Rafting in Nepal with Mountain River Rafting

Nepal River RaftingThe upper Seti river, just outside Pokhara, makes an excellent a day trip when it is at high flows. Trips operate in Mid –September to end November class (3+) and we offer you private transport, day rafting package with one lunch.

The Balephi Khola: 01 day rafting trip

It is start from Jalbire Village  to its confluence with the upper sunkoshi. Trips normally runs only when the river is high from mid September to end of November. May to August another perfect time to run this river. we offer two days trip that compnes this river with the upper sunkoshi we private appropriate transport, two day  rafting package with all meals during the Rafting.

The Balephi river is a small tributary of the sun koshiu and 50 km from kathmandu. It joins the sun koshi a short distance before Dolalghat. It has blue water and offers good views of mountains. The river has its origins in the southern slopes of Mt.Dorjee lakpa, which is commonly seen north east of kathmandu. Running to the east of Helambu, it is a fast flowing river that has steep valley sides. The valley of Balephi is not quite on the trek routes so is unspoilt and one comes across charming little villages and terraced hillsides along the route. This area is inhabited by people of various ethnic groups such as chhetris, Brahmins, Tamangs , kamis and damais.
A 4 hour bus ride takes one to the put-in point at Jalbire Gaun. Jalbire is the local bazaar. The road goes past Dolalghat and Balephi village turning left at the confluence. From here it is another 14 km through a dirt road to  Jalbire. The rafters are given safety talk and instructio0ns on the use of paddles before embarking on the trip.

This is a short trip on a river that is mostly class 3 with encounters with a few class 4 rapids. The rivers is rocky and technical. It is full of surprises as there are many boulders that obscure the view up ahead. Only by rafting past the boulders does one see what lies ahead. The river goes through forested areas which are rich in bird life and the tops of distant mountains are also visible . The trip begins around 12 noon from jalbire. After rafting for 3 hours past the Balepli bridge, sukute is reached which is the put-out point. After collecting all the gear the drive back to kathmandu begins at around 4:00pm.

The best time to go is from October to November.

The Arun from Tumlingtar is another option: The powerful arun River: from Tumlingtar makes a excellent Three days trip wilderness trip with good class 03 rapids and pristine canyons. we can offer this trip with one way flight to Tumlingtar to reach the starting point of the river and getting necessary gear there makes it a bit an expensive trip.

The Bheri river:

KayakingIt is in the west Nepal, is a great float trip with incredible jungle scenery and alots of wild life, making it a possible family trip. This is also one of Nepal’s best fishing rivers and can be combined with a visit to the Bardia National park.

The source of the Bheri River lies in the mountainous region of Dolpo in the north. This river offers one more remarkable opportunity for whitewater rafting in Nepal. It flows through Nepal's far west and is yet to be fully explored, giving it an aura of mystery. The rich vegetation and refreshing landscape make the trip thoroughly enjoyable. The rapids here are however, mild in comparison to rapids one encounters is some of the more ferocious rivers in Nepal. Bheri is graded as easy, but offers an equally thrilling experience as the waters lead through charming small villages that have preserved century-old traditions. The river is also known for good fishing spots.

At Ramnaghat, the two large tributaries, Thuli ( big in Nepali) and Sani (small) converge and give rise to the larger Bheri river. Nepal's white sandy beaches are ideal for night stops and on the Bheri there are plenty of them. The trip generally ends in the Bardia National park where a jungle safari augments the great adventure. A combination of rafting, fishing and safari make this an unforgettable experience for all adventurers who choose the Bheri.

Seti Karnali:

Popular River RaftingSeti karnali is called a beautiful and remote river. It has its source in far west Nepal among the Himalaya and flows south and south-east to finally flow into the lower karnali. It flows through a remote valley far removed from kathmandu but it has road access and two airstrips at Dipayal and Chainpur. The river flows through jungle wilderness with plenty of wildlife.

The upper stretches of this river near Talkot is very steep but has a reasonable gradient from Deura downstream. Flowing through some steep gorges and forest, this river is kno0wn for excellent beaches for camping and exiting wildlife sighting. Even the mountains are visible in the distance making for a splendid experience. Some have called it the most beautiful river. Class 3+ rapids are encountered on this river that can quite easily be tackled. Rafters have campared the seti  karnali to the Bheri river but it's definitely more  remote and more sightings of wildlife which makes it special.

The Seti Karnali changes character as it goes along its route becoming big and bouncy resembling big water as it approaches the confluence with the karnali. The river is a day's drive from Nepalgunj which can be reached by air in anhour. But there are other alternatives like flying into Dipayal or Chainpur .rafting can begin at Deura, which is reached by trekking over a hill from Gopghat encountering beautiful scenery and views of the peaks Api and Saipal which are the source of this enchanting river. below the road bridge at Dipayal the big class 4+ rapid called "les Assomoris" gives rafters a thrill. There  after  the river is class 3+. Along the way are some secluded beaches known as "Panther Beach" and "Tiger Beach". Some rafters have actually seen pugmarks of a tigress on the beach. Once the Sauli village is crossed there are rapids at every bend. From here on the river journey is the same as the karnali river trip. The valley's sides are steep often rising 500m up and they are forested. Along this stretch there are some fine beaches for camping. The river gradually gets bigger and then goes into a gorge after which it is class 3+ until the next class 4+ rapid. The river then goes through various phases: tame 1+ with views of 100m waterfalls that are amazing; there on the valley widens and the river is class 3+ with plenty of fine beaches for camping.

The best time to go is from October to December or February to May.

Tama Koshi:

The Tama koshi is a powerful river and has a volume twice that of the bhote koshi. The river has its source in Tibet and drains many high Himalayan peaks such as the Gauri Shanker and glaciers like the  Tse Rolpa . it flows 75 km before it reaches the road at Busti. This is the normal put- in point.

This river is an exhilarating white water challenge that has been recommended only for keen kayakers who are capable of handling the ferocity of the waves. Experts warn that this river should not be taken lightly. "Tama koshi" means 'river of copper' as there were copper mines here. The starting point is Busti Bridge on the way to Jiri from where a long trek leads to the Everest region. Locally the Busti Bridge is known as Tama Koshi and can be reached by car in 4hr from kathmandu. The river appears quite tame in the beginning for about 1 km, but there are plenty of class 4 rapids that appear continuously for the next 4km. before reaching an island on it. Both sides of the island have 5+ rapids. What follow2s is 5 km of continuous class 4+ that leads to class 5 on a right hand bend, it then ease to a class 4 and comes to the road bridge. From here until Devi Tar is class 4 after which the confluence with Khimti Khola is reached. The next big rapid is called 'Fatal Attraction' and portage here is possible, the river then gets easier and by the time Chisapani is reached it is class 3. Another 4km downstream is the Akase airstrip and 1km further down the Sunkoshi is reached. 

BUDI GANDAKI:

Popular River raftingThe Budi Gandaki river has its source within Nepal and drains the eastern slopes of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal before flowing south through a seep-sided valley to join the Trishuli river a little above Mugling. This river has a rather easy gradient down from Arughat Bazaar when compared to some other rivers. it flows through an open vally and allow views of mountains towards the north. Just below Arughat Bazaar is the put-in point on this river.

The Budi Gandaki river trip is an easy class 2 and 3 that can be an alternative starting point for the Trishuli run. This can be combined with a two-day trek in Gorkha, the region where the Shah dynasty of Nepal come from. There are grate views of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal during the trek. The put-in point at Arughat can be reached by driving from Kathmandu via Dharing Besi. The river descends through typical Nepali villages which gives the rafters a good opportunity to get familiar with local cultures.

DUDH KOSHI:

The Dudh koshi flows down from the Everest region. Its flows alongside the trail to the Everest Base Camp, so many trekkers and mountaineers are familiar with this river, The Inku and Hongu rivers flowing in changes the flow of the river dramatically but the valley widens out and the gradient drops. Many class 3 and 4 rapids are encountered as the river flows down to Rabuwa. This section involves quite a bit of portage and reportedly quite challenging. Finally it eases down untill it reaches the Sun koshi river which is another good river for rafting.
 
The Dudh koshi is a great river with stunning views of the Kumbhu Himal. As the trail follows the rivers, there are many lodges around here. For commercial rafting, the last 32 km of the river is recommended after which it flows into the sun koshi. Hence a combined Duth koshi-sun kohi river trip is ideal, using the former as the starting point.

The best time to go is from October to December or February to April.