Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Holi River "Kali Gandaki"

Named after the Hindu goddess of destruction, Kali, the river rises in Mustang, on the northern side of the Himalayan range. As it tumbles down between the majestic Daulagiri and the Annapurna ranges, it creates one of the world's deepest river canyons.
The recent damming of the lower portion of this river, has left us with one of Nepal's premier medium length river journeys; combining great whitewater with some of the most beautiful scenery in Nepal, seldom-visited villages, truly quiet and introspective evenings, abundant wildlife, sandy beaches and outrageously beautiful waterfalls.
The rapids on the Kali Gandaki are much more technical and continuous keeping paddlers busy all day. Both experienced and novice rafters love this. Nowhere else is it possible to find such diversity on a 3 day raft trip.
Nice drops, sparkling chutes and turbulent rapids provide class III to IV+ runs during the fall and spring seasons. This ancient trading route from Tibet takes you through the deepest river gorge in the world. Watch for the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Mountain Ranges (the popular trekking route) and have your camera ready!


For the adventurous there are large areas of the country still to be explored by mountain bike. Most importantly, it allows independent travel-you can stoop wherever you like and it liberates you from crowded buses. Mountain bikes are available for rent within the country. Think of Himalayan Mountain Bike tours as if trekking-by-bicycle except you get to cover 3 or 4 times the territory in same time while maximizing your vacation time and holiday experience. There is nothing like the wonders of Nepal seen and experienced by mountain biking. Let's make Nepal an ideal mountain biking adventure playground. Around the Kathmandu valley and Pokhara, there are many sightseeing destinations which are easily can be visited by mountain biking trip or it is best way to spend your lay over day after and before trek and a great idea to see Nepal's hidden most interesting hidden places.
The foothills of the Himalayas are a mountain biker's paradise. World class rides are accompanied by breathtaking mountain vista's. You'll be in touch with centuries-old culture, fresh mountain air, great trails and of course the greatest range of snow-capped peaks in the world.... from K2 to Everest and Kanchanjunga.
Day 1. After breakfast, start biking to Nagarkot, transfer to hotel, biking tour around, great views of snow capped mountains with beautiful sunrise and sunset.Day 2. Cycling down to Changunarayan temple, visit oldest temple of Nepal after that go to Bhaktapur, visit Golden gate at Durbar Square, museum, Nyatapola temple, pottery square, woodcarving center and peacock window and back to Kathmandu.
Nagarjun Hill
Morning after breakfast start biking to Nagarjun hill, one of the best view point of Kathamndu valley, a great photographic site, beautiful Mountain views- Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal.