Kali Gandaki

Kali Gandaki

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.

Cost Includes

  • 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)

Cost Excludes

  • 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.)