White Water Rafting

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Rafting is the best alternative to trekking, a sport that satisfies the desire of adventure within a limited time frame. Exploring the rivers of middle hills and deep plains of Nepal is an exciting event altogether.

You can come across small villages and local wild life as you buoy over the rippling stretches of water or thrill yourself against its forceful foams. Generally, the trip can be of 3-5 hrs depending upon the kind of adventure you choose and there is ample action throughout the trip from photography to entertainment. Apart from the monsoon that starts from May and ends in September, all the seasons are ideal for rafting in Nepal. However, March, April and October is excellent as the weather is pleasant and the water is warm during these months.

Trishuli: popular river, Duration (1-3 days)
It is the most favored river for rafting because of its easy accessibility. Further, various tourist destinations can be combined with rafting through this trip. Trishuli originates from the famous mountain Langtang and can be reached from Kathmandu or Pokhara. A variety of trips are possible, from one day trip to a whole week adventure. However, the most popular one is the three day trip with exciting rapids such as Upset, Bijuli, Lady Delight, Surprise, etc Kali Gandaki: river of kali goddess.

Duration 3 days
Kali Gandaki originates from Tibet and is named after the mythological goddess Kali. It runs through the deepest river gorge of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Thick vegetation, wildlife, serene villages, spectacular mountain views and 3 to 4+ turbulent rapids are few of its distinguished features.

Sun Koshi: river of gold, Duration (8 – 10 days)
The river is wonderful for rafting as well as for kayaking besides, it is very reachable by road. The trips are between 8 to 10 days and covers 177 kilometers. This is one of the most thrilling white water rafting that passes over outlying country sides, its ethnic inhabitants, dense forest and varied rock formation. Further, the peaceful asymmetrical hills are a common in this area. The trip starts with a calm and quiet float in the river but it gets thrilling once it reaches the high waters the rapids can rise to enormous sizes and can be overwhelming.

Bhote Koshi: Tibetian river
The river is wonderful for rafting as well as for kayaking besides, it is very reachable by road. The trips are between 8 to 10 days and covers 177 kilometers. This is one of the most thrilling white water rafting that passes over outlying country sides, its ethnic inhabitants, dense forest and varied rock formation. Further, the peaceful asymmetrical hills are a common in this area. The trip starts with a calm and quiet float in the river but it gets thrilling once it reaches the high waters the rapids can rise to enormous sizes and can be overwhelming.

Duration 2 days
This is a short and sweet trip which can be pretty interesting for those who are looking for light adventure. The put-in point is just three hours outside Kathmandu, while the Kahmandu/Lhasa Highway trails the river.

Marshyangdi: Duration (3 days)

It is one of the most magnificent mountain rivers in Nepal that descends from the himalayas of the Annapurna region and drifts along beautiful temples and hill slopes. You can experience the thrill of rafting with its class 4 rapids.

Karnali: Duration (11 days)
This is the largest and longest river in Nepal that originates in Tibet. The trip is possible only after a whole day trek from Kathmandu. Despite its strong rapids, rafting in this river is full of fun and adventure. Especially, when you come across exceptional wildlife, migratory birds, river dolphins and beautiful white river beaches, all the difficulties of rafting against the narrow gorges is forgotten. The trip ends near Bardia National park which is again full of rare species like rhinos and tigers.

Seti: white and scenic river: Duration (2-3 days)

This is an attractive short rafting trip amidst simple rapids, though not during the monsoons. Its put-in point is Damuli which falls on the Kathmandu – Pokhara highway about 160 km away from Kathmandu. It covers 32 km. of rafting to the confluence with Trisuli river and is a great river to learn kayak. The trip unfolds a diverse topography from severe rock formation to sand stone and gravel.

Tamur: Duration (10 days)
The trip starts only after a rigorous 4 day trek from Eastern Nepal. While trekking, you get an exclusive view of different mountain range like Mt. Makalu and Kanchanjanga. The trip is made exciting with its 4-5 rapids it also offers an opportunity to explore the picturesque backwoods and remote villages of Nepal.

Sun Koshi: River of gold Duration (8-10 days)
The river is wonderful for rafting as well as for kayaking besides, it is very reachable by road. The trips are between 8 to 10 days and covers 177 kilometers. This is one of the most thrilling white water rafting that passes over outlying country sides, its ethnic inhabitants, dense forest and varied rock formation. Further, the peaceful asymmetrical hills are a common in this area. The trip starts with a calm and quiet float in the river but it gets thrilling once it reaches the high waters the rapids can rise to enormous sizes and can be overwhelming.

Sun Koshi: River of gold Duration (8-10 days)
The river is wonderful for rafting as well as for kayaking besides, it is very reachable by road. The trips are between 8 to 10 days and covers 177 kilometers. This is one of the most thrilling white water rafting that passes over outlying country sides, its ethnic inhabitants, dense forest and varied rock formation. Further, the peaceful asymmetrical hills are a common in this area. The trip starts with a calm and quiet float in the river but it gets thrilling once it reaches the high waters the rapids can rise to enormous sizes and can be overwhelming.

Day 01 Kathmandu – Dolalghat
After a three-hour drive from Kathmandu, Dolalghat is reached, which is the put-in point on the Sun Koshi River. After the usual briefing and preparations, the trip is on. The river looks deceitfully peaceful and lazy and soon local villagers are encountered. Lunch stop is at a lovely sandy beach. One of the rapids encountered along the way on the first day is Kooyeh Bhir. There are villages and temples on the way until campsite is reached a few kilometers above rapid Meat Grinder. While some opt to help the crew to pitch up tents, others can spend time exploring the surroundings.

Day 02 Khalte Chayenpur
The second day begins more promisingly as two hours down the river lies the first Class III rapid, Meat Grinder. The path to choose is straight through the middle avoiding holes on either side. A few kilometers down and the confluence of the Tama Koshi or “River of Copper” and Sun Koshi is encountered. After a lunch stop, there is ample time to explore the landscape and see different ethnic groups along the river. The second camp is set up above the rapid Punch and Judy. The day ends with a dinner by campfire.

(Daily outline of activity)
07.00 Wake-up call with tea and coffee
07.30 Breakfast
08.00 Take down camp, set up rafts
09.00 Rafts for 3-4 hrs
12.30 Lunch
13.00 Rafts for 3-4 hrs.
16.00 Set up Camps
18.00 Dinner

Day 03 Likhu Khola
The valley here is always changing in terms of its width. At Bat Cave, the crew takes the rapid seriously. The size of the rapids on this river can surprise you. It is time to stop and scout and eventually decide on the most exciting route through. Here people of the ethnic group called Newars always wait to see the adventurers pass by. Floating down after lunch, the water splashes across the boat but the waves are no threat. Later, a nice stretch of sandy beach is chosen for the campsite. The monsoon floods deposit large amounts of white sand which seem ideally made for camping.

Day 04 Harkapur
On day four, the surroundings change noticeably as the canyon gets narrower and the vegetation gets thicker. A number of small to medium sized rapids are encountered. A few kilometers below the confluence of the Likhu Khola a long Class IV rapid named Likhu Rapid is encountered. Soon after lunch the ride takes one across interesting rock formations on the walls. The white water gets more exciting and the day ends at a campsite near a small village called Harkapur. For a change it is possible to visit a local tea shop and even shop for wares.

Day 05 Rasuwa Ghat

On day five there is mounting excitement as the biggest rapid is to be encountered. Everyone is looking forward to it. There are early signs as the river picks up speed. The rapid Harkapur II deserves some respect. After careful scouting, the team faces the challenge and the boat goes through. An hour and a half float downstream, the confluence of the Sun Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers is encountered. Going further downstream, the river valley broadens to almost 2 kilometers across. In the afternoon run, a number of small rapids are crossed on the way. The next stop is near Rasuwa Khola.

Day 06 Jungle Corridor
This day is full of thrills as there are many rapids to face today. Beginning with small rapids, they get progressively bigger and longer. One of these is Jaws, a challenge with a huge hole at certain levels. Even the smaller ones are fun and the afternoon is full of them until Rhino Rock, a Class III rapid is encountered. This lies just above the next bridge and heralds the beginning of the “Jungle Corridor”. It is then time to halt for the night and set up camp.

Day 07 Big Dipper
The gorge forces the water to flow through a narrow opening which is thickly forested. Along the way are a succession of rapids such as Cooper Chin and Black Hole, etc. Today there is an opportunity to shower under some waterfalls, an invigorating experience. As the gorge is maneuvered, rapidly changing scenery unfolds. Camp for the night is set up near a waterfall that drops down from a height of four hundred feet. This site is a few kilometers from the last major rapid, the Big Dipper.

Day 08 Tribeni Dovan – Chatara ( if you flight arrive in Kathmandu 6 pm Today )
This rapid is a series of standing waves with holes that can create quite a bit of trouble. This must be inspected carefully and the right strategy adopted to tackle it. Soon the waters ease out and the afternoon float is enjoyable. There are many spectacles today; watching cremations, logging of bamboos or people being ferried across in dugouts. This region has a strong presence of the Rais and Limbus who are collectively known as Kirants, descendants of ancient rulers of Kathmandu valley. The confluence of the three main rivers of eastern Nepal: Arun, Tamur and Sun Koshi is a good camping spot. The river then becomes part of the Sapta Koshi (the Seven Koshis).on the river starts with a visit to the popular Hindu temple at Barah Chhetra below Tribenighat, which is the meeting place of the three rivers. Full moon here in January brings thousands of Hindus who come to worship at the temple. The pilgrims arrive to celebrate Lord Vishnu’s victory over a legendary Demon. After lunch on the beach, the fabulous Sun Koshi river trip ends at Chatara andm the drive back begins with fond memories of the nine-day journey through gorges and challenging rapids.
Canyons, roaring waterfalls and the shimmering waters of the Sun Koshi .

Day 09 Arrive in Kathmandu after 16 – 17 hrs Driver

Note: The duration of rafting can be changed itinerary according to the water level in each season.

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