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Kali Sarda Rafting Expedition

Trip Highlights

The river Kali originates in the Pithoragah district of Uttarakhand and forms a natural eastern boundary between India and Nepal. The river is named after the Goddess Kali but when it descends in the plains and meets up with the Saryu river it is called Sarda or Sharda.

Put-in point for rafting would vary on the season.

  1. Jauljibi / Jhulaghat for pre-snowmelt season  (March / April)
  2. Pancheswar for post-snowmelt season (May / June or Mid-Sept / Oct / Nov)

Besides being a put-in point for rafting, Pancheswar is also a famous fishing site for the mighty Masheer and one could combine the rafting expedition with an angling trip.

See our section on angling for more information.

The Itinerary given below is for the pre-snow melt starting at Jhulaghat and ending at Boom.

Location Chart

Delhi – Pithoragarh – Jhulaghat – Pancheswar - Boom - Delhi

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 : Delhi – Pithoragarh

  • Departure from Delhi at 5 am. Drive 500 km to PIthoragarh (11 hrs by car/13 hrs by coach). Alternative would be to take overnight train to Kathgodam and take coach on arrival early morning. This would cut road journey by about 5 hrs.
  • Overnight at camp

Day 2 :  Pithoragarh – Jhulaghat - Rafting

  • Drive from Pithoagarh to Jhulaghat (2 hrs)
  • Raft down 15 kms of grade 2+ rapids passing many stalactite and stalagmite formations.
  • Overnight at camp. 

Day 3 :  Rafting

  • Raft down to Pancheswar, the confluence of the rivers Sarju & Kali. From here on the river is known as Sarda.
  • Overnight at camp.

Day 4 : Rafting

  • Start rafting after breakfast and halt at Surnia river junction. A small stream coming in from Nepal which affords a lovely camp-site and fresh water.
  • Overnight at camp.

Day 5 : Rafting

  • Raft to the confluence of the Ladiya river.
  • Camp overnight at Chuka.

Day 5 : Rafting

  • Negotiate Chuka rapids (grade 3-4 depending on water level). Latter half is a smooth sail through Purnagiri gorge. Put out at Boom.
  • Lunch & overnight in camp.

Day 6 : Camp – Delhi

  • Breakfast & departure for Delhi, arriving late evening after 430 km drive.

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