Sun Koshi River Rafting

Sun Koshi, the "River of Gold" rises near the Tibetan Plateau and flows eastwards traversing through the great valley between the beautiful Mahabharat range.Sun Koshi is one of the popular whitewater rafting rivers in Nepal and is the longest trip offered in Nepal. It forms the main watershed for most of the eastern parts of Nepal and is fed by the tributaries drained from the world's highest mountains. It finally emerges in the northern plains of India before entering the holy Ganges.

The rushing waters of Sun Koshi tumble down from the snow-capped mountains passing through the hills and plains, great gorges and canyons offers a fascinating river trip. The rafting trip on Sun Koshi starts off with small class II and III rapids which help the rafters warm up and hone their rafting skills, preparing themselves for the challenges ahead. From the third day, the rapids get bigger and more frequent and we find ourselves in the middle of giant waves. And Sun Koshi still reserves some of its biggest rapids for the last few days. With world-class rapids, stunning scenery, great camping sites, tranquil evenings, vibrant culture and abundant wildlife - almost four hundred species of birds such as water redstart, dipper, flycatcher, wall creepers, bulbul, fork tale to name a few and two hundred and fifty different species of orchids, all make this a unique experience and one of the world's ten classic river journeys.

Itinerary in Details

Day 01: 3hrs drive to Dolalghat; rafting starting point and short rafting camp in Tarang Gaon

Day 02: Tarang Gaon to Dumja village rafting approx. 4 hours.
The gathered villagers shall cheer you as you drift away slowly gathering momentum, slowly leaving behind the Langtang ranges. Sunkoshi is considered as a Holy river by the Nepalese Hindus, the river flows into the Holy Ganges in India, soon we hit the very technical rapid called Khuei Bhai rapid, strewn with rooks and boulders, hence, considerable care is need. Camp for the night near the Mahadev temple, reputed to be the first Shiva temple in Nepal.

Day 03: Dumja village to Khunkot rafting approx. 6 hours
WET AND WILD.immediatelywe are hitting the rapids passing enroute the fishing village of Kodaris' and the Chamera Bhir were you see hundreds of bats screaming and clinging to the walls of the cliffs, some good fun filled rapids takes up to Khunkot where we camp for the night.

Day 04: Khurkot to Likhu Khola rafting approx. 5 hours
Habitations dwindle, few poor Rai villages' enroute, exciting rapids in the afternoon with good photo prospects.

Day 05: Likhu Khola to Harkapur village rafting approx. 6 hours
Today, we pass through deep gorges punctuated with exciting rapids unfolding pleasant floats in the afternoon troops of Langur and Rhesus monkeys can be seen romping the riverbanks.

Day 06: Harkapur village to Rai Ghat rafting approx. 6 hours.
Today is one of the most exciting and challenging days of the expedition encountering some very demanding rapids where you witness the skills of our guides, we pass through 'Bridge rapids' and 'Krishna rapids' stopping to carefully plan our strategy through the next rapids. Mr. Mangal Gurung was the first rafter to successfully take rafts in 1979 and he has the distinction of being the 1st Nepali to raft the Sunkoshi, it was a no mean success, hence, the rapid is named after him 'MANGAL RAPID'. Floating past the confluence of the Dudh Koshi, we hit the last rapid for the day, 'Roller Coaster' a hair rising rapid.

Day 07: Rai Ghat to Bander Ghat rafting approx. 6 hours.
Hold tight, the ride is not over yet.as past the point of Sap Su Khola is a rapid with the greatest drop Huge 'holes', 'eddies' and churning 'stopper waves' demands team work and hard paddle.

Day 08: Bander Ghat to Bonjur Ghat rafting aprox. 6 hours.
We take to the rapids again, busy all morning earnestly thanking for the lunch break, emerging from the Mardheku gorge the river spreads wide, less agitated after its confinement between steep cliffs and gorges.

Day 09: Bonjur Ghat to Barahchhatra rafting aprox. 6 hours.
Today the whole stretch is a mixture of fun filled rapids and calm undulating floats, you are somewhat relived, yet sad that the trip is coming to an end, all good things ultimately does.

Day 10: Short rafting reaches out points Chatara, after lunch takes night bus to Kathmandu or drive to Biratnagar to take a flight back to Kathmandu.

The Cost Includes During the Trip:

    1. Transportation from / to Kathmandu by tourist bus as per itinerary.
    2. Continental & Nepalese meals during the rafting period, thrice a day.
    3. All International standard Necessary rafting equipment as high quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (only during the winter) on certain rivers, dry bag for gear, camera barrels and all safety and medical equipment.
    4. Well-trained and highly experienced rafting guides, cooks, and other helper staff.
    5. Tented accommodation in beautiful river beach with camp fire.
    6. Safety Kayak & First aid kit box.
    7. Food, accommodation, insurance for all staff and their transportation.
    8. Sleeping bag if you don’t have any.
    9. All necessary fees, Government/Local taxes, all national park and conservation area fees.
    10. Camping & Cooking equipment (tents, mattress & kitchen gear).

    Cost Does not Include During The Trip

    1. Accommodation in Kathmandu.
    2. No any other transportation more than tourist bus from/to Kathmandu.
    3. Your travel insurance.
    4. International airfare and airport departure tax.
    5. Nepal entry visa , you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.) (US$ 40 per person) you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for 60 days from date of issue. You required 2 passport size photos & your password copy.
    6. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
    7. Personal clothing and equipments.
    8. Tips for guide and driver. (Tipping is expected).
    - Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

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Trip Highlight

World-class rapids, stunning scenery, great camping sites, tranquil evenings, vibrant culture and abundant wildlife - almost four hundred species of birds such as water redstart, dipper, flycatcher, wall creepers, bulbul, fork tale to name a few and two hundred and fifty different species of orchids..

Facts of The Trip

Tour Code:
NHTR 03
Put In Point:
Dolalghat
Trip Duration:
9 Night 10 Days
Trek Grade:
4+
Activities:
Rafting
Accommodation:
Camping
Transportation:
Bus/Jeep/Plane
Group Size:
1 (minimum)
Best Time:
March - May, Oct - Nov.
Per Day Rafting
4 - 6 hours
Trip Cost:
USD 615.00 Per Person

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