Chris Patterson, Jim Klug, Misty Dhillon and I left our camp on the Saryu River for the last time this morning. Today we head down the raging Mahakali River no matter what. On May 5 we must be in Tanakapur to take out the rafts and begin our long journey home.
At around 11 the rafts made it down to us and after a whitewater safety lesson from Misty we were on our way. I got one last look at the mahseer panicking under our rafts as we left the Saryu into the Mahakali. Once in the Mahakali the current swept us downstream rapidly.
Today’s section of river took us through an amazing steep walled canyon. Nepal was on our left to the east and India on the right. We are not allowed to touch Nepal. On occasion we’d see a few shacks and the locals would run along following us. Seeing a boat for them is like us watching the space shuttle. Honestly most of these people have never even seen a car!
We faced some serious whitewater. After nearly drowning on the Zambezi in 2005 I wasn’t too thrilled about it. But sometimes you don’t have a choice. The land terrain was virtually impassable for me to take on foot. Plus, every paddler is needed so I wasn’t going to leave the boat short. We made it but it was a beating.
At 5 PM we arrived at fantastic beach Misty and his crew calls Tin House. The battered house is shelter for Indian border patrol although we didn’t see anyone. Once camp was set, despite the horribly murky water, Misty and I fished for several hours but not even a touch. I was not fishing with much confidence even though I’ve caught mahseerin the mud.