Thamel Tourism Development Council

Sunkoshi and Trishuli

1. Sunkoshi River Rafting
The Sunkoshi ‘River of gold’ has been rated as one of the top ten rafting trips in the world! It is also in the list of ‘Must do while in Nepal’. The river rises in Tibet, and flows Eastwards in Nepal through the great valley between the Mahabharat Lekh (hills) and the Himalaya. It forms the watershed for most eastern Nepal and gathering strength from tributaries draining the highest mountains in the world. It emerges onto the northern plains of India where it joins the Ganges. Our journey takes us 270 km through some of Nepal’s most remote area giving you a unique wilderness experience. The first two days are relatively easy and allow time to train you as a team before the bigger rapids arrive. The rapids have acquired manes like Meat Grinder, High Anxiety, Jaws and Big dipper, from previous experiences on expeditions. Say no more! The calmer stretches between rapids give you time to take in the phenomenal views, swim (voluntarily) in warm water and camp on the pristine white sandy beaches.
Rafting Snapshot
Location: Nepal, Asia
Departure point: Kathmandu
Put-in-Point: Dolalghat.
Take-out-Point: Chatara
Outward travel: 3 hours
Grade: IV – V
Best season: Oct – Dec, Mar – May
Duration: 9 days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu)


Day 01 Kathmandu>Dolalghat>Roshi Khola. At 7 am morning meet in indicated place. Office – store baggage and finalize plans a quick breakfast then we leave for Dolalghat. Very fascinating drive, it will provides you a magnificent views of the Himalaya in clear weather. We should unload at Dolalghat, lunch will be served here and your expedition guide will give a full safety talk to you. As mentioned above the first two days is easy paddling. The first greater rapid is you are encountering a grade IV+ “Rotten Cave” where the Roshi Khola mixed up with Sunkoshi. Soon after we the rapid we will choose one of the campsite and unload the gears, pitch the tents, prepared the dinner and enjoy your first camping meal with Rum punch.
Day 02 Roshi Khola>Tamba Koshi confluence. Wake up with hot cup of tea, have breakfast, pack up the gears, fold the tents up, loaded and rolling down in the river. You will stop some where on the half way for lunch. Today you are encountering Meat Grinder grade IV+ rapid, it is fairly straight rundown the center avoiding holes left and right. A few meters below here the Tamba Koshi joins with Son Koshi, on the left bank of confluence there you find a beach which will be suit for camping. You will be following the camp routines same as previous night. Same as the other rivers this junction also being very important to local peoples and there is a Shiva temple overlooking the two rivers.
Day 03 Tamba Koshi confluence> Harkapur. As it is daily routines are begins, day follow with tea and etc. A few kilometers below Likhu joins with Sun koshi and continuing the rapids, starting with graded III+ ‘Pre-Anxiety’ and grade IV long ‘High Anxiety’ with a hole on the left halfway down and series of holes at the bottom, float a whole and then stop for camping.
Day 04 Harkapur> Rasuwaghat. Today we starts with several grade 3+ rapids then a quick stop at khurkot, just in case of if we need to buy some food stuffs or perhaps beer. And then be ready for big and interesting rapids ‘Harkapur 2nd and 3rd the hardest rapids on the trip, should be carefully scouted. The camping will be just below the rapids
Day 05 Rasuwaghat>Jaws Rapid. 5-6 km brings you to junction, where the Dudh Kosi joins with Sun Koshi from the left side. After this point river is widens into an arid area of gravel, and then getting some unnamed rapids and will teach you into another aptly named rapid ‘Jaws’ and then to Camp.
Day 06 Jaws rapid> Cascade team shower place. Today is the most exciting day out of the trip; we will encounter most of grade 4+ rapids named as “Rhino Rock” followed by “Jungle Corridor” a kilometer of continuous white-water and then to the camp, the waterfall makes a great spot for a team shower.
Day 07 These last few days is mainly wave trains if you are interested you can try Kayaks, where our experts will teach you the basic skills needed to maneuver the boats or learn the Eskimo roll.
Day 08 The last stretch of river which will brings you to the last one grade 4+ ‘Big Dipper’ Rapid, and a series of huge standing waves. A few kilometers later, the mighty Arun River enters from the left gorge and almost immediately after, the Tamur River also adds its water with and becomes as the Sapta Koshi “The seven Rivers”. The confluence is called tribenighat; it has an interesting temple to visit if we have time. Now the sapta Koshi is surges onwards, carving a way through its last obstacle of the foothills. 5 kilometers later on the left bank there is another larger Hindu Temple called Baraha Chhetra. On the day of full moon in January every year, thousands of Hindu pilgrims visited here to pay their homage to lord Vishnu. According to legend has it that, once a demon god inhabeted this area and troubled the holy men and pilgrims. Hearing of this, Lord Vishnu, preserver of the Universe, he decided to kill the demon, and taking the form of a pig for the purpose, he slated the demon in battle. The annual Barara festival is commemorates this victory and inside the Temple you will see a statue of Baraha, a pig-headed figure of Lord Vishnu. Back into the river and continue floating along the powerful current, and then rounding a corner there is a suspension bridge swoops high over the river and the are hills dramatically give a way to totally flat Terai and northern plains of India. This is the end of our classic and memorable river expedition trip here. Perhaps we will taking-out around 2 pm, and pack up the gears and ready for long 15 hours drive back to Kathmandu or any where else?

2. Trishuli River Rafting

Nepal is one of the best place in the world for rafting and kayaking. Surrounded by its mountain scenery and rivers shaped by them challenges for white-water paddles. A series of the world’s most outstanding river journeys is found here, ranging from steep, adrift mountain streams to classic and big-volume wilderness expeditions. All these combination of spectacular rivers, culture, heritage and scenery makes Nepal an obvious river runner’s destination
Rafting Snapshot
Total Duration Till Departure: 5 Days
Total Rafting Days: 03 Days
Location: Nepal, Asia
Departure point: Kathmandu
Put-in-Point: Charaudi
Take-out-Point: Fishling
Outward travel: 5 hours
Best season: Nov-Dec, Mar-May
Duration: 3 days(Kathmandu-Kathmandu)


Day 01 Charaudi – Filing 16 km 3 – 4 hrs. Put-in- point Charaudi it is a highway village. Rafting start and passing through Majhimtar Village a km a way. Immediately after this village the valley narrows, becomes a gorge, and the rapid known as “S Bends’ or “Ladies Delight’ is on the left – Grade 3 +. Another 3 km through this gorge brings you to two rapids. The first (sometimes known as Gloria) is after a sharp left hand bend – this is a straightforward Grade 3, with big waves then next rapid is upset and this is the infamous, and the most photographed rapid on your rafting trip. There is always a monstrous hole and a wave here that seem to dwarf a raft but it is an excellent spot for action photos. One km after “Upset’ and immediately after a left hand bend is “Surprise’, a grade 4-. Rapid and arrive to Fishling village where you are going to camp.
Day 02 Fishling – Panchkilo 26 km 6 hrs.
After breakfast starting your rafting for following day: and then shortly afterwards the river enters a deep awesome gorge, particularly spectacular early or late in the day, when much of the chasm is in shadow but sunlight shines on vistas of distant hillsides. The gorge ends after about 2 km and river then curves of distant from the highway and then another 2 km further brings you to Kurintar Village, and Kurintar is built on a bluff on the left bank. After kurintar the river again turns away from the highway and there is a dramatic landslip as river curves around to the left. For several hundred meters high, the hillside has had its surface flesh stripped away to reveal the raw white bones of the underlying rocks. Drift by and marvel at the mighty forces that are uplifting these mountains and carving the valleys. After another kilometer the river enters a gorge again – warning of another rapid around the corner named as “S’ or “M…F…’rapid. Two km on and a cable car cross the river and herald the approach to Mugling. The town is on the left, some 70 meters above the river, which curves around it at some distance. An elegant suspension bridge crosses just above the confluence of the Marsyangdi. “Pin Ball’ rapid follows closely after the confluence, Grade 4-. Rafters’ path zigzags steeply up the bank to the bridge and from here it is 5 minutes’ walk into town. “Pinball’ is the last serious rapid on this river – from here on down its mainly grade 1 – 2 rapids only with one or two of the grade 3 in right conditions. The river is also more peaceful because the highway is high above the river for most of the time and another 8km to campsite.
Day 03 trip is concluded and after breakfast Departure to Kathmandu or Chitwan as regarding to per programme

TTDC President

Sameer Gurung


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