Description of Sun Koshi River Rafting
Rafting in Sunkoshi River, We travel by surface to Dolalghat your raft 'put-in-point' covering the distance of 57kms in about 3 hrs. Your excitement starts and ends only after you covered 210kms of wild stretches, calm flows through high rock strewn passages eventually emerging form the mountains to the flat plains of southern Nepal.
One of the 10th classic and best white water journeys on Sunkoshi (river of gold) is in Nepal offers a longest river trip and the most fascinating among the few rivers, which flow down from snow-capped mountains. Big rapes, warm water, beautiful scenery and great camping makes this is a classic multi-day river trip. There will be a great trip for intermediate and advanced kayakers. At its best in medium to high flows. This enchanting river expedition of 9 days will definitely be the highlight of you visit to Nepal, its memory shall last for ever and ever . Sunkoshi is an unpredictable river, it has its own moods, serene, calm and tranquil one moment, wile and turbulent the next, always changing, always challenging, the ultimate in the river adventure. So, Sun Koshi is famous in rafting circles, and with good reason.
With in a short span or 9 days, you come in close contact with Nepal's natural beauty, people, culture, wildlife and its rivers, its simply magic, an experience you shall be glad you took. During the route to the Chatara you come across many ethnic groups, each unique and colorful as relatively more Rais, Limbus and Newar are seen in this area. In this trip you have 250 different species of orchids to look for. River chats, dippers, flycatcher, wall creepers, bulbuls, fork tales are a few of the almost 400 species of birds available around the basin. There are few more tributary of Sun Koshi as Rosi Khola, Junga Khola, Tamakoshi (Copper River), Dudh Koshi (Milk River), Rasuwa Khola. Tribenighat from where the Arun and Tamur join the Sunkoshi to form the giant Saptakoshi, which flows through Mahabharat range onto the Gangetic plain.
There are numerous (abundant) rapids such as Meat Grinder, Punch, and High Anxiety etc. Scaled from 3-8 will eventually emerges into the low land of Terai at Chatara. After 45-minute drive from Chatara you arrive in Dharan, which use to be British Gurkha Army recruiting center in Nepal for decades. Now you have several options as you can Drive to Biratnagar and take a flight to Kathmandu or drive to Chitwan National Park or Koshi Tappu for an excellent safari trip or drive back to Kathmandu.
September - December
Approx. 475 cumecs
January - May
Approx. 100 cumecs
June - August
Approx. 120 cumecs
Sun Koshi River Rafting Detail Itinerary
3hrs drive to Dolalghat; rafting starting point and short rafting camp in Tarang Gaon :
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.
Dumja village to Khunkot rafting approx. 6 hoursIn some minutes, we will change into the wet and wild as we start to hits the rapids passing 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.
Khurkot to Likhu Khola rafting approx. 5 hours Habitations dwindle approx.5 hours
Few poor Rai villages' enroute, exciting rapids in the afternoon with good photo prospects
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Short rafting reaches out points Chatara
after lunch takes night bus to Kathmandu or drive to Biratnagar to take a flight back to Kathmandu.
Cost includes in the package
- Kathmandu International / domestic airport transfer by private vehicles car/jeep/ van.
- 3 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu/ Bhaktapur within B & B plan.
- All land transfer as per above itinerary.
- Flights: Kathmandu to Tumlingtar airfare with applicable departure tax
- Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with private vehicles.
- Meals: western and continental food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) serve with hot drinks during the trip
- Necessary equipment as high quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (only during the rafting periods).
- Necessary Staffs (Guide, Cook, Helpers, required porters etc).
- Tented accommodation in beautiful river beach with camp fire.
- Food, accommodation, insurance for all staff and their transportation.
- A special gift from our company "Gokyo Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd".
- Nepal entry visa fees cost US$ 30.
- International airfare and airport taxes.
- Mineral water, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages during the whole trip.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency)
- Things of personal use.
- Sleeping bag (NRS.50 per night).