Kali Gandaki River Rafting

Kali Gandaki River Rafting

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  • Starting PriceUS$ 300

  • Duration of Trips3 Days

  • Location: West Nepal

  • Type of Trip: Rafting

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  • Trip Grade:5

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Kali Gandaki River Rafting

The Kali Gandaki River begins its journey on the Tibetan plateau in Mustang and flows through the Himalayas, carving out the deepest gorge in the world between the two 8000m peaks, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. It was opened to commercial use in 1991 and offers a thrilling journey through challenging white water, unique cultures, and amazing beaches. When not negotiating rapids, rafters can spend their time under cascading waterfalls and enjoy the stunning views of the Annapurna ranges. Both experienced and novice rafters will love the Kali Gandaki River. It is one of the holiest rivers in Nepal and is dotted with cremation sites and above-ground burial mounds at every river junction.

A total of 105km can be covered in 3 days on the Kali Gandaki, offering excellent white water and magnificent mountain views of Annapurna South and Fishtail Peak (Machhapuchere), as well as deep gorges with intense rapids and wilderness.


Kali Gandaki River: meaning - 'The River of God' Annapurna Range (3 days)

Season Grading Water Volume
 September - December  4+  Approx. 550 cumecs
 January - May  4+  Approx. 200 cumecs
 June - August  High risk  Approx. 1000 cumecs


Day 01Transferred by private transportation to the Maldhunga of the Kali Gandaki River bank (appr. 3 hr.drive) apr. 60 km. / Overnight at tented camp

Day 02Grade 4 world class white water rapids rafting. You will have glances of amazing Annapurna ranges and Mt. Hiunchuli. / Overnight at tented camp

Day 03You will have some exciting rapid and soon you will be at last point of the trip at Mirme. After having lunch rive back to Pokhara / Overnight at Pokhara

Cost Details

Cost Includes

    • Transportation from / to Kathmandu by tourist bus as per itinerary.
    • All International standard rafting equipment as necessary (Such as self bailing rafts, helmets,
      life jackets, kayaks, plastic paddles and spray jackets etc.)
    • Well-trained and highly experienced rafting guides, cooks, and other helper staff.
    • Camping & Cooking equipment (tents, mattress & kitchen gear).
    • 3 times’ a day continental & Nepalese meals during the rafting period (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
    • Accommodation in 2 person capacity tent during the rafting
    • All staffs salary, insurance, meals etc.
    • All necessary fees, Government/Local taxes, all national park and conservation area fees. Tourist service charge,

Cost Excludes

    • Any type of personal expenditure such Alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone, and laundry.
    • Food & accommodation cost in case of any natural accident caused by weather.
    • Tips, Gratuities and other expenditure.
    • Rescue & insurance such as travel, cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation 


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What is Kali Gandaki River Rafting?
- Kali Gandaki River Rafting is an exciting adventure activity that involves navigating the Kali Gandaki River in Nepal on a raft. The Kali Gandaki River is one of the major rivers in Nepal, known for its scenic beauty, cultural significance, and thrilling white-water rapids.

Where is the Kali Gandaki River located?
- The Kali Gandaki River is located in Nepal, flowing through the Himalayas. It originates from the Tibetan plateau and flows southward through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, which is considered the deepest gorge in the world. The river passes through the Mustang region of Nepal before joining the Trishuli River.

How difficult is Kali Gandaki River Rafting?
- Kali Gandaki River Rafting offers a mix of moderate to challenging rapids, ranging from class III to class IV. The difficulty level may vary depending on the water levels and the specific section of the river being rafted. It is suitable for both experienced rafters and adventurous beginners who are looking for an exciting rafting experience.

What is the best time for Kali Gandaki River Rafting?
- The best time for Kali Gandaki River Rafting is during the dry seasons, which typically occur from October to November and March to May. During these months, the weather is generally pleasant, and the river has optimal water levels for rafting. It is recommended to check with local rafting operators for the most accurate information on river conditions and availability.

How long does a Kali Gandaki River Rafting trip usually take?
- The duration of a Kali Gandaki River Rafting trip can vary depending on the specific itinerary and package chosen. Typically, a standard Kali Gandaki River Rafting trip lasts for about 3 to 5 days. This includes transportation to the starting point, the rafting experience itself, camping along the riverbanks, and transportation back to the end point.

Is prior rafting experience required for Kali Gandaki River Rafting?
- Prior rafting experience is not mandatory for Kali Gandaki River Rafting, as there are sections suitable for beginners. However, it is recommended to have basic swimming skills and be physically fit. The difficulty level of the rapids may require some paddling strength and coordination. Professional rafting guides will provide safety instructions and guidance throughout the trip.

Are there age restrictions for Kali Gandaki River Rafting?
- Age restrictions may vary among different rafting operators, but generally, participants must be at least 14 years old to join Kali Gandaki River Rafting trips. Some operators may have higher age requirements or additional restrictions based on the difficulty of the rapids. It is important to check with the rafting operator in advance to ensure you meet the age and health requirements.

What safety measures are in place for Kali Gandaki River Rafting?
- Safety is a top priority during Kali Gandaki River Rafting. Professional rafting operators provide trained guides who are experienced in navigating the river and handling emergencies. They equip participants with safety gear such as life jackets and helmets. Before the rafting trip, participants receive safety briefings and instructions on paddling techniques and what to do in case of emergencies.

What should I bring for Kali Gandaki River Rafting?
- When going for Kali Gandaki River Rafting, it is recommended to bring the following items:

  • Quick-drying shorts or swimwear
  • T-shirt or rash guard
  • Water shoes or sandals with a strap
  • Sunscreen and sun hat
  • Sunglasses (with strap)
  • Personal medication, if required
  • Towel and a change of clothes for after the rafting trip

It is advisable to check with your rafting operator for a comprehensive list of recommended items to bring and any additional equipment they provide.

River Rafting Scale:

River Rafting is divided into five scales according to the international rafting standard.

Scale 1 : Simple & Very Easy: Trisuli river

Scale 2 : Slightly difficult: Seti and Marshyangdi river

Scale 3 : More difficult: Bhotekoshi and Sunkoshi river

Scale 4 : Very difficult: Kali Gandaki

Scale 5 : Extremely difficult: Karnali.

Major Rafting Rivers in Nepal:

Name of River Duration River Grade Starting Point Ending Poing
Trisuli 01-02 Days 3+ Baireni Simaltar
Bhote Kosi 02 Days 5+ Barbise Dam
Kali Gandaki 05 Days 4+ Baglung Mirmi
Seti 02 Days 3+ Damauli Gaighat
Sunkoshi 09 Days 5 Class Dolalghat Chataira
Karnali 10 Days 5 Class Sauli Bhen Bridge
Marshyangdi 04 Days 5+ Ngadi Bimal Nagar
Kali Gandaki River Rafting