Rafting In Nepal

4th January 2012

Happy New Year. Welcome to what is for sure to be another excellent year on the world’s best rivers. Seeing a massive resurgence in interest for 2012, are the rivers of the Kingdom Of Nepal. Rivers fed from the most famous mountain range in the world, most people seem to think it will be really cold! Not so! At the same latitude as Florida in the USA, make the camping divine and the water warm! We offer what we think in our 20 years experience in Nepal, are the best 3 expedition trips on offer.

The Karnali:
This classic trip in the wild west of Nepal offers an insight into the “real Nepal” with remote villages, spectacular beaches and some of the best rapids on offer anywhere in the world. With classic whitewater such as Jailhouse Rock, Godshouse, Sweetness and Light, Flip and Strip, Freighttrain to name just a few. We have been lucky enough on occasion too, to get plenty of wildlife viewing on the river, including monkeys, mugger crocodiles and the elusive leopard. It is also a wonderful way to conclude your river trip, by spending a few days in Bardia National Park riding elephants, checking out rhino and hoping to see a tiger before flying back to Kathamndu.

Rafting Karnali

Stan running Juicer on The Karnali

The Tamur:
This is a favourite trip amongst guides and clients alike, as it offers all of the best of what Nepal has to offer. Great hiking and trekking, stunning views and excellent rafting. This trip is in the east of Nepal and starts with a hike to the river for 4 days along with 100 or so porters who carry all of our gear including food, so we walk as fast as they do! Once at the river in Dobhan, we are treated to world class whitewater, olympic sized beaches before it emerges onto the Sun Kosi 6 days later. If you want a trip exploring one of the most amazing places in Nepal, this is your trip!

Enjoying an Ice Cold beer on the beach after a day on the water

The Sun Kosi:
A “classic river trip” which has developed over the years, but still delivers excellent whitewater and amazing and remote beaches in the lower part of the 270 km of this epic river journey. You’ll be treated to wonderful people on the full length of this trip. The river gains in power steadily as large tributarys join the river from its variety of sources in Tibet and even from Mt Everest. The river is punctuated with incredible beaches to camp on, as well as gorgeous waterfalls in which to take a wash at the end of the day.

Waterfall on Sun Kosi

Anke taking a dip under a Waterfall on the Sun Kosi

Add to all of this, the great food on offer, wonderful people, make this an ideal destination for your next rafting holiday!

by Hamish McMaster

Hamish McMaster is the Water By Nature owner. He has spent the past 25 years exploring and playing on the world's great rivers. He still loves nothing more than getting out there and sharing adventures.


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