Kayaking Bhutan

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Number of kayakers signed up to run Bhutan's Pa River in the 13-day Excellent Adventures expedition this November:
8

Previous descents of the Pa:
0

Elevation at put-in, in feet:
14,500

Elevation at take-out, in Footfreezer Canyon:
8,500

Percentage of rapids graded Class V or higher:
100

Percentage thought to be runnable:
80

Average age of kayakers:
35.4

Average years of experience:
18.1

Approximate water temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit:
33

Number of horses needed to transport gear to put-in:
15–20

Percentage chance someone will suffer altitude sickness:
25

Max. flow of river during descent, in cubic feet per second:
1,000

Factor by which flow can change depending on monsoon rains:
10

Approximate number of Westerners who've kayaked in Bhutan since 1980:
75

Of those, number who've scored first descents:
20

Number who've died:
1

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