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Kayaking in Kali Gandaki River, Western Region, Nepal

River Grade:
III – IV+
Best Period :
October to December & March to May
The Kali Gandaki River is the principal river system in Nepal and the main tributary river of the great Ganges in India. The river springs from the Nhubine Glacier in Mustang Himal in an altitude of 6268 m/20564 ft. The Gandaki River crosses the Nepali land from Tibet to India throughout the imposing peaks of Annapurna and Dhawalagiri massifs, creating some of the best conditions for white water kayaking worldwide.

White water kayaking in Gandaki River is a lifetime experience. The great Gandaki, the most important river in Nepal, is navigable only in its lower parts. Throughout its journey, changes shape from very narrow and extremely steep to more wide and feasible carving gorges, pools and waterfalls. Close to its springs, stands the famous Kali Gandaki Gorge, considered to be the deepest in the world.

White water kayaking in Gandaki River is very demanding with many challenging moments, offering you a truly unique life experience. You can explore the river from different starting points. The most frequent ones are through Trisuli River, if you are based in Kathmandu, or from Nayapool Sadak point if you are based in Pokhara. The water temperature ranges, however it remains low.

The Kali Gandaki becomes wide and twisted, once it reaches the Nepali plains with strong rapids and the powerful mass of water of its waterfalls requires very good physical conditions and skillful handling. Going down the river the breathtaking panorama changes from the mountain to the hilly landscape until one reaches the Terai Land, nearby the Chitwan Natural Park close to the Indian borders. In return, suspension bridges, ancient temples and rural villages are the silent viewers of your efforts.

Kali Gandaki River is aged much more before Everest peak or Himalaya massif. Don’t forget to treat it with respect!

Relevant activites based in Nepal

Jalberi Canyon Day Trip, Nepal
/ Kathmandu, Nepal
 DURATION: 1 day

DEPARTS & RETURNS: Departs: 6.30am Thamel, Kathmandu. Arrangements can also be made from Pokhara or Chitwan on request. Returns: 1 hour drive to Chitwan, 3 hours to Pokhara or 4 to Kathmandu

WHERE: Jalberi Canyon

BEST SEASON: March-June or Middle of September- December. Not available during monsoon (July-Sept)

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The best DAY TRIP in Nepal. Abseiling down awesome waterfalls!!! Jalberi Canyon is the best canyoning spot in Nepal and the canyoning site is in a small village called Jalberi, offering great day trips from Kathmandu, Chitwan or Pokhara or a great addition to your kayaking or rafting trip on the Trisuli. No previous experience needed to join as we can teach you everything you need to know and have all the right equipment and expertise to keep you safe and show you a great time. All you need is good attitude and sense of adventure!

Trip departs from Kathmandu at 6.30am almost all year round (arrangements can be made from Pokhara or Chitwan on request and we take a short break during the monsoon months when the water is too high).

Once we get there, we will change at a small house at the bottom of the hill. There will be time for a quick cup of tea before a 20 min hike to the top where you will be greeted with a 100m waterfall, one of the most beautiful places in Nepal. Whilst your guides get all the equipment ready, you’ll have time for a photo opportunity under the epic waterfall or a quick dip in some of the natural pools. You will then be provided with a harness, life jacket and helmet and after a comprehensive safety briefing we’ll start teaching you how to climb and abseil and we are ready to go…

The trip starts with a jump into the canyon, it will get your heart beating right from the very beginning!
The largest waterfall we run is around 26 m. Sometimes we slide and sometimes we jump directly into the clear pools. After around 3 1/2 hours of adrenaline fueled fun we’ll stop for a picnic lunch in the canyon before we drive back to Kathmandu, Chitwan or Pokhara or if you prefer, come and spend a great night at our Trisuli River Camp, Gurung Valley. A trip definitely not to be missed!!!

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Trisuli River Rafting Day Trip, Nepal
/ Kathmandu, Nepal

CLASS: III / III+

DURATION: 1 day (2 days optional)

DEPARTS & RETURNS: Departs: Our office, Thamel, Kathmandu at 6.30am daily – Returns: Our office, Thamel, Kathmandu at 7pm (Pokhara on request).

FROM / TO: From: Chauraudi (3 hour drive from Kathmandu) To: Chumligtar (4 hour drive to Kathmandu or Pokhara)

VOLUME: Volume in November : 400cms (1400 cfs)

BEST SEASON: All year round!

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A great way to travel: Avoid spending 8 hours on the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Chitwan when you can raft half of it!
-Great for year-round rafting and kayaking
-Combined with other activities such as canyoning and camping
-Paddle through impressive gorges all whilst keeping an eye on the beautiful local wildlife

Trisuli River Rafting is one of Nepal’s most popular river trips, ideal for everyone, from the most experienced kayaker to the first time rafter. It is also our home as we have built our fixed riverside camp.

It’s an ideal year round river (even during monsoon) just a stones throw away from Kathmandu providing a pool drop style of big volume river. This rafting trip will quench the white water desire of travelers with limited time in Nepal.

This trip leaves plenty of time to play rafting games, do some cliff jumps, swim, chill out and soak up the surreal atmosphere of Nepal’s River life. It conveniently ends at our tented river side camp, Gurung Valley. Why not extend your trip and enjoy a night at our 1 million star hotel and soak up as much river life as you can! Get off the bus and on the river!
Join us for some monsoon rafting to see how fierce this river can really get!

Whitewater Rafting: No previous experience needed to join a rafting trip on the Trisuli. Great for the first timer and families.
Kayaking: A fantastic warm up river for those going on to the bigger rivers in Nepal. Plenty of small rapids and a few challenging ones. The river is ideal for first time kayakers wanting to learn a thing or two about whitewater.

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Rafting & Outdoor activities, Sagarmatha
/ Nepal, Sun Koshi River

Summer/Autumn 2017-2020

Asia/Oceania

October – NEPAL/BHUTAN

River Rafting Tour Class III / IV / V & outdoor experiences on Sun Koshi River.

Not an expedition. 30 Days – air travel not included.

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7500
Kayaking 4-Day Beginner Course, Trisuli River
/ Kathmandu, Nepal

DURATION: 4 days

DEPARTS & RETURNS: Departs: Our office, Thamel, Kathmandu at 6.30am daily – Returns: Our office, Thamel, Kathmandu at 7pm (Pokhara on request).

FROM / TO: Gurung Valley, riverside resort. We run a variety of sections of the river

BEST SEASON: September until June (not July and August due to monsoon high water)

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Itinerary: Depart Kathmandu at 6.30am and travel to 3 ½ hours to our camp. Once arriving, we will have a stop of lunch and get to know the staff. After you will be given your equipment and shown how to use it and after a briefing on land we hit the water. We will then spend the afternoon on a flat section of the river just outside the camp, which is more like a lake than a river – just perfect for beginners. We will spend time getting used to being in a kayak, how it feels and learning how to cross the river, building your confidence as we go.

Depending on how you improve, if there is time, we will paddle 7km down the river to Manakamana. Here you will encounter some gentle wave trains and Grade II rapids.

You’ll spend the evening enjoying a campfire at the camp. Stories round the fire and traditional music are on the menu for tonight!

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$ 300