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Trip Type:
Hotel / Lodge

Grade:
Moderate

Altitude:
620 m

Transportation:
private car and van

Group Size:
1+

Best Season:
spring and autumn
  • Overview
  • Itinerary

The Sunkoshi river rises near Tibet and is joined by the Bhoti Kosi just downstream from Barbesi. Most rafting trips start at Dolaghat. The Sunkoshi flows eastwards in Nepal through the great valley between the Mahabharat Lekh range and the Himalayas. A nice thing about the Sunkoshi is that the general standard of the river gets progressively harder as you descend it so there is time to practice your skills on easy water before the more interesting, bigger and continuous rapids lower down the river.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Dolaghat and rafting to Dovantar and camp here.

Day 02: Rafting to Tribeni and camp here.

Day 03: Rafting to Likhu village and camp here.

Day 04: Rafting to Rai Ghat and camp here.

Day 05: Rafting to Ranitar and camp here.

Day 06: Rafting to Barhachhetra and camp here.

Day 07: Rafting to Tribeni and camp here.

Day 08: Rafting to Chatar and then drive or fly back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary 03

Day 01: Early morning drive to Balephi (65 Km), Start rafting from Balephi & Raft up to Dolalghat

Early in the morning you drive along a 65 km route for 3 hours to get to Balephi, our raft put in point. After arriving at Balephi, lunch is served. Prior to rafting, all the concerned details are thoroughly briefed out and you after being equipped with the appropriate gear you venture into your rafting journey piloted by an expert river guide. Paddling along the rhythm of river amid the picturesque landscape, exquisite wilderness and panorama of majestic hills, you head towards Dolalghat. After reaching Dolalghat, you witness terraced fields and traditional Nepali houses perched on the hillsides and slopes. This glorious adventure concludes for the day with camping at a superb site in Dolalghat.

Day 02-05: Raft from Dolalghat to Pucharghat.

You continue rafting against thrashing rapids. By the time this exhilarating river ride meanders against class IV ‘No exit’ and ‘Meatgrinder’ rapids towards Pucharghat, it becomes much easier to control the fast-paced whitewater run. Pristine Tamang villages zoom into picture. Eventually, after hours of succumbing to unparallel rafting challenges you camp at Pucharghat.

Day 06: Raft from Pucharghat to Dhani Ghat.

As the rafting trip advances further, you get more familiarized with the topology of the Sunkoshi river. Besides rendezvous with exhilarating scenic rapids, breathtaking scenery and ethno-cultural heritages are the other attractive prospects that make your journey so very enriching, memorable and satisfying. You also enter the confluence of the Likhu Khola. Finally, you camp at Dhani Ghat.

Day 07: Raft from Dhani Ghat to Harkapur.

The river trip meets a series of whitewater rapids with various intensities at regular intervals. You encounter an amazing boulder-strewn whitewater bonanza! While rafting towards Harkapur, you struggle against class III rapids. The trip gets more challenging and threatening as torrential rapids transforms into V class rapids. The expertise of the river guide coupled with extreme precaution and safety measures play key roles at this point. After a fun-filled adventurous rafting trip, you camp at Harkapur.

Day 08: Raft from Harkapur to Raighat.

Rafting past Harkapur has you encounter with IV class rapids as you enter the confluence of the Dudhkoshi River. Amidst the exotic eco-system and natural vistas, the river widens below the Dudhkoshi and flow through a broad valley after mellowing down. In comparison to Sunkoshi, Dudhkoshi is much colder. After having maneuvered through awesome rapids like Rapid Punch, Juddy, High anxiety, Motorcycle, Harkapur 1, Harkapur 2 and Harkapur 3, you eventually reach Raighat where you set up camp.

Day 09: Rest day. You set aside this day for complete mental and physical rest.

After proper rest, you can explore the areas around the campsite. You can even have the beauty of nature evidenced in your picturesque snapshots. Viewing the most blissful sight of the mesmerizing Mt. Everest is another visual treat sprawled before you.

Day 10: Raft from Raighat to Raswaghat.

Fighting against rapids like Jaws and Dead Man’s Eddy, you raft past a suspension bridge and a huge eddy. Your heart palpitates with the adventure spirit as you paddle ahead for more challenging whitewater rafting. Exotic wilderness and nature remain your witnesses all through this thrilling river trip. Your river guide provides you informative tidbits from time to time. You conclude the trip of the day by finally camping at Raswaghat.

Day 11: Raft from Raswaghat to Riverghat.

Making your way through wild verdant vegetation, rock-strewn cliffs and house-sized boulders, you bounce and splash against the untamed river. Further ahead, you encounter continuous white water with rapids like Rhino Rocks and Jungle Corridor. You will be treated with awesome views of exotic wilderness, pristine hamlets and picturesque landscapes. As you reach Riverghat, you look out for a suitable campsite.

Day 12: Raft from Riverghat to Ranitar.

As the untamed river cuts against the rocky banks and crashes into rocks and crevices breaking into foaming white water rapids, you position the raft securely abiding the instructions of your river guide. Enjoying the stunning scenery, you white water raft through narrow canyons and furious rapids like Chamereghat and Darsandhungat. After arriving at Ranitar, you put a halt to the trip for the day and camp at a fantastic location.

Day 13: Chatara, Pick up and Drive to Biratnagar Departing from Ranitar, you paddle along imperial rapid, Big dipper.

Soon after discovering enchanting waterfalls and paradisiacal side canyons, you enter Tribeni Ghat, the confluence of the river Arun, Tamur and beginning of the Sapta Kosi river. Holding onto the cherishing memories of the trip, you bid farewell to your rafting journey after arriving at Chatara. There is a Barahi temple lying in the vicinity of Chatara. You can visit this temple to pay your homage to lord Vishnu. Thereafter, you drive to Biratnagar.

Itinerary 02

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Dolaghat and raft to Taramg Gaon, Timal Bensi Camp.

Day 02: Raft Timal Bensi to Roshi Khola near Dunja Village.

Day 03: Raft from Dunja Village to the village of Khurkot

Day 04: Raft from Khurkot to Oxbox Section beach.

Day 05: Raft from Oxbox Section to the confluence of Dudh Koshi.

Day 06: Raft from the junction of Dudh Koshi to Rasuwa Khola.

Day 07: Raft to broad beach bordered by a 400 ft high waterfall or Kampu Ghat.

Day 08: Raft to Tribenighat, where the Arun and Tamur join the Sun Kosi.

Day 09 Raft to Chatara, end of the rafting. Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.