About Rafting in Nepal
Welcome to the world of Himalayan rivers in Nepal!
Nepal has earned the reputation of being one of the best destinations for white water rafting. Rafting down rushing rivers of crashing waves and swirling rapids can make up excitement of a lifetime. Rafting trips for some is the highlight of their stay in Nepal. The waters in Nepal offer something for everybody: Grade 5-5+ rivers with raging white water rapids for the adventurous, to Grade 2-3 Rivers with a few rapids for novices. Rafters also have a choice ranging from two to three week trips to trips of two or three days.
A typical day in the river begins early morning when participants arrive at the site. Instructions on safety and emergency situation are given to participants before the event. Life vests and helmets are worn by participants at all times during the trip. The best time for rafting is from October through mid-December and March through early May. In winter hypothermia may be hindrance to some. During monsoon months of June through September, rafting is dangerous. So, we do not offer rafting trips during the monsoon. There are ten beautiful rivers for commercial rafting in Nepal. We offer fully organized rafting trips with all rafting equipment (boats, lifejackets, helmets, wet bags, repair kits and rescue ropes), food supplies, tents and sleeping pads, cooking equipment and rafting crew.
Normally the first day of a river trip begins early in the morning around 7AM. You are driven to put-in point of the river. Depending on the distance between Kathmandu and the put-in point, the river can take from a couple of hours. This is a situation if you choose between the Trishuli and the SunKoshi. A river trip on any other river requires a longer drive or a flight plus drive and even a trek in some cases.
If you start at 7AM and the drive drops you at the put-in point exactly after three hours, rafting is likely to begin around 11AM. After you reach the put-in point, a safety talk takes place along with the inflating of the rubber rafts and organizing other river equipment by river crew.
The talk includes delivering of know how about measures to be taken in case of an emergency need. The participant should listen to the river guide very carefully. Questions can be raised to make things clearer.
The life-vest must be worn all the time while on the river, irrespective of whether you are hitting a major rapid or running a flat water section. A protective helmet is suggested if you are running a high class rapid.
During Autumn (mid-September through November) and spring (March - June)
For A Day Trip: T-shirts, shorts or light cotton trousers, tennis shoes sneakers, swim suit, sun hat, sun goggles with string, suntan lotion. Complete change of clothes includes shoes for the return drive to Kathmandu. A set of clothes for the rafting trip to get wet and a set of dry clothes to be kept in the waiting vehicle for change after the river trip is suggested.
For two days or more in addition to the above, you are advised to carry extra T-shirts, shorts, an extra pair of dry shoes, trousers and a light wool sweater. All clothes for overnight trips should be warm and easy to dry.
During winter (December through February)
For a Day Trip: Warm shirts, shirts or T-shirts, wind proof jacket and trousers, tennis shoes, sneakers. Complete change of clothes includes shoes for the return drive to Kathmandu.
For a trip involving two days or more, you are advised to carry warm shirts. T-shirts, heavy woolen sweater, any warm clothes, extra pair of dry shoes and trousers in addition to the above items. You can also carry reading materials, specific medication if required, camera, binocular, pocket knife and flashlight etcetera.
Sherpa Travel by itself does not operate rafting trips; our river rafting trips are operated by the most experienced river outfitters in the country. Our rafting associates and Sherpa Travel work together to create quality trips for our clients and deliver the best for less.
Explore and ride the wild rivers of the Himalaya with Sherpa Travel!