Inflatable Kayaking in Rishikesh on the Ganga River

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A smashing new dimension to the whitewater experience, never before in India! Guide your own inflatable kayak through the rapids of the Ganga, Tons, Kali and many more rivers. Aquaterra Adventures offers exciting river running on inflatable kayaks, where you can ride alone or with a partner.

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Inflatable Kayaking in Rishikesh on the Ganga River.

A smashing new dimension to the whitewater experience, never before in India! Guide your own inflatable kayak through the rapids of the Ganga, Tons, Kali and many more rivers. Aquaterra Adventures offers exciting river running on inflatable kayaks, where you can ride alone or with a partner.

In an Inflatable Kayak every rapid is a challenge! The kayaks that we use are quick, maneuverable, and very stable if paddled with an aggressive spirit. Our experienced guides will lead your group down the river, and will give you tips for safe whitewater inflatable kayaking. We use top of the line kayaks and accessories to ensure a safe and adventurous trip. An Inflatable Kayak (IK), or Ducky, is more stable than a hard shell kayak and easier to master. A 2 person Inflatable Kayak is a great fun way to take a whitewater newbie through rapids.

Most of our Inflatable Kayaking trips float an initiation stretch of river with ample practice time to gain confidence before we get to the big river rapids. You will learn how to navigate your own kayak down the river. Experience whitewater like never before by learning to read water on longer trips, maneuver around rocks, holes and even surf! Your guide, in a nearby kayak, will give you continuous instruction, showing you how to maneuver your kayak and explain river running technique. Inflatable kayaks are stable and maneuverable, so no kayaking experience is needed to comfortably control the kayak. We’ll hit lots of Class 2 and easy Class 3 rapids in the kayaks, making it an exhilarating day on the water! You””ll see lots of birds and monkeys and maybe, even some wildlife while we float through the pools in between the rapids.

Towards the end of the season, when the water goes down, this is a great way to experience the river. Inflatable Kayak Trips are best suited for experienced river runners who would like to branch out and try something new. Persons who have rafted plenty before can look upon this as the next level of challenge. There is nothing like the thrill of successfully running a rapid in your own boat! These boats will put you at eye-level with the rapids and will add a whole new dimension to your trip. You should plan on getting soaking wet – you will probably get to try it!Note : Inflatable Kayak Trips are only offered during normal flows. Good physical conditioning and knowing how to swim is recommended.

While day trips are available, we recommend the plan below for those who wish to really get out there and spend a weekend of fun, outdoors and learning.

The Ganga Inflatable Kayaking Blast: (Highly Recommended for group travel for 4-12 persons) The Ganga Inflatable Kayaking Blast is a trip recommended for persons who have rafted on a few occasions previously, and would like to up the challenge of paddling their own craft down river. This trip takes you through the fundamentals of kayaking, teaches you how to paddle an IK, understand river running and read lines down a rapid, and camp out on your own outdoors. It is in fact, a must-do for most people who love water and the outdoors.

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  1. Day 1 Arrive at Camp Aquaterra and Introduction to Inflatable Kayaking

    Arrive at Camp Aquaterra in time for lunch. Get introduced to gear, and after a safety briefing, paddle your Inflatable Kayak and get used to the feel of the craft, get helpful hints and handy tips from your guides, soon you will be paddling like a pro! River level depending, either practice in the eddy at Camp or run a small initiation section below Camp. Back to Camp Aquaterra for evening tea/coffee, chill out. Beach volleyball. Campfire, dinner and overnight Camp.

  2. Day 2 Drive to the Confluence at Devprayag and Paddle till Beas Ghat

    After an early breakfast, drive 90 mins to Devprayag, the confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers, which meet to form the Ganga. Ready our crafts, inflate them and paddle down Class 1 and 2+ rapids. Work with your guide to maintain ferry angles and run the right lines down rapids. Paddle till the largest beach on the Ganga, at Beas Ghat, northern India’s best fishing spot for the golden mahseer. Set up tarps for the camp out, get meals ready, take a hike, collect driftwood for a token campfire and prepare the evening dinner in the communal kitchen. Overnight Camp.

  3. Day 3 Paddle down till the Wall, Back to Camp Aquaterra and then Onwards Destination

    Early wake up to get tea / coffee going. Rustle up a quick breakfast and break camp. Get on the river again for a big river day. Run a mellow Class 2 section till Kaudiyala. Scout our first biggie at “Daniel’s Dip” and understand the line that the boats need to run. The daring can have a go (on guide discretion), and if you don’t feel like a swim, it’s easy to carry your boat around. Paddle down to the “Wall” where a similar exercise is carried out. Its thrilling to get through, or to even take a toss and end up swimming. Reach Camp Aquaterra for lunch. Depart for onward destination.

Responsible Travel

We believe that along with the privilege of adventure in the Himalaya comes a serious responsibility, the responsibility to protect and contribute to its ecology, cultures and its tremendous beauty. The “Leave No Trace” philosophy is followed to the letter and we work to minimize the environmental impact of our trips. We are scrupulous in our camping, cooking and sanitation practices; we limit the number of trekkers we allow to join us on our trips and the number of trips we lead in a given area.
In wilderness, commercial agreements between service provider and client require a depth of understanding that is more than what is routinely attached to similar agreements elsewhere. In the outdoors, we have to balance pursuit of stated objective and risk. We try to overcome risk and deliver the objective promised in the agreement between client and service provider. But that does not mean that we ignore risk altogether to chase an objective. We wish you to be informed on what makes a trip safe for you and everyone else.

Please take a few minutes to read the following:

The nature of wilderness
By definition wilderness implies remoteness. It means that response to any accident or mishap takes time. Timely intervention is a life saver. Working back from this, it becomes imperative that any commercial adventure in wilderness be conservative in terms of the risk it courts. Yet adventure means there will be risk. The way out is to manage the risk involved in such a fashion that a safe experience is provided. There are a few things that the client can do.

Prepare in advance
Commercial expeditions entail strain even if others are carrying your load and doing the team’s work. Prior physical conditioning – particularly of the cardiovascular sort contributing to improved endurance – helps. Please invest time and effort for that before embarking on the trip. It will help you in the field.

Be honest, speak up
We encourage clients to be honest about how they are feeling on expedition days; voice any personal difficulties they may be experiencing. This helps the team make relevant decisions for clients’ well being, something crucial when venturing into altitude. Not all of us are meant for altitude. If your physiology rebels, there is nothing to be ashamed of it. Speak up. Make sure that your disclosures about self are not biased by an objective you are feverishly trying to achieve like getting to the summit of a peak or crossing a high pass at any cost. Don’t let summit fever and similar instances of extreme personal ambition, consume you. It puts you and your support team at risk. Stay with the team’s assessment of risk. Go with the resultant decisions. If you think you have a point to make by all means do so. We will hear you out. But risk assessment and decisions, will be by the team leaders as the onus of a safe expedition primarily rests with them.

Let the leaders work
You may be familiar with rivers, mountains and altitude. We don’t wish to question that. But there are reasons why many of us choose to go as clients. One of them is that our primary vocation is something else, while those working in the mountains as guides have chosen to make that their primary vocation or at the very least, dedicate time to it. More than us, they are in the mountains. They are alive to it. That’s why we entrust our passage to them. So, please let them work free of interference. Please don’t influence their judgement. Your expedition needs their best work and best judgement. In any expedition, leadership style will vary with the risk being tackled in a given situation. There will be times when we can travel easy in a very consultative fashion. There will be times when that is not advisable and a more directive style may be adopted by your guides. Please comply.

Be open to alternatives
We can set up the best safety systems possible, checking and double checking to make sure that nothing is left to chance. But we don’t control or totally overcome variables like weather and terrain / river conditions. They impact expedition’s progress. If team leaders review / alter plan citing concerns on any front, we request that it be respected and not viewed as money’s worth denied even if it dims prospects for achieving an expedition’s original goal. Such challenges are frequent in the outdoors. Seasoned trekkers and climbers, when they realize that a particular objective does not seem achievable on a given trip, learn to be happy with other pursuits to compensate – like staying camped and enjoying the mountain environment or attempting more doable hikes from wherever they are. We request you to stay aware of these possibilities. Be open to them. Decades ago when exploration and first ascents were happening in the Himalaya, the explorers / mountaineers / hikers devoted months to their work. Committed outdoorsmen still do. They wait out unfavourable circumstances by having a lot of time and patience. Time is what the modern world does not have even as the mountains remain the same, posing the same challenges; the same risk, the same unpredictable circumstances. An exceptionally lucky circumstance may deliver success. But luck isn’t commonplace. We should be mentally prepared for the above mentioned alternatives.

Be safe
If you don’t achieve your objective it isn’t the end of the world. Be patient, another chance will emerge. There is a simple reminder, climbers often tell their colleagues leaving for a summit: “ the mountain will always be there; make sure you are there.’’
In other words – be safe.

Activity Level
Our expedition trips are designed for energetic and flexible people who have the spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Previous experience in the outdoors and camping helps, though is not a must. These trips are participatory in nature, and everyone is expected to pitch in, set up and break down their own tent, clean their own dishes. Look up our trip grading before you sign up.

Grading of Trips
We have graded our trips in four different categories and you should choose one that suits you the most. Grading of each trip has been done keeping in mind a lot of factors like the trip duration, the altitude, the terrain, the no. of hours of activity everyday, temperatures and conditions encountered, and the level of fitness needed. Any kind of exercise which gets you fitter before this trip is advisable, as it will enable you to enjoy the region more.

  • Easy : Most of our camp based trips, with easy activities, that are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding whitewater trips with easy support and myriad options.
  • Moderate : Active trips involving hiking over reasonable terrain, within vehicular access, upto elevations less than 4000 meters, or trips with long walking days, multiple rafting days, wilderness camping. Includes more demanding whitewater trips with Class III rapids.
  • Demanding : Hiking and trekking to elevations exceeding 4000-5000 meters, away from vehicular access, over multiple days. Encompasses demanding whitewater with Class IV rapids.
  • Challenging : Our most demanding trips include climbing at high elevations in excess of 5000 meters, in remote and extreme conditions with no access to roads; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips, and demanding whitewater trips with Class IV-V rapids.

The Next Step
Ready to go? Email us at info@aquaterra.in to book your place and we will guide you through the booking process. Please sign and scan/email us your booking form and inform us about the status of your payments at the time of confirming the trip (Booking form and Payment details below).

Why travel with Aquaterra Adventures?
We are a pioneer in active adventure travel, and run the most number of rivers in India, having opened them up over the past several years. We set the standard and have a strong reputation for excellence. We have a lot to live up to and we ensure we provide the safest, quality trips for our guests.

References
Should you wish to contact any of our past guests for a trip reference, write to us.

Services provided
In remote regions, we often use local suppliers who provide services that may include vehicles for transportation, equipment, logistical support, hotels, guest houses etc. We do not own or operate these independent services or suppliers. We work with them as they share our commitment to service and quality.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Inclusions

Accommodation:
Deluxe tents (beds, mattresses and quilts provided) on twin share. Each tent is furnished with 2 camp cots, a table, two chairs. We have proper WC units and washing facilities at Camp Aquaterra. We also have 2 shower stalls. We can accommodate upto 50 persons at camp at any point in time.
Note: We don’t accommodate drivers at camp. Drivers are requested to sleep in their cars and eating facilities can be availed 1.5 kms at Byasi.

Meals:
We are proud of the excellent cuisine served in camp with emphasis on wholesome, hygienic and delicious food. Fresh fruits and vegetables are obtained locally.

  • Breakfast: Continental & Indian: Corn flakes/porridge, eggs, toast/pancakes/french toast, parantha, butter, jam, baked beans/french fries, fruits, tea/coffee.
  • Lunch: Indian: Normally vegetarian consisting of Dal/rajma, two vegetables, rice (fried/plain), chapati, papad, salad,& fruit
  • Dinner: A special meal with variations of Barbeque Indian, Continental or Chinese cuisine complete with dessert.
  • Tea Breaks: Tea/coffee with snacks/biscuits.

Note : Dinner is served from 8:30pm-9:30pm, keeping in mind our need to adhere to strict Forest Department guidelines.
Dinner will not be available should you not serve yourselves before 9:30pm.

Exclusions & Cancellations

Whats not:

  • Airfare
  • Airport Transfers
  • Visas
  • All optional additional tours or activities during free time
  • Transportation outside of the tour program
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature like phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.

Booking conditions: All bookings are subject to availability of space at Camp. We book space on a 100% advance. All payments by wire transfer, cash or cheque/draft in favor of “Aquaterra Adventures (I) Pvt. Ltd.”

Cancellations

If it becomes necessary to cancel your tour, you must notify Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd. immediately in writing. Once we receive your notice, cancellation will take effect. Please note that the following charges will apply on cancellation:

  • if cancellation takes place more than 45 days prior to departure, your full deposit
  • will be returned except a processing charge of Rs. 5000 or US$ 77 ; (60 days for Brahmaputra trip)
  • if cancellation takes place between 45 and 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the
  • tour price will be forfeited (between 60 and 30 days for Brahmaputra trip); and
  • if cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour price will be forfeited.

Some trips attract a minimum processing charge – please check.

The tour price is quoted as a package. No partial refunds or credit will be given for services not used. We recommend that you obtain travel insurance upon booking.