KALI GANDAKI –
3 Days.   River Distance:  90 kms. 
Grade (high water):  III-IV
Pre-raft Briefing: HE Base Camp (Pokhara) 5pm on day prior to Day 1.
 

Using the deepest gorge in the world that is formed between the Annapurna Massif and Dhaulagiri and named after the ferocious Goddess Kali, the Kali Gandaki is one of Nepal’s very best rivers for whitewater rafting. The rapids run thick and fast from day one just below the put-in point at Beni.  For most of the three days expedition there is little relent. 


Mostly Grade III rapids – but sometimes really exhilarating Grade IV and Grade IV+ - the Kali Gandaki carries us cavorting on through steep-walled gorges, under cascading waterfalls..to Day 4, the last morning…a grand finale of spectacular, photogenic, big-time whitewater.  And fare more than jus the river, the rewards include stunning upstream views of the Annapurna range, peaceful beach camps on the river bank, and the remote villages of at least five of Nepal’s main ethnic groups.

DAY TO DAY PLAN –    
Day 1
0730  Breakfast in Pokhara at Himalayan Encounter’s Base Camp.
0830  Depart Pokhara.  Drive to Beni.  En-route views of Pokhara’s Phewa Lake and the Annapurna Range
1200  Arrive Beni.  Unload.  Safety drill - demonstration of throw-line and flip-line. Adjustment of helmets, life jackets, etc.
1300  Lunch
1330 Raft for 4 hrs - main rapids are ‘Big Brother’,  ‘Evil One’ and ‘Wake-Up Call’ - grade IV.  Big bouncy play waves – lots of big fun whitewater. 
1730 Set up camp above cliff-faced gorge - more rapids await us first thing tomorrow.
1830   Dinner
Day 2
0700  Wake-up call with tea and coffee
0730  Breakfast
0830  Take down camp, set up rafts
0930  Spectacular 80m gorge waterfall,
then 2.5 hours of classic roller-
coaster play waves, grade III+
‘Double Bend.
1230  Lunch
1330   Raft for 2-3 hrs through
exhilarating whitewater – grade
III+ and IV+ ‘Black Rock’ and
‘Avon Wrap’
1600   Set up camp
1800 Dinner
Day 3
0700  Wake-up call with tea and coffee
0730  Breakfast
0800  Take down camp, set up rafts
0930  Raft for 2-3 hrs  The Grand Finale IV+ - ‘Seti Beni’ a.k.a. ‘Human for Lunch’! 
1230  Reach confluence with Andhi Khola – take out point
1300  Lunch
1400  Pack-up gear, load transport
1500   Drive to Pokhara
1830  Arrive at Himalaya Encounter’s Pokhara Base Camp. EXPEDITION ENDS

Meals:  B,L,D from breakfast on Day 1 until lunch on Day 3

 
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