We travel by surface to Dolalghat your raft ‘put-in-point’ covering the distance of 57kms in about 3 hrs. Your excitement starts and ends only after you covered 210kms of wild stretches, calm flows through high rock strewn passages eventually emerging form the mountains to the flat plains of southern Nepal.
One of the 10th classic and best white water journeys on Sunkoshi (river of gold) is in Nepal offers a longest river trip and the most fascinating among the few rivers, which flow down from snow-capped mountains. Big rapes, warm water, beautiful scenery and great camping makes this is a classic multi-day river trip. There will be a great trip for intermediate and advanced kayakers. At its best in medium to high flows. This enchanting river expedition of 9 days will definitely be the highlight of you visit to Nepal, its memory shall last for ever and ever . Sunkoshi is an unpredictable river, it has its own moods, serene, calm and tranquil one moment, wile and turbulent the next, always changing, always challenging, the ultimate in the river adventure. So, Sun Koshi is famous in rafting circles, and with good reason.
With in a short span or 9 days, you come in close contact with Nepal’s natural beauty, people, culture, wildlife and its rivers, its simply magic, an experience you shall be glad you took. En route to the Chatara you come across many ethnic groups, each unique and colorful as relatively more Rais, Limbus and Newar are seen in this area. In this trip you have 250 different species of orchids to look for. River chats, dippers, flycatcher, wall creepers, bulbuls, fork tales are a few of the almost 400 species of birds available around the basin.
There are few more tributary of Sun Koshi as Rosi Khola, Junga Khola, Tamakoshi (Copper River), Dudh Koshi (Milk River), Rasuwa Khola. Tribenighat from where the Arun and Tamur join the Sunkoshi to form the giant Saptakoshi, which flows through Mahabharat range onto the Gangetic plain.
There are numerous (abundant) rapids such as Meat Grinder, Punch, and High Anxiety etc. Scaled from 3-8 will eventually emerges into the low land of Terai at Chatara. After 45-minute drive from Chatara you arrive in Dharan, which use to be British Gurkha Army recruiting center in Nepal for decades. Now you have several options as you can Drive to Biratnagar and take a flight to Kathmandu or drive to Chitwan National Park or Koshi Tappu for an excellent safari trip or drive back to Kathmandu.
After a three-hour drive from Kathmandu, Dolalghat is reached, which is the put-in point on the Sun Koshi River. After the usual briefing and preparations, the trip is on. The river looks deceitfully peaceful and lazy and soon local villagers are encountered. Lunch stop is at a lovely sandy beach. One of the rapids encountered along the way on the first day is Kooyeh Bhir. There are villages and temples on the way until campsite is reached a few kilometers above rapid Meat Grinder. While some opt to help the crew to pitch up tents, others can spend time exploring the surroundings.
The second day begins more promisingly as two hours down the river lies the first Class III rapid, Meat Grinder. The path to choose is straight through the middle avoiding holes on either side. A few kilometers down and the confluence of the Tama Koshi or “River of Copper” and Sun Koshi is encountered. After a lunch stop, there is ample time to explore the landscape and see different ethnic groups along the river. The second camp is set up above the rapid Punch and Judy. The day ends with a dinner by campfire.
The valley here is always changing in terms of its width. At Bat Cave, the crew takes the rapid seriously. The size of the rapids on this river can surprise you. It is time to stop and scout and eventually decide on the most exciting route through. Here people of the ethnic group called Newars always wait to see the adventurers pass by. Floating down after lunch, the water splashes across the boat but the waves are no threat. Later, a nice stretch of sandy beach is chosen for the campsite. The monsoon floods deposit large amounts of white sand which seem ideally made for camping.
On day four, the surroundings change noticeably as the canyon gets narrower and the vegetation gets thicker. A number of small to medium sized rapids are encountered. A few kilometers below the confluence of the Likhu Khola a long Class IV rapid named Likhu Rapid is encountered. Soon after lunch the ride takes one across interesting rock formations on the walls. The white water gets more exciting and the day ends at a campsite near a small village called Harkapur. For a change it is possible to visit a local tea shop and even shop for wares.
On day five there is mounting excitement as the biggest rapid is to be encountered. Everyone is looking forward to it. There are early signs as the river picks up speed. The rapid Harkapur II deserves some respect. After careful scouting, the team faces the challenge and the boat goes through. An hour and a half float downstream, the confluence of the Sun Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers is encountered. Going further downstream, the river valley broadens to almost 2 kilometers across. In the afternoon run, a number of small rapids are crossed on the way. The next stop is near Rasuwa Khola.
This day is full of thrills as there are many rapids to face today. Beginning with small rapids, they get progressively bigger and longer. One of these is Jaws, a challenge with a huge hole at certain levels. Even the smaller ones are fun and the afternoon is full of them until Rhino Rock, a Class III rapid is encountered. This lies just above the next bridge and heralds the beginning of the “Jungle Corridor”. It is then time to halt for the night and set up camp.
The gorge forces the water to flow through a narrow opening which is thickly forested. Along the way are a succession of rapids such as Cooper Chin and Black Hole, etc. Today there is an opportunity to shower under some waterfalls, an invigorating experience. As the gorge is maneuvered, rapidly changing scenery unfolds. Camp for the night is set up near a waterfall that drops down from a height of four hundred feet. This site is a few kilometers from the last major rapid, the Big Dipper.
On Day 8, everyone is looking forward to the Big Dipper. This rapid is a series of standing waves with holes that can create quite a bit of trouble. This must be inspected carefully and the right strategy adopted to tackle it. Soon the waters ease out and the afternoon float is enjoyable. There are many spectacles today; watching cremations, logging of bamboos or people being ferried across in dugouts. This region has a strong presence of the Rais and Limbus who are collectively known as Kirants, descendants of ancient rulers of Kathmandu valley. The confluence of the three main rivers of eastern Nepal: Arun, Tamur and Sun Koshi is a good camping spot. The river then becomes part of the Sapta Koshi (the Seven Koshis).
The last day on the river starts with a visit to the popular Hindu temple at Barah Chhetra below Tribenighat, which is the meeting place of the three rivers. Full moon here in January brings thousands of Hindus who come to worship at the temple. The pilgrims arrive to celebrate Lord Vishnu’s victory over a legendary Demon. After lunch on the beach, the fabulous Sun Koshi river trip ends at Chatara and the drive back begins with fond memories of the nine-day journey through gorges and challenging rapids. About 2 pm we leave for Kathmandu.
Ground Transportation (From and After)
Meals, Western and continental food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during your rafting trip
Necessary equipment as high quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (only during the winter) on certain rivers, dry bag for gear, camera barrels and all safety and medical equipment
Necessary Staffs (Guide, Helpers, Cook etc)
Tented accommodation in beautiful river beach with camp fire
Food, accommodation, insurance for all staff and their transportation
Expedition elements include professional guides and leadership
First aid kid box
Cost not included:
Mineral water, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages during the whole trip
Hotel accommodations & meals at if you stay anywhere at the hotel during whole trip
Things of personal use
International airport pick up drop (if you order we can arrange)
Tips to Staffs
Sleeping bag (US$ 1 per day / sleeping bag)
You must bring:-
swim wear for on the river
Warm clothing for the evenings including a fleece or a pullover
Sunscreen and lip protector
Sunglasses (with retaining device) and/or a cap
Towel and Toiletries (environmentally friendly is best)
Fishing hook (you can fishing in the sunkosi River)
River Distance : 272 Km
River Days : 9 Days from kathmandu
River Grade : class V+
Departure : Spring season, Summer Season, Autumn Season
With Deluxe Room : Extra Rs.2000 should be paid
Photos : *FREE*
Starting point: Dolalghat
Ending point: Chattra(Dharan)
Price: USD 550 Per Person