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Rafting Rivers in Nepal

Trisuli River

Sun Koshi River
Kailgandaki River
Karnali River
Arun River
Seti River
Tamur River
Bhotekoshi River
Marshyangdi River

White water rafting means cruising down a rushing river in an inflatable rubber raft or white water kayak over crashing waves and swirling rapids for the excitement of a lifetime. Nepal has earned a reputation as one of the best destinations in the world for white water rafting. Rivers are graded on a scale of one to six. Here are some of the popular rafting trips:

  • The Trishuli River (grade 3+) is one of the most popular, if not favorite, of Nepal’s raftable rivers. Many choose to incorporate a ride down the Trishuli with either a trip to Pokhara or to the royal Chitwan National Park.
  • The Kali Gandaki (4 to 6+) winds through remote canyons and deep gorges for five days of intense rapids among gorgeous wilderness and mountain views.
  • The Bhote Koshi (4 to 5), twenty-six Km of continuous white water batters rafters as they shoot through a veritable maze of canyons and boulders.
  • The raging Marshyangdi (4 to 5), the first 90 Km are spend flying through spectacular landscapes and narrow gorges and down some of the most challenging rapids in the world. For the remaining 90 Km, the scenery and wildlife are the main attraction.
  • The Sun Koshi (4 to 5) runs is 270 Km and requires 8 to 10 days to complete with road access only at the beginning and end.

Rafting Grades

Grade I (Easy) Moving water with occasional small rapids with few or no Obstacles
Grade II (Moderate) Small rapids with regular waves; some maneuvering requires but easy to navigate
Grade III (Difficult) Rapids with irregular waves and hazards. More difficult maneuvering requires but routs are normally obvious. Scouting from the shore is occasionally necessary.
Grade IV (Very Difficult) Large rapids that require careful maneuvering dangerous hazards. Scouting from the shore is often necessary and rescue is usually difficult. Turbulent water and large irregular waves may flip rafts.
Grade V (Extremely Difficult) Long & very violent rapids with severe hazards. Continuous, powerful water make route finding sometimes difficult.
Grade VI (Nearly Impossible) Difficulties of class 6 carries to the extreme of navigability (but not probably) be run by team of experts at the right water level, in the right conditions, with all possible safety precaution, but still with considerable hazard to life.
   Jan- May  June- Aug  Sept- Nov Nov- Dec
Trisuli  2  4 3  2
Sun Koshi 3 5 4+ 3+
Kali Gandaki 4 Impossible 5 4
Karnali 4+ Impossible 5 4+
Arun River 4 Impossible 5 4+
Seti River 2+ 4+ 3 4
Bhote Koshi 4 Impossible 4 3-
Marsyangdi 4 Impossible 5  4

Rafting Rivers in Nepal

Rafting in Trisuli River (Blast at Monsoon Flows)

Duration : 2 - 3 Days
Class : III - IV
Entry :Chaurandi
Exit : Jugeda

The Trisuli River is the popular one for short rafting trips. It has easy access to the Highway, as The Prithivi Highway runs along its banks. The Trisuli is also an ideal river for beginners. It gets even bigger in the monsoon.

Rafting in Sun Koshi River (The river of god)

Duration : 8 - 9 Days
Class : III - IV
Entry : ---
Exit : ---

The river with narrowly formed canyons and high swell of the water that provides an outstanding experience is the Sun Koshi River. However, the Koshi swells miles of distance approximately for 270km in its gentle current. This is, therefore, a rafting possible river with numerous warm water rapids. It can be a remarkable experience.

Rafting in Kailgandaki River (The Holy River)

Duration : 3 Days
Class : III - IV
Entry : Naya Pool
Exit : Mirmi

The only river comprising the world's deepest gorge with its bone-chilling rapids is the Kaligandaki River. The rafting provides extreme outlandish experience of an outstanding view of snowcapped slopes and peaks. The Kaligandaki River has its link to the Narayani River. The exit point of this rafting is Mirmi that lies along the bank of this river.

Rafting in Karnali River (The western Bend)

Duration : 10 Days
Class : III - IV
Entry : -----
Exit : -----

The only Nepal's longest river highly possible for rafting is The Karnali. The Karnali River is the river for whitewater rafting among many rivers having their origins at high altitude of the Himalayas. The current of the river remains violent during storms as caused by snow melting mostly in summer season. The rafting has its exposure of green wood along, small villages inhabited by backward Raute community.

Rafting in Arun River (Wilderness Experience)

Duration : 3 Days
Class : III - IV
Entry : Tumlingtar
Exit : Tumlingtar

The easiest way to get to this river is by catching a plane or we can drive for 1 day and then trek for three days to reach the put in point at Tumlingtar. The Arun River provides one of the most challenging rafting in Nepal, and although the rafting in this river comprises challenging trials only for three days, the countryside surrounding remotely located and spectacular mountain views make the rafting a real wilderness experience.

Rafting in Seti River (Kayak Clinic)

Duration : 4 Days
Class : III - IV
Entry : Daumali
Exit : Devgat

The Seti River, known as underground-river mostly found under ground in Pokhara Valley, is one of the excited and blue warm water rivers found alone in Nepal. The river has its origin in Mardi Himal beside Mt. Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail Mountain). The rafting begins from Damauli a quite plain land area surrounded by green hills and pastures. It provides an enjoyable as well as outlandish experience in kayaking which sums up limestone gorges, green wood and sights of crystal clear rapids.

Rafting in Tamur River (The Jewel of east)

Duration : 12 Days
Class : III - IV
Entry : -----
Exit : -----

The River with its calmer current that flows along eastern Himalayas range of Nepal comprising the view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and Mt. Makalu. The River has recently been opened for rafting. The Tamur is the river of great rafting possibility. The rafting in Tamur provides unique as well as outlandish short trek through snowcapped Himalayas.

Rafting in Bhotekoshi River (100 % Adrenaline Rush)

Duration : 2 Days
Class : III - IV
Entry : Kathmandu
Exit : Kathmandu

One of the best but short rafting trips in Nepal that covers 18km of continuous white water flow is one of the most action-packed paddling in Nepal. As the river flows across Tibet around Nepal-Tibet border, it provides innumerable possibilities for trekking and kayaking. Although it flows through the big gorges, it is the river of highest possibility for rafting in Nepal.

Rafting in Marshyangdi River (The Rouging River)

Duration : 5 Days
Class : IV - V
Entry : Ngadi
Exit : Bimalnagar

The Marsyangdi River bears its name after "Raging River" in the local dialect and the term aptly describes one of the best whitewater runs in the world. We trek through charming Gurung villages and emerald-green fields to Ngadi. Besides Snow-capped colossal Himalayan surround us and the champagne river churns below.

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