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Nepal White Water Rafting

Nepal lays claim to eight out of the fourteen highest peaks in the world, ancient culture and diverse religions, high altitude Buddhist monasteries and colorful Hindu temples.  Snowmelt and moonsoon rains from the breathtaking Himalayas create grand rivers that thunder down the foothills to the plains of the Ganges.  Experience these great rivers on a Nepal rafting trip.

Rafting in Nepal is a great way to leave behind the stresses of everyday life and immerse yourself in the beauty and power of one of Nepal’s many great rivers.  As you tune in to the rhythm of the river, life slows down, your stress disappears, the adrenaline starts pumping and your focus becomes fun, sun, food and sleep. Camping on remote and beautiful riverside beaches, catching glimpses of the local culture as you paddle by, your journey will offer time for reflection as well as the thrill of taming (or not) some of the world’s best seat-of-the-pants, gravity-powered and adrenaline pumping rapids.

Operator Information

Himalayan Social Journey is a Kathmandu-based travel and tour company that has been offering memorable, luxury adventure trips for over 15 years.  They are a family-owned outdoor adventure company that provides experienced local guides and porters for over 150 adventure packages in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet.

Himalayan Social Journey is also committed to participating in social welfare activities. The company’s projects focus on uplifting the livelihood of the people and sustainable development in remote areas of Nepal, specifically the education of children.  When you book with Himalayan Social Journey, you help change lives for the people and children of Nepal.

Trip Information

HSJ offers single and multi-day rafting adventures.  All trips are fully supported and equipped to the last detail. Professional guides, on-river instruction and state of the art equipment make rafting challenging rivers possible, even with little or no previous experience. All you need to bring is a sense of adventure and a positive attitude!

The best months for rafting in Nepal are September to early December and March to early June. In the summer season, many of Nepal’s rivers are hard to navigate due to increased water volume from the monsoon runoff and the winter season is not ideal due to short, cold days and nights.

Kathmandu River Rafting Days Rate Per Person
Single Day Rafting Tour to Trishuli River (Class III) 1 $65
Seti White River Rafting (Class III-IV) 2 $120
Trishuli River Rafting (Class III) 2 $125
Bhote Koshi White Water River Rafting (Class III – IV) 2 $150
Kali Gandaki White Water River Rafting (Class V) 3 $180

Looking for more adventure in Nepal?  Nepal’s mountains, rivers and forests have unlimited opportunities for rafting, climbing, trekking, biking and more.  See all of our activities in Nepal!

Trail Info

Single Day Rafting – Trishuli River

A day rafting trip down the Trishuli River is perfect for people looking for an easy but exhilarating adventure.  Relish the thrill of the Trishuli River and it’s smaller rapids up to Class III, and enjoy the scenic hills, lush jungles, and wild vegetation along the way.

The Trishuli River flows between the high peaks and the foothills and offers incredible scenery of jungles, small charming villages and the sight of a cable car to the Manakamana temple.  Most of the year the river has steady water flow making it perfect for rafting.  

Itinerary

Trnasport time of 3-4 hours to reach Malekhu and the Trishuli River which is 75-Km away from Kathmandu. Rafting for 4 hours. After rafting we will head towards Mugling, then travel back to Kathmandu.

Seti White River Rafting

The Seti River is a gentle river traversing through the Himalayan peaks with lots of small and straightforward rapids. Rafting the Seti River is an exciting trip through lush hills to jungles and valleys.   The rafting is exciting, with some rapids from levels III to IV encountered.

The close jungle and the sandy white riverside makes the trip even more fun, and perfect for friends and family.  The Seti River is ideal for those experiencing rafting for the first time.  This trip allows you to enjoy the stunning river scenery in Nepal without the intensity of complex or challenging rapids.

Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Damauli, and short rafting trip/ camping at corridor of jungle near the riverbank
Day 2: Rafting to Gaighat; rafting till 3PM (approx.) and drive back to Kathmandu or visit Chitwan National Park or drive to Pokhara.

Trishuli River Rafting

Among several fantastic white water rafting destinations in Nepal, Trishuli is among the best. This river is great for novice rafters and those looking for adventure with rapid up to class III.

A 3-hour drive from Kathmandu, the Trishuli rafting trip allows rafters to enjoy being immersed in nature and admire the birds, hills, forests, and visit little traditional villages along the way.  Trishuli rafting is a pleasurable trip to enjoy with your friends and family. Set up a camp by the riverside and end the night around the bonfire on this 2-day adventure.

Itinerary

Day 1: After having the breakfast at the hotel of Kathmandu, we will drive towards the Trishuli River. After about 3 to 4, we will reach Malekhu, 75 Km away from Kathmandu, and will begin to raft for about 4 hours. We will rest the night at Manakamana Valley Resort, camping near the river banks.

Day 2: We will continue our rafting on the rapids of the Trishuli river. We will reach the Mugling after an hour of rafting.  We will then transport the group back to Kathmandu.

Bhote Koshi White Water River Rafting

Many adventure lovers  choose Bhote Koshi rafting to experience more white water.  The rapids are steeper and reach class IV with class 3 in between.   Enjoy the scenic hilly landscape as you raft these mountain streams.

Itinerary

Day 1 Morning drive  – 4 hours from Kathmandu to Baseri. On the first day you will negotiate only class III rapids. Drive back to Baseri (further up from the starting point), set camp at a designated place. Overnight at Baseri Tented Camp.

Day 2 After breakfast, experience the adrenaline rush provided by the challenging class V rapids “Frog on the Blinder”, “Midnight Express” and numerous class IV rapids. From Lamoshanghu Dam, drive back to Kathmandu after this thrilling experience for a well-deserved rest.

Kali Gandaki White Water River Rafting

Kali Gandaki courses through the Himalayas, cutting out gorges between the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna mountains. The water rapids are exciting as the flow of water is strong.

Kali Gandaki river rafting offers rapids between class III and V, depending on the time of year.  The trip is a fun and exciting trip and you can also opt for other water activities like kayaking and canyoning.

Itinerary

Day 1 Departure from Pokhara by bus (2 Hours) to Malinga, where the rafting adventure starts.
Day 2 Rafting 4-5 hours. Rest overnight at tented camp,
Day 3 Rafting up to lunch time & drive back to Pokhara.

 

 

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FAQs

Q What is included in the rafting package?

All transfers as per itinerary

Food, lodging and other expenses of the rafting crew.

Food (3 meals a day) and lodging for the clients during the rafting days.

Necessary permits.

All necessary equipment during the rafting.

Q What items are not included in the package?

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.

Personal equipment and clothing.

Your insurance.

Cold drinks and beverages.

Personal expenses and tips to the crew.

Q How is payment handled?

Himalayan Social Journeys will contact you to arrange the details of your trip and collect deposit/payment.

Q When is the best time to experience river rafting in Nepal?

The best times for rafting and kayaking in Nepal are September to early December and March to early June. Rafting in Nepal during summer season makes many of Nepal’s rivers hard to navigate due to increased water volume from the monsoon runoff and the lower temperatures.

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