Rafting in Alaknanda (5 Nights / 6 Days)
self contained multi-day river adventure
down the Alaknanda river. The trip
starts from our base on the Ganges river
near the pilgrim town of Rishikesh, and
launches from the town of Chamoli river
to end at Rudraprayag, descending 70 kms
of a classic river run negotiating over
85 Class 3+/4 rapids!!
A scenic drive of 165 kms (6hrs) hours
takes us past the town of Devprayag,
Rudraprayag and Nandprayag, situated on
holy confluences which later form
India's holiest river, the Ganga. We
reach Kaldubagarh, situated above the
Alaknanda, on the road to India's
holiest shrines for the Hindus,
Badrinath. Enroute, we pass Rudraprayag,
best known for the infamous man-eating
leopard shot down by Jim Corbett in 1932
in its forests.
One of the most exciting the river runs
in this part of the Himalaya, we take
you through thick forests and deep
gorges and cascading whitewater, Foaming
rapids, sandy beaches and starry nights
make this a truly memorable outdoor
Day 01 :
Board morning Shatabdi Express from
Delhi leaving at 6:55 am. Reach Hardwar
at 11:30 am and transfer to Camp Silver
Sands. We check into Camp Silver Sands,
which is located on a large sandy beach
on the banks of the Ganga river -
briefing on Camp, its activities and the
trip to follow.
Short run till Shivpuri to get
familiarised with paddling commands and
safety techniques, negotiating a few
rapids, like "Three Blind Mice",
"Crossfire", and the "Body Surfing
rapid". Return to Camp for hot tea /
coffee and snacks. Campffire barbecue
dinner & overnight Camp.
Day 02 :
An early morning drive to
Kaldubagarh (6 hrs), the put in point.
Enroute we stop at Devprayag, to see the
confluence of the two rivers (the
Alaknanda and the Bhagirathi) which meet
to form the Ganga. Check into guest
house upon arrival, and get personal kit
ready. Overnight Kaldubagarh.
Day 03 :
An early start today, we drive an hour
to Chamoli and begin our river trip
after a comprehensive safety check. We
raft 30 kms with nearly 40 rapids today,
including a possible portage at Hillary
This is the spot where Edmund Hillary’s
famous “Ocean to Sky” expedition ended,
being unable to travel up this rapid.
Lots of paddling, lots of scouts, this
is the quintessential river day. We
float into familiar Kaldubagarh for the
night. Overnight guest house.
Day 04 :
Today we raft from Kaldubagarh to
Gauchar, rafting down a series of nearly
20 Class 3+ rapids over a 4 hour day. We
camp near Gauchar, 7 kms upstream of the
confluence of the Alaknanda with the
Pindar at Karnprayag.
Day 05 :
Today we raft till below Rudraprayag in
a 5 hour day covering 30 kms of Class
3+/4 rapids, including a portage at
“Kakar Fall”. We drive back down the
valley to arrive at Camp Silver Sands
for dinner. Overnight Camp.
Day 06 :
Relaxed morning at Camp. Post lunch
transfer to Haridwar to board the
evening Shatabdi train. Arrive Delhi by
10:30pm. Trip ends.
Tour finish with Sweet Memories.