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Shubha Kaniyar

5.0

This exciting Alaknanda River Rafting experience is sheer adventure that will give you an amazing chance to actually quench all your adventure thirsts. This adventure offered a myriad of opportunities for the famous white water rafting in the gorgeous, stunning, and gigantic surroundings of the Himalayas. I am happy about this trip. It took me on a ride on one of the most holy rivers in the Indian Himalayas known as the Alaknanda River.

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Chandra Acharya

4.0

The rafting is accompanied by camping. The camp site on the banks of this holy river is gifted with a thick forest. This forest served as a brilliant backdrop for our camp. The forest is also a home to a variety of birds. Waking up to the rhythmic sound of the chatty river waters was a serene experience. It was soothing to the ears and it also serves as beaches that fit perfectly playground for both adult and kids.

Overview

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.

Itinerary

  • 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.

Stay

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  • Jayalgarh - In Deluxe tents on twin-sharing basis for 1 night
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  • 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

Meal

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  • Vegetarian lunch: Day 1 to Day 5
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  • Non-veg dinner in Jayalgarh on Day 1

Activity

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  • Trekking
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  • Rafting

Other Inclusions

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  • Body suits to keep one warm during rafting
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  • Experienced instructors, safety kayaks
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  • Rafting equipment's
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  • High quality camping arrangements (Tents, Dining Tent, Mattress, Camping stools, Sleeping bags)
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  • Bonfires in the nights at campsites

Things To Carry

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  • Small day pack/back pack
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  • Wardrobe essentials like T-shirts/Shirts, Shorts, Comfortable fit Jeans/Track Pants, Jacket/Sweater
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  • Floaters, Comfortable walking shoes/sneakers
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  • Sunscreen Lotion, Cap, Sunglasses
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  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
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  • Medicines, First Aid Kit
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  • Camera (optional)
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  • Mosquito repellent

Advisory

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  • Proper waste disposal
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  • Respect local cultures and be sensitive towards wildlife
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  • Those suffering from an ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, breathing problems, high altitude sickness or is pregnant cannot participate
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  • 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)

Tour Type

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  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • 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.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    Story by Shubha Kaniyar

     Rated : 5.0

    This exciting Alaknanda River Rafting experience is sheer adventure that will give you an amazing chance to actually quench all your adventure thirsts. This adventure offered a myriad of opportunities for the famous white water rafting in the gorgeous, stunning, and gigantic surroundings of the Himalayas. I am happy about this trip. It took me on a ride on one of the most holy rivers in the Indian Himalayas known as the Alaknanda River.

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    Story by Chandra Acharya

     Rated : 4.0

    The rafting is accompanied by camping. The camp site on the banks of this holy river is gifted with a thick forest. This forest served as a brilliant backdrop for our camp. The forest is also a home to a variety of birds. Waking up to the rhythmic sound of the chatty river waters was a serene experience. It was soothing to the ears and it also serves as beaches that fit perfectly playground for both adult and kids.

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    Story by Subhashini Tagore

     Rated : 4.0

    I took this trip to ride on rapids of river Alaknanda. This is a 5 day river rafting expedition that I booked from Chamoli to Rishikesh. It was a well spent week. In this tour Rapids of Grade 2 to Grade 5 were performed. During rafting the whole time was allocated to understand the basics and move forward with the rafting with high knowledge about it. We experienced high rapids on this stretch which includes Hillary Fall, Kakad Fall, The Wall, etc.

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    Story by Vaijayanthi Talwar

     Rated : 4.0

    We were welcomed with a refreshing drink. Post that we were explained about rules of river rafting. This was crucial step as it was very useful later on. Other than rafting, we also had cliff jumping and body surfing. We played beach volleyball as well. Food, i.e. breakfast and dinner were provided, but it was not good. On all nights there was bonfire in the camp site. Accommodation was good with a nice beach side luxury camp.

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    Story by Rachit Baweja

     Rated : 4.0

    The mighty and ferocious waves crushing against our rafts and face were just awesome. No other river rafting expedition can beat this one. LAst year October, this rafting experience made me a fan of Alaknanda and its IV+ grades!

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    Story by Durgeshwari Jha

     Rated : 4.0

    This trip took us through a number of Grade III, IV to IV+ rapids. For those who do not know about the grades, these are the levels of difficulty with rafting. These included the famous Hillary Fall and the Kakkar Fall. It was a thrilling experience.

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    Story by Gandharv Mehra

     Rated : 4.0

    This trip actually starts from the place called Chamoli. This is actually situated near the sacred Badrinath temple. The trip ends at Rudraprayag. Rudraprayag is the convergence of the Alaknanda and Madakini rivers.

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    Story by Dhanu Deshpande

     Rated : 4.0

    The beauty of this trip is the upper stretches where one can have wild rapids and changing landscapes in terms of gorges and forests.

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    Story by Aslesha Desai

     Rated : 3.0

    The Day one of our trip started with a drive from Haridwar to Jayalgarh. After breakfast at Jayalgarh, we were taught about the basics of rafting, and after a brief session, we started to report to our leader. After lunch we had a basic rafting at the Lower Alaknanda. This was more of a teaching session. After sleeping that night in camp, the next morning we went to Chamoli where we rafter in the Upper Alaknanda until noon and moved to Nandaprayog. After a bit of sight seeing and knowing local culture of Nandaprayog, we spent the night again in tents. The Day 3 was the most challenging day, we rafted from Nandaprayog to Karanprayag. It was super tough and exhausting. However, it was fun. The next day was higher grafe rafting through 10-12 rapids and then stay at Gauchar. The final day ended with Grade 5 rafting at the Kakkar Fall, which is the show stopper of this adventure. After that we went back to Rishikesh.

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    Story by Bhadra Dhawan

     Rated : 3.0

    Level of difficulty of this expedition is certainly too high and this is meant only for audacious people. I had a tough time for the first few days of the rafting. It can be too tiring and too stressful. One must be highly careful before taking this deal. Also, one must not haste into decisions. Also, the rafting by itself is risky, and it had other sports too. This is so not meant for all ages. So decide well before booking.

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