When you think of Nepal, the first thing that probably springs to mind is Mt. Everest, the Himalaya, and trekking. Well, have you ever thought about it as a rafting destination?
In fact, Nepal is one of the best places in the world for whitewater rafting, which isn't that surprisingly when you consider they have some of the tallest mountains in the world. It truly is an adventurer's paradise.
The best thing is, anyone can do it - you don't have to be a pro to paddle in Nepal. With over 6000 rivers flowing through the country, there are plenty of choices. So everyone has their own choice of river that suits their experience and fitness.
1. Sunkoshi River Rafting:
This trip is named the "World’s Best River Rafting Trip” by Lonely Planet". So, it’s a no-brainer, if you can get on a Sun Kosi trip – do it! This trip departs from Sep – Jan and is available through most reputable rafting companies in Nepal. This is an expedition trip that includes camping for 8 nights, 9 days. Be prepared to spend 10 days as river and road traffic are unpredictable. If you have to choose only 1 rafting trip in Nepal, it should be this one. Combine with a short trek, like Poon Hill or Everest Mini-Trek, for the full Nepal mountains and river experience.
2. Kaligandaki River Rafting:
Kali Gandaki River is named after Hindu Goddesses, Kali and this holy river separates two huge Himalayas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri taking you through deepest river gorge in the world. As this river flows between two Himalayan giants, we experience best of river adventures during three days of rafting at Kali Gandaki River. During the main tourist season of autumn and spring, Kali Gandaki River offers ideal rapids of grade 3 and 4 which is suitable for every beginners as well as experienced paddlers.
We initiate 3 days of Kali Gandaki River Rafting adventure after we drive from Kathmandu to Nayapul which also put in point. And we enjoy rafting trip of round 56 km till mirmi dam which is the end point. Everyone finds this diverse rafting trip very enjoyable as there are plenty of sceneries, views, waterfalls while paddling down the river. We will setup a camp at sandy river beaches that adds a bit of more fun and adventure to this amazing Kali Gandaki River Rafting. Join this river trip with Nepal Mountain Trekkers. Contact us for booking and further information.
3. Marsyangdi River Rafting:
You know that lovely aqua marine colored water you see on postcards from the Caribbean? Now imagine raging down a steep gorge, and a lot cooler, and you have the mighty Marsyangdi. This river is known for its continuous whitewater. (Seriously, find it on Google Earth; the entire river appears white.) In two days, you will get as much action as you can probably take. Be prepared for one of the fastest river trips you can imagine… Lots of rapids. This river is extreme, and extremely fun!
4. Bhote Kosi River Rafting:
Located at the border of Nepal and Tibet, the Bhote Kosi is a steep, technical river that is considered one of the world’s most challenging. Featuring many class 5 rapids, the Upper Bhote Kosi is for serious paddlers only. Every member of the paddling team should be strong, attentive, and prepared to follow every guide command quickly. There is little room for error when navigating a waterfall! Finishing this rafting trip feels like climbing Everest or running a marathon – you come out saying, “I can’t believe I did it.. I DID IT!” Time to party and celebrate. Comparable to Upper Gauley River in USA.
5. Trisuli River Rafting:
Nepal’s most popular day trip river (but you can extend to two day if you want); the put in point for this rafting trip is just a short drive from Kathmandu. Many companies combine this trip with other activities, or suggest you take this trip on your way to Pokhara or Chitwan National Park. At Hardcore Nepal, we combine this trip with our famous Canyoning Trip at Jalbire. We affectionately call this “Rock-n-Raft.” You will see many other companies now advertising Rock-n-Raft, but Hardcore Nepal is the original! Trisuli Rafting can also be combined with kayaking lessons, over night camping, or day hikes in the area. You can get on a Trisuli rafting trip nearly every day; year-round.