Kali Sarda Rafting Expedition

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24 - 31 Oct, 2020 | 06-13 Mar, 2021 & 23-30 Oct, 2021 | 08 Days

INR 55,400 + 5% GST

Rapid Class: 1-4

Difficulty: ModerateActive trips involving hiking over reasonable terrain, within vehicular access, upto elevations less than 4000 meters, or trips with long walking days, multiple rafting days, wilderness camping. Includes more demanding whitewater trips with Class III rapids.

Group Size: 8-16 persons

The Kali river forms the international border between India and Nepal in its upper reaches. A self-contained river journey down this river is one of the prime options in this part of the Himalaya. The river flows past terraced farms of Kumaoni and Nepali villages, fresh water streams, sandy beaches, thick tropical jungles, plantations as we travel downstream through the terai belt negotiating exciting white water. With the Mahseer making it an angler’s delight, the lack of road access makes it a complete wilderness journey. After the first few days of serene float past its confluence with the Saryu at Pancheshwar (also a famous fishing spot) with the occasional big rapid, the Kali makes its final descent to the plains in the last day on the river, beginning with the mighty Chooka rapid. Flowing past the terai hills after densely forested hillsides, this trip is an outdoor wilderness experience in a league of its own.

Kali Sarda Rafting Expedition

DAYS 1-4

  • Day 1: Delhi – Kathgodam

Board overnight train from Delhi – Kathgodam.

  • Day 2: Kathgodam – Pithoragarh

Drive Kathgodam to Pithoragarh (07 hrs). Overnight at rest house. Views of Panchuli more than compensate for the drive.

  • Day 3: Camp 1 – Confluence Camp

Drive Pithoragarh to put-in at Jhulaghat (02 hrs). Raft an initiation stretch of 15 kms of class 2+ rapids passing many stalactite and stalagmite formations. Camp by late afternoon and hike to a nearby village.

  • Day 4: Camp 1 – Confluence Camp

We pass Pancheshwar where the Kali meets the Saryuand is now called the Sarda. We camp below the confluence for a relaxed afternoon.

DAYS 5-8

  • Day 5: Confluence Camp – Camp 3

The river begins to get pacy as we negotiate a series of class 3 rapids. The day is marked by thick jungles and less-inhabited sections. Camp overnight.

  • Day 6: Camp 3

Rest day to explore the surroundings, hike and relax. You can also walk to a waterfall and take a dip in its cool waters.

  • Day 7: Camp 3 – Chooka Camp

Today, we raft 20kms to camp below the Class 4 Chooka rapid.

  • Day 8: Chooka Camp – Delhi

We begin to enter the Terai jungles today with great white water and the chance of spotting a wild elephant. We reach boom for the drive to Rudrapur. Reach Delhi by 9:10 pm.

Inclusions:
  • Travel from Delhi and back by road / rail (by non-AC / 2 or 3 tier AC coach)
  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents / hotel
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary & safe drinking water
  • All rafting arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
  • Porterage upto 15kg/person
  • Peak fee / sanctuary fee / royalty / permits where applicable
Exclusions:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights not included in the above-mentioned cost
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • Items of personal clothing
  • Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.)
  • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
  • Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – personal choice
  • Travel & cancellation insurance

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