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Kaligandaki River rafting

Kaligandaki River is one of the most popular rivers for rafting in Nepal. Its mild flow and easily accessible features makes it the best river for all groups of rafters.

Named after Goddess Kali, the River is fed by the Himalayas and drains much of the western Nepal. The river is graded on 1-3 scale and features many interesting holes, rapids and big breaks. The River offer both short and medium trips ranging from one day to multiple day trips. The longest stretch one can raft down in this river is 60 km.

The put in point for the rafting is Nayapul in Baglung district, which is very near to Kathmandu. One can easily raft down the river to reach Pokhara.

The most appropriate season for white water river rafting in Kaligandaki is Autumn (September to December) and Spring (March to May). During this season the volume of water is mildly moderate and the surrounding hills burst with green leaves and wildlife. In fact Kali Gandaki rafting offers many attractions for nature lovers.



Day 1

Arrival to Kathmandu:

The cityscape of Kathmandu and Boudhanath Stupa probably will be the first thing you will witness as you approach the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) but before you actually reach the airport you will have beautiful views over the valley, the Himalaya, and of the terraced fields underneath. After enduring through customs, Nexus Travels & Tours representative will be waiting to receive you through the preliminary culture surprise of Kathmandu’s narrow, winding streets and get you settled into your hotel. Once you have settled in, head out and visit one of Kathmandu's cultural highlights. In the evening you can wonder around Thamel which is the main tourist hub and is a good place to grab your first meal, with a assortment of restaurants to chose from offering both Western and local Nepali dishes.


Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 2

Sightseeing around Kathmandu:

Kathmandu has a unique atmosphere during the early morning hours; the city is slowly coming to life yet not too messy. It's the great time to walk and explore the streets or have a chiya (tea) overlooking one of the local patio or durbar squares. You will visit Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Budanilkantha and Kathmandu Durbar Square. There are a number of ways you can spend the day because there are many incredible sights around the Kathmandu Valley. Later in the evening you can head out for dinner at one of the city's great restaurant or try some other local Nepali dishes.


Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 3

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara:

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.


Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 4

Drive to Put In – Raft - Camp:

You will meet and drive early in the morning from Pokhara by private vehicle to the put in which will take you approximately 1.5hrs. Our staffs will start unloading the vehicle and start pumping up the rafts. You will be tendered your equipment and given a full safety briefing. Once the rafts are loaded, it’s time to set off. Since there is no road access everything you need for 3 days has to come with on the raft. After a raft of roughly ten minutes, you are greeted with the two biggest rapids of the whole river “Big and Little Brother”. These will definitely get your heart siphon. While you keep rafting for 4-5 hours on the river, you will pull up to a beautiful sandy beach where you will assemble your camp and start catering dinner. There will be lots of beach activity opportunities like playing football, relax, swim, and fumble in the surroundings. This camp is famous for its large statue of Shiva that watches over the camping site.


Stay overnight in camp.

Day 5

Full day of rafting:

You will wake up early in the morning and start packing the camp up and reload the rafts before setting off. Today the first rapid of the day fittingly named ‘Good morning’ will wake you up for the journey of the day, while there are many class III rapids to enjoy today. You will stop halfway in the day to have lunch on the banks of the river, before wrestling the next series of rapids. Following the previous day schedule, you set up a temporary camp on the river banks for one more night under the stars. On clear nights it’s even possible to spot the Milky Way from here.

Day 6

Rafting and optional kayak adventure:

This will be your final morning of your rafting trip. After an enthusiastic breakfast, the camp will be packed up one final time. You will paddle your last rapids before hitting a moderately long flat section to finish off the day. Enthusiast rafters will be offered a chance to have a go in the kayaks if you wish. Your drive will then start towards Pokhara which will take about 5 hours. Upon your arrival in Pokhara, you can have a richly deserved shower after the adventurous 3 days rafting.

Day 7

Depart from Pokhara to Kathmandu:

Enjoy your last day with a drive along the perennial river Trisuli and majestic view of paddocks, and some views of some snow peaked mountains. Upon your arrival to Kathmandu you can enjoy city strolling and souvenir shopping.

Day 8

Depart from Kathmandu:

Nexus Travels & Tours representative will escort you from your hotel to the airport for your return flight home. It's always advised to be at the airport at least two hours prior to the departure time.