Sunkoshi River is widely acknowledged as one of the ten best rafting trips in the world, offers the most challenging rapids, waves and drops to you. The Sun Koshi is the most popular of several longer floats in Nepal. And logistics are fairly easy making its one of the cheapest in terms of cost per day in comparison with others. Its run begains from Dolalghat three hours drive from Kathmandu and put-off at Chatara near Dharan of the eastern Nepal.
The river crosses remote part of the country flowing through a varied landscape of jungle clad canyons, arid, open valleys and sparse settlements from its beginning point of Tibetan Plateau. Unlike most rives, which starts out rough and get tamer as they descend, Sunkoshi starts gently, affording a chance to build up experience and confidence prior to steady diet of increasingly exciting whitewater class 3 - 4. This makes it especially a good choice for first river trip. Sunkoshi is considered as Holy River meets the Holy Ganges in India.
Sunkoshi is often called Gold River, as Sun meant Gold in Nepali. Still there are communities who search gold in its bank with long tradition. We start rafting from put-in point Dolalghat covering the distance of 57 km in about 3 hours drive from Kathmandu. Your exciting journey starts and ends only after completing 210 km of wild stretches, calm flows through high rock scattered passages ultimately emerging form mountain to flat plains. It's at its best for rafting at medium to high flows from mid September to late October and in May and early June.
Day 1: Drive to Dolalghat from Kathmandu takes about 3hours. Get in put-in point, short warm up with briefing by team leader about safety, rapids and paddling. Over night in a camp at Tarang Gaon.
Day 2: About 5 hours rafting from Tarang Gaon to Dumja village. With warm welcome from villagers rafting team moves ahead gradually leaving the Langtang ranges behind. Raft sooner hits technical rapid called Khuei Bhai rapid, sprinkled with rooks and boulders. Over night camping by Mahadev temple, reputed as the first Shiva temple.
Day 3: About 6 hours constant bumping on river reaches to Khunkot with wild experience. Through out the day you see hundreds of bats screaming and clinging to the walls of the cliffs, some good fun filled rapids takes up to Khunkot. Over night camp at Khunkot.
Day 4: Next destination for this day is Likhu Khola. After completing about 6 hours rafting team will reach the point where camping for this night planed. With exciting rapids you get best photographic events and scenes through out the day. Over night camping near Rai village gives a glimpse of Rai culture.
Day 5: Passing through deep gorges punctuated with exciting rapids we conclude the day at Harkapur village after 7 hours of rafting. During the day troops of Langur and Rhesus monkeys can seen romping at the riverbanks. Over night in camp at the bank of river.
Day 6: With one of the exciting and challenging days on the expedition encounters some very demanding rapids this day on the way to Rai Ghat. About 7 hours of rafting will pass through 'Bridge rapids' and 'Krishna rapids' carefully. Over night at Rai Ghat in camp.
Day 7: Bander Ghat is another destination with 5 hours rafting. Sap Su Khola is a rapid with the greatest drop huge 'holes', 'eddies' and churning 'stopper waves' demands team work and hard paddle during the raft.
Day 8: Leaving Bander Ghat behind this day we raft to Bonjur Ghat about 6 hours of paddling. The Mardheku gorge on the way spreads wide less agitated after its confinement between steep cliffs and gorges with exciting experience. Team spent night at Bonjur Ghat.
Day 9: With the mixture of fun filled rapids and calm undulating floats rafting meets the destination of Barahchhatra with about 7 hours of paddling. Second last day of this trip also concludes with night stay in camp.
Day 10: With short bumping on river reaches out point Chatara. After lunch concluding rafting trip we move for Kathmandy by bus.
Note: Presented Itinerary is our tentative plan to make your rafting experience in Nepal rich. It can be customized as client's interest and timeframe.
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