Rafting Trips


Adventure seekers, rafting is the perfect way for an extended adventure on the river to get your adrenaline pumping to a new high. Nepal has some of the best rivers for rafting. Rafting trips for some is the highlight of their stay in Nepal. The waters in Nepal offer something for everybody: Grade 5-5+ rivers with raging white water rapids for the adventurous, to grade 2-3 rivers with a few rapids for novices. Rafters also have a choice ranging from two to three day trips to trips of two or three weeks. Paddling is a fun way to enjoy the trip as well as bonding with fellow rafters.

Nepal has earned the reputation of being one of the best destinations for white water rafting. Rafting down gushing rivers with swirling rapids can give anyone an adrenaline high. Rafting trips for some is the highlight of their stay in Nepal. The waters in Nepal offer something for everyone: grade 5+ rivers with raging white water rapids for the adventurous, to grade 2-3 rivers with a few rapids for novices. There are many choices: go for a long insightful trip that can last anywhere from two weeks to three weeks or opt for a short but exciting two-day adventure.

There are further options: either paddling where guests are expected to take part by using paddles to steer the boat or let the river guide do all the work with his two oars. Luxury safari-style trips with full team are available too. A typical day in the river begins early in the morning when participants arrive at the put-in point, which is where the trip actually starts. Instructions on safety and emergency situation are given to participants before hitting the river. Life jackets and helmets are distributed to all the rafters. These are very important for safety. All meals are provided during the trip, stopping at white sandy beaches. When a rapid is coming up, the guide gives instructions on what to do. Team work is important when paddling as the maneuvers have to be coordinated in order to deal with the rapid. Camps are set up for the night on one of the lovely beaches and clients have the option of helping with the camp chores or just relaxing to let the crew handle the job.

The best time for rafting is from October through mid-December and March through early May. In winter the water is cold which shortens trips considerably. On the other hand, during the monsoons months, June through September, the white water sections are dangerous, but gentler stretches are easy to raft on. The Nepal government has opened some sections of 10 rivers for commercial rafting.

Short Rafting:
Short trips take between one to four days and do not involve trekking. Some of these trips involve less challenging white water and are ideal for first time rafters and families. Others attract experienced thrill-seekers with their world-class rapids.

Seti River:
Days: 2 days
Grade: 3 to 5
River Seti is one of the rivers that are easily accessible and the put-in point is at Damouli, about 160 kilometers west of Kathmandu. Several rapids are encountered before reaching the confluence with the Trishuli River. The pilgrimage site of Dev Ghat marks the confluence of Kali Gandaki and Trishuli. Rafters have a choice of either coming back to Kathmandu or continuing the journey to visit the Chitwan National Park.

Trishuli River:
Days: 1 to 3 days
Grade: 3+
River Trishuli is one of the most popular rivers for rafting in Nepal. For first-time rafters it offers plenty of excitement. Due to its proximity to Kathmandu and the easy road access, most rafting companies offer trips on the Trishuli. It is also the cheapest river trip available in Nepal. As on the Seti, this trip can be combined with safari in Chitwan National Park.

Bhote-Koshi River:
Days: 2 days
Grade: 4 to 5
River Bhote Koshi is a two-day run of pure adventure. The put-in point is only three hours away from Kathmandu. Twenty-six kilometers of continuous white water bring plenty of thrills for rafters as they shoot through a veritable maze of canyons and boulders. It is the steepest river rafted in Nepal and requires much concentration. Starting above Barabise, the trip ends at Lamosangu, the long bridge.

Kali-Gandaki River
Days: 3 days
Grade: 5 to 5+
River Kali Gandaki winds through remote canyons and deep gorges of intense rapids. Starting at Baglung, you could raft down to Ramdighat. Trips on the Kali Gandaki begin and end in Pokhara and offer an exciting alternative to the Trishuli. There are continuous challenges along the 120 km long run.

Extended Rafting Trips:
Longer trips take you into some of Nepal’s most remote areas. They often mean trekking for short stretches to reach the put-in point. On these treks, local porters are hired to carry the gear and supplies. Clients need only carry personal belongings. Many of these long trips end up near one of the National Parks or Wildlife Reserves. Trips can be combined with safari adventure to go in search of the elusive tiger, rhinos or the many animals roaming free in the jungles of the tarai.

Marsyangdi River:
Days: 5 days
Grade: 4 to 5
River Marsyangdi provides four days of uninterrupted white-water fun and excitement when adrenaline shoots up. The trip begins from the village of Ngadi from Besishahar in Pokhara. The rapids on this river are unrelenting, and rafters are advised to consult companies with plenty of experience. It runs right between two towering peaks of the Annapurna range.

Sun-Koshi River:
Days: 8-10 days
Grade: 4 to 5
The Sun Koshi is one of Nepal’s longest rafting trips. After a three-hour drive from Kathmandu the put-in point is reached. The entire trip is 270 km long and a total of 9 to 10 days are spent away from the city. Starting from Dolalghat it ends in Chatara. The first couple of days are relatively easy but rapids sneak up unexpectedly towards the end of the trip. The white water stays white until the very end.

Karnali River:
Days: 11 days
Grade: 4 to 5
River Karnali in the far west is the longest and largest river in Nepal. It flows through steep, jagged canyons where rapids are tightly packed, offering continuous challenging water all the way. A bus ride to far-western Nepal or a flight to Nepalgunj takes one to the put-in point. It takes about 7 days to navigate the 90 kilometers of canyons and waterfalls. The area is so remote that during most of this trip, no human habitation is encountered giving rafters the experience of true wilderness.

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