Sun Koshi/Tamur River Expedition:11 days

River Facts

River Name: Sun Koshi and Tamur

River Days:  11 Days

Difficulty:  5 -

Rafting put in point: Dolalghat/Mulghat

Rafting ending point: Chatara

Water Volume (Cumecs): 750

Best Season: Spring & Autumn

Sun Koshi/Tamur: meaning - 'The River of Gold' Mt. Everest region (11 days)

This classic river trip is famous for being one of the top ten river journeys in the world. The ever changing scenery helps to ensure that every day on the river is exciting and different. The beginning of the trip sees high mountains, open valley, forests and small remote villages. The final days bring you to open plains and the thriving village of Chatara.

The rapids encountered at the beginning of Sun koshi trip are fairly relaxed class 3, giving an excellent opportunity for great teamwork to really develop. As the river winds its way across the country the size of the rapids increase and it is not unknown for villagers watching from the riverbank to lose sight of the raft in the huge waters!

The unique Sun Kosi trip above ending with a short drive and camping on the adjoining Tamur River.The next morning, we will raft the Tamur, which is a very powerful and exciting river with over 30 Class 4+ rapids in rapid succession. After rejoining the Sun Koshi, we camp at the confluence, and then the next morning we raft to Chatara and return to Kathmandu. This extra day trip to Tamur is the best way to end the Sun Koshi experience.

This is an ideal trip for those wanting to combine peaceful stretches of stunning scenery, some challenging rapids and the experience of a lengthy trip where lifelong friendships can often begin.

Sun Koshi tamur river raftingLocation, Transportation and Timetable
Dumja, instead of Dolalghat the new put-in point for the Sun Kosi River is approximate 3 hours east of Kathmandu and reached by company's private minibus. The 270 km. of river action takes 10 to 11 days depend on the season. There is an orientation meeting early in the evening before the trip, providing you with an opportunity to ask any further questions you may have, to meet your fellow rafters and also your guide.

The return journey from the take-out point of Chatara, in the far south east of the country, takes approximately 16 hours to Kathmandu. It is also possible to arrange a flight from Biratnagar (1 hour road journey from Chatara) to Kathmandu or Pokhara in additional cost.

Sunkoshi Tamur Expedition 11 days
(Combine trip of Paddle to Sunkoshi and Tamur River)  

Sunkoshi River: 08 days The Sun Koshi (river of gold) is the best classic extended Kayaking trip of Nepal. We offer kayaking trip on Sunkoshi approximate 7 to 8 days. It has big rapids, more remote trip, warm water and great camping, grade IV, big water. 

Season/Months Difficulties/Grade Water volume

September - December

V

Approx. 475 cumecs

January - May

V-

Approx. 100 cumecs

June - August

Not runable

Approx. 120 cumecs

River Map

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Sunkoshi - Tamur Map

Sunkoshi and Tamur Rafting Itinerary

Day 1: Morning start drive to Dolalghat, the rafting starting point of Sunkoshi,  Arrive on the river, fix the gears and get ready for rafting. Till now our crews will be prepare the lunch. After lunch your expedition leader will deliver a safety talk and provide for the trip. After 4 hours kayaking choose the campsite on the river beach, evening dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Your trip will continue further - you will encounter a big class IV+rapid “ Meat Grinder”. Right after few meters below you’ll meet another river called Tama Kosi. The camp will be set on the left with a beach on the confluence.( Rafting-5-6 hours)

Day 3: After few kilometers below with the confluence of the Likhu Khola you’ll encounter a class III+ rapid Anxiety’ soon followed by a long class 4 rapid ‘High Anxiety’ with a large hole on the left halfway down and a series of holes at the bottom. Continue floating and overnight camp. (Rafting-6-7 hours)

Day 4: Starting with several class II to III+ rapids you will be encountered one of the hardest rapid named ‘Harkapur” class V. After few kilometers rafting, camp at Raighat after the confluence of Dudhkoshi from Mt. Everest region. (Rafting-6-7 hours)

Day 5: The river starts widen from today. After some II to III class rapids you encounter with another nice rapid called “Jaws” class IV+. Continue paddling and camp on the riverside. (Kayking-6-7 hours)

Day 6: You will encounter few IV+ rapids this day followed by Jungle corridor; the long continuous whitewater and both side waterfalls make your wonderful experience. Overnight camp near by the waterfall (Rafting-6-7 hours)

Day 7: This is the second last day of the of classic Sunkoshi. You will encounter few III+ rapids, overnight camp nearby Ranitar. (Kayking-6-7 hours)

Day 8: The last stretch of river which brings you to the last class IV+ ‘Big Dipper’ is a series of huge standing waves. A few kilometer later Big Arun and Tamur joins together to form the Sapta Kosi. Then you float along on the powerful current, the hills dramatically give way to totally flat Terai and the northern plains of India. This is the end of a classic and memorable river journey. We will end our trip to Sunkoshi at Chatara

Day 9: Drive to Mulghat over night stay.

Day 10: Rafting from Mulghat to Triveni, the confluence of Arun, Tamur and Sunkoshi, this day is total adrenaline day you have several rapids III - IV+ and more.   .

Day 11: Finally your trip will end at Chatara and drive to Kathamndu arrive Kathamndu Next day morning, ( if you are too tired take a flight) Or take option flight from Birtanagar and take evening flight to Kathmandu. End trip in Chatara 

Trip Preparation and pre-departure meeting

Before heading every outdoor trip we would like to request to our guests to be gathered at our office for pre-departure meeting as it is also prime concern to introduce with our team-Trip Leader, Guides, trip staffs and other guests, complete official formalities, discuss about the trip system, timetable and other important matters to make your happy journey successful.

Equipments and Services we provide for the trip

Best quality self-bailing inflatable raft, Whitewater safety helmet, modern plastic paddle, neoprene-wetsuit, PFD-lifejacket, Dry top Jacket, Waterproof Container/Barrel for camera and valuables things, Dry bag, First-Aid Kits and Tents/mass fly sheet and sleeping mat, other necessary camping gear cooking utensils, hygienically prepared food and drinks.

Things you need to bring for the trip

River wear gear: shorts- half pant, T-shirts (long sleep for sun protection), swim wear, Sun Cap/Glass/Cream, personal water bottle, a pair of river sandals.

For the camp site wear: Personal sleeping bag, lightweight shirts, Trouser/pant, under garments socks, a towel, light shoe, Fleece type pullover, flash light, personal toiletries, camera, reading and writing materials, medication recommended by your doctor.

Safety Issue

Mountain River Rafting team takes safety issues very seriously for every rafting trip and believe every happy outdoor trip is a safe one. Our team members have updated training courses - AR/CPR, Wildness First-Aid and Whitewater Rescue Technician conducted by Rescue 3 International. Besides in every trip also provides expert safety kayaker for rescue and make your rafting journey with us more comfort and enjoyable.

Care of Environment

The care of environment is our prime concern responsibility to protect the wildness resources of Nepal for future generation. We practice and follow minimum impact polices on our every outdoor journey- by using gas or kerosene as a cooking fuel instead of local firewood. Moreover by disposing and cleaning both biodegradable and non-degradable properly from the campsite.

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