River rafting is journeying in the torrential rivers on an inflated rubber boats. It is one of the greatest adventures and most memorable experience in the Himalayan rivers of Nepal. They range from gentle to roaring rapids. Even an amateur with little or no experience also can enjoy the river trip as it offers opportunities to explore a typical cross section of the country’s natural and ethno-cultural heritages. A variety of cultural and religious activities can be witnessed being performed along the river, like cremation rites, holy baths on the river junctions. Several species of fiches are found in the mountain river and come across variety of birds and wildlife in the dense vegetation surrounding the rivers.
Season for river rafting is to avoid monsoon period June to August (when river flows increases 10 times) and during December- January when the water becomes to cold to enjoy rafting on it. The best time is during Autumn and Spring: October- November and March to May. Rivers of Nepal are graded from class 1 to class 6, moving up from easing one to most hazardous one.
Nepal’s rivers rank high in the world of white water rafting and Pokhara is ideally situated for raft trips along its rivers. The most popular rivers for rafting are Trishuli River, Kali Gandaki , Seti and others.
- Trishuli river, part of Gandaki river system, is most popular as it flows along the highway between Kathmandu to Pokhara in central Nepal. It is ideal for beginners in white water rafting and is good anytime of the year for one to 3-4 days trip.
- Sunkoshi river (river of the Gold) is one of the best white water rafting in the world. The river is surrounded by forest and has giant boulders making rafting more exciting.
- Seti river, a part of Kali Gandaki river system, is best to enjoy rafting anytime of the year while watching fascinating sights of Annapurna mountains.
- Marshyandi river, a part of Gandaki river system in central Nepal flows eastward from Annapurna Himal. The raging river has beautiful boulders forming steep rapids. Good for rafting and kayajing for the experienced.
- Karnali river, the 180 kilometers longest river of Nepal offers dramatic flow of water which rafters love.
Rafting has long drawn travellers and adventure-seekers to the rivers of the Himalayas. Descending from the snow-capped mountains of Tibet, the Bhote Koshi is one of Nepal’s premium rivers for whitewater adventures.
Rafting in the Bhote Koshi River
Your two-day liquid odyssey begins at The Borderlands Eco Adventure Resort. This border oasis is situated just south of Tibet and has exclusive access to the highest raft put-in point, which means more whitewater and one of the finest rafting and kayaking environments in the world. Our partner organisation, Ultimate Descents Nepal,has spent more time on the Bhote Koshi river than any other rafting company. Guides are certified in river rescue and first aid. State of the art equipment and years of experience means you can happily bet on one of the safest and most exciting river journeys in the country. A rafting or kayaking experience in Nepal is a truly amazing experience.
|Day 1||Our trips meet at 0600 am (always make a point of checking this as it can change depending on the time of the year) at our office in Thamel. All the restaurants are closed at this time, so bring a snack for breakfast. Once we have everyone ready, we get on our chartered bus. The bus takes us out of Kathmandu Valley, through rice fields and the ancient town of Dhulikhel.
On a clear day, the entire Himalayan range is clearly visible from the summit. From here the road drops 1,000 meters to the village of Dolalghat on the banks of the Indrawati River. Then we push up north towards the Tibetan Border and the steep water that tumbles down from the plateau.
After an early lunch, everyone puts on a lifejacket, spray-jacket and helmet, ready to begin their adventure. Most of the people we take down the river have never been on a raft before and our guides gear the safety talk to neophytes. Rafting on the Bhote Koshi is a full body activity, with much more than mere paddling. You learn how to throw your body weight around the raft in desperate, yet effective attempts to swing the raft around boulders and through the hydraulics. The Bhote Koshi is a steep mountain river with a long series of 3+ to 4- deeps.
Just before we reach the village of Barabise on this day, the journey ends and we load all the boats onto our bus and drive back up to the top of the river where our camp is waiting for us. While dinner is being prepared, take time to sit beside the river or play volleyball. It’s an excellent time to have a beer, and swap and refine stories.
|Day 2||In the morning, everyone packs their gear and enjoys breakfast before loading the buses, which will drive to the take-out to meet us. Before starting, there is another paddling session to refresh everyone’s memory and scrape away last night’s fog.
Following a repeat performance of the first stretch of rafting on the Bhote Koshi (allowing you the chance to hone your skills that you learnt on the previous day), you will be descending down another set of exciting rapids, right down to the series of drops known as ‘Dazed and Confused”! This is one of the most gripping stretches on the river and without doubt is one of the finest whitewater rafting experiences you can have.
US$ 120 per person for 1 night/2 days
- VIP accommodation (Safari style thatched-roof tent)
- Two-way transportation (pending scheduled departure dates)
- Guides, training and equipments