Whatever your desire for adventure, it is easy to find the perfect river in Nepal. With a wide range of difficulties from a gentle 1-day float down the Treshuli river, Seti river, to an exhilarating 10-day adventure through the rapids of the remote Tamur, Arun and Karnali, there is an experience for everyone waiting in Nepal’s famous white waters. Nepal’s rivers change with the seasons. Each year, after the heavy monsoon rains the waters swell, changing the run of the rivers and the nature of the rapids. New rapids are created, others become more difficult and some simply impossible to navigate. It is important to remember that some of the white water action you are about to read about could have changed by the time you come to run the river. At MRR we are constantly monitoring changes in the rivers and their rapids, so that we can always ensure the safety of our clients and plan expeditions with precision
Nepal has earned a reputation as one of the best destinations in the world for white water rafting. For the rafting purpose, rivers are graded on a scale of one to six depending on how wild they are. Four grades are considered to be quite challenging without being exceedingly dangerous to the novice rafter. Grade five requires some previous river experiences.
The Trisuli is the most easily accessible river and most popular rafting river. Trips here are normally for one or two days.The river is easily reached from either Kathmandu or Pokhara. The trip can also be extended into the Royal Chitwan National Park. This river is also popular with intermediate kayakers.
SUN KOSHI RIVER
Sun Koshi (River of Gold) has been classed as one of the ten best rafting rivers in the world. Big rapids, warm water, no roads or towns. Extraordinary scenery and great camping makes this a classic rafting journey. The most common start point on the Sunkosi is Dolalghat, a three hour drive east from Kathmandu. The Sun Kosi traverses the Mahabharat range and follows one of the main geological fault lines of the Himalayas. This is also an excellent trip for intermediate and advanced kayakers.
KALI GANDAKI RIVER
A Kali Gandaki river trip first requires either a flight or drive from Kathmandu to Baglung. A typical trip could begin at Modibeni, at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and the Modikhola. This expedition has everything, exciting rapids, sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, gorges, wildlife and a feeling of remoteness.
A beautiful unspoiled river with good white water, Kali Gandaki, is ideal for people wanting an exciting medium-length raft trip. It is also suitable for a self-sufficient kayak trip for intermediate and expert kayakers. We recommend combining this river expedition with a mountain trek beforehand. It’s also worth considering continuing down the lower Kali Gandaki (Ramdi-Narayanghat) to Chitwan National Park.
The Karnali, Nepal’s mightiest river, descends the Himalayas through a series of magnificent gorges. In traditional Nepalese fashion dozens of porters carry equipment for two days as we trek to one of Nepal’s most isolated and least explored areas. Exceptional rafting through tropical jungles, deserted beaches and small villages. The trip takes 11 to12 days of real wild-river adventure. Take-out point is Chisapani, close to the newly opened Royal Bardia National Park, where an optional Wildlife Safari through largely untouched wilderness is possible.
The short Seti River makes for an ideal introduction to rafting. This is a really pleasant and picturesque, one to three day trip with no big rapids but plenty of friendly small ones. From the put-in point at Damauli (2 hour drive from Pokhara), the Seti merges into the Trisuli on the second day. This trip offers beautiful mountain views of Annapurna South, Fish-tail and Lamjung Himal.
BHOTE KOSHI RIVER
Bhote Koshi is another beautiful mountain river. From Kathmandu, it takes only few hours to reach the usual put-in place at Bahrabise. We can arrange a day’s rafting at any degree of difficulty. Camp overnight on the river bank, and reach Dolalghat the next day to catch your vehicle back to Kathmandu. This is an ideal selection for those short of time.
The Marsyangdi rises on the northern slopes of the Annapurna Himal, flows east through an arid valley around Manang, and then swings south to join the Trisuli River at Mugling. The Marsyanndi is the most exciting class iv-v white water in Nepal. A white knuckle trip from the time your paddle hits the water till your feet touch dry land so not for the faint hearted. It is also considered to be one of the most outstanding class iv kayaking rivers in the world. Continuous exhilarating white water with magnificent mountain backdrops.