Our newest trip, unique to Rapidrunner Expeditions is a brilliant opportunity to learn to kayak with our in-depth 7 day kayak school on the Lower Kali Gandaki River. Gentle rapids and stunning scenery provide the perfect setting for learning to paddle, roll and read the river like a pro! You may have a little experience, or none at all but as with any active sport, a reasonable level of general fitness will enable more rapid and enjoyable progress.
Photos from our Kayak Schools can be viewed in our gallery here!
Departs from: Pokhara
Put In: Ramdi (3.5hrs by bus from Pokhara)
Take Out: Narayanghat (5hrs by bus to Pokhara, 5hrs to Kathmandu or 15mins to Chitwan)
Returns to: Pokhara, Kathmandu or Chitwan
Accommodation: 6 nights tented beach camp
Meals: 7 X lunch, 6 X dinner, 6 X breakfast
Baggage: Take only what you need, we can securely store the rest for you in our office and if you are traveling on to KTM or Chitwan, one of our team can bring your bags to the takeout.
Included: Kayak Instructor and assistants, Safety Raft, Support Staff, Kayak and full equipment, inc. CE rated helmet and buoyancy aid, Spray Jacket, Wetsuits if required, Meals, Transportation to and from the river, Waterproof ‘Pelican’ boxes, Dry Bags, Camping Equipment
Excluded: Insurance, Sleeping Bag, Additional snacks, Alcoholic drinks, Optional tips for guides
Initially we will concentrate upon developing good paddling technique and water confidence, using a quiet river eddy. We will then be exploring the Lower Kali Gandaki river as we further coach your paddling skills and develop your confidence as you encounter faster moving white water. In particular we will look at:
- Basic kayaking strokes
- Capsize drill
- Moving water techniques
- Journeying on rivers and white water
- Safety principles of the sport of kayaking
- Breaking in and out, ferry-gliding, avoiding stoppers
- Basic wave surfing techniques
- Eskimo rolling
- Reading white water, planning your route down a rapid
- White water safety and rescue techniques
- Trip planning and preparation
All members of the Rapidrunner Guide Team are trained to international standards in Safety and First Aid and hold current Wilderness First Aid, CPR and WRT qualifications!