This is the best mini rafting expedition on offer in Nepal. Leaving from the popular Lakeside town of Pokhara, this trip lets you get a taste of Nepal’s vibrant river culture.... 60 rapids in 60 seconds, need we say more?! If you're short on time, or just looking for a extension to your trek, this is the trip for you. 

 

Video of kayaking the Kali Gandaki (Video credit: Michael Cross)

Highlights

  • Travel through the worlds deepest gorge
  • The best medium length expedition in Nepal
  • Spend the evening on a stunning beach overlooked by a famous Shiva Statue


Overview

Duration 3 days

Grade (Class) III+ / V

Put in Malgunga
Take out Mirmi (the dam) 

Best season October to November, March to June


 Best season

Similar to the majority of the river trips in Nepal, this river is at it’s best just after the monsoon when the rivers are flowing high. It’s also a great time of year to see the majestic Himalayan mountains as the weather and waters are warm. The best months are October until December, closer followed by March to June. The river is still possible to run in Jan-March, however this is winter in Nepal so the temperatures drop considerably.   

Machapuchare (aka fishtail mountain) in the background
Evening scene on the banks of the river

Experienced required

No previous experience required for rafters. We have all the skills required to navigate you safely down the river and full instruction will be give at the beginning of the trip. For kayakers, you need to be a confident Grade III paddler.  

Accessing this river

This trip starts and ends from the popular lakeside town of Pokhara. The put in is just an hour and a half bus journey from Pokhara. We will provide a private vehicle to and from the river. The take out is a fiver hour drive back to Pokhara. Pick ups and drop offs can be arranged from your hotel in Lakeside Pokhara. 

Accommodation and meals

As with the majority of our river expeditions, the accommodation on this trip is under tented canvas. Welcome to our 5 million star hotel! We will provide you with tents, sleeping bags, mattresses and pillows, to try and make you as comfortable as you can be. There is something very special about camping out on the banks of a Himalayan river. Meals will be prepared fresh everyday. You can expect a variety of meals such as full cooked breakfast, pasta, steaks, salads, and Dal Bhat (traditional Nepali dinner()  

Itinerary 

Day 1

We meet early in the morning in Lakeside Pokhara and drive by private vehicle to the put in. After an hour and a half we will reach our destination. Your guides will start unloading the bus and pumping up the rafts. You will be given your equipment and given a full safety briefing. Once the rafts are loaded (everything we need for three days has to come with us as there’s no roads access!) it’s time to set off. After just ten minutes, we are greeted with the two biggest rapids of the whole river! Big and Little Brother. These will certainly get your heart pumping! After 4-5 hours on the river we will pull up to a beautiful sandy beach where we will make camp and start cooking dinner. There will be opportunities to play football, relax, swim and take in the surroundings. This camp is famous for its large statue of Shiva that watches over the camping site. And then it’s time for some rafters Rum punch! 

Day 2

You will wake up early in the morning, camp will be packed up, the rafts reloaded and we’re off! The first rapid of the day - ‘Good morning’ will wake you up ready for the day ahead. There are many Grade III rapids to enjoy today. We will stop half way through the day to have lunch on the banks of the river, before we tackle the next series of rapids. It’s then the same procedure as last night as we set up a temporary camp on the river banks for one more night under the stars. On clear nights it’s even possible to see the milky way from here.  

Day 3

Our final morning. After a hearty breakfast, camp will be packed up one final time. We paddle our last rapids, before we hit a fairly long flat section to finish of the day. For those of you interested, you will be offered the chance to have a go in the kayaks if you wish. It’s then time to unload the rafts one last time, pack the bus and drive around 5 hours back to Lakeside Pokhara where we can have a well earned shower for the first time in 3 days! For those short of time, this is the best way to experience Nepal’s river culture.   E

Extra info Price - $250 per person. Minimum 4 pax to run
 

Duration 3 days

Grade (Class) III+ / V

Put in Malgunga
Take out Mirmi (the dam)

Map

Map of Kaligandaki River Rafting - 3 days Rafting Expedition near Pokhara, Nepal
Map of Kaligandaki River Rafting - 3 days Rafting Expedition near Pokhara, Nepal