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Annapurna – Jomsom Trekking and Kali Gandaki Rafting

Trip Title: Annapurna – Jomsom Trekking and Kali Gandaki Rafting

Trip Length: 12 Days

Trip Grade: B       [Grading Overview]

Country: Nepal

Area: Annapurna

National Park: Annapurna       [Parks Overview]

Activity: Trek-Raft Combi

Activity Grade: 3       [Grading Overview]

Special Focus: Jomson/White Water

Months: March, April, May, September, October, November, December,

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Description:

A great combination trip – Jomsom is on the edge of Mustang, a high and dry plateau where the Kali Gandaki rises. a visit to Muktinath and its holy sites sets the trip up as we walk down the west side of Annapurna, with all its Himalayan vistas and head for the river side!In central Nepal, the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains give birth to a system of rivers as the runoff of a thousand peaks and valleys seeks the oceans from which it came. People often sum up a river trip by what they think the whitewater is going to be like, but the whitewater is really only a small part of a river trip. River trips are amazing journeys and the longer the river the better the journey. The Kali Gandaki river, named after the Hindu goddess of death, is a premiere medium length river trip. From our put in at Baglung we travel through canyons and remote villages without a single road crossing. From the moment we put in it’s three days before another road crosses the river. It’s all up to us from here on out. Villages along the way give a glimpse of the rich traditional Nepalese life, which you won’t see along the roads or tourist trails of Nepal. No where else is it possible to fine such a diversity on three day raft trip. Being Kali’s river the Kali Gandaki is particularly holy, and at the confluence with tributaries there are temples, cremation sights and above ground burial mounds in abundance. If you’ve been wondering what’s under that pile of rocks, we recommend against exploring. Thundering rapids intertwine with abrupt drops as we dodge our way down intricate chutes of sparkling water, surreal snow capped peaks of the Annapurna Mountains hang suspended above us as we drift through somber canyons whose black walls glisten in the shadows.

Itinerary:

Day 01:
Driving or flying to Pokhara and stay overnight.

Day 02:
Early in the morning, flying to Jomsom and walking up to Muktinath.

Day 03:
Visiting the Muktinath temple and monasteries and, trekking down to Jomsom through Eklebhatti.

Day 04:
Trekking to Kalopani (Black water, 2,530m.), scenic view of Annapurna I, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. (If you would like to visit Dhaulagiri Ice fall and Tukuch peak icefall, an additional day required)

Day 05:
Trekking down to Tatopani (Hot water spring place, 1190m.)

Day 06:
After a few minutes we cross a bridge of the Kali Gandaki and hiking up starts through beautiful Magar villages up to Gorepani (2,860m.)

Day 07:
Walking along the bank of river, Kali Gandaki.

Day 08-10:
Kali Gandaki River rafting and drive back to Pokhara.

Day 1:
From Pokhara we take a charter bus out of town and up through the foothills of the Annapurna Mountains. The views from bus are fantastic. The road winds and twists through the mountains as we work our way to the frontier town of Baglung, where we begin our river journey.

Once at the river the guides inflate the rafts, prepare lunch, and give a safety talk. Our river guides spend the first part of the afternoon explaining the finer points of how to paddle through whitewater and stay in the raft as it rears and bucks through rapids. Under his or her careful indoctrination the raft crew learns how to work as a team. Just after running little Brother and Big Brother the Modi Khola tumbles down from the Annapurna Base Camp into the Kali Gandaki. At the right levels any expert kayakers could consider paddling this tributary and meeting up with the group at the first nights camp. Below the Modi the river swings south through an area where tourists are almost unknown and our journey begins in earnest. It’s all up to us from here on out.

Day 2-3:
Rapids keep us busy throughout each day, but there is a pleasant balance of calmer water. Who knows, we might even get to go swimming or try your hand at one of the smaller crafts accompanying the trip, or just kick back in the sun and work on your Himalayan tan. The last day finishes with a bang, and we can use the skills we’ve developed to run tighter, more challenging lines.
When we arrive at the takeout point we load the bus then head climb aboard the bus for the 5 hours journey back to Pokhara and a party…

Day 11 Visiting Pokhara.

Day 12 Driving back to Kathmandu.

Price:

600 Per Person

Type of Trekking:
Teahouse and Rafting (Camping)

The cost includes:
Food (Except bar bill), accommodation, staffs (Guide trekking/rafting, cook and porters) and their all expenses including insurance, land transportation, local fees and taxes

The price does not include:
Personal nature expenses like communication, laundry etc. Nepal Internal Flights if you prefer to fly.

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