A medium length river, the Kali Gandaki offers spectacular views of mountains and flows by charming little villages with no motor roads in sight. With views of eight-thousand meter peaks and challenges of rousing rapids, this is indeed a unique experience for rafters. With visits to temples and villages, this trip is a cultural one as will, and the technical nature of the rapids ensures a busy time paddling.
Rapids : Small Brother, Big Brother and Refund.
The adventure begins with a trip down to Pokhara ( either a half-hour plane ride or a five-hour drive ) where the first day is spent relaxing. The put-in point which is 40km away is reached after a 2 1/2 hour drive the next day. The rafters are greeted by a series of rapids (Class III and Class IV) and can also enjoy some bird watching. Further down, the rapids decrease in frequency and the valley widens slowing down the flow. Interestingly, waterfalls with stalactite formations are seen along the way. Normally, this is a three-day rafting trip.
Drive to Baglung by private bus and have a lunch. After lunch it is straight ino the grade 4 rapid. We camp at one of nature's five star sites with mind blowing views and dancing waterfalls.
Today is continuous grade 3 to 4 world-class white water with rapids like Rafter's Refund and Oar Breaker. Wave trains and holes abound early in the day so watch our it you don't want to flip ! Adrenalin junkies knock yourself out but don't forget to keep glancing back upstream to catch views of the amazing Annapurnas. Once camped, the village of Seti Beni is just a short walk upstream and guarantees to delight with its stone flagged lanes and curious youngsters skylarking.
As we continue downstream, the river cliffs above us and we enter a somber canyon glistening with wet black rocks. You experience what can only be seen from the water, so drink it all in as we drift towards our take out point.