BHOTEKOSHI RIVER RAFTING

Description:

It's a 3 hours bus ride from Kathmandu.  The Bhote Kosi is without 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 Himalayan; it is steep and 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 the beach. Himalaya Family Adventure organize Bhote Koshi River Rafting.

Trip Highlights:

Departure Point            Kathmandu
River Start Point          Near Barabise
River Finish Point         Lamosangu Dam
Outward Travel Time    5 Hours
River Grade               III - IV
Return Travel Time   3 Hrs.
Group Size               2-20 People

Itinerary:

Day 01: Meet at the office as per time arranged by your expedition leader at the pre-departure meeting. Then we travel by our private bus to the river starting point of the trip. This is a spectacular drive through villages and if weather permits, you will have Fantastic Mountain views i.e. Ganesh Himal, Langtang etc. Upon arrival in the camp lunch will be served.   After early lunch your expedition leader will deliver a safety talk and provide all paddling gear for the trip. First day rafting provides about three and half hour of pure white water. After a long series of class 3 rapids we drop into the first class 4 drop known as Gerbil in the Plumbing.  From here there is a stretch of class 3 whitewater and then we come to the crux of the day, which is a long, technical rapid called 'Frog in a Blender'. After this rapid we settle down for about twenty feet, and then it’s back into the soup with a long series of class 3+/4- drops which lead us into a nifty little rapid called Carnal Knowledge of a Deviant Nature.  The remaining ten kilometers of river is a non-stop series of class 3 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 stone walls.  At the bottom of this stretch is a rapid called ExLax.  Just before we hit the village of Barabise we load all the boats onto our bus and drive back to our camp, change your wet clothes, enjoy the scenery and late evening have dinner and camp. Hot drinks, rum punch, enjoy the scenery.

Day 02: Early morning, have hot drinks and breakfast then pack your gears. 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 it the second time through. Today instead of getting out at 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 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 finest whitewater rafting to be had anywhere. Our trip ends by mid-noon. Once you get their load up all the kits on bus, drive back to Ktm.

Safety for Rafting

Of course when rafting especially during the high water, your safety is our main concern. Prior to going on the water, our guides will give you a complete safety talk and demonstration of how to deal with any situation that might occur whilst on the river. Of course you will be supplied with and required to wear a helmet and life jacket at all times. Our guides make the trip fun for you but at the same time they don’t take unnecessary risks. Though on some rivers we run high class rapids, they all within the limits of our guides. Our guides all highly qualified and experienced allowing them to give you the thrills of the river in safety. Of course there are occasions when accidents do happen, that’s why our guides have full first aid training and know how to handle such situations. Safety comes first in everything we do.

Cost includes

All rafting equipments with guide, full meals while you are on the river, round trip transportation by tourist vehicle and river permit, Meals, Western and continental food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during your rafting trip, River Permit, Necessary equipment as high quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits   (only during the winter) on certain rivers, dry bag for gear, camera barrels and all safety and  medical   equipment, Safety Kayak, Necessary Staffs (Guide, Helpers, Cook etc), Tented accommodation in beautiful river beach with camp fire, insurance for all staff and their transportation, Expedition elements include professional guides and leadership, First aid kid box.

Equipments

We basically follow the suggestions allocated by the lonely planet guide book providing you with high quality equipment such as a self bailing raft, American Cup life jackets, white water helmets, Carlisle paddles, advance rescue Kayaks, 100 percent water proof barrels, dry bags, first aid kit, two person tent, dry jacket, sleeping bags, mattress, and professional raft guide (well trained on emergency medical technical & River safety)

Food

We are always conscious of serving hygienic western/continental meals. Our chefs are Knowledgeable in Nepalese and international cuisines. The vegetables are iodine treated.

The Guide

All our guides are skilled outdoorsmen, superb chefs and great companions. Our guides are trained at international standards and have spent several years rowing for leading raft companies.

Necessary Items to Bring   

T-Shirt, Sun Hat/Cap, Sandal, Shocks, Warm Fleece Jacket, Warm Shirts, Good Sleeping Bag, Sun Block Cream, Special Medications, Long Trousers, Towel, Dry Shoes, Shorts, Sunglass, Water bottle, Swimsuit, Toiletries, Torchlight.

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