This has to be the ultimate adventure trip in Nepal. Combining a breathtaking Himalayan trek (with views of Everest can we add!) with some world class whitewater. 11 days off the beaten track, and very much in the wild! You’ll need a great sense of adventure for this trip as the rapids are non-stop for the first few days and pretty hardcore. If you’re looking for a trip to get your heart pounding – this is the one!

Highlights

  • Trekking in the Himalaya with views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu
  • The best combination trip on offer – trekking & rafting in one!
  • 120 rapids in 130 km!
  • Amazing Himalayan views

Overview

Duration 11 days
Grade (Class) IV / IV+
Start trek Basantapur (20-hour drive from Kathmandu or optional flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar)
End trek / Put in Dobhan
Take out Chatara (15-hour drive to Kathmandu or optional flight from Biratnagar to Kathmandu)


Best season October - November, April - June

Best Season

This river is only runnable from the middle of October to the end of November, or April, May time. Due to it’s technicality, the river levels need to be just right.

The above photos were taken by Maila Gurung.

Experience Required

For rafters, although your river guides will have all the necessary skills to guide you safely down the river, we do suggest that you have done a little bit of whitewater rafting previous to this trip. As there is no warm up (in the first minute of the river you are literally thrown into one of the most technical rapids of the river), you’ll want to know what to expect.

For kayakers, you will need to be a confident Grade IV boater with a solid roll. The first few days are very intense, non-stop Grade IV rapids with little time to recover.

Accessing this River

This river is extremely remote, and getting there can be quite the adventure in itself. For the budget traveler, you can expect a 20+ hour journey from Kathmandu to the East of the country to get to the start of our trek. Recommended though, is to take the internal flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and then a 6 hour drive to the trek start.

The above photos were taken by Maila Gurung.

Accommodation & Meals

As with all the river expedition style trips in Nepal, accommodation is tented. There are plenty of stunning white sandy beaches along the river (surprisingly we have some of the best beaches in the world which you wouldn’t think of being a landlocked country). Camping under the stars is simply stunning and a highlight for many.

Eating on the river is also an experience. All the raft guides are also trained in food preparation and hygiene and make some of the most delicious meals you will have ever tried. From Buffalo steaks, curries, pastas and salads, you do not need to worry about going hungry on a river expedition!

Itinerary

Most itineraries are around 11 days. The suggested itinerary, below, is offered by GRG's Adventure Kayaking.

Day 1

Those on a budget will leave in the afternoon from Kathmandu after loading the bus up and drive to Biratnagar and spend the night in a hotel.

Day 2

If you have opted for a flight, you will catch an early morning flight to Biratnagar, and the gear bus will collect you from there. We then continue the drive to the start of our trek Basantapur and spend the night here.

Day 3-4

The trek begins. This has been described as on of the most scenic treks on offer in the Himalaya, however, very few people trek here. Heading over a 3000 meter pass you wil be rewarded with stunning mountain views including Mount Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. A highlight of the trek is camping in Gufal Pokhari, a breathtaking high altitude lake.

Day 5-10

Let the adventure begin! Today we hit the water, and we start off with a BANG! Straight into constant Grade IV rapids, this will certainly get your heart pumping! After the first few days the river levels out a bit, giving you all a chance to catch your breath and take in the scenery a bit more. We’ll travel through remote villages, impressive gorges and out of this world scenery. Not many tourists come through this way, so the locals are always interested to come and say hi when we make camp. Evenings will be spent playing football with local children, fishing, relaxing, dancing around the camp fire and talking about the rapids we encountered earlier in the day!

The highlight of the week though is the second last day of rafting which has been described by raft guides as the best whitewater in the world. We then meet the confluence with the Sun Kosi and enjoy half a day floating to our take out point. We can stop at a local Hindu temple for a quick blessing before we take out of the river, sort our gear and head on back to the city. For those who are flying back, it’s a quick 1 hour drive to Biratnagar airport to get you back to Kathmandu in time for dinner. For the rest of the group it’s time to jump on the bus.

Day 11

If you’ve opted for the bus journey, after a long 20 hours on the bus, we will finally reach Kathmandu approximately 9am in the morning. Time for a well-earned shower and rest!

The above photos were taken by Maila Gurung.