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Sunkoshi River Rafting

Fact of the Trip:

Rafting Name : Sun Koshi River Rafting

Possible operation: Throughout the year except Jun and July.

Departure: Fixed and on request

Rafting days: 14 Days

Entrance by: Three hours drive from Kathmandu.

Starting Point: Dolalghat

Ending Point: Chatara

Water Volumn: 40 Cumecs

River distance: 260 km/170 miles Aproximatly

River Grade: 4/5

Best Season: Spring & Autumn

Duration: 13 days

  • Overview
  • Itinerary

Trip Highlight

River passes through the Mahabharata Range and Himalayas
Provides good experience to the rafters
Experience of nature and culture
The river belongs to the top 10 rivers in the world

The Sun Koshi is another important river for rafting. The river, which originates from Tibet, has been rated as one of the world’s top 10 rivers offering rafting trips. The river flows eastward of Nepal passing through beautiful valleys between the Mahabharat Range and the Himalayas. It is a vital watershed in eastern part of Nepal. Many tributaries coming from the Himalayan range, including the Khumbu Region, join the river. Ultimately, the river joins the Ganges in India.

The rafting trip in the Sun Koshi River starts from Dolalghat, where the Indrawati and the Sun Koshi rivers meet. We pass through several remote areas with the nature’s wilderness along the 270-kilometre adventurous trip. We may find the first two days relatively easier, as you need not have to face bigger rapids. After two days, we will pass through rapids such as Meat Grinder, High Anxiety, Jaws and Big Dipper. We can enjoy majestic views of the mountains and swim in the warm water. During night, we will be in camps on pristine white sandy beaches.

With the operation of the Banepa-Bardibas highway, rafting trips can also be arranged from Dumjabensi.

The changing scenery along the river sides offers us an exciting experience. During the starting days, we will have spectacular views of high mountains, open lush green valleys, beautiful forests and tiny rural settlements of various ethnic communities. As the tributaries of the river join the Sun Koshi River at different places, the river becomes bigger. We will be brought to open plains and urban-like settlements at Chatara in the Sunsari district.

It takes for us about 16 hours to return to Kathmandu by bus from Chatara. We can also fly to Kathmandu from Biratnagar. Biratnagar is just one hour’s drive from Chatara. 

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Half-day sightseeing in Kathmandu and briefing on rafting trip in the evening.

Day 03: Three hours’ drive to Dolalghat.
A short rafting camp will be organized at Tarang Gaon.

Day 04: Rafting in the river from Tarang Gaon to Dumja village.
The trip is of about four hours. We will be familiarized with the culture and lifestyle of the local people. Our speed will gain momentum and we will be leaving behind the Langtang range. We will have to take care of us when we reach technical rapid-- Khuei Bhai. We will stay overnight at camp near the Mahadev temple, which is considered the first Shiva temple in Nepal.

Day 05: Our trip will begin from Dumja village to Khurkot.
We will cover the distance between the two areas within six hours. On this day, we will hit the rapids passing en route the fishing village of Kodari and the Chamera Bhir. This is home to many bats. We will enjoy fun-filled rapids until we reach Khurkot. Stay overnight at camp at Khurkot.

Day 06: This day’s trip begins from Khurkot and ends at Likhu Khola. We will enjoy rafting for about 5 hours. We will see some Rai settlements and experience exciting rapids. This area is suitable for taking memorable photographs.

Day 07: The trip starts from Likhu Khola.
After rafting for about 6 hours, we will reach Harkapur village. The trip will be more exciting, as we pass through deep gorges coupled with exciting rapids. We will see herds of wildlife such as Languor and Rhesus monkeys romping the riverbanks.

Day 08: Today’s trip starts from Harkapur village and ends at Rai Ghat.
The 6-hour trip could be one of the most exciting and challenging. We will encounter some very demanding rapids like Bridge rapids and Krishna rapids. Actually, we will see the hard work and skills of our guides. We will also pass through the Mangal rapid, which is named after Mr. Mangal Gurung, who was the first rafter to successfully take rafts in the Sun Koshi River in 1979. Besides this, we will face a hair rising rapid named Roller Coaster while floating past the confluence of the Dudh Koshi River. This is today’s last rapid.

Day 09: Today’s trip begins from Rai Ghat and concludes at Bander Ghat. The distance between these two places can be covered within 6 hours. We need to be careful while passing through the Sap Su Khola rapid.

Day 10: Our trip starts from Bander Ghat. Following about 6 hours of exciting rafting, we will reach Bonjur Ghat. We will encounter rapids again. From Mardheku gorge, the river spreads wide. So, the river is less agitated. However, we will see steep cliffs and gorges.

Day 11: Today, we will start our trip from Bonjur Ghat. In about 6 hours, we will reach Barahachhetra, which is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site. Here is a Hindu temple dedicated to 12 different Hindu Gods and Goddesses. We will stop here and pay a visit to the temple. We will get mixed feelings. We might heave a sigh of relief in the sense that the trip with dangerous rapids has come to an end. At the same time, we may feel sad because our exciting trip is completed.

Day 12: Our raft will take us to Chatara. Suddenly, we will pass through the Mahabharat and Rapcha ranges. In short time, we will reach Chatara. After having lunch here, we will either catch a night bus for Kathmandu or go to Biratnagar to fly to the capital city.

Day 13: Return to Kathmandu and have full day rest.
A farewell dinner will be hosted in the evening.

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