White Water Rafting

Nepal boasts some of the best whitewater in the world, thanks to its mountainous steep terrain. What really make a rafting trip worthwhile are the magnificent vistas of traditional houses on hillsides, terraced paddy fields, deep gorges, valleys and flat plains that you encounter on the way. While exploring the rivers, you can either go paddle rafting as a team or go kayaking and canoeing alone.

The rapids are graded on a scale of one to six depending on their ferocity. Trips range from one or two days to two-week expeditions, and often combine some trekking to get to the remote rivers in the first place. A typical day in the river begins early morning when rafters arrive at the put-in point. The river guide begins with instructions on safety and emergencies before everyone is given life vests and helmets. This is a must for safety on the river at all times. Lunch on some white sandy beach around mid-day is fun. The best time for rafting is from October through mid-December and March to early May. In winter the water is cold and during the monsoons months from June through September, the white water sections are dangerous, but gentler stretches are easy to raft on.

The Trishuli River is the most popular among raftable rivers. Close to Kathmandu, the trip takes you down all the way to the Chitwan National Park. Other popular rivers include the Kali Gandaki near Pokhara, Bhote Koshi, Marshyangdi, Karnali and the Sun Koshi, which runs 270 km and requires 8-10 days.

1. Trisuli River ( "Most popular River Rafting Trip")

The Trishuli River consider as a high commercial whitewater sports destination of Nepal due to its easy accessible. It is an excellent river for those who are looking for a day short rafting trip and short multi day’s trip without risk and challenge of big rapids with its beautiful scenery, peaceful environment and wonderful local cultural activities. In the monsoon season, water volume level rises up so the strength of the rapids increases and attracts rafters to challenge with its real adrenaline.

Starting Point: Baireni/Charaudi/Fishing
Ending Point: Gaighat/ Narayanghat
River Days: 1-3 days
River Distance: 106 km (Approximately)
River Difficulty Grade: 2-3+
Best Season: All season

2. Kaligandaki River ( "Deepest Gorge")

The put in point is at Maldhunga of the Kali Gandaki River bank (approximately 3 hrs drive from Pokhara). After 3 days of 55 km of wildness expedition, the trip ends at Kaligandaki dam (Mirmi). Kali Gandaki rafting trip is ideal for combining with any Annapurna region trekking trip before and after according to your holiday plan.

Starting Point: Nayapul (Baglung)
Ending Point: Mirmi
River Days: 3
River Distance: 60 km (Approximately)
River Difficulty Grade: 3-4+
Best Season: September to November and March to May

3.Seti River ("Nepal's warmest River")

The family classic wildness warm water river "Seti" passes through the lime stone gorge of beautiful Pokhara valley. It has unspoiled greenish jungle scenery, excellent bird watching site, local cultural heritage, beautiful clean beaches and many small and undemanding rapids.
The put in point of the Seti River is Madi River Bridge at Damauli and after 2 days of river rafting action, the adventure ends at Gaighat below the Trishuli River confluence. Transferring at Damauli is accessible from Pokhara (approximately 2hrs) and from Kathmandu (approximately 4 and half hrs) by drive.

Starting Point: Damuli
Ending Point: Gaighat
River Days: 2
River distance: 35 km (Approximately)
River Difficulty Grade: 3
Best season: September to December and March to May

4. Bhotekoshi River ( Short & Sweet Adventure)

Bhote roughly translates as river from Tibet. Hence, there are quite a lot of rivers with this name in Nepal. This Bhote Koshi is the main branch of the Sun Koshi River. The Araniko highway follows the river making both the access and scouting relatively easy. The upper valley above Barhabise is impressively narrow with steep hillsides shooting up over 2000m from the river. Moreover, there are some dramatic and scenic gorges down at river level. Just to drive up the highway and look at the river is like reading an erotic novel – it quickens the blood and excites the mind. Technically, the upper Bhote Koshi ends just after Barhabise where the Sun Koshi joins as a stream from the left. The lower Bhote Koshi rafting starts right from the Lamasangu.

Starting Point: Baseri/Lamasangu
Ending Point: Dolalghat
River Days: 2
River Distance: 20 km (Approximately)
River Difficulty Grade: 4-5
Best season:

5. Sunkoshi River ( "The River of Gold")

The most popular classic expedition-rafting trip is one of the top ten river journeys in the world. The Sun Koshi rises near by Tibet, joins Bhote Koshi below Barhabise Bazaar, and continues eastwards of Nepal through the great valley of Mahabharata range. It is also the main watershed resource of the eastern Nepal. The river consists of beautiful open valley, amazing waterfalls, clean sandy beaches, dense forests and colorful remote cultural villages. The river has been attracting rafters to explore challenging whitewater and its great rapids at least once.

Starting Point: Dolalghat
Ending Point: Chatara (Dharan)
River Days: 7-8
River Distance: 275 km (Approximately)
River Difficulty Grade: 4-5
Best season:

6. Karnali River ( "Wild west classic ")

The Wild West classic Karnali one consider as longest river of Nepal. The Karnali River rafting combined with some of the most beautiful canyons found in Nepal and a wide variety of biodiversity including dense forests, wild lives and traditional remote villages. After the monsoon rapids are demanding and huge so the rafting there is an unique expedition trip and wildness experience. The river rises from the marginal Himalayan range of Tibet and flowing down to the southern direction to fall into Gangaes, which entered in Nepal from Humla district and cut the Mahabharat mountain near by Chisapani.

Starting Point: Sauli
Ending Point: Chisapani
River Days: 7 Days
River Distance: 180 Km. (Approximately)
River Grade: 3-4+
Best season:

7. Marshyangdi River (Adrenaline adventure)

Marshyangdi River rises on the northern slopes of the Annapurna Mountain, flows east through an arid valley around Manang and then swings south to join the Trisuli River at Mugling. The scenery is magnificent with every bend of the river opening up fresh vistas of some of the world’s highest mountains, but these lie mostly behind as someone said “great views but you need rear view mirrors”.

Starting Point: Nagdi
Ending Point: Bimalnagar
River Days: 3
River Distance: 52 km (Approximately)
River Grade: 4-4+
Best season:

8. TAMUR RIVER ( "Eastern Wild Classic ")

Tamur, which originated from the third highest peak of the world, Mount Kanchenjunga, is the sixth largest river in Nepal. Tamur River is newly opened for commercial rafting. Very scenic and yet untouched by pollution, you will feel the presence of heaven once you enter the area. The trip will be more exciting and thrilling if you can spare 7-8 days time that includes surface travel of 3 and half days via Ilam. Ilam is a beautiful hillside housing lots of tea estates. On the eastern side of Ilam, you can see Mount Kanchenjunga smiling at you and Mount Makalu and Ama Dablam on the western side.
Dobhan is the starting point of rafting and continues across green valley and sandy beaches until it reaches Chatara.

Starting Point: Dobhan
Ending Point: Chatara
River Days: 5-6
River Distance: 131 km (Approximately)
River Grade: 4-5
Best season:


Arun River is considered to be one of the most mighty and powerful rivers of Nepal. Moreover, largesse water volume and huge and impressive rapids make the rafting technically complex and challenging. Total duration of the trip will be 6 days including 2 days of surface travel and 4 days of rafting. Arun River rafting takes you through Arun Valley amidst the backdrop view of magnificent mountain ranges. Starting point is Tumlingtar and the rafting continues downwards to Dharan (Chatra) for next four days.

Starting Point: Tumlingtar
Ending Point: Chatara
River Days: 4
River Distance: 55 km (Approximately)
River Grade: 4-4+
Best season: