Nepal is a heaven for whitewater rafting enthusiasts as there are some of the best whitewater rivers in the world in here. The magnificent vistas of traditional houses along the riverside villages, terraced paddy-fields, gorges and plains really make a rafting trip worthwhile.
Trishuli River (Grade 3+) is Nepal’s one of the most popular rivers for rafting because of its proximity to Kathmandu and easy road access. Many other rivers are also famous for rafting viz. Sun Koshi (Grade 4-5), Bhote Koshi (Grade 4-5), Kali Gandaki (Grade 4-4+), Marsyangdi (Grade 4-5+), Karnali (Grade 4-5), Tamor (Grade 4-5), Seti (Grade 2-3) etc.
Rafting trips range from one or two days to two-week expeditions. Long rafting trips often combine some trekking to get to the remote rivers in the first place. Rafting trips are usually planned in the dry seasons from October through mid-December and March through early May.
The rivers are graded on a scale of 1 to 6 depending on their size, the intensity of their rapids and the difficulties that may affect rescue attempts:
Grade 1: Easy
Moving water with occasional small rapids with few or no obstacles
Grade 2: Moderate
Small rapids with regular waves; some maneuvering required but easy to navigate
Grade 3: Difficult
Rapids with irregular waves and hazards; more difficult maneuvering required but routes are normally obvious; scouting from the shore is not often necessary
Grade 4: Very Difficult
Large rapids that require careful maneuvering dangerous hazards; scouting from the shore is often necessary and rescue is usually difficult; turbulent water and large irregular waves may flip rafts
Grade 5: Extremely Difficult
Long and very violent rapids with severe hazards; continuous, powerful water makes route findings difficult sometimes
Grade 6: Nearly Impossible
Difficulties of class 6 carries to the extreme of navigability; might possibly (but not probably) be run by a team of experts at the right water level, in the right conditions, with all possible safety precautions, but still with considerable hazard to life
What to Bring?
Lifejacket, helmet, paddle, dry bag, camera barrel are provided while T-shirt, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglass, rubber sandals, personal medicines, camera, flashlight (for night camp), sweater and jackets (for winter: November-February) and change clothes are recommended.