When you think of Nepal, the first thing that probably comes in your mind might be the highest glistening peaks at the northern highlands. At least, it does to mine!
Nepal is beyond Himalayas. It is understandable that Nepal is blessed with appealing hiking trails, mountains, dramatic landscapes. But, river rafting and kayaking are also some of the most popular tourism adventures in Nepal, thanks to the abundant Himalayas being one of the great sources for the fast flowing rivers in Nepal.
Nepal is home to more than 6000 rivers. There are overwhelming choices ranging in enormous size that are originated from melting snows of high glistening mountain peaks. Nepal’s rivers offer something for everyone from the calm small streams for beginners to fierce white water rapids adventurous journey to the thrill seekers facilitating the options for paddling, canyoning, and kayaking.
Whitewater rafting is a kind of sport wherein an inflatable rubber boat carries people sturdily down a river with its really robust waters. As a rule the stronger the waters are the more fun and exciting the whole rafting would be. That is why people look for places with long rivers running on a mountain slope or a high level going down roughly. Though it sounds a bit dangerous, it is a fun sport, especially for the whitewater rafting aficionados. One is always advisable to wear the right gears and equipment when doing whitewater rafting to avoid sudden accidents and is wise to go take an expert rafter to guide them along.
I would like to introduce some of the most popular white water rafting rivers of Nepal ranging from their class (I to VII).
White Water Rafting in Trishuli
It is also part of the Gandaki river system, which is very famous for it has a way in to the Prithvi Highway. Trishuli is recommended and an ideal place for beginners in whitewater rafting. One can enjoy river rafting here for up to three days at any time of the year. With a fee of only US$25, everyone will surely have fun rafting in Trishuli.
Sunkoshi White Water Rafting
It is called the river of gold by its locals. Sunkoshi is one of the top ten lists of the best whitewater rafting all over the world which makes it famous for all the rafters worldwide. The river is surrounded by forests and has giant boulders making the rafting a lot of fun and more exciting. Everyone can visit here all year round and enjoy whitewater rafting with their teams. With just US$350, one can enjoy rafting at its best.
Bhote Koshi River Rafting
Seti/Kaligandaki River Rafting
It is a part of Nepal’s Gandaki River that is also called Kaligandaki by the locals. The river is best to visit any time of the year so one can enjoy whitewater rafting here any time that will suit them. One can also get pleasure from seeing the beautiful mountain sceneries of the Annapurna South that will surely fascinate everyone. With only UD$60 a person, one can have fun to the fullest while doing what they love in the country of Nepal.
Marshyangdi River Rafting
It is also part of the wonderful Gandaki River wherein its waters arise from the northern slope of the Annapurna, mountain which then flows eastward, and joins with Trishuli, another river in Mugling. The raging river has beautiful vast boulders which are great in steep rapids. The Marsyangdi River is the best place and recommended for experts in rafting and kayaking. The average fee here is from US$220 and can be visited at any time of the year.
Karnali River Rafting
Karnali River is considered as the longest river in Nepal, where one can enjoy rafting for hours with its dramatic flow of water which rafters love. One can have fun rafting for 180 kilometers from the Karnali all the way to Chisapani, on the northern part of the Royal Bardiya National Park. Visit Karnali any time of the year with US$550 fee, and have the most amazing whitewater rafting experience ever.
This activity provides river rafters the world’s most thrilling water adventures while revealing a side of Nepal that most people never experience: Amazing flowers and wildlife, thunderous glacial waterfalls, Himalayan peaks, charming, colorful villages, welcoming indigenous people, and the profound peace of Nature on the water.
A well-trained river guide or safety kayakers are always with you to ensure safe and outrageously fun river rafting and kayaking adventures.
Favorable Season: March/April/May and Sept/Oct/Nov
Note: If you want to experience a more thrill or adventure water journey, monsoon might be the best time for you as the river swells up than normal adding it charm to your river adventure journey.