Sun Koshi and Tamur River Rafting

Sun Koshi and Tamur River Rafting

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The classic high water Sun Kosi Expedition with an additional day on the Tamur. This section of the Tamur is phenomenal with over 40 class IV+ rapids. Different in volume and nature, the Tamur is steeper and more technical, a perfect complement to the huge volume of the River of Gold. All the guides rave about this trip; it's not just the exceptional whitewater but the whole sense of expedition and journey through the heart of Nepal.

Grade :  II/IV & IV/IV+ Put in Point :  Dolalghat
Put out Point :  Chahara Distance :  290Km
Duration :  14 Days Best Seasions :  Apr-May&Sep-Nov

The Sun Kosi is a brilliant river - at its best in medium to high flows with big bouncy grade III-IV rapids and lots of friendly holes and waves.Originating near Mount Shisha Pangma in Tibet, the ‘River of Gold’ runs eastward through Nepal draining most of the eastern portion of the Himalayas. From the put-in at Dolalghat to the take-out at Chatra in far-eastern Nepal, the warm water of the Sun Kosi surges, snakes and winds its way through 270km of some of Nepal's remotest countryside. At the right flow this river journey is an incredible combination of exhilarating whitewater, beautiful scenery and glorious white sandy beaches and is truly breathtaking.

The additional section of the Tamur is phenomenal with over 40 class IV+ rapids. It is quite possibly one of the best short river sections offered anywhere in the world. A few class III rapids provide a nice friendly warm-up and then it’s class IV pretty much all the way! By the suspension bridge at Chimrah you’ll have counted at least 25 rapids in 12km, and this really sets the scene. An impressive gorge of sheer rock walls finishes this magnificent river with a scenic finale and takeout at Tribeni, the confluence of the Sun Kosi. The last day completes the trip paddling down to Chatra. Different in nature, steeper and more technical, the Tamur is the perfect complement to the huge volume of the River of Gold and the perfect climax to any Himalayan river adventure.              

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Day 01:  After breakfast it’s time to head towards the big river. The first part of the morning is spent explaining the finer points on how to paddle through whitewater. You will encounter numerous smaller rapids on the first two days of the river followed by the more meaty Meat Grinder, High Anxiety and Harkapur. After stopping at Tokshel Harkapur and spending time checking out this porter town we drift down to a rapid called Harkapur 2 and camp for the evening. The famous Dudh Kosi, the river of milk, which tumbles down from Mount Everest forms the next rapid followed by Jaws, then Dead Man’s Eddy and cascading waterfalls. We will then have at least one layover day staying at the same river camp for two nights.

Day 02: A gentle day on the river as we tick off some of the 280kms of paddling this river covers. The flat sections are interspersed with gentle class II/III rapids.

Day 03: Another steady day but as the volume of the river grows so do the rapids. We run several bigger class II & III rapids before running the big waves and holes of Punch & Judy.

Day 04: This is a day of two halves. A few steady rapids in the morning lead up to the rivers largest rapid - Harkapour. This is definite inspection and portage for some. The rest will hopefully nail the lines and miss the holes! This is followed immediately by Harkapour 2, another intimidating but fun rapid if levels are high. We stop for lunch on the beach opposite the confluence with the Dudh Kosi River (the Raging River of Everest"). We continue downstream playing in the friendly rapids and will finish early.

Day 05: We start fast today with several larger read and run rapids of class III/III+ including Jaws. We will stop and scout Dead Man's Eddy and run a sneak line river right if needed. More playing and fun rapids until we stop early again (approx 3pm).

Day 06: Jungle Corridor. Lots of read and run class III/III+ with some interesting lines, boils and whirlpools - but lots of fun! We will stop and inspect Roller Coaster but this is quite an easy rapid. We will lunch on a waterfall beach and give people the chance to rinse off in the one of the jungles chilled power showers! Again an earlish finish (3pm) and camp on another spectacular beach surrounded by the jungle on all sides.

Day 07: More class III/III+ with Big Dipper offering up something a little larger around lunchtime. More playing and rapids in the afternoon lead to the confluence with the Lower Tamur and our camp for the night.

Day 08: We paddle from the confluence to the take out at Chatra and observe the major scenery change as the hills disappear and the river opens up as it flows and meanders its way towards Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal. We take out and pack up the equipment and lunch at Chatra before heading up to Mulghat (3 hour drive) and the start of the Lower Tamur River. We camp on the river side for the night
Day 09: A big day on the Lower Tamur. The first few kms allow a warm up before we inspect the first major rapid. The nest few hours rapids of class III - IV follow in quick succession making this one of the finest single day runs around. We will make several inspections and end the day back at the confluence with the Sun Kosi where we will camp for the night.

Day 10: A final short paddle from the confluence back to Chatra where we pack all the gear once again then drive to Biratnagar for our short 40min flight back to Kathmandu. Those sitting on the right hand side of the plane will see the snow capped Himalaya in all their splendour and will also catch glimpses of the Sun Kosi way below us. On a clear day you can even see the mightiest of them all - Everest! We arrive back in Kathmandu in the early evening and head to the hotel for a freshen up before heading out to celebrate our 12 days on the water.

Safari Option: For those who don't cherish the thought of returning directly to civilization, consider visiting the Royal Chitwan National Park. While at Chitwan we will enjoy a variety of activities ranging from elephant safaris (unquestionably the best vehicle from which to view rhinoceros and tigers), canoeing amongst marsh mugger crocodiles, jungle walks and bird watching. We stay at the premium Temple Tiger Lodge and Tented Camp, which has the premium location in the park.

Trip Cost Includes

-All ground transportation; to the put in point and back from the take out point.
-All domestic airfares wherever stated in the itinerary.
-All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trip
-Accommodation on a twin sharing basis with camp fire.
-All International standard rafting equipment as necessary (such as self bailing rafts, helmets, life jackets, kayaks, plastic paddles and spray jackets etc.)
-Camping & Cooking equipment (tents, mattress & kitchen gear).
-Rafting guides, cooks, and other helping staff, their salary, insurance, meals etc.
-All necessary fees, government/local taxes, all national park and conservation area fees.

Trip Cost Excludes

-Mineral water, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages
-Emergency evacuation
-Things of personal use
-Airfare (Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Kathmandu
-Tips to Staff

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