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SunKoshi River Rafting

Trip Overview

Sunkoshi River Rafting is one of the world's top 10 rafting trips. Big rapids, warm water, no roads or towns, stunning scenery, and fantastic campsites make the Sunkoshi White Water Rafting/Kayaking a class multi-day river adventure.

Sunkoshi means 'River of Gold', either referring to the gold that is occasionally sorted from the river gravels, or the orange tint of the water during the monsoon when it is thick with alluvial silt. The Sunkoshi flows eastward in a lovely valley nestled between the Mahabharat and Himalayan ranges. The origins of Sunkoshi may be traced back to Tibet, China's autonomous region.

The river flows through a densely forested area that is home to a diverse range of species. During the rafting journey, you can witness a variety of birds, monkeys, and even leopards. Gharial crocodiles, which primarily consume fish, can also be found in the river. The river has turbulent waves and a high volume of water, and eventually prepares rafters for the major rapids by introducing them to softer Class II and Class III rapids first. Sunkoshi River Rafting becomes increasingly difficult as the day progresses, culminating in some thrilling rides through high water. During the rafting journey different rapids such as Punch& Judy, Black Hole, Big Dipper, High Anxiety, Meat Grinder, Rhino Rock, and Dead Man Eddy can be experienced. Rafting on the Sunkoshi River is a thrilling experience. One of the camping locations is near a fascinating confluence of three of Nepal's major rivers i.e., Sunkoshi, Arun, and Tamur. The rafting trip begins from the Dolalghat, however, it is also possible from Dumjabesi, and ends in Chatara.

Facts about Rafting

Difficulty: Class IV – V

Start Point: Dolalghat

Final Point: Chatara

Best Season: September to October, May

Total Rafting Days: 09 Days


Upon your arrival in Kathmandu International Airport, you will get warm welcome from our representative and you will be transferred to the hotel where you will have some rest after the long travel. After some rest at hotel, you will be taken for short tour of Thamel where you will find some fine dining restaurants, ATMs, Money changers, shops and many more. After the tour we will take you to our office for the trip briefing meeting. Later you will be transferred to the hotel for overnight.

If any delay today, the briefing session will be scheduled next day.

Today we will be going for the exploration tour around Kathmandu. After breakfast, we will start our tour and we will be exploring Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa.

Pashupatinath Temple is a famous Hindu Temple located at the bank of Bagmati river. The temple is enlisted as the UNESCO’s World Heritage site and lots of Hindu followers from all over the world visit to the temple premises every year. During your exploration around the temple, you will also get to see the cremation procedure of Hindu dead people at the bank of Bagmati.

Bouddhanath Stupa is another UNESCO World Heritage Site stupa built on Mahayana philosophy. The stupa has four pairs of eyes that are directed towards all four directions. The site is peaceful, and you can get to see the intermixed Tibetan and Sherpa root culture around the site.

After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel, and you will have your overnight at the hotel.

Our trip starts from Kathmandu as we will pick you from your hotel and start our drive towards Dolalghat from where the rafting starts. Upon reaching Dolalghat, you will be given short briefing of the rafting and we will start our rafting. We will pass through some local villages, and some rapids on the way. When we reach Dovantar, the camp will be ready for overnight today.

After morning breakfast at the camp, we will be ready with our gears and start our adventurous raft. After some rafting, we will be reaching to the confluence of Tamakoshi and Sunkoshi. We will be stopping for lunch on the way from where we will be exploring around the area. After lunch, we will again start our rafting and will be passing through some rapids, and we will make our stop at Tribeni. Overnight at tented camp at Tribeni.

We will start our rafting after breakfast at our camp. We will be passing through the bat cave where the rapids of the river are serious, and you will be surprised by them. After the awesome and adventurous time on raft, we will stop for lunch which will be prepared by our staff. Now, we will continue the rafting until Likhu Khola. We will spend our overnight at the tented camp at Likhu Khola.

From today the environment start to change as the canyon starts to get narrower and we will see increment in the vegetation. After some time of raft, we will be facing medium sized rapids and after some kilometer we will be passing through class IV rapids. We will have lunch and we will start our rafting and we will end our day at campsite near Harkapur village. Overnight at tented camp at Harkapur.

Today we will be encountering the biggest rapids and we will get the early signs of it as we will feel the speed pick up by the river. You will feel great adventure on the rapid. After one and half hour rafting, we will be at the confluence of Dunkoshi and Dudhkoshi river. We will continue our raft from here passing through some small rapids and we will spend our overnight at the tented camp at Rasuwa Ghat.

Today we will have lots of thrill as we will be following the small rapids which will get progressively bigger and longer. It will be fun at the small rapids too and we will also encounter the Rhino rock rapid today and jungle corridor rapids. After the rapids we will stops at our campsite near Rasuwa Khola and overnight at the tented camp.

Today, we will raft through narrow opening thick forest area, and we will have opportunity to shower under some waterfalls. We will be camping near the waterfall which falls from the height of hundred feet for the overnight today.

Today, we will be passing through the series of standing waves with holes in it. These rapids must be tackled properly which will be quite adventurous. Soon after leaving the rapid water will ease out and the float will be easy. We will reach to the confluence point of Arun River, Tamur River and Sunkoshi which will be our camping site for today. Overnight at tented camp.

Today is the last day of rafting and when you reach Chatara the rafting ends. You can make a visit to famous Hindu temple Barahi at Chatara. After the exploration of temple, you will drive to Biratnagar and check into the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, our representative will transfer you to the hotel and you can have proper rest after the long trip. You can also go for short strolling around the Thamel in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast we will take you to Kathmandu city tour as the city is full historical, spiritual, and cultural attractions. We will visit to Ason, Kilagal, Oldest market of New Road, Hidden Stupas, and Glass bead market of Indrachowk. We will visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which was administrative quarter of Malla Kings and Shah Kings who ruled until 2008. Here, we will get to visit to the temple of living goddess “Kumari”. After touring we will return to the hotel and overnight at hotel.
Today we will bid our final farewell and you will be transferred to the airport three hours before the scheduled flight.

What is Included?

    • Bus transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Accommodation in the tented camp
    • Meals during the rafting trip
    • Necessary rafting equipment and safety gear
    • guide and other staffs as per requirements
    • First aid kit box
    • Safety Kayak
    • Service fees and government taxes

What is Excluded?

    • Nepal visa
    • All sort of bar bills
    • Personal expense
    • Insurance
    • Meals in Kathmandu
    • Others not mentioned in inclusion

Equipment Checklist

The list details the required items to be brought during the rafting journey.

  1. Valid passport with 2 copies
  2. Extra passport sized photographs
  3. Shorts and half pants
  4. T-shirts
  5. Sun-block
  6. Sunglasses
  7. Lip-guard
  8. Warm clothes or fleece lining to wear in the evening after rafting
  9. Towel
  10. Toiletry kit
  11. First Aid Kit Box
  12. Comfortable sandals and shoes
  13. Extra cash for personal use and for tips to show your gratitude to your guide, driver (Tips are not mandatory but expected)
  14. Water Bottle
  15. Liquid Hand Sanitizer and Liquid Hand Wash


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