9 days
base price per person

Whitewater Rafting Along the Kali River

The Kali river forms the border between India and Nepal in its upper reaches. A self-contained river journey is one of the best adventure trips to be done in this part of the Himalaya. The Kali flows past terraced farms of Kumaoni and Nepali villages, freshwater streams, sandy beaches, thick tropical jungles and plantations as we travel downstream through the Terai belt, while negotiating exciting whitewater.

No roads in this region of the Himalaya also make this a complete wilderness journey. The river is filled with the famous Mahseer carp indigenous to Himalayan rivers, which British anglers used to call “Indian salmon” in the days of the Raj. The first few days are spent floating serenely past the confluence with the Saryu at Pancheshwar (also a famous fishing spot) with the occasional big rapid.

Beginning with the mighty Chooka rapid, the Kali makes its final descent to the plains in the last day on the river. Flowing past the Terai hills after densely forested hillsides, this trip is an outdoor wilderness experience in a league of its own.



Day 1

Board overnight train from Delhi – Kathgodam.

Day 2

Drive Kathgodam to Pithoragarh (7 hrs), while the views of Panchuli more than compensate for the drive. Spend the night at rest house.

Day 3

Drive Pithoragarh to get into the water at Jhulaghat (2 hrs). Raft an initiation stretch of 15 km of class 2+ rapids, passing many stalactite and stalagmite formations. Camp by late afternoon and hike to the nearby village.

Day 4

We’ll pass Pancheshwar where the Kali meets the Saryu, and is now called the Sarda. We’ll camp below the confluence for a relaxed afternoon.

Day 5

The river will begin to get pacy as we negotiate a series of class 3 rapids. The day is marked by thick jungles and less-inhabited sections. Camp overnight.

Day 6

Rest day to explore the surroundings, hike and relax.

Day 7

Today, we’ll raft 20kms to camp below the class 4 Chooka rapid.

Day 8

We’ll begin to enter the Terai jungles today with great white water and the chance of spotting a wild elephant. We reach boom for the drive to Kathgodam and the will take the overnight Ranikhet Express train to Delhi.

Day 9

Arrive Delhi 03:50 hrs.


TRIP DATES  25 March – 2 April 2018

22 – 30 September 2018

INCLUDED All travel from and to Delhi by road and rail
All arrangements for camping while on the trip
Accommodation on twin share basis in tents, guest houses and hotels
Professional guide
All rafting, kayaking, and safety equipment
All meals whilst on the river
NOT INCLUDED Airport transfers in Delhi
Accommodation and meals in Delhi
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, etc.
Sleeping bag
Personal expenses
Medical insurance

Additional Information

Checklist for Essential Personal Items:

  1. Warm Sleeping Bag (till 0’C or below at least)
  2. Thermal underwear for river
  3. Good sandals for raft, spare flip flops
  4. Water Bottle
  5. Flash Light and spare batteries – important
  6. Sun Shade/Hat with Brim
  7. Sunglasses and case
  8. Sunscreen/Sun block with minimum SPF 50
  9. Vaseline/Lip Salve
  10. Insect Repellent
  11. Personal Toiletries – towels/soap etc.
  12. Rucksack/duffel bag to carry your baggage
  13. Karimat / Thermarest (optional) ; we will provide you with one
  14. Small daypack to carry camera, packed lunch, water bottle and wind/rain jacket for jungle walk.
  15. Shoes for elephant safari, jungle walk, and neutral colored clothing for the National Park visit.
  16. Long trousers / long shirts / Tshirts etc.
  17. Good pair of shorts, one quick dry to be worn over wetsuit, if used
  18. Swim suit for ladies – a bikini top and bottom is great for wearing under the wetsuit
  19. Alcohol / cigarettes – not available on trip

We provide all rafting and camping gear. Other items of personal nature need to be added by you especially personal medication, if any. Temperatures are going to vary between 25-35 degrees Celsius to 5-10 degrees at night. Long pants and long shirts are handy because of the strong sun and lots of sun tan lotion.

Activity Level

Our expedition trips are designed for energetic and flexible people who have the spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Previous experience in the outdoors and camping helps, though is not a must. These trips are participatory in nature, and everyone is expected to pitch in, set up and break down their own tent, clean their own dishes and help with loading and unloading the rafts.

Why choose Aquaterra Adventures?

Voted one of the 'Best Adventure Companies on Earth' by National Geographic

In 2008 and 2009, Aquaterra Adventures™ was twice consecutively listed as one of the ‘Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth’ by National Geographic Society’s global survey.

Awarded 'Favourite Boutique Tour Operator' by Outlook

In March 2014 Outlook awarded Aquaterra Adventures the Favourite Boutique Tour Operator In India.

ATOAI Hall of Fame Award 2014

Aquaterra Adventures is a member of the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India – ATOAI

Voted 'Best Adventure Resort in India'

By ATOAI in 2016

Aquaterra Adventures is:

  1. Recognised as an inbound adventure tour operator by the Government of India’s Ministry of Tourism
  2. A member of The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO)
  3. A member of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI)
  4. A member of The Indian Association of Professional Rafting Outfitters (IAPRO)

Aquaterra Adventures is known for its:

  1. Impeccable safety record
  2. Highly skilled professional guides
  3. State-of-the-art equipment
  4. Comfortable Camping
  5. “Eco-sensitive” approach to adventure travel

Aquaterra Adventures Offers:

  1. An excellent range of cuisine
  2. Tailored flexibility to offer trips to a diverse range of clientele
  3. The capability to run remote and logistically challenging wilderness trips
  4. Unique, innovative trips in the Indian Himalayas

Why TOV loves Aquaterra Adventures:

Aquaterra’s team of guides has years of experience of travel throughout the Indian Himalayas, rafting rivers and leading treks – from the barren Zanskar to the tropical rainforest of Arunachal Pradesh. They speak English, have completed graduate school, are First Aid & CPR certified and form the most experienced guiding team in the country today.

Equipment on all Aquaterra adventure travel trips match worldwide standards. On treks, they use 4 season 2-person tents, which can withstand the harshest weather conditions while keeping you dry and protected from the elements.

Safety is taken very seriously. On rafting trips they use only self-bailing rafts, with a cataraft or kayaks backing up to add another layer of safety. Participants are encouraged to raft all sections of the river because the biggest rapids (which you may be tempted to walk around) create priceless memories which last years after the trip is over.

Aquaterra staff is trained in hygienic preparation of meals and offers a great variety of food on an outdoor trip.

Aquaterra has its own transport to ensure trips always run on schedule.

Aquaterra run all their trips themselves – there is no sub-contracting on these trips. They are directly responsible for your safety, from start to finish of your trip.

Aquaterra trips are excellent value for money. They are priced to keep standards high and your trip smooth. Cost is a factor for many a trip, but for a real adventure like this, the deciding factor should be confidence in your operator.

Aquaterra Charity Trust

Aquaterra Adventures runs numerous expeditions to remote areas of north, north-west and eastern India, spanning the entire Indian Himalaya. During these trips, guests come into contact with highly impoverished, rural communities that, for a multitude of reasons, remain disconnected and underdeveloped. The Aquaterra Charity Trust (ACT) aims to facilitate a means for guests and friends of Aquaterra Adventures to understand the myriad issues that plague Himalayan populations, and to give back to the communities that enrich its culture. It allows for guests to make a positive difference in the lives of those in less fortunate positions, in a sustainable, culturally sensitive and responsible manner.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to state their preference of community they would like to see their donations go to, or they may allow the ACT to determine the most pressing need their gift may be used towards. Projects are determined based on community needs, assessed by observation, our experience in working in these remote regions, and holding discussions with the community in consideration, as well as with local, or regional organizations concurrently working in the area.

A portion of Aquaterra Adventures profits is also given back each year to assist in causes that need urgent attention.

The ACT began on a voluntarily and informal basis helping to support a primary school in the remote village of Nyerak, deep in the heart of the Zanskar canyon. The children there lack basic access to notebooks, stationary, reading materials, and sometimes, even teachers. The ACT has been able to sponsor education for older children moving out of the village, in pursuit of higher education.

On June 16 and 17, 2013, India was hit by the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami when a multi-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides. The damage was monumental and the local population left to pick up the pieces. Since 95% of Aquaterra staff are from this region, the ACT feels particularly strongly about giving back to the areas affected. It has sought to strategically assist in long term rehabilitation and helping rebuild community life.

In 2015 the ACT distributed 52 laptops to schools in the mountains, who previously had no access to computers.

In 2016, the ACT built a computer room in Singtalli Village which can be accessed by schools and local communities.

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
Anthony L
June 30, 2017

If you want the real deal go with Aquaterra!!

Had the best India experience with Rana and his crew. Trekking with guide Prem and rafting with Saftey kayaker Papu. All were extremely bright funny and great people to be around for our whole trip.

I can’t say enough good about all the logistics being perfect as well as the kitchen crew cooking us 3 meals a day of some of the best Indian cuisine I’ve ever had! Never got sick and they cooked at least 5 different dishes every time out of their kitchen tent while camping. Astonishing!!

Thank you all so very much for the hostpiality at the Atali Ganga and taking the best care of us. When I come back to India I’m coming straight to you guys.
Can’t forget the Saftey of the drivers as well. As I’ve herd and witnessed myself how dangerous these roads can be. These guys took extra time and caution not overtaking people and driving the right speed. Only time I felt nervous was when the other drivers on the road were doing crazy moves.
Thank you all
100 percent lets go guys!

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