|Rafting is the best alternative to trekking, a sport that satisfies the desire of adventure within a limited time frame. Exploring the rivers of middle hills and deep plains of Nepal is an exciting event altogether.
|You can come across small villages and local wild life as you buoy over the rippling stretches of water or thrill yourself against its forceful foams. Generally, the trip can be of 3-5 hrs depending upon the kind of adventure you choose and there is ample action throughout the trip from photography to entertainment. Apart from the monsoon that starts from May and ends in September, all the seasons are ideal for rafting in Nepal. However, March, April and October is excellent as the weather is pleasant and the water is warm during these months.
|Trishuli: popular river |
Duration (1-3 days)
It is the most favored river for rafting because of its easy accessibility. Further, various tourist destinations can be combined with rafting through this trip. Trishuli originates from the famous mountain Langtang and can be reached from Kathmandu or Pokhara. A variety of trips are possible, from one day trip to a week’s adventure. However, the most popular one is the three day trip with exciting rapids such as “Upset, Bijuli, Lady’s Delight, Surprise, etc”
Kali Gandaki: river of kali goddess
Duration: 3 days
Kali Gandaki originates from Tibet and is named after the mythological goddess Kali. It runs through the deepest river gorge of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Thick vegetation, wildlife, serene villages, spectacular mountain views and 3 to 4+ turbulent rapids are few of its distinguished features.
Sun Koshi: river of gold
The river is wonderful for rafting as well as for kayaking; besides, it is very reachable by road. The trips are between 8 to 10 days and covers 177 kilometers. This is one of the most thrilling white water rafting that passes over outlying country sides, its ethnic inhabitants, dense forest and varied rock formation. Further, the peaceful asymmetrical hills are a common in this area. The trip starts with a calm and quiet float in the river but it gets thrilling once it reaches the high waters; the rapids can rise to enormous sizes and can be overwhelming.
Bhote Koshi: Tibetian river
This is a short and sweet trip which can be pretty interesting for those who are looking for light adventure. The put-in point is just three hours outside Kathmandu, while the Kahmandu/Lhasa Highway trails the river.
It is one of the most magnificent mountain rivers in Nepal that descends from the himalayas of the Annapurna region and drifts along beautiful temples and hill slopes. You can experience the thrill of rafting with its class 4 rapids.
This is the largest and longest river in Nepal that originates in Tibet. The trip is possible only after a whole day’s trek from Kathmandu. Despite its strong rapids, rafting in this river is full of fun and adventure. Especially, when you come across exceptional wildlife, migratory birds, river dolphins and beautiful white river beaches, all the difficulties of rafting against the narrow gorges is forgotten. The trip ends near Bardia National park which is again full of rare species like rhinos and tigers.
Seti: white and scenic river
This is an attractive short rafting trip amidst simple rapids, though not during the monsoons. Its put-in point is Damuli which falls on the Kathmandu – Pokhara highway about 160 km away from Kathmandu. It covers 32 km. of rafting to the confluence with Trisuli river and is a great river to learn kayak. The trip unfolds a diverse topography from severe rock formation to sand stone and gravel.
The trip starts only after a rigorous 4 day trek from Eastern Nepal. While trekking, you get an exclusive view of different mountain range like Mt. Makalu and Kanchanjanga. The trip is made exciting with its 4-5 rapids; it also offers an opportunity to explore the picturesque backwoods and remote villages of Nepal.