Do you run single rafting and trekking day tours ?
YES! We have trips including some half day and single day trips, so if you short on time, you will still be able to join our raft and trek trip! We offer a half day and full day rafting trip on Ganges. We also offer a day treks in the near surroundings of Rishikesh. If you do have a little more time, do consider one of our fantastic and remote multi-day river and mountain camping adventures…
Can I raft without previous experience ?
Most of our clients have never rafted before or at the most have done a day trip somewhere else in the world. We’ll provide you with all the necessary knowledge through our thorough safety and paddle briefings from your trip leader. Rafting is a fun, team activity that all people are able to participate in.
Is it dangerous ?
Like all adventure sports rafting does have an inherent risk. With all our years of experience, our professional guides and the best in white water equipment, we do our best to minimize risk. Without exception, we take safety kayakers on all trips to ensure added safety for you, our guests. On our more challenging trips as an added safety measure, we take a cataraft.
I can’t swim – can I still join ?
No problem! We provide professional US coast guard certified type V big water life jackets from NRS with full cut white water helmet and we will teach you the proper procedures for a “white water swim” in case you do fall out of the raft. And in the event that you do fall out of the raft, you will not be floating for long, as our safety kayakers are quick to rescue and get you back safely in the raft.
Do I need to be fit to go on a rafting trip ?
Rafting does not require very high levels of fitness. Nearly anybody over 14 years of age can run nearly all rivers on offer. Of course, heart patients, expecting mothers or any other serious ailments are an impediment.
What do I need to bring for day trip or rafting expedition ?
Check General Info for rafting checklist
How many people can I expect on my trip and what are they like ?
In order to reduce our impact on the environment we have a maximum of 16 clients per trip. We feel this also gives clients and guides the opportunity to get to know each other better. Many of our clients forge lasting friendships on our trips, meeting up on subsequent river journeys. We have a mixture of nationalities such as British, American, New Zealand, Swiss, Germans, Australians and Indian. This makes for an interesting cocktail of cross country conversations, stories and jokes around the campfire and on the raft.
What is the difference between a multi- day river trip ( rafting expedition) and fixed rafting camp trip ?
A rafting expedition is a self-supported trip. This implies that all our camping equipment, kitchen facilities, manpower everything travels along with the paddling team on separate cargo boats. After a day of rafting, we ground the rafts at an isolated beach, and go about establishing a camp. This routine is followed as we progress on a river journey, negotiating exciting rapids. Highlights of such a tour is exclusivity, more closer to nature and wilderness, and higher level of team bonding and adventure.
On the other hand, a fixed camp based rafting tour provides a resort like atmosphere for accommodation with beds/accessories. Rafting is done as independent day trips. It is also possible to integrate multi-activity adventures also to offer a variety of experience to the guests.
What do the river grades mean ?
River Grading: Water volume and technical hazards determine a rapids grade. Class I-II are small and simple waves. Class III/III+ are exciting, but not too difficult or technical. Class IV/IV+ provide a great adrenalin rush with the chance of falling out or flipping the raft. Class V is extreme, challenging, potentially scary and usually requires a great deal of scouting and is the highest level we run in India with only our absolute best guides in charge. Please understand that Mother Nature makes the rules in all outdoor pursuits, and often rivers, trails, roads change making rapid levels constantly fluctuate from season to season.
Are the rivers clean to swim in, or will I get sick ?
Well…you are in the Himalayan part of India, so the rivers are much more cleaner than rest down part of India. May be it’s not good enough to drink from, but you don’t have to worry about getting sick from simply swimming in them. The water is fast moving, and even at camp where there are large still eddies, you do not have to worry about anything like bilharzias etc.
What about drinking water on river trips ?
On day trips we use the packaged drinking water which is available in the shops. On remote river trips we boil the water treated with iodine and later filtered with the Katadyn expedition water filter.
What kind of food do you provide ?
We are very proud of our crew’s culinary ability! We offer both Western & Indian dishes. All of our dishes are vegetarian, however we are confident that you will not get bored from our vegetarian dishes. Meals are always provided as buffet, so you can help yourself to what you like and avoid what you don’t.
What if I am allergic to some food ?
Please do let us know in advance and we will take care. Moreover in every meal there will be few options for food.
What happens with my luggage on multi days river trip ?
We will provide you with a stuff sack to pack what you wish to bring on the river with you. Once we arrive at the put-in point, we will put all stuff sacks in our 100% water proof NRS dry bags. Any valuable items, or things you wish to have access to through the day, such as cameras, medicine, extra eye contact lenses & sunscreen etc., will be packed in 100% waterproof and almost indestructible pelican boxes.
What happen to my extra luggage which I do not need for the trip ?
Your extra luggage can either be left at our Base in Rishikesh. Valuable such as laptops & passports etc. can be put in our safe, while back packs and general luggage will be stored in a common store room.
Note – All items left with us or brought with you on the river are at your own risk.
What about single supplements ?
Our rooming arrangements both on and off the river are on a twin share basis. Families can request rooms together and we are happy to accommodate couples. If you request a single room or tent for the trip you will have to pay an additional surcharge however if this occurs due to odd numbers on a trip you will not be required to pay anything extra.
Do I need to tip my guide ?
You certainly do not NEED to tip your guide; however, if you feel they did a good job, a small personal tip is a lovely gesture and shows our crew that their hard work is appreciated. Additionally, if you feel that our crew did a good job and you enjoyed your trip, feel free to post a review on Trip Advisor and mention your favorite guides’ name. Our crew love to see their names highlighted up there !