Rafting in Kaligandaki River
After the confluence with Modi Khola the river swings south through an area where until recently tourists were rare. There are few villages actually on the river - most are located on the river terraces some hundreds of meters above. Kali Gandaki is named after the goddess Kali and is considered particularly a holy river. Alongside the river you have occasional encounter of mongoose, monkey, and signs of leopard and others with awesome bird watching opportunity.
Drive to the rafting put-in-point at Baglung, through wonderful views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks as well as the sacred Fishtail Mountain. Upon arrival and after lunch our professional guides give you a full safety briefing and later leading you straight in the grade 4 to 4+ rapid. The scenery is impressive with blue green water, high sided lush green valleys and amphitheaters of golden sandstone cliffs with eagles riding the updrafts. On the left, pass a fascinating temple and ghat at the river1s confluence with the Modi Khola. Tonight we camp at one of nature’s five star sites with mind blowing views and dancing waterfalls.
Today is continuous grade 3 to 4 world-class white water with rapids like Rafter’s Refund and our Breaker where wave trains and holes abound early so watch out if you don’t want to flip! Adrenalin junkies hold on tight but don’t forget to keep glancing back upstream to catch views of the amazing Annapurna’s. Once camped, the village of seti Beni is just a short walk upstream and guarantees to delight with its stone flagged lanes and curious youngsters skylarking.
As we continue downstream, the river cliffs narrow eerily above us and we enter a somber canyon glistening with wet black rocks. You experience what can only be seen from the water, so drink it all in as we drift towards our take out point. After lunch we take the four hour drive back to Pokhara.
Rafting permit, Land transportation, Rafting equipment, 3 times meal a day (Breakfast, Lunch, dinner), Two men Tents, Mattresses, dining tent, Table and seating chairs Sleeping bag, Life jacket, rafting guide and cook and cooking gears.
Personal expenses, Medicine, Helicopter rescue, air fare, insurance.
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