3 Days Kali Gandaki River Rafting

Good to Know
  • Duration 3 Days
  • Difficulty Level Adventure
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Pokhara
  • Trip Ends Pokhara
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities River Rafting in Nepal
  • Best Season March to June and Sept to Nov

Trip Introduction: 3 Days Kali Gandaki River Rafting.

Kali Gandaki RiverRafting is a popular adventure sport in Nepal that takes place on the Kali Gandaki River in the country's west. With a variety of rapids ranging from class III to IV+, the river offers a fascinating and demanding experience for rafters of all levels. The journey usually takes three days, beginning in Maldhuga, a four hour drive from Pokhara.

The river flows through small gorges and ancient Nepalese settlements, providing breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna Mountain Ranges and Dhaulagiri Mountain Ranges. The rafting season spans from September to November and March to May, with the finest months being October and November due to dry weather and high water levels.

Rafting on the Kali Gandaki River needs physical fitness, proper clothing and equipment, and the supervision of expert guides equipped with safety equipment. It is a memorable excursion that provides a new perspective on Nepal's natural beauty and is a must do for everyone searching for an excitement outdoor adventure.

Why Kali Gandaki River Rafting?

Rafting on the Kali Gandaki River is a popular and adventurous activity for various reasons. Kali Gandaki River provides a challenging and fascinating experience for rafters of all levels, with a combination of class III to IV+ rapids. This makes it appropriate for both beginners and more advanced rafters. The river rushes through small gorges, passing traditional Nepalese villages, and provides breath-taking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain Ranges, making it an unforgettable journey.

Furthermore, rafting on the Kali Gandaki River offers a unique opportunity to see Nepal's natural beauty from a different angle. The river is bordered by lush trees and fauna, and rafters may see a variety of bird species, monkeys, and so on.

Finally, Kali Gandaki River rafting in one hand is fantastic way of testing physical and mental strength while experiencing the thrill of adventure. It requires physical fitness and the ability to work as a team with other rafters, making it an excellent bonding experience. Overall, rafting on the Kali Gandaki river is a memorable journey that combines thrilling rapids, beautiful landscape, and a distinctive cultural experience.

Is Kali Gandaki River Rafting right for you? 

Kali Gandaki River Rafting is a fascinating adventure that people who want thrilling experience may enjoy. It should be remembered, however, that rafting can be physically demanding and demands a certain degree of fitness. To participate in this sport, rafters must be able to swim and have a basic degree of physical fitness.

For those who have never rafted before, Trekking Planner Nepal recommend to choose a trip appropriate for beginners. We also operate the tour with competent guides and safety equipment. You are always suggested follow the advice and safety standards of the guide.

It is also important to be aware of the weather conditions and water levels before start rafting trip. The best time to go rafting on Kali Gandaki River is from September to November and March to May when the weather is dry and the water levels are good.

In summary, Kali Gandaki River Rafting is an exciting adventure suitable for people of all ages and experience levels but it is important to ensure that you are physically fit, follow safety guidelines, and check the weather conditions and water levels before embarking on the trip.

How should you prepare yourself?

Kali Gandaki River rafting is a thrilling activity that takes some planning ahead of time. These are some preparation Trekking Planner Nepal recommendations for Kali Gandaki river rafting:

  • Get in shape: Rafting can be physically challenging, so it's important to be in excellent form. Spend a few weeks before the trip by completing some cardio and strength training activities to increase your endurance and strength.
  • Wear suitable clothing: You should dress comfortably and quickly to protect yourself from both sun and water at the same time. Cotton clothing takes longer to dry and might cause you to feel chilly.
  • Use safety equipment: A helmet, life jacket, and suitable footwear are strictly required to protect you from probable accidents or injuries.
  • Gain the proper and enough knowledge: Before embarking the rafting you are suggested to listen your guide or rafter. You must listen to the relevant information about the rafting, including the rapids, current and hazards. You are also informed about the solution and safety measures of the hazards.

You are suggested to carry water bottles with you in case you feel thirsty you don't have to rely on others. Besides that will help to keep hydrated too. You can also some energy bars with you.
Read the weather forecast before your travel and pack proper clothing or gear to protect yourself from rain or cold weather.

What is the best season for Kali Gandaki rafting?

The optimum months for Kali Gandaki River rafting are usually October to November and March to May. The weather is normally dry throughout these months, and the river levels are great for rafting. The water levels are usually lower and the rapids are less intense in the autumn (October to November). This makes it an ideal time for beginners or those seeking a less demanding experience. Temperatures are also good at this time of year, with warm days and chilly evenings.

Water levels are greater in the spring (March to May) due to snow and glacier melt, making the rapids more difficult. This is a fantastic time for experienced rafters looking for more challenging adventures. The temperatures are also warmer at this season, and the view is lovely, with blossoming flowers and rich vegetation.

When planning your Kali Gandaki River rafting excursion, always verify the local weather and river conditions to guarantee a safe and fun experience.


While planning a Kali Gandaki river rafting trip, Trekking Planner Nepal strongly advises you to obtain travel insurance that covers adventurous activities such as rafting. Any injuries or accidents that may occur during the trip should be covered by insurance, including medical expenditures, emergency evacuation, and repatriation if necessary.

When getting travel insurance, make sure you carefully read the policy and understand what is and is not covered. Certain insurance policies may have limits or exclusions for specific activities or places, so it is essential to buy a coverage that covers rafting in Nepal specifically.

In conclusion, anyone seeking a Kali Gandaki river rafting trip should have travel insurance that covers adventurous activities like rafting. It gives you peace of mind and financial security in the event of an unforeseen scenario or emergency.

Transportation to the River.

Pokhara is 200km far from Kathmandu. It takes 7 hours by bus, 5 hours by private vehicle or 35 minutes by flight. The journey from Pokhara to the put-in is amazing. The road initially follows the Seti River and rises up a winding road to the village of Naudanda where a magnificent view greets you from the north – The entire Annapurna massif. The road raises more before dropping into the Modi khola river valley which it then follows for several kilometers. At Kusma the road turns northwest and begins the descent to the river.

After lunch, you will get onto the river. The day by break down of the river is given below. The Lower Kali Gandaki is run from Ramdi and takes 3-4 days. It’s hardest rapid is class 3 and it’s said to have some amazing wildlife and scenery.

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        What's Included
        • Pokhara to Rafting starting point and Rafting ending point  to Pokhara by bus (if you want both way private vehicle also available on additional cost).
        • Twin/double shearing accommodation  during the Rafting.
        • Official DWT (government registered and licensed) experience Raft guide and supporter.
        • Three meals a day; Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and tea/coffee during the Rafting.
        • Necessary equipment, high-quality self-bailing rafts, life jackets, helmets, and paddles.
        • Safety kayaker.
        • Safe drinking water and first add kid box.
        • Trekking Planner’s a sleeping bag, Ti-shart, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
          Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
        • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
        What's Excluded
        • Nepal Visa fee.
        • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
        • All meals and Accommodation in Kathmandu and in Pokhara (We do provide on your request with extra charge).
        • Personal travel and health insurance and insurance for helicopter evacuation.
        • Extra night accommodation and meals, extra activities (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
        • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc).
        • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control.
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        Suggested Equipment List for Rafting 

        Items for River.

        • River sandals.
        • Shorts or a swimming costumes.
        • A baseball-style cap, good sunglass, and quality sunscreen.

        Shells and insulators.

        Windproof and waterproof outerwear, jacket & pants (gortex or nylon) Fleece jacket/sweater (wool or synthetic only for the winter season).


        • Long sleeve t-shirt/turtlenecks (synthetic).
        • Short sleeve t-shirts.
        • Several pairs of thick socks (wool or synthetic), with thin liners (synthetic).
        • Lightweight long underwear, top & bottom (polypropylene or "Capilene").
        • Wide brim hat (straw type beach hat or synthetic outdoors) to sunburn.
        • protection on the face, ears, neck, Underwear, etc.


        1-pair new - condition lightweight walking/running shoes, with textured soles.

        Other Items.

        • Quality sleeping bag & sleeping pad. Those who don't have one can rent it easily in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
        • Lightweight clothing such as pants, shorts, cotton underwear, t-shirts, and swimwear.
        • Light weight long sleeved shirt or t-shirt and a fleece-style jacket.
        • Toiletries (environmentally friendly is best).
        • Flashlight with spare batteries and bulbs.
        • A couple handkerchiefs.
        • Pocket knife.
        • Stuff sacks.
        • Biodegradable soap.
        • Hand towel.
        • Feminine hygiene items, including plastic bags to pack out dirty items.
        • Lighter / matches (for toilet paper and candles).
        • Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses (Due to the ease of getting eye infections, care should be taken in using contacts. Disposable contacts lenses replaced frequently can lessen the risk of eye inflection.
        • Hardshell water bottle; one 2-liter or two 1-liter bottles ("Nalgene" or Manmade Metal) that will not melt while adding hot boiled water.
        • Emergency contact information; Personal medical kit.
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