Kali River Expedition at Uttarakhand

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  • 7 days
  • Moderate
  • 4.9
  • Water

Kali Rafting Expedition is a multi-day river trip on the Kali river in eastern Kumaon district of Uttarakhand.


Kali Rafting Expedition is a multi-day river trip on the Kali river in eastern Kumaon district of Uttarakhand. The Kali river enters into India near Jauljibi, and flows as a natural border between India and Nepal. Our expedition starts from Jhula ghat, where the river squeezes to a mere 20 ft below the suspension bridge which connects India and Nepal. We would negotiate several class III rapids and one class IV rapid at Chooka. Camping experience is divine with large sandy beaches which are virtually isolated. After the confluence with Saryu river at Pancheshwar, the river is called Sharda or Kali-Sharda, after which the river gathers pace and volume. We finish the trip at Boom near Tanakpur after spending 6 days with the river.


  • Day 0:

    Board overnight train Ranikhet express from Delhi for Kathgodam.

  • Day 1:

    Drive to Pithrogarh: Early morning arrival at Kathgodam, drive to Pithoragarh ( 8-9 hours ) through beautiful and scenic route. Pithoragarh is a big town developed as a district headquarters of this region. One would get excellent Himalayan views of Nandadevi, Trishul and Panchuli peaks. Overnight at hotel/guest house.

  • Day 2:

    Drive to Jauljibi and Raft till Chaukidari Camp: A two and a half hour drive from Pithoragarh brings us to the confluence of Gori Ganga and Kali rivers at Jauljibi, the starting point of the expedition. After a comprehensive talk on river safety as well as basic instructions, you are ready to experience the thrill of grade 3 rapids. The sights and sounds of the many villages we cross add to the special experience of being on the river. We pitch camp late afternoon, followed by dinner around the campfire after an amazing day on the river. Overnight at camp.

  • Day 3:

    Raft Chaukidari Camp to Waterfall Camp: The second day on the Kali begins with a grade 2 rapid. Enjoy the white water as we raft or kayak through the ‘Squeeze’ at Juhlaghat. The river banks sport stalactite and stalagmite formations, reminding us of what we learnt in school. In the afternoon, we pitch camp by a waterfall and we can either choose to hike up to it or laze around the campfire, eat dinner and hit the sleeping bag. Camp overnight.

  • Day 4:

    Raft Waterfall Camp to Panchehwar: Get ready for some more action on the grade 2-3 rapids to reach Pancheshwar, the confluence of Kali and Saryu. This is a great spot for fishing. Camp overnight.

  • Day 5:

    Raft Panchehwar to Sonali Gaon: Expect loads of thrills today as we move from Pancheshwar towards Sonali Gaon and encounter grade 3 rapids as the river picks up volume. The untouched beauty around is breathtaking and has us all wishing for the day not to end. Camp overnight.

  • Day 6:

    Raft Sonali Gaon to Pari Gaon: The river run from Sonali Gaon to Pari Gaon takes us through Kali’s biggest rapid, the ‘Chuka’, a grade 4+ rapid. As the rapid has several channels we will scout around before running it. A few more grade 3 rapids before we reach camp across the river from Pari Gaon. There will be plenty to discuss and remember about the day when we sit around the camp fire tucking into a hot, delicious meal. Camp overnight.

  • Day 7:

    Raft Parigaon to Boom: The last day on the river we start from Pari Gaon to reach the take out at Boom. There is a distinct shift in the vegetation around as we enter the Terai region and you may find wild elephants sharing the river with you! After lunch load up and drive to Kathgodam to board the night train out of Kathgodam to Delhi.drive to Kathgodam to board the night train out of Kathgodam to Delhi.


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