River and Soul is an up-and-coming Adventure and Cultural Tour company operating in Nepal and they are gearing up for the new season! Launching some epic White water activities whilst also getting people into the depths of ‘the real Nepal’. River and Soul Adventures will take you off the beaten tourist track to really experience life in rural Nepal while fuelling your adrenaline needs. Callum, the owner of River and Soul has spent a lot of time in Nepal, both as a river guide and living with locals. Not only guiding adventures on the rivers he has worked with local communities in schools to develop education and build a great relationships. So when you visit, it’s not just another village visit, it’s as if you’re walking into a friend’s hometown.
In April 2018, the spring season is opening with one of River and Soul’s favourite tours ‘Best of Both’. Not only offering an awesome mixture of epic white water rivers and cultural experiences, it is kicking off with a whopping 25% off the tour cost! Running for 13 days the trip offers Cultural Homestays, 5 days rafting some epic white water, day treks and city tours.
Spend your time touring around the ancient sights of Kathmandu from the spectacular Dhurba Palace to playing with the monkeys at the famous Swaymbhunath Stupa (aka ‘Monkey Temple’). Then venture out into the wild waters of Nepal. Hone your skills and group work as you’ll stay overnight on the warm waters of the leisurely Trisuli river, where rafting originated in Nepal. Once acquainted with the Nepali white water, test your skills and daring to conquer the mighty Kali Gandaki on a 3 day white water expedition! This river, named after the god of destruction, is known for 60 rapids in 60 minutes and is always a tour highlight! With pretty continuous grade 3 rapids, some very notable high grade 4 (such as Big Brother, Rafter’s Refund, and Morning Glory) and ending on a chilled out jade green flatwater, there is something for everyone on this 3 day excursion. Finishing up the days on stunning white river beaches, sitting round the campfire, having a beer and good local food while gazing up at the stars.
Once you’ve taken on the mighty Kali Gandaki you’ll be in need of some good R&R. Sirubari is nestled away in a rural part of Nepal. A mighty medieval styled village which almost seems cut off from the world will welcome you with open arms. You’ll stay with the local families, join family meals and enjoy the festivities. While here why not take a half day trek to the top of a mountain to see the Yogies living there and the spectacular views of the Himalayas! During the final evening in Sirubari, the group will be guests of honour at their ‘Cultural Evening’ where the village turns out to sing and dance. The local youth group always puts on a fantastic display of dancing, and joining in is mandatory!
Fully rested and recovered you may have the energy to wake up early and take an epic hike to Pokhara, or maybe the 4×4 jeep sounds like a more ideal way to travel. Whatever you decide you’ll finish in Pokhara with a day to explore and try out your shopping skills while resting up for an early morning. Up not so bright but definitely early to beat the crowds to the top of Sarangkot to get the best spot for the sun rising above the Annapurna Mountain Range. This is an experience you will never forget, the Annapurna Mountains slowly get etched into the sky – then BOOM – the mountains are showered in colour as the sun slowly rises above horizon. What could be a better way to finish the epic 13 day adventure? Take the rest of the day to explore more of Pokhara, eat more food, haggle and shop or even hire a boat and paddle out on the lake before heading back to Kathmandu the next day to head home.
The Best of Both tour is launching on the 9th – 21st April 2018 at a Special Price of only £1495pp, as a season opener. Once you arrive in Nepal River and Soul tours are all-inclusive, you only have to bring money for holiday shopping and alcohol. With your adventure pretty much all taken care of, you just get to sit back, paddle and enjoy! So if you’re after an epic all rounded trip offering adrenaline white water and cultural experiences head to River and Soul for the adventure you need!
Check out this video of what to expect on the Best of Both Tour: