This is a rafting expedition on Kali river (also called Kali Sharda), which forms a natural border between India and Nepal.
This is a rafting expedition on Kali river (also called Kali Sharda), which forms a natural border between India and Nepal. The trip is disconnected from roads and civilization, as the river enters a wide gorge from Pancheshwar, and flows through the Terai jungles. Camp sites are heavenly on isolated remote beaches. The region is rich in flora and fauna, and one can easily sight a wide variety of rare birds and wildlife. Throughout the trip, we would have India on our right side and Nepal on our left.
The river trip starts from Pancheshwar, and finishes at Tanakpur. This is a high volume river with mostly up to class III kind of rapids and one class IV rapid. In all we would be rafting on three days, and one day would be for transit. One night would be at guest house in Lohaghat, and two nights camping besides the river. This is an exotic self-supported rafting experience which has all the elements of remote wilderness, beautiful untouched beaches and action packed white water.
Early morning arrival at Kathgodam. Transfer by road to Lohaghat ( 6 hours ). Lohaghat is a small hill-station besides the Lohawati river, at an altitude of 1770 Mtrs. Post afternoon at leisure.
Our river trip starts from Pancheshwar, which is about 40 kms from Lohaghat. At Pancheshwar, the river Saryu confluences with the Kali river, and hence forth it is called Kali Sharda river. Pancheshwar is a famous fishing spot for Mahaseer. After a detailed safety briefing we start from Pancheshwar on rafts in self supported manner with all our camping gear and luggage packed in waterproof dry bags, secured on a cargo raft. The river would be pacy, and participants can look forward to several exciting rapids before we camp on a beach besides the river.
We continue our river journey, and the highlight for today is a long class IV rapid, the Chooka. Scout the rapid and further raft down below the Chooka to set camp. After Chooka the river flows through the Terai jungles, and there are several eye opening rapids. Camp besides the river on a beautiful beach.
Day starts early, and we float past the Terai jungles negotiating exciting rapids. We would finish the trip at a place called Boom, near Tanakpur. The river trip ends here, and participants are transferred to Kathgodam to board the overnight train Ranikhet express for Delhi.