With 60 rapids over 60 kilometers the Kali Gandaki is a thrill a minute! Named after the goddess of destruction, Kali, this is Nepal’s most holy river. Rising in the mystical region of Mustang it drops off the roof of the world only to carve out the world’s deepest river gorge. As you roar through turbulent rapids, dodging huge boulders and sliding down glistening chutes into churning, frothy whirlpools, your adventure is set against the backdrop of the Annapurna range, its surreal snowcapped peaks suspended in view through 120 km’s of wilderness area and shadowy canyons of stone. As you pass isolated villages precariously clinging to terraced high above the river, you will hear the melodic calls of Namaste from the children. Locals and pilgrims alike worship Kali’s holy river, and at every confluence one can see the fire rings from many cremations. Pilgrims also make the journey to the Shiva temple at Rubra Beni and greet us as we float pass. On the last day we meet the largest rapids, providing a thrilling climax to the journey of a lifetime! There are no warm up days on this river, you are straight into the action with bumpy, fast, and medium level rapids challenging you at every turn. Both experienced and first time rafters will enjoy the exciting rapids of the Kali Gandaki. At high water the Kali Gandaki is a Grade 4 river built to remind you that you are alive!
With no warm up days you are straight into the action with this one. If you are short of time but still want a wilderness experience then this river is perfect for you.
Day 01: Drive to the rafting starting point at Baglung / some great views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks as well as the sacred Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Mountain / upon arrival unload gear / have lunch followed by a briefing on safety measures given by your rafting guide / after briefing it is straight in the grade 4 rapid followed quickly by an even bigger one / any doubts no time to think about them now it is grade 4 to 4+ all the way / on the left pass a fascinating temple and ghat at the river confluence with the Modi Khola / tonight we camp at same place which is one of nature’s gift to this world / alongside dancing waterfalls.
Day 02: Today is continuous grade 3 to 4 world-class white water / passing through beautiful scenery / catch views of the amazing Annapurna’s on the way / camp at the village of Seti Beni
Day 03: The last day of our trip / after breakfast continue rafting encountering few small and one big rapid before take out point Mirmi / after lunch we make the four hour drive back to Pokhara