Kali Gandaki is another beautiful river of Nepal. Rafting in Kali Gandakihas been performed from a long time. This particular river has several names to call; Kali Gandaki in Nepal, Narayani in southern Nepal and Gandak in India. This river is large and strong enough to be highly recommended for high level of rafting and kayaking.
The deep gorges that this river passes through are the major attractions. It covers an area of 46,300 square kilometers in Nepal and is highly potential for producing a large amount of hydroelectricity. The river gets its birth in Nhumbine Glacier [6,268 m] of Mustang region in Nepal and makes its way through the southern descends of the country.
Kali Gandaki rafting is a spectacular kind of white water rafting which is highly admired by professional rafters all around the world. It speedily passes through the deep gorge situated between two of the eight thou-sander peaks; Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. White water rafting in Kali Gandaki has been gaining popularity since it was opened to get access in the year 1991. Rafting organizers allow this ultimate water sport for all levels of rafters from beginners to professionals. People from far away from different corners of the world come to Nepal in order to use and show their rafting skills. Along with being suitable for rafting and kayaking, the river is a holy one and is worshiped by the native Nepalese.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport [1,338m/4,389ft] and transfer to hotel to stay overnight
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni [927m/3,041ft] that takes about 3 – 4 hours. At around 7/8 am, we drive for around 3 – 4 hours to the put-in point near Beni. Throughout this drive we have stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks as well as the sacred Machapuchhre. Upon arrival, we start with class III rapids as warm up. Later on, you experience 2 big class IV rapids; Small brother and Big brother.
Day 03: Once the rafts are packed we start down the river for a day mixed with adrenaline calm and spectacular scenery including views of Annapurna 1 and Hiunchuli. We will tackle many class III sections and the challenging class IV named REFUND. This section of river is abundant with vines, wildlife and lush vegetation hanging from the cliff faces. Our campsite is below the village of Purtighat.
Day 04: Soon after being back on the water we reach the holy village of Seti Beni. Our bus will be waiting for us. We load up the gear and prepare for the bus journey back to Pokhara.
Day 05: Drive back to Kathmandu. Hotel overnight.
Day 06: Final departure.
I did a half-day Trisuli Rafting trip with this company “Gold Mountain Nepal Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd” on April-2015 & was very interesting. Round trip transportation from Kathmandu, a meals & guided rafting was managed by Mr Bishnu (MD of the company). The cost which was provided to me was also reasonable. The rafting guide focuses on safety and professionalism.
Leon Van Beugen,