For adventure seekers, rafting is the perfect way for an extended adventure on the river to get your adrenaline pumping to a new high. Nepal has some of the best rivers for rafting. Rafting trips for some is the highlight of their stay in Nepal. The waters in Nepal offer something for everybody: Grade 5-5+ rivers with raging white water rapids for the adventurous, to Grade 2-3 rivers with a few rapids for novices. Rafters also have a choice ranging from two to three day trips to trips of two or three weeks. Paddling is a fun way to enjoy the trip as well as bonding with fellow rafters.
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.
Short trips take between one and four days and do not involve any trekking. Some of these trips involve less challenging white water and are ideally suited for first timers and families.
Days: 2 days Grade: 3 to 5
Days: 1 to 3 days Grade: 3+
Days: 2 days Grade: 4 to 5
Days: 3 days Grade: 5 to 5+
The run flows 120 km and its challenges are continuous.
Longer trips take you into some of Nepal's most remote areas. They often involve short treks to reach the river. Porters carry the gear and supplies, so all you need to carry are your own personal belongings. Treks through the jungles can be an adventure with sightings of wildlife. The landscapes on these trips are inspiring.
Days: 5 days Grade: 4 to 5
Days: 6 days Grade: 5
Days: 8-10 days Grade: 4 to 5
Days: 11 days Grade: 4 to 5