Rafting the rivers of Nepal is an ideal way of escaping the trappings of everyday life. Nepal's rivers are second to none, originating from the glaciers of the worlds highest mountains, they plunge through towering gorges and forested foothills before the more tranquil journey along the Ganges plain on their way to the Bay of Bengal. Rivers here are regarded as goddesses, and are included in a number of Hindu and Buddhist religious rituals. You may be lucky to witness a river festival during your trip.

Nepal Rafting.There is plenty of white water to keep the adrenaline high, with more tranquil stretches in between allowing time to reflect on the abundance of natural beauty. Camping overnight on the banks of the river in two person tents often around a campfire made from driftwood. All necessary equipment is provided and each rafting team is led by one of our experienced Nepali leaders. Rafting experience is not necessary unless stated in the itinerary.

Nepalese rivers can be grouped into three categories on the basis of their origin:

1. Antecedent to the Himalayas
2. Below the Mahabharat
3. Below the Churia range

The major river systems-- the Koshi, the Karnali and the Gandaki-- belong to the first group. Rivers originating from the Mahabharat Range, those which cut through Churia hills, come under the second group. These include the Karnali, Bagmati, Kamala. The third group of rivers originate from the southern face of the Churia hills. We run rafting expeditions on the following river routes:

 

Name of the river/ season Trisuli grade Sun Koshi grade Kali Gandaki grade Karnali grade Arun grade Seti grade Bhote Koshi Grade Marsyangdi grade
Jan-May 2+ 4 4 4+ 4 2+ 4+ 4+
Jun-Aug 3+ 5 - - - 4+ - -
Sep-Oct 3 4+ 5 5 5 3 - 5-
Nov-Dec 2 3+ 4 4+ 4+ 2+ - 4
Days 1-4 days 8-10 days 5-10 days 11-12 day 5-7 days 2-3 days 2 days 6 days

 

TRISULI

The Trisuli is the most easily accessible river and most popular rafting river. Trips here are normally for one or two days.The river is easily reached from either Kathmandu or Pokhara. The trip can also be extended into the Royal Chitwan National Park. This river is also popular with intermediate kayakers.
 
SUN KOSI

Sun Kosi RiverSun Kosi (River of Gold) has been classed as one of the ten best rafting rivers in the world. Big rapids, warm water, no roads or towns. Extraordinary scenery and great camping makes this a classic rafting journey. The most common start point on the Sunkosi is Dolalghat, a three hour drive east from Kathmandu. The Sun Kosi traverses the Mahabharat range and follows one of the main geological fault lines of the Himalayas. This is also an excellent trip for intermediate and advanced kayakers.
 
KALI GANDAKI

A Kali Gandaki river trip first requires either a flight or drive from Kathmandu to Baglung. A typical trip could begin at Modibeni, at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and the Modikhola. This expedition has everything, exciting rapids, sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, gorges, wildlife and a feeling of remoteness.


A beautiful unspoiled river with good white water, Kali Gandaki, is ideal for people wanting an exciting medium-length raft trip. It is also suitable for a self-sufficient kayak trip for intermediate and expert kayakers. We recommend combining this river expedition with a mountain trek beforehand. It’s also worth considering continuing down the lower Kali Gandaki (Ramdi-Narayanghat) to Chitwan National Park.
 
KARNALI

Located north-west of Kathmandu it takes 15 minutes by car than 2 and half hours up to the Nagarjuna hill, which also called historical Jamacho Peak (6,300 feet) The mountain is called Nagarjuna hill because Nagarjuna's cave-residence is found there, where he performed meditation. Besides Nagarjuna cave there are some other cave of Buddha, Mahasiddhas.

One of the famous story of the Buffalo Buddha: A long time ago when Acarya Nagarjuna was living in his cave, an idiot buffalo herdsman from Kathmandu became possessed by faith in the Master, and came to him frequently offering curd and milk, etc. Once when he asked Nagarjuna to come to town, the Master refused, saying, 'If you are able to meditate upon perfect reality, sit down here'. So he did as he was told, but obsessed by his work of guarding buffaloes he could think of nothing but buffaloes. 'Visualize yourself as a buffalo.' Instructed the Acarya. So he meditated in what today is called the Cave of the Buffalo Buddha, and after a while he actually became a buffalo. His horns struck the rock above him and the holes, which today are known as his horn-prints appeared. Then Nagarjuna told him to contemplate his body in its natural state of total relaxation. Meditating according, his body became as before and his senses became sharp and alert, so he was given initiation and precepts. After he had accomplished the aim of his mediation, it is said that he shot through the roof of the cave and went straight to the Dakini's Paradise.
 
SETI

The short Seti River makes for an ideal introduction to rafting. This is a really pleasant and picturesque, one to three day trip with no big rapids but plenty of friendly small ones. From the put-in point at Damauli (2 hour drive from Pokhara), the Seti merges into the Trisuli on the second day. This trip offers beautiful mountain views of Annapurna South, Fish-tail and Lamjung Himal.
 
BHOTE KOSHI

Bhote Koshi is another beautiful mountain river. From Kathmandu, it takes only few hours to reach the usual put-in place at Bahrabise. We can arrange a day’s rafting at any degree of difficulty. Camp overnight on the river bank, and reach Dolalghat the next day to catch your vehicle back to Kathmandu. This is an ideal selection for those short of time.
 
MARSYANGDI

Marsyangdi RiverThe Marsyangdi rises on the northern slopes of the Annapurna Himal, flows east through an arid valley around Manang, and then swings south to join the Trisuli River at Mugling. The Marsyanndi is the most exciting class iv-v white water in Nepal. A white knuckle trip from the time your paddle hits the water till your feet touch dry land so not for the faint hearted. It is also considered to be one of the most outstanding class iv kayaking rivers in the world. Continuous exhilarating white water with magnificent mountain backdrops