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Rafting on Ganges from INR 800/-

The challenge of a turbulent river is no less than that of the rugged mountains. The icy heights of the Himalayas are the source of some of India's mighty rivers. The term 'White water' refers to foamy and whitish appearance of fast flowing water. The suitable period for river running depends on the adequacy of water volume. Himalayan River are mostly raftable round the year, depends on area of operation.

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  • Vacation Style Open Trip
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  • Activity Level Easy to Moderate
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All about Day Rafting Trips

Half Day Trip: Shivpuri to Ram Jhula (14km; 3hrs) Class-3
This is an ideal trip for rafters from novice to experienced, Shivpuri is tiny village with several rafting camps along the Ganges; also known as rafting capital of India. This trip starts from our base; where we change into rafting gears and drive to Shivpuri. Our guides give detailed safety instructions before we head down on big volume Ganges. We encounter many named rapids like “ Return to sender”, “Roller coaster”, “Golf course”, “Club house” , “Initiation”, “Body surfing” and many more. We also do cliff jump on the way. We pass through famous Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula; a popular tourist attraction in Rishikesh. Trip finish just below at Ram Jhula. We return to base to change.

Cost: INR 800/- per head

Marine Drive to Nim Beach (25km; 4-5 Hrs Class- 3)
This is our more frequent and popular trip which cover longer and beautiful stretch of Ganges.
This trip starts from our base; where we change into rafting gears and drive to Marine drive. Our guides give detailed safety instructions before we head down on big volume Ganges. We encounter many named rapids like “Good morning”, “Black money”, “Three blind mice”, and crossfire. We make a pit stop for drink and snacks at Shivpuri. After we negotiate “ Return to sender”, “Roller coaster”, “Golf course”, “Club house” , “Initiation”, “Body surfing” and many more. We also do cliff jump on the way.
Our trip ends just before Laxman Jhula. Drive back to base.

Cost: INR 1000/- per head

Full Day Rafting Trip: Koudiyala to Nim Beach (36km; 7hrs) Class- 3-4
This trip is more for adrenaline rafters; main highlight of this trip is Denials dip (class 3+) and The Wall (class 4).
As our regular day trips, we change into rafting gears at our base; Drive 1 hr to Koudiyala. Our guides give detailed safety instructions before we head down on big volume Ganges. We encounter first rapid of the day called “Denials dip” which is class 3 with strong hydraulic. We pass through beautiful calm section for another couple of kilometers before we hit main obstacle of the day called “The wall” class 4, we re-flip our boats and continue our journey down river through “Black money”, “Three blind mice”, and crossfire. We make a pit stop for lunch at Shivpuri. After we negotiate “ Return to sender”, “Roller coaster”, “Golf course”, “Club house” , “Initiation”, “Body surfing” and many more. We also do cliff jump on the way.
Trip ends at NIM Beach, just before Laxmanjhulja.

Cost: INR 2000/- per head

Grading of Rapids

The International Scale of River Difficulty is a standardized scale used to rate the safety of a stretch of river, or a single rapid. The grade reflects the technical difficulty and skill level required associated with the section of river.
There are six levels each referred to as "Grade" or "Class" and then a number. The scale is not linear, nor is it fixed. For instance, there can be hard grade twos, easy grade threes, and so on. The grade of a river may change with the level of flow. Often a river or rapid will be given a numerical grade, and then a plus (+) or minus (-) to indicate if it is in the higher or lower end of the difficulty level. Also note that while a river section may be given an overall grading, it may contain sections above that grade, often noted as features, or conversely, it may contain sections of lower graded water as well. Details of portages may be given if these pose specific challenges.

  • CLASS/GRADE 1: Waves small; passages clear; no serious obstacles.
  • CLASS/GRADE 2: Rapids of moderate difficulty with passages clear. Requires experience plus suitable outfit and boat.
  • CLASS/GRADE 3: Waves numerous, high, irregular; rocks; eddies; rapids with passages clear though narrow, requiring expertise in maneuvering; scouting usually needed. Requires good operator and boat.
  • CLASS/GRADE 4: Long rapids; waves high, irregular; dangerous rocks; boiling eddies; best passages difficult to scout; scouting mandatory first time; powerful and precise maneuvering required. Demands expert boatman and excellent boat and good quality equipment.
  • CLASS/ GRADE 5: Exceedingly difficult, long and violent rapids, following each other almost without interruption; riverbed extremely obstructed; big drops; violent current; very steep gradient; close study essential but often difficult. Requires best person, boat, and outfit suited to the situation. All possible precautions must be taken.
  • CLASS/GRADE 6: Formerly classified as unrunable by any craft. This classification has now been redefined as unraftable due to people having recently kayaked multiple Class VI around the world.

The grade of a river or rapid is likely to change along with the level of the water. High water usually makes rapids more difficult and dangerous, although some rapids may be easier at high flows, because features are covered or "washed-out". At flood stage (spate), even rapids which are usually easy can contain lethal and unpredictable hazards. Conversely, some rapids may be easier with lower water levels when dangerous hydraulics become easier to manage. Also, some rivers with high volumes of fast moving water may require little maneuvering, but will pose serious risk of injury or death in the event of a capsize. Additionally, the application of this classification can vary enormously, depending on the skill level, experience, bravery or foolhardiness of the paddlers who rated the river. Ratings can also differ somewhat from country to country.

Overall Rating 5/5
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MOTI SHLOMOVICH (ISRAEL)
Reviewed on 20 September 2010
5/5

We have been to Source of Ganges trek with Kundan. It was very amazing driving through beautiful views, crossing glaciers and snowy mountains. It was arranged very perfectly, including good food and great camping.

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Rafting Trip's Name Start/End Trip Distance Length (in Kms.) Duration Time (in Hrs.) Price (PP) All inclusive  
Shivpuri to Ram Jhula
(Half Day Trip)
14Kms.
3 Hrs.
INR 800/-
Marine Drive to Nim Beach
25 Kms.
4-5 Hrs.
INR 1000/-

Koudiyala to Nim Beach
(Full Day)

36 Kms.
7 Hrs.
INR 2000/-
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