River trip in Nepal is a wonderful way to explore and experience Nepal’s natural and ethnology and cultural heritage. Rivers here are regarded as goddesses, and are included in a number of Hindu and Buddhist religious rituals. Many can be witnessed during a raft adventure. Slopes adjoining the rivers often harbor dense vegetation and interesting wildlife. Several varieties of fish also abound. And rafting in Nepal is a great experience in it’s own right: the thrill of running white water rapids can be as exhilarating as reaching a mountain summit.
The major river systems– the Koshi, the Karnali and the Gandaki– belong to the first group. Rivers originating from the Mahabharat Range, which cut through Churia hills, come under the second group. These include the Bagmati, Kamala etc. The third group of rivers originate from the southern face of the Churia hills.
A Kali Gandaki river trip first requires either a flight or drive from Kathmandu to Baglung. A typical trip could begin at Modibeni, at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and the Modikhola. This expedition has everything, exciting rapids, sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, gorges, wildlife and a feeling of remoteness.
A beautiful unspoiled river with good white water, Kali Gandaki, is ideal for people wanting an exciting medium-length raft trip. It is also suitable for a self-sufficient kayak trip for intermediate and expert kayakers. We recommended combining this river expedition with a mountain trek beforehand. It’s also worth considering continuing down the lower Kali Gandaki. (Ramdi-Narayanghat) to Chitwan National Park. This may well be the best 5 day raft trip in the world.
Unload gear eat lunch and load rafts. Safety briefing – depart. After a brief warm we encounter 2 big class 4 rapids “little Brother” and “Big Brother”. After scouting the rapid’s safety kayaks will descend followed by the rafts. The confluence of the Modi Khola marks arrival at the evening campsite. Unload rafts one team prepares dinner whilst the others relax, take in the scenery or play volley ball.
Views of Annapurnna 1 and Himachuli are interspersed with continuous class III sections of river, culminating with the challenging class IV rapids, “Refund” and “Tombstone”. Lush vegetation and spectacular waterfalls cascade down cliff faces and lead us to camp at the village of Purti Ghat.
Upon reaching the holy village of Seti Beni team members have the opportunity to take photo’s of the Kali Gandaki’s biggest rapids and this sacred Hindu temple. Not long after this the journey comes to an end. Bus to Pokhara.
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