Saryu Kali Expeditions 8 Days


Originating from Sarmool, the Saryu river is considered sacred in Hinus with its mention in Rig Ved and the epic Ramayan. It flows through scenic landscapes and offers picturesque beaches and canyons that remain largely unexplored and untouched by the modern day rafters and nature enthusiasts.

Experience both low and big volume river on the Saryu expedition combined with an extended trip on the Kali that takes you further upriver into the tributary of the Saryu and meeting the Kali with big volume grade 3-4 rapids. Upper section of this river from Bageshwar to Sheraghat is one of the best sections for kayakers.

Region : Pithoragarh, Kumaon

Best season : October

Grade : 4, 4+

Duration : 7 days

Min group

Price : On Request



Meet us at Kathgodam early morning to drive up to Sheraghat. This is a drive of about 5 hours through the towns of Almora and Bhim Taal. You get the views of big Himalayan ranges like Nanda Devi, Trishul, and many more. We stop for lunch at some local Dhaba and of course for photography whenever needed. We reach Sheraghat in the evening and stay overnight at hotel/camp.

We start the day early with a drive (2 ½ hours) to the starting point of the expedition. After a comprehensive talk on river safety as well as basic instructions, we will ready for an enthralling experience of negotiating through grade 3 to 4 rapids and captivating views of Himalayan villages. We pitch camp late afternoon, followed by dinner around the campfire. 

Day 3 is full of challenges, begining with an exciting grade 4 rapid, there are over 15 grade 3-4 rapid till the confluence of Saryu and Ramganga East at Rameshwar. The Ramganga East adds more volume to the river adding punch to the rapids. The section below this confluence is relatively easy and gives you a chance to bodysurf or just experience the tranquil beauty of the valley. We pitch our camp on a sandy beach for a relaxed afternoon. Go for a short hike or simply laze around the campfire in the evening and enjoy a hot meal around the fire. Camp overnight.

This is an exciting day full of thrills in store as we raft through the confluence of Kali and Saryu at Pancheshwar. The Kali River brings loads of water and the river volume more than doubles from here to make it a big Himalayan river. This stretch has some grade 3+ rapids running through a lush green remote valley with breathtaking views. We camp around Rupali Gad.

The river run from Rupali Gad to Pari Gaon takes us through Kali’s biggest rapid, the ‘Chuka’, a grade 4+ rapid. The rapid has several channels and hence we scout the rapid before running it. We negotiate a few more grade 3 rapids before we reach Pari Gaon, where we camp early evening. Camp overnight at the beach.

Take the day at your own pace. Relax at the beach or take a hike to the village or go for a nature walk and explore the remote surroundings.

Our starting point on the last day in the river would be Pari Gaon to reach the finishing point at Boom. The last section runs through a canyon with exciting grade 3-4 rapids. We load up after lunch, and drive to Kathgodam where our trip ends.

# The Saryu Smash: is a shorter trip possible during high flows, mid-September, and October.

** Top section – Bhageshwar to Sheraghat. Kayakers would particularly enjoy this section. Contact us for more details!


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