Kali Gandaki River expedition

kali Gandaki

The Kali Gandaki river is named after the Hindu Goddess “Kali”, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Kali Gandaki River begins its way high on the Tibetan Plateau of Mustang and crossed between gigantic Peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna. Kali Gandaki is a medium length river and flows down from High Himalaya and passed the deepest gorge in the world with its rapid. In 1991 Kali Gandaki was first introduced for commercial rafting from Nepal Government. During the three days of rafting, Kali Gandaki offers the challenging white rafter expedition, unique cultures, and incredible view of Annapurna, thundering rapids, old villages and amazing beaches including several waterfalls along the way. Interesting fossil is found under water and some hidden beneath of the white sandy beach. The rapids of Kali Gandaki being technical and continuous, keep the rafters busy paddling through most of the day.

Outline Itinerary:-

Day 01: Naya Pul
After a day Excursion in Pokhara, next morning we drive for around 40km away at Naya Pul and the drive takes 3hours. Mule caravans can be seen coming down to Pokhara and the mountain views are spectacular. After a briefing and the information session river expedition begins. First day rafting begin with Class III rapids this is a warm up of the team, after 15 minutes will be encountered with 2big class 4 rapids named Small Brother and Big Brother. Interesting rock formations, high above the river lie villages perched on hilltops. Birding is a special feature on this trip and such specimens are Red shank, cormorants and kingfishers can be seen along the river. The day ends at Modi Khola where crew member will set up camp. A camp fire and dinner will be served.

Day 02: Modi Beni
After breakfast the second day’s trip continuous and there are more class III and class IV rapids to maneuver, but as the day goes on, less of theses are encountered compared to the first day. Going further down, the landscape changes gradually and the valley becomes wider. Scenic beauty of spectacular views of Annapurna1 and Himchuli can be observed perfectly during the white water expedition. Several temples and villages mostly inhabited by Brahmins or Magras, waterfalls are encountering this day. This day ends at Putri Ghat with serving dinner at camp.

Day 03: PurtiGhat- Mirmi
After breakfast journey continues where we halt previous day. On the way of expedition two holy rivers (Modi and Kali) encountered, and the spot where two rivers meet is considered a holy site by Hindus and a massive boulder here is reconized as an important shrine by the local villagers. Capturing all the marvelous three day river expedition ends here. Loading all those equipments and gear, drive towards Pokhara. At evening sharing the feelings, experience and complete time for relaxing at Pokhara hotel.

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