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Sunkoshi River Rafting

The Sun Koshi means ‘River of Gold’ perhaps named after the gold that is found somewhere here. The rafting is without risk and challenge of big rapids with its beautiful scenery, peaceful environment and wonderful local cultural activities.

  • Trip Fact - 8 days
  • Best Rafting Season: Autumn & Spring
  • Grade (Autumn: Oct. to Dec.): III to V
  • Grade (Spring: Feb. to May.): III to IV
  • Rafting Days: 8 days
  • Put in point: Dolalghat
  • Put out point: Chatara
  • Number of pax: Minimum 6
  • Departure date: On the request
  • Return time to Kathmandu by drive: 14 hours
sunkoshi river rafting

SunKoshi  river rafting means ‘River of Gold’ perhaps named after the gold that is found somewhere here. This river has been rated as one of the top ten rafting trips in the world. The river rises near Shisha Pangma in Tibet and runs eastwards, draining the highest mountains of the world before emerging on the plains of India, where it joins the Ganges. Our journey takes us 270km through some of Nepal’s most remote regions giving you a unique wilderness experience. The first two days are relatively easy and allow time to train you as a team before the bigger rapids arrive. The rapids have acquired names like Meat Grinder, High Anxiety, Jaws and Big Dpper, from previous experiences on expeditions. Say no more! The calmer stretches between rapids give you time to take in the phenomenal views, swim (voluntarily) in warm water and camp on white sandy beaches. This river is a BIG volume HIGH adrenaline expedition.

Sunkoshi River Rafting Itinerary

We organize a pre-departure meeting the day before to answer questions and meet the team.

Day 01: We organize a pre-departure meeting the day before to answer questions and meet the team. Morning we take a drive to Dolalghat, the put-in-point of Sun Kosi rafting. The drive is beautiful. In clear weather you will have a magnificent view of the Himalayan Ranges . Upon arrival at Dolalghat we unload the gear – lunch will be served and a full safety briefing will be given by your expedition leader. The first and second days are easy paddling. The big one you will encounter today is a class 4+ rapid “Rotten Cave”. We will choose our beach campsite, where dinner will be served amidst the splendor of the star-filled sky.

Day 02: Have breakfast pack up the gear and start rolling down the river. Today you will encounter a big class 4+rapid ” Meat grinder”. It is fairly straight run down the center avoiding holes left and right. A few meters below here the Tamba Kosi river joins the Sun Kosi on the left with a beach on the confluence. There is another beautiful Shiva temple overlooking the two rivers. We camp here.

Day 03: Today a few kms below the confluence of the Likhu Khola is a short, class 3+ rapid ‘Pre-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. Float a while and then camp.

Day 04: This day starts with several class 3+ rapids then a quick stop for buying food and maybe beer. Then prepare for a big and interesting one ‘Harkapur 2 and 3 the hardest rapid on the river which should be carefully scouted. Camp

Day 05: Some kms below Harkapur, Dudh Kosi river joins the Sun Kosi from the left. Below here the river widens into an arid area of gravel. You meet some small rapids an will teach you into another aptly named rapid ‘Jaws’. Camp

Day 06: Today is a hard day as you will be encounter most of the grade 4+ rapids – you are straight into good exciting rapid “Rhino Rock” which is a grade 4+ followed by “Jungle Corridor” a kilometer of continuous white water. Waterfalls cascade on both sides of the river. One waterfall makes a great spot for a team shower. Camp

Day 07: Last few days are mainly wave trains if you are interested you can try kayaking where our experts will teach you the basic skills needed to maneuver the boats or learn the Eskimo roll. Camp

Day 08: The last stretch of river which brings you to the last class 4+ ‘Big Dipper’ is a series of huge standing waves. A few kilometer later Big Arun and Tamur rivers 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 finish our trip around 2 pm pack the gear and then drive back to Kathmandu around 4 pm from Chattra. This takes around 13/14 hours.

Optional trips: Drive to Biratnagar and take a flight to Kathmandu or drive to Chitwan National Park or Koshi Tappu for an excellent safari

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