Kali Gandaki: The Hidden Gem of Nepal

Kali Gandaki is one of the largest rivers of Nepal and a tributary of the Ganges. It is known for its darker complexion, hence the name, “Kali,” which translates to Dark or Black in English.

Kali Gandaki

The Kali Gandaki river source lies at the border with Tibet at an elevation of 6,268 meters at the Nhubine Himal Glacier in the Mustang region of Nepal. The strong current of the river helps to generate the much needed hydroelectricity for the country.

Also known as the Narayani in Terai, once it crosses the border of Nepal, the river reaches India through the confluence Triveni with rivers Pachnad and Sonha; both descending from Nepal. It passes the through the Gangetic plains of Bihar and joins the Ganga at Patna.

The Gandaki river basin is may contain about 1,025 glaciers and 338 lakes, and it has been a source of livelihood and development of many settlements throughout Nepal, mainly; Lo Manthang, Beni, Jomsom, Bharatpur and Valmikinagar.

Kali Gandaki Gorge

The Kali Gandaki Gorge is the gorge located in the mid-western Nepal. The Kali Gandaki gorge is also known as the deepest canyon in the world, being 5,571 meters lower than Annapurna I which bounds it at one point.

The gorge separates Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, two of the mightiest mountains in the west of Nepal. The gorge is mostly used or crossed during the trek to Muktinath or the Annapurna circuit. The upper part of the gorge is also called Thak Khola after the local Thakali inhabitants who became prosperous from trans-Himalayan trade.


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