Top 10 River Rafting in Nepal
 
2 June, 2022
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Rafting is an extremely stimulating and adventurous sport. Nepal consists of more than 6000 rivers and each river has its own peach. In Nepal, you can perform river rafting with respect to the difficulty status as the flow of each river is different from the other. Rivers like Trishuli, Karnali, and Sunkoshi are the most popular rivers to perform rafting in Nepal as it is fit for both professionals and beginners. Additionally, rivers with a mild flow are easy to manage hence they are considered popular among the rafters. The cost of rafting differs from one place to other. Besides, it is very important to consider the weather while you go rafting. For instance, summer and spring might be the best season to go for river rafting whereas monsoon might not be the best due to heavy river flow.

Best River Rafting in Nepal

As mentioned above there are several rivers in Nepal but some are preferably better for river rafting than others. Here we present a list of 10 different river rafting destinations and important details along with it.

1.Trishuli River:

Trishuli is a popular destination for white water rafting and Trishul is the Nepalese translation of trident. Additionally, the name Trishuli is named after the trident of the Hindu god Shiva. Many tourists domestic and international both come to Trishuli for rafting as well as kayaking. Mount. Langtang is where Trishuli starts its journey from.

Trishuli has the rapid of class I and class II which means the level of rafting here is easy to moderate. Hence the ride won’t be too hard to manage yet exhilarating at times. To sum up, Trishuli is safe and suitable for both beginners as well as professionals.

Let’s check out other important details about Trishul in the table mentioned below:

Title Description
By road Travell time 2 and half hours(differs as per the route and road condition)
Rafting duration 3 hours
Best season February to June and September to Mid Mid-November
Cost Nepalese citizen: NRS.1500 per person

Indian citizen: NRs.1500 per person

Other countries: USD 25 per person

2.Seti River

Seti is another river fit for river rafting nearby Pokhara. It is perfect for beginners as the water Seti offers is warm and the volume is also less. The name ‘Seti’ itself refers to white in Nepalese because of the white water in the river. In addition, the Seti river offers white river rafting. From Kathmandu, it will take you around 5 hours to reach, and from Pokhara only 30 minutes. You will be amazed at the views of the Annapurna mountains range while rafting through the thrilling rapids of Seti. The river flows through the mountain of Machhapuchre and ravishing hilly terrain.

Let’s check out other important details about Seti in the table mentioned below:

Title Description
By road Travell time 4-5 hours
Rafting duration 40 minutes
Best season February to June and September to Mid Mid-November
Cost Nepalese citizen: NRS.3,350.00 per person

Other countries: USD 25- USD 30 per person

3.Bhote Koshi

Bhotekoshi River is a must-visit rafting destination for rafting fanatics. It is nearby Kathmandu and takes only around 3 hours o reach. Bhotekoshi is one of seven Koshi rivers that transform from Sunkoshi to Bhotekoshi as it flows downwards. The rapid level of Bhote Koshi lies from class IV to class V which means the difficulty level of rafting here is from hard to very hard. As a result, it is strictly suggested for beginners to not try rafting here.

Let’s check out other important details about Bhote Koshi in the table mentioned below:

Title Description
By road Travell time 3 and half hours
Rafting duration 3 hours
Best season October to December and February to April
Cost Small group (2 – 3) USD 1100

Big group (4 – 5) USD 950

4.Karnali River

Karnali is the longest river in Nepal with a total length of 1080 meters. The river is popular for white water rafting and rafting at Karnali can be challenging. Karnali originates from the Tibetan mountain ‘Kailash’and flowers down to meet the river Ganga in India. While rafting at Karnali, you can experience the rough flow of the river along with jungles and wildlife. You will come across several canyons and at the end of the rafting, you will encounter Bardia National Park. Additionally, you might also see some dolphins while rafting.

Let’s check out other important details about Karnali in the table mentioned below:

Title Description
By road Travell time 6 hours
Rafting duration 3 hours
Best season October to December and March to May
Cost USD 75 per person

5.Kali Gandaki

Named after the Hindu goddess ‘Kali’, Kali Gandaki is the best for a thrilling river rafting experience with deep gorges and 50 rapids. It originates from the Mustang and follows through several gorges to the south. While rafting you will observe several outstanding sceneries along with the mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

Let’s check out other important details about Trishul in the table mentioned below:

Title Description
By road Travell time 9 hours
Rafting duration 3 hours
Best season September to December and March to June.
Cost USD 250 per person (minimum 4 people to run)

6.Tamor

Rafting gem of eastern Nepal, Tamor is a fast-flowing river that flows down from Mount Kanchanjunga. It is one of the seven rivers of Koshi (Saptakoshi). Tamor is probably the most dangerous river for rafting with a high level of rapids. Popular for being the sixth largest river in Nepal, the Likewise, Tamor is one of the 6 largest rivers of Nepal and also contributes to forming Koshi.

Let’s check out other important details about Tamor in the table mentioned below:

Title Description
By road Travell time 6 hours
Rafting duration 3 hours
Best season October – November, April – June
Cost NRs 3,000 per person

7.Sunkoshi River

Sunkoshi derives from means golden river of Koshi and was named so due to the particles of gold found in this river. wh Many visitors come across so many countries to enjoy multi-day river adventures in the Sunkoshi river. It is one of the world’s top 10 rafting destinations offering a unique experience as you raft nearby the Tibet border. Sunkoshi flows from the Mahabharat mountain ranges in Tibet through many gorges. Rafting in Sunkoshi is safer compared to Bhotekoshi as the rapid level of Sunkoshi is from Class II to Class III. This means the difficulty level is moderate to moderately difficult.

While rafting in Sunkoshi you will experience wilderness and natural majesty. The starting point of Sunkoshi rafting is Dolalghat.

Let’s check out other important details about Sunkoshi in the table mentioned below:

Title Description
By road Travell time 2 and half hours
Rafting duration 4-5 hours
Best season October, November, March, April, and May
Cost NRs 3,350 per person

8.Marshyangdi River

Idly popular in the country for hydropower purposes, Marshyandi is one of the mountain rivers in Nepal offering rafting. The rafting route follows many gorges along the way and offers beautiful scenery of nature and mountain ranges like the Annapurna mountain range and the Manaslu mountain range. It is not the best pick for beginners who have tried rafting only a few times. Besides, the professionals who have the knowledge of technical aspects of rating can have so much fun rafting here. The rafting route for MArshyangi river rafting starts at Nagdi which is only around 6 hours far from Kathmandu.

Let’s check out other important details about Marshyandi in the table mentioned below:

Title Description
By road Travell time 10 hours
Rafting duration 4-5 hours
Best season October, November, March, April, and May
Cost USD 665 per person

9.Bheri River

A great river to try rafting if you are a newbie, Bheri is easy and less crowded as it lies in Nepal’s far west region. Rafting in Bheri offers you beautiful remote villages white-sand shores and majestic natural scenery. Devisthal is the put-in point of Bheri, and the take-out point is Chisapani. Besides rafting, you can also visit Bardiya national park here. To get to Bheri, you will have to travel to Nepaljung from Kathmandu which might take around 16 hours.

Let’s check out other important details about Marshyandi in the table mentioned below:

Title Description
By road Travell time 16 hours
Rafting duration 3 hours
Best season October to the end of November, followed by April to June
Cost USD 855

10.Arun River

The largest trans-Himalayan river and one of the seven rivers contributing to form Saptakoshi (Koshi) Arun is best suited for Rafting as well as kayaking. Rafting in Arun is not just completing through the rapids and flows of the river but also the beauty of nature, gorges, snowcapped mountains, and Arun valley together.

Let’s check out other important details about Marshyandi in the table mentioned below:

Title Description
By road Travell time 13 hours
Rafting duration 3 hours
Best season October to the end of November, followed by April to June
Cost USD 955