Frequently asked questions (FAQ) –
Rafting FAQ (Ask Questions, Get Answers)
Question No.1:- Do you run single rafting and trekking day tours?
YES! We have trips including some half day and single day trips, so if you short on time, you will still be able to join our raft and trek trip! We offer a half day and full day rafting trip on Ganges. We also offer a day treks in the near surroundings of Rishikesh. If you do have a little more time, do consider one of our fantastic and remote multi-day river and mountain camping adventures…
Question No.2:- Can I raft without previous experience?
Most of our clients have never rafted before or at the most have done a day trip somewhere else in the world. We’ll provide you with all the necessary knowledge through our thorough safety and paddle briefings from your trip leader. Rafting is a fun, team activity that all people are able to participate in.
Question No.3:- I can’t swim – can I still join?
No problem! We will teach you the proper procedures for a “white water swim” in case you do fall out of the raft. And in the event that you do fall out of the raft.
Question No.4:- Do I need to be fit to go on a rafting trip?
Rafting does not require very high levels of fitness. Nearly anybody over 14 years of age can run nearly all rivers on offer. Of course, heart patients, expecting mothers or any other serious ailments are an impediment.
Question No.5:- What do I need to bring for day trip or rafting expedition?
Quick dry cloth like shorts and t-shirts, flip flops, sun glasses and sunscreen
Question No.6:- What do the river grades mean?
River Grading: Water volume and technical hazards determine a rapids grade. Class I-II are small and simple waves. Class III/III+ are exciting, but not too difficult or technical. Class IV/IV+ provide a great adrenalin rush with the chance of falling out or flipping the raft. Class V is extreme, challenging, potentially scary and usually requires a great deal of scouting and is the highest level we run in India with only our absolute best guides in charge. Please understand that Mother Nature makes the rules in all outdoor pursuits, and often rivers, trails, roads change making rapid levels constantly fluctuate from season to season.
Question No.7:- What about drinking water on river trips?
On day trips we use the packaged drinking water which is available in the shops. On remote river trips we boil the water treated with iodine and later filtered with the Katadyn expedition water filter.
Question No.8:- What kind of food do you provide?
We are very proud of our crew’s culinary ability! We offer both Western & Indian dishes. All of our dishes are vegetarian, however we are confident that you will not get bored from our vegetarian dishes. Meals are always provided as buffet, so you can help yourself to what you like and avoid what you don’t.
Question No.9:- What if I am allergic to some food?
Please do let us know in advance and we will take care. Moreover in every meal there will be few options for food.
Question No.10:- What happens with my luggage on multi-days river trip?
We will provide you with a stuff sack to pack what you wish to bring on the river with you. Once we arrive at the put-in point, we will put all stuff sacks in our 100% water proof NRS dry bags. Any valuable items, or things you wish to have access to through the day, such as cameras, medicine, extra eye contact lenses & sunscreen etc., will be packed in 100% waterproof and almost indestructible pelican boxes.
Question No.11:- What happened to my extra luggage which I do not need for the trip?
Your extra luggage can either be left at our Base in Rishikesh. Valuable such as laptops & passports etc. can be put in our safe, while back packs and general luggage will be stored in a common store rooms.
Note – All items left with us or brought with you on the river are at your own risk.
Question No.12:- Do I need to tip my guide?
You certainly do not NEED to tip your guide; however, if you feel they did a good job, a small personal tip is a lovely gesture and shows our crew that their hard work is appreciated. Additionally, if you feel that our crew did a good job and you enjoyed your trip, feel free to post a review on Trip Advisor and mention your favorite guides’ name. Our crew love to see their names highlighted up there !
Question No.13:- What is the ideal time to enjoy the sport?
Early Summer or Spring is the ideal time to enjoy river rafting in Rishikesh.
Question No.14:- Do mobile phones work in this area?
Yes, mobile phones work well in our camp locations.
Question No.15:- Is electricity available in tents?
In Safari Tents, there is no electricity. There are lanterns to provide light in the tents all night and in our luxury tents, we have electricity and plug points for charging and fans in the tents.
Question No.16:- Do I need to take necessary medication along on a river rafting trip?
You surely need to carry prescribed medications such as insulin, inhalers, bee sting kits etc.