Kali Gandaki River Rafting |3 Days

Trip Highlights

The best all-round river in Nepal
Beautiful remote beach camping
View of Mountains, villages, temples, jungle, wildlife
Big and bouncy rapids with exciting wave

Trip Overview

This beautiful 3-day trip along the Kali Gandaki is a marvelous place for those people wanting a short to medium-length rafting experience. During the Kaligandaki River Rafting, you will pass through narrow gorges, thick jungles, and under tumbling waterfalls. You will see traditional Magar and Chetri villages and have the opportunity to view the huge Annapurna mountain range along with a wide variety of wildlife and religious sites along the river banks.

The New Bridge at Kusma is the put-in point, situated 3 3-hour drive from Pokhara by private transport, provided by ourselves. The trip is around 72km and takes us 3 days. Our destination is the ‘dam’ and the return trip to Pokhara takes around 4 and a half hours.

Kali Gandaki River rafting is a captivating adventure that beckons adventurers to Nepal’s western wilderness. Originating from the Tibetan plateau and cutting through the world’s deepest gorge between the towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, this river offers a blend of natural beauty and thrilling rapids. As you embark on this journey, the serene Himalayan landscapes gradually transform into heart-pounding whitewater challenges.

One of the defining features of Kali Gandaki River rafting is its diverse range of rapids, spanning from Class II to Class IV. This diversity makes it accessible to both seasoned rafters seeking an adrenaline rush and newcomers looking for an exhilarating introduction to whitewater rafting. The river’s iconic rapids, including “Little Brother” and “Big Brother,” present exciting challenges that require teamwork and precision navigation. Between these heart-pounding moments, you’ll find stretches of calm water that allow you to savor the breathtaking scenery of cascading waterfalls, dense forests, and the towering peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Experience more than just the thrill of rapids with Kali Gandaki River rafting. As you navigate through the ancient river valley, you’ll come across traditional villages, centuries-old monasteries, and diverse ethnic communities. The locals are warm and hospitable, providing an opportunity to gain insight into their unique way of life and adding depth and richness to your journey. Kali Gandaki River rafting offers an unforgettable adventure in one of Nepal’s most picturesque and culturally rich regions, whether you’re seeking the excitement of challenging rapids or the serenity of the Himalayan landscape.


Outline Itinerary


Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Pokhara to Nayapul (70 km)

Your adventure begins as you depart from the picturesque city of Pokhara and travel approximately 70 kilometers by road to reach Nayapul. This scenic drive takes you through charming villages and offers glimpses of rural life in Nepal. Upon reaching Nayapul, your journey to explore the Annapurna region on two wheels begins. You’ll meet your cycling guide and start pedaling along well-marked trails that lead you deeper into the stunning landscapes of the Himalayas. As you cycle, you’ll pass through lush forests, cross pristine rivers, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The day’s ride takes you to your first overnight stop, where you’ll have the opportunity to rest, enjoy a hearty meal, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the mountains.

Day 2: Modi Khola to Purti Ghat

On the second day of your cycling adventure, you’ll continue your journey along the Modi Khola River. The cycling route offers a mix of terrains, including gentle descents, occasional climbs, and winding paths that lead you deeper into the Annapurna region. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to interact with local communities, witness their traditional way of life, and experience the warm hospitality of the Nepali people. The route takes you through terraced fields, charming villages, and dense forests, making every pedal stroke a delightful exploration of the region’s natural beauty. Your day’s ride concludes at Purti Ghat, where you’ll set up camp by the riverside, enjoy a well-deserved meal, and savor the tranquil ambiance of the Himalayas under the starry night sky.

Day 3: Purti Ghat to Mirme

As you embark on the third day of your cycling expedition, you’ll follow the winding trail that meanders alongside the Modi Khola River. The captivating scenery includes lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and captivating mountain vistas. The cycling route may present occasional challenges, but your determination and the breathtaking landscapes around you will keep you motivated. Along the way, you may encounter friendly locals, observe their daily routines, and learn about the cultural richness of the region. As you approach Mirme, your next overnight stop, you’ll have a sense of accomplishment as you reflect on the terrain you’ve covered and the natural wonders you’ve witnessed. At Mirme, you’ll set up camp for the night, enjoy a well-deserved meal, and savor the peaceful atmosphere of the Annapurna region before resting for the adventures that await in the days ahead.

Equipment List

Rafting Essentials:

  1. Raft or Inflatable Kayak: The primary watercraft for your rafting adventure, suitable for navigating the river’s rapids and currents.
  2. Paddles: Sturdy, river-worthy paddles designed for whitewater use.
  3. Personal Flotation Device (PFD): A well-fitted PFD, commonly known as a life jacket, to provide buoyancy and keep you afloat.
  4. Helmet: A certified whitewater helmet to protect your head during rapids and potential collisions.

Safety Gear:

  1. Rescue Throw Bag: A throw bag with a rope for potential rescue situations.
  2. River Knife: A small, sharp knife for cutting ropes or webbing in emergency situations.


  1. Swimwear: Wear a swimsuit or swim trunks as a base layer under your rafting gear.
  2. Quick-Drying Clothes: Lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing for layering under your wetsuit or drysuit.
  3. Wetsuit or Drysuit: Depending on the season and water temperature, you may need a wetsuit or drysuit to stay warm in the water.
  4. Neoprene Booties: Neoprene booties to protect your feet and keep them warm in the river.
  5. Fleece or Synthetic Insulation: A fleece jacket or synthetic insulation layer to stay warm during breaks or cooler weather.


  1. River Sandals or Water Shoes: Sturdy, closed-toe sandals or water shoes with good traction and secure straps.

Personal Items:

  1. Water Bottle: A reusable water bottle to stay hydrated during your journey.
  2. Sun Protection: Wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with retention straps, and high-SPF sunscreen to protect against the sun’s rays.
  3. Lip Balm: Lip balm with UV protection to prevent chapped lips from sun and wind exposure.

Camping Gear:

  1. Tent: A lightweight and waterproof camping tent if you plan to camp along the riverbanks.
  2. Sleeping Bag: A warm, waterproof sleeping bag suitable for camping in varying conditions.
  3. Sleeping Pad: An insulating sleeping pad for added comfort and warmth.
  4. Dry Bags: Waterproof dry bags for packing your clothing and personal items to keep them dry during the trip.

Personal Items:

  1. First Aid Kit: A comprehensive first aid kit, including bandages, antiseptic wipes, blister treatment, and any personal medications.
  2. Toiletries: Basic toiletries, including biodegradable soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a small towel.
  3. Headlamp or Flashlight: With extra batteries for camping and night-time activities.

Optional Gear:

  1. Camera: Waterproof camera or GoPro with a secure strap to capture your adventure.
  2. Insect Repellent: Depending on the season and location, insect repellent may be necessary.
  3. Snacks: Lightweight snacks for quick energy boosts during the trip.

Cost Included

  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • All domestic land and air transportation
  • All Accommodation
  • 3 main course meals a day while trekking
  • Guide and porters
  • Necessary permits and TIMS
  • Himalaya Sunrise Treks & Expeditions t-shirt and trekking map
  • A comprehensive medical kit

Cost not Include

  • Flights To/From Nepal
  • Tourist Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals while not on the trek
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Tips for the guide, porters and driver
  • Any services not mentioned in the itineraries.
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances

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  • Trip Duration: 3 Days
  • Trip Grading: Fairly challenging
  • Best Time: October to November, March to June

  • Group Size: 1+
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