Rafting in Nepal with Nepaltours

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Departure: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

The upper Seti River when it is at high flow makes for an excellent day trip. Trips run in Mid September to end of November ( class 3+ ). We provide you private transportation, a day rafting package with lunch.

The Balephi Khola ( above Bhote Koshi )

This river originates at Jalbire Village till its merging with the Upper Sun Koshi. Trips are only operated when the river is high from Mid September to end of November. Another season that is ideal to make this trip is from May through August. We also offer two day trips that combines this river with the Upper Sun Koshi. Private transportation, two day rafting rafting package with all meals inclusive are provided during the trip.

The Balephi River ( above the Bhote Koshi )

This river originates at Jalbire village till it merges with the Upper Sun Koshi. These trips normally run when the river is at its high flow and this lasts from September through November. May to August is also an ideal time to take runs on this river. We offer two days trip which combines this river with the Upper Sun Koshi. Private transportation, rafting package and all meals are provided on this trip.

This river is a small tributary of the Sun Koshi and is 50 km from Kathmandu. Its confluence with the Sun Koshi is a short distance from Dolalghat. The river is blue in colour and en route offers excellent views of the mountains. The river originates in the southern slopes of Mt. Dorjee Lakpa which is visible from Kathmandu. It flows to the east of Helambu. Passing through between steep slopes, this river is a fast flowing river. The pristine valley of Balephi is away from the trek routes and as a result offers unspoilt and enchanting views of villages and terraced hillsides. This is an area predominantly inhabited by ethnic groups like Chhetris, Brahmins, Tamangs, Kamis and Damais.

In order to reach the raft put in point at Jalbire, you will have to take a 4 hour bus ride. You drive past Dolalghat and Balephi Village before taking a left turn at the confluence point. From this point onwards you will need to drive on a dirt road for an additional 14 kms to Jalbire. Rafters will be briefed on safety and paddling issues before commencing the rafting.

You take a short trip on a river which is mostly grade 3 and once in a while encountering grade 4 rapids. It is quite a rocky river and involves technicalities. The river brings with unexpected challenges and the huge boulders obscure views up ahead. The river makes its way through wooded areas that provide glimpses diverse birdlife and the summits of mountains are quite visible in the distance. You kick off from jalbire at 12 noon. A three hour rafting trip past the Balephi bridge, you reach the put out point at Sukute. Having gathered and loaded all the equipment and gear, you head back to Kathmandu in the late afternoon. The ideal time to go would be from October to November

The Arun River that originates from Tumlingtar is another option. This is a very powerful river and makes a brilliant three day trip through stunning wilderness and comes with grade 3 rapids and unspoilt canyons. This tree can be yours with a one way flight to Tumlingtar to the starting point of the river. Acquiring gear there can be a bit expensive affair.


This river is suitable for family trips as it is more of float down journey through remarkable jungle scenery and an opportunity to sample plenty of wildlife. This river also offers the best fishing in Nepal and can be combined with a trip to the Bardia National Park.

The river originates higher up in the mountains of Dolpo in the north. The Bheri offers excellent white water rapids. Because of its far west location, this river still presents a mystery as certain parts are still unexplored. The lush jungles and astounding landscape makes this trip a truly gratifying one. The rapids on the other hand are not so raging as the other major rivers of Nepal. Though the Bheri is graded as a relatively easy river, it compensates with views of excellent age old enchanting villages and well-preserved traditions. It also offers excellent fishing spots.

The larger river Bheri is a combination or the merging of two large tributaries; they are namely, Thuli ( meaning big in Nepali ) and Sani ( meaning small ) at Ramnaghat. The sandy beaches along the banks of the Bheri offer excellent camping spots for night stops. The trip usually winds off at the Bardia national Park and jungle safari further highlights this adventure trip. Enthusiasts who choose the Bheri will be amply rewarded with a combination of rafting, fishing and wildlife adventure.


The Seti Karnali is a magnificent isolated river and it has its origins in far west Nepal in the Himalayas and flows down in a south and south-easterly direction till it finally merges with the Lower Karnali. Though it flows through a valley isolated from Kathmandu, it is accessible by road and air with two airstrips located at Dipayal and Chainpur. The river traverses through spectacular wilderness that offers views of an array of exotic wildlife.

The upper sections of this river near Talkot is considerably steep but downstream fromDeura is more of a gradual gradient. Flowing past steep gorges and jungle cover, this river is popular for superb sandy beaches for camping and exciting wildlife spotting. Mountains are also easily visible in the distance and makes it a wonderful experience. You will experience class 3 rapids on this river and can be easily tackled. Though rafters have drawn parallels between the Seti Karnali and ther Bheri River, this river far more isolated and offers much greater satisfaction in terms of its remoteness and wildlife sightings.

The Seti Karnali goes through visible transformation and becomes more bigger and bouncier as it nears its confluence with the Karnali. It is a day’s drive by road and an hour by flight from Nepalgunj. You also have options of flying to Dipayal or Chainpur. You can even commence your rafting trip at Deura which is accessible by trekking over a hill from Gopghat, en route enjoying stunning views of Api and Saipal which are origins of this charming river. Rafters can experience immense thrill on the grade 4 rapids named “Les Assomoris” below the bridge at Dipayal. The river then transforms to grade 3+. En route you will come to some isolated beaches known as “Panther Beach” and “Tiger Beach”. Rafters have encountered pugmarks of a tigress on the beach. Crossing the Sauli village, you will encounter rapids at every bend. Then onwards, the trip is similar to the Karnali one. The steep valley sides which are forested rise up to 500 m. This section provides ample opportunities for camping on fine beaches. The river then starts to get bigger until it goes into a gorge from where it is grade 3+ till the next grade 4+ rapid. After this you will encounter more tamer grade 1+ flows with views of magnificent 100 m waterfalls. The valley then widens out and the river is now grade 3+ and you get ample camping opportunities. Best seasons are from October to May or February to May.


Twice the volume of Bhote Koshi, the Tama Koshi is a very powerful river and is not for the faint hearted. Having its source in Tibet, it drains numerous Himalayan peaks like the Gauri Shanker and glaciers like the Tse Rolpa. It traverses 775 kilometres until it makes its way to the road at Busti. This is usual put in point. This river offers spectacular thrills and is recommended for keen kayakers who are ready and willing to take on the raging challenges of the waves. Experts have cautioned that this river should not be taken too lightly. “Tama Koshi” translates to “River of Copper” as copper mines were once here. The put in point is at Busti on the way to Jiri, from where the a long arduous trek leads to the Everest region. The Busti Bridge itself is locally known as the Tama Koshi and accessible by car from Kathmandu after a 4 hour journey. Initially, the river seems to appear quite tame, but plenty of grade 4 rapids will be encountered continuously for the next 4 km stretch before reaching an island on it. You will encounter grade 5+ rapids on either side of the island. Then it is followed by a series of grade 4+ rapids that lead to a grade 5 on a bend, which then calms down to a grade 4 and finally comes to a bridge. From this point onwards till Devi Tar is grade 4 until you reach the confluence with the Khimti Khola. The next big rapid is aptly named “Fatal Attraction” and portage is possible here. The river then gets calmer and by the time Chisepani is reached it is grade 3. Journeying 4 km downstream, you come to Akase airstrip and an additional 1 km downstream is Sun Koshi.


The Budi Gandaki has its origins within in Nepal. Its source is the slopes of the Manaslu and Ganesh Himal and flows south through a deep-sided valley to merge with the Trishuli River just a little before Mugling. This river has a easy gradient downstream from Arughat Bazaar when drawn parallels with some other rivers. It flows through a wide open valley and offers superb views of mountains up north. The put in point is just below Arughat Bazaar.

This river is a relatively easy grade 2 and 3 and can be made an optional starting point for the Trishuli adventure. You can combine this journey with a two day trek to the region of Gorkha where the Shah Dynasty of Nepal hail from. You are treated to excellent views of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal in the course of the trek. You can reach the put in point at Arughat by driving from Kathmandu via Dharing Besi. The river makes its journey through characteristic Nepali villages giving you an opportunity to sample local culture and lifestyle.


The Dudh Koshi originates in the Everest region. Most trekkers who trek along the Everest trail are familiar with this river as it runs alongside it. As the valley becomes wider, the gradient of the river also drops. Before reaching Rabuwa, one will encounter numerous grade 3 and 4 rapids. This area of the river requires significant portage and is relatively challenging. It calms down as it reaches the Sun Koshi.

As you travel along the Dudh Koshi, you will get excellent views of the Khumbu Himal. Since the river runs along side the trekking route, one may encounter various lodges. The last 32 km of the river before it reaches the Sun Koshi, is ideal for commercial rafting. The ideal season is October to December or February to April.


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