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Rafting in Nepal

Nepal is one of the best place in the world for rafting and Kayaking. Surrounded by its mountain scenery and rivers shaped by them challenges for white-water paddles. A series of the world's most outstanding river journeys is found here, ranging from steep, adrift mountain streams to classic and big - volume wilderness expeditions. All these combinations of spectacular rivers, culture, heritage and scenery makes Nepal an obvious river runner's destination.


Griding System

Rivers here are graded from class 1 to 6. With class 1 as an easy - moving water with few obstacles and class 6 being considered nearly impossible to negotiate and a hazard to life. Anyone who is in reasonable physical shape and not afraid of water can safely go rafting on rivers with grading from 1 to 3. From 4 to 6, people should be active, confident and preferably have some rafting experience.


When to go

The best time for rafting are September to early December and March to early June. September to October and May to June can be extremely high monsoon run-off. At this time only experienced rafting company with an intimate knowledge of the river operates the excursion. From the mid- October onwards the weather is settled and this is one of the most popular times to raft. In December many rivers become too cold to enjoy, a time to consider a shorter trips. From June to August the monsoon rains arrive and the river flows becomes 10 times the low - water flows.


Raft Numbers

There should be a minimum of two rafts per trip. If anybody does fall out of a raft, the second one can help with the rescue. In high water three raft is safer than two and also many rafters prefer one or two professional kayak's to run the most difficult rapids on the river.

Always remember to check how many people have booked and paid for a trip, and the maximum number that will be taken. If you are the only person booked, you are not going to have enough people to run a safe trip.


Organizing Rafting And Kayaking

If you are going for an organized rafting trip, all the necessary permits and equipment will be arranged by your rafting company. You only need a light cotton clothing. You may also need to bring sun hat, swim - suit, sun screen and light shoes or sandals. For overnight trips a sleeping bag is necessary and can easily be hired.


Major Rafting Routes in Nepal

Trishuli River

Rafting on the Trishuli River is an excellent opportunity to observe the diversity of demography, landscapes, and cultural heritage and the flora and fauna. You can experience the thrills of white-water on the course of three days trip. This can be degraded as per your interest and time. The Trishuli River is the most easily accessible from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Royal Chitwan National Park by far a trip on this river can be made for a varied duration, depending upon the availability of time and interest.

The last three years have seen the activity flourish in Pokhara, and it now is an internationally recognized destination for free- flight enthusiasts.


Duration Distance Grade Season
Days - 5 38 km. A Spring - Autumn

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1 Drive 8 hours to Besisahar from Kathmandu and then to Khudi to set up Camp.
Day 2 Trek start from Khudi to Ngadi then back to Ngadi by raft for your night camp.
Day 3 Start adventure-rafting trip from Khudi and raft up to the sandy beach below Besisahar As done before and camp in Bhotewodar.
Day 4 Bhotewodar to Bimal Nagar.
Day 5 The river `becomes very mellow and goes through a high walled gorge with birds and vegetation that can only be described as breath taking. We reach our take out point at Bimal Nagar by lunchtime where our transport is waiting to take us back to Pokhara or Chitwan or Kathmandu.


Kaligandaki River

A deservedly popular and medium length of river trip is combining exhilarating white water with fine scenery. One of the famous names of Himalayan Rivers, The Kali Gandaki raises in Mustang an enclave of Nepal Poking into Tibet on the other side of the Himalayas here; it is a flat and braided river, flowing in an arid open valley. As it tumbles down between the majestic Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna ranges, it creates one of the world's deepest gorges.


Duration Distance Grade Season
Days - 5 55 km. A Spring - Autumn

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1

Drive 8 hours to Besisahar from Kathmandu and then to Khudi to set up Camp.

Day 2

Trek start from Khudi to Ngadi then back to Ngadi by raft for your night camp.

Day 3

Start adventure-rafting trip from Khudi and raft up to the sandy beach below Besisahar As done before and camp in Bhotewodar.

Day 4

Bhotewodar to Bimal Nagar.

Day 5 The river `becomes very mellow and goes through a high walled gorge with birds and vegetation that can only be described as breath taking. We reach our take out point at Bimal Nagar by lunchtime where our transport is waiting to take us back to Pokhara or Chitwan or Kathmandu.



Karnali River

One of the finest big volume rafting and kayaking trips in Nepal-spectacular, remote, jungle-clad canyons, Big white and abundant wildlife. The Karnali is Nepal's longest and largest river and with its tributaries it drains most of the far west of Nepal-the 'wild west' as many people call it, rising in the vicinity of Tibet's holy Mount Kailash and glacier of Kanziroba Himal, other small peaks, as well as Rara Lake rapid encountered on this river is 1 to 5 class.


Duration Distance Grade Season
Days - 5 180 km. A Spring - Autumn

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1 Drive 8 hours to Besisahar from Kathmandu and then to Khudi to set up Camp.
Day 2 Trek start from Khudi to Ngadi then back to Ngadi by raft for your night camp.
Day 3 Start adventure-rafting trip from Khudi and raft up to the sandy beach below Besisahar As done before and camp in Bhotewodar.
Day 4 Bhotewodar to Bimal Nagar.
Day 5 The river `becomes very mellow and goes through a high walled gorge with birds and vegetation that can only be described as breath taking. We reach our take out point at Bimal Nagar by lunchtime where our transport is waiting to take us back to Pokhara or Chitwan or Kathmandu.


Mayshyangdi River

Locally, it is used to say that Marshyangdi is the raging river in Nepal and describes one of the best whitewater runs in the world. One of the best class 4 kayaking rivers in the world-continuous, exhilarating whitewater with magnificent mountain backdrops. Recommended for expert kaykers and rafters.

If it's adventure you seek, you'll find it on this trip with one day of easy trekking and five days of intense rafting. Only recently opened for commercial rafting (many rapids have not been named yet), the Marshyangdi is one of the next generations of rivers in Nepal, steeper and with a much more continuous stretch of rapids.

The scenery is magnificent with every bend of the river opening up fresh vistas of some of the world's highest mountains, but these are behind-as someone said "great views but you need rear view mirrors"


Duration Distance Grade Season
Days - 5 47 km. A Spring - Autumn

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1 Drive 8 hours to Besisahar from Kathmandu and then to Khudi to set up Camp.
Day 2 Trek start from Khudi to Ngadi then back to Ngadi by raft for your night camp.
Day 3 Start adventure-rafting trip from Khudi and raft up to the sandy beach below Besisahar As done before and camp in Bhotewodar.
Day 4 Bhotewodar to Bimal Nagar.
Day 5 The river `becomes very mellow and goes through a high walled gorge with birds and vegetation that can only be described as breath taking. We reach our take out point at Bimal Nagar by lunchtime where our transport is waiting to take us back to Pokhara or Chitwan or Kathmandu.


Seti River

You can have a fairly short trip in the Seti River and offers beautiful mountain views and also unique river passing through two beautiful and contrasting scenic areas of Manaslu and Annapurna regions. This River has relatively small volume but blue and warm water and we recommend this as an ideal short trip for first time rafters or as "Warm-up" for intermediate kayakers. Seti is Best River for learning kayak in Nepal as she has very best character for this.The water temperature is incredibly warm, making it a popular choice for winter trips and also for kayak clinics for the course of beginners, diploma and advanced as well. After your exhilarating white water trip you have options either to drive or fly back to Kathmandu or to visit the Royal Chitwan National Park or again you can go for the trekking trip in the popular area of Annapurna region for few days.

Most of the year, the Seti is famous for its dazzling scenery is a gentle river, attracting families, bird watchers, nature lovers and dreamers. However, during the monsoon, its swollen rapids prove an exciting test for experienced rafters and kayakers.

The luxuriant vegetation visible along the river is a remnant of the vast forested area, which once covered the middle hills of Nepal. This area is inhabited by Magar who are renowned for generations of service with the Gurkha forces. Saranghat is a colorful middle hill village where you will have first night's camp on a spacious beach below the village.


Duration Distance Grade Season
Days - 5 35 km. A Spring - Autumn

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1 Drive to Damauli, and short rafting trip/ camping at Corridor of jungle near the riverbank.
Day 2 Corridor of jungle nears the riverbank to Gaighat; rafting till 3PM (approx.) and drive back to Kathmandu or visit Chitwan National Park or drive to Pokhara.


Sunkoshi River

We travel by surface to Dolalghat your raft 'put-in-point' covering the distance of 57kms in about 3 hrs. Your excitement starts and ends only after you covered 210kms of wild stretches, calm flows through high rock strewn passages eventually emerging form the mountains to the flat plains of southern Nepal.

One of the 10th classic and best white water journeys on Sunkoshi (river of gold) is in Nepal offers a longest river trip and the most fascinating among the few rivers, which flow down from snow-capped mountains. Big rapes, warm water, beautiful scenery and great camping makes this is a classic multi-day river trip. There will be a great trip for intermediate and advanced kayakers. At its best in medium to high flows. This enchanting river expedition of 9 days will definitely be the highlight of you visit to Nepal, its memory shall last for ever and ever ... Sunkoshi is an unpredictable river, it has its own moods, serene, calm and tranquil one moment, wile and turbulent the next, always changing, always challenging, the ultimate in the river adventure. So, Sun Koshi is famous in rafting circles, and with good reason.


Duration Distance Grade Season
Days - 5 120 km. A Spring - Autumn

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1 3hrs drive to Dolalghat; rafting starting point and short rafting camp in Tarang Gaon.
Day 2 Tarang Gaon to Dumja village rafting approx. 4 hours.
Day 3 Dumja village to Khunkot rafting approx. 6 hours.
Day 4 Khurkot to Likhu Khola rafting approx. 5 hours.
Day 5 Likhu Khola to Harkapur village rafting approx. 6 hours.
Day 6 Harkapur village to Rai Ghat rafting approx. 6 hours.
Day 7 Rai Ghat to Bander Ghat rafting approx. 6 hours.
Day 8 Bander Ghat to Bonjur Ghat rafting aprox. 6 hours.
Day 9 Bonjur Ghat to Barahchhatra rafting aprox. 6 hours.
Day 10 Short rafting reaches out points Chatara, after lunch takes night bus to Kathmandu or drive to Biratnagar to take a flight back to Kathmandu.


Tamur River

Probably the best combination trip in Nepal-magnificent white water, a beautiful unspoiled valley, combined with one of the most scenic treks in Nepal. The Tamur and its tributaries drain the snows of Kanchenjunga third highest peak in the world. The river is the sixth largest river in Nepal and seems to have a feeling of thrusting power and of being constrained by its valley sides. The first commercial run of the Tamur was in 1990 and there have been very few descents since then.

It is an outstandingly beautiful river with superb views of the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Makalu. The river trip includes around 120 km descent through more than 100 of the most exciting rapids still to be named has to offer grade 3 to 4, with some graded -5, making one of the best white water expedition trips in the world.


Duration Distance Grade Season
Days - 5 20 km. A Spring - Autumn


Bhotekoshi River

The Bhotekoshi is known as the River from Tibet and you can start a trip after a peak over the border into Tibet. The Kathmandu / Lhasa Highway (AKA Friendship Highway, Arniko Highway) runs along beside the river. You can run a day trip or do a two-day expedition and run parts of the river twice. It's a great beginner river for rafters and fun for kayakers at all levels.

Bhote Koshi is the beautiful for adventure trip with very steep and basically non-stop mountain river only 3 hours drives from Kathmandu offering tow days of intense and challenging river activity. You are beginning to understand what this great trip in Nepal offers you nothing less than the ride of a lifetime. If you have never rafted before and if you have limited time but desire an adrenaline overload, then this is a perfect introductory trip package for you because of the Bhote Kosi is probably the most exciting short rafting trip in Nepal and best white water adventure in the world has been variously described as: "Like a pin-ball Machine-and you' re the ball" "Like being flushed down on open air toilet" "Expedition River" etc.

With the adventure of Bhote Koshi you also get the chance to observe emerald green fields are terraced high above the river on precipitous slopes, curious villagers lining suspension bridges are amazed as we plunge through cascading waves and chutes of foam. Visiting an ancient culture, trek in the awe inspiring Himalayas and get a tan - yep the weather is sunny! We love the excitement of this trip and it really is the best available in whitewater fun. The rapids here are a solid class IV- V at high flow, and a more classic III at lower levels. This true adventure can be rafted between October and December and February and April.


Duration Distance Grade Season
Days - 5 38 km. A Spring - Autumn

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1 We take a trip to 95 km. east from Kathmandu is the starting point Lomosangu- Dam of the trip. This is a spectacular drive through villages and if weather permits, you will have fantastic mountain views i.e. Ganesh Himal, Langtang etc, we raft the first 10 km of the MOST exciting stretch of the river and then return to the start to play again the same stretch the next day rather than continue with only half a day paddling to the end. Drives back to our camp.
Day 2 After breakfast a quick pack up and set out (approx. 9 to 10 a.m.) run white water hit again a class 3 rapid starting from upper section. You have the second chance to show how your raft team can work well together in challenging rapids. We have lunch on the river and continue the action until the take out point Dolalghat Bazaar about 2 to 3 p.m. and bus back to Kathmandu. Our trip is over here.