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Rafting the Alknanda Rafting the Alknanda
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Days : 6 Season: Autumn

The Alaknanda – Upper Section (Chamoli – Rudarprayag)

The Alaknanda River is the second major tributary of the Ganga besides the Bhagirathi. It drains through the big mountains of Garhwal and has numerous mighty tributaries including the Mandakini, Nandakini and Pindar. A self-contained trip is a great introduction to expedition rafting. Apart from some spectacular scenery it provides you the thrill of running one of the most technical and challenging white water in the Indian Himalaya’s that has grade 4 to 5 rapids with loads of adventure to offer.

Our river rafting journey starts at Chamoli. The stretch between the Chamoli and Rudraprayag, is a classic river run, negotiate over 75 to 80 grade 3 to 4+ rapids, including the grade 5 ‘Hillary Fall’ named after Sir Edmund Hillary’s up-stream jet boat expedition called “Ocean to Sky”, many decades ago.

  • Day 01: Arrive early morning at Haridwar. Drive to Himalayan Outdoors: Camp Gold Coast, 30 Kms beyond Rishikesh & check into the camp. After breakfast we drive to the starting point of the rafting trip. Today we raft about 30 km to Rishikesh and get familiar with paddling and safety techniques, negotiating the best rapids on the Ganga, like “The Wall”, \"Three Blind Mice\", \"Body Surfing\", “Rollercoaster”, “Golf course” and a few small rapids for about 4 hr & prepare ourselves to take on the most challenging stretch Alaknanda River has to offer. We finish our trip short of Rishikesh & drive back to the camp for lunch. Evening around the campfire.

    Day02: In the morning after breakfast we drive 6-7 hrs to Kaldubagar, through the pilgrim towns of Devprayag and Rudarprayag. Stay overnight in a hotel/river camp. After settling in, there is a briefing on the river rafting trip and the upcoming days. We pack stuff in dry bags and get ready for the next day.

    Day 03: An early start takes us to Chamoli. This is the most challenging stretch of the trip. At the Putin we help in getting the rafts readied. A detailed safety briefing follows with instructions on paddling, rapids to be encountered etc. The expedition begins with a lot of grade 4/4+ rapids. Depending on the volume of water, we negotiate or walk around the ‘Hillary Fall’ rapid at Nandprayag. We call it a day at Kaldubagar after a long exhilarating day on the river.

    Day 04: Today we raft till Gauchar. Get ready for another exciting day on the river with plenty of grade 3/4 rapids. We raft pass the confluence of Pindar at Karanprayag.

    The Pindar River brings in more volume, adding punch to rapids to follow. We camp on a big sandy beach, settle in to star gaze around the bonfire and get a good night’s sleep.

    Day 05: After breakfast we get on the river and raft till Rudarpryag. Today the section is more “pool & drop” as compared to the start with plenty of grade 3/4 rapids. We reach the ‘Kakar Fall’ grade 5 rapid. After a thorough inspection of the rapid we negotiate or line up the rafts to enter the spectacular narrow box canyon. The canyon is narrow enough, about 15 meters, for a Kakar (deer) to leap across – that’s where the rapid gets its name. Finish the trip after running the ‘Holy Hole’ grade 4 rapid. Drive back to Rishikesh. Transfer to Camp Gold Coast. Evening at leisure around the campfire.

    Day 06: After lunch transfers to Hardwar. Trip concludes.

    Brief Plan:

    Day 1: Delhi- Hardwar- Rishikesh
    Day 2: Rishikesh – Kaldubagar
    Day 3: Kaldubagar – Chamoli (River) - Kaldubagar
    Day 4: Kaldubagar - Gauchar
    Day 5: Gauchar- Rudarprayag - Rishikesh

    Day 6: Rishikesh- Hardwar- Delhi

  • Total cost per person including Govt Service Tax is INR 18000/-.

    For international clients the expedition costs US$ 550/- excluding Govt Service Tax.

    What’s Included: all travel from Hardwar to Hardwar by road (by ac and non ac car / jeep / coach), all arrangements for staying and camping while on the trip, accommodation on twin share basis in tents / rest houses / hotels, all meals including those at Rishikesh/Chamoli/Rudraprayag, professional guide fee, all rafting, kayaking and safety equipment with India’s most experienced guiding team, expert leadership, camp staff, cook etc.


    What’s not: airport/train transfers & taxes, any stay and meals in Hardwar, bottled water /alcoholic beverages at Rishikesh/Chamoli/Rudraprayag, restaurant meals outside Camp/rest houses, sleeping bag, items of personal clothing, expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, basic medical and evacuation insurance; any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.

    Rates quoted are on twin share. If you prefer single accommodation, the single

    supplement is Rs. 2500. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodation, we will try our best to find you a roommate. If that is not possible, you will need to pay a “forced” single supplement of Rs. 2500.

    Booking conditions: All bookings are subject to availability of space for the expedition. We book space on a 100% advance. 

    Fixed Departure:  October 19th to 24th, 2014

    IMPORTANT NOTE: HIMALAYAN OUTDOORS (I) PVT. LTD.‚ reserves the right to change, alter or cancel a trip due to any reason or extraordinary circumstance like dangerous water levels, landslides, bad weather etc. This right will be exercised in the best interest of your safety, and for the well being of an individual or group of individuals.




    01. Warm Sleeping Bag (till 0\'C or below at least)

    02. Woollens/thermal underwear

    03. Wind/rain proof jacket

    04. Hiking/trekking shoes ; spare sandals

    05. Woollen socks

    06. Water Bottle

    07. Flash Light and spare batteries - important

    08. Sun Shade/Hat with Brim/woollen hat/gloves

    09. Sunglasses

    10. Sunscreen/Sun block

    11. Vaseline/Lip Salve

    12. Insect Repellent

    13. Personal Toiletries - towels/soap etc.



    14. Rucksack/duffel bag to carry your baggage

    15. Karimat / Thermarest (optional)

    16. Small daypack to carry camera, packed lunch, water bottle and wind/rain jacket on     a walk.

    17. Long trousers / long shirts / T-shirts etc.

    We provide wetsuits, wet boots, wet gloves and all rafting gear. You live in 4 season tents to withstand weather extremes, if any on the trip. Other items of personal nature need to be added by you especially personal medication, if any. Temperatures are going to vary between 25-30 degrees Celsius to 10-12 degrees at night. Long pants and long shirts are handy because of the strong sun and lots of sun tan lotion.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: HIMALAYAN OUTDOORS (I) PVT. LTD.‚ reserves the right to change, alter or cancel a trip due to any reason or extraordinary circumstance like dangerous water levels, landslides, bad weather etc. This right will be exercised in the best interest of your safety, and for the well being of an individual or group of individuals.