Sunkoshi River Rafting - 11 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 11 days Country: Nepal
Max. Altitude: N/A. Walking Per Day: -
Accommodation: N/A grade Grade: Strenuous
Best Season: Sep-Nov, Mar-Jun Group Size: N/A
Mode: N/A Culture: N/A

Sunkoshi is the longest water trip in Nepal and one of the best rafting adventures in whole world. Sunkoshi river rafting offers excellent 4 to 5 grade rapids and can be started just within couple of hours drive from Kathmandu. Do rafting, camping, fishing and exploring around Sunkoshi river in this amazing white water rafting adventure.

We initiate Sunkoshi river rafting journey as we drive 3 hours and arrive at put in point of Dolalghat. We raft and set up camp at end of the day. In this way our white water rafting journey continues for around 10 days through relaxing canyons, striking waterfalls, temples along with chilly nights at white sandy beaches.

After we put out at Chatara and have our lunch, we recommend you to visit Chitwan National Park or Koshi Tappu wild life reserve or short drive to Biratnagar and fly back to Kathmandu avoiding long road trip. Join long white water rafting adventures of Sunkoshi with Nepal Mountain Trekkers. Contact us for booking and further information about the trip.

Sunkoshi River Rafting Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
    • Highlights :

      » Our representative will pick-you up from Tribhuvan International Airport and drop you to your hotel. 


  • Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing
    • Highlights :

      » After breakfast, we will take you for a half day sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu valley. We will provide you a private car or a van and a tour guide. Sightseeing places includes UNESCO World Heritage sites like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

      » After sightseeing, we will gather at our office and conduct a pre- departure meeting. Our guides will introduce themselves to you and tell you how to use the equipment. We will also check the equipment which we shall use during rafting.


  • Day 3 Kathmandu to Pachuwarghat (541 m)
    • Highlights :

      » After breakfast, early in the morning, we will leave for our put in point Dolalghat (967 m). Before the rafting starts, our guides will give you instructions on how to use equipment and tips on how to remain safe.

      » In Dolalghat, lower Bhotekoshi meets Indrawati and forms the Sun Koshi River. We will start to raft on Sun Koshi (“the river of gold” in Nepali). The start will be smooth with few rapids, which will give us some practice and warm up for the rapids that are yet to come. Towards the end of the day, you will experience the first of many Class III rapids. We will set up our camp at Pachuwarghat for the night’s rest.

      » When the night falls we will be setting up campfire and share our experiences.


  • Day 4 Pacuwarghat to Chainpur (1,206 m)
    • Highlights :

      » Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will start from Pachuwarghat to reach Chainpur.

      » We will be facing couple of exciting Class II and Class III Sun Koshi rapids. However, as we raft, you must take your time and observe the beautiful Nepalese countryside. When we reach the Hindu holy temple Kusheswor, the BP highway starts to run parallel to our rafting route.

      » As we continue rafting down the river, you will see Majhee Gaun (which means fisher’s village in Nepali). True to its name, the inhabitants of this village make a living by catching fish. By the time we reach Chainpur, it will be evening so we will set our camp at Chainpur by the side of Sun Koshi River.

      » As you rest and loosen yourself, our team will be prepare tasty food.


  • Day 5 Chainpur to Jhagare (1,190 m)
    • Highlights :


      Another exciting day is waiting for us. After breakfast, we start to paddle down Sun Koshi.


      Within a short period of time, we will see Tama Koshi joining Sun Koshi, increasing the volume of Sun Koshi. At first, the waters are quite calm and paddling is easy but slowly the water currents of Sun Koshi increase, and we have to pay our attention to paddling.


      The exciting and challenging rapids, that include Meat Grinder (Class IV-), Punch (Class IV-), Judy (Class III), Pre-anxiety (Class III) and High-anxiety (Class IV-) are remarable for this day. As the evening approaches, we will stop rafting and set a camp at Jhagare.


  • Day 6 Jhagare to Raighat (268 m)
    • Highlights :


      This day, it's going to be a test of our team spirit as we'll come across the famous Harkapur I and II (Class V-) rapids.


      After some paddling, we will see Dudh Koshi, join Sun Koshi. Depending on the season and water levels, the rapids may or may not be runnable.


      We'll make a careful group decision, as we always put safety first. Our camp site for the day will be at the beautiful Raighat beach for a much-needed rest and refreshment.


  • Day 7 Raighat to Rasuwaghat (501 m)
    • Highlights :


      After breakfast, we will start rafting again and we will meet some exciting rapids such as Jaws Rapid (Class IV-) followed by the notorious “Dead Man Eddy”.


      The main highlight of this day’s rafting is the rapid “Rhino Rock” (Class IV). True to its name, this rapid looks like the horn of a rhinoceros. The way we pass this rapid depends on level of water and decision by the guide.


      We will set up our camp for the night at Rasuwaghat by the Sun Koshi riverside.


  • Day 8 Rasuwaghat to Waterfall
    • Highlights :


      As we continue rafting down the river, we will enter tropical vegetation.


      Sun Koshi becomes narrower, and we will be passing through a region referred as “Jungle Corridor” which is full of continuous rapids. As we move ahead, we come across a series of waterfalls – un-spoilt and serene.


      This day’s camp will be near to Waterfall by the side of Sun Koshi.


  • Day 9 Waterfall to Tribeni
    • Highlights :


      The waters of Sun Koshi are calmer now. We can relax as we pass through smaller waves.


      However, on the way, we will come across two exciting rapids – Big Dipper (Class IV) followed by Black hole (Class III).


      Soon, Arun and Tamor mix with Sun Koshi at Tribeni (which means confluence of three rivers in Nepali).


      A total of seven rivers have now joined Sun Koshi and it is now called Sapta (which in Nepali means seven) Koshi.


      Our camp will be at Tribeni.


  • Day 10 Chatara (153 m) to Kathmandu
    • Highlights :


      After breakfast, we will raft for some time until we reach the famous Baraha temple. We will spend some time sightseeing, then we will paddle to Chatara – our final put out point. We will have our lunch at a local restaurant.


      From Chatara, we will take a private bus and drive for about 14 to 15 hours to reach Kathmandu. We will stop our bus on the way for dinner at a Nepali restaurant.


  • Day 11 Departure Day
    • Highlights :


      Finally, after a fun filled 11 days, our trip will end. And with all the memories and experience with our team, we will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport and our office representative will be seeing you off. If you have time and would like to extend your stay in Nepal, you may join our other tours, we would be happy to offer you our recommendations.


Cost Includes

  • Professional English speaking licensed guides highly trained and safety certified to international standards in Whitewater River Guiding, Swift Water Rescue, and Wilderness First Aid
  • Professionally trained and certified safety kayakers.
  • Gear raft support
  • Quality rafting and kayaking equipment, including boats, kayaks, helmets, paddles, PFDs, dry bags and Pelican boxes.
  • Accommodation in a camp and all necessary facilities including two man tents, shelters, simple mattress and sleeping bag, toilet tents, etc.
  • Treated drinking water
  • Two-way transportation (private bus, option to fly from Biratnagar – Kathmandu)
  • River permits.
  • Entrance fees (for Day2)
  • Industry standard first aid kits
  • Team photos (photos videos by our team)
  • Included meals
    • Day 2 = Breakfast & Lunch
    • Day 3-10= Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Day 11 = Breakfast, Dinner
    • Day 12 = Breakfast

Types of food provided:

Throughout our expedition, we provide treated stream water for drinking. We employ crews with great culinary ability and provide breakfast, lunch and dinner during the expedition in a buffet style. So, yes you have the freedom to choose what you like. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know about it at the time of booking, so that we can arrange accordingly. 

Sample menu for the expedition

  • Breakfast: Tea, Coffee, White chocolate, Muesli and Cornflakes, Yogurt. Eggs, Toast, Hashed potatoes, Pancakes, Porridge  etc.
  • Lunch : Bread, Cheese, Salami, Tuna, Sardines, Baked beans, Salads, Fresh fruits and Biscuits
  • Dinner: Pasta, French fries, Curries, Steamed or Fried vegetables. We may provide Nepali Dal, Bhat in rotation for longer trips.

Cost Excludes

  • Visas, flights, other taxes etc.
  • Personal items like toiletries, clothing, camera etc.
  • Alcohol and other packed food.
  • Insurance policy: paddlers need to have their own insurance since we only provide insurance to our crew.
  • Tips for guides

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for 11 days Sunkoshi River Rafting
  • Shorts / ½ pant
  • Sport Sandals
  • T-shirt.
  • Swimming 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 (environment friendly is recommended).
  • Camera and batteries/chargers
  • Water Bottles
  • Personal medication.
  • Flashlight.
  • Footwear.

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