Rafting in Bhotekoshi River1. Arun River Rafting
Nepal has four major river systems with more than two hundred fifty sizeable tributaries. The major rivers are the Sapta Kosi in extremely eastern part of Nepal the Narayani in central, the Karnali in west and Mahakali is far western part of Nepal. Arun is one of the mighty tributary of Sapta Kosi. Its source is on the Tibetan Plateau, to the north-east of Kathmandu and it then swings in an easterly arc for some 200 km draining the Northern slopes of Mt. Everest and Makalu before cutting south through the Himalaya and into Nepal. It cuts through the Himalaya in some deep and awesome gorges that have fascinated explorers, travelers, geographers and river runners, and then flows almost directly south to join the Sun Kosi shortly before the Indian plain. Besides, during the rafting you can meet with the people of diversity. Nepal is the country, where more than one hundred different dialects are spoken with different ethnic groups and meeting people is part of the adventure as well, with the river rafting.
Location: Nepal, Asia
Departure point: Kathmandu.
Take-out-Point: Bara Chhetra, Chattara.
Best season: Nov-April.
Distance: Approximately 84 kms.
Duration: 6 days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu)
Day 01 Kathmandu –Tumlingtar –Katikeghat.
Day 02 Katikeghat –Savaya Khola:
Day 03 Savaya Khola –Megan Besi
Day 04 Today is the more challenging then the previous days. We come across quite a number of rapids one after another. The first encounter is a left –bend rapid, just before the suspension bridge at Ranighat. A numbers of rapids follow after this, continue one after another and we finally camp nearby blithe rapid.
Day 05 Today, pretty smooth and relaxed compared to last previous days. Now Arun River merges with Sunkosi to form in to a confluence of Saptakosi, one of the major rivers of Nepal, which further flows to merge with the famous Gange in India. Float along Saptakosi for another half an hour and we reach the site of Bara Chhetra a famous Hindu temple dedicated to lord Vishnu. From here, we continue float for another hour to Chatara, the final destination of rafting and meeting our transport for Kathmandu.
Day 06 after long 13/14 hours driving, we arrived in Kathmandu. Option flight from Biratnagar.
2. Bhote Koshi River Rafting
‘Bhote’ roughly translates, as ‘River from Tibet’; so there are quite a lot of Rivers with this name in Nepal. Bhote Kosi the main branch of the Sun Kosi is a beautiful mountain river starting through Tibet. No doubt, the river-rafting in Bhotekosi offers the full action packed up with short white-water run in Nepal. It takes three and half hours drive from Kathmandu to get to the starting point of Bhote-Koshi River’s Rafting. The river drops steeply offering relentless stretches of grade III-IV white-water. Boulder gardens, small waterfalls, steep chutes and 90 degree bends are the obstacles to be overcome. This river is not a typical of the big volume waters of the Himalayan, it is steep and technical and requires a reactive crew.
Location: Nepal, Asia
Departure point: Kathmandu
Take-out-Point: Lamasangu Dam
Outward travel: 5 hours
Best season: Nov-Dec, Mar-May
Duration: 2 days(Kathmandu-Kathmandu)
Day 01 Meet at the place as per time arranged by your expedition leader/guide at pre-departure meeting. Then we leave by our private transports to the river put-in point of the trip. This is a spectacular drive through villages and if weather permits, you will have fabulous mountain views i.e. Pabil, Langtang and Gauri Shanker ranges etc. upon arrival in the campsite lunch will be served. After early lunch your expedition leader/guide will give a safety talk and provide all paddling gears to participants for the trip. First day we are paddling about 3 ½ hours of pure white-water. After a long series of grade III rapids we drop into the first grade IV known as Gerbil in the Plumbing. From here there is a long, technical rapid called ‘Frog in a Blender’. After this rapid we settle down for about twenty feet, and then it’s back into the soup with a long series of grade III+ and IV- drops which lead us into a nifty little rapid called Carnal Knowledge of a Deviant Nature. The remaining ten kilometers of river is a nonstop series of grade III and IV drops terminating into short pools with the next drop just a few feet away. The river flows through a beautiful narrow canyon with lush green vegetation and waterfalls coming in from the steep stonewalls. At the bottom of this stretch is a rapid called ExLax. Just before we hit the Bazaar of Barabise we load all the gears onto our bus and drive back to our campsite. Enjoy with hard and soft drinks, then dinner.
Day 02 Early morning rise with a hot cup of tea/coffee brush teeth and have breakfast then pack your gears. Here once again you have the second chance to show how your raft team can work well together in challenging rapids. We have lunch on the river bank and continue the action until the take –out point. We run the top stretch, today instead of getting out at Barabise we continue on down through the center of Bazaar and onto a short flat stretch. Upon reaching the dam, the entire gradient of the last kilometer fulminates into fifty meters of incredibly steep and technical rapid known as ‘The Great Wall’. The Great Wall’s one redeeming feature is that there is a pool at the bottom, because right after the pool is an incredible rapid called ‘Liquid Bliss’, which leads directly into a rapid call ‘Fake Tight Go Left’, which leads directly into another rapid called ‘My God, What to do?’ The trip ends with a bang on a long series of drops known as ‘Dazed and Confused’. Without a doubt this is some of the finest whitewater rafting to be had anywhere. Our trip ends about midday. Once you get their load up all the gears on bus, then travel back to Kathmandu, 3 hours.