Published By: June 12, 2018Written By:Shankar Adhikari

Rafting in Nepal

Nepal has earned the reputation of being one of the best destinations for white water rafting. Cruising down rushing rivers of crashing waves and swirling rapids can make up the excitement of a lifetime. Rafting in Nepal trips for some is the highlight of their stay in Nepal. The waters in Nepal offer something for everybody: Grade 5-5+ rivers with raging white water rapids for the adventurous, to Grade 2-3 rivers with a few rapids for novices. Rafters also have a choice ranging from two to three-week trips to trips of two or three days.

The options include paddling, oaring, and kayaking. Paddling requires all on the boat to participate with instructions from the river runner. Luxury safari-style trips with the full teams are available too. In an oar boat, the guide rows alone giving participants a chance to observe the surroundings. Kayaking is another way to travel downstream. A few companies offer inflatable kayaks, or fiberglass kayaks for hire while some arrange for kayaks on their own.

A typical day in the river begins early morning when participants arrive at the site. Instructions on safety and emergency care are given to participants before the event. Life vests and helmets are worn by participants at all times during the trip. Meals are provided during the trip. Some packages also provide river equipment and camping equipment. The best time for rafting is from October through mid-December and March through early May. In winter hypothermia may be a hindrance to some. During the monsoon months of June through September, the white water sections are dangerous, but gentler stretches are easy to raft on. So far the government has opened sections of 10 rivers for commercial rafting.

Major Rafting River in Nepal

  1. Trishuli River
  2. Bhotekoshi River
  3. Seti River
  4. Kaligandaki River
  5. Karnali River
  6. Sunkoshi River
  7. Seti Karnlai River

Nepal is the best destination for rafting as well as the best fishing spot for golden Mashers. You can make a plan for fishing from a day trip to a 12-day trip.

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