This thrilling Upper Alaknanda river rafting experience will fulfill all of your adventure cravings by providing you with a range of white water rafting opportunities in the spectacular Himalayan surroundings.
This trip takes you on a ride down the Alaknanda River, one of the most revered rivers in the Indian Himalayas, and particularly to its upper reaches, where you'll find wild rapids and changing landscapes in the form of gorges and forests. This trip includes the popular Hillary Fall and Kakkar Fall, as well as several Grade III, IV, and IV+ rapids.
The journey begins in Chamoli, near the majestic Badrinath temple, and concludes in Rudraprayag, at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers.
The riverbank campsite is surrounded by a dense forest that offers a spectacular backdrop and is home to many birds. The calming sound of the gushing river waters soothes the ears, and the river's beaches are ideal for a child's playground.
On arrival at Delhi international airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by our representative and later transferred to your hotel to check in. Rest of the time is kept free to recover from jetlag. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Early morning transfer to Delhi railway station to board the Shatabadi Express train to Haridwar. You will be assisted at Haridwar railway station and transferred to Rishikesh –the Yoga capital of the world and gateway to the Himalayas. It is the home of various adventurous activities like White Water River rafting, Hiking and Trekking. Later visit Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula (450 feet long suspension bridge), Swargashram temple, Geeta Bhawan temple, Bharat temple and various Ashrams. You may take an excursion to Nilkantha Mahadev temple (12 Kms. ahead of Rishikesh) –located at a height of approx 5000 feet). From here one can have a spectacular view of the area. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Post breakfast, we will drive towards Kaldubagarh. It is a drive of 6-7 hours, passing through the Hindu pilgrimage cities of Devprayag and Rudraprayag. This is a no-rafting day, so we'll stay in a hotel or river camp in Kaldubagarh for the night. A full briefing about the upcoming days will be given to you, and arrangements for the rafting the following day will be made.
Today we face the most difficult section of the entire journey. An early start gets us to Chamoli, where we gear up our rafts, brief ourselves for the day ahead, and prepare to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! We'll go over some of the best grade IV and grade IV+ rapids in the area. Depending on the amount of water, we either walk around or take on the rafting challenge raised by Nandprayag's "Hillary Drop" rapids. Return at Kaldubagar when this thrilling day on the river comes to an end. Have rest to gear up for the next day
Today we raft to Gauchar, passing through numerous grade III and IV rapids on our way to the Pindar-Karanprayag confluence. The Pindar River adds more water to the already raging Alaknanda, giving the rapids that follow more punch and zest. Finish the day on a sandy beach with clear stargazing and bonfires to glorify nature.
We call today a 'Pool and Drop' day because there is a lot of grade III and IV rapids compared to the beginning. We start our rafts after breakfast and travel to Rudraprayag. The Kakar Fall, a grade V rapid, is also regarded as the high point of the entire journey. This rapid is named after the canyon surrounding it, which is small enough for a Kakar (deer) to leap across (15 meters). Before determining whether to negotiate the canyon or line up the raft to reach this magnificent narrow box canyon, we perform a thorough inspection. The trip concludes with a crossing of another grade IV rapid, Holy Hole, before returning to Rishikesh and then to Haridwar to catch the evening train back to Delhi.
Morning upon arrival at Haridwar railway station, you will be assisted and will be transferred to Delhi airport for your onward journey. Tour ends.
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