, expertise, and reliable high-quality equipment required for safe passage.
        • CLASS VI Unruinable: Extremely difficult rapids, high chances of death and destruction of equipment, and very slim chances of rescue.

        Name and Class of River:

        • Trishuli II+ to IV 
        • Seti Karnali III to IV+ 
        • Seti III 
        • Bheri III+ 
        • Arun IV 
        • Sunkoshi IV+ 
        • Tamor IV to IV+ 
        • Kali Gandaki IV to V 
        • Karnali IV+ to V 
        • Marshyangdi IV+ to V 
        • Bhotekoshi V 
        • Tamakoshi V TO V+


        In Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, your safety precedes every other thing. Before you begin your white-water rafting, our professional rafting guide will thoroughly brief you about the necessary safety measure and rafting guidelines you need to follow, while you are on the river.

        As your safety is our utmost priority, we have made the rafting journey the safest. The rafting trip is piloted by a river guide professionally trained in emergency wilderness first aid and swift-water rescue. Rafters venture into a river trip with safety jackets, flotation devices, helmets, and river-friendly clothes. We use a high-quality inflatable rubber raft capable of giving extraordinary performance, agility, stability, and maneuverability. Our rafts can swift through the wildest and strongest of waves and guarantee a hundred percent safety.

        Best Month for Whitewater Rafting:

        The best time for rafting is from March to May and September to November. Temperature can get colder in January and February ranging from 7° to 20° C. For the rest of the month, the temperature remains a minimum of 18° to a maximum of 30° C. Monsoon rafting can be arranged on the Trishuli river.

        Clothing & equipment:

        You are required to bring some shirts, T-shirts, socks, a hat, suntan lotion, sunglasses with string, river shoes or flip-flops, a flashlight, personal medication, a couple of shorts and pants for the evening and morning, a sweater or a jacket.

        The company provides rafts (the number of rafts depends on the size of the group), safety devices, sleeping bags, mattress tents & kitchenettes.

        Rafting Guide:

        For rafting, we provide you with a professionally trained English-speaking rafting guide for your rafting journey. The guide provided to you is highly experienced and has thoroughly versed in the topography and nature of the river. The guides are professionally trained for swift water rescue and emergency wilderness first aid, so you don’t have to stress over your wellbeing. Our skilled guides are also able to read river features and move the boat in a way so that everybody stays safe and has fun.  With the excellent expertise and guidance of our guide, we assure you will have a great time doing white water rafting.  

        Cost of the Trip:

        The cost of each trip depends on the duration of the trip and group size, the higher the group size lower the cost. 
        The cost usually includes All full board camping service and transportation to the put-in point and back from the take-out point by private coach, all safety equipment, etc. 

        Cost does not include alcoholic beverages, personal clothing, expenses of personal nature, and insurance.

        A Typical Day on the River:

        Basically, we start our day with a briefing on the trip and the safety measures you need to adopt. After the briefing by the river guide is finished, the rafting journey begins. In a day we will raft for around 4 – 5 hours. After sometimes of rafting through the challenging rapids, we stop at the sandy beach for lunch. Finishing up with lunch, we will raft over water for an hour or two and end the rafting journey for the day. For a multi-day rafting journey, we set up the camp by the riverside.  Once we arrive at the camping site, we can wander around nearby locality or simply relax basking in the splendor of nature. Camping overnight by the riverside gives us time and opportunity to share our views, feeling, and experiences under an open sky of sparkling stars.

        Why Book With Us?

        • Best price
        • Best safety records
        • Easy payment processing
        • Customizable trips as per your needs
        • Departure for every booking
        • Best customer care
        • Specialized care and considerations
        • Easy cancellation conditions

        Booking Requirements

        Please provide us with your full credentials or a copy of your passport. Give your weight so that preplan your group’s trips for proper weight distribution. You may deposit 10 to 20 percent advance of the total package amount while booking. You may pay the rest of the amount before the trip. You can also pay us by card, bank transfer, or online. Please visit here for payment details.

        Cancellation Policy

        If you are unable to make your trip, let us know in advance. We will refund you as per our booking terms and conditions and available time frame. At times, there might be delays or cancellations of flights due to weather and unforeseeable reasons. In such cases, we will make our best effort to adjust your bookings and rearrange the schedule.

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