Sunkoshi Rafting in Nepal

Nepal contains has limitless adventurous sports to adrenaline junkies, among them Rafting is also one of it. Rafting can be done from September to December and March to June because during the rainy season rafting will be difficult. There are many rafting rivers in Nepal like in Trishuli, Kali Gandaki, Bhote Khosi, set river, etc. This all rafting can be done in the short days but Sunkoshi river rafting is the longest day trip river in Nepal. It can be done in 9 to 10 days.

Sunkoshi (River of Gold) rafting provides a safe and enjoyable rafting experience that takes us through many villages and the dense forest; we will start our raft from Dolalghat and end at the Chatara. Looking at various types of flora and fauna we complete our Sunkoshi rafting. People of Sunkoshi mainly do fishing that provides us with the opportunity to participate in local activities.
Trip Code: SRIN62
Starts: Dolalghat
Finishes: Chatara
Duration: 14 Days
Difficulty: Easy
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-Jun,Sep-Nov
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Activities: Adventure Sports
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Breakfast: 12
Lunch: 11
Dinner: 11
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Raft
Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 9 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • 14 days this trip leads to 10day long rafting adventure that passes through the dense forest which homes some of the most beautiful birds like kingfishers and wild peacock.
  • Sunkoshi is the River of Gold.
  • Best season is September to November, May to June
  • The forested canyons and gorges are full of Class III-IV rapids and the final stretch takes you through a dense jungle with chattering monkeys to keep you company.
  • Rated as one of the top ten river rafting adventures in the world by National Geographic

Why this Trip

  • If you are seeking for a long river rafting experience with a wide variation in scenery and villages along the way, then the “river of gold” is a superb choice.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    High above from the sky you will land in the city of art. One of our representatives will be eagerly waiting for you to escort to our office first for briefing of the itinerary. Right after that you will check-in at the hotel for refreshment. We will know a lot about each other at the dinner table.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pickup
    • Cultural Program
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU
    As for sightseeing day, we will visit one of the famous UNESCO world heritage site, Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Hanumandhoka Durbar square first and then continue our tour according to your comfort. This is the day we will prepare all the necessary documents for the tour.

    Meal:

    • Dinner
    • Local Food

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Bhaktapur tour
    • Delicious Momo
    • Bouddhanath Stupa
    • Monkey Temple tour
    • Food and wine tour(Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO DOLALGHAT, RAFTING TO TARANG GAON
    After breakfast we drive to Dolalghat which takes about 3 hrs. After reaching Dolalghat, we start rafting in Sunkhosi River. After rafting for awhile we reach Tarang Gaon where we set our camps and spend overnight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Drive to Dolalghat
    • Rafting to Tara Gaon
  • placeDAY 4 : DUMJA VILLAGE
    Today we leave Tarang Gaon on raft and move forward to Dumja village.We raft for about 4 hours and cross Langtang Ranges before reaching Dunja Village. We set up camps and spend overnight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Rafting
  • placeDAY 5 : KHUNKOT
    Crossing the Dumja village after breakfast we move to khunkot. Today we pass through the fishing village of Kodaris and chamerabhir where we can see many bats. Today's rafting will be rather long that will last up to 6 hrs before we reach Khunkot.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Rafting to Khunkot
  • placeDAY 6 : LIKHU KHOLA
    Today after breakfast at khunkot we leave it and raft towards the likhu khola. Passing through the few poor Raivillages we head towards the Likhu khola. It takes 5 hours of continuous rafting on exciting rapids before we reach Likhu khola.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Rafting to Likhu Khola
  • placeDAY 7 : HARKAPUR
    Like every morning we take breakfast and move ahead towards the destination. Passing through the deep gorges and encountering the Langur (Rhesus monkey) on the side of the river we reach Harkarpur after 6 hours. Overnight Camping at Harkarpur.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Rafting to Harkapur
  • placeDAY 8 : RAI GHAT
    After breakfast today we embark on the most challenging and equally exciting rafting of this trip. During this raft we pass through the ‘Bridge 'Krishna rapids' stopping to carefully plan our strategy through the next rapids. Mr. Mangal Gurung was the first rafter to successfully take rafts in 1979 in Sunkoshi hence, the rapid is named after him 'MANGAL RAPID'. Floating past the confluence of the Dudh Koshi, we hit the last rapid for the day, 'Roller Coaster' a hair rising rapid.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Rafting to Rai ghat
  • placeDAY 9 : BANDER GHAT
    After breakfast we leave Rai Ghat and move towards our today's destination. Today we cross many rapids i.e. ‘holes ‘, ‘eddies’ and ‘stopper waves’ to reach Bander Ghat. It takes 6 hours to reach there. Overnight at Camp.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Rafting to Bander Ghat
  • placeDAY 10 : BONJUR GHAT
    Like every morning we leave the Bander Ghat after taking the breakfast and move towards the Bonjur Ghat in raft. 6 hours of intensive rafting before reaching the Bonjour Ghat.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • CAmping

    Activities:

    • Rafting to Bonjour Ghat
  • placeDAY 11 : BARAHCHHATRA
    Today mesmerizing morning leads us towards the Barahchhatra leaving the Bonjur ghat after breakfast. Today also we raft 6 hours and after we reach Barahchhatra we take a rest. Overnight camping at Barahchhatra.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Rafting to Barahchhatra
  • placeDAY 12 : CHATARA
    Today is short rafting to Chatara after the breakfast. Reaching the Chatara after some rest we drive to Kathmandu. .

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Drive to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 13 : FREE DAY AT KATHMANDU
    After 10 days long rafting you deserve to take rest and spend time as you like. Swotah arranges you with Spa and massage facility to relax your body and mind. You have option to do sightseeing and shopping in the free time.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Spa and Massage
    • Sightseeing(optional)
    • Shopping arrangements
    • Yoga retreat(Optional)
  • placeDAY 14 : DEPARTURE
    After having lunch our representative will escort you to airport from the hotel.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport
    • Souvenir
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle.
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast.
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with ticket fees.
    • Necessary equipment during rafting.
    • Camping Tents.
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the raft.
    • All applicable government tax.
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation.
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Map of Sunkoshi river.
    • Souvenir from Nepal.
    • Sim card service(zero balance).
    • Photos and videoes of the trip(if requested).
    • Certificate of appreciation(if requested).
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee.
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
    • Travel and rescue insurance.
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, etc.).
    • Tips for guide(s) and driver(s).


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the rafting we use lodges/guesthouses/camping for our clients, whatever is available and accessible.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. Can I get vegetarian meals ?
    Yes, you can have vegetarian meals also but you have to clear it before we start a rafting.
  • 6. What about security during Rafting ?
    We make sure to take security measures during rafting. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take security measures.
  • 7. What sort of food can I expect in Rafting ?
    During Camping, our expert Camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for rafting.
  • 8. Is the drinking water safe in this region ?
    Yes, you can buy it in the nearby by shop if possible. If not you can get purify tablets with you so that you can purify the spring water and use it to drink.
  • 9. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Sun Koshi by car, van and deluxe minibus with A/C depending on the size of the group.
  • 10. What is the best season for rafting in Sun Koshi ?
    Sun Koshi Rafting can be done all year around excluding monsoon season. March, April, September, October are the best time to do rafting in Sun Koshi although in winter water will be cold so it will be hard to raft.
  • 11. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    First of all make sure that you can swim which will help for you in case of emergency. If you cannot swim then we will provide you a safety measure. If anything happen with you doing the rafting please inform your tour guide so that we can take you hospital as soon as possible.
  • 12. What is appropriate dress for Rafting ?
    Rafting is mainly done during summer season so you can wear a light dress like t-shirt, half pant and sports sandals which will help you during rafting.
  • 13. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trips consult the guide.
  • 14. Can I bring my camera ?
    Yes, you can bring your camera but you have to take the safety of your camera by yourself.
  • 15. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company.
  • 16. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    During Camping you can’t charge your electronic goods so the best idea always is to bring your own power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 17. Is there any communication while we are on rafting ?
    Yes, you will get telephone service which is available with your guide after paying certain amount directly.
  • 18. Can I add extra days to my Rafting trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trip can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, hotel bookings and all. So, we really do not recommend this to our clients unless there is an emergency case. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 19. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.
  • 20. How many hours do I have to raft in that day ?
    Mainly rafting lasts for about 4 to 5 hrs each day.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 22. Can we use the credit card during the raft ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the rafting you have to withdraw the money in rupees before you start the raft.

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