The Sun Koshi River is famous in rafting circles, and with good reason. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience? particularly during high waters, when the rapids can swell to massive sizes, sometimes making the rafts completely disappear from sight. Gathering strength from tributaries draining the highest mountains in the world the white water on the Sun Kosi is legendary, even expedition-size rafts disappear into the vastness of crashing waves and cascading, boiling water.
This is one of the 10 most exciting white water rafting destinations in the world, roaring past remote villages and green fertile mountains covered with forests and rice terraces, where local inhabitants can be seen in their daily rural activities. The beginning of the trip sees high mountains, open valley, forests and small remote villages. The final days bring you to open plains and the thriving village of Chatara. After the monsoon the river is high and wild, and definitely not for the faint-hearted. Whipped foamy white where narrow gorges constrict the river?s flow. The warm waters of the Sun Kosi surge snake and wind for 270 km to the east of Nepal.
Sun Koshi river rafting/kayaking – classic river trip is famous for being one of the top ten river journeys in the world. The ever changing scenery helps to ensure that every day on the river is exciting and different. The beginning of the trip sees high mountains, open valley, forests and small remote villages. The final days bring you to open plains and the thriving village of Chatara.
The rapids encountered at the beginning of the river trip are fairly relaxed class 3, giving an excellent opportunity for great teamwork to really develop. As the Sun Kosi winds its way across the country the size of the rapids increase and it is not unknown for villagers watching from the riverbank to lose sight of the raft in the huge waters! Sun Kosi river rafting/kayaking is an ideal trip for those wanting to combine peaceful stretches of stunning scenery, some great and challenging rapids and the experience of a lengthy trip where lifelong friendships can often begin.
Day 01: Arrival at Himalaya Journey Trekking office , Sunkoshi river rafting briefing with officially arrangments. overnight at kathmandu.
Day 02: 3hrs drive to Dolalghat; rafting starting point and short rafting camp in Tarang Gaon
Day 03: Tarang Gaon to Dumja village rafting approx. 4 hours The gathered villagers shall cheer you as you drift away slowly gathering momentum, slowly leaving behind the Langtang ranges. Sunkoshi is considered as a Holy river by the Nepalese Hindus, the river flows into the Holy Ganges in India, soon we hit the very technical rapid called Khuei Bhai rapid, strewn with rooks and boulders, hence, considerable care is need. Camp for the night near the Mahadev temple, reputed to be the first Shiva temple in Nepal.
Day 04: Dumja village to Khunkot rafting approx. 6 hours WET AND WILD.immediately we are hitting the rapids passing enroute the fishing village of Kodaris’ and the Chamera Bhir were you see hundreds of bats screaming and clinging to the walls of the cliffs, some good fun filled rapids takes up to Khunkot where we camp for the night.
Day 05: Khurkot to Likhu Khola rafting approx. 5 hours Habitations dwindle, few poor Rai villages’ enroute, exciting rapids in the afternoon with good photo prospects
Day 06: Likhu Khola to Harkapur village rafting approx. 6 hours Today, we pass through deep gorges punctuated with exciting rapids unfolding pleasant floats in the afternoon troops of Langur and Rhesus monkeys can be seen romping the riverbanks.
Day 07: Harkapur village to Rai Ghat rafting approx. 6 hours Today is one of the most exciting and challenging days of the expedition encountering some very demanding rapids where you witness the skills of our guides, we pass through ‘Bridge rapids’ and ‘Krishna rapids’ stopping to carefully plan our strategy through the next rapids. Mr. Mangal Gurung was the first rafter to successfully take rafts in 1979 and he has the distinction of being the 1st Nepali to raft the Sunkoshi, it was a no mean success, hence, the rapid is named after him ‘MANGAL RAPID’. Floating past the confluence of the Dudh Koshi, we hit the last rapid for the day, ‘Roller Coaster’ a hair rising rapid.
Day 08: Rai Ghat to Bander Ghat rafting approx. 6 hours Hold tight, the ride is not over yet.as past the point of Sap Su Khola is a rapid with the greatest drop Huge ‘holes’, ‘eddies’ and churning ‘stopper waves’ demands team work and hard paddle.
Day 09: Bander Ghat to Bonjur Ghat rafting aprox. 6 hours We take to the rapids again, busy all morning earnestly thanking for the lunch break, emerging from the Mardheku gorge the river spreads wide, less agitated after its confinement between steep cliffs and gorges.
Day 10: Bonjur Ghat to Barahchhatra rafting aprox. 6 hours Today the whole stretch is a mixture of fun filled rapids and calm undulating floats, you are somewhat relived, yet sad that the trip is coming to an end, all good things ultimately does.
Day 11: Short rafting reaches out points Chatara, after lunch takes night bus to Kathmandu or drive to Biratnagar to take a flight back to Kathmandu.