Rafting and kayaking in Nepal
Nepal serves several best rafting and kayaking experiences in the white Himalayan water to every water enthusiast. The endless perennial rivers that descend from the mightiest Himalayas and stretch along the silvery sandy beaches are the most proper spots for rafting and kayaking. The fast flowing white Himalayan rivers add a lot of adventure to rafting. Rafting and Kayaking are quite much viable in Nepal and it is considered as a recreational water sport in addition to an adventurous activity. With a limitless number of choices, everyone from beginners to the well-experienced ones can have a good time in short plus specific trips or explore the joy of long trips accompanied by jungle safari.
The classic plus thrilling experience of rafting can be enjoyed in the perennial rivers like Karnali, Seti, and Trishuli. Rafting in these rivers does not solely serve you the adventure of its grade and speed but it also provides you the panoramic views of the breathtakingly ravishing landscapes. Usually, people prefer kayaking for challenging their inner thrill but in Nepal, it’s not just limited to adventure as the people do it for having a majestic experience of floating freely in the Himalayan water in nature’s paradise. There are a total of 7 rivers open for rafting in Nepal. Among the 7 rivers, Upper Seti is the choice of most of the internal and international tourists. The reason for its higher preference is the duration of the trip which is 1 to 2 days and its easy accessibility. The river is situated at Pokhara and is nearly 30 minutes away from the lakeside. Trishuli River is also another short trip which is completed within duration of 1 night and 2 days. The starting point for Trishuli river rafting is just 3.5 hours away towards west from Kathmandu on the way to Pokhara or Chitwan National Park. The river has a lot of rapids, small gorges, and you can also have a view of the Manakamana Cable Car. The Marshyangdi river Kayaking trip is generally completed within 2 to 3 days. This is one of the most thrilling whitewater experiences with a lot of steep and challenging rapids which demands a lot of courage and commitment from both guide and crew. Throughout this trip, you can have a wonderful view of the snowy slopes of Annapurna. The starting point Bhul Bhule is around 3.5 hours away from Pokhara while the termination point Turture is around 2 hours away from Pokhara. The Kali Gandaki River is also fully certified for rafting and it’s a trip which is generally completed within 3 days. Kali Gandaki is considered as the perfect all-round river in Nepal. This amazing water pathway is full of big plus bouncy rapids along with exciting wave trains and the deepest gorge of the world. You can also revitalize yourselves with the experience of remote beach camping along with the surreal views of temples, mountains, villages, jungles, gorges, and suspension bridges. The starting and finishing points are Maldunga and Mirmi respectively. The Karnali River is the longest river in Nepal and it can be conquered completely within a time span of 8 to 10 days. This rafting trip can be called as the ultimate whitewater expedition in Nepal. It is an amazing combination of bouncy rapids along with relaxed float at places. This trip starts in Dungeswar and ends in Chisapani. The Karnali River flows into the Bardia National Park thus; you can explore one of the richest floral and faunal diversities of Nepal. The Sun Koshi river rafting trip also lasts for 8 to 10 days. This is by far the longest trip by distance and is rated among the top 10 river expeditions in the world. Beautiful beach camping and exciting pool drop rapids are the major specialties of this trip. The starting point of this trip is Dolalghat which is around 3 hours from Kathmandu while the finishing point is Chatara which is 15 hours away from Kathmandu. Last but not the least Tamur River rafting trip is an adventurous journey of 10 days. This thrilling journey is initiated by a road trip of around 18 hours from Kathmandu and is followed by a 3 to 4 days trek to Dovan- the starting point of Tamur river. The distance covered by boat is nearly 135 Kilometers and it’s completed within a span of 5 to 6 days. The termination point here is Chatara which is around 15 hours away from Kathmandu.
The most appropriate time for rafting or kayaking in Nepal is the spring and autumn season. During this time the temperature and weather both are very favorable. Other than that, the flow of water in the rivers is quite normal and there are no dangers of other climatic or natural calamity. If you also want to have the once in a lifetime experience of kayaking in these Perennial Himalayan rivers, you can contact Asian Heritage Tours and Travels for the best experience.