OVERVIEW MAP OF THE BLUE NILE (ABAY or GREAT ABAY)

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The river is generally class III or IV max [with the exception of Tissisat Falls (P) and the Northern Gorge which has several class Vs].
On general trips, we can have passenger exchanges at any bridge. Private Outfitting Service groups can start and end at any point.
Raft trips in 2017 will continue down to the Yarenga bridge or even closer to the GERD site (Grand Ethiopian Rennaissance Dam).
Raft trips in 2018 will probably also continue down to the Yarenga bridge since there are delays at completing GERD.
Raft trips in 2019 will probably end at Sirba due to initial filling of the reservoir for GERD.
"We want to protect the remaining free-flowing Grand Canyon of the Nile but also know what is being lost with GERD!"

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section km days class rapids scenery hikes cultural note
Gilgel Abbai 200 ~4 IV +++++ +++ ++ +++ section from source to Lake Tana
Lake Tana 50 ~2 0 + ++ ++ ++++ monasteries on the islands of the lake
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TisAbay section 40 ~2 IV +++++ ++ ++ ++ exiting Lake Tana but often little water now
Northern Gorge 50 ~3 IV-V +++++ +++++ +++ ++ very difficult; class Vs at Gauntlet, Crux, Cave
Inner Gorge1 130 ~4 III +++ +++++ +++++ +++ incredible scenery and side canyons
Inner Gorge2 111 ~3 III-IV ++++ +++++ +++++ +++ incredible canyon and side canyons
Black Gorge 195 ~5 III-IV ++++ ++++ +++ ++ fun rapids; hotter; remote with wildlife
Western Cataracts 267 ~6 III ++++ +++ + +++++ very hot; some rapids; Shankilla native tribes
Lower Gorge 179 ~4 III +++ ++ ++ ++++ very hot; some rapids; soon to be flooded by GERD
Sudan 756 10+ I-II + + + +++ Roseries Dam; then flat open & hot to Khartoum
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TOTAL 1978 ~42 - - - - - for entire Blue Nile descent source-to-Khartoum
TOTAL nice rafting 916 ~42 - - - - - full Blue Nile descent