Hang on to your paddles while you are tumbling down the gushing Himalayan Rivers!!! Through inaccessible canyons, dense forests, and along ancient villages, you will enjoy surreal mountain views and experience the excitement in true sense. A river trip in Nepal is a wonderful way to explore and experience Nepal's natural and ethno-cultural heritage. Rivers here are regarded as Goddesses, and are included in a number of Hindu and Buddhist religious rituals. Many can be witnessed during a raft adventure. Rafting in Nepal is a great experience in its own right: the thrill of running white water rapids can be as exhilarating as scaling a summit!

Nepalese rivers can be grouped into three categories on the basis of their origin:

Antecedent to the Himalayas
Below the Mahabharata range
Below the Churia range

The major river systems, the Koshi, the Karnali and the Gandaki, belong to the first group. Rivers originating from the Mahabharat Range, which cut through the Churia hills, come under the second group. These include Karnali, Bagmatietc.

The third group of rivers originates from the southern face of the Churia hills.

We have explored all the blustering rivers to seek the best potential rafting routes. To experience the exciting thrill of wild water, in an impressing wilderness, we made the following categorization varying in grade, duration, and scenery...

River Season Grade Trishuli SunKoshi Kali Gandaki Karnali Arun Seti BhoteKoshi Marshyangdi
Jan-May 2+ 4 4 4+ 4 2+ 4+ 4+
Jun–Aug 3+ 5 - - - 4+ - -
Sep–Oct 3 4+ 5 5 5 3 - 5
Nov–Dec 2 3+ 4 4+ 4+ 2+ - 4
No. of days 1 - 4 8 - 10 5 - 10 11 - 12 5 - 7 2 -3 2 days 6

Trishuli is the most easily accessible and most popular rafting river. Trips here can be designed for various time frames. Easily reached from Kathmandu and Pokhara, descents can be tailored made in terms of degree of complexity. The trip can also be extended into the Royal Chitwan National Park. Besides, this river is popular with intermediate kayakers.

Sun Koshi
Sun Koshi (River of Gold) has been classified as one of the ten best rafting rivers of the world. With big rapids, warm water, no roads or civilization, extraordinary scenery and great camping spots make this a classic multi-day river trip. The most common put-in point of the Sun Koshi river trip is Dolalghat, a three hour drive east of Kathmandu. At the outset, the river is peaceful and first day’s rafting is relatively easy. Sun Koshi traverses the Mahabharat range and follows one of the main geological fault lines of the Himalayas. This is also an excellent trip for intermediate and advanced kayakers.

The short Seti River flushes as an ideal introduction to rafting. This is really a pleasant and picturesque, 1 to 3-days trip with no big rapids but plenty of friendly small ones. From the put-in point at Damauli (2-hour drive from Pokhara), Seti merges into Trishuli on the second day. This trip offers beautiful mountain views of the Annapurna South, Fishtail and LamjungHimal.

Kali Gandaki
The Kali Gandaki River trip requires either a flight or a drive from Kathmandu to Baglung. A typical trip could begin at Modibeni, at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and the Modikhola. This expedition has everything, exciting rapids, sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, gorges, wildlife and a feeling of remoteness. A beautiful unspoiled river with good white water, the Kali Gandaki is ideal for people wanting an exciting medium-length raft trip. It is also suitable for a self-sufficient kayak trip for intermediate and expert kayakers. We recommend combining this river expedition with a mountain trek beforehand. It’s also worth considering continuing down the lower Kali Gandaki (Ramdi-Narayanghat) to Chitwan National Park. This may well be the best 5-day raft trip in the world.

Karnali, Nepal’s mightiest river descends down the Himalayas through a series of magnificent gorges. In traditional Nepalese fashion dozens of porters carry equipment for two days as we trek to one of country’s most isolated and least explored areas. Exceptional rafting through tropical jungles, deserted beaches and small villages are what you will be encountering en route. The trip takes 11 to 12 days, including trekking, and takes you on a real wild-river adventure. Take-out point is Chisapani, close to the newly opened Royal Bardia National Park, where an optional Wildlife Safari through largely untouched wilderness is possible.

The easiest way to get to this river is by plane to the put-in point at Tumlingtar. Alternatively you can drive for 1 day and then trek for three days. The Arun is a powerful and famous river with comparatively big rapids. The lower part of the river compares to the bottom half of Sun Koshi. Arun provides some of the most challenging rafting in Nepal in a remote location. Spectacular mountain views make this a real wilderness experience. The best take-out is at Chatara and then back to Kathmandu by night bus/ by air or by private vehicle.

Yet another beautiful mountain river is the BhoteKoshi. From Kathmandu, it takes only a few hours to reach the usual put-in place at Bahrabise. We can arrange a day rafting at any degree of difficulty. Camp overnight on the riverbank, and reach Dolalghat the next day to catch your vehicle back to Kathmandu. This is an ideal pick for those short of time.

The Marshyangdi rises on the northern slopes of Annapurna Himal, flows east through an arid valley around Manang, and then swings south to join Trishuli River at Mugling. The Marshyangdi is the most exciting class IV-V white water in Nepal. A "white knuckle trip" once your paddle hits the water till your feet touch dry land. Really not for the faint hearted… moreover, it is one of the most outstanding class IV kayaking rivers in the world with continuous exhilarating white water and magnificent mountain backdrops. From Kathmandu to Dumre it takes 3 to 4 hours by bus, depending on the state of road. Continue trip up to Besisahar. From Besisahar it’s a day’s walk to the put-in point at Ngadito. The trip usually ends at Mugling, from where you can catch a bus to Pokhara or Kathmandu.

June – Aug: Extreme monsoon time*

Please note above are only some of the best river rafting options. We can work out more trips to suit your interest and other requirement. You can combine these rafting trips with other tours and treks. Contact us for a detail advice.