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Sunkoshi River Rafting

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Sunkoshi is considered among ten best rivers in the world during the world during the voluminous flow. It is also called the river of gold. Sunkoshi river is an ideal destination for pursuing a classic white water rafting trip in Nepal. Sunkoshi river rafting is able to stand on one of the top ten river trips of the world. The river is wonderful for rafting as well as for Kayaking; besides, it is very reachable by road. The ever changing scenery helps to ensure that every day on the river is exciting and different. The beginning of the river is exciting and different. The beginning of the trip sees high mountains, open valley, forests and small remote villages. The final days bring you to open plains and the thriving village of Chatara.
Rafting trips start right here from Dolalghat. Since the Banepa Bardibass highway is now in operation, it is possible to arrange a trip from Dumjabesi. One of the nice things about the Sun Koshi is that, with the exception of a few big rapids like Harkapur the general standard of the river gets progressively harder as you descend it so there is time to loosen up and practice your skills on easy water before you reach the more interesting bigger and more challenging rapids lower down the river. 


  • Enjoy natur's showers with epic waterfalls.
  • Tented Camp on white sandy beaches.
  • Wild animals, species of birds and healing plants can be sighted.
  • Exceed through, Canyon, Overgrown forests, Verdant hills and scenic villages.
  • Waves are extremely calm and gentle to raft.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Drive for Dolalghat from Kathmandu (3-4 hours).
  • Day 2 : Raft to Khalte Chayenpur.
  • Day 3 : Raft to Likhu Khola.
  • Day 4 : Raft to Harkapur.
  • Day 5 : Raft to Rasuwa Ghat.
  • Day 6 : Raft to Jungle Corridor.
  • Day 7 : Raft to Big Dipper.
  • Day 8 : Raft to Tribeni dovan.
  • Day 9 : Raft to Chatara & drive back.

Day 1 : Drive for Dolalghat from Kathmandu (3-4 hours).

the put-in point on the Sun Koshi River. After the usual briefing and preparation, the trip is on. The river looks deceitfully peaceful and lazy and soon local village are encountered. Lunch stop is at a lovely sandy beach.One of the rapids encountered along the way on the first day is Kooyeh Bhir. There are village and temples on the way until campsite is reached a few km above rapid Meat Grinder. 
  • Accomodation: Tented Camp
  • Hours: 3-4
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 2 : Raft to Khalte Chayenpur.

Today, the day begins more promisingly as two hours down the river lies the first class III rapid, Meat Grinder. The path to choose is straight through the middle avoiding holes on either side. A few Kilometers down and the confluence of the Tama Koshi or "River of Copper" and Sun koshi is encountered. After a lunch stop, there is ample time to explore the landscape and see different ethnic groups along the river. The second camp is set up above the rapid Punch and judy. This day ends with a dinner by the campfire. 
  • Accomodation: Tented Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 : Raft to Likhu Khola.

The valley here is always changing in terms of its width. At Bat Cave, the crew takes the rapid seriously. The size of the rapids on this river can surprise you. It is time to stop and scout and eventually decide on the most exciting route through. Here people of the ethnic group called Newars always wait to see the adventurers pass by. Floating down after lunch, the water splashes across the boat but the waves are no threat. Later, a nice stretch of sandy beach is chosen for the campsite.
  • Accomodation: Tented Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 : Raft to Harkapur.

On day four, the surroundings change noticeably as the canyon gets narrower and the vegetation gets thicker. A number of small to medium sized rapids are encountered. A few kilometers below the confluence of the Likhu Khola a long class IV rapid named Likhu Rapid is encountered. Soon after lunch the ride takes one across interesting rock formations on the walls. The white water gets more exciting and the day ends at a campsite near a small village called Harkapur.
  • Accomodation: Tented Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 : Raft to Rasuwa Ghat.

Today, There is mounting excitement as the biggest rapid is to be encountered. Everyone is looking forward to it. There are early signs as the river picks up speed. The rapid Harkapur II deserves some respect. After careful scouting, the team faces the challenge and the boat goes through. An hour and a half float downstream, the confluence of the Sunkoshi and Dudh Koshi rivers is encountered. Going further downstream, the river valley broadens to almost 2 km across. In the afternoon run, a number of small rapids are crossed on the way.
  • Accomodation: Tented Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 : Raft to Jungle Corridor.

Today is full of thrills as there are many rapids to face today. Beginning with small rapids, they get progressively bigger and longer. One of these is Jaws, a challenge with a huge hole at certain levels. Even the smaller ones are fun and the afternoon is full of them until Rhino Rock, a class III rapid is encountered. This lies just above the next bridge and heralds the beginning of the " Jungle Corridor". It is then time to halt for the night and set up camp.
  • Accomodation: Tented Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 : Raft to Big Dipper.

The gorge forces the water to flow through a narrow opening whcih is thickly forested. Along the way are a succession of rapids such as Copper Chin and Black Hole etc. Today thete is an opportunity to shower under some waterfalls, an invigorating experience. As the gorge is maneuvered, rapidly changing scenery unfolds. Camp for the night is set up near a waterfall that drops down from a height of four hundred feet.
  • Accomodation: Tented Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 : Raft to Tribeni dovan.

Today, everyone is looking forward to the Big Dipper. This rapid is a series of standing waves with holes that can create quite a bit of trouble. This must be inspected carefully and the right strategy adopted to tackle it. Soon the waters ease our and the afternoon float is enjoyable. There are many spectacles today; watching cremations, logging of bamboos or people being ferried across in dugouts. This region has a strong presence of the Rais and Limbus who are collectively known as Kirants, descendants of ancient rulers of Kathmandu valley.The confluence of the three main rivers of eastern Nepal; Arun, Tamur, Sun koshi is a good camping spot.
  • Accomodation: Tented Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 : Raft to Chatara & drive back.

Today is the last day on the rivers starts with a visit to the popular Hindu temple at Barah Chhetra below Tribenighat, which is the meeting place of the three rivers. After lunch on the beach, the fabulous Sun Koshi river trip ends at Chatra and the drove back begins with fond memories of the nine-day journey through gorges and challenging rapids.
 The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
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What's included

  • Hotel pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • 1 Night tented camp accomodation.
  • One professional English speaking licensed guides higly trained and safety certified to international standards in whitewater river guiding, Swift water rescue and wilderness first aid.
  • All standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner)
  • Professional saftey Kayakers.
  • Rafting equipment includig helmets, PFDs, Paddles, Splash jackets and wetsuits.
  • All necessary pick up & drop by toursit vehicle as per itinerary.
  • All necessary permits.
  • First aid kits.

What's not included

  • International airfare & necessary airport taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fees at present USD 25 for 15 days, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for three month. (bring accurate USD cash & two pp size photo).
  • Items of personal nature including swimwear, towel and toiletries.
  • Footwear.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue & evacuation.
  • Tips for guide & driver (tipping is expected)
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, bottle water etc) and Any other expenses which are not mentioned above.
What to Bring?
  • Shorts, Half pants
  • T-shirt
  • Sports sandals or comfortable shoes that can get wet and will stay on your feet.
  • Swimwear
  • Travel towel
  • Sunscreen, Sunscreen lip protection.
  • Water bottle
  • A little cash for treats, tips and the occasional chance for photographs.
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Trip Info

Trip Code: HEN/R-04
Grade: Moderate grading info

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