The Packraft Festival

From the 26th to the 29th of May 2022, on the banks of the Drac, between Grenoble & Gap

From the 26th to the 29th of May 2022, on the banks of the Drac, between Grenoble & Gap

The Weekends Program

An introduction to packrafting, bike-rafting, multiple descents from class 1 to 4, a concert... It doesn't matter if you are a novice or an experienced paddler, come and meet other members of the packrafting community and let's have fun together on and off the water! The event is open to all and the choice of activities is up to you!

Descente du Drac en packraft Mekong

Introduction to Packrafting

Discover the joys of packrafting on a simple section (class 1/2) in the company of professional guides or experienced packrafters.

packraft mekong sur ardeche en bikerafting

Bike-rafting

Follow a beautiful itinerary beneath the stunning peaks of the Ecrins massif, before heading back to the campsite with your bike attached to your boat.

Packraft monoplace autovideur de haute qualité, descente de l'Ubaye

River runs from class 1 to 4

Séveraisse, Drac Blanc, Souloise... Experienced packrafters will find an Alpine playground that lives up to their expectations!

L'équipe Mekong packraft, avec le sourire

A concert, new friends and lots of fun!

Cool people, a concert, some pizzas & local beers are just some of the ingredients for an unforgetable weekend!

sauvetage kayak packraft mekong durance

White water safety training

Learn the basics of white water safety with state-certified guides: Rope throwing, whitewater swimming, river scouting...

randonneur avec un packraft mekong Ubaye

Trip planning workshop

How to plan your descent when it's your first time on a river? Come and discuss some tips and ideas to plan a safe and enjoyable decent!

Lac de Sautet en packraft, Isère

Calm paddle on the Sautet Lake

Do you feel like chilling out on the banks of an incredible landscape? Spend the afternoon paddling the best beaches of the Sautet Lake with your packraft

Le planning

Planning festival

Practical Info

Location & acces, pricing... Find all the necessary info below to plan your weekend! If you have and questions, just drop us an email at olivier(at)mekongpackraft.com or call us : 0033 7 62 75 95 81.

Safety

YOU ARE RESPONSABLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY! The event is organised to allow people to get together and enjoy paddling together. We will look after the organisation of activities at the campsite (reservation of pitches, workshops on the banks) but will not organise the logistics to get to the put in or the actual paddling. Everyone should be autonomous and responsable of their security on and off the water.

However, experienced packrafters will be able to provide support and share advice. The idea is that small groups go on the water together.

Location

The festival will take place in Saint Bonnet en Champsaur, within the campsite Les Rives du Drac

Adress : 1186 Le Ga, 05500 Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur

Access

Bus : Two buses a day go from Grenoble to Gap, one in middle of the morning, the other in the evening. See details. HERE

Car: 20 minutes from Gap and 1:30h from Grenoble.

Car pooling Join the event's Facebook HERE  and try and find other people that would like to car share.

Pricing

- The festival is free to alol - There will be paid workshops taught by professional guides. They will charge the price directly. - The camping pitch is to be paid in advance, and serves as registration to the festival. The price is 10€ a night per person in a tent or 14€ if you are in a van or motorhome.

How to participate?

- You need to have your own packraft to pacticipate at the festival (unfortunately we will not be able to rent, loan or sell boats).
– It is essential to be equipped with all the safety equipment for whitewater descents (pfd, helmet, whistle, thermal protection).
- Some of the equipement can be rented (wetsuits) or bought (whistle, paddle, helmet) during the festival. To reserve a wetsuit please go to HERE Payment should be made by cheque or cash at the event.
- You need to register to participate at the festival. To do so, please fill out the form and reserve your campsite pitch (see further down)

What should I bring?

Compulsory

  • Packraft
  • Paddle
  • Certified White Water Helmet
  • Certified Personal Flotation Device

Recommended

  • Thermal protection (wetsuit or drysuit) is very highly recommended, and will be compulsory for participation in the guided workshops.
  • Throw rope and other security gear
  • A bike if you want to bikeraft
  • Dry bags, and any other system to keep your gear dry on and off the water.
  • Hiking and packrafting shoes
  • A backpack that fits all your paddling gear, at least 40 litres.
  • Warm clothes
  • A first aid kit (that you would normally take travelling with you)
  • Camping gear: tent and sleeping bag...
  • A picnic for the mid-day and thursday evening meals

Food

- Plan a picnic or snack for the lunchtime meals

- Bring a meal for the thursday evening

  •  There are two supermarkets in the village and a petrol station
  • There are multiple restaurants and bakeries in Saint Bonnet

Two steps to register

In order to facilitate the organization of the festival, we ask participants to register before their arrival. Please do this as far in advance as possible, the number of places is limited. Thank you!

FIRST STEP: fill out the form beneath:

SECOND STEP: Reserve your camping pitch by clicking HEREThe reservation will serve to confirm your registration!

Thank you and see you all soon! We look forward to paddling together! 🙂

The detailed program

Thursday 26th of May

Drac et massif du Dévoluy

Start of the festival and setting up at the campsite

Starts at 11h00

Campsite

We will set up camp and organise the pitches. Any help is welcome 🙂

Durance kayak festival

On-water communication

11h30 - 12h30

Campsite

Before hitting the river, learn (or go-over) the basics of on-water communication, including the principal signs.

Organised by Mekong

More info
mekong packraft autovideur france jan gin can

Free paddling

Starts at 13h00

Campsite

Explore the surrounding rivers at your own pace! If you have some paddling experience or want to try a particular section, speak to other participants and get a group together! By paddling together you can share tips and learn from each other!

Descente du Drac en packraft Mekong

Safety workshop: Calm water and rivers class I-II

14h00 - 17h00

Campsite

Learn the basics of paddling safety for packrafts on calm water and class II rivers.

Organised by Hike2River, price 25€

More info

Defensive and active swimming in white water

18h00 - 19h00

Campsite

Learn the best reflexes in case you end up out of your boat

Organised by Hike2River

More info
Planification d'itinéraire en packraft

Trip planning workshop

18h00 - 19h00

Campsite

Tips, advice and some cool ressources: discover how to prepare your paddling trip for a safe and fun adventure!

Organised by Mekong

More info

Aperitif and shared meal

Starts at 19h00

Campsite

Bring your salads, quiches, pizzas and other food for a shared meal! There will be beer on tap!

Friday 27th of May

Durance kayak festival

On-water communication

08h30 - 09h00

Campsite

We will be going over the principal on-water safety signs and communications

Organised by Mekong

More info
packraft couleurs automne drôme

Technique workshop: Paddling class I-II rivers

09h00 - 12h00

River

Learn the basics of paddling technique for packrafts on calm water and class II rivers.

Organised by Hike2River, price 25€

More info

Free paddling

Starts at 9h00

River

Explore the surrounding rivers at your own pace! If you have some paddling experience or want to try a particular section, speak to other participants and get a group together! By paddling together you can share tips and learn from each other!

Jane Gin Can packraft autovideur made in France

Technique workshop: Paddling class III-IV rivers

09h00 - 17h00

River

Paddle a river with cl IV sections with excercises to improve your paddling skills and safety

Organised by Hike2River, price 55€

More info

Safety workshop: Calm water and rivers class I-II

14h00 - 17h00

River

Learn the basics of paddling safety for packrafts on calm water and class II rivers.

Organised by Hike2River, price 25€

More info
Savoir faire du feu - bushcraft

Bushcraft workshop: start a fire

17h00 - 18h00

Campsite

Learn how to start a fire without a lighter or matches in the great outdoors

Organised by Kaio Adventures, contribution to expenses 5€ 

Verdon Kona - Romain Barrez attache son vélo sur un packraft Mekong

Bikeraft workshop, ideas and tips

17h00 - 18h00

Campsite

Discover the basics of bikerafting anfd ho to mix pedals and paddles

Organised by Mekong

More info
Surfrider foundation

Plastic Origins, par Surfrider foundation

17h00 - 18h00

Campsite

Sensibilisation sur la problématique des déchets en rivière et présentation de l’App Plastic Origins lors d’une démo en bord de rivière.

More info

Origami workshop

18h00 - 19h00

Campsite

Take time to breathe and have some fun: make a small folded boat and other creations from a sheet of paper.

Organised by Patricia, contribution to expenses 5€

Planification d'itinéraire en packraft

Trip planning workshop

18h00 - 19h00

Campsite

Tips, advice and some cool ressources: discover how to prepare your paddling trip for a safe and fun adventure!

More info
sauvetage kayak packraft mekong durance

Rope Throwing

18h00 - 19h00

Campsite

Learn how to throw your rope in a white water environement

Organised by Hike2River

More info

Collective Barbecue

Starts at 19h00

Campsite

Come and grill some sausages, chips and vegetables around a collective barbecue. We will get together to eat and drink some good local beers.

Trip reports and stories

21h00 - 23h00

Campsite

Come and share your last packraft adventure with us. We will be screening some cool trips and stories.

Saturday 28th of May

Durance kayak festival

On-water communication

08h30 - 09h00

Campsite

We will be going over the principal on-water safety signs and communications

Organised by Mekong

More info
packraft couleurs automne drôme

Technique workshop: Paddling class I-II rivers

09h00 - 12h00

River

Learn the basics of paddling technique for packrafts on calm water and class II rivers.

Organised by Hike2River, price 25€

More info
Descente de l'Ubaye en packraft autovideur Mekong

Free paddling

Starts at 9h00

River

Explore the surrounding rivers at your own pace! If you have some paddling experience or want to try a particular section, speak to other participants and get a group together! By paddling together you can share tips and learn from each other!

Jane Gin Can packraft autovideur made in France

Technique workshop: Paddling class III-IV rivers

09h00 - 17h00

River

Learn the basics of paddling technique for packrafts on calm water and class II rivers.

Organised by Hike2River, price 55€

More info

Safety workshop: Calm water and rivers class I-II

14h00 - 17h00

River

Learn the basics of paddling safety for packrafts on calm water and class II rivers.

Organised by Hike2River, price 25€

More info

Light Bivy workshop

16h30 - 18h00

Campsite

Learn the basics to set up and ultralight bivoauc. Being able to set up a light camp will give you new ideas for trips!

Organised by Anthony from Carnets d'Aventure

More info
Savoir faire du feu - bushcraft

Bushcraft workshop: start a fire

17h00 - 18h00

Campsite

Learn how to start a fire without a lighter or matches in the great outdoors

Organised by Kaio Adventures, contribution to expenses 5€ 

Origami workshop

17h00 - 18h00

Campsite

Take time to breathe and have some fun: make a small folded boat and other creations from a sheet of paper.

Organised by Patricia, contribution to expenses 5€

Packraft recovery and mechanical advantage

18h00 - 19h00

Campsite

Learn how to recover a stuck packraft and set up a simple mechanical advantage with pulleys

Organised by Mekong

More info
Atelier sécurité en eau vive_Mekong packraft

Team challenge

18h00 - 19h00

Campsite

Test your safety knowledge by participating in a team challenge: rope throwing and swimming technique will be needed!

Organised by Hike2River

More info

Yoga & stretching

A partir de 18h00

Campsite

Stretch and strengthen your body though a yoga session 

Organised by Sandie 

More info

APERITIF AND SHARED MEAL

Starts at 19h00

Campsite

A caterer will be bringing a meal (to be decided) to satisfy our hunger after a long day on the river. The price will be around 8-10€.

Concert

Starts at 21h00

Campsite

Skatapulse, quartet de Ska, Rock Steady & New Orelans Carnaval sera là pour nous faire dancer!  

Sunday 29th of May

Durance festival en packraft

Collective descent on the Drac

Starts at 9h00

River

We will be meeting on the banks of the Drac above the campsite (depending on conditions) and will all paddle together!

Pique nique partagé

Shared meal and end of the festival

13h00 - 15h00

Campsite

We will share a last meal all together before saying goodbye and till next time!

Autour du camping, il y a de nombreuses rivières et lacs navigables, pour tous les goûts et niveaux ! Il y a plusieurs sections navigables sur le Drac, en amont (clII) et en aval (cl III) du camping. Il y a aussi plusieurs rivières plus difficiles dans les vallées à proximité, notamment la Séveraisse (cl III(IV), la Souloise (cl III-IV) et le Drac Blanc (cl III(IV) et Noir (IV) en fonction des niveaux d’eau. Plus loin vous pouvez naviguer sur plusieurs sections de la Durance (cl II à III) et la Bonne (III-IV). Il y a des belles balades en eau calme sur le Lac de Sautet et Monteynard. Voici la carte avec les classements et horaires (en voiture). 

Voici les topos détaillés de:
La Séveraisse depuis le Bourd, Cliquez ICI
Drac depuis Pont du Fossé. Cliquez ICI
Drac depuis Saint Bonnet. Cliquez ICI
Durance depuis St Clement. Cliquez ICI

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