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The Sun Kosi – The river of Gold
8-9 days ex Kathmandu
SunkoshiThis is the longest trip in the river miles offered in Nepal. From the put –in point at Dolalghat ( two hours out of Kathmandu), the warm waters of the Sun kosi surge for 270 km, before meeting up with another road. It is quite an experience to begin a river trip, barley 60 km from the Tibetan border and end a week later at the hot, dusty northern Indians plains. An incredible combination of powerful whitewater, stunning scenery and quite, reflective evenings, makes this one of the world’s ten best classic river adventures during high flow. There are dozens of adrenaline- pumping rapids and miles of calmer water to reflect on this beautiful, wild area. Most of the rapids on the Sun Koshi are formed by monsoon debris brought by side streams and loose rock fall. Thus, the rapids change II and small class III rapids. Becoming more powerful and frequent, the Sun Koshi reserves some of its biggest and best rapids for the last few days. An alternative proceeding back straight to Kathmandu would be to drop in at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Sanctuary, a birdwatcher’s paradise or royal Chitwan National Park, arguably among Asia’s best, which also provides sightings of the Royal Bengal Tiger.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Early breakfast and departure from Kathmandu to the river put –in-point, three hours drive. Commence rafting.

Day 02 – 7: A river journey down the Sun Koshi meandering through the beautiful Mahabharat range is not just a vacation, it’s an education. Our guides will explain the finer points of paddling through whitewater and stay in the raft as it bucks and contorts through the rapids. Team work is what makes it possible to run any river safely, all the rafts and safety kayaker’s work as a team, communicating with and supporting each other. Most of the rapids on the sun koshi are formed by monsoon debris brought by the side streams and loose rock falls. These rapids change every year depending on the severity of the monsoon rains. Camping on the Sun koshi is awesome. The massive floods during the monsoon deposit huge tracks of white sand along the river which is ideal for camping.

Day 08: End of the river journey by the afternoon form where one can either drive back to Kathmandu or extend their trip by a visit to the Chitwan national park.

 

On the river

There are no rules to running rivers. To enjoy, feel and learn, we ask that you be flexible and open to the ever changing situations. We rise with the sun, eat a hearty breakfast, load the rafts and begin our day. On the rive we paddle hard through countless rapids and cruise the water in between. Lunch is alongside the river on a sandy beach around noon. A typical day consists of about 4-6 hours spent on the river, time dependent upon our choice of spectacular riverside campsites.

Physical fitness

You do not have to be an athlete to join our trips. A reasonable level of fitness is recommended though, as it will add to the enjoyment of your adventure. However, we do suggest good swimming ability, although non swimmer can also be accommodated. Our high buoyancy life jackets and helmets mean there is little chance of getting in trouble, should you fall in.

Safety

Safety is the number one priority on our river trips and our outstanding records shows just that. To ensure a safe trip, we employ some of the world's most experienced rafting guides. All our guides are professionally certified and skilled in running whitewater expeditions. All major rapids are scouted prior to any run and accompanied by safety kayakers.

 

Cost: US$ 550 per person ex Kathmandu


Cost Includes
: Transportation to and from the river take out point, all meals during the river journey, all river equipment and accommodation on twin sharing basis.

Not Included: Client’s insurance, sleeping bags & mattress, alcoholic beverage and expense of personal nature.


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