Rafting in Nepal

Trip Overview Rafting in Nepal

Nepal has emerged as a global tourism hub across the whole world. Many tourists visit 
the country with the primary intention of trekking and adventure. Trekking in Nepal has 
become one of the most followed activities across the globe as Nepal possesses some of 
the great trekking trails acknowledged in the entire world. Besides trekking, there are 
many tourists who prefer adventure-related sports and activities like rafting, paragliding, 
bunjee jumping, mountain biking, etc. Going by that, rafting along the rivers in Nepal is 
one of the popular activities in Nepal. It has drawn considerable number of tourists over 
the years as they wish to experience the thrill of white water rafting. Rivers like Trishuli, 
Bhotekoshi, Seti have been the centers for rafting in Nepal. Some of the popular rivers 
for rafting in Nepal are listed and discussed below:

1. Rafting in Trishuli
2. Rafting in Seti River
3. Rafting in Kaligandaki River
4. Rafting in Bhotekoshi River
5. Rafting in Karnali
6. Rafting in Arun River
7. Rafting in Sun Koshi 

 

1. Rafting in Trishuli
Trishuli is one of the most popular rivers for Rafting in Nepal. The fact that Trishuli River flows nearby from the capital city of Kathmandu means that the river is one of major and easier destinations for rafting among the tourists. Trishuli River lies almost at equidistant from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan—three major cities of Nepal. Rafting in Trishuli River is believed to be the best rafting in Nepal as it provides beautiful sceneries along with the adventurous dynamics of white water rafting. Also, you can enjoy local fishes of the region during the rafting trip. Rafting in Trishuli River commences from Baireni/ Charaudi (in Dhading district) and ends at Gaighat, the distance nearly 38 kilometers. The presence of challenging rapids also makes it even more thrilling and adventurous. The duration for rafting is varies from 1 – 3 days depending on your time. 
 2. Rafting in Seti River
Seti River is another river in the western part of Nepal that is immensely popular for rafting. Rafting in Seti River is a short trip but the adventure seekers will get to witness all the thrill that comes associated with white water rafting. In addition, they will also get the attractive view of mountains nearby the city of Pokhara, and the mind blowing natural landscape along the way. Seti River is a small and not that deep river compared to others and hence rafting in Seti is more suitable to the ones who are rafting for the first time in their life. Seti River is also equally popular for Kayaking. Usually the water of rafting rivers are cold, but in contrast, water of Seti River is warm and hence it is equally feasible for rafting even during the winter season when the water is very cold in some other rivers. When you are done with rafting in Seti River, you have the option of whether taking the flight for Kathmandu or else you can also visit the beautiful Chitwan National Park which is located very near from the site of Seti River rafting. Mount Machapuchhre is the source of Seti River. Rafting in Seti River starts from Dule Gauda (480m) in Kaski district and ends up near Trisuli River. It covers a massive distance of 69km. October is generally the best month for rafting in Seti. 

3. Rafting in Kaligandaki River
Amongst the various fine rivers designed for rafting in Nepal, Kaligandaki River is one of the renowned rivers used for rafting. Kaligandaki River originates along the Tibetan border of the Western Nepal, then flowing its way towards the south and creating the world’s deepest gorge in between. Rafting in Kaligandaki River is a great fun as it provides great rafting experience along with great speed, turns and rapids. Kaligandaki River rafting starts from the north of Pokhara and the river is also considered a holy one as it flows past several Hindu temples and shrines. The starting point for the Rafting in Kaligandaki River commonly is Nayapul (Baglung) and ends somewhere near Mirmi. Rafting in Kaligandaki River takes minimum of three days as it covers up distance of around 60 kilometers. The best season for Rafting in Kaligandaki River is September to December and from March to May. Because of the mild nature of Kaligandaki River, rafting in Kaligandaki is a best adventure destination for the adventure seekers. It is also full of rapid curves and hence the experience will be full of wilderness and thrill that accompanies rafting. 

4. Rafting in Bhotekoshi River
Bhotekoshi River is one of the famous rivers for rafting in Nepal. It is located along the Nepal-Tibet border in Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal. Bhotekoshi River has its origins in Tibet. As ‘Bhote’ literally means Tibet, the name also suggests as ‘river from Tibet’. Along with the popular activity of Bunjee jumping, Bhotekoshi River is the site both for bunjee as well as rafting. Rafting in Bhotekoshi River starts from a resort and ends near the Dam covering 17 kms. Bhotekoshi River is very popular also because of the fact that it is located just 3-4 hours distance from the capital city of Kathmandu to reach the site for rafting. Bhotekhoshi River goes flows along the Araniko Highway and to Lhasa. Bahrabise is the ending point of Bhotekoshi river from where the river gets joined by Sunkoshi River. Rafting in Bhotekoshi River is perhaps the best rafting experience among the several rivers in Nepal. Rafting in Bhotekhoshi River is suitable for those rafters who are rather adventurous and who are eagerly waiting for fun with lots of challenges of white water rafting. It is filled with thrill, adventure, sharp bends and turns, great rapids, which makes this river the prime destination for rafting in Nepal. The best season for Rafting in Bhotekoshi River is between the months of September and December and between January and May. You can also enjoy the great natural beauty of the region during the course of rafting, and refresh yourself being close to the gift of nature.

5. Rafting in Karnali
Karnali River of the Western region of Nepal is yet another river which is immensely popular for rafting amongst both domestic and international tourists. It attracts a large number of tourists every year just for the purpose of rafting as the foreigners make their way to the relatively less developed Western region of Nepal. Both Rafting and Kayaking are very popular in Karnali River. Karnali River originates from Mount Kailash that lies in the Tibet border of Nepal and hence Karnali literally means ‘Holy water from the sacred mountain’. Rafting in Karnali River provides tourists with the chance to witness the life of people in Karnali region. The river is also home for several aquatic lives like endangered fishes and on some occasions Dolphins too. Karnali is Nepal's largest river, originating from the mountains in the north and then flowing towards the southern plains. Karnali Rafting originates from Chisapani in the Western Nepal. You can reach there either via flight or by long drive from Kathmandu. Rafting in Karnali might last from few days to as long as a week, as you will cover close to 150 kilometers during the course of rafting. 

6. Rafting in Arun River
Though not quite as popular as some other rivers for rafting in Nepal, Arun River is also one of the rivers used for rafting. Nepal’s rivers can be broadly categorized into four major systems flowing from north to south. In excess of two hundred tributaries end up in the major rivers. The major river systems of Nepal are - Sapta Koshi River (a merger of seven different rivers) in the eastern Nepal, Narayani River in the central Nepal, Karnali River in the Western Nepal and Mahakali in the far-western Nepal. Arun River happens to be one of the tributaries of Sapta Koshi River which flows in the Eastern side of Nepal. Rafting in Arun River also brings with it the opportunity to learn about the life of Nepali people of the Eastern region. The thrills of rafting and the social aspect associated with it make Arun River one of the exciting destinations for rafting in Nepal.

7. Rafting in Sun Koshi 
Sunkoshi is one of the top ten popular rivers in Nepal that are widely famous for rafting Sunkoshi river originates from the Himalayas in the Central-Eastern part of Nepal and flows towards the south just like the other rivers. The site of Sunkoshi rafting is just three hours of drive away from the capital city of Kathmandu. Dolalghat in Sindhupalchowk district is the starting point of Sunkoshi rafting and the end point is at Chattra. The distance you cover during the rafting will be around 270 kilometers. So, it is going to be long eight days of trekking full of adventure and sightseeing. Eating local foods and enjoying being close with the nature are other aspects of rafting in Sunkoshi River.