Expedition in India - Mahakali River Expedition
Region: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 07 Night 08 Days
Best time: February to March and September to November
This is a rafting expedition on Sharda river (also called Kali Sharda), which forms a natural border between India and Nepal. The trip is largely disconnected from roads and civilization, as the river enters a wide gorge from Pancheshwar, and flows through the Terai jungles. Camp sites are heavenly on isolated remote beaches. The region is rich in flora and fauna, and one can easily sight a wide variety of rare birds and wildlife. Throughout the trip, we would have India on our right side, and Nepal on our left.
The river trip starts from Pancheshwar, and finishes at Tanakpur. This is a high volume river with mostly up to class III kind of rapids and one class IV rapid. In all we would be rafting on 04 days, and 01 day would be for transit. This is an exotic self supported rafting experience which has all the elements of remote wilderness, beautiful untouched beaches and action packed whitewater.
Mahakali River Rafting Expedition India Itinerary
Day 01: Delhi - Kathgodam
We take the overnight train to Kathgodam and reach in the early hours of the morning.
Day 02: Kathgodam - Pithoragarh
A seven hour drive to Pithoragarh gives you splendid views of the Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchuli mountain ranges. Drive through the towns and villages of Kumaon which provides a rich cultural background for the trip. Don't be surprised if you want to stop often to take photographs of the diverse flora and fauna, and the people of this region along with the Himalayas in the background. Overnight at Pithoragarh hotel.
Day 03: Pithoragarh - Jauljibi - Chaukidari Camp
A two and a half hour drive from Pithoragarh brings us to the confluence of Gori Ganga and Kali rivers at Jauljibi, the starting point of the expedition. After a comprehensive talk on river safety as well as basic instructions, you are ready to experience the thrill of grade 3 rapids. The sights and sounds of the many villages we cross add to the special experience of being on the river. We pitch camp late afternoon, followed by dinner around the campfire after an amazing day on the river. Overnight at camp.
Day 04: Chaukidari Camp - Waterfall camp
The second day on the Kali begins with a grade 2 rapid. Enjoy the white water as we raft or kayak through the 'Squeeze' at Juhlaghat. The river banks sport stalactite and stalagmite formations, reminding us of what we learnt in school. In the afternoon, we pitch camp by a waterfall and we can either choose to hike up to it or laze around the campfire, eat dinner and hit the sleeping bag. Camp overnight.
Day 05: Waterfall Camp- Nidal Camp
Get ready for some more action on the grade 2-3 rapids to reach Pancheshwar, the confluence of Kali and Saryu. This is a great spot for fishing. Camp overnight.
Day 06: Nidal Camp- Rupali goan Camp
Expect loads of thrills today as we move from Pancheshwar towards Sonali Gaon and encounter grade 3 rapids as the river picks up volume. The untouched beauty around is breathtaking and has us all wishing for the day not to end. Camp overnight.
Day 07: Rupali gaon Camp - Pari gaon Camp
The river run from Sonali Gaon to Pari Gaon takes us through Kali's biggest rapid, the 'Chuka', a grade 4+ rapid. As the rapid has several channels we will scout around before running it. A few more grade 3 rapids before we reach camp across the river from Pari Gaon. There will be plenty to discuss and remember about the day when we sit around the camp fire tucking into a hot, delicious meal. Camp overnight.
Day 08: Pari gaon - Boom - Kathgodam
The last day on the river we start from Pari Gaon to reach the take out at Boom. There is a distinct shift in the vegetation around as we enter the Terai region and you may find wild elephants sharing the river with you! After lunch load up and drive to Kathgodam to board the night train out of Kathgodam to Delhi.
Day 09: Kathgodam - Delhi
This is the end of the journey folks; we're back to Delhi, bright and early. Tour end
Expedition in India Related Info
What does the package include?
All rafting gear like rafts, life jackets, helmets, paddling jackets, safety kayaks, dry bags, Camping gear including tents, sleeping bags and first aid.
River guide and support crew for camp.
All Indian meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Morning evening tea or coffee.
Permits and fees.
What is excluded?
Anything not mentioned in the above schedule/program.
What should I bring with me?
Comfortable clothes, preferably wet suit
Waterproof sandals or floaters
Personal outdoor gears
Winter clothing between Oct to March