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Sun Koshi River Rafting

Sun Koshi River Rafting

Sun Koshi River Rafting

Sun Kosi means 'River of Gold' - perhaps named after the gold that is sometimes panned from the river gravels, or alternatively it refers to the ornate color of the water in the monsoon when it is thick with alluvial silt. The river rises near Tibet and is joined by the Bhote Kosi just downstream from Barabise. Most Sun Koshi River Trip start below here at Dolalghat - the section above here is normally ran as a one day trip and we describe it briefly in our section on other rivers. The Sun Koshi River Rafting flows eastwards in Nepal through the great valley between the Mahabharat Lek Mountains and the Himalaya.

It forms the watershed for most of eastern Nepal and gathering strength from tributaries draining the highest mountains in the world it emerges onto the northern plains of India where it joins the Ganges. The volume increases considerably with the flow from these tributaries. In November, the flow at Dolalghat is about 100 Cubics: lower down the river, through the big rapids of the 'jungle Corridor', it would be about 400 currents which is approx. 11,000 Cf's-a typical low flow on the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.

At the take-out, at Chatra, the flow is a mighty 800 cubic- still only a fraction of monsoon levels! Rafting in Sun Koshi is a large volume river where most of the major rapids are formed by season debris brought in by side streams, and loose rock fall so these rapids change from year to year depending on the severity of the monsoon, for example El Wasto' a big class 4 never existed as a named rapid until 1993. Most of the rapids in this guide will be there, but expect new ones and some to disappear.

Sun Koshi River Rafting / 09 Days - Outline Itinerary

Day 01: We will leave from Kathmandu early in the morning after having loaded up the bus.

Day 02: After packing up the camp we have a slightly more exciting day

Day 03: The river starts to build up in volume today with more rivers spilling into it.

Day 04: Todays the day you have all heard about..."Hakapur".

Day 05 - 08: In the coming few days you can expect "Jaws" I, II & III' , "Rhino Rock" and "Jungle Corridor"

Day 09: After 15 hours on the bus, arrive back in Kathmandu

Sun Koshi River Rafting / 09 Days - Detail Itinerary

Day 01: We will leave from Kathmandu early in the morning after having loaded up the bus. 
A short three hour drive takes us to our put in point at Damauli. After lunch we will set up the rafts, load the gear raft and set off down the river. It is a fairly easy start to the trip, with just a few Grade 2 rapids before we reach our camp on Butterfly Beach. A relaxing first day takes us away from the roads and into the heart of the villages. We will set up our camp, have some yummy food and enjoy watching the stars overhead.

Day 02: After packing up the camp we have a slightly more exciting day
with two big class rapids "No exit" (Grade 3) and "Meatgrinder" (Grade -4) as well as many smaller wave trains to keep us moving. The Tamba Kosi joins the river increasing the volume just before we reach our camp.

Day 03: The river starts to build up in volume today with more rivers spilling into it.
Just below the confluence of the Likhu Khola we negotiate the "Anxiety" series of rapids, including, pre, post and "High Anxiety". Again plenty of time to play in the warm waters, keep an eye out for those cheeky monkeys, enjoy the scenery and perhaps have a little go at kayaking.

Day 04: Todays the day you have all heard about..."Hakapur". 
We will stop at the village before we hit the rapid to stock up on chocolate and fizzy drinks (and maybe some fresh veg and meat if we are running low). We'll then head down to scout the rapid. Depending on the season and our Guides this rapid may or may not be runnable. If it is, be prepared to get wet! Then just as you get your breath back its time for Hakapur II! We will camp at the confluence of the Sun Kosi and Dudh Kodi tonight which is the river running from Everest.

Day 05 - 08: In the coming few days you can expect "Jaws"; I, II & III' , "Rhino Rock" and "Jungle Corridor" 
which is basically 10km of non-stop rapid with big bouncy waves. A highlight of these days is the big waterfall we will stop at for a well deserved shower. The "Big Dipper" is the last big rapid on the river and a fitting finale to the Sun Kosi. You will notice the difference in scenery as the jungle disappears along with the mountains making way for the flat Indian Plains. Just after the confluence of the Arun and Tamur rivers we will stop at a Holy Hindu temple to view the sights. After this it is a quick 20 minute to the take out, Chatra, where we will unload the gear one final time and jump in our bus/plane back to Kathmandu.

Day 09: After 15 hours on the bus, 
we should arrive back in Kathmandu early on the 9th morning.

Cost Include

  • All meals during the rafting period.
  • Rafting permit, transportation by tourist / local bus, kitchen and camping equipment, experienced guides, Cooks and other staff, group leader will be free if there are more than ten clients.

Cost Exclude

  • Mineral water, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages during the whole trip.
  • Emergency evacuation, expenses of a personal nature, and member insurance.

Note:- Cost includes and exclude section may give you better idea on how the trip is organized. Once you let us know the number of interested traveler and departure date we would get back to you with actual cost for the trip.

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