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THE UPPER ALAKNANDA RIVER EXPEDITION


A self contained multi-day river adventure down the Alaknanda river. The trip starts from our base on the Ganges river near the pilgrim town of Rishikesh, and launches from the town of Chamoli river to end at Rudraprayag, descending 70 kms of a classic river run negotiating over 85 Class 3+/4 rapids!!
A scenic drive of 165 kms (6hrs) hours takes us past the town of Devprayag, Rudraprayag and Nandprayag, situated on holy confluences which later form India's holiest river, the Ganga. We reach Kaldubagarh, situated above the Alaknanda, on the road to India's holiest shrines for the Hindus, Badrinath. Enroute, we pass Rudraprayag, best known for the infamous man-eating leopard shot down by Jim Corbett in 1932 in its forests. One of the most exciting the river runs in this part of the Himalaya, we take you through thick forests and deep gorges and cascading whitewater, Foaming rapids, sandy beaches and starry nights make this a truly memorable outdoor trip.
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Itinerary
Day 01 : Board morning Shatabdi Express from Delhi leaving at 6:55 am. Reach Hardwar at 11:30 am and transfer to Camp Silver Sands. We check into Camp Silver Sands, which is located on a large sandy beach on the banks of the Ganga river - briefing on Camp, its activities and the trip to follow. Short run till Shivpuri to get familiarised with paddling commands and safety techniques, negotiating a few rapids, like "Three Blind Mice", "Crossfire", and the "Body Surfing rapid". Return to Camp for hot tea / coffee and snacks. Campffire barbecue dinner & overnight Camp.
Day 02 : An early morning drive to Kaldubagarh (6 hrs), the put in point. Enroute we stop at Devprayag, to see the confluence of the two rivers (the Alaknanda and the Bhagirathi) which meet to form the Ganga. Check into guest house upon arrival, and get personal kit ready. Overnight Kaldubagarh.
Day 03 : An early start today, we drive an hour to Chamoli and begin our river trip after a comprehensive safety check. We raft 30 kms with nearly 40 rapids today, including a possible portage at Hillary Fall. This is the spot where Edmund Hillary’s famous “Ocean to Sky” expedition ended, being unable to travel up this rapid. Lots of paddling, lots of scouts, this is the quintessential river day. We float into familiar Kaldubagarh for the night. Overnight guest house.
Day 04 : Today we raft from Kaldubagarh to Gauchar, rafting down a series of nearly 20 Class 3+ rapids over a 4 hour day. We camp near Gauchar, 7 kms upstream of the confluence of the Alaknanda with the Pindar at Karnprayag.
Day 05 : Today we raft till below Rudraprayag in a 5 hour day covering 30 kms of Class 3+/4 rapids, including a portage at “Kakar Fall”. We drive back down the valley to arrive at Camp Silver Sands for dinner. Overnight Camp.
Day 06 : Relaxed morning at Camp. Post lunch transfer to Hardwar to board the evening Shatabdi home. Arrive Delhi by 10:30pm. Trip ends.
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