Camping and Rafting Tour

Tips :Camping and Rafting


Rafting or white water rafting is a challenging
recreational outdoor activity using an inflatable raft to navigate a river or
other bodies of water. This is usually done on white water or different degrees
of rough water, in order to thrill and excite the raft passengers. The development
of this activity as a leisure sport has become popular since the mid-1970s. It
is considered an extreme sport, as it can be dangerous.


White water rafts


The modern raft is an inflatable boat, consisting
of very durable, multi-layered rubberized or vinyl fabrics with several
independent air chambers. The length varies between 3.5 m (11 ft) and
6 m (20 ft), the width between 1.8 m (6 ft) and 2.5 m
(8 ft). The exception to this size rule is usually the pack raft, which is
designed as a portable single-person raft and may be as small as
1.5 metres (4.9 ft) long and weigh as little as 4 pounds (1.8 kg).


Rafts come in a few different forms. In Europe, the
most common is the symmetrical raft steered with a paddle at the stern. Other
types are the asymmetrical, rudder-controlled raft and the symmetrical raft
with central helm (oars). Rafts are usually propelled with ordinary paddles and
typically hold 4 to 12 persons. In Russia, rafts are often hand made and are
often a catamaran style with two inflatable tubes attached to a frame. Pairs of
paddlers navigate on these rafts. Catamaran style rafts have become popular in
the western United States as well, but are typically rowed instead of paddled.



Grades of white water Grades of white water   

Below are the six grades of difficulty in white
water rafting. They range from simple to very dangerous and potential death or
serious injuries.


Grade 1: Very small rough areas, might require slight manoeuvring.
(Skill Level: Very Basic)

Grade 2: Some rough water, maybe some rocks, might require some manoeuvring.
(Skill level: basic paddling skill)

Grade 3: White-water, small waves, maybe a small drop, but no
considerable danger. May require significant manoeuvring. (Skill level:
experienced paddling skills)

Grade 4: White water, medium waves, maybe rocks, maybe a considerable
drop, sharp maneuvers may be needed. (Skill level: white water experience)

Grade 5: White water, large waves, large volume, possibility of large
rocks and hazards, possibility of a large drop, requires precise maneuvering.
(Skill level: advanced whitewater experience)

Grade 6: Class 6 rapids are considered to be so dangerous as to be
effectively unnavigable on a reliably safe basis. Rafters can expect to
encounter substantial whitewater, huge waves, huge rocks and hazards, and/or
substantial drops that will impart severe impacts beyond the structural
capacities and impact ratings of almost all rafting equipment. Traversing a
Class 6 rapid has a dramatically increased likelihood of ending in serious
injury or death compared to lesser classes. (Skill level: successful completion
of a Class 6 rapid without serious injury or death is widely considered to be a
matter of great luck or extreme skill)


River Rafting at Rishikesh and Grades for Raft :-

The Camp provides facilities of White Water Rafting
covering rapids like Sweet

Sixteen (Grade-1), Marine Drive (Grade-2), Three Blind Mice (Grade-3), Cross

Fire (Grade-3), Roller Coaster (Grade-4) and Golf Course (Grade-4). Grade 4

rapids are undertaken depending upon the expertise of the rafter and the

decision of the river guide.

Well, you don't have to be an ace swimmer

to be able to experience the thrill of rafting. Especially when you have our

well equipped, expert team of friendly instructors who consider it beyond them

to leave anything to chance. You get to experience the sheer power of Ganges in

a true adventurer style. A two day rafting expedition at Rishikesh would cover

about 36 km of the river and you would return all full of the thrills of the


 Things to carry while you are on trip:

* T- shirts

* Synthetic long sleeved T - Shirts for the river

* Rafting sandals (rubber sandals with straps - easily available in all shoe
stores very comfortable to wear around camp too)

* Shorts / tights

* Sun shade

* Sunglasses with straps so that you don't lose them.

* Plenty of sunscreen

* Light wool sweater/jacket to wear in camp in the evenings.

* Flashlight

* Personal toilet articles.

Other activities which can be done along with

rafting at Rishikesh are body surfing, cliff jumping, beach volleyball,

trekking, camping, rock climbing, rappelling etc.

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