Kali River Rafting Expedition

Red Chilli Adventures
  • 9 days
  • Moderate
  • 4.9
  • Water

Kali River Rafting Expedition Rishikesh (Uttarakhand) By Red Chilli Adventure


Located along the border of India and Nepal, the Kali River trip is an exciting river journey along scenic terraced-cultivation and quaint old Kumaoni villages. Coupled with the sparkling water and wonderful sandy beaches, this trip promises you a wilderness journey of a lifetime.


  • day 0:

    We take the overnight train to Kathgodam and reach in the early hours of the morning.

  • day 1:

    Once in Kathgodam we take a seven hour drive to Pithorgarh. Now, this drive comprises some splendid views of The Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchuli mountain ranges of the Kumaon district of the Himalayas. You can also stopover at some of these quaint villages and have a look at the cultural background of the entire region. We are certain that most often than not you’ll be stopping over to take in a picturesque spot as well as some of the locals into your camera as memories .Once at Pithorgarh we check into a HOTEL FOR an overnight stay.

  • day 2:

    There is a confluence of Gori Ganga and the Kali River at a place called Jauljibi. It is a short two and a half hour drive from Pithoragarh and it is here where we begin our rafting expedition. After a comprehensive talk on river safety as well as basic instructions, you are ready to experience the thrill of some grade III 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.

  • day 3:

    The next day is another one downwards from Kali River. There is a tiny Grade II level in the beginning, which however is just a warm up for a more spectacular White water ‘squeeze’ at Juhalaghat. You can either raft or KAYAK through this portion of the river. You will also see some stalactite and stalagmite formations at the river bank. It’s a tiring day and we stop over at a camp by river in the afternoon. You are then free to either hike up the surrounding area or simply laze around at the campfire finally hitting the sleeping bags after a fulfilling dinner.

  • day 4:

    For those of you holding a passion or even a passing interest in fishing, this is the day for you. After crossing a few basic grade II and III rapids we reach Pancheshwar, which is another confluence of two rivers- River Kali and River Saryu and is notably a great spot for fishing which you can do at leisure while we camp at this spot.

  • day 5:

    Expect loads of thrills today as we move from Pancheshwar towards Sonali Gaon and encounter grade III 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:

    We run the river from Sonali Gaon to Pari Gaon today which will take us to the biggest rapid River Kali has to offer- The Chuka , a great grade IV + rapid which needs to be scouted well before actually running. You have to avoid getting into the river with the raft over your head! Once this ‘obstacle’ is successfully finished we cross relatively tiny rapids. Finally, an exhausting day ends at a camp across Pari Gaon where once again you can simply relax, share stories and tuck into a delicious hot meal before retiring for the night into your cozy tents

  • day 7:

    On the last day in 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.

  • day 8:

    This is the end of the journey folks; we’re back to Delhi, bright and early.

Check list for multi day trips

  1. Warm Sleeping Bag (till 0 degree C or below at least),
  2. Woolens/thermal underwear
  3. Wind/rain proof jacket
  4. Feather Down jacket- Optional
  5. Hiking/trekking shoes - Important
  6. Spare sandals -Optional
  7. Camera- Optional
  8. Woolen socks
  9. Water Bottle
  10. Flash Light and spare batteries - Important
  11. Sun Shade/Hat with Brim/woolen hat/gloves
  12. Sunglasses
  13. Sun Lotion
  14. Sunscreen/Sun block
  15. Vaseline/Lip Salve
  16. Insect Repellent
  17. Personal Toiletries - towels/soap etc.
  18. Personal Medication if any
  19. Rucksack/duffel bag to carry your baggage
  20. Inflatable mattress (optional), we provide foam-mattress.
  21. Small daypack to carry camera, packed lunch, water bottle and wind/rain jacket on a walk.
  22. Long trousers / long shirts / T-shirts etc.

You will 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 5-10 degrees at night. Long pants and long shirts are handy because of the strong sun in the mountains.

Note: we can arrange down sleeping bag on your request at an extra cost of Rs 100 per day.


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