A three day/two night visit to Leopard Beach Tented Camp or Camp Panther is ideal to enjoy the thrills of beach camping and spills of river rafting.
Day 1: Arrive rafting base camp
Early morning departure from Delhi. After a six-hour drive, arrive Leopard Beach Tented Camp in Shivpuri. Lunch. Camp orientation talk and briefing of the day's plan. Post lunch rafting session. An exciting raft run. End the day's rafting in camp. You are welcome to try your hand at kayaking on a placid stretch of the river close to camp. Dinner around a merry campfire. O/n in deluxe safari tents.
Day 2: At Camp
Another Rafting Session. Lunch on an isolated beach on the river. Conclude the day's rafting in camp. Campfire and dinner. O/n in camp.
Day 3: Return to Delhi
Another extremely exciting day on the river. We begin rafting from camp and run some of the best rapids on the river. Picnic lunch. Depart for Delhi arriving in the evening.
Alaknanda River Rafting/Kayaking Expedition:
The Alaknanda river, on which Sir. Edmund Hillary undertook his 'Ocean to Sky' jet boat expedition, emanates high in the Himalayas and has a pristine rafting stretch through a beautiful gorge.
Day 1: Delhi - Shivpuri Camp. Depart from New Delhi. Arrive Snow Leopard Adventures Camp for lunch.
Post lunch, a 10-km river rafting session. Tent pitching demonstration and expedition training. Dinner around a merry campfire”.
Day 2: Shivpuri. Early morning wake up call followed by a nature walk in the surrounding areas. After breakfast, we do a training raft run. Lunch at the camp. Post lunch, we drive for about a three-and-a-half hours to a beach on the Alaknanda River. o/n at camp set up on the beach.
Day 3: Drive to Put in Point. We leave camp after breakfast and drive for an hour to the put in point for rafting expedition. Start the Alaknanda River Rafting Expedition. A few kilometers downstream the valley widens and the river eases in intensity once we are past the relatively big town of Srinagar. The town is famous in the area for its university. The entire rafting is through areas rich in avi-fauna and wildlife. o/n on beach by the river.
Day 4: On Expedition. After breakfast, start the day’s rafting. Today the river enters a breathtakingly beautiful gorge and picks up in intensity.
We finish rafter for the day and set up camp for the night on an isolated beach by the Ganga River.
Day 5: Finish expedition and drive to Shivpuri camp. Rafting begins after breakfast. The river now widens out and is relatively calm for the next 20 river kilometers. We finish the rafting session and drive to Snow Leopard Adventures Camp.
Lunch at the camp. Post lunch, we go for sightseeing and visit the various ashrams of Rishikesh. Dinner around a merry campfire at Snow Leopard Adventures Camp.
Day 6: Shivpuri-Delhi. Return to Delhi.
The Kali Sarda Rafting/Kayaking Expedition:
Known as the Mahakali in Nepal and the Sarda or the Kali in India, this is one of the great rivers of the Himalayas and probably the least travelled one. Most of it is remote, unspoilt and with excellent scenery. The pristine wilderness is a highlight of the trip with few trails, no people and beautiful canyons and beaches. It also has some phenomenal bird life. The Kali for most of its length demarcates the western boundary between India and Nepal. On the Indian side it flows along the region of Kumaon - a land of gentle hills and beautiful mountains. The valley of the river had been a trading route up to Tibet and one can see the Tibetan influence in this region. An expedition down this river provides some classic Grade III / IV rafting thrills.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Day 2: Delhi. The day is spent sightseeing in Delhi. After dinner board the overnight train to Kathgodam.
Day 3: Kathgodam - Pithoragarh. Early morning arrival at Kathgodam, the last railhead in the Kumaon region. 8hr drive to Pitthoragarh town (1,650m) sitting in a small valley which used to be the summer retreat of the Chand rulers of the area and also has some fine temples built by them. Night at Pithoragarh Tourist Rest House.
Day 4: Pithoragarh to Put in Point Drive. Drive to put in point where we begin the expedition. Easy rafting stretch for about 2 hrs. till we set up a camp on an isolated beach by the river. Overnight, stay in tents by the riverside with complete provisions of food and comfort.
Day 5: On Expedition. About five hours of rafting in a very straightforward river with few villages and beautiful waterfalls on both sides of the river. Night is in tents set up on a beach by the river.
Day 6: On Expedition. Day spent on the river with grade II & III rapids. Watch beautiful waterfalls high up on the rocky escarpments on both sides. Visit some villages en route and talk to the people, who are extremely friendly and warm. o/n at camp set up by the river.
Day 7: Rest Day. A designated day of rest. Visit a temple at the confluence of the Kali and Saryu rivers.
Day 8: On the river. Past Pancheshwar there are few villages, just thickly forested hillsides. The areas abound in wild life and is a paradise for bird watchers. The river picks up force and there are two big grade III rapids. Camp set up on a beach.
Day 9: The best white-water day of the trip - plenty of flat water paddling on the calm sections, many big and bouncy rapids including a big grade IV+ rapid. Explore the forest area around the campsite for the day.
Day 10: Last Day of Expedition. Finish the expeditionby lunch time. After lunch drive to Kathgodam for overnight train back to Delhi.
Day 11: Delhi onward.
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