Kali Gandaki River Rafting, Class 3-4

Kali Gandaki River Rafting, Class 3-4


Trip Type:
Nepal Rafting

3 days

Trip Starts:
Nayapul, 4 hrs drive from Pokhara

Trip Ends:
Mirme, 5 hrs return drive to Pokhara

Trip Over View

The Kali Gandaki River, named after the Hindu goddess Kali, is deservedly a popular and medium length river trip that combines exhilarating whitewater with fine scenery. Kaligandaki has its source in Mustang - a lost Tibetan Kingdom in the Trans Himalaya. 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.

Both experienced and novice rafters love this technical trip with continuous rapids keeping paddlers busy. Nowhere else is it possible to find such diversity on a 3-day Nepal rafting trip. Nice drops, sparkling chutes and turbulent rapids provide class III to IV+ runs during the fall and spring seasons.

After your exhilarating white water trip you have options either to drive or fly back to Kathmandu or to visit the Royal Chitwan National Park. However, if you have the urge for more adventure check out trekking trip in the popular area of Annapurna region for a few days.

Day 1: Upon arrival at the put in point

Day 2: Camp site Modi Khola to second day camp site below the village of Purti Ghat

Day 3: Purti Ghat to Mirme

Outline Itinerary


Transportation to the River

Pokhara is 200km from Kathmandu. It takes 6 hours by bus, 5 hours by private vehicle 35 minutes by flight. The journey from Pokhara to the put-in is amazing. The road initially follows the Seti River and rises up a winding road to the village of Naudanda where a magnificent view greets you from the north - the entire Annapurna massif. The road raises more before dropping into the Modi khola river valley which it then follows for several kilometers. At Kusma, the road turns northwest and begins the descent to the river.

On the River

Day 1: upon arrival at the put in point
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 our crews prepare dinner whilst the others play volleyball or relax and take in the scenery or walk around.

Day 2: Camp site Modi Khola to second day camp site 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.

Day 3: Purti Ghat to Mirme
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 short-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 - 105km after 5 hours driving.


    Safety and Equipment Issues
    Safety and security of all our clients is our prime concern. All our guides are licensed, trained in CPR, first aid and advanced river rescue techniques. All our equipment is world class, up to date and carefully maintained. We use Avon self-bailing rafts. We always use safety kayakers on every trip. We prepare all food with the utmost attention to hygiene.

    Before your trip, you will be invited to an orientation meeting in order to meet the rest of your paddling team, the guide(s) and safety kayakers. This meeting is an opportunity if you need to ask any questions that you may have and also discuss any personal requirements, such as a special diet or medical conditions that could affect your time with us. Upon arrival in put in point, there will again be a session of questions and answers. The captain briefs you about the trip of the day, river level, paddling tips and so on before you step into the boat.

    We have our own private transportation to take you to and from the river. When our own coach is not available then we provide a privately booked alternative. We provide plentiful, healthy and hygienically prepared food and drinks. Along with our high quality self-bailing rafts, we provide helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (during winter), lifejackets, dry bags, camera barrels, all necessary safety and medical equipment. 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.

    What to Bring
    In some ways it is best to bring as little as possible to the river. There are however, some essential personal items that you may need.

    • Light weight clothing that will dry quickly for example: shorts, t-shirt, swim wear for on the river.
    • And some warm clothing for the evenings including a fleece or a pullover.
    • Sunscreen and lip protector.
    • Sunglasses (with retaining device) and/or a cap.
    • Towel.
    • Toiletries (environmentally friendly is best!) and any personal medication.
    • Flashlight.
    • Footwear that will stay on in the river, ‘Tevas’ or tennis shoes are the best.

    You may also want to consider bringing:

    • Camera, spare film and batteries.
    • Walkman/Discman.
    • Spare glasses/contact lenses.
    • A book to read.
    • Your diary and a pen!
    • Snack treats/cigarettes.
    • A small amount of money.
    • A positive attitude!