8 Days Sunkoshi RaftingBack
Trip Facts Program Code: NEPAL-RAFT Duration: 8 days Program Type: Rafting Maximum Altitude: 650m Minimum Pax: 6 Mode of Travel: Drive Start Trip: Kathmandu End Trip: Kathmandu Program Grading: Moderate,Moderate - Tour Driving Hour:  hours Driving Distance:  KM Trek Distance:  KM Flying Hour:  hours

Overview

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Sun Koshi (Lower)
The Sun koshi (Lower) is one of those rivers where a long trip (9 days) is possible. Rated as one of the ten best high water river expeditions, it has turbulent waves and a large volume of water. The river runs through landscape of thick vegetation that harbors rich wildlife. Many species of birds, monkeys and even leopards can be seen during the rafting trip. The river also has Gharial crocodiles which are predominantly fish eating creatures. The put-in point at Dolalghat is three-hour drive from Kathmandu.

Rapids : Punch & judy, Meat Grinder, High Anxiety, Black Hole, Rhino Rock, Big Dipper and Dead Man Eddy.

Amazingly, this river prepares the rafters for the big rapids by first introducing then to milder Class II and Class III rapids. It then gets progressively challenging from day to day, leading to some exciting rides through high water. There are also sections for relaxing during scenic floats and a remarkable jungle corridor. One of the camping spots is at an interesting confluence of three of the major rivers of eastern Nepal : Arun, Tamur and Sun koshi. The trip ends at Chatara and the drive back begins.

Introduction
White Water Rafting is a special venture in the river on inflatable rubber boat. A river trip is usually an unusual adventure. The most thrilling, exciting and exotic river trips in Nepal can be arranged throughout the year. You have to choose river trips lasting 1 to 12 days on some of the best and exciting rivers in Nepal. These wild-rivers, some of them rising from the hidden plateau of Tibet and some of them from the high Himalayan Mountains of Nepal cut deep down the rugged sloppy mid-hills of Nepal and then finally meander across the Indian plains to join the holy waters of the river Ganga.

In a country like Nepal, a river-trip is one of the best noble gateways to explore a typical cross section of the country's natural as well as ethno cultural heritage. Whether it's just the two of you for a romantic escape or perhaps a group of friends outing, this action packed jaunt to the foothills will surely become a favorite outing sport of yours for many years to come. The river flows and passes through some of the most beautiful canyons, ethnic villages and landscapes of Nepal. The trips offer full spectrum of wilderness river experiences from the gently flowing stretches to the Loud roaring wild and wet rapids. All the guides are highly trained and qualified in the aquatic sport for white water river rafting.


Selecting Rivers
When selecting your rafting trip, you should know what to expect out of it. River journeys range from short one-day excursions to 12-day expeditions. Each one is incredibly unique and offers an experience of a lifetime, and the excitement does not depend on the length of the river trip. The table below serves a general guideline for journeys on the most popular rivers in Nepal. Trisuli is the river, where you can plan your rafting trip any time, even in the last moment when you are in Kathmandu, Chitwan or in Pokhara.


About Safety
 Most people's image of white water rafting is one portrayed by films and the media and almost everyone who has not done it imagines it as a horrendously dangerous sport. However, the truth is reverse. Accidents, even minor ones are rare and rafting has a much safer accident record than say driving, cycling, or probably walking. This is because when you are on the river you are in relatively protected vehicle - a nice big bouncy rubber raft directed by an experienced river guide will never get out of the control. Aside from formal qualifications in Swift-water Rescue and Wilderness, First Aid Training, almost all Nepalese river guides have devoted much of their lives to learning and running whitewater.
 

Grade
We are pleased to be able to provide you with the following information which you hopefully will find useful?
Below you will find a rafting/kayaking table that covers all the accessible rivers of Nepal, and a short presentation of the rivers.
Name of river Trisuli River Sun Koshi Kali Gandaki Karnali River Arun River Seti River Bhote Koshi
season grade grade grade grade grade grade grade
Jan.-May 2 3 4 4+ 4 2+ 4
June-August 4 5 impossible impossible impossible  impossible
Sep.-Oct. 3 4+ 5 5 5 3 impossible
Nov.-Dec. 2 3+ 4 4+ 4+ 2+ 4


Short Itinerary

Sun Koshi River Rafting Itinerary - 8 days

Day 1. Drive to Dolalghat starting point of Sun Koshi rafting.
Upon arrival at sun Kosi, we unload gears, lunch will be served and your expedition leader will brief you about a full safety while in rafting. The big rapid you will encounter on that day is of class 4+ rapid "Rotten Cave". We will choose our beach campsite and dinner will be served with self fun filled evening.

Day 2. After the breakfast pack up the gears and start rolling down.
Today you will encounter a big class 4+ rapid "Meat grinder". It is fairly straight run down the center avoiding holes left and right. A few meters below here the Tama Kosi River joins the Sun Kosi on the left. We camp here and enjoy the night.

Day 3. After some times paddling join a Likhu Khola, class 3+ rapid.
Pre-Anxiety soon followed by a long class 4 rapid High Anxiety with a large hole on the left halfway down and a series of holes at the bottom. Float a while and then camp.

Day 4.  This day starts with several class 3+ rapids
then a quick stop for refreshment with local Bazar. Then prepare for a big and interesting one Harkapur 2 and 3 which is the hardest rapid on the trip, should be carefully scouted. Camp

Day 5. Some km below Harkapur, Dudh Kosi River joins the Sun Kosi from the left. And today will be an easy paddling. Camp

Day 6. Today is another adventurous day with an encounter most of the grade 4+ rapids - you are straight into good exciting rapid "Rhino Rock" which is a grade 4+ followed by "Jungle Corridor" a kilometer of continuous white water. Waterfalls cascade on both sides of the river. One waterfall makes a great spot for a team shower. Camp

Day 7. Today you will have some little excitement with wave
and if you are interested you can try kayaking where our experts will teach you the basic skills needed to maneuver the boats or learn the Eskimo roll. Camp

Day 8. The last stretch of river which brings you to the last class 4+ Big Dipper is a series of huge standing waves.
A few kilometer later Big Arun and Tamur rivers join together and form the Sapta Kosi. Then you float along on the powerful current, the hills dramatically give way to totally flat. This is the end of a classic and memorable river journey. We will be at out last pint at around 2 pm and have a lunch and pack the gear and then Drive to Kathmnadu .

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