Hold on tight as Wild Chronicles takes on some of our planet's wildest rivers, running adrenaline-rushing rapids from Canada to Nepal. More than a physical challenge, running rapids in steep canyons is also a mental quest where mistakes can be fatal.

  1. The kayakers in this video visit three rivers. Where are they?

    • Answer

      The kayakers paddle on the Stikine River, Canada; the Kali Gandaki, Nepal; and the Yarlung Tsangpo, Tibet.

  2. A National Geographic researcher died while navigating the Yarlung Tsangpo. He was caught in one of the rapids' "holes." What is a "hole"?

    • Answer

      A hole is an area of a river where the water can suck a kayaker into a whirlpool, making it very difficult to escape.

  3. The kayakers navigated the Kali Gandaki, an area that has been closed to outsiders for years. What was the purpose of their trip?

    • Answer

      The kayakers were testing to see if the river could be a safe, reliable, and economically feasible transportation or shipping corridor.

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deep, narrow valley with steep sides.

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areas of fast-flowing water in a river or stream that is making a slight descent.

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large stream of flowing fresh water.