An absolute gem of a value for money and time whitewater adventure that will get your heart pounding with rapids like ‘Big Brother’ and get your visual senses reeling with the sheer beauty of the scenery that this river passes through. Kaligandaki’s turquoise waters flow through the deepest gorge in the world. Rapids are big and plentiful enough to get your adrenaline racing. Night times are spent camping on riverside beaches with nearby villages to give you the chance to interact with villagers and experience the vibrant culture of Nepal.
Who’s it for?
The Kaligandaki River is for anyone who wants to have a bit of whitewater fun while on holiday in Nepal. For the kayaker, it’s a great intermediate river or a nice warm-up for longer expeditions. If you are short on time or just want to chill out after a long trek, then this river is ideal for you.
Trip Length: 03 Days
River Days: 03 (60km)
River Class: 4 to 4+
At its Best: Oct to Dec, Mar to Apr
Leaving sleepy Lakeside behind us, we head through the early morning out onto the highway for the three-hour bus trip to the River. We stop at Beni where we have lunch and ready the rafts and gear. The trip kicks off with two heart-pounding rapids- ‘Big Brother’ shortly followed by ‘Little Brother’. Two more hours of rafting take us down to the riverside camp for the night.
The river narrows and enters a deep sided gorge, hillsides are terraced with rice fields and dotted with tiny villages, through rapids are plentiful on this section of the river so it pays to keep your eyes on what lies ahead and a firm grip on your paddle. There is plenty of time to relax though, and we can play games and enjoy lunch before heading on to our evening camp.
The river peters out after an hour or so as we near the dam, giving us time to chill out and reflect on a splendid river and the many highlights. At the dam, we take out the river and have lunch before boarding the bus for the four-hour drive back to Pokhara and a well earned cold drink.