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Kaligandaki River rafting


  • Travel through the worlds deepest gorge
  • The best medium length expedition in Nepal
  • Spend the evening on a stunning beach overlooked by a famous Shiva Statue
  • 60 rapids in 60 minutes… need we say any more, welcome to Kaligandaki River Rafting! The Kali Gandaki borrows it’s name from the goddess Kali. Kali is considered the Divine Mother and at times can be destructive. She represents the natural forces of the lunar and solar currents and symbolizes a fear of death in the Hindu People. Though you need not fear death while paddling the Kali Gandaki, you will experience some wild and adrenaline pumping rapids that are going to make your heart race.
    The River itself tumbles down to the plains from the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, carving through one of the deepest canyons in the world. Along the rivers course, you will find cascading warm water waterfalls which are great for playing in.

    If you have the time, the Kaligandaki trip is one of the ‘must do things’ in Nepal, giving you an awesome taste of white water thrills, Nepal’s nature and culture at its best, as well as allowing you the chance to relax and get to know your rafting team around the evening fire on the pristine sandy white beaches that dot the Rivers banks.

    Rafting :

    Kaligandaki river rafting is perfect for all as you need no previous experience. One of the most fun medium length rivers you can   do in Nepal.

    Kayaking :

    The Kaligandaki is a friendly river for intermediate kayakers and a super fun play river for the experienced kayaker who will feel completely at home exhausting themselves play boating in the many holes and surf waves that abound in the river. One or two Class IV that can be portaged if necessary.


    AUTUMN/FALL 2024

    On Request

    2025 Dates

    On Request









    III / IV

    2 nights 3 days

    7am, Hotel Crown, Lakeside, Pokhara. 3 hour drive to the put in

    From: Maldunga
    To: Mirmi (the Dam)

    Volume in November : 117cms (4100 cfs)

    Oct – Dec or March – June

    USD $310 / GBP £250 per person

    kaligandaki rafting trip



  • All staff, including highly qualified & licensed Guides and professional Safety Kayakers all fluent in English and holding up to date First Aid Qualifications.
  • All camping equipment including toilet tents, shelters, matresses, sleeping bags, tarps, personal tents etc. No additional charge for sleeping bag hire.
  • All meals and water whilst on the river. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and juice will also be provided. Read our FAQ to see what tasty treats we will serve you.
  • Transportation to and from the river by bus.
  • All equipment, including PFD’s, helmets, dry tops, throw bags, dry bags, pelican boxes, wetsuits, paddles, etc all at international standards and regularly checked.
  • If you are kayaking with us, kayak hire is also included in the cost. See which kayaks we have here.
  • Porters.
  • River permits.
  • Gear Raft support.
  • Extensive medical kit.
  • Trip photos *make sure you bring a USB stick along with you.

  • Unrelated travel, visas, insurance, travel documents etc… Items of a personal nature (toiletries, personal medication, clothing, camers…)
  • Personal insurance
  • Alcohol and additional snacks.
  • Travel insurance. To travel with GRG’s you are required to have adequate insurance for the activity you are participating in, we have the necessary insurance for our crew but you must have your own seperate policy)
  • Optional tips for guides.

    • Swimsuit
    • Sun cream
    • Shorts or cropped trousers and T-shirt you don’t mind getting wet
    • Clothes for traveling in before and after the trip
    • Sun glasses with sports strap
    • Capped hat if you wish
    • Teva style sandals or trainers
    • Warm fleece for after the trip
    • Camera (can be stored in our dry bags/box whilst rafting)
    • Small amount of money for snacks and treats if you wish
    • Water bottle
    • Towel
    • Personal medication
    • Sleeping bag and mattress (if you do not have, please ask and we can provide for you free of charge)
    • Dry clothes for the evening(s). Make sure you bring warm clothes with you as the night times can get cold, especially in the winter months.
    • Warm hat, gloves and scarf for the winter months
    • Pajamas (Thermal Pajamas are recommended in the winter months)
    • Small wash kit – biodegradable products are preferred if you have them
    • Torch
    • Book, deck of cards or small travel games
    • Personal medication (please let us know of any pre-existing medical conditions before participating in any whitewater trip)
    • A small amount of money for treats here and there
    • Photocopy of your passport & visa 


    "It's simply an amazing experience - good rapids, outdoor camping by the river, great guides, and amazing scenery. It's fun, safety is always prioritised by the guides, and it's not that physically demanding - just the right amount of activity and group chill out time to make it a really enjoyable experience. I'm already mentally planning another trip with this company in 2016 to Tamur!"
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