Nepal: Sun Koshi River Rafting

  • Sophisticated
  • 9 Days Rafting Days

Sun Koshi River Rafting offers the longest trip in Nepal in terms of river days. It has many tributaries entering from the north that drain Himalayan peaks including the mighty Mount Everest. The character of the river changes with amazing wide valley sections and large sandy islands becoming narrow jungle gorges and corridors. There is only one large village on the river, the hardest rapid – Hakapur is named after Sun Koshi. The upper section is known as the Bhote Kosi, an adrenaline-charged section of the river described separately in this guide.

The commercial trips start at Dolalghat, which is close to the confluence of the Bhote Koshi, and the Indrawati. You can expect the trip to take 10 days; this may include a layover day. It takes 8 days in total to raft Post monsoon, 6 in a kayak. We start our trip from Kathmandu and drive to Dolalghat which is the put-in point of this rafting.


Route Highlight

  • Put in point : Dolalghat (altitude 620 m.)
  • Take out point: Chatra (altitude 115 m.)
  • Distance: 175 km
  • Kathmandu-Dolalghat Distance: 52 km.
  • Distance Kathmandu – Chatara 555 km.
  • Difficulty: Class4- (5-)
  • River days: 09
  • The total duration of the rafting: 10 days
  • Volume in November: 285 M3/sec
  • Best season: From September till December and from March till June.

Day to day schedule to Nepal: Sun Koshi River Rafting

  • Day 1 :Leave Kathmandu, bus to the river, unpack and lunch, begin river trip early afternoon, steady afternoon with nothing too difficult.

  • Day 2 : Past 'Meat grinder', and the Tamba Kosi Confluence.

  • Day 3 :'Punch and Judy', Likhu khola confluence and maybe as far as 'High Anxiety'.

  • Day 4 : Past 'High Anxiety', to Hakapur village & rapid. Big day.

  • Day 5 : Layover day? Little Devisthan beach.

  • Day 6 : Dudh Kosi confluence, 'Jaws', camp above jungle corridor.

  • Day 7 : Probably the best, numerous big class 4's in the jungle corridor, 'Rhino rock', 'El Wasto' and others.

  • Day 8 : Out of the corridor, odd class 3 / 4, 'Big Dipper', could arrive Chatra p.m.

  • Day 9 : Arrive Chatra, pack, bus to Kathmandu or take flight from Biratnagar

What is included?

  • All of rafting gears like, boat, lifejacket, helmet, paddles and safety kayaker etc.
  • Food, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast and 2 lunch. Transport by Private mini bus or van according to group size

What is excluded?

  • Personal exp., personal gears like, sleeping bag, T-short, half paint, sleeper, Extra transport and personal insurance incase of landslide or emergency rescue, Tips and other expenditure which is not mention above

Best Seasons Listing

Best Season
Sept-Dec and Mar-Jun

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