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  • Which Rafting Trip should I choose?

    White water rafting trips come in a number of different guises, and which one you choose largely depends on your experience, fitness and levels of gung-ho.
    At one end of the scale are the rapid getaway 1-3 day long adrenaline trips, the supreme example of which are the Ganga and Tons rivers – a roller coaster ride which combines excellent whitewater with camping by the river, with campfire barbecues thrown in.

    Then, there are multi-day trips, which combine thrills with access to territory you couldn’t visit in any other way. This is expedition, or wilderness rafting where you don’t see anybody for 3-6 days, with technical rafting of Grade 3 and 4 (on some rivers, the odd Grade 5). The Alaknanda, Bhagirathi, Kali/Sarda, Zanskar and Brahmaputra rivers are such trips.

    Speak with your guides, before you go. We have the rating system below for you to go through, so you can choose the trip of your liking.

  • What are the different types of Rapids?

    Rapids are graded from Class I to Class VI depending on the degree of difficulty they present in successfully manoeuvring a whitewater raft (raft/kayak/canoe/cataraft) through it.

    Grade 1: Relax and chill out.
    Grade 2: Keep an eye open for small waves.
    Grade 3: This will be fun – tighten your lifejackets and helmets.
    Grade 4: Getting serious; paddle well or you could end up swimming.
    Grade 5: Don’t mess up – this is the hardest stuff you can raft.
    Grade 6: If you are told you are rafting grade 6, your guide is lying – this is suicide!!

  • What are the health and fitness requirements?

    Rafting does not require very high levels of fitness.Nearly anybody over 14 years of age can run nearly all rivers on offer. Of Course, heart patients,expecting mothers or any other serious ailments are an impediment.

    Participants must be in good health and reasonable physical condition. It is vital that participants with medical problems make them known to us well before departure. If you suffer from severe muscular, chest, heart or bronchial disorders, or if you are a severe asthmatic, or have high blood pressure, you are strongly advised against participating. Expeditions generally take place in remote areas where there is little or no access to normal medical services or hospital facilities for serious problems. Where necessary, evacuation can be prolonged, difficult and expensive. Medical and evacuation expenses will be the responsibility of the participant.

  • Is it safe?

    Rafting is one of the safest adventure activities you can take part in. All our trips are guided by competent and experienced guides with at least five years of experience on all rivers that we run. In addition, all safety gear like lifejackets, helmets, foot braces etc. are provided for. River guides are trained in First Aid and C.P.R and can handle minor injuries.

  • Do I need to know how to swim?

    All our guided trips are open for non-swimmers as well. A comprehensive safety briefing is given before each trip and moreover, the ability to swim is not a consideration when you go down a whitewater river.

  • Is it for First Timers?

    Yes, all guided trips are open for first-timers as well. You can join a weekend trip or an expedition trip, as long as you are gung-ho about the activity.

  • Do I need to buy any special gear?

    You need only your shorts, T-shirts, a pair of strap-on sandals and your sense of humor on most of our trips. Spray jackets and spray pants, wetsuits are provided for colder rivers, by us. Sleeping bags for expedition-style trips are advisable.

  • What kind of food will I be served?

    On our camps and expedition trips,meals served are buffet style – wholesome and delicious at camps (you WILL be surprised!) and easy to prepare on expedition trips. Most adventure travel trips travel on their stomachs – we make sure they travel very, very well.

  • Is the water safe during the trip for drinking?

    On all our trips, water used is spring water (preferably, the first-use kinds) which is boiled and then treated with tincture of iodine.

  • What about the toilets?

    On our camps, we have bio-toilets in use because of closeness to river and Reserved Forest Regulations. You however, do not have to squat – there are proper seats (like the ones you have at home!).The only difference is that you cannot use the flush. On our multi-day trips, the toilets are the great outdoors – each person has to dig a small hole and burn their toilet paper (it does burn quite well).

  • Do I have to help out and paddle on a trip?

    On our Camp based trips, everything is catered for and you need to only enjoy the few days that you have taken off for the trip. On multi day trips, you can participate in as much as you’d like to – helping with the rafts, the tents, the campfire etc.

    As for paddling, you can choose to set the pace of your own trip – each raft has one or two non-paddling positions which you can opt for incase you do not wish to paddle. Paddling however is half the fun and you can participate in paddling as much as you wish to.

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