Rafting in Alakhnanda, Uttarakhand, India


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Rafting in Alakhnanda

Over the last few decades, white water rafting in Rishikesh has become one of the best known adventures to book in Uttarakhand. Located just at the foot of the Himalayas, most of the upper portion of Uttarakhand is crowned by famous peaks and glaciers, and it is replete with natural beauty. The Alakhnanda rises near the Satopanth and Bhagirathi glaciers in Uttarakhand, and flows down to Devprayag, merging with the Ganges and racing through Rishikesh. It is fed by melting snow from peaks, and provide some of the best white water rafting in Rishikesh.

Alakhnanda rafting packages

Every day, hordes of adventure seekers arrive, seeking Alaknanda rafting trips in Rishikesh. Just outside the main area, all along the river and its tributaries, and in the midst of the forests around Rishikesh, there are campsites set up to cater to these travellers. Most of these campsites offer Alakhnanda rafting and camping packages. Depending on your budget, you can stay in tents, cottages, or rooms. These Alakhnanda rafting and camping packages usually involve all meals, a campfire in the evening, and a session of Alakhnanda rafting the next day.

Alakhnanda rafting: White water rafting in Rishikesh

From Devprayag, the Alakhnanda joins the Ganges, and begins its journey into the plains. The river is wide, green, and cold here. Alakhnanda rafting is popular here because of the different grades of rapids on offer. While rafting the Alakhnanda, depending on the section of the river you choose, you could experience everything from the milder Grade I and II, to the epic boiling stretch of the Grade IV rapids.

Alakhnanda rafting packages

All packages for white water rafting in Rishikesh offer you a thrill-a-minute session where you battle the rapids, as well as some peaceful paddling past the temples, ashrams and ghats alongside the river. At the end, you’ll head for a quiet stretch of the river, where you can take a dip, or try your hand at body surfing or cliff jumping.

Alakhnanda river rafting stretches

Rafting Alakhnanda can be customized to suit your requirements. For families with young children, there are white water rafting in Rishikesh packages that are shorter and will cover fewer rapids. You can choose from the 9 km stretch (for families with kids), 16 kms stretch (good for beginners), or longer river rafting in Rishikesh packages like 24 or 32 kms. From the 16 km stretch onwards, you’ll be meeting all the most famous rapids, like Double Trouble, Golf Course, Return to Sender, The Wall, and more.

Best time for Alakhnanda river rafting

The best river rafting season in Rishikesh is during the summer months of March, April and May, when the cold water is very tempting. But during the monsoon months, all the way till September or October, the Alakhnanda rafting is strong, thanks to the added force of the water. After that, you can still go rafting, but the water gets very cold.

Alakhnanda rafting trips

Rishikesh Riverside Camping (2N/3D)
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Live along the banks of the Alaknanda, with the sound of the river in the background. You'll have plenty to do, from chilling on the banks of the river to exploring the forests that fringe it. The days at this Rishikesh riverside campsite are filled with adventure activities and outdoor scenery, and in the evenings, when the night grows cold, a crackling bonfire sets the mood for a singsong session or a barbeque. You'll live in Swiss tents, with a permanent roof and ensuite washrooms to shelter you from the elements. Inside your tent, you have queen size beds, luggage racks, side tables, and a coffee table and chairs. However, you'll probably spend most of your time on the delightful private sit-out that looks over the river.

NOTE: This package does not include the cost of your adventure activities. Instead, you can decide what you want to do and pay on location. Every day, you can choose from a range of activities like rafting, rappelling, kayaking, local walks, village explorations, or just decide to spend time in the lap of nature.

To book this adventure camp in Rishikesh, you need a minimum of two persons.
  • Two nights in twin-sharing Swiss tents with balcony at a riverside campsite
  • Dinner and breakfast
  • Tea and cookies (morning and evening)
  • One guided trek
  • Bonfire
  • Any applicable taxes
  • Transport of any kind
  • Any meals or services not mentioned in inclusions
  • Adventure activities (can be paid for on location)
  • Bottled water, other beverages
  • Personal expenses like laundry, tips, etc
  • Any costs for delays caused by landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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