Rafting in Nepal

Rafting in NepalWhatever your desire for adventure, it is easy to find the perfect river in Nepal. With a wide range of difficulties from a gentle 1-day float down the Trishuli river, Seti river, to an exhilarating 10-day adventure through the rapids of the remote Tamur, Arun and Karnali, there is an experience for everyone waiting in Nepal's famous white water river section. Nepal's rivers change with the seasons. Each year, after the heavy monsoon rains the waters swell, changing the run of the rivers and the nature of the rapids. New rapids are created, others become more difficult and some simply impossible to navigate.

It is important to remember that some of the white water action you are about to read about could have changed by the time you come to run the river. At Mountain River Rafting, we are constantly monitoring changes in the rivers and their rapids, so that we can always ensure the safety of our clients and plan expeditions with precision

Nepal has earned a reputation as one of the best destinations in the world for white water rafting, Kayaking, Trekking,rock climbing, these are only some of the many exhilarating adventure that are offer in Nepal. Raft down the rapids of the Himalayan rivers in Nepal. For the rafting purpose, rivers are graded on a scale of one to six depending on how wild they are. Four grades are considered to be quite challenging without being exceedingly dangerous to the novice rafter. Grade 5 requires some previous river experiences.


River Name Best Season Grade* Water Flow Put In Point Take Out Point
TRISHULI (1-3 DAYS) Sep - Dec 4 300 Caraudi Gaighat
  Jan - May 4- 250 Charaudi Gaighat
Jun - Aug 4+ 450 Baireni Gaighat
SETI KHOLA (2 DAYS) Sep - Dec 3 50 Damauli Gaighat
  Jan - May 2 20 Damauli Gaighat
Jun - Aug 4 100 Damauli Gaighat
BHOTE KOSI (2 DAYS) Sep - Dec 5- 100 Baseri Dolalghat
  Jan - May 4+ 50 Baseri Dolalghat
Jun - Aug lower section 180 Dam Dolalghat
KALI GANDAKI (3 DAYS) Sep - Dec 4+ 500 Nayapul Dam
  Jan - May 4 200 Nayapul Dam
Jun - Aug Nr 1000 Nayapul Dam
MARSHYANGDI (4 DAYS) Sep - Dec 5- 250 Nagdi Bimalnagar
  Jan - May 4 100 Nagdi Bimalnagar
Jun - Aug NR 450  Nagdi Bimalnagar
SUN KOSI ( 8-10 DAYS) Sep - Dec 5 475 Dolalghat Chatara
  Jan - May 5- 300 Dolalghat Chatara
Jun - Aug NR 1200  Dolalghat Chatara
KARNALI (10 DAYS) Sep - Dec 5 550 Kareleghat Chisapani
  Jan -May 5- 300 Kareleghat Chisapani
Jun - Aug NR 1350  Kareleghat Chisapani
ARUN (09 DAYS) Sep - Dec 5- 400 Tumlingtar Chatara
  Jan - May 4 200 Tumlingtar Chatara
Jun - Aug NR 850  Tumlingtar Chatara
TAMUR (10 days) Sep - D ec 5 350 Dovan Chatara
  Jan - May 4+ 150 Dovan Chatara
Jun - Aug NR 750  Dovan Chatara
SETI KARNALI (07 days) Sep - D ec 5 350 Gopghat Chisapani
  Jan - May 4+ 150 Gopghat Chisapani
Jun - Aug NR 750 Gopghat Chisapani
BHERI - Fishing Trip (07 days) Sep - D ec 5 350 Surkhet Chisapani
  Jan - May 4+ 150 Surkhet Chisapani
Jun - Aug NR 750 Surkhet Chisapani

*For consistency river grades are taken from the guide book " Whitewater Nepal".

Class I-easy: Moving water with occasional small rapids. Few or no obstacles.

Class II-Moderate: Small Rapids with regular waves. Some maneuvering required but easy to navigate.

Class III- Difficult: Rapids with irregular waves and hazards that need avoiding. More difficult maneuvering required but routes are normally obvious. Scouting from shore is occasionally required.

Class IV- Very difficult: Large rapids that require careful maneuvering. Dangerous hazards. Scouting from shore is often necessary and rescue is difficult. Kayakers should be able to roll. Turbulent water and large irregular waves may flip rafts. In the event of a mishap, there is significant risk of loss damage and/or injury.

Class V- Extremely difficult: Difficulties of class 5 carried out to the extreme of navigability. Might possibly (but not probably) be run by a team of experts at the right water level, in the right conditions with all possible safety precautions, but still with considerable hazard to life.

Class VI- Extremely difficult but can be run by extremely Rafters exports.