Rafting and Kayaking

Rafting means cruising down the river or ride inflatable white water kayak over crashing waves and swirling rapids for the power of water during the life of excitement. Nepal has earned a reputation as one of the best whitewater rafting destinations in the world. Nepal great waters from the glaciers of the Himalayas are powerful, providing an unprecedented experience, and rafting and immersing oneself in the landscapeRafting trip is definitely the highlight of your stay.

The rivers are graded from one to six, and the second is a pool and a six-way ticket to your maker. Four is considered quite challenging for a novice without a bar very dangerous. Five requires some previous experience in the catchment.

Nepal’s River System

Rivers reproduction Nepal can be divided into three categories according to their origin:

1. Precursor of the Himalayas

2. When the Mahabharata

3. After zone Churia

Antecedent rivers belong to the era before the rise of the Himalayas. These rivers added their tributaries during or after the original alongwith the development of the Himalayan monsoon climate. After the formation of the Mahabharat hills, rivers changed course and Mahabharat as history was an obstacle. As a result, most rivers have changed their courses, either east or west. Most of these rivers were responsible to deposit the sediments in the basin Churia.

large river systems, namely the Koshi, Karnali and the Gandaki belong pre-group. Rivers originate in the Mahabharata in the hills and cutting Churriana belong to another group, including Kankai, Bagmati, Kamala etc. The third group of rivers from the southern face of the hills Churriana. For the purpose of commercial rafting, the rivers are used as follows.

1. Saptakoshi River (Eastern Nepal)

2. Narayani river or Saptagandaki (Central Nepal)

3. Karnali River System (West Nepal)

Eleven rivers in the three river systems are open to tourists for rafting. The rivers are:

Trishuli River (Section Trisuli-Narayanghat)

Kali Gandaki River (§ Kusma-Tiger Tops)

Bheri River

(Birendranagar-Chisapani §)

Seti River (Damouli Tiger-top section)

Sunkoshi River (Baser Chatara-section)

Karnali River (Section Karaleghat-Chisapani)

Tama Koshi River (Bust-Chatara §)

River Arun (section Tumlingtar-Chatara)

The Budhi Gandaki River (Section Arughat-Trishuli)

Bhote Koshi River


Nepal’s River Grade

Grade 1-2: Easy

Flat water, little current, and light waves

Grade 3: Moderate

Waves, swift currents and narrow channels. Cadence is mainly physical.

Grade 4-5: Difficult

Effective water, narrow channels, steep drops and the possibility of overturning a raft. Kayak is a demanding and stressful at times.

Grade 6: Very Difficult

The most difficult!


What to Carry ?

Autumn (mid September to November) and spring (March-June)

Day Tour

Shirts, shorts or light cotton pants, tennis shoes / sneakers, swimsuit, hat, sunglasses

chain of sun protection.

complete change of clothing including shoes for the trip back to Kathmandu.

In two days or more of the foregoing, it is advisable to bring extra T-shirts, shorts, a pair of extra dry shoes, trousers and a light wool sweater, etc.

During the winter (December-February)

For a day

Hot shirts / shirts or shirts, jacket and pants, tennis shoes / sneakers.

complete change of clothing including shoes for the trip back to Kathmandu.

For a trip that includes two or more days you have to warm up shirts. T-shirts, heavy wool sweater (warm clothing), a pair of dry shoes and trousers in addition to the above points.

It can also carry reading materials, specific drugs, where appropriate, a camera, binoculars, pocket knife film and a flashlight.


Popular Rafting Rivers

Trisuli River

Trisuli River (grade 3 +) is one of the most popular, if not the favorite, Nepal raftable rivers. Because of its proximity to Kathmandu and the easy road access which accompanies it, most rafting companies offer Trisuli. For first time rafters it offers plenty of excitement. Many choose to incorporate a trip to the Trisuli either with a trip to Pokhara or Royal Chitwan National Park.

Kali Gandaki River

The Kali Gandaki (grade 4-4 +) winds through canyons and deep gorges for five days at a distance of intense rapids among the beautiful nature and mountain views. Flow within 120 km and its challenges are continuous. Travel on the Kali Gandaki begin and end in Pokhara and offer an interesting alternative to the Trisuli.

Bhote Koshi River

Bhote Koshi (grade 4-5) are worthy of note. It is a stroke two days of pure adrenaline is only three hours from Kathmandu. Twenty-six kilometers of continuous white water is absorbed by the roof trusses to shoot through a maze of canyons and boulders. A little more than a swimsuit is needed in this.

Marshyangdi River

Marshyangdi River (class 4-5) is relatively new to this group. Marshyangdi run four days of continuous white waterAnnapurnas current flowing through the gorges, runs 52 km between the foam and towering peaks boiling. Marshyangdi trips start Pokhara.

Karnali River

Karnali River (grade 4-5) to the west, by far the longest and largest river in Nepal. To arrive at its banks requires a two-day trek Surkhet in the Terai. The next 90 km are spent flying through spectacular landscapes and narrow gorges and some of the world’s most difficult rapids. For the remaining 90 km, the landscape and wildlife are the main attraction, as the abundance of fish.

Most of this trip, the desert is a desert in human progress.

Sun Koshi River

Sun Koshi (Grade 4-5) is Nepal’s second offering white-water rafting expedition. When you put in just three hours drive from Kathmandu is more accessible than the Karnali offer an incredible stretch of exhilarating white water. Performance of 270 km and requires 80-10 days is a road full access only the beginning and end. Whitewater on the third day reached the top four rankings, and the rest of the trip is still strong – white water stays white until the end.

River Arun

Arun River Rafting (Grade 5) begins and ends Tumlingtar Chatara. Kartikeghat, put in point can be addressed either by air or road. Travel requires a mini-tour, the runway or the bus stop. The first day of camp will Tumlingtar on itself. The next day, after breakfast, trek Kartikeghat gradually. On the third day, immediately struck a quick navigation. Some meet in a row. The next day is relatively flat except for a couple of moving classified in classes 5-6. Sixth day Arun River meets the relatively smooth Sunkoshi. You can return trip Chatara via Biratnagar or fly to Biratnagar to Kathmandu.

Bheri River

Bheri River for the trip, you have options for one and a half flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, or 627 km. long road trip. Bheri River is so remote that it remains relatively unexplored. The first part of the river is pretty tough and turns, creating many exciting narrow gorge of the river, a vertical wall of 200-300 meters on each side. Gorge is full of open valleys, where there are small villages. Trips can be extended for a tour in the jungle in Bardiya Wildlife Reserve.

Seti River

The first day you drive west of Kathmandu Damouli about 160 km. After the rafts are rigged, you go on the Seti River. You spend all day on his wooded canyon.

In the afternoon, a small supplier but technical rapid near the village of Saranghat. Camp the first night is a great beach below the village. The next youencounter quick classification of 3-5 before reaching Trishuli river. The topgraphy changed dramatically. The low twisted rock formations give way to sandstone and gravel deposited by the river’s history. After lunch, visit a unique place called Devghat religious. At this point where the Kali Gandaki joins Trishuli and becomes the Narayani river, you get to choose between returning to Kathmandu or continuing the trip to visit Chitwan National Park.

Tama Koshi River

The Tama Koshi (grade 4-6) starts from the lake and Glacier Gaurishanker Tserolpa. Canoe / Kayak part of Busti (a bridge on the road to Jiri) There are copper mines around the river (Tama Koshi = = Rio Cobre, hence the name). In fact, this river is too wild to run business as it is quick 4-6 high quality and some are fast unrunable for kayakers, but this river is excellent. Recently, a hydro power plant (project Khimti) was built in the area of ​​the river alongsde Khimti. After three days of kayaking on the river, we reach the shore before Sunkoshi rjust Khurkot then another four days to get to paddle the river Chatara Saptakoshi also called Baraha Chhetri, the famous Hindu pilgrimage.


Arranging River Trips

It is a river rafting and material status arrangements work river trips in Nepal. These outfitters can be approached in two ways: one way is the local representative and the other is to gain direct access to one of the state of the system after your arrival in Kathmandu.

If you have a package that does not include the journey of the river, you can still book one on arrival in Nepal. If you do, make sure that the supplier of the river you are going to have to deal with what has been one. Registered river recommended because they have legally valid. The supplier of the river is usually full of travel, which includes a river permit fee, all meals during the trip, all river equipment (eg, inflatable raft, life jackets, tank waterproof camera, waterproof bag day) and a way to carry all camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, mattresses.

Usually the first day of a trip down the river begins in the morning around 7 am asked to develop-River. Depending on the distance between Kathmandu and so far, the river can take several hours. This is a situation to choose between Trishuli and Sunkoshi. A trip on a river, while others need more unity or a flight training and even a hike in some cases.

If you start at 7 in the morning and bring to a place on the day after three hours, the rafting is likely to begin around 11 am After arriving at the final point on security is carried out at the same time as swelling of the rubber rafts and organizing teams of another river by the crew of river.

Speech includes the provision of expertise on what to do in case of urgent need. The participant must listen to the river guide very closely. Questions may be raised to make things clearer.

Life jackets must be used all the time when the river regardless of the time you’re hitting a large part of the fast-flowing water or flat. A helmet is recommended if you use a high speed.

Fair River Outfitters offers a choice between a rowing boat or foot. Kayaking is another option. Typically, kayakers bring their own kayaks. There are owners who offer kayak. If your choice is the steamboat, then asked to use the correct palette, either during the safety talk before the start or off. If you are part of nature, then his choice would be rowing. The cadence is more challenging and exciting. The steamboat also requires a coordinated effort between the team of rowers and river guide who stays back and plays the oar in the role of driving a car. Responsibility of participants to follow proper instruction. The most intense moment for a paddler is beating fast.

It is common if you hit fast wet or half an hour after the start of the sail. In a rowing boat, river guide lines very little and slowly over the plate and wear penetrating and courage, while hitting a rapid. The rowing boat gives you the opportunity to observe the surroundings.

As for meals, river outfitter normally includes all meals during travel days.

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