Sarayu River Rafting Expedition in Uttarakhand

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

Sarayu River Rafting Expedition in Uttarakhand by Red Chilli Adventures


‘A Little BIG River’ - The emerald green Sarayu River is in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand which offers brilliant landscapes with picture perfect beaches and canyons. A Self-contained expedition on the Sarayu offers you an experience of both low and big volume river. A Self -contained expedition on the Sarayu combined with ‘Himalayan’ big volume style of rafting on the lower Kali offers an awesome white water expedition experience.


  • day 0:

    Overnight train from Delhi to Kathgodam, we arrive early in the morning.

  • day 1:

    A five hour road journey to Binsar, gives you splendid views of the Trisul and Nanda Devi mountain ranges. The drive in itself is an experience as we pass through several small Kumaoni villages full of welcoming locals and indigenous flora and fauna of the area. Once in Binsar we check into a hotel to spend the night before beginning the run down the River the next day.

  • day 2:

    The day begins early and the first two and half hours of it are spent reaching the starting point of our expedition-Sheraghat. As per the rules, first of all a comprehensive talk on river safety is given to each one after which we consider you ready to face some grade III and IV rapids. An enthralling experience, interspaced with the amazing view of passing through distant villages with spectacular view of the Himalayas. We pitch camp late afternoon, followed by dinner around the campfire and you are ready to dream about the day that was.

  • day 3:

    The day actually begins with a splendid Grade IV rapid so you know what to expect further-a little more thrill and challenges. At Rameshwar the Ramganga joins the Sarayu and more volume is added to the already thriving river. The section below Ghat is relatively easy and gives you a chance to bodysurf or just experience the tranquil beauty of the valley. In the afternoon, we pitch camp on a sandy beach and relax after a long paddle on the water. In the evening you can choose to hike or laze around the campfire, finishing the day with a good meal.

  • day 4:

    As we continue to move downward we reach the mixing of the waters of River Kali with that of River Sarayu at Pancheshwar. The Kali River you would notice brings in tremendous amount of volume and speed to the confluence making it one big Himalayan river. This stretch of river runs through a remote wilderness valley and the verdant untouched beauty around is breathtaking with some grade III+ rapids. We finish this day (as much as we may not want to) at Sonali Gaon where we camp overnight.

  • day 5:

    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 if you want 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 6:

    Layover Day. Today you can take the day at your own pace, after breakfast we hike to Chuka Village. The village has an interesting history and its shot at fame is that it was here that the conservationist and wildlife enthusiast Jim Corbett shot one Man Eater. Good for us though as we get to explore the village without fear, now that the Man Eater is long dead! After lunch the afternoon is free for a nature walk, sunbathing, bird watching, fishing or anything else that you may fancy.

  • day 7:

    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.

  • 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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