Kaligandaki River Rafting

Duration2 Days
Trip GradeClass IV/V
Group SizeMin. 2 Pax
Travel StyleRafting
Best TimeOctober to November, March to June

Kali Gandaki River Rafting is a special type of rafting that is dedicated to those who are interested in remote rafting. River adventurers who want to spend some days in remote areas can choose Kali Gandaki River Rafting.  Passing in wild areas through narrow gorges and witnessing waterfalls, dense jungles, and traditional Magar villages are truly rewarding for rafters. Moreover, this is such a trip it offers you the chance to view a few wonderful mountains of the Annapurna Region including some species of wild animals and reptiles.


  • Enjoy a day of cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • An adrenaline-pumping on class III and IV rapids
  • Big and bouncy rapids with exciting wave trains
  • Enjoy the beautiful camp on the beach under the gaze of a famous Shiva statue
  • Kayak for a day on a smooth section of the Kali Gandaki
  • Kaligandaki river “best all-round river in Nepal”

History of Kaligandaki River Rafting in Nepal

Michael Peissel was the first person to discover this rafting route in 1973. He ran through the river in small hovercraft. With him, the other two groups also rafted and kayaked here then.

Kaligandaki River Rafting Access

Kali Gandaki River begins from Mustang and flows through various places of Tibet and Nepal and finally is widened open area. While flowing down from the high Himalayas in between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri it creates the deepest gorge of the world at Dana. Rafting in Kali Gandaki trip starts and ends in the popular city Pokhara. Kali Gandaki River Rafting designed by Regulus keeps paddlers busy all day. It is beautiful rafting with lots of rapids and technical odds. It is well suits experienced as well as novice rafters.

Newbridge at Kusma is the put-in point or starting point of Kali Gandaki River Rafting. It (Kusma) is three hour's drive from Pokhara. We arrange a private vehicle to reach Kusma from Pokhara. Here you meet expert rafters who will be with you throughout the rafting as your guide. They will give you some tips and necessary instructions required before going for the river journey. You will cover around 55 kilometers distance in an inflated rubber boat. The ending point of the rafting is Dam which is around four and half hours drive from Pokhara.

Accomodation & Meals 

For any type of rafting, safety is our major concern. We provide you with self-bailing rafts, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits, lifejackets, and a first aid kit. Tents and a sleeping bag including a mattress & pillows are also provided. The food we provide while on the rating will be hygienic and healthy.

Furthermore, we request you to bring a T-shirt, innerwear, comfortable footwear which you will wear while rafting, warm clothes for the evening, a towel, sunblock and yes, a camera too to capture many unforgettable moments.

River facts And Best Season

September to December the river is graded 4+ whereas in between January to May it is mildly graded as 4. Similarly, during monsoon, we do not suggest you experience rafting in the Kali Gandaki River.

After accomplishing the rafting you can either get back to Kathmandu or enjoy Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park. Or, you can also go trekking in one of the parts of the Annapurna Region.


Rafting in the Kaligandaki river starts from Pokhara city. If you are in Kathmandu and want to join the rafting in the Kaligandaki river it takes around 6 to 7 hours to reach the starting point Maldhunga, Kushma Parbat from kathmandu.

Trip PlanExpand all

Drive from Pokhara to Maldhunga for 3 hrs and rafting to Modikhola. approx 3 hrs Overnight at tent beach of the river. Rafting from Modikhola to Purtighat. Overnight at tent beach of the river. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & DinnerAccommodation: Tented Camp

Rafting from Modikhola to Purtighat about 4 hours. Overnight at tent beach camp of the river. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & DinnerAccommodation: Tented Camp

Rafting from Purtighat to Mirmi about 2 ½ hours and driving back to Pokhara. Overnight at the hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast & LunchAccommodation: Tented Camp
Cost Details
  • Rafting fees and river permit.
  • Meals during your rafting trip 
  • Accommodation in a tented camp (2 in 1) with camp fire
  • Required rafting equipment & gears.
  • Two-way private transportation.
  • Necessary staff during a rafting trip
  • Experience and certified licensed holder rafting guide
  • All government taxes, official expenses & service charges
  • Rescue  & First aid kits for emergencies
  • Professional safety kayakers
  • River permits
  • Entry Visa fee and any kinds of immigration charges in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Nepal.
  • International Flight Fare to/from Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Extra Night meals and accommodation on your early arrival or late departure also any domestic flight delays.
  • Extra luggage charges.
  • Personal expenses like Laundry, alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, hot showers, phone calls, charging, boiled water/bottled waters, etc Rescue in emergency services.
  • Individual buying and souvenirs.
  • Rent or Purchase any type of equipment or gear.
  • Purchase special medicines and kits.
  • Tips for rafting guide & rafting crews
Dates & Availability
  • Kaligandaki river rafting is perfect for all, no need for any previous experience in rafting. 
  • Rafting multiple days trips stars after breakfast from the campsite, lunch break on the way, and finally, stop next camp
  • One day rafting day trip starts after breakfast and ends the trip by noon 3 to 4 PM and transfers to the  onward journey
Additional Info

River Rafting Requirements

  1. Shorts,  ½ pants
  2. T-shirt
  3. Sport sandals or comfortable shoes that can get wet and will stay on your feet
  4. Polypropylene / quick dry long shirts
  5. Swimwear
  6. Track pants / comfortable long pants
  7. Warm fleece
  8. Jacket (waterproof shell)
  9. Travel towel
  10. Socks
  11. Shoes (not essential – do not bring big trekking boots)
  12. Pajamas (something comfortable to sleep in)
  13. Warm hat (in cold months)
  14. Travel towel 
  15. Personal toiletries
  16. Sunscreen / sunscreen lip protection
  17. Mosquito repellant 
  18. Water bottle
  19. Headlamp/lash light
  20. Personal first aid kit
  21. Sleeping bag (if you do not have one – we will provide a complimentary rental)
  22. A little cash for treats, tips, and the occasional chance for photographs
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