Rafting in Upper Alaknanda

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Time Required : 1-2 days

Rafting in Upper Alaknanda, Chamoli Overview

Rafting on Upper Alaknanda River is exhausting and tiring but more than that it is exhilarating and rewarding. The chase on the wild rapids and the ever changing landscape of gorges and dense forests pumps up the excitement level to maximum.

Commencing from Chamoli, the ride will take you through three prayags namely Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag and Rudraprayag all covered on the Upper section of Alaknanda River. The rafting starts with grade III and touches the IV and IV+ and thus raising the bar of required prior experience. If you are one of the adventure junkies and love water sports, then pack your bags and face the challenge.

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Availability of Clean Water

Yes, but it is advisable to ensure availability of clean drinking water in your custom package.

Availability of camping/shelter

The best way to fully enjoy this adventurous expedition is by camping. Almost all the operators offers camps at the rafting site.

Safety Tips

Carry a compact first-aid kit just for safety. Stretch before you go in for the activity, and always plan the raft distance in your package carefully. If you are travelling with older people or children, find a suitable rafting stretch for them.

Things to carry

1) A compact first aid kit including medicines of importance. 2) Quick refreshments - energy drinks, energy bars 3) Bathing suits, shorts, river sandals, flip-flops, old sneakers 4) Waterproof camera bag, fresh batteries, waterproof lens 5) Plastic bags for carrying wet clothes

General Tips and Tricks

The best time to raft on Upper section of Alaknanda is from Mid October to Mid April. Winter months are cold, so make sure to carry warm clothes. Make sure you pay attention to all the instructions carefully given by the guide. Also prefer to go for the activity in groups of 4, 6 or 8 as per the operator you choose. Gio Adventures, Poshvine, and Rafting tour are few of the operators.

How to reach Rafting in Upper Alaknanda

  • Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun serves as the nearest airbase to Chamoli. It is connected to Delhi by daily flights and one can easily hire a cab from outside the airport to reach the base in about 3 to 3.5 hours.

  • Rail: Haridwar is the nearest railhead to the camp at Chamoli. The station is a well conncetd one with regular trains running between Delhi and Haridwar. It takes around 33 to 3.5 hours to reach the camp from station.

  • Road: Chamoli, sitted on NH58, is easly accessible from a the neighbouring cities.Regular bus services, both public and private, plies to and from Chamoli to Delhi and other states of the country.

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About Rafting in Upper Alaknanda

Cost of Activity : Starts from Rs. 8000 per person including 1 night stay and meals for particular number of days.

Difficulty Level : Challenging/Garde III to IV+ Grade

Nearest Airport : Dehradun

Nearest Railhead : Haridwar

Nearest road city : Chamoli

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