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Rafting in Nepal

Whitewater Rafting

White water rafting is negotiating river rapids and obstacles in an inflatable rubber boat with a team of up to eight people and a river guide. Rivers are graded from easy to near-impossible according to their size, the intensity of their rapids and the difficulties that may affect rescue attempts.

Rafting in Nepal

Whatever your desire for adventure, it is easy to find the perfect river in Nepal. With a wide range of difficulties from a gentle 2-day float down the Seti river or Trishuli river, to an exhilarating 10-day adventure through the rapids of the remote sunkoshi-Tamur and Karnali, there is an experience for everyone waiting in Nepal's famous white waters. Nepal's riverssss change with the seasons.

Each year, after the heavy monsoon rains the waters swell, changing the run of the rivers and the nature of the rapids. New rapids are created; others become more difficult and some simply impossible to navigate. It is important to remember that some of the white water action you are about to read about could have changed by the time you come to run the river.

Short Trips

Short trips take between one and four days and do not involve any trekking. Some of these trips involve less challenging white water and are ideally suited to first time rafters and families. Others attract experienced thrill-seekers with their world-class rapids.

Seti Khola: Warm and beautiful (2 days)
The intensity of monsoon flows seduce experienced rafters and kayakers with challenging rapids. However, the Seti is normally a gentle river, famous for its dazzling scenery. A favorite for nature lovers, bird-watchers, and dreamers… (Ideal for family trips).

Trishuli River: The classic river (1 to 3 days)
After a short drive to the starting point, this river offers an exciting experience for first time paddlers (class 2 to 3+). The Trisuli can easily be combined with a trip to Pokhara or Chitwan. During the monsoon, though, the river swells with powerful rapids and whirlpools. A great warm up for those that wish to get a feel for what Nepali water is all about.

Bhote Koshi River: The harmony of Tibet and the Himalayas (2 days)
Probably the best short white water adventure in the world. While traveling through the mountains to the starting point, one can get interesting glimpses of Tibetan life; but once on the river, there is no time to stop paddling, as the raft/kayak needs to maneuver its way down some of the fastest and steepest rapids of Nepal. This true adventure (class 3 to 5) can be rafted around October/December, or from February to April.

Kali Gandaki River: River of God (3 days)
Named after the much-revered Goddess Kali and descending from the deepest gorge in Asia, this fabulous river (class 3 to 4+) offers a mixture of astounding mountain views and pure adrenaline with a full immersion into the wilderness.

Along the way you will encounter culture at its simplest. We visit remote temples of unparalleled beauty, the native Magar and set our eyes on a plethora of forest vegetation and wildlife

Marsyangdi River: The raging river - Annapurna Region (4-5 days)
Marshyangdi(raging river) descends from the village of Manang through a narrow gorge of uninterrupted class 4 to 5 rapids. Himalayan giants of the Annapurna region look down on us. An exciting trip combining one day of easy trekking and 5 days of intense rafting.

Long Trips

In Our longer trips we take you into Nepal’s most remote areas Often they begin with short treks to the river. On these treks we employ local porters to carry our gear and supplies, so all you need to carry are your own personal belongings.

Many of our long trips finish close to some of our less easily accessible National Parks and Wildlife Reserves (the Karnali trip actually finishes in the Bardia National Park). So you may wish to combine your rafting trip with a safari adventure and go in search of our native tigers, bears and rhinos!

Sunkoshi River: The river of gold - Mt. Everest region (9 and 11 days) Top
Sunkoshi is famous in rafting circles for being one of the 10 most exciting white water rivers in the world (class 3 to 5). This golden adventure takes us down along immense mountain scenery and small remote villages, where the local people can be seen immersed in their daily rural activities. An experience of a life time, especially at high flows! This is when the rapids can flow to twice the size of the Grand Canyon and rafts can often disappear from the sight of those standing on the shore!

Karnali River: Holy water born from the Sacred Mt Kailash. (10 days) Top
This is the largest and longest river in Nepal. A one day trek from the nearest tourist and road takes you to the starting point. Paddle into a uniquely diverse flora and fauna. Along these dense forests class 4 to 5 rapids each leading into another, will bring descending rafts and kayaks down in awe. The take out point at Chisapani can be the start to your safari adventures in Bardia National Park. The most prestigious and world famous Rhino and Tiger filled park of Nepal. Combine the two and you have fantasy become reality.



With its wide range of rivers and wealth of challenging rapids, Nepal is the perfect destination for kayaking. Whether you are a total beginner or an experienced white water kayaker keen to tackle one of our more challenging rivers, we can arrange a fun and rewarding kayaking experience for you.

River Season Grade* Flow
Put In & Take Out
Trushuli (1-3 DAYS) Sep - Dec 3+ 300 Charaudi-Gaighat
  Jan - May 3+ 250 Charaudi-Gaighat
Jun - Aug 4+ 450 Charaudi-Gaighat
Seti Khola (2 DAYS) Sep - Dec 4 50 Damauli- Gaighat
  Jan - May 3+ 20 Damauli- Gaighat
Jun - Aug 5- 100 Damauli- Gaighat
BHOTE KOSI (2 DAYS) Sep - Dec 5- 100 Baseri- Dam
  Jan - May 5- 50 Baseri- Dam
Jun - Aug 5+ 180 Dam- Sukute
KALI GANDAKI (3 DAYS) Sep - Dec 4 550 Nayapul- Dam
  Jan - May 4+ 200 Nayapul- Dam
Jun - Aug NR 100 Nayapul- Dam
MARSHYANGDI (6 DAYS) Sep - Dec 5- 250 Nagndi-Bimalnagar
  Jan - May 4+ 100 Nagndi-Bimalnagar
Jun - Aug NR 450 Nagndi-Bimalnagar
SUN KOSI ( 9-11 DAYS) Sep - Dec 5 475 Dollaghat- Chatara
  Jan - May 4+ 200 Dollaghat- Chatara
Jun - Aug NR 1200
KARNALI (10 DAYS) Sep - Dec 5 550 Dhungeswor-Chisapani
  Jan -May 4+ 350 Dhungeswor-Chisapani
Jun - Aug NR 1350
ARUN(6-7DAYS) including Trekking Sep - Dec 5- 400 Bumling-Chatara
  Jan - May 4 250 Bumling-Chatara
Jun - Aug NR 800
TAMUR (7 days) including Trekking Sep - D ec 5 350 Dhovan to Chatara
  Jan - May 5- 150 Dhovan to Chatara
Jun - Aug NR 750
*For consistencey river grades are taken from the guide book "Whitewater Nepal".
Class 1-easy: Moving water with occasional small rapids. Few or no obstacles.
Class 2-Moderate: Small Rapids with regular waves. Some maneuvering required but easy to navigate.
Class 3- Difficult: Rapids with irregular waves and hazards that need avoiding. More difficult maneuvering required but routes are normally obvious. Scouting from shore is occasionally required.
Class 4- Very difficult: Large rapids that require careful maneuvering. Dangerous hazards. Scouting from shore is often necessary and rescue is difficult. Kayakers should be able to roll. Turbulent water and large irregular waves may flip rafts. In the event of a mishap there is significant risk of loss damage and or injury.
Class 5- Extremely difficult: Difficulties of class 5 carried out to the extreme of navigability. Might possibly (but not probably) be run by a team of experts at the right water level, in the right conditions with all possible safety precautions, but still with considerable hazard to life.
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