SUNKOSHI RIVER RAFTING

Description:

The Sun Koshi ‘River of Gold’ has been rated as one of the top ten 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 270km 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. This river is a BIG volume HIGH adrenaline expedition! Himalaya Family Adventure organizes Karnali River Rafting.

Trip Highlights:

Departure Point Kathmandu
River Start Point Dolalghat
River Finish Point Chattara
Outward Travel Time 3 Hours
River Grade IV-V
Return Travel Time 14 Hrs.
Group Size 4-12 people

Itinerary:

Day 01: Morning at 7 am meet in Ktm. office - store baggage and finalise plans a quick breakfast then we drive to Dolalghat the put-in-point of Sun Kosi. The drive is beautiful. In clear weather you will have a magnificent view of the Himalayan Ranges. Upon arrival at Dolalghat we unload the gear - lunch will be served and a full safety briefing will be given by your expedition leader. The first and second days are easy paddling. The big one you will encounter today is a class 4+ rapid "Rotten Cave". We will choose our beach campsite, where dinner will be served amidst the splendor of the star-filled sky.

Day 02: 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 Kosi River joins the Sun Kosi on the left with a beach on the confluence. There is another beautiful Shiva temple overlooking the two rivers. We will camp here.

Day 03: 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.

Day 04: 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 ‘Harkapur 2 and 3 the hardest rapid on the river which should be carefully scouted. Camp

Day 05: Some kms below Harkapur, Dudh Kosi River joins the Sun Kosi 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

Day 06: Today is a hard day as you will be encounter most of the grade 4+ rapids - you are straight into good exciting rapid "Rhino Rock" which is a grade 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

Day 07: 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

Day 08: The last stretch of river which brings you to the last class 4+ ‘Big Dipper’ is a series of huge standing waves. A few kilometer later Big Arun and Tamur rivers joins together to form the Sapta Kosi. 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.

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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