Kaligandaki river trip

A Kaligandaki river trip first requires either a 30 minute flight or 6 hour drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. A model trip could begin at Modibani, the confluence of the Kaligandaki River and the Modikhola.

Before trekking towards Modibani, a river of approximately one and a half hours is required to reach Naudanda.

A daylong trek from Naudanda takes you to Karkineta. Lunch could be taken at Phedi. Stay another night at Karkineta. A clean weather morning offers a magnificent view of sunrise from here. So is evening for sunset.

After a few hours walk from Karkineta the following day you reach Modibani at noon.

From Modibani the first day on the river gives a few rapids ranging from 4-6 classes and a number of nice waves. A small temple is at sight in Jimrighat after an hours rafting from Modibani. The day’s camping place is normally Chhisti.

The second day also you encounter a few rapids of followed by a relatively bigger one before reaching Purtighat. A couple of hours from Byadi are a Setibani rapid to the left of a village called Setibani. At this point the river sends to the right.

The next day a class 6 rapid is encountered with less then half an hour after start nearby Pahadi. Ridi Bazaar is a small bazaar en route to the camping place, Belghari. In Ridi Bazaar there is a bank where money can exchanged.

About 20 minutes below Belghari is located an old and attractive palace called Ranighat Palace in a check about 40 minutes from here on the raft you come across a big rapid, perhaps the biggest in the complete trip. Today’s lunch spot, Mandran, is also perhaps the best lunch spot in the complete trip, Normal campsite is Malunga village.

The fifth day’s rafting takes you to the Ramdighat bridge (half an hour’s walk below camp site on the Siddhartha Highway, 314 km from Kathmandu). Food supplies are available here. Today’s camp is at Nisrati.
From Nisrati to Bhujat it takes about an hour on the raft. An appropriate lunch spot here is Puttarghat, 4 hours distance from Nisrati.

The sixth day’s camping is at Batulitar.

The seventh day also you come across a few small rapids. Today’s lunch spot is Khalta and camping could be done some 15 minutes downward from Khalta. The campsite is an isolated place and quite often footprints of wild animals could be spotted here.

The next day ends the trip. You arrive at Devighat, the confluence of the Trishuli and Kalighandaki , which takes three hours from Khalta . This is the lunch spot of the day. After lunch, rafting continues for about an hour till Narayanghat , the take off point.

Now you have an option either drive back to Kathmandu, which takes normally 6 hours, or to visit the Royal Chitwan National Park. There are a number of lodge/camps of different classes providing varied quality of services at varying prices.