Trishuli, Sun Koshi and Tamur River Rafting

Trishuli, Sun Koshi and Tamur River Rafting

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Possibly the best combination of thrill, wonder and adventure in terms of what Nepal Rivers could possible offer to rafters and adventure seeker.

Grade :  III+/IV&IV/IV+ Put in Point :  various
Put out Point :  various Distance :  Approx.380 km
Duration :  14 Days Best Seasions :  May & Oct

This trip is designed for those seeking a high level of rafting experience in Nepal’s some of the best Rivers. Starting with a two day warm up trip on the Trishuli River,  we then head for a rather action packed thrilling experience in the Sun Koshi and Tamur river. While the Trishuli with its unraveling deep gorges and rolling valleys takes the rafters through remarkable landscape, the Sun Koshi on the other hand with its 270km of stretch initially runs through the forested valleys and white sandy beaches. The surrounding scenery is beautiful and the trip is relaxing with mountains views to admire.  Rated as one of the ten best high water river expeditions in the world, it has turbulent waves and a large volume of water. As it flows downwards, it runs through landscape of thick vegetation that harbors rich wildlife including birds, monkeys leopards as well as Gharial crocodiles. Amazingly, the river prepares the rafters for the big rapids by first introducing them to milder class II and class III rapids. It then gets progressively challenging from day by day, leading to some exciting rides through high water. There are also sections for relaxing during this scenic floats and a remarkable jungle corridor.

Originating near Mount Shisha Pangma in Tibet, the Sun Koshi or the ‘River of Gold’ as it known,  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.

And 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 we head off from the hotel for a 3 hour drive to the Trisuli river. The first few kms allow a warm up and introduction to big water. There is one small class III to whet the appetite before reaching Teen Devi (class IV) which we will scout and run (or portage if people don't want to run it). The rest of the river doesn't get above a III and we have a nice finish for the day before we reach our beach camp for the night.

Day 02: We put back on the Trisuli for the morning, stopping to inspect and then run the class III+/IV raid called Upset. It is big and friendly but usually manages to unsettle a few paddlers. All safe though and good humour! At the take out we will be met by our bus and then drive back to Kathmandu for the night.

Day 03: An early start  as we jump back on the bus and head for the Sun Kosi river. We will put on below the first damn on the river on the section officially classed as the Upper Sun Kosi. This is a lower volume class III+ run and is a good start to the river with little flat water. We will camp the night just after Sukute.

Day 04: 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 05: 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 06: 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 07: 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). (All meals included)

Day 08: 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 09: 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 10: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 it's 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 11: 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 12: 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.

Day 13: Free time in Kathmandu to explore this amazing city and cram in a little present shopping. There are lots of bargains to be had and lots of good quality, cheap outdoor equipment.

Day 14: Final departure or you can either take up on vasious optional tour, treks and safari trips and depart home at a later day.

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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