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Kali Gandaki River Rafting

Trip Overview

Kali Gandaki River, originating from the Nhubine Himal Glacier, Mustang is one of the most sacred rivers in Nepal. The River Kali Gandaki is named after the Hindu goddess "Kali"- the deity of destruction. It is a medium-length river that passes through the plains of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. In 1991, the Nepalese government initially allowed commercial rafting on the Kali Gandaki River. 

Rafting in Kali Gandaki River is fun as well as challenging as you can experience the exhilarating class 3 and 4 rapids. Kali Gandaki River Rafting journey offers panoramic views of the Annapurna range, unique cultures, thundering rapids, historic villages, amazing beaches as well as multiple waterfalls along the way. The real adventure of rafting in this river can be experienced from September to December and from March to May. 

If you are seeking for a short yet full of thrilling adventure, this rafting trip is for you!


From Pokhara, drive for 4 hours till you reach Beni. During the driving session, you will be greeted by the stunning views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhcpuchhre peaks. As you reach the rafting spot, you will be provided with the necessary rafting gear and carefully listen to the instructions given by the guide. Today, you will encounter different rapids including Small Brother and Big Brother. You will spend 4-5 hours in the river, and as you reach Modi Khola you make a stop. You will spend the night at the campsite on the bank of Modi Khola. Enjoy your evening with the breeze of the river along with the green scenery. Overnight at a tented camp.
Today you float down the river after a good breakfast. The day is filled with adrenaline rushes, relaxation, and scenes of Annapurna I and Himalchuli. You will encounter class III rapid, as well as the difficult class IV rapid named REFUND. This portion of the river has a lot of vines, fauna, and lush flora on the cliffs. Overnight at a tented camp below the village of Purti Ghat.
Raft towards Setibeni, and as usual you will encounter some rapids. As you paddle around the Setibeni, you will see some black rocks called Shaligram. It is worshipped by the Hindus as the manifestation of Lord Vishnu. You will continue to raft until you reach the endpoint of the raft i.e. Mirmi. From Mirmi, we return to Pokhara by bus, which takes around 5 hours. Overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.
Travel to Kathmandu by bus if it is your primary destination. Enjoy the scenic drive of 8 hours. Check-in at the hotel once you reach Kathmandu. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

What is Included?

    • Bus transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Accommodation in the tented camp
    • Meals during the rafting trip
    • Necessary rafting equipment and safety gear
    • Guide and other staffs as per requirements
    • First aid kit box
    • Safety Kayak
    • Service fees and government taxes

What is Excluded?

    • Nepal Visa
    • All sort of bar bills
    • Personal expense
    • Insurance
    • Meals in Kathmandu
    • Others not mentioned in inclusion

Equipment Checklist

  1. Shorts and half pants
  2. T-shirt
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Sunblock
  5. Swim wear
  6. Comfortable shoes to wear during the raft
  7. Warm clothes to wear in the evening
  8. Towel
  9. Toiletry kit
  10. Flashlight
  11. Lip guard
  12. Water bottle

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