River Rafting

Rafting in Nepal

rafting in nepalNepal is blessed and land of numerous world class rivers which provide fun and exciting river rafting adventures with some of the wildest and most spectacular rivers in the world. Few rafting rivers in the world can match the thundering course of the rivers of Nepal originated from the snow meltdown of the Himalayan Terrain. It is fast flowing rivers that gush down from the Himalayas cutting through mountains and carving deep gorges to finally reach the vast plains where slowing down their meander lazily towards India. Many of these rivers are ideal for rafting and some are considered the best in the world be professional rafters from the west. You can have a day of rafting or choose an extended trip that lets you camp on the river and enjoy the culture and beauty that surrounds you. The best time for rafting in Nepal is usually September to early December and March to June. This is when the weather is best and the water is the warmest. Nepal has many rivers for you to explore:-

  • Trishuli River (Rafting trip for 1 to 3 Days)
  • Seti River (Rafting trip 2 Days)
  • Bhote Koshi River (Rafting trip for 2 Days)
  • Kali Gandaki River (Rafting trip for 3 Days)
  • Marshyadi River (Rafting / Kayaking trip for 4 Days)
  • Sun Koshi River (Rafting trip for 7 to 9 Days)
  • Arun River (Rafting adventure for 9 Days)
  • Karnali River (Whitewater Rafting trip for 10 Days)
  • Tamur River (Rafting adventure for 10 Days)

On these rivers, you will find the world's the most thrilling whitewater with a wide range of difficulties, warm water and bug free beaches for camping. All this makes a wealth of unlimited opportunities for Great River Rafting, Kayaking, Climbing, Mountaineering, Biking, Hiking and ever popular trekking adventures in Nepal. Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition runs two different types of river trips depending on how long you want your trip to be and what river you want to raft.

The first type is a day trip on the river. We provide transportation to and from the river as well as a full day of rafting. This is the perfect trip for anyone who wants to get a feel for white water rafting or doesn't have time for an overnight trip. Generally we run most of our day trips on the Trishuli and Bhote Koshi rivers.

Our other type of trip consists of several days of rafting while camping overnight next to the river. This gives you plenty of time to swim and relax on some of the white sand beaches on the river. We have porters to set up camp and a personal cook who will prepare safe and tasty meals. Camping trips require a minimum of 6 to 8 clients in a group it helps if you can find others who are interested in rafting. During the season we have many trips leaving several times a week so it isn't hard to find a group. We want to provide you with the vacation of a lifetime so tell us what you want. We can combine rafting with trekking or jungle adventures or both if you wish.

Rivers are rated for their difficulty on a scale of class 1 – 6.

  • A class 1 river has a slower moving current with little or no obstacles.
  • Class 2 & 3 rivers generally are fast moving with some obstacles and smaller to medium size rapids.
  • Class 4 rivers have long, continuous sections of white water and large waves which requires strong paddling and good teamwork in the boat.
  • Class 5 rivers have powerful prolonged sections of rapids and big holes, which requires very strong paddling and preferably some previous rafting experience.
  • Class 6 is considered to be almost impossible to run.

Trisuli River

The Trisuli River runs just west of Kathmandu which makes it an ideal place for day trips. It is generally a class 3-4 river which has fun rapids and good swimming. It is possible to have 2 day camping trip also.  

Kali Gandaki River

This is a fun and challenging river is considered to be one of the holiest rivers in all of Nepal. Villages and temples can be found throughout the entire trip giving you a wonderful cultural view of rural Nepal. It is a class 3-4 river which is more difficult and continuous than the Trisuli. Trips generally last for 4 to 5 days.

Marsyangdi River

This is a newly opened river that provides exciting white water rapids and beautiful views. It is a class 4 river that has great camping spots. Trips on the Marsyangdi generally take 6 to 7 days.

Karnali River

This trip is considered to be the most beautiful and enjoyable trip in all Nepal. There is a great mix of jungle scenery and lowland forests. The river lies far west of Kathmandu in a very rural area that has recently been opened to foreigners. It is a class 4 river that takes a week to run. There is also the option to visit Bardia National Park and explore the jungle at the end of the trip.(see jungle adventures)

Sun Koshi River

This river is the longest in all Nepal. This 7 to 8 day trip gives you class 2 –3 rapids followed by exciting class 4 rapids that are sure to get you're your adrenaline flowing. This is a classic camping trip which gives you a chance to paddle all the way from the far north of Nepal to the southern border.

Bhote Koshi River

This is the steepest river run in Nepal that provides a total white water experience. It is a class 3-4 river with a lot of class 4 rapids. It is located 3 hrs outside of Kathmandu and is a great day trip. It is also possible to spend a night on the river.

Our guides are experienced rafters who have run all the rivers we offer and have the skills to provide you with a safe and enjoyable trip. There will always be a guide in every boat who will give instructions on paddling and pick out the safest route on the river. We are proud to share our wonderful country, culture and our many years of experience in this field with you and give you an excellent opportunity to explore the remote countryside which is never possible without River trips.