First paddle strokes in the Nepal.

On 31st March 2011 another small team of British kayakers are making their first steps into the brave world of expedition kayaking, as they land in Kathmandu Airport. They are joining Pure Land Expeditions for a two journey across Nepal. Running rivers and building friendships all self supported. The have booked one of our Self Support packages and have chosen extra days in Nepal; see for our standard 16 day(14+2) door to door schedule. This group have bolted extra days on the schedule (17+2) for acclimatising to the culture and adding extra river days.

31st March, land in Kathmandu and meet the guides who will collect from the airport. In private transport we will then progress to Thamel the tourist hub of the city and our base Hotel.

1st April, spend the morning exploring the chaos of Kathmandu and sorting expedition gear. We are able to send a bag to Pokhara for later in the trip and rest before the expedition begins.

2nd After breakfast we will leave for the Trisuli river class 3/4 and will get accustomed to paddling loaded boats. We will be staying in a local villageand eating with localfamilies throughout. This allows us time to get settled on thefeel of the river.

3rd Trisuli class 4 stay Pokhara, these last two days have been shake down days and we may make adjustments to the schedule should we feel the need.

4th Kali 3/4 after breakfast take private transport to the put-in and paddle rapids Big Bro and Little Bro-scounting and setting safety as required. Sleeping at the Modi Khola confluence under a blanket of stars.* We may venture to the Upper Kali prior to this.

5th Kali 3 a much more mellow day in an isolated gorge (perhaps the deepest on Earth). We will be using our camp skills again tonight.

6th Kali 2 take out at Seti Beni and return in private transport to Pokhara

7th Jeep and trek to Souda (upper Madi Khola) class 4(5) sleep on beach.

8th Start Lamerket section of Madi class 3/4 (5p) sleep on beach, cook on fire/local home (self support equipment will be carried in kayaks)

9th. Madi trek, stay local home.

10th Trek stay tea house

11th Marsyandi class 4 the great roller coaster blast, Sleep in local lodge.

12th Marsyandi and return to Kathmandu on local transport

13th After breakfast its time to load the bus again and head to the border with Tibet. We will paddle the rivers Balephi, Sun Kosi and BhoteKosi over the next three days staying in our riverside lodge

14th Bhote riverside lodge

15th Bhote area stay hotel Kathmandu

16th Breakfast last chance for seeing the famous Stupas and prayer wheels. Pack and fly home. Its sadto leave this magic place and our guides will journey to the airport with you. Time for returning back to the UK and work.

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