Sun Koshi – The River of Gold
Nepal’s Sunkoshi River is considered among the ten best white water flowing and classic rivers in the world during the voluminous flow at its time. The river rises near Tibet and is joined by Bhote Koshi River just downstream from Barhabise. Sun Koshi River means the River of Gold which is suitable for the longest rafting trip in Nepal. The Sun Koshi flows from eastward in Nepal through the great valley between the Mahabharat range Mountains and the Himalayas. The volume increases considerably, draining flows from its Himalayan tributaries.
Sun Koshi river rafting/kayaking – classic river trip is famous for being one of the top ten river journeys in the world. The ever changing scenery helps to ensure that every day on the river is exciting and different. The beginning of the trip sees high mountains, open valley, forests and small remote villages. The final days bring you to open plains and the thriving village of Chatara.
The rapids encountered at the beginning of the river trip are fairly relaxed class 3, giving an excellent opportunity for great teamwork to really develop. As the Sun Kosi winds its way across the country the size of the rapids increase and it is not unknown for villagers watching from the riverbank to lose sight of the raft in the huge waters!
Sun Kosi river rafting/kayaking is an ideal trip for those wanting to combine peaceful stretches of stunning scenery, some great and challenging rapids and the experience of a lengthy trip where lifelong friendships can often begin.
Location, Transportation and Timetable
Sunkosi waterfallDumja, instead of Dolalghat, new put-in point for Sun Kosi River Rafting/Kayaking trip, is about 3 hour drive east of Kathmandu. Himal Reisen provides private transport to the put-in point of Sun Kosi river trip. The 235 km. of river action can take either 9 days, it depends on the season. There is an orientation meeting early in the evening before the trip, providing you with an opportunity to ask any further questions you may have, to meet your fellow rafters and also your guide and team.
The return journey from the take-out point of rafting/kayking on Sun Koshi River – Chatara, in far south east of the country, takes approximately 16 hours to Kathmandu. It is also possible to arrange a flight from Biratnagar (1 hour road journey from Chatara), flight takes around 50min. to Kathmandu and it’s on additional cost.
Season Grading Water Volume
September – December 5 Approx.475 cumecs
January – May 5- Approx.100 cumecs
June – August Not runnable Approx 1200 cumecs
- All surface transfers as per itinerary
- Fooding, lodging and other expenses of rafting crew.
- Fooding (3 meals a day) and lodging for the clients in rafting days
- Necessary permits.
- All necessary equipment during the rafting.
- Excluded in the price
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Personal equipment and clothing
- You’re insurance
- Cold drinks and beverages
- Personal expenses and tips to the crew
This is departure.
What we provide
Along with our high quality self-bailing rafts, we provide helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits, lifejackets, and first aid kit.
We provide plentiful, healthy and hygienically prepared food and drinks. Tents and sleeping mats are also provided. Sleeping bags can be supplied upon request.
All our equipment is of the highest quality, clean and well maintained.
What to bring
Please bring with you shorts and a T-shirt or swimwear for on the river, suitable footwear for wearing in the raft, warm clothing for the evenings, a towel, sun block and your camera. A flashlight is also useful.
What you need to tell us
Please tell us if you are a non-swimmer, or not very confident in the water. Also it is essential that you inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your wellbeing on the trip.
Don’t forget to request vegetarian meals if required.
Himal Reisen takes the safety of its clients very seriously. All our guides are licensed, with many years of experience on the rivers of Nepal and other European countries. All are trained in CPR, First Aid and advanced river rescue techniques.