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Kali Gandaki River Rafting - 08 Days

Kali Gandaki is the steepest river in Nepal.

Kali Gandaki is the steepest river in Nepal. Named after the ferocious Hindu Goddess, “Kali, this river is also perceived to be a sacred one. It originates from the Mustang glacier, and thunders all the way down to Muktinath, a Hindu/Buddhist pilgrimage site located between the Dhaulagiri & Annapurna Mountains. Akin to its very name that connotes ferocity, this river possesses astounding water current, and is probably the largest untapped white water potential in the world. There are many cremation sites and burial mounds by the river bank.

The Kali Gandaki Expedition is a sheer delightful invitation to all the rafters from novice to the most heroic adventurers. This rafting trip begins from the put-in site at Nayapul and concludes at Ramdighat, followed by a picturesque drive or a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The river trip wafts us to a steep canyon overhung with verdant foliage and punctuated by small waterfalls and side streams in counterpoint to rapids, providing Class III to IV+ swiftness. As we descend through the verdant rainforests, we witness unique wild lives, amazing ethno-cultural heritages, fascinating human settlements and of course a superb landscape. In a nutshell, this river trip not only satiates our quest for adventure but also intricately connects us with nature and culture.

 

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing (1400m)

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (830m/25min); half day sighseeing in Pokhara

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul; raft from Nayapul to Modi Dovan

Day 05: Raft from Modi Dovan to Mirmighat

Day 06: Raft from Mirmighat to Ramdighat; drive from Ramdighat to Pokhara airport and board on a flight back to Kathmandu

Day 07: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 08: Final departure

 

  Important  Snippets  

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Besides, the domestic flights in Nepal could be subjected to delays or cancellations owing to adverse weather conditions or technical glitches. It is worth mentioning that the flights cannot be operated in the condition where the visibility is less than 1600 meters. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.

The accompaniment of a skilled rafting guide shall ensure your safety. If you are not a confident swimmer or not so accustomed to water sport, we can provide you with the life jackets.


Kathmandu, the busy and flamboyant capital city of Nepal.Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by a representative from Marron Treks and then transferred to your hotel. At the hotel, you will be greeted with welcome drinks. We then have a quick pre-trip meeting where you will be briefed on the necessary formalities and your trip itinerary. To avoid the jetlag, you can spend the remaining half of the day, resting. Or if lying flat is too unbecoming for you, stroll around the nearby places just to get the feel of what this city is like. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.
 

 

Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing (1400m)Pashupatinath Temple, the most revered Hindu shrine located in Kathmandu, Nepal.
After breakfast, hop in to our transport vehicle and head off for a guided tour to the renowned historical and cultural landmarks of Kathmandu. You will be visiting the sites like- Pashupatinath Temple (the most revered Hindu shrine), Kathmandu (Basantapur) Durbar Square and the Boudhanath (the Maha Stupa). All these sites have been listed in the UNESCO world cultural heritage list. After the entertaining and informative tour, we drive back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.

 

 

Begnas Lake is a freshwater lake in Kaski district of Nepal located south-east of Pokhara city.Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (830m/25min); half day sighseeing in Pokhara

After breakfast, you will be driven to the domestic wing of the Kathmandu airport. We board on short scenic flight to Pokhara.The 25 minutes on board is tantamount to a scenic extravaganza, offering us some of the most incredible views of the verdant landscapes and jaw dropping Himalayan panorama. Once at Pokhara, you will be transferred to your designated hotel where you can relax for some time.
Pokhara happens to be one of the best holiday destinations of Nepal. The city is literally blessed with uncommon natural beauty, splendid mountainous backdrop and a chain of mesmerizing lakes. So, to make the most of our stay in this famed tourist hotspot, we head on for a drive around the city, taking a sneak peek on the popular landmarks here, viz. Barahi Temple, Mahendra Cave, Davis Falls, Rupa, Fewa and Begnas lakes etc. Provided that the time permits, we can even sample a soothing boat ride  at the Fewa Lake. If you are one of those pub freaks, you can try out a funky bar in the evening. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara; breakfast included.
 

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (approx. 2 hrs' drive); raft from Nayapul Nayapul, the gateway to some of the major treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. to Modi Dovan

After an energizing breakfast at the hotel,  we drive to our rafting point at Nayapul. On reaching Nayapul, we clad ourselves in the rafting attires. The Kali Gandaki roars close to us, as if to invite us for the face off! We attend a security briefing from our rafting expert, after which the daring venture commences.
As we maneuver along the deepest gorge of the world with our professional river guide, a bumpy section of Class III rapids greets us. A natural showcase of deep-wooded canyons, warm waters, sparkling side creeks and spectacular glimpses of wildlife make our journey even more pulsating. With tired muscles but elevated spirits, we approach the Modi Dovan, our camping site for the night.  We savor a succulent dinner under the canopy of an open sky of sparkling stars. The camp fire lulls us while we contemplate over the next rafting day in the gorge section. Overnight at tent in Modi Dovan; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Paddling through Mirmighat during Kali Gandaki River Rafting in Nepal.Day 05: Raft from Modi Dovan to Mirmighat

As the river action kicks off, we constantly find ourselves paddling through the hooding majestic waves. Honestly, the faint-hearted ones are not going to find it enticing, but yes, the surreal vistas of snowcapped peaks, verdant forests and the glimpse of some exciting wildlives could obviously have a balming effect. The day's thrilling trip wraps up at Mirmighat. Overnight at tent in Mirmighat; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


 

 

Day 06: Raft from Mirmighat to Ramdighat; drive from Ramdighat to Pokhara Ramdighat, the concluding point of Kali Gandaki River rafting in Nepal.airport and board on a flight back to Kathmandu

On this last rafting day, we toil through the boulder-strewn white-waters at one time and calm pools, interspersed with frothing and pulse-quickening rapids at other. Eventually, after rafting for two hours, we arrive at Ramdighat, where our water fiesta concludes. From here, we drive to the Pokhara airport and board on a flight back to Kathmandu . You will be transferred to your designated hotel. You have an extra day at Kathmandu tomorrow, so you can spend the remaining time today as you please. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.
 


Thamel, a popular spot for souvenir shopping in Kathmandu, Nepal.Day 07: Free day in Kathmandu

Needless to say that rafting is a strenuous sport. So, we have allotted an extra day in Kathmandu, just to make sure that you are well rested and rejuvenated before your flight back home.This would be the day when you would probably want to indulge yourself in some souvenir shopping. Thamel is your hot spot for shopping. Hoard anything that strikes you, but make sure that you portray yourself as a shrewd customer, or else you might just get ripped off by one of the seemingly amiable storekeepers. Once you are done, get back to the hotel and do some packing.
We have the last bit of fun still in store for you. In the evening, Marron Treks will host a dinner program featuring a range of traditional Nepali cuisines and a live cultural show. Cut loose but sleep tight. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast and dinner included.
 

Day 08: Final departureTribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Unless you intend to extend your trip to try out some of our other adventurous offers, this would be your last day in Nepal. A representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, three hours prior to your flight schedule.
As you wave us good bye and enter the terminal block, you would perhaps recall your arrival at this place. No wonder everything seems so familiar now, because you had come here as tourist, but you are going back as a friend! Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your adventure companion in Nepal again! .

 

  • You have just been a part of this sizzling adventure. If you have the appetite for more, we gladly offer you an array of challenging and entertaining quests that catapult you to the diverse landscapes of Nepal, giving you a rare opportunity to witness the multifarious vegetation, jaw-dropping natural beauty,  serene turquoise lakes and luscious mountain vistas. Please click on "Nepal Trekking", pick your preferred trek package and give us the chance to add yet another dash of adventure to your life!!

  Important  Snippets  

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Besides, the domestic flights in Nepal could be subjected to delays or cancellations owing to adverse weather conditions or technical glitches. It is worth mentioning that the flights cannot be operated in the condition where the visibility is less than 1600 meters. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.

The accompaniment of a skilled rafting guide shall ensure your safety. If you are not a confident swimmer or not so accustomed to water sport, we can provide you with the life jackets.


Accommodation

During Kaligandaki River Rafting we opt you accommodate in 3 star or 5 star hotels like Hotel Royal Singhi (3 star),  Hotel Manaslu (3 star), Radisson (5 star), Yak & Yeti (5 star) or similar in Kathmandu city.

 

Personal Spending

You will not get many things around the river as no such items are available except cigratees, chocolates etc. Therefore it  will be better if you bring a few refreshments for your personal use.

 

Our Guides

Marron Treks has experienced and helpful guides who make your trip enjoyable as well as successful. To make our visitors journey fruitful, the team of Marron Treks has got the best Rafting guides who are white water professional, good helper during the emergency and give mush priority towards the safety of all.

 

Useful Tips

We need to have the heavy breakfast before heading towards the river.You have to paddle hard along with the other members. During rafting we are atleast for 4 hours on the water so it is necessary if you follow all the instruction given by the leader or guides.

  

Travel Insurance

Before starting your journey with Marron Treks it is advised that you arrange your travel insurance before leaving your homeland. The main thing is to make sure your insurance covers you for both medical and evacuation costs. In some places it is not necessary but it would be better if you have the travel insurance with you all the time. That would make your trip safe and hassle free.

 

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Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Applicable domestic airfare as per the itinerary.
  • Ground transportation as prescribed in the itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation costs in Kathmandu & Pokhara on "BB" basis as per the itinerary.
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city.
  • Accommodation cost during the rafting period on "full board" basis. Generally tents are set up on the beautiful milieu by riverside.
  • All applicable tourist entrance, monumental and local permit fees as deemed necessary for the tour.
  • Necessary high quality rafting equipments like-self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (on certain rivers), dry bag for gear, camera barrels.
  • Remunerations to rafting crew (guide, cook, helpers, etc.).
  • River permits fees.
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • Company’s t-shirt, cap and a day pack and duffle bag (provided as complimentary gears).
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by your accompanying guide).
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.

 

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and departure taxes.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner expenses incurred before or after the rafting period.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days costs US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days costs US $40 and $ 100 respectively. You will need a valid passport and 2 copies of your recent PP sized photos).
  • Tips to the guide, driver, kitchen staffs, helpers etc. (Tipping is expected).
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry etc.)
  • Cost of personal rafting gears (kindly refer to our equipment lists: http://www.marrontreks.com/itinerary/144/kali-gandaki-river-rafting-07-days.html#equipment-list ).
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the real course of the itinerary because of bad weather conditions, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies like (but not limited to) natural calamities, accidents, illness, thefts, damages etc.
  • Garbage deposit fees (refundable).
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the 'Cost Includes' section above.

White water rafting Equipment List

The suggestive list below only reflects the items that you have to bring on your own.  The actual rafting equipments will be rented and managed by Marron Treks. Generally, the items you are supposed to bring highly rely on the season and duration & toughness of the adventure you are pursuing.  Hope the list below provides you a general conception regarding the rafting accessories.

 

  • Essential Items

Wetsuit

Fleece jacket/sweater

Energy Bar for the river

Biodegradable soap

Windproof & water proof outerwear

Plastic bags to pack out dirty items

Life Jacket

Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)

Duffle Bag (provided as a complimentary gear from Marron Treks; you need not return it)

Head Torch/Flash Light

Hard shell water bottle

Loose pants

Shorts

Synthetic undergarments

Polypropylene / quick dry long shirts

Hand Towel

Sport Sandals

Running Shoes
 

  • Miscellaneous Bits

The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!

Toiletries

Quick-drying camp towel

Detergent powder/bar

Toilet paper

Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm

Pocket knife

Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)

Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter

Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms

Stuff sacks

Earplugs

Candlesticks
 

  • Medicaments

It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines. Generally, our guide carries the first aid kit with him, but it’s always better to have your own kit.

 Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)

 Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets

 Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)

 Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)

 Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)

 Assorted band-aids

 Small gauge pad

 Roll of adhesive tape

 Iodine tablets

 

  • Optional Carry

Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret as they might just come handy during the trip.

Water proof camera, memory card and battery charger

GPS unit Altimeters

Binoculars

Plastic bags for wet cloths

Books and magazines

Dry food/fruits

Departure Date

Generally, there are no fixed departure dates for the optional adventure like “White Water Rafting". If you intend to pursue the adventure on any specific date, please contact us directly and let us know about your preferred schedule. We will endeavor our level best to make sure that the adventure commences on the set date.





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