The Sunkosi is known in
Nepal as the River of gold. It is the longest river trip
in Nepal traversing 270 km in length through the
beautiful Mahabharata range. It begins after 3 hours
drive from Kathmandu and is 60 km from the Tibet border.
It is considered as the ideal river for long rafting.
The Sunkoshi menders its way through the lovely and
picturesque Mahabharata range of mountains. This all
encompassing trip takes you from the mountains near the
Tibet border to the hot dusty Indian plains.
This river begins its journey slowly allow the rafter to
gain a feel for its ways. As the river progresses
through fantastic scenery and quite fine village, its
intensity picks up and boast some of the biggest waves
seen on raft able rivers. This trip is listed as one of
the world’s top ten classic river journeys.
longest river in Nepal
Raft through the beautiful Mahabharat range
Fantastic scenery and quite fine village
World’s top ten classic river journeys.
River Rafting Itinerary:
Day 01: In The
early morning 7. 30 we drive to the put-in point
at Dholalghat or Nepal Tar. Through out the
drive, we have wonderful views of the ancient
city of Bhaktapur and magnificent view of the
Himalayan ranges. Upon arrival at Dholalghat or
Nepal tar, we unload the gear- lunch will be
served and our expedition leader will give a
full safety briefing, then we hit the first
major rapid “MEATGRINDER”class 4-it’s a fairly
straight run down the center, avoiding holes
left and right. A few meters below here the Tama
Koshi River joins in the Sunkoshi from the left.
Few km below the confluence of the Likhu Khola
is a short, class 3 rapid “pre- Anxiety” and
this is followed by along class 4 rapid “High
Anxiety with a large hole on the left halfway
down and a series at the bottom. Float a while
and camp at Khurkot.
Day 02: On this day of our expedition we will
start with several classes 4+ and 5 rapids, so
we should prepare the hardest and most
interesting one, Harkapur 2 and 3, which should
be carefully scouted, which is in the top ten
rapids of the world. Camp at Harkapur.
Day 03: Some km below Harkpur, Dudhkoshi River
joins in the Sunkoshi from the left. Below here,
the river valley widens into an arid area of the
gravel and rocks. You meet exciting rapids
followed by “Jaws”-quite a long rapid with a
large rock on the bottom right that forms a huge
hole at certain levels. We camp out after jaws.
Day 04: On this day, you will encounter with
mostly 4+ rapids you go straight into good the
exciting rapid “rhino Rock “which is a grade 4+
followed by “Jungle Corridor” a kilometer of
continuous white water, at the end of these
rapids a series of water falls cascades in from
both banks and this is great place for a wash,
massage and recuperation.
Day 05, 06 & 07: Last few days are mainly wave
trains .If you are interested “try to upset the
raft and rescue with the help of the rope; you
can try Kayaking, swimming.” Our expedition
leader will teach you basic skills, which are
needed to maneuver the boat or learn Eskimo
roll. The last day of our expedition, brings you
to the last major rapid class 4+ “Big Dipper a
series of huge standing waves, an exciting
climax. A few km. later and mighty Arun river
enters from a gorge on the left, almost
immediately after wards, the Tamor River also
adds its water and the combined river becomes
the Sapta Koshi (Seven rivers). Then you float
along on the powerful current and then, rounding
a corner, a new suspension bridge swoops high
over the river and the hill dramatically gives
way to totally flat terai and the northern
plains of India, this is the end of a classic
and memorable river journey. We will finish our
trip at Chatara; pack the gear and then drive
back to Kathmandu, Royal Chit wan National Park
(The trip price will vary depending on the group size,
duration and services required. Please contact us via
our website with your details to obtain a quote.)
Transportation from / to Kathmandu by tourist bus as per
All International standard rafting equipment as
necessary (Such as self bailing rafts, helmets, life
jackets, kayaks, plastic paddles and spray jackets etc.)
Well-trained and highly experienced rafting guides,
cooks, and other helper staff.
Camping & Cooking equipment (tents, mattress & kitchen
3 times’ a day continental & Nepalese meals during the
rafting period (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Accommodation in 2 person capacity tent during the
All staffs salary, insurance, meals etc.
All necessary fees, Government/Local taxes, all national
park and conservation area fees. Tourist service charge,
Any type of personal expenditure such Alcoholic
beverages and drinks, phone, and laundry.
Food & accommodation cost incase of any natural accident
caused by weather.
Tips, Gratuities and expenditure.
Rescue & insurance such as travel, cancellation,
accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft
of or damage to baggage and personal effects. You are
advised to insure for it.