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RAFTING: Introduction

In Nepal, a river trip is one of the best ways to explore a typical cross-section of the country's natural as well as ethnic-cultural heritage. The river is regarded as sacrosanct and is used for religious rituals (such as cremation) under Hinduism. The adjoining slopes of the river bed often harbor dense vegetation and interesting wildlife. Several varieties of marine lives also abound the Nepalese rivers. River rafting implies journeying on torrential rivers on an inflatable rubber boat. If you are looking for excitement as well as tranquility, Nepal’s rivers provide the opportunity.

Rafting in Nepal provides opportunities both for the novice and the experienced. The friendly rivers like Seti and Trisuli and the wild waters of Sunkosi and Karnali provide you the best white water and scenic rafting in the world. You are provided with all the rafting gear and trained professional river guides. We provide all camping equipment and meals.

GENERAL INFORMATION MARSHYANDI RIVER
SETI KHOLA BHOTE KOSHI RIVER
SUNKOSHI RIVER KALIGANDAKI
TRISULI RIVER KARNALI RIVER

 

 

General Information

Clothing & Personal Items to Carry

During Autumn (Mid-September through November) and Spring (March-June)

For a day Trip:

T-shirts, Shorts or light cotton trousers, Tennis shoes/sneakers Swim suit, Sun hat, Sun goggles with string Suntan lotion, Complete change of clothes includes shoes for the return drive to Kathmandu.

For two days or more:
In addition to the above, you are advised to carry extra T shirts, shorts, an extra pair of dry shoes, trousers and a light wool sweater, etc.

During Winter (December through February)

For a day trip:
Warm shirts/sweat shirts or T-shirts Wind proof jacket and trousers, Shorts Tennis shoes/sneakers, Complete change of clothes, includes shoes for the return drive to Kathmandu.

For a trip involving two days or more:
You are advised to carry warm shirts, T-shirts, heavy woollen sweater, extra pair of dry shoes and trousers in addition to the above items.

You can also carry reading materials, specific medication if required, camera, binoculars film, pocket-knife and flashlight.

Please Note:
Two passport size photographs are required for river permit.
One day rafting includes 1 lunch only, 2 days and above on full board.
Day to day itineraries will be provided on request.
Does not cover any personal insurance.
Includes transportation to starting point and from ending point to the hotel.

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THE SETI KHOLA -Raft the wilderness

Three days of fun rapids and relaxing through the exotic scenery of the Seti Khola. A wilderness experience ideal for those seeking an introduction to Rafting or Kayaking. The Seti is one of Nepal’s most beautiful rivers with spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and rapids. The Chitwan National Park is only one and half-hours drive from the "take - out" point.

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THE SUNKOSHI RIVER

The Sun Koshi 'River of Gold' due to the color of the sun setting on the water, is one of the finest rivers available for rafting and has been rated as one of the top ten rafting trips in the world. It is also in the list of 'must do while in Nepal'. It drains the snow melt from the Langtang and Phubichyachu Himals bordering Tibet and beyond, largely through the Bhote Koshi, then flowing on into to meet the Ganges.

Rapids encountered are between Grades 3-5 and have acquired names like Meat Grinder, High Anxiety, Jaws and Big Dipper, from previous experiences on expeditions. From the "put in" at Dolalghat to the "take out" at Chatra, near Dharan 270 km away in eastern Nepal. It takes a two-day walk out from the river to the nearest road. Only small isolated villages are encountered en route, so it is necessary to take all food and equipment to be fully self sufficient-a true expedition.

To break up the return journey from Chatra we have an overnight stay at our exclusive permanent tented camp located just outside the Royal Chitwan National Park boundary. The final day brings you back to Kathmandu.

Departure Point : Kathmandu
River Start Point : Chaatra
River Finish Point : Dolalghat
River Grades : Class iv-v
Travel Finish Outward : 3 Hours
Return Travel Time : 14 Hours
   
ITINERARY

DAY 1
Morning at 7 am meet at Sales Office - store baggage and finalize plans a quick breakfast then we drive at rafting starting point. Lunch break - After lunch your expedition leader will deliver a safety talk and provide all paddling gear for the trip. Then we drive about 9 km up stream to Khadi Chaur the starting point of the trip. This is very good class 3 white water section excellent for first time rafter for warm up. Also this section provides you with beautiful scenery. After, couple of hours addling down we will reach our resort. Then change your wet clothes, go for hot drinks, rum punch, enjoy the scenery and late evening have buffet dinner. Have fun and chill out.

DAY 2
After breakfast, we will take a truck as far as the road goes until about lunch time [this all depends on availability be flexible]. After lunch we walk all afternoon to the put-in point at Sauli. A great walk which high lights just how "out there" you really are. You pass local villages and spectacular scenery, then you hit the river.

DAY 3
Continue our trip further - today you will encounter a big class 4+rapid " Meat grinder". It is fairly straight run down the center avoiding holes left and right. A few meters below here the Tamba Kosi joins the Sun Kosi on the left with a beach on the confluence. There is another beautiful Shiva temple overlooking the two rivers. We camp here.

DAY 4
Today a few kms below the confluence of the Likhu Khola is a short, class 3+ rapid Anxiety' soon followed by a long class 4 rapid 'High Anxiety' with a large hole on the left halfway down and a series of holes at the bottom. Float a while and then. Camp.

DAY 5
This day starts with several class 3+ rapids then a quick stop for buying food and maybe beer. Then prepare for a big and interesting one 'Hakapur 2 and 3 the hardest rapid on the river which should be carefully scouted. Camp

DAY 6
Some kms below Hakapur, Dudh Kosi joins the Sun Kosi from the left. Below here the river widens into an arid area of gravel. You meet some small rapids and then you are into another aptly named rapid 'Jaws'. Camp

DAY 7
Today is a hard day as you will be encounter most of the grade 4+ rapids - you are straight into good exciting rapid "Rhino Rock" which is a grade 4+ followed by "Jungle Corridor" a kilometer of continuous white water. Waterfalls cascade on both sides of the river. One waterfall makes a great spot for a team shower Camp.

DAY 8
Last few days are mainly wave trains if you are interested you can try kayaking where our experts will teach you the basic skills needed to maneuver the boats or learn the Eskimo roll Camp.

DAY 9
The last stretch of river which brings you to the last class 4+ 'Big Dipper' is a series of huge standing waves. A few kms later Big Arun and Tamur joins together to form the Sapta Kosi. Then you float along on the powerful current , the hills dramatically give way to totally flat Terai and the northern plains of India. This is the end of a classic and memorable river journey. We will finish our trip around 2 pm pack the gear and then drive back to Kathmandu around 4 pm from Chattra. This takes around 13/14 hours .

DAY 10-11
For this day you follow the same route as above and start and finish at the same times on the first and last days. There is an extra day on the 10 day expedition to allow for the fluctuations in the speed of the water. If the water is still flowing fast, you can enjoy a rest day in the middle of the trip to relax, play volleyball or go for a walk. The 10 day expedition gives the extra day rafting to allow for a slightly lower flow of water and a rest day.

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THE TRISHULI RIVER - Nepal’s whitewater classic
( 1 to 4 days of Exhilirating Rapids. )

The Trisuli, draining the snowmelt of the Ganesh and Langtang Himals, gains its name from Lord Shiva’s trident Trisul. Legend has it that the God drove the trident into the ground creating three small lakes that form the headwaters of the river.

There are 10 major rapids on the Trisuli starting with "Beginners Luck" and ending with the rocky and technical "Pin Ball" under the bridge of Mugling. The emphasis is on fun and safety. Three or four days of exciting paddling and plunging through exhilarating rapids. For those short in time it is a great trip in the close proximity of Kathmandu.

 

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MARSHYANDI RIVER

The "raging river", drains the northern slope of the Annapurna mountains. It was only opened to rafting in 1996 and yields some of the most exciting class iv-v white water in Nepal. This river demands 100% commitment from both crew and guide. It is totally different from the big volume rivers like the Sun Koshi and Karnali, the rapids are technical and require a very different approach.

Big volume rivers need power and a good line, the Marsyangdi needs fast reactions from the crew to get through this pin ball machine river .

The Marsyangdi quickly forges raft crews of complete strangers into true Equator teams. Located on the eastern side of the Annapurna circuit, the Marsyangdi river has long been famous for the beautiful views. With each twist and turn the steep sided gorge walls frame a new mountain backdrop.

Departure Point : Kathmandu/Pokhara
River Start Point : Nagdi
River Finish Point : Bimal Nagar
River Grades : Class iii-v
Travel Finish Outward : 8 Hours
Return Travel Time : 4 Hours

ITINERARY

A pre-departure meeting to answer any questions, arrange timings for the departure and meet the team over a glass of rum (or two) is held the night before.

DAY 1
After breakfast, we leave by private bus to Besisahaar. The last four hours of this ride takes us off the "good" tarmac roads and tends to be a little bouncy in places ( I hope this is a subtle enough hint). After reaching Besisahaar we unolad the gear and enjoy a hearty lunch. One of our staff will show up with a porter who will carry all the expedition gear to our camp at Khudi. We arrive at Kudi in time to set up camp, relax and find the best spot to take in the magnificence of the surrounding Himalayas at sunset.

DAY 2
Have breakfast then we start trekking for a couple of hours to our put in point Ngadi. Lunch will be served, rafts are pumped, gear handed out after and your expedition leader will brief you and train you on land about safety and paddling. Pay attention as you are straight into the rapids and this river has a way of underlining any mistakes! This is the most knuckle gripping section of the river so enjoy it. We encounter rapids as Instant Karma, Twinkie, Adrenaline, and mama's Big Butt by Bhulbhule. We finish today back at Khudi and have a well earned dinner no doubt a rum punch to help it down.

DAY 3
Today will be the first full day trip on the Marsyangdi which offers more rapids than many weekling trips offer in their entirety, and it doesn't stop after the first day. The crystal blue water thunders down steep cataracts for mile after mile, with lush jungle clinging precariously to the canyon walls and surreal mountains suspended high above the forested ridges. This is a river with so many exciting rapids that many are waiting for a reason to be name ... who knows you might get to name one. Today we start with hot drinks and then have breakfast - get ready to tackle the intense whitewater rafting for the next 5 hours. We go for the action have Lunch break and then continue our descent. The white sandy beaches below Besisahar make for the most comfortable nightspot around. Another evening on the river-relaxing, discussing the day's events, relaxing, eating and watching the night sky.

DAY 4
After breakfast we hit directly into whitewater again. At Phaliya Sanghu the whole river is squeezed between vertical walls which rise 200 ft to a suspension bridge across the river. For a short section after Phaliya Sanghu the river relaxes, the rapids are more open and nowhere as powerful. We end the day at Bhoteodar, where we camp on the banks in the cave of a Shiva temple.

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 lunch time where our transport is waiting to take us back to Pokhara. Those who want to continue to Kathmandu, can catch the local bus from here too.

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BHOTE KOSHI RIVER

A short bus ride from Kathmandu brings us to "Sukute Beach Adventure Camp" (KM 69) on the Kathmandu - Tibet road. Further 26 km from the camp is the put-in of the most action packed short white water run in Nepal. The river drops steeply offering relentless stretches of class III-IV white water. Boulder gardens, small waterfalls, steep chutes and 90 degree ends are just some of the obstacles to be overcome. Like the Marsyangdi, this river is not typical of the big volume waters of the Himalaya, it is steep, technical and requires a reactive crew.

Big volume rivers need power and a good line, the Marsyangdi needs fast reactions from the crew to get through this pin ball machine river .

The Marsyangdi quickly forges raft crews of complete strangers into true Equator teams. Located on the eastern side of the Annapurna circuit, the Marsyangdi river has long been famous for the beautiful views. With each twist and turn the steep sided gorge walls frame a new mountain backdrop.

Departure Point : Kathmandu
River Start Point : KM 95
River Finish Point : Lomasangu Dam
River Grades : Class iv-v
Travel Finish Outward : 5 Hours
Return Travel Time : 3 Hours

ITINERARY

We organize a pre-departure meeting the night before to answer questions and meet the team. Please meet at the sales office in Kathmandu at 6 PM.

DAY 1
Meet at the Sales Office as per time arranged by your expedition leader at the pre-departure meeting. Then we travel by our private bus to 'Sukute Beach Adventure Camp' (KM 69), this is a spectacular drive through villages and if weather permits, you will have fantastic mountain views i.e. Ganesh Himal, Langtang etc. Upon arrival in the camp, the Camp Manager will brief and assign you the room, and then lunch will be served. After lunch, your expedition leader will deliver a safety talk and provide all paddling gear for the trip. Then we drive 22 km up to the starting point of the trip, we raft the first 10 km of the MOST exciting stretch of the river and then return to the start to rerun the same stretch the next day rather than continue with only half a day paddling to the end. Drive back to our camp, change your wet clothes, go for hot drinks, rum punch, enjoy the scenery and late evening have buffet dinner. Have fun and chill out.

DAY 2
Early morning, have hot drinks and breakfast then pack your gears, we drive back 22 km up stream. 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. Our trip is over in here, by mid-noon. Once you get there load up all the kits on bus, drive back about half an hour to resort. Have lunch, relax for a while and drive back to Ktm.

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KALI GANDAKI RIVER

The Kali begins its journey high on the Tibetan plateau in the kingdom of Mustang. Plunging its way down through the Himalayas, the river carves the deepest gorge in the world between the two 8000m peaks Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Yet another river pioneered by Equator, the Kali Gandaki was first opened to commercial use in 1991. The journey descends through challenging white water, unique cultures and amazing beaches. When not negotiating rapids, time on the river can be spent under cascading waterfalls, and enjoying the backdrop of the Annapurna ranges.

Departure Point : Mirmere
River Start Point : Pokhara
River Finish Point : Near Beni
River Grades : Class III-IV
Travel Finish Outward : 4 Hours
Return Travel Time : 5 Hours

ITINERARY

Pre-departure meeting in Pokhara Office the night before to answer any questions with your team. Meet at the sales Office at 6 pm. You will be told where to meet for departure.

DAY 1
At around 7 am, we drive to the put-in point at Beni. Throughout this drive we have stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks as well as the sacred Machapuchare. Upon arrival, we unload all the equipment and you will receive a full safety briefing. Have lunch and then the guide will take you to the river starting point ready to begin your exciting 3 days rafting trip. First day we begin with plenty of class III rapids this is a warm up for the team, after couple of hours you will be encountering 2 big class 4 rapids i.e. 'Small Brother' and 'Big Brother'. Your guide will be making you work hard at doing exercises to work as a team maneuvering the raft efficiently. After scouting the rapid, the safety kayaks will go first then the raft. Soon after encountering these two big rapids we will reach the Modi Khola confluence where we will choose the beach for the evening campsite. We unload the rafts and one raft team prepares dinner and rum punch whilst the others play volleyball or relax and take in the scenery.

DAY 2
Once the rafts are packed we start down the river for a day mixed with adrenaline , calm and spectacular scenery including views of Annapurnna 1 and Himachuli. We will tackle many class III sections and the challenging class IV named REFUND. This section of river is abundant with vines and lush vegetation hanging from the cliff faces. Our campsite is below the village of Purti Ghat.

DAY 3
Soon after being back on the water we reach the holy village of Seti Beni. The river has deposited a house size boulder in the confluence with a smaller tributary. Since confluence are considered holy places in the Hindu religion, this boulder has become an important shrine to the local river people. There is usually a great audience to watch and listen to the spectacle as each team negotiates the rapid that has formed around this holy place. Not long after this it is time for the journey to end. Our bus will be waiting for us. We load up the gear and prepare for the bus journey back to Pokhara.

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THE KARNALI RIVER (Wild River of the West)

Nepal's longest river, the Karnali springs from the base of Mt.Kalish in Tibet, the center of the universe for both Buddhist and Hindu religions. Flowing south into Nepal it forms the major drainage system of the western districts. The Karnali is one of the finest BIG volume river trips and most challenging in the world, a classic expedition into Nepal's remote, "wild west". The starting point is Sauli where the river drops into imposing canyons filled with powerful big volume white water. These canyons flow into the scarcely populated areas of pristine jungle teeming with abundant bird and wildlife.

The first day on the river includes some of the best white-water between grade 3-5. The rapids follow very closely together and the river goes through some spectacular gorges with many steep rapids, the scenery is spectacularunspoiled wilderness. At the end of the trip the rapids become less difficult which gives time to relax.

Towards the end of the trip, the river gradient begins to ease as the Karnali leaves the mountains and flows into the Gangetic plains on the Terai. The jungle thickens as the river broadens, and the pristine beaches become bigger and even more beautiful.

Departure Point : Kathmandu/Pokhara
River Start Point : Sauli
River Finish Point : Chisopani
River Grades : Class III-IV
Travel Finish Outward : 14+ Hours
Return Travel Time : 12 Hours

ITINERARY

DAY 1
We will meet at 6 PM in the sales office the day before for a pre-departure meeting to give a briefing and clear any questions. This will be either Kathmandu or Pokhara. This will give you time for any last minute preparations. We meet at the sales office at 7 am [Pokhara or Kathmandu] with your bags ready to go. This is a long bus journey, so be prepared with water etc. We travel to the far west and arrive in Surkhet very late/early hours of the morning, You are able to have a sleep here.

DAY 2
After breakfast, we will take a truck as far as the road goes until about lunch time [this all depends on availability be flexible]. After lunch we walk all afternoon to the put-in point at Sauli. A great walk which high lights just how "out there" you really are. You pass local villages and spectacular scenery, then you hit the river.

DAY 3
The river gives the team time to build and there is enough challenging rapids and water flow for learning errors. We still manage to get at least one great class iv rapid in. We camp and get excited about tomorrow.

DAY 4
This is the type of day that people imagine when they think of Himalayan water. It is BIG and it is continuous. We enter into the Jungle Corridor. This is a narrowing jungle clad gorge and it is all ours. The team building is put into full practice and when your guide shouts "all forward " he really means it. Enjoy the ride all day and camp in this sensational setting.

DAY 5
More of the same including the notorious GOD'S house rapid. Camp and relax.

DAY 6
It isn't over yet ! Keep paddling hard ! You really are experiencing the best of the west on yet another day of great action and breath taking scenery.

DAY 7
This is a holiday after all so we have programmed a rest day so you can take time to enjoy your surroundings and relax on a great sandy beach.

DAY 8-9
We see the rapids dying off as we come out of the gorge. we pass the confluence with the Seti river where the river broadens. Today, the next day and a half are a chance to enjoy your journey admiring the country and villages you pass. You will have seen the safety kayakers in action and will no doubt be inspired, so ask the guides for some supervised instruction, or take over the raft and learn about the river. You see there is more to a rafting expedition than just rafting.

DAY 10
We come to the end of our journey at about lunch time where our bus will be waiting to collect us. Those who have booked to go to Bardia National Park [highly recommended], will be collected from here as well.

DAY 11
We arrive back at Kathmandu/Pokhara, in the early morning of the eleventh day. What a journey !!!

 


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