River Rafting in Rishikesh

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An early morning drive out of Delhi to beat the traffic and the heat and six hours later we are walking down a jungle path to our Camp Aquaterra in time for a quick dip in the Ganga and a wholesome lunch.

River Rafting in Rishikesh on the Ganga can easily stake its claim to being the river running capital of the country. And aptly so, a river which has so thoroughly dominated the consciousness of millions in the country, a river which harbours over 90% of white water running in India.

River rafting options range from a quick day-run to two/three-day long weekend trips.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Camping, Family, Rafting, Short Breaks
  • Activity Level Easy
  • Group Size
    6
River Rafting in Rishikesh.

Nervous anticipation, heart stopping buildups, the thrill of the rapids, the solitude of the calm sights seen, experiences shared & new-found friends. All of it sums up a trip of a lifetime, there for anyone with an inclination to experience, as we did, the best of a white-water journey on rafts – probably the only adventure sport which enables a complete novice to attain an adrenalin rush at par with that of a professional, each and every time.

The Ganga can easily stake its claim to being the river running capital of the country. And aptly so, a river which has so thoroughly dominated the consciousness of millions in the country, a river which harbours over 90% of white water running in India.

River rafting options range from a quick day-run to two/three-day long weekend trips.

An early morning drive out of Delhi to beat the traffic and the heat and six hours later, we are walking down a jungle path to our Camp Aquaterra in time for a quick dip in the Ganga and a wholesome lunch.

One meets the river guides who show you to a spacious yet cosy tent, your home for the night. A briefing about camp, washing areas, the do’s & don’ts is given and the programme discussed. Bio-toilets are dry pits, very clean and user-friendly. Flush toilets are not recommended, one is told as it invariably seeps closer to the water table. Being in surroundings such as these, one begins to appreciate the environment-friendliness of these camps and the basics on which they are run.

A nice, hot lunch is laid out under an open parachute and after a quick siesta, the afternoon river run is about to happen. Life jackets and helmets are handed out as our river guide beckons us to the inflated raft where a comprehensive river safety briefing begins.

One is briefed about the rapids to be encountered, paddling commands, “high side” commands, procedures to be taken if one of us is to fall out and what to do if the raft itself overturns. It does not happen often, according to our captain. A long flat section below, we are about to encounter our first “big one”, called the “Three Blind Mice”, which turns out to be a set of three rapids, following one after another. It turns out to be a really quick one and before we knew it, it is behind us in a flurry of hastened paddling strokes and shouted commands, leaving us completely wet, dazed and gasping for more. The foot braces in our raft are a blessing as they keep you from falling out of the raft in the bigger rapids. All rivers originating in the mountains form rapids due to loss of gradient, constrictions and obstructions, on its way to the plains. These rapids are graded on a scale of I to VI based on their size and the degree of difficulty encountered while negotiating them, Grade VI being un-runnable or suicidal.

Though any adventure sport, including rafting has its own inherent risks, they are minimised to a negligible extent by good professional set-ups, great river guides, world class equipment and an ever-present concern for safety.

We are now introduced to “bodysurfing”. A great way to ride a rapid, we are told. Out of the raft and lying on our backs is the way to do it, that is. A trifle scary at first, but the extremely reassuring guides help us overcome the beginnings of a mild fear creeping up our spines at the thought of jumping into the cold water. We manage to gather courage in numbers and jump out only to realise the joy of the river, taking us down forcefully, yet gently enough to provide us with the ride of our lives. The river is definitely addictive, and there seems to be no reason to deny it. In fact, most of our boat-mates ended up spending more time out of the raft than in it.

A few smaller rapids under our belt, we feel like seasoned rafters, only to be a little concerned at a distant roar which seems to get louder as we float down the valley. It is the “Roller Coaster”, one is told while we tighten our life jackets and helmets with a re-emerging sense of anxiety and urgency. It turns out to be true to its name, with our paddles hitting mostly air, the raft climbing on to some very decent sized waves, our guide trying very hard to manoeuvre the raft since some of us have just got their first taste of big white water, leaving us with justified momentary paralysis.

We ride through the “Golf Course”, “Club House” and lots more interesting rapids before driving back to our camp for the night.

Next  morning, we begin a long float to Kaudiyala – the start  of   the regular commercial section. We negotiate the “Daniel’s  Dip”  without much ado, feeling quite like professionals ourselves. A few kilometres downstream, we have our first casualty  on  “The  Wall”, a particularly big rapid

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  1. Day 1 2 DAY RAFT, 2 NIGHT CAMP:

    Arrive at Camp after lunch/tea. Check into tents, camp briefing etc. Short hike to a nearby village. Campfire dinner and overnight Camp.

  2. Day 2 2 DAY RAFT, 2 NIGHT CAMP

    Tea coffee served 7:00 onwards. After breakfast, get into rafting gear, safety briefing and raft down big volume Ganga whitewater. Raft down rapids like ”Three Blind Mice”, ”Crossfire”, ”Bodysurfing”, ”Return to Sender”, ”Roller Coaster”, ”Golf Course” and lots more. We end the trip near Laxman Jhula. Drive 30 minutes back to Camp for hot lunch. Afternoon kayaking (optional), volleyball or hike to a nearby village. Campfire barbecue dinner and overnight Camp.

  3. Day 3 2 DAY RAFT, 2 NIGHT CAMP

    Tea served by 7:00 am. After breakfast at 8:30am, drive 30 minutes to Kaudiyala. Board rafts and raft down the two big rapids on this section, the ”Daniel’s Dip” and ”The Wall”. Lots of bodysurfing and head back to Camp for hot lunch. Depart for Delhi.

  4. Day 1 3 DAY RAFT, 2 NIGHT CAMP

    Arrive at Camp Aquaterra for lunch. Check into tents, camp briefing etc. After lunch, raft a 10 km initiation section from Malakhunti till Shivpuri. Drive back to Camp for hot tea/coffee. Campfire dinner and overnight Camp.

  5. Day 2 3 DAY RAFT, 2 NIGHT CAMP

    Tea coffee served 7:00 onwards. After breakfast, get into rafting gear, safety briefing and raft down big volume Ganga whitewater. Raft down rapids like ”Three Blind Mice”, ”Crossfire”, ”Bodysurfing”, ”Return to Sender”, ”Roller Coaster”, ”Golf Course” and lots more. We end the trip near Laxman Jhula. Drive 30 minutes back to Camp for hot lunch. Afternoon kayaking (optional), volleyball or hike to a nearby village. Campfire barbecue dinner and overnight Camp.

  6. Day 3 3 DAY RAFT, 2 NIGHT CAMP

    Tea served by 7:00 am. After breakfast at 8:30am, drive 30 minutes to Kaudiyala. Board rafts and raft down the two big rapids on this section, the ”Daniel’s Dip” and ”The Wall”. Lots of bodysurfing and head back to Camp for hot lunch. Depart for Delhi.

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

All travel from Delhi and back to Delhi by road/ rail as applicable (by non ac car / 2 or 3 tier ac coach), all arrangements for staying and camping while on the trip, accommodation on twin share basis in tents / rest houses / hotels, all group climbing gear like ropes, anchors, slings etc. and individual climbing kit which would be hired climbing boots, ice-axes, crampons and gaiters, all meals, professional guide fee, peak fee, sanctuary fee / royalty / permits where applicable, all trekking arrangements with india’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff, cook etc.

 

Exclusions & Cancellations

Railway station / airport transfers in Delhi, any stay and meals in Delhi, meals enroute to reaching first days destination and back on the last day (due to road journey being 5 hrs or more), sleeping bag, items of personal clothing, expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, insurance, camera fee and any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.

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.

Distances & Landmarks : 260 kilometres from Delhi via Meerut Bypass – Muzaffarnagar bypass – Roorkee – Hardwar – Rishikesh.

Camp lies 30 kms from Rishikesh on the road leading to Devprayag/Badrinath. Pass the villages & bridges of Shivpuri & Gular. Look out for milestone “BYASI 2” (hindi). Camp parking is 200 m after this on the right (at Atali Ganga)

Our staff will meet you here and guide you 250 metres into the forest to Camp Aquaterra.

We are operational from Mid-September till May

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  1. Woollens/thermal underwear
  2. Wind/rain proof jacket
  3. GOOD sandals – something which will last the trip. If you have a good pair of sandals, that will suffice. Or, spare sneakers/flip flops will be handy for camp.
  4. Socks
  5. Flash Light – important. Don’t forget spare batteries.
  6. Sun Shade/Hat
  7. Sunscreen/Sun block with SPF 70 and above
  8. Vaseline/Lip Balm
  9. Insect Repellent
  10. Personal Toiletries – towels/soap etc.
  11. Long trousers / long shirts / Tshirts etc.
  12. Good pair of shorts, quick dry for raft
  13. Swim suit for ladies or quick drying shorts and t-shirt
  14. Alcohol / cigarettes – not available at Camp
  15. Sunglasses with eyeglass retainers
  16. Battery pack for charging cell phones or car charger
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