Upper Alaknanda Rafting Expedition
Duration: 5 days
Class: III+ - IV - V
Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

The Alaknanda River is the second major tributary of the Ganga besides the Bhagirathi. The Alaknanda River formed by the confluence of Vishnu Ganga and Dhauli Ganga at Vishnuprayag originating from the glaciers of Badrinath and Kamet. Vishnu Ganga originates from Mana pass and the Dhauli originates from Niti pass. It drains through the big […]

The Alaknanda River is the second major tributary of the Ganga besides the Bhagirathi. The Alaknanda River formed by the confluence of Vishnu Ganga and Dhauli Ganga at Vishnuprayag originating from the glaciers of Badrinath and Kamet. Vishnu Ganga originates from Mana pass and the Dhauli originates from Niti pass. It drains through the big mountains of Garhwal and has numerous mighty tributaries including the Nandakini (originating from Nandadevi glaciers) join at Nandprayag, and Pindar (originating from the Pindari glaciers in Kumaon) joins Alaknanda at Karanprayag and Mandakini joins at Rudraprayag. A self-contained expedition rafting trip, it provides you the thrill of running one of the most technical & challenging white water in the Indian Himalaya’s that has grade IV to V whitewater with loads of adventure to offer. The stretch between the Chamoli and Rudraprayag, is a classic river run negotiate over 75 to 80 grade III to IV+ rapids, as it changes annually by the monsoon including the grade V ‘Hillary Fall’ named after Sir Edmund Hillary’s up-stream jet boat expedition called “Ocean to Sky”. Only a handful people have rafted this section. Raft down this dream river run filled with adrenaline pumping rapids, sandy beaches, big bonfire which makes this a truly unforgettable river journey.

ITINERARY

Day 01:
Arrive early morning at Haridwar. Drive to Rishikesh & check into a hotel. After breakfast we drive to the starting point of the rafting day trip. Today we raft about 20km to Rishikesh and get familiar with paddling and safety techniques, negotiating the best rapids on the Ganges, like “Three Blind Mice”, “Body Surfing”, “Rollercoaster”, “Golf course” and some smaller ones too for about 3 hr & prepare ourselves to take on the most challenging stretch Alaknanda River has to offer. We finish our trip just before the Laxmanjhula(suspension bridge) place called NIM beach & drive back to the hotel. In the evening you can walk into the town to attend the evening prayer ceremony called (Ganga Arati) by the river Ganges.

Day 02:
In the early morning we start drive from Rishikesh will have breakfast en-rootto. It take 6-7 hours drive to reach Kaldubagar, through the pilgrim towns of Devprayag & Rudarprayag. Stay overnight in a hotel/river camp. After settling in, there is a briefing on the river 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 the rafting starting point (also known as put-in)place called Chamoli which is around 25 km. from Kaldubugar. This is the most challenging stretch of the trip. At the Put-in 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 IV/IV+ rapids. Depending on the volume of water, and also as it changes annualy by the monsoon, 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 III/IV whitewater. 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 III/IV whitewater. We reach the ‘Kakar Fall’ grade v 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 IV whitewater. Drive back to Rishikesh. Transfer to Haridwar to board the evening train. Trip ends. * Previous rafting and kayaking experience would help. This expedition requires a minimum of 6 or 7 committed rafters.

ENCLUSIONS

All the rafting expedition gear including rafts, life jackets,
helmets, paddling jackets, wetsuit, booties, dry bags,safety kayaks
Accommodation in tents as twin share basis
All camping gear as: sleeping bags, mattress, tents.
Comprehensive first aid kit,
All meals during trip (veg & non veg).
All cooking and mess arrangements.
All the experienced and internationally certified river raft guides
and safety kayakers,for whitewater river rescue and firs-aid/cpr,
River running permits and railway station transfers,
Rafting as mentioned in the Itinerary.

EXCLUSIONS

Sun-glass
River Shorts, Thermal Inner Wear (Upper/Lower), Towel, etc.
Any charges for Video Cameras, Still Cameras, etc.
Liquor, Soft drinks, Beverages, etc.
Personal expenses like Tips, Telephone Calls, etc. Except emergency calls.
Insurance of any kind, anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

Personal rafting gear:
You can save on buying expensive rafting equipment for the rafting by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficiency.

Thinking to hire please take a look at the EQUIPMENT RENTAL section.

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

40% Required in advance to confirm a booking and the balance amount to be paid before start the trip.
Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque in favour of WET N WILD EXPLORATIONS payable at Rishikesh/Laxman Jhula or online through our payment gateway
Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips.

CANCELLATION POLICY

75 % refund if cancellation happens 10 days prior to departure.
50 % refund if cancellation happens 5 days prior to departure.
25% refund if cancellation happens 3 days prior to departure.
No refund for any cancellation/no show in the last 3 days prior to departure.

DO NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT

Swimming costumes/ Thermal (Upper/Lower) for rafting
Quick drying clothes
River Shorts
Sun-glass
Video Cameras/Still Cameras
River sandal/waterproof floater with securable back strap
Retainer cord for sunglasses/prescription glasses
Sunscream for sun protection
Moisturizer
Towel
Spruce up kit
Warm clothing would be needed from October to till mid March.

GENERAL NOTIFICATION

Minimum age for participation is 15 years for our rafting expedition programs.
No room service or any kind of special considerations/customizations is possible/provided.
This is not a luxury trip. Participants should be willing to rough it out.
Participants are expected to participate in camp activities like collecting wood, setting up tents etc.
People with past history/ailment of heart, asthma, epilepsy should take medical advice before enrolling.
Weather disruptions may at times result in discomfort or unplanned adjustments.
Please look at the inclusions and exclusions in the price section.

White Water Rafting Expedition is considered an extreme sport and has potential risks. Participants to our rafting trips are expected to understand the hazards and would be required to sign an undertaking/disclaimer prior to participating.