Rafting in Nepal
Whatever your desire for an adventure trip, it is easy to find the perfect river in Nepal. With a wide range of difficulties from a gentle 1-day float down the Treshuli river to an exhilarating 10-day adventure through the rapids of the remote Sunkosi and Karnali, there is an experience for everyone waiting in Nepal’s famous white waters. Nepal’s rivers change with the seasons. Each year, after the heavy monsoon rains the waters swell, changing the run of the rivers and the nature of the rapids. New rapids are created, others become more difficult and some simply impossible to navigate. It is important to remember that some of the whitewater action you are about to read about could have changed by the time you come to run the river. We are constantly monitoring changes in the rivers and their rapids so that we can always ensure the safety of our clients and plan expeditions with precision
Nepal has a good reputation as one of the best destinations in the world for white water rafting. For the rafting purpose, rivers are graded on a scale of one to six depending on how wild they are. Four grades are considered to be quite challenging without being exceedingly dangerous to the novice rafter. Grade five requires some previous river experiences.
In Nepal, you will truly find some of the world’s most outstanding river rafting. We guarantee a fun and adventure packed trip guided by the well-experienced guides with the best equipment.
The best seasons for rafting are September through mid-December and March through early May. Some rivers can be rafted from late June through to August.
Easy: Moving water with occasional small rapids. Few or no obstacles.
Moderate: Small Rapids with regular waves. Some manoeuvring required but easy to navigate.
Difficult: Rapids with irregular waves and hazards that need avoiding. More difficult manoeuvring required but routes are normally obvious. Scouting from shore is occasionally required.
Very Difficult: Large rapids that require careful manoeuvring. Dangerous hazards. Scouting from shore is often necessary and rescue is difficult. Kayakers should be able to roll. Turbulent water and large irregular waves may flip rafts. In the event of a mishap, there is a significant risk of loss damage and/or injury.
Extremely Difficult: Difficulties of class 5 carried out to the extreme of navigability. Might possibly (but not probably) be run by a team of experts at the right water level, in the right conditions with all possible safety precautions, but still with considerable hazard to life.