Steve Hammond , our charming Englishman, answers a few questions in between his busy schedule in Nepal. Tell us why you like guiding for Water By Nature? Morocco, Zambezi ,Turkey and Nepal! What amazing places to have your work!! It still blows me away that i get to go to all these amazing countries and get paid for it. Living the dream! This is a very hard question to answer in such few words, but the people , culture, the remoteness of the rivers, the diversity of each and every country and of course the epic rafting and kayaking. I’m in a job that I love and try to excel myself on each and every trip! It’s an amazing opportunity that i grasp with both hands. Best moment on a river trip? OK an easy one!! I met my wonderful fiancee Stacey on the Mighty Zambezi. That trip was epic ! Favorite guides to work with and why? I have had the opportunity to work with amazing people from all different walks of life. The experience and humor of working with my boss, Hamish is always mega-fun. Lovemore’s singing and happiness, always a joy to run rivers with him. Stan’s … Continue reading
With the onset of so much development and roads on the Sun Kosi River, we have decided to set our focus more on sending clients to the Karnali and Tamur rivers, allowing our guests to get remote and disconnect, in a familiar theme with many of our other destinations such as the Grand Canyon and the Zambezi. The Karnali River is in the “wild west” of Nepal and offers some of the best rapids in the world, stunning beaches and the opportunity to view wildlife at close range. Mugger crocodiles and even leopards have been spotted on previous trips. It is world class rapids such as “Godshouse” Flip and Strip, Juicer, Freight Train and Sweetness & Light most people go for. BIG WARM WATER! No, it is not cold Himalayas. At the same latitude as Florida, experience sun drenched beaches and gorgeous waterfalls on your journey. Many guests take the opportunity after the trip for a few days exploring Bardia National Park, Nepal, premier wildlife sanctuary with it’s elephants, rhino’s and the rare Bengal tiger. Slip away for a few days relaxation at this stunning park before traveling back to Kathmandu and the vibrancy that engulfs this special city.
With so many trips vying for our attention, adventure travel can pose a major dilemma on which destination to choose to travel to a destination, just that little bit different. Nepal is that destination and the Tamur is that trip. The Tamur is one of the tributaries of the famed Sun Kosi river that is fed from Mt Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. The adventure of any trip to Nepal, begins in Kathmandu, that most fascinating of cities, with its sacred cows sleeping in the middle of roads, rickshaws transporting people around this vibrant town and the bright lights and great restaurants of Thamel. Boarding our aircraft, we fly to the east of Nepal where you’ll get stunning views of the world’s highest peak. Our adventure takes on a whole new meaning as we hike for 4 days with our team of 100 porters, who carry everything for our expedition through traditional villages overlooking stunning Himalayan Peaks. At Dobhan, where we start the river portion of the journey, we are met by some of the most challenging whitewater in this Himalayan country. With more than 130 Grade 3-4+ rapids over the 120 kilometre duration of this trip, … Continue reading
Having immersed yourself in your rafting holiday, who might be there to capture YOUR memories for you? An integral part of any river trip (numbers permitting) is to have a video kayaker along, whose sole purpose is to capture trip memories for you in the form of still photographs and a 30-45 minute DVD of your trip for you to show your family and friends on your return! Just think, when they are just starting to get bored of all of your stories, you can show them, just how much fun it is on a river trip! With the onset of many inexpensive and excellent quality waterproof cameras, many of our trips also have Go-Pro cameras offering HD quality photos and video from the front of the raft facing back at the crew, or alternatively, some other great views can be obtained putting the camera on the guides helmet at the back of the raft. In addition, we take small waterproof pelican cases so you’ll have the opportunity to capture your own special images on the trip. Just remember, if there is something that might make the DVD amazing for you, ask the cameraman to grab that shot for you. … Continue reading
Many peoples initial impression when you tell them about whitewater rafting in the Nepal is that it will be really cold! Not so. The Sun Kosi rafting holiday, offers warm whitewater rafting many hundreds of kilometers after it tumbles off the Himalayan peaks. This 270 km 10 day journey is best to tackle after the heavy monsoon rains have stopped and returned the huge beaches again to pristine condition. The drive to the start of the trip near Dolalghat offers stunning Himalayan vistas, something we don’t see again until the spectacular flight back to Kathmandu. The upper Sun Kosi has become more developed over the years with roads being put in, a bungy jump site, however the lower reaches of the Sun Kosi still provide a wonderful escape through the aptly named jungle corridor. Rapids you’ll raft on the Sun Kosi include High Anxiety, Jaws, Rhino Rock, Big Dipper and Harkapur. Rapids vary in length and grade, but offer a wonderful challenge to even the most experienced rafter. The trip can easily be extended with a trip into the nearby Chitwan National Park for an opportunity to see rhino, elephants, mugger crocodiles and the elusive tiger. A raft trip on … Continue reading
It’s time to head south for the winter! If those autumn mornings are starting to feel a little chilly, then why not prolong winter just that little bit longer with a trip to the Zambezi River, Nepal or Patagonia. With Zambia reaches temperatures of 40 degrees celsius at this time of the year, it’s the place to be. The Zambezi river based out of Livingstone, Zambia is one of the top river trips in the world. With options for 4 and seven day trips on this wonderful river, you’ll not only experience the big warm water rapids, but the stunning beaches and wildlife and incredible food and guides. Our teams have local and international experience un-matched by any other company on the Zambezi. Compliment your trip with a few days game viewing in Botswana or if you prefer, then why not bungy, canoe or take a swim in the Angels Armchair on the edge of the Victoria Falls. Although it is now past the optimum time to raft the Sun Kosi (this is best late September) but still fantastic to raft either the Karnali River or the Tamur. Both are more expeditionary type trips is the west and east of … Continue reading
Water By Nature are proud to announce 2 amazing new trips for 2010. Nepal and Zambia have been two of our more popular destinations for clients, so it made sense to offer more choice for our customers. In Nepal, we have chosen a wonderful introduction to expeditionary river trips, on the Karnali River in Western Nepal. Despite the trip starting and finishing in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, travelers will get the chance to explore Nepal’s Wild West. On the river, you’ll experience some wonderful jungle, big water rapids and spectacular beaches. The lower reaches have incredible wildlife such as mugger crocodiles and large catfish. You may even like to try your hand at fishing for dinner! But don’t worry, we’ll feed you wonderful cuisine along the way. Our new trip for the Zambezi features a choice of activities after a four day river trip, rafting the best rapids on the Zambezi River. This trip was made famous in 2008 when we took Jack Osbourne and Elijah Wood on the ITV Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie series. Just like them, we’ll fly you back in style to Livingstone after the rafting trip to a wonderful hotel on the banks of the river. … Continue reading