RIVER RAFTING EXPEDITION
The Kali river forms the international border
between India and Nepal in its upper reaches.
A self-contained river journey down this river
is one of the prime options in this part of the
Himalaya. The river flows past terraced farms
of Kumaoni and Nepali villages, fresh water streams,
sandy beaches, thick tropical jungles, plantations
as we travel downstream through the terai belt
negotiating exciting white water. With the Mahseer
making it an angler's delight, the lack of road
access makes it a complete wilderness journey.
After the first few days of serene float past
its confluence with the Saryu at Pancheshwar (also
a famous fishing spot) with the occasional big
rapid, the Kali makes its final descent to the
plains in the last day on river, beginning with
the mighty Chooka rapid. Flowing past the terai
hills after densely forested hillsides, this trip
is an outdoor wilderness experience in a league
of its own.
overnight train from Delhi - Kathgodam.
Drive Kathgodam to Pithoragarh (07 hrs). Overnight
at Rest House. Views of Panchuli more than
compensate for the drive.
Drive Pithoragarh to put-in
at Jhulaghat (02 hrs). Raft an initiation
stretch of 15 kms of Class II+ rapids passing
many stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Camp by late afternoon and hike to nearby
pass Pancheshwar where the Kali meets the
Saryu, and is now called the Sarda. We camp
below the confluence for a relaxed afternoon.
river begins to get pacy as we negotiate a
series of Class III rapids. The day is marked
ck jungles and less-inhabited sections.
day to explore the surroundings, hike and
we raft 20kms to camp below the Class IV Chooka
begin to enter the terai jungles today with
great white water and the chance of spotting
a wild elephant. We reach Boom for the drive
Overnight Ranikhet Express to Delhi.