Nothing can be more exhilarating than a rafting trip on the waters of Nepal. The country is known to have some of the best water rapids in world that would be a sure check for the amount of adrenalin on your body. The rivers in Nepal offer unlimited opportunities for water adventures to suit everyone. From gentle 2 day float to an stimulating 10- day exploration.
Whitewater rafting is voyaging on the torrential river on an inflatable rubber boat. Even person without any rafting experience can enjoy rafting in Nepal. Life–vest are provided to put on all the time while on river along with a trained professional river guide who heads the rafting team. Usually, the company organising rafting tours in Nepal provides equipment for camping and cooking.
Nepal is great country to be explored by rafting. Visitors can see country’s ethno-cultural and natural heritages from the river. Rivers in Nepal are considered as goddess and they often are used for different Budism and Hinduism rituals, including cremation. Many different local activities could be seen from the river. People from rafts could see various interesting wildlife and nature. Nepalese rivers also have couple types of fishes which you could see while rafting in river.
RIVER PERMIT REQUIRED : Every foreigner must obtain a permit before going on a river trip. A fee must be deposited at the Nepal Rastra Bank, Thapathali, Kathmandu, A copy of documents must be submitted to the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Avation, Mountaineering Section located at Singha Durbar. Sometimes permits are sorted out by the company organising the rafting trip.
FAMOUS RIVER TRIPS :
- BHERI RIVER TRIP (BIRENDRANGAR – CHISAPANI)
- SETIKHOLA RIVER TRIP (DAMAULI – TIGER TOPS)
- KALIGANDAKI RIVER TRIP (KUSMA – TIGER TOPS)
- TRISHULI RIVER TRIP (TRISHULI – NARAYANGHAT)
- SUNKOSHI RIVER TRIP (BASERI – CHATARA)
- ARUN RIVER TRIP (TUMLINGTAR – CHATARA)
NEPAL’S RIVER SYSTEM. There are three categories of rivers in Nepal. They are divided by their origin:
- Antecedent to Himalayas
- After the Mahabharat, and
- After the Churia range.
Antecedent rivers belong to the period prior to the rise of the Himalayas. These rivers added their tributaries during or after the Himalayan origin along with the development of monsoon climate. After the formation of Mahabharat hills- the antecedent rivers barrier, As a result, most of the rivers changed their courses either to the east or west. Most of these rivers were responsible to deposit the sediments in the Churia basin.
The major river systems namely the Koshi, the Kamali and the Gandaki belong to the Gantecedent group. Rivers which originates from the Mahabharat range and goes through Churia hills are considered to be the second group, they include Kankai, Bagmati, Kamala and others. The third group of rivers are originated from the southern face of the Churia hills. These rivers are used for rafting tourism:
- Saptakoshi River System (East Nepal)
- Narayani or Saptagandaki River System (Central Nepal)
- Kamali River System (West Nepal)
Tourists can choose from eight rivers in three rivers systems where they could go rafting. The rivers are the Trishuli (Trishuli – Narayanqhat), the Kaliqandaki (Kusma -Tiqer Tops) the Bheri (Birendranagar-Chisapani) the Seti(Damauli- Tiger Tops), the Sunkoshi (Baseri- Chatara), Karnali (Bhankhet-Chisapani), Tama Koshi (Basti-Chatra) and the Arun (Tumlingtar-Chatara).