Bhote koshi rafting (#76 )

About this package

One of the most exhilarating short trips anywhere and an ideal introduction for new rafters. It has everything-stunning location, thrilling drops and unusual limestone formations.

It is a 3 hours bus ride from Kathmandu. The Bhote Koshi is with out a doubt the most action packed short white water run in Nepal. The river drops steeply offering relentless stretches of class III-IV white water. Boulder gardens, small waterfalls steep chutes and 90 degree bends are just some of the obstacles to be overcome. Like the Marsyangdi, this river is not typical of the big volume waters of the Himalaya; it is steep, technical and requires a reactive crew.

 

The fun doesn’t stop there at the end of an action packed day, relax in unspoiled surroundings on our private beach “Sukute Beach”, our private campsite on the scenic banks of the upper Sun Koshi river. Relax in your spacious safari style tent with a hammock or easy chair on your own porch overlooking the river. There’s a huge open thatched bar and dining room and we’re proud of our reputation for good food. There are proper toilets and showers and all surrounded by nearly an acre of garden with hundreds of fruit trees, shrubs and plants.

 

This is the place to mellow out! We guarantee that no one will try to sell you anything. Sunbath on our sandy beach, read a book in peace, sit and chat around a beach fire, play backgammon in the bar or just sit and look at the stars and listen to the sounds of the river.

 

DEPARTURE POINT:                KATHMANDU

RIVER START POINT:             KM 95

RIVER FINISH POINT:           SUKUTE BEACH ADVENTURE CAMP/ LAOSANGU DAM

RIVER GRADE:                         CLASS III-IV

TRAVEL TIME OUTWARD:     5 HOURS

RETURN TRAVEL TIME:          3 HOURS

 

ITINERARY:

 

We organize a pre-departure meeting the night before to answer questions and meet the team. Please meet at the sales office in Kathmandu

 

Day 01:

Meet at the sales office as per time arranged by your expedition leader at the pre- departure meeting. Then we travel by private bus to Sukute Beach resort, this is a spectacular drive through villages and if weather permits, you will have fantastic mountain vies i.e. Ganesh Himal, Langtang, etc. Upon arrival in the camp, the camp Manager will brief and assign you the room and then lunch will be served. After early lunch your expedition leader will deliver a safety talk and provide all paddling gear for the trip. Then we drive 22 km up to the starting point of the trip. First day provides about three and half hour of pure white water. After long series of class 3 rapids, we drop into the first class 4-drop known as Gerbil in the Plumbing. From here there is stretch of class 3 whitewater and then we come to the crux of the day that is long, technical rapid called Frog in a Blender. After this rapid we settle down for about twenty feet and then it’s back in the soup with a long series of class 3+/4 drops which lead us into a nifty little rapid called Carnal Knowledge of Deviant Nature. The remaining ten kilometers of river is a non-stop series of class and 4 drops terminating into short pools with the next drop just a few feet away. The river flows through a beautiful narrow canyon with lush green vegetation and waterfalls coming in from the steep stonewalls. At the bottom of this stretch is a rapid called Ex Lax. Just before we hit the village of Barabise we load all the boats onto our bas and drive back to the camp. Change your wet clothes, go for hot drinks, rum punch, enjoy the scenerary and late evening have buffet dinner.

 

Day 02:

 

Early morning, have hot drinks and breakfast then pack your gears, we drive back 22 Km up stream. You have the second chance to show how your raft team can work well together in challenging rapids. We have lunch on the river and continue the action until the take out point. We run the top stretch again in the morning, though most people don’t recognize. Today instead of getting at the Barabise we continue on down through the center of town and onto a short flat stretch. Upon reaching the dam, the entire gradient of the last kilometer fulminates into fifty meters of incredibly steep and technical rapid known as the The Great Wall. The Great Wall’s one redeeming feature is that there is a pool at the bottom, because right after the pool is an incredible rapid called Liquid Bliss, which leads directly into a rapid called Fake Right Go Left, which leads directly into another rapid called My God, What to do? The trip ends with a bang on a long series of drops known as Dazed and Confused. Without a doubt this is some of the fines whitewater rafting to be had anywhere. Our trip ends by mid-noon. Once you get there load up all the kits on bus, drive back about half an hour.

Day 1

Drive Kathmandu to Baseri, river put in point. Overnight at camp.

Day 2

Rafting continues up to Lamoshanghu Dam & drive to Kathmandu.

Health

There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal.

Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarials, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.

Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

Weather

Nepal has a generally temperate climate, however altitude makes distinct variations. The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid June to mid September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking and each has its own advantages.

Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.

Winter (December-February) It is cold and you will need to be prepared, but the air is very clear providing the best mountain views.

Spring (March-May) Days are increasingly warm and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.

Summer (June-August) The monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green and at higher elevations the alpine plants will bloom.

Autumn (September-November) The most pleasant trekking season where days are warm, but not hot; there is little chance of snow and skies are clear.

Waterproof bags for personal gear, Helmets / Life Jackets / Paddles, Transportation / Food, Kayak & Safety Kayak, Camping and Cooking equipment, Waterproof barrel for camera and other valuable things, First aid kit

Bar Bill, Personal Expenses Private Transportation etc.

2 DAYS EXCLUDING FLIGHTS



Highlights

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: Accommodation in Kathmandu is on a twin share basis with private facilities.
: No meals are included. In Kathmandu restaurants of every style and price-range abound.
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: Tourist Bus
: Rafting and camping
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winter (December – February)
autumn (September – November)
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: Rafting
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