Cutting its way through the world’s deepest gorge on the western end of the Annapurnas, the Kali Gandaki is a spectacular river to explore. Due to its status as one of Nepal’s holiest rivers, there are numerous temples, burial grounds, and cremation sites on the river’s banks near major confluences – adding a cultural spin to the abundant scenery along the way. The usual put-in point lies near Naya Pul, a short drive from Pokhara, from where the river flows between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs to the exit point at Ramdighat. The journey will take us through steep-walled canyons flowing with waterfalls, riverside Magar and Chhetri villages, and plentiful runs of mostly Class III and IV rapids. This river is usually undertaken during the monsoons (June – August) by only the most seasoned of boaters due to the ferocity of the rapids, which can reach Class V. Typically 4 days is needed to enjoy this trip if you are beginning in Kathmandu.
Day 1: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Days 2 - 3: Drive to put-in point at Naya Pul. Two full days of rafting, stopping midday for lunch. Will spend the night camping on the river’s edge.
Day 4: Morning will be spent rafting to our exit point near Ramdighat. Pick up and drive to Pokhara. Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
- Airport pickup and drop off in private vehicle
- Hotel with included breakfast in Kathmandu
- Private transportation and government licensed guide while sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
- Government licensed, experienced trekking guide and porters during trekking
- Insurance for trekking crew (guides and porters)
- All required equipment for trekking crew, kitchen tent, dining tent, and toilet tent
- Accommodations in hotels, tea-houses, or camps during trekking
- Three daily meals while trekking
- All required conservation fees and trekking permits (TIMS)
- Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
- Entrance fees for attractions (UNESCO world heritage sites, museums, etc.) during sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Personal insurance or cost of air rescue in the event of emergency
- Air ticket to and from Nepal from your point of origin
- Visa fee for entry into Nepal
- Personal expenses (souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, hygiene items, staff tips, etc.)