A trip delivered in partnership with Big Smile Nepal, Adventure Specialists.
6th-19th November 2022 - Course Full
4th - 17th November 2023 - Spaces Available
The ultimate Himalayan white water course? We think so!
This is more than just a holiday! This course is aimed at those who regularly paddle class 3 or above, to help you take that next step in your kayaking and prepare you for bigger adventures to come.
Explore some of the best whitewater that the country has to offer and receive coaching from professional coaches and river guides to help you take your paddling to the next level.
We always cater our coaching to the needs of the group, so you can be sure to come away having learnt a lot and had an amazing experience!
Camp out on the river banks under the stars, explore the culture of this stunning country and immerse yourself in breathtaking scenery and diverse wildlife. We understand it's not just about the kayaking, so we have incorporate plenty of cultural experiences and time to explore in this great trip.
Join us on our flagship trip, for the adventure of a life time!
Day 1 - Arrival.
We'll meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation. Get settled in. You might wish to sleep off the jet-lag, or explore the bustling city of Kathmandhu. We'll meet you for dinner and formal welcome in the evening.
Day 2 - Culturual day.
We understand that kayaking isn't just about the whitewater, but the places it takes you. That's why today we'll be exploring some of the older parts of the city. We'll head to Swayambunath to see the monkeys, then to Patan or Kathmandu Durbar square to see the amazing architecture these areas have to offer. We'll meet again for dinner and brief for the coming days.
Day 3 - Lower Marsyangdi
We'll transfer to a beautiful beach camp, set up for us by our in country partners on the banks of the beautiful Marsyangdi river. This will be our home for the next two nights.
This afternoon we will get on the water for a skills workshop and safety training to prepare us for the rest of the trip.
Day 4 - Lower Marsyangdi
Today will be spent receiving coaching sessions on some of the many beautiful rapids of the Marsyangdi, with a lunch break back at the beach camp before we head up stream for another lap! We will have time to prepare for the following day, when we'll head off on our first overnight expedition.
Day 5 - Seti Khola.
This is the perfect river to get into the swing of things here in Nepal and experience some larger volume.
The rapids give us an ideal classroom to learn the skills of paddling on this type of whitewater. We'll camp out under the stars with our dinner cooked by a team of amazing Nepali river gurus!
Day 6 - Seti Khola.
After our beach camp breakfast we'll pack up and hit the river for another day of coaching and guiding on the water. The rapids getting progressively more difficult, but only hard enough for us to put into practice more of the tactics and techniques we'll be teaching you.
From the river, we'll head to Pokhara where we can settle in to our accomodation and grab a cold beer!
Day 7 - Pokhara sight seeing
With many people still suffering jet lag at this point, we don't want to overload you, so we'll explore some more of what the area has to offer. It would be a shame to be in Pokhara and not visit the world peace pagoda, so we'll head up there in the morning and have lunch near the top. Take in the beautiful views or head back to the lakeside for a cocktail!
Day 8 - Kaligandaki.
The holy river. Putting on near the town on Beni, we'll spend 3 days in this beautiful valley. The Kaligandaki is one of our favourite rivers and we're very excited to share it with you!
Further coaching along the way will help you to progress in your kayaking and be able to tackle anything the river throws at us. We'll have beautiful beach camps along the way and plenty of time to soak it all in.
Day 9 - Kaligandaki.
Day 10 - Kaligandaki.
We'll take out and head back to Pokhara today. Our journey back is a great time to reflect on everything we covered over the last few days.
We'll head to a mountain resort at the top of Sarangkot to spend the night, gorge ourselves on BBQ food and sample the world famous thirsty camel cocktails!
Breathtaking views of the Annapurna range await, and might even be enough to tempt you up for a sunrise photo session!
Day 11 - Pokhara/Upper Seti paddle day
We'll have another chance to explore Pokhara today. The long walk down to lakeside from Sangrakot provides those who wish to stretch their legs a chance for yet more great views. It's possible to arrange a paragliding trip for this day (at your expense) but please let us know well in advance. Maybe hire a fishing rod and boat and relax on the lake, or even hire a SUP board!
There will be an opportunity to paddle whitewater on the Upper Seti this afternoon depending on energy and ability levels.
Day 12 - Trisuli.
One of the most iconic and popular rivers in the region, it makes sense for us to have it on our list! Today will be a chance to play on the awesome waves and put into further practice the skills we've learnt.
We'll be transferring back to Kathmandu after our time on the river.
Day 13 - Packing day & optional cookery course.
A chance to explore more of Kathmandu and an option to join us on a Nepali cooking course! This course is run with our friends at "Social Tours". Today will also give you the time to sort your kit before departure tomorrow.
We'll say our formal goodbyes tonight, with a chance to share any photos and video throughout the week and also to receive personalised action plans for your kayaking in the future.
If you wish we can show you some of the nightlife and live music of Thamel.
Day 14 - Depart.
Time for us to say goodbye, but we hope, not for long!
We'll make sure you get to the airport in time for your check in.
Who's this trip for:
This trip is for anyone with regular class 3 experience.
You don't have to be all over it, that's what we're here to help you with, but you'll get the most out of this trip if you regularly paddle class, 3 and occasionally some 4, and have a good roll.
If you're all over class 4 but still want to join, don't worry! This is still an amazing adventure with some quality whitewater. We cater our coaching to suit your needs, so you can be sure that'll you'll get worked hard!
Included in the price:
-Airport pickup and drop off (on scheduled arrival and departure days.)
-Private bus transport for our time on the river.
-All food whilst on the river.
-Accommodation (including river camping and hotels in town. Excluding sleeping bag & mat)
- Top class professional coaching and guiding from qualified, experienced coaches and guides who know Nepal.
-Additional safety kayakers from in country partners (all qualified and experienced).
-Raft support for all river expeditions.
-Digital copies of our photos throughout the trip.
-A personalised action plan moving forward
-A whole lot of fun!
Not included in the price:
-Alcoholic beverages and additional beverages out with normal mealtime inclusive drinks.
-Food whilst in towns
-Personal kayaking gear. (Kayaks and paddles are available to hire for approx $15 per day, however we recommend bringing your own)
-Sleeping bag, mat and personal camping equipment (please ask us if this causes issues)
-Any misc personal expenses. (Ie, gifts, food whilst exploring the city etc).
-Flights to Nepal.
-Personal insurance. (We recommend you take out a fully comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for kayaking on waters of at least gd4. Plus cover for cancellation of flights.)
Pay Deposit: £300
Total amount: £1250
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"This trip was just so incredible! I'd recommend the course to any of my friends that are wanting to progress their paddling..." - Elizabeth Lennon
"I loved the course - learning to paddle big volume white water in a totally different style was really helpful as well as interesting! Every aspect of the trip was well thought out and totally captivating!" - Ailsa Brown