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Kali Gandaki River Rafting

Kali Gandaki is one of the holiest river of Nepal that flows through deepest gorge in the world and in an arid open valley Mustang. The journey in this challenging river offers amazing beaches and unique culture.

  • Trip Fact - 3 days
  • Best Rafting Season: Autumn & Spring
  • Grade (Autumn: Oct. to Dec.) : III to IV+
  • Grade (Spring: Feb. to May.): III to IV
  • Rafting Days: 3+2 days (Ktm - Ktm).
  • Put in point: Near Beni
  • Put out point: Mirmire
  • River distance: 55 km
  • Location: Put in point 3-4 hours drive from Pokhara Put out point 5 hours drive from Pokhara
kali gandaki river rafting

Kali Gandaki river rafting is one of the holiest river of Nepal that flows through deepest gorge in the world and in an arid open valley Mustang. It is a flat and braided river. It was first opened to commercial use in 1991. The journey in this challenging river offers amazing beaches and unique culture. Here you can experience many rapids so all day you will be busy on continuous paddling against all those technical rapids. Time on the river can be spent under cascading waterfalls and enjoying the backdrop of the Annapurna ranges. Nowhere else it is possible to find such diversity on a 3 day raft trip. Therefore both experienced and novice rafter love this very much. This trip begins and ends in Pokhara so you need to get there one day before the trip. After the end of the trip you have options either to drive or fly back to Kathmandu or to visit the Royal Chitwan National Park or you can go for the trekking in Annapurna region.

Kali Gandaki River Rafting Itinerary

Day 01: At around 7/8 am, we drive for around 3-4 hrs to the put-in point near Beni. Throughout this drive we have stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks as well as the sacred Machapuchare. Upon arrival, we unload all the equipment and you will receive a full safety briefing. Have lunch and then the guide will take you to the river starting point ready to begin your exciting 3 days raft trip. First day we begin with some class III rapids this is a warm up for the team, after 10/15 minutes you will be encountering 2 big class 4 rapids i.e. ‘Small Brother’ and ‘Big Brother’. Your guide will be making you work hard at doing exercises to work as a team maneuvering the raft efficiently. After scouting the rapid, the safety kayaks will go first then the raft. Soon after encountering these two big rapids we will reach the Modi Khola confluence where we will choose the beach for the evening campsite. We unload the rafts and one raft team prepares dinner and rum punch whilst the others play or relax and take in the scenery.

Day 02: Once the rafts are packed we start down the river for a day mixed with adrenaline calm and spectacular scenery including views of Annapurnna 1 and Himachuli. We will tackle many class III sections and the challenging class IV named REFUND. This section of river is abundant with vines, wildlife and lush vegetation hanging from the cliff faces. Our campsite is below the village of Purti Ghat.

Day 03: Soon after being back on the water we reach the holy village of Seti Beni. The river has deposited a house size boulder in the confluence with a smaller tributary. Since confluence is considered holy places in the Hindu religion, this boulder has become an important shrine to the local river people. There is usually a great audience to watch and listen to the spectacle as each team negotiates the rapid that has formed around this holy place. Not long after this it is time for the journey to end. Our bus will be waiting for us. We load up the gear and prepare for the bus journey back to Pokhara. Our trip is over here.


We organize a pre-departure meeting the day before to answer questions and meet the team in Pokhara Hotel.

Number of pax: Minimum 6
Departure date:
On the request
Optional trips:
Visit Royal Chitwan National Park or Annapurna Trekking

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