Rafting in the River Kali Gandaki

Rafting in the River Kali Gandaki

Named after the hindu goddess, Kali, incarnation of GoddessDurga, the Kali Gandaki belongs to yet another river system which is a runoff of a good number of mountain peaks in the Himalaya. Carving it's way between the gigantic peaks of Dhaulagiri and the majestic Annapurna, the river also weaves through the deepest george in the world. This is a medium length river and has rapids named Small Brother, Big Brother and Refund.

This is a 3-days trip combining the great white water and its turbulent rapids, amazing scenery, little old villages and along the ways are great viess of mountains. From the put-in point., through villages and canyons no raod crossing is encountered. interesting fossils are found underwater ad some hidden beneath the white sandy beach.

The thundering rapids, the incredible view of the Annapurna range and the huge gorges make this a unique experience. many temples and villages are visited along the way adding to the rafter's cultural experience. The rapids of Kali Gandaki.

being technical and continuous, keep
the rafters busy paddling through most of the day. The cultural exposure adds much  to this exciting trip.

The 3- Day Kali Gandaki Run.
Day l - NayaPul
Pokhara  can be reached by plane or by car taking thirty minutes or five  hours respectively. The journey to the river be.. gins early in the morning from Pokhara. The put-in point  is 40km away at Naya Pul and  the drive takes approximately 2 1/2 hours. Mule caravans can be seen coming  down   to  Pokhara and  the mountains views are spectacular. After a briefing and preparations,  everyone is on the boat. The first day's treat includes a series of Class III and Class IV rapids. Interesting  rock  formations  are  seen on the canyon walls as we paddle past. High above the river lie villages perched on hilltops.   Birding is a special feature on this trip and such specimens as Red shank, cormorants and kingfishers can be seen along the river. The day ends at the campsite.

Day 2 - Modi - Beni
Soon after breakfast the  second day's trip  begins and there are  more Class Ill and Class  IV  rapids  to maneuver, but as the day progresses, less of these are encountered  compared  to the previous day.  Going further down, the landscape  changes  gradually  and the  valleys become  wider.  There are more  temples  along  the way and villages mostly  inhabited  by Brahmins or Magars. Before the jungle corridor is entered, waterfalls are encountered that cascade  down  stalactite formations. The  night halt is on a remote beach.

Day 3 - Purtighat - Mirmi 
At the confluence of two rivers (the Modi  and Kali)  rests  the  village  of Modi  Beni. The  spot where two  rivers meet is considered a holy  site by Hindus and a massive  boulder here is recognized as an important shrine by the  locals.  Some  small  rapids are encountered here and are relatively easy.  The  valley  then widens, and the great gorge  is left behind. The river loses  its  ferocity and the surrounding hills  are  no longer steep. Back  in  civilization, farmers can be seen busy in their fields and children wave  from  a distance.  A lunch  stop here brings  an end to  this  marvelous three-dav river trip.  A change of route on the  way  back to  Pokhara makes  the journey more interesting as. the road leads through rising hills, farmland and  charming Gurung Villages.  This three-day river trip takes one through the most diverse cultures and landscapes.

(Source: Nepal Tourism Board)