BhoteKoshi Rafting

Location: Nepal, Asia
Departure point: Kathmandu
Put-in-Point: Jhirkhu
Take-out-Point: Lamasangu Dam
Outward travel: 5 hours
Best season: Nov-Dec, Mar-May
2 Days: Kathmandu-Kathmandu.

It’s 3½ hours drive from Kathmandu. Bhote Kosi is a beautiful mountain river without a doubt the full action-packed short white-water run in Nepal. ‘Bhote’ roughly translates, as ‘river from Tibet’ so there are quite a lot of rivers with this name in Nepal and Bhote Kosi is the main branch of the Sun Kosi. The river drops steeply offering relentless stretches of grade III-IV white-water. Boulder gardens, small waterfalls, steep chutes and 90degree bends are just some of the obstacles to be overcome. This river is not typical of the big volume waters of the Himalayan, it is steep and technical and requires a reactive crew.

Day 01:

Meet at the place as per time arranged by your expedition leader/guide at pre-departure meeting. Then we leave by our private transports to the river put-in point of the trip. This is a spectacular drive through villages and if weather permits, you will have fabulous mountain views i.e. Pabil, Langtang and Gauri Shanker ranges, etc. upon arrival in the campsite lunch will be served. After early lunch, your expedition leader/guide will give a safety talk and provide all paddling gears to participants for the trip. The first day we are paddling about 3 ½ hours of pure white-water. After a long series of grade III rapids, we drop into the first grade IV known as Gerbil in the Plumbing. From here there is a long, technical rapid called ‘Frog in a Blender’. After this rapid, we settle down for about twenty feet, and then it’s back into the soup with a long series of grade III+ and IV- drops which lead us into a nifty little rapid called Carnal Knowledge of a Deviant Nature. The remaining ten kilometres of the river is a nonstop series of grade III and IV drops terminating into short pools with the next drop just a few feet away. The river flows through a beautiful narrow canyon with lush green vegetation and waterfalls coming in from the steep stonewalls. At the bottom of this stretch is a rapid called ExLax. Just before we hit the Bazaar of Barabise we load all the gears onto our bus and drive back to our campsite. Enjoy with hard and soft drinks, then dinner.

Day 02:

Early morning rise with a hot cup of tea/coffee brush teeth and have breakfast then pack your gears. Here once again you have the second chance to show how your raft team can work well together in challenging rapids. We have lunch on the river bank and continue the action until the take-out point. We run the top stretch, today instead of getting out at Barabise we continue on down through the centre of Bazaar and onto a short flat stretch. Upon reaching the dam, the entire gradient of the last kilometres fulminates into fifty meters of incredibly steep and technical rapid known as ‘The Great Wall’. The Great Wall’s one redeeming feature is that there is a pool at the bottom, because right after the pool is an incredible rapid called ‘Liquid Bliss’, which leads directly into a rapid call ‘Fake Tight Go Left’, which leads directly into another rapid called ‘My God, What to do?’ The trip ends with a bang on a long series of drops known as ‘Dazed and Confused’. Without a doubt, this is some of the finest whitewater rafting to be had anywhere. Our trip

  • Hotel in Kathmandu bed & breakfast.
  • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees.
  • Rafting Guide & Supporter.
  • All rafting equipment such as self-bailing rafts, life jackets and safety equipment.
  • Paddle top, helmets and waterproof gear bags.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis tent camping.
  • All national park and rafting permits and fees.
  • All meals during the raft trip. (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Round trip ground transportation.
  • All kitchen and camping equipment, cook and needed staff.
  • Safety kayaker.
  • Sleeping Bag and mattress (will be provided if needed)
  • Nepal visa.
  • International flight & all domestic departure tax.
  • Lunch & dinner during the hotel stay in Kathmandu.
  • During the lodge trek, hot shower cost extra.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire).
  • Tips, any expenses incurred in an emergency evacuation/roadblock due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking.
  • Rescue & insurance such as travel, cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss.

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