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Duration
12 days
Cost
£2295
Arrival Airport
Kathmandu (KTM)
Grade
river grade
Air Temp
30°C (86F)
Water Temp
19°C (66F)
Camping
8 nights
Hotel
3 nights

Overview


Gathering strength from tributaries draining the highest mountains in the world the white water on the Sun Kosi is Biblical, even expedition-size rafts disappear into the vastness of crashing waves and rolling, boiling water. After the monsoon the river is high and wild, and definitely not for the faint-hearted. Whipped, foamy white water where narrow gorges constrict the river’s flow, the rapids here are long and powerful. The warm waters of the Sun Kosi surge, snake and wind for 270 km to the east of Nepal. While the lower sections of large volume rivers are usually rather flat, the Sun Kosi reserves some of its biggest and best rapids for the last days. At the right flow it’s an incredible combination of white water, scenery, villages, and truly quiet and introspective evenings on huge sandy beaches along what many people consider to be one of the world’s 10 classic river journeys.
Other trips similar to this you may be interested in, are our Karnali River trip and our Tamur Adventure.

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Destination Map & Video


What you will be up to


1

You’ll arrive into Kathmandu, be met by your Water By Nature Expedition Leader and have some time to explore this great city.

Not included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

2

Explore Kathmandu, the worlds largest outdoor museum. Walk or take a rickshaw around the temples, stupas or shops or take in a coffee and an amazing view of the Himalayas from a terrace coffee shop. We hold our pre departure meeting this evening.

Included: Breakfast

3

We will be taken to our bus from the hotel my the novel means of transport, rickshaws. We drive to the river taking in stunning views of Everest on a clear day. We give you safety and paddle instructions and start off our 270 km journey.

Included: All meals

4 - 10

Rafting the Sun Kosi at these levels is amazing! We run fantastic rapids such as High Anxiety, Harkapur, and Jaws. It isn’t just the river, we leave roads behind, and travel 270 km, camping on expansive beaches, washing in a gorgeous waterfall, or visiting the many temples dotted along this river.

Included: All meals

11

The best finish to any river trip we do… Big Dipper! We drive to Biratnagar and fly back to Kathmandu. We have a celebration post trip meal together at one of the many great restaurants on offer.

Included: Breakfast & lunch

12

After breakfast we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Included: Breakfast

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UK +44 1226 740 444

USA +1 303 261 8896

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Dates & Prices


DatesDuration
Saturday 22 May 2021 - Wednesday 2 June 202112 days£2295€2495$3195
Saturday 25 September 2021 - Wednesday 6 October 202112 days£2295€2495$3195

Flights to Kathmandu, Nepal

In order to give you increased flexibility for your holiday please call our UK or US office’s for advice on who to book your flights with. Alternatively, why not use your frequent flyer miles for your adventure. Many airlines offer flights to Kathmandu, such as Qatar Airways in the UK or search TravelSupermarket.com for your best flight options. Alternatively we have teamed up with GYT who can provide you with a competitive flight quote by filling out this form on the Water By Nature website. Please ensure you DO NOT book your flights until your trip is CONFIRMED.
We have price and departure information about the following trips in Nepal (river prices only – flights not included). The dossier includes more information regarding the extension to Chitwan National Park. This can be booked during the online checkout.

In order to secure your place pay your deposit  of £600 per person (USD$750 for U.S. customers). See our Terms & Conditions for full payment terms.

Please note that prices shown in GBP & USD are payable. UK residents should pay in GBP and USA residents should pay in USD.

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What you should bring


We find most of our clients have in their posession already what is needed for a river rafting journey. We have broken down here the items into what you’ll need on the river and in camp. We also suggest you take a quick look at the video on How To Pack A Dry Bag. An equipment list of what you will require for your adventure will be sent to you prior to your departure along with a Water By Nature Travel Bag.

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Current COVID Travel Status To Nepal


Travelling from the US

Nepal is open to travellers from the US

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
  • The government announced that the issuance of tourist entry visas from Nepali diplomatic missions abroad have resumed. https://www.immigration.gov.np/
  • Unless noted below, all foreigners should obtain a tourist entry visa from a Nepali diplomatic mission abroad or obtain a pre-approval /recommendation from the concerned ministry for ensuring their on-arrival visa. For more information, please contact the Embassy of Nepal in Washington, D.C. (https://us.nepalembassy.gov.np/)
  • All tourists entering Nepal must possess the following documents: 1) PCR negative report taken before 72 hours of boarding OR document showing complete vaccination against COVID-19; 2) Visa to Nepal OR recommendation letter from the Department of Tourism or Nepal Tourism Board to participate in tourism activities within Nepal; 3) Hotel booking confirmation or guarantee of accommodation; 4) Proof of Travel Insurance which covers emergency search, rescue, treatment, among others, for the duration of their travel; and 5) Barcode generated from the online application of the Online International Travel Arrival Form. See ARMS-DIMS (ccmc.gov.np)
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.  Negative results from a PCR test obtained within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin are required for entry.  Children under 5 are exempt from this requirement.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.  Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry, and generally consist of temperature checks and a spray disinfecting area.

 Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Not currently, but restrictions remain possible in many locations.  Check local conditions before travelling.

 Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes, all travelers must quarantine until they receive a negative PCR test result immediately after arrival.
  • Newly arrived travelers must do a PCR test immediately upon arrival in coordination with their concerned Agency or Association (at their own cost).
  • If the result is negative, the tourist may continue with their itinerary.
  • If the result is positive, the tourist must remain in hotel quarantine until result reads negative.
  • All travelers may be subject to random checks.

 Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
  • Domestic flights have resumed, including full seating capacity. Each flight will operate under strict COVID mitigation measures.
  • Additional information on flights is available through the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. CAAN – Home (caanepal.gov.np)

ALWAYS CHECK WITH US BEFORE BOOKING FLIGHTS

Updated 22 April 2021

Travelling from the UK

Currently you are unable to travel abroad for a holiday according the UK Government’s ‘Roadmap’ however we expect Nepal to come out of these restrictions 17 May 2021 . Contact us for more details or check https://www.gov.uk/world/nepal

Entry to Nepal

The Government of Nepal has placed conditions on entry for passengers originating from the UK. Those seeking to enter Nepal are required to present certain documentation:

  • a certificate showing a negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test, taken within 72 hours of flight of first departure or a complete vaccination against COVID-19
  • a visa or prior approval document
  • a hotel booking that allows at least ten days’ quarantine in Nepal (if not vaccinated)
  • a travel insurance document which covers health, immediate crisis, or rescue for the duration of your travel

The Department of Immigration has fuller information.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

Travelling from elsewhere then contact us to find out the latest.

Sun Kosi River rafting reviews


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Sun Kosi September 2019

Rated 5 out of 5
14th October 2019

This was my second WBN trip and certainly won’t be my last. All aspects of the trip were professionally handled by the staff, from the initial organisation through to our experience on the river.
Kathmandu is a frantic, fascinating place and it is worth taking a couple of days to get orientated when you arrive. Josh met us at the airport and settled us into the Kathmandu Guest House which is very comfortable and its garden a tranquil oasis amidst the hustle and bustle. It’s really well situated in the city to be able to wander out and absorb your surroundings before you set off rafting.
The initial drive to the putting-in point is a few hours, but serves as an introduction to the more rural parts of Nepal. The initial night at the Rafting Star camp was in tents already set up, but thereafter the evenings were spent camped on beaches at the side of the river. Other than a few curious locals, these camps were like your own exclusive resort . This was only enhanced with a fantastic standard of food with each day being different. I’ve no idea how the guides produced such great meals each evening from a small camp kitchen, but each meal was delicious.
On the river we had a great time with the river running really fast post-monsoon which made some of the rapids very entertaining! We had great fun whilst at all times feeling that safety was being prioritised.
Huge thanks go to the staff – Josh, Dinesh, Bir, Ishor & Sujan for both their skills on the river and their talents in the kitchen. Additionally, they are just great company and did everything to ensure at all times that we were enjoying the trip.
If your idea of a holiday is time spent by a pool with a flushing toilet and a place to plug your hair dryer in then this may not be for you but if you want adventure, excitement , fun company and have as much as great food as you can eat then I’d recommend you give WBN a go.

Keith McDonald

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