Sunkoshi River Rafting

Duration: 10 Days   |   PhotosDownload

We operate the Sunkoshi River rafting expedition. Nepal is a rich country in the water source, there are a lot of rivers in Nepal and Sunkoshi River is considered among the ten best rivers in the world during the voluminous flow. This river called the river of gold. With the arrival of high H20 again rives are pumping … Our experience always counts, but even more so at high flows. Travel down the timeless region along the Sun Koshi, a voluminous river gathering strength from tributaries draining from the highest peaks in the world. This is a versatile and continuous river running for 270 km between roads. Whipped foamy white rapids appear where narrow canyons constrict the river's flow and nature flexes its muscle. There are dozens of adrenaline-pumping rapids and miles of calmer water to sit back and reflect on this beautiful area. The river rises near Tibet and is joined by the Bhote Koshi just downstream from Barhabise. Most raft trips start at Dolaghat. The Sun Koshi flows eastwards in Nepal through the great valley between the Mahabharat Lekh Mountains and the Himalayas.

The volume increases considerably draining flows from his Himalayan tributaries. In November, the flow at Dolaghat is about 100 cumecs. Lower down the river, through the big rapids of the Jungle Corridor, it would be about 400 cumecs, which is approx 11,000 ft, a typical low flow on the Grand Canyon of Colorado.

At the end of Chatra, the flow is a super 800 cumecs, in November, which makes it one of the major rivers of the world in monsoon. A nice thing about Sun Koshi is that the general standard of the river gets progressively harder as we descend it so there is time to practice our skills on easy water before the more interesting, bigger and continuous rapids lower down the river.

We can also do some fishing trips on this river

Highlights

  • Grade for Autumn               Oct - Dec III to V 
  • Grade for Spring                  Feb to May III to IV 
  • Possible operation               Round the year 
  • Departure                             Fix and on request 
  • Rafting days                        10 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu) 
  • Entrance by                         Drive 3 hours east to from Kathmandu 
  • Put-in point                         Dolalghat 
  • Put-out point                   Chatara 
  • River distance                 270 km. 
  • Optional trips to             Drive to Biratnagar and take a flight to Kathmandu or drive to   
                                           Chitwan National Park or Koshi Tappu for an excellent safari or      
                                           drive back to Kathmandu. 
  • Numbers of pax             Minimum 6 persons

Outline Itinerary

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Day 1:3hrs drive to Dolalghat:

This is rafting starting point and short rafting camp in Tarang Gaon. 

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Dolalghat

The gathered villagers shall cheer you as you drift away slowly gathering momentum, slowly leaving behind the Langtang ranges. Sunkoshi is considered as a Holy river by the Nepalese Hindus, the river flows into the Holy Ganges in India, soon we hit the very technical rapid called Khuei Bhai rapid, strewn with rooks and boulders, hence, considerable care is need. Camp for the night near the Mahadev temple, reputed to be the first Shiva temple in Nepal. 

  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Dumja

WET AND WILD, immediately we are hitting the rapids passing enroute the fishing village of Kodaris' and the Chamera Bhir were you see hundreds of bats screaming and clinging to the walls of the cliffs, some good fun filled rapids takes up to Khunkot where we camp for the night.

  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Khunkot

Habitations dwindle, few poor Rai villages' enroute, exciting rapids in the afternoon with good photo prospects. 

  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Likhu Khola

Today, we pass through deep gorges punctuated with exciting rapids unfolding pleasant floats in the afternoon troops of Langur and Rhesus monkeys can be seen romping the riverbanks. 

  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Harkapur

Today is one of the most exciting and challenging days of the expedition encountering some very demanding rapids where you witness the skills of our guides, we pass through 'Bridge rapids' and 'Krishna rapids' stopping to carefully plan our strategy through the next rapids. Mr. Mangal Gurung was the first rafter to successfully take rafts in 1979 and he has the distinction of being the 1st Nepali to raft the Sunkoshi, it was a no mean success, hence, the rapid is named after him 'MANGAL RAPID'. Floating past the confluence of the Dudh Koshi, we hit the last rapid for the day, 'Roller Coaster' a hair rising rapid. 

  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Harkapur

Hold tight, the ride is not over yet. As past the point of Sap Su Khola is a rapid with the greatest drop Huge 'holes', 'eddies' and churning 'stopper waves' demands team work and hard paddle. 

  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Bander Ghat

We take to the rapids again, busy all morning earnestly thanking for the lunch break, emerging from the Mardheku gorge the river spreads wide, less agitated after its confinement between steep cliffs and gorges. 

  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Bander Ghat

Today the whole stretch is a mixture of fun filled rapids and calm undulating floats, you are somewhat relived, yet sad that the trip is coming to an end, all good things ultimately does. 

  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Barahchhatra

After lunch takes night bus to Kathmandu or drive to Biratnagar to take a flight back to Kathmandu. After a while we join the turbid waters of the Arun Koshi encountering our last rapids to the junction of the Tamur Koshi. The river changes its course from west -east to northeast through beautiful gorge floating to the white temple of Barahchhatra set upon the east bank. This is a Hindu temple dedicated to 12 different Hindu Gods and Goddesses; we stop to pay a visit. Suddenly we break through the Mahabharat and Rapcha ranges and spreading before us is a completely flat horizon, slowly we drift to Chatara. After Chatara we drive to Koshi Tappu or Chitwan National Park for an excellent Safari or drive back to Kathmandu or drive to Biratnagar for your fly back to Kathmandu. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Place:Kathmandu

Inclusion

  • Ground Transportation, (From Kathmandu tourist bus after rafting Local bus).
  • Meals, Western and continental food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during your rafting trip.
  • River Permit.
  • Necessary equipment as high quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (only during the winter) on certain rivers, dry bag for gear, camera barrels and all safety and medical equipment.
  • Necessary Staffs (Guide, Helpers, Cook etc).
  • Tented accommodation in beautiful river beach with camp fire.
  • Safety Kayak.
  • Food, accommodation, insurance for all staff and their transportation.
  • Expedition elements include professional guides and leadership.
  • First aid kid box.
  • Mineral water, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages during the whole trip.
  • Hotel accommodations & meals at if you stay anywhere at the hotel during whole trip.
  • Emergency evacuation.
  • Things of personal use.
  • Member insurance.
  • Private Transportation (If you want extra US$150 up 5 people).
  • International airport pick up drop (if you order we can arrange).
  • All Airfare.
  • Tips to Staffs.
  • Sleeping bag (NRS.50 per night).
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Useful Information

Note: Rafting itinerary can be changed as per the different situations.

Please bring 

  • T-shirts.
  • Swimwears for on the river.
  • Warm clothing for the evenings including a fleece or a pullover.
  • Sunscreen and lip protector.
  • Sunglasses (with retaining device) and/or a cap.
  • Towel and Toiletries (environmentally friendly is best).
  • Personal medication.
  • Flashlight.
  • Footwear. 
  • Reading book.
  • Fishing hook.

Nepal Visa info

Visa for Nepal, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. Please kindly bring two passport size photos and passport copy along with you. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying USD40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 100. If you need more info on a visa for Nepal then please kindly feel free to ask with us or browse our Nepal info page. 

Further Information 

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding the trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all inquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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