Following the merging at Devprayag, the river is known as the Ganga. The Alaknanda contributes a significantly larger portion to the flow of the Ganges than the Bhagirathi. The Hindu pilgrimage centre of Badrinath lies along the banks of the Alaknanda river.
In mythology, the Goddess Ganga descended to earth at Gangotri, the original source of the Bhagirathi before the Gangotri Glacier receded to its current location at Goumukh. The Alaknanda is believed to have split off from the celestial Ganga when it descended from heaven.
The origin of Alakananda River is of special interest to the tourists who dare to visit the important pilgrimages in Uttarakhand. The Ganges rises in the southern Himalayas on the Indian side of the Tibet border. The five headstreams of the Ganges including the Bhagirathi, Mandakini, Alakananda, Dhauliganga and Pindar all rise in the northern mountainous regions of the Uttarkhand.
we are running upper section of Alaknanda River since few years for high adrenaline rafting lovers.
Day 01: board morning shatabdi express (dep.6: 55), pick up Haridwar at 11:25, drive 1hrs to Shivpuri, lunch and practice run till Rishikesh to familiarized with commands & paddling techniques, negotiating a few good rapids like, “return to sender”, “roller coaster & golf course. Drive back to camp for hot tea & snacks.
Day 02: Drive to Chamoli (205 km, 7hrs), stay in hotel/tents.
Day 03: Raft down from Chinka to Nandprayag (20km,4hrs, grade 4-4+) negotiating continue rapids “morning splash”, “Chinka”, “big bend”, “Chamoli” and many more till beautiful campsite near Nandprayag .hot tea and pakoras, bonfire, dinner and night stay in tents.
Day 04: rafting Nandprayag to Karnaprayag (25km, 4 hrs, river grade 3+ to 4+).this day we do one of the biggest rapid on this section called “Hillery falls” and many unnamed rapids. Camp at karnaprayag .bonfire dinner and stay in tents.
Day 05: karnaprayag to Rudraprayag (30km, 5 hrs, river grade 3-4+). As usual, we have many unnamed rapids to run with grate adventure and fun including “Bombay jam” “Adee out” and tricky “kakad fall”. Pullout at Rudraprayag and drive 4 hrs to Shivpuri camp, camp fire, dinner and stay in tents.
Day 06: morning tea at 7:00, breakfast and drive to Delhi.
TRIP GRADE: MODERATE-HARD (CLASS: 3 TO 4+)