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5 Days / 4 Nights Alaknanda River Rafting Expedition, 2016

Rafting / kayaking / sailing
Rafting / kayaking / sailing
Tour details
Destinations: Haridwar, Chamoli, Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag
Guide language: English
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About the Destination:


  • This exciting on Upper Alaknanda river rafting adventure gives you the chance to satiate all your adventure cravings by offering you with a myriad of opportunities for white water rafting in the stunning surroundings of the Himalayas. 
  • This trip takes you for a ride on one of the most revered rivers in the Indian Himalayas – Alaknanda, and better still to its upper stretches where you have wild rapids and changing landscapes in terms of gorges and forests.
  • This trip takes you through a number of Grade III, IV to IV+ rapids including the famed Hillary Fall and Kakkar Fall. 
  • The trip starts from Chamoli, which is situated near the revered Badrinath temple, and ends at Rudraprayag, the confluence of the Alaknanda and Madakini rivers.
  • The campsite on the banks of the river is bestowed with a thick forest that serves as a brilliant backdrop and plays home to a variety of birds. The rhythmic sound of the gushing river waters is soothing to the ears and its beaches fit perfectly as a child’s playground.
  • This is a 5 day 4 night activity.



Day 1 -

Drive from Haridwar – Jayalgarh (3-4 Hour drive)

Drive from Haridwar to the deluxe camp on the banks of the river Alaknanda at Jayalgarh early morning. After breakfast get a briefing on rafting techniques and safety procedures from your rafting leader. Post briefing have an early lunch and go for a session of white water rafting on the Lower Alaknanda from Jayalgarh to Deorprayag, the confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers. On the way to Deorprayag the rafting instructors teach you various techniques of paddling, flips, re-flips, ‘Eddy in’, ‘Eddy out’, navigation techniques and rescuing skills. Return to the camp at the end of the rafting trip in the evening. Settle down in your camps and get a good night’s rest for the next day’s on Upper Alaknanda river rafting adventure.


Day 2 -


Drive from Jayalgarh – Chamoli (3-4 hour), Raft from Chamoli –Nandaprayag (3-4 Hour)

After a leisurely breakfast at 7 am drive along the Alaknanda to reach Chamoli. Upon reaching Chamoli, relax for a while post which you can start your river rafting adventure on Upper Alaknanda around 1pm. The day will start with a short practise drill followed by some white water bashing. This day will entail rafting across 14 to 15 rapids of Grades II to IV+ over a span of 3 to 4 hours till Nandaprayag. In the evening the get another briefing of safety procedures and the local customs, culture from the trip leader. Camp on the banks of the river in Nandaprayag and spend the night in tents.


Day 3 -


Raft from Nandaprayag – Karanprayag (20km, 4-5 Hours)

This is the most challenging day of the trip that will entail surpassing a series of Grade IV/IV+ rapids. This rafting route starting from Nandaprayag to Karanprayag has around 20 rapids and takes about 5 hours to complete. The day will start with a short practise drill followed by some white water bashing. While rafting come across the ‘Hillary Fall’ rapid, named after the legendry climber who during his ‘Ocean to Sky’ adventure could not go up the rapid in his Jet boat. The river rafting adventure ends at Karanpraya where the Pinder River meets the Alaknanda. End the day by unwinding at a beautiful beach campsite in Karanprayag and retire for the night.


Day 4 -


Karanprayag (790m), Gauchar(680m), Grade III+ to IV rapids

This day’s stretch is a rafting course comprising of paddling through Grade III+ to IV rapids for about 4 hours from Karanprayag to Gauchar through 10 to 12 rapids. End the day’s session of battling the white waters of Alaknanda and camp on the beautiful banks of Gauchar.


Day 5 -


Raft from Gauchar – Rudraprayag, Drive from Rudraprayag – Haridwar (5 hour drive)

This last day of rafting from Gauchar to Rudraprayag entails meandering from the upper stretches of Alaknanda comprising of Grade III+/IV rapids. It will take 4-5 hours with a lunch break to reach the pull out at Rudraprayag. Just before reaching Rudraprayag, encounter the Grade 5 rapid called ‘Kakkar Fall’ which is a massive constriction in the river. End this adventure near the confluence of Alaknanda with the Mandakini valley at Rudraprayag. From here, drive down about 4 hours to reach Haridwar from where you can continue with your onward destination your on Upper Alaknanda rive rafting adventure ends here.

Jayalgarh - In Deluxe tents on twin-sharing basis for 1 night
Throughout the rafting expedition – In comfortable all-weather trekking tents for 3 nights. During the camping, you would be provided with comfortable sleeping bags and camping mattresses
Vegetarian lunch: Day 1 to Day 5
Non-veg dinner in Jayalgarh on Day 1
Body suits to keep one warm during rafting
Experienced instructors, safety kayaks
Rafting equipment's
High quality camping arrangements (Tents, Dining Tent, Mattress, Camping stools, Sleeping bags)
Bonfires in the nights at campsites
Small day pack/back pack
Wardrobe essentials like T-shirts/Shirts, Shorts, Comfortable fit Jeans/Track Pants, Jacket/Sweater
Floaters, Comfortable walking shoes/sneakers
Sunscreen Lotion, Cap, Sunglasses
Flashlight (with extra batteries)
Medicines, First Aid Kit
Camera (optional)
Mosquito repellent
Proper waste disposal
Respect local cultures and be sensitive towards wildlife
Those suffering from an ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, breathing problems, high altitude sickness or is pregnant cannot participate
Transport for rafting on Day 1 and from Jayalgarh to Chamoli on Day 2 can be availed at an extra cost (choose 'Including Transport' while booking the package)
This is a group tour
If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.
The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Thrillophilia
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