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Nepal Extreme White Water Rafting Adventure

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With its dramatic landscape and ancient traditions, Nepal is truly a wonder of the world. The world's highest mountain ranges plunge into lush valleys teeming with exotic wildlife, alongside remote monasteries and villages which scatter the landscape. From the savannah plains and tropical jungles of the south, to the temperate coniferous forests, and the remote plateaus of the Himalayas, Nepal is one of the most geographically diverse countries on earth. 

Nepal has a wealth of biodiversity including over 800 species of bird, bear, monkey, rhino, elephant and even royal Bengal Tigers. Nepal's human population is just as fascinating and comprises a mix of Hindu and Buddhist cultures where the mix of ancient tradition and nomadic lifestyles create vibrant and lively communities. The spectacular capital city, Kathmandu, is home to magnificent and overpowering ancient temples, which are sure to fascinate you and leave you wanting to discover more about this alluring city and country!

Undertake an exhilarating white water rafting adventure down the Kaligandaki River and explore Nepal from its impressive waterways – an exciting experience which few will ever get to appreciate. Marvel at spectacular mountain scenery and admire the exquisite detail of cultural temples as you raft down choppy water rapids and float along smooth, calmer stretches in-between. What better way to explore this fascinating country!


  • Raft down one of Nepal’s most holy rivers on a thrilling adrenaline adventure, past stunning scenery, temples and beaches 
  • Travel across Nepal by unconventional methods 
  • Create unforgettable memories
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!
Camping Emergency Meals Mountainous Breakfast Family
Location Kaligandaki River, Nepal
Activities White water rafting
Accommodation Camping

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


Lying at the foot of the Himalayan Mountains, Nepal is blessed with an amazing diversity of rivers. For a white water enthusiast or simply those of you wishing to give it a try, Nepal is a paradise for adrenaline seekers with an impressive variety of white water rafting adventures. In fact, with so many rivers, you could cut your journey times between Nepal’s most popular destinations by using the waterways instead!

Named after Kali, the goddess of destruction, the Kaligandaki is said to be one of Nepal’s most holy rivers. Beginning its journey high on the Tibetan Plateau in Mustang, the ‘Mighty Kali’ plunges down through the Himalayas, carving into one of the deepest gorges in the world between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.


Your three day expedition will begin in the Himalayan foothills and see you raft down the Kaligandaki River working as part of a group with our experienced guides to ensure your safe and successful arrival at each camp. Along the river’s course you will encounter exciting white water rapids, spectacular mountain views, traditional villages, endless suspension bridges, waterfalls, jungle rich in wildlife, deep gorges, cultural temples and beautiful white sandy beaches. Each night you will set up camp along the riverbank when the light begins to fade and spend the evening around the campfire. This adventure is bound to get your adrenalin flowing, while also offering a fascinating insight into a Nepal which may not always be easily accessible to the land traveller.

You will be accompanied by experienced English speaking guides and professional safety kayakers who will ensure your safety at all times. These guides have extensive knowledge of the area, so make sure you ask them any questions you have along the way, either about rafting or any of the cultural points of interest you pass.


You will fly into Kathmandu before making your way to the expedition meeting point in Pokhara. We will provide you with easy-to-follow instructions of where to meet the field staff and the rest of your expedition group prior to your departure.

We recommend that you arrive into Nepal prior to your project start date and allow yourself enought time to make your way to Pokhara which is a 6-8 hour journey from Kathmandu.


Throughout your project you will camp at a series of white sand beaches next to the water’s edge along the river’s course. The Nepalese team will provide you with tents, mattresses and sleeping bags – needless to say, camping will be a thoroughly enjoyable experience as you spend your evenings getting to know your fellow travellers and local guides.


You will be provided with all meals for the duration of your project, and lots of refreshments in-between to keep your energy levels up! (Day One: lunch and dinner; Day Two: breakfast, lunch and dinner; Day Three: breakfast and lunch). 

Meals will be provided in a buffet style incorporating both Western and Nepali dishes. You will receive a hearty full cooked breakfast with eggs, toast, and sometimes pancakes or porridge. Lunch is normally a combination of bread, cheese, fish and salads, and dinner tends to be pasta, potatoes, curries, vegetables or local Nepalese daal bhat. Snacks will also be available when you arrive at camp each day and may include popcorn, papadums, prawn crackers and soup. You will be surprised by the high quality of the food, cooked using simple facilities, and will enjoy it immensely as you look out onto beautiful surroundings. 

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You may decide to explore more of Nepal’s breathtaking natural environment either before the beginning or after your trip. Kathmandu is a fascinating city to explore, and offers a fantastic opportunity to sample Nepal's local food and customs by visiting the traditional style restaurants tucked away in the winding back streets of the city. Alternatively you may just wish to while away the hours by taking a short trek or hike, through the serene countryside or indulge in your more spiritual side through meditation or by partaking in spa therapy and yoga. 

Why not look into some of Frontier’s amazing volunteering and trekking programmes. You could assist in community development efforts, teach English to underprivileged children or help in the local hospital. If you’re after further adventure check out our Himalayan Adventure or go for the complete package and join our Nepal Adventure Travel and Cultural Experience.  


Project fee € 245

Registration fee € 34



There are frequent departures between January and June. Most dates can be accommodated, please contact to discuss.


3 days / 2 nights


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Project orientation & equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Kathmandu (KTM)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email


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Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.