The Sun Koshi “River of Gold” has been rated as one of the top tem rafting trips in the world! It is also in the list of ‘must do while in Nepal’. The river rises near Shisha Pangma in Tibet and runs eastwards, draining the highest mountains of the world before emerging on the plains of India, where it joins the Ganges. Our journey takes us 270 km through some of Nepal’s most remote regions giving you a unique wilderness experience. The first two days are relatively easy and allow time to train you as a team before the bigger rapids arrive. The rapids have acquired names like Meat Grinder, High Anxiety, Jaws and Big Dipper from previous experiences on expeditions. Say no more! The calmer stretches between rapids give you time to take in the phenomenal views, swim (voluntarily) in warm water and camp on white sandy beaches. The river is BIG volume HIGH adrenaline expedition!!!
DEPARTURE POINT: KATHMANDU
RIVER START POINT: DOLALGHAT
RIVER FINISH POINT: CHAATRA
OUTWARD TRAVEL TIME: 3 HOURS
RIVER GRADE: CLASS IV-V
RETURN TRAVEL TIME: 14 HOURS
Pre-departure meeting at the sales office in Kathmandu at 6pm the night before to clear any questions over rum and coke.
Morning at 7am meet at Equator Sales Office- store baggage and finalize plans a quick breakfast then we drive Sukute Beach Adventure Camp. Lunch break- after lunch your expedition leader will deliver a safety talk and provide all paddling gear for the trip. Then we drive about 9 km up stream to Khadi Chaur the starting point of the trip. This is very good class 3 white water section excellent for first time rafter for warm up. Also this section provides you with beautiful scenery. After couple of hours paddling down we will reach our resort. The change your wet clothes, go for hot drinks, rum punch, enjoy the scenery and late evening have buffet dinner. Have fun and chill out.
Have breakfast pack up the gear and start rolling down the river. Today you will encounter a big class 4+ rapid “Meat grinder”. It is fairly straight run down the center avoiding holes left and right. A few meters below here the Tamba Koshi joins the Sunkoshi on the left with a beach on the confluence. There is another beautiful Shiva temple overlooking the two rivers. We camp here.
Today a few kms below the confluence of the Likhu Khola is a short, class 3+ rapid “ Pre Anxiety” soon followed by a long class 4 rapid ‘ High Anxiety’ with a large hole on the left halfway down and a series of holes at the bottom. Float a while and then camp.
This day starts with several class 3+ rapids then a quick stop for buying food and maybe beer. Then prepare for a big and interesting one ‘Hakapur 2 and 3 the hardest rapid on the river which should be carefully scouted. Camp
Some kms below Hakapur, Dudh Koshi joins the Sun Koshi from the left. Below here the river widens into an arid area of gravel. You meet some small rapids and will teach you into another aptly named rapid ‘Jaws’. Camp
Today is a hard day, as you will be encountering most of the grade 4+ rapids. You are straight into good exciting rapid ‘Rhino Rock’, which is, graded 4+ followed by ‘Jungle Corridor’ a kilometer of continuous white water. Waterfalls cascade on both sides of the river. One waterfall makes a great spot for a team shower. Camp
Last few days are mainly wave trains if you are interested you can try kayaking where our experts will teach you the basic skills needed to maneuver the boats or learn the Eskimo roll. Camp
The last stretch of river, which brings you to the last class 4+ ‘Big Dipper’, is a series of huge standing waves. A few kms later Big Arun and Tamur joins together to form the Sapta Koshi. Then you float along on the powerful current, the hills dramatically give 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 around 2 pm pack the gear and then drive back to Kathmandu around 4 pm from Chattra. This takes around 13/14 hours.
FOR THE 9 AND 10 DAY EXPEDITIONS YOU FOLLOW THE SAME ROUTE AS ABOVE AND START AND FINISH AT THE SAME TIMES ON THE FIRST AND LAST DAYS. THERE IS AN EXTRA DAY ON THE 9TH DAY EXPEDITION TO ALLOW FOR THE FLUCTUATIONS IN THE SPEED OF THE WATER. IF THE WATER IS STILL FLOWING FAST, YOU CAN ENJOY A REST DAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TRIP TO RELAX, PLAY VOLLEYBALL OR GO FOR A WALK. THE 10TH DAY EXPEDITION GIVES THE EXTRA DAY RAFTING TO ALLOW FOR A SLIGHTLY LOWER FLOW OF WATER AND A REST DAY.
Drive from Kathmandu to Dolalghat and start rafting upto Dovantar. Overnight camp.
Continue Rafting to Tribeni. Overnight camp.
Continue Rafting to Likhu village. Overnight camp.
Continue Rafting to Rai Ghat. Overnight camp.
Continue Rafting to Ranitar. Overnight camp.
Continue Rafting to Barhachhetra. Overnight camp.
Continue Rafting to Tribeni. Overnight camp.
Continue Rafting to Chatara & drive back to Kathmandu.
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).
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
Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry, Bar Bill, Private Transportation etc.
|:||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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winter (December – February)
summer (March – May)
summer (June – August)
autumn (September – September)