6 days
Duration
India
Location
Demanding
Physicality
Aquaterra
Operator
$541
base price per person

Whitewater Rafting on the mighty Himalayan river Alaknanda

A self-contained multi-day river adventure down the Himalaya’s Alaknanda river, one of the two headstreams of the mighty Ganges, and hydrologically, its true source. The trip starts from our base on the Ganges river near the pilgrim town of Rishikesh. We launch on the river from the town of Chamoli, to end at Rudraprayag.

We’ll descend 70 km of a classic river run, negotiating over 85 Class 3+/4 rapids. A scenic drive of 165 km (6hrs) hours takes us past the town of Devprayag, Rudraprayag and Nandprayag, situated on holy confluences which later form India’s holiest river, the Ganges. We reach Kaldubagarh, situated above the Alaknanda, on the road to India’s holiest shrines for the Hindus, Badrinath.

Along the way, 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 river runs in this part of the Himalayas, we’ll take you through thick forests, deep gorges, cascading whitewater, foaming rapids, sandy beaches and starry nights. All wrapped up to make this a truly memorable outdoor adventure trip.

Itinerary

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Day 1

We’ll board the 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, followed by a briefing on camp, its activities and the trip to come. Short run until Shivpuri to get familiarized 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. Campfire barbecue dinner & overnight Camp.
2

Day 2

An early morning 6hr drive to Kaldubagarh (the put in point). Along the way, we’ll stop at Devprayag to see the confluence of the two rivers (the Alaknanda and the Bhagirathi) which meet to form the Ganga. Check into the guest house upon arrival and get personal kit ready. Spend the night in Kaldubagarh.
3

Day 3

An early start today, we drive an hour to Chamoli and begin our river trip after a comprehensive safety check. We’ll raft 30 km with nearly 40 rapids today, including a possible portage at Hillary Fall. This is the spot where Edmund Hillary’s famous “Ocean to Sky” expedition ended, being unable to travel up this rapid. Lots of paddling and lots of scouts, this is the quintessential river day. We’ll float into familiar Kaldubagarh for the evening and spend the night at the guest house.
4

Day 4

Today we’ll raft from Kaldubagarh to Gauchar, rafting down a series of nearly 20 Class 3+ rapids over a 4 hour day. We’ll camp near Gauchar, 7 km upstream of the confluence of the Alaknanda with the Pindar at Karnprayag.
5

Day 5

Today we’ll raft until below Rudraprayag in a 5 hour day covering 30 km of Class 3+/4 rapids, including a portage at “Kakar Fall”. We’ll then drive back down the valley to arrive at Camp Silver Sands for dinner. Overnight Camp.
6

Day 6

Relaxed morning at Camp and a post-lunch transfer to Hardwar to board the evening Shatabdi home. Arrive Delhi by 10:30 pm.

Overview

TRIP DATES 
21 – 26 April 2018
5 – 10 November 2018
25 – 30 December 2018
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE LOCATION Delhi, India
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

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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5.00 based on 1 review
Kamakshi
November 4, 2016

I more than warmly recommend it if you crave for outdoors Adventures. Excellent organisation, logistics, security, hygiene and comfort (considering that is camping). Food is excellent and very generous! The landscapes and villages we crossed were amazing. An experience of a lifetime!

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