The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Kayaking the Blue Nile Gorges

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
2 $1,280 camping, tourist hotels

The Route: A hair-raising, self-supported, seven-day descent through a 7,000-foot-deep canyon sprinkled with Class IV and V rapids. Also included are visits to ancient holy sites on the islands of Lake Tana.

When to go: November

Difficulty: Strenuous

Travel advisory: Experts only. You should be comfortable paddling the Gauley, Chattooga, or other Class IV-V rivers. Most participants bring their own kayaks.

High/low points:

  • Running the Gauntlet, a Class V+ rapid where water funnels into a five-foot slot at 5,000 cfs.
  • Climbing out of the canyon back to civilization, an all-day, 15-mile grind during which you'll ascend 6,800 vertical feet.

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