These rivers provide a wide range of experiences, from exhilarating white water to calm stretches, all complemented by warm waters and immaculate beaches ideal for camping. The opportunities for adventure in Nepal are boundless, including river rafting and kayaking, climbing, mountaineering, biking, hiking, and the ever-popular trekking.
Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition offers two types of river trips to cater to your preferences and schedule.
- Day Trips: Perfect for those seeking a taste of whitewater rafting or with limited time, our day trips include transportation to and from the river and a full day of rafting. These day trips are often conducted on the Trishuli and Bhote Koshi rivers.
- Multi-Day Camping Trips: For a more immersive experience, we offer multi-day rafting trips with overnight camping along the riverbanks. This allows ample time for swimming and relaxation on pristine white-sand beaches. Our experienced team includes porters to set up camp and a personal cook who prepares delicious and safe meals. We typically require a minimum of 6 to 8 clients in a group to run these camping trips. If you're traveling alone or with a smaller group, don't worry; we can often match you with other adventurers departing on similar trips.
At Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition, we aim to provide you with the adventure of a lifetime. We're flexible and can even combine rafting with trekking or jungle adventures to tailor your experience to your desires. Please tell us what you're looking for, and we'll make it happen. Join us for an unforgettable journey through Nepal's breathtaking landscapes and thrilling rivers.
Rivers are rated for their difficulty on a 1–6 scale.
River classifications are vital for gauging the difficulty and risk of rafting or kayaking on different rivers. Here's a simplified breakdown:
Class 1: Calm, slow-moving rivers, perfect for beginners.
Class 2 and 3: Faster rivers with some obstacles, suitable for beginners with experience.
Class 4: Rivers with long stretches of challenging white water, demanding vigorous paddling and teamwork, are best for those with prior rafting experience.
Class 5: Rivers with powerful rapids and obstacles requiring powerful paddling skills and prior experience, mainly for experts.
Class 6: Rivers that are almost impossible to navigate safely, reserved for highly skilled professionals under specific circumstances
Knowing these classifications is vital for a safe and enjoyable river adventure, as it helps you choose a suitable river based on your skills and experience.
Nepal offers a range of exciting river adventures with varying levels of difficulty.
Trisuli River: Located west of Kathmandu, it's perfect for day trips. This class 3–4 river has fun rapids and is suitable for a 2-day camping trip.
Kali Gandaki River: Considered one of Nepal's holiest rivers, it offers a cultural experience with villages and temples along the route. This class 3–4 river is more challenging than the Trisuli and typically lasts 4–5 days.
Marsyangdi River: a newly opened river with thrilling rapids and scenic views. It's a class 4 river with great camping spots and trips lasting 6 to 7 days.
Karnali River: Known as Nepal's most beautiful and enjoyable trip, it combines jungle scenery and lowland forests. This class 4 river takes about a week, and you can explore Bardia National Park afterward.
Sun Koshi River: Nepal's longest river offers a 7- to 8-day journey with class 2-3 rapids followed by exciting class 4 rapids. It's a classic camping trip from the far north to the southern border.
The Bhote Koshi River is Nepal's steepest river, offering a total whitewater experience. It's a class 3-4 river with many class 4 rapids, located 3 hours from Kathmandu, ideal for a day trip or an overnight adventure.
Our experienced guides have navigated all these rivers and prioritized your safety and enjoyment. They provide instructions on paddling and choosing the safest route. We're thrilled to share our country, culture, and years of expertise with you, offering a unique opportunity to explore remote landscapes that can only be accessed through river trips.