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Sunkoshi River Rafting -14 Days

The Sunkoshi River in Nepal is one among the best ten rivers in the world.

The Sunkoshi River is one among the best ten rivers in the world.  Also popularly known as "Golden River", the Sun Koshi happens to be the longest river in Nepal, cascading 270 kms, all the way through Mahabharat Lekh Mountains to the Himalayas. Paddling along this prudent river, we are literally catapulted to the nature’s lap, enthusiastically showering our glances on every single object we pass by. This sheer awe-inspiring whitewater rafting against the roaring rapids continues from the put-in point below the Village of Lamosangu to the put-out point at Chatara. That’s not the only catch; we can have cultural encounters as we approach the pristine hamlets on the terraced hillsides. En route, we can behold several exotic wild lives like Languor monkeys, spotted deer, otter anteater etc., including many beautiful species of birds. We will also be paying our visit to several Hindu temples. The trip concludes with a flight from Biratnagar to Kathmandu.


Sun Koshi River is an ideal spot for pursuing the classic white water rafting adventure……and you can’t find it anywhere else in the world but Nepal!

 

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley

Day 03: Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Balephi (65 kms); raft from Balephi to Dolalghat

Day 04: Raft from Dolalghat to Pucharghat

Day 05: Raft from Pucharghat to Dhani Ghat

Day 06: Raft from Dhani Ghat to Harkapur

Day 07: Raft from Harkapur to Raighat

Day 08: Rest cum an excursion day at Raighat

Day 09: Raft from Raighat to Raswaghat

Day 10: Raft from Raswaghat to Riverghat

Day 11: Raft from Riverghat to Ranitar

Day 12: Raft from Ranitar to  Chatara; drive from Chatara to Biratnagar

Day 13: Flight from Biratnagar to Kathmandu

Day 14: Final departure to your homeland or onward destination

 

  Important  Snippets  

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Besides, the domestic flights in Nepal could be subjected to delays or cancellations owing to adverse weather conditions or technical glitches. It is worth mentioning that the flights cannot be operated in the condition where the visibility is less than 1600 meters. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.

The accompaniment of a skilled rafting guide shall ensure your safety. If you are not a confident swimmer or not so accustomed to water sport, we can provide you with the life jackets.


Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, the only international airport in Nepal.Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Marron Treks will receive and transfer you to your hotel. After you are greeted with welcome drinks at the hotel, we will have a quick meeting to discuss on the necessary formalities regarding your trip. You can then check in to your room, freshen up and rest. Or if you are not one of those “lay back” types, you can take a stroll around the vicinity of your hotel and get the feel of this hyperactive capital city of Nepal. On the streets, people seem to be on sheer rush, barely noticing one another, but if you utter “Namaste”, they will definitely reciprocate with a smile! Well, that’s Nepal’s Nepalese for you. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.

 

Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing (1400m)Swayambhunath, one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Short stroll in the evening yesterday might not have acquainted you to Kathmandu. So we want to make sure that you know this city like you know yourself. Once done with your breakfast, let’s hop in to our reserved vehicle and then head on for a comfy ride with one of our experienced city guides.You will be visiting the most renowned historical/cultural landmarks in Kathmandu.Our guide will take you to the Pasupatinath Temple (the most revered Hindu shrine), Swayambunath (the Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu (Basantapur) Durbar Square. All these sites are enlisted in the UNESCO world’s heritage list. After this informative and interesting tour, we drive back through the busy and noisy streets of Kathmandu to the serene premises of your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.
 

 

Dolalghat is a beautiful village in Nepal known for its terraced fields and traditional Nepali houses.Day 03: Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Balephi (65 kms); raft from Balephi to Dolalghat

Early in the morning we drive through 65 km route for 3 hours to get to Balephi, our raft put in point. After arriving at Balephi, lunch is served. Prior to rafting, we undergo a thorough briefing session. We then gear up for this sizzling river sport in the company of an expert river guide. Paddling along the rhythm of roaring river amid the picturesque landscapes, exquisite wilderness and the panorama of majestic hills, we paddle towards Dolalghat. On reaching Dolalghat, we witness terraced fields and traditional Nepali houses perched on the hillsides and slopes.This place is renowned for superabundant availability of fish. Many sea food freaks from Kathmandu, come to Dolalghat just to sample a succulent range of fish cuisines.
The thrilling adventure concludes for the day with camping at a superb site by the river side. Overnight at tent in Dolalghat; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 04: Raft from Dolalghat to PucharghatPaddling through the river point at Pucharghat during the Sunkoshi River Rafting in Nepal.

We continue rafting against the thrashing rapids. By the time this exhilarating river ride meanders against class IV- ‘No Exit’ and ‘Meat-grinder’ rapids towards Pucharghat, it becomes much easier to control the fast-paced whitewater run. Pristine Tamang villages hood up into picture. Eventually, after hours of succumbing to unparalled rafting challenges,  we arrive at our camp site in Pucharghat. Overnight at tent in Pucharghat; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 

 

 

Paddling through the river point at Dhani Ghat during the Sunkoshi River Rafting in Nepal.Day 05: Raft from Pucharghat to Dhani Ghat

As the rafting trip advances further, we get more familiarized with the topology of this prudent river. Besides rendezvous with exhilarating scenic rapids, the breath-taking scenery and ethno-cultural heritages further add to the gravity of this sizzling trip. Consistently paddling through the swift waters, we and arrive at our splendid camp site in Dhani Ghat by the side of the roaring Sunkoshi. Overnight at tent in Dhani Ghat; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 

 

 

Day 06: Raft from Dhani Ghat to HarkapurPaddling through the river point at Harkapur during the Sunkoshi River Rafting in Nepal.

As the day's rafting progresses, the river trip meets a series of white-water rapids with various intensities at regular intervals. We encounter an amazing boulder-strewn whitewater bonanza! On rafting towards Harkapur, we struggle against Class III rapids. The trip gets more challenging and intimidating as the torrential rapids upgrade to CLass V. The professional expertise of river guide coupled with extreme precaution and safety measures play key roles at this point. After this adrenaline rafting trip, we camp at Harkapur. Overnight at tent in Harkapur; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Paddling through the river point at Raighat during the Sunkoshi River Rafting in Nepal.Day 07: Raft from Harkapur to Raighat

Rafting past Harkapur literally puts us in the face off with the Class IV rapids as we enter the confluence of the Dudhkoshi River. Amidst a splendid environ, the river widens below the Dudh Koshi and flows through a broad valley after mellowing down. In comparison to Sun Koshi, the Dudh Koshi is much colder. After having maneuvered through awesome rapids like Rapid Punch, Juddy, High anxiety, Motorcycle, Harkapur 1, Harkapur 2 and Harkapur 3, we eventually reach Raighat, where we set a camp for the night. Overnight at tent in Raighat; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 

                                           
                                                                                        

Day 08: Rest cum an excursion day at RaighatLeisure day at Rai Ghat, during the Sunkoshi River Rafting in Nepal.

Rafting  is a strenuous sport and indeed gobbles up a lot of calorie. This extra day at Raighat is meant for rejuvenating the lost energy and flexing our aching muscles.Nonetheless, we just are not lying flat all day. On a good weather we can witness the awesome ambience of the campsite including a good view of the Mt. Everest. We spend the day strolling around the campsite and taking some snapshots of the fascinating milieu. Or if you feel yourself kind of smelly, this is the best time to get indulged in some thorough cleansing/washing. Overnight at tent in Raighat; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.  


 

Paddling through the river point at Raswaghat during the Sunkoshi River Rafting in Nepal.Day 09: Raft from Raighat to Raswaghat

Battling against the rapids like "Jaws" and "Dead Man’s Eddy", we raft past a suspension bridge and a huge eddy. The pulsating venture continues as we paddle ahead for more challenging white-water rafting. The combo of exotic wilderness and natural beauty remain our constant companions throughout this thrilling river trip. Our river guide provides us informative snippets from time to time. The day's rafting trip concludes at Raswaghat. Overnight at tent in Raswaghat; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.



 

Day 10: Raft from Raswaghat to RiverghatPaddling through the river point at Riverghat during the Sunkoshi River Rafting in Nepal.

Relishing the views of wild verdant vegetation, rock-strewn cliff and house-sized boulders alongside, we bounce and splash against the untamed river. Further ahead, we encounter continuous white water rapids like "Rhino Rocks" and "Jungle Corridor". Keeping our spirits elevated and biceps busy, we eventually arrive at our campsite in Riverghat. Overnight at tent in Riverghat; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 

 

 

Paddling through the river point at Ranitar during the Sunkoshi River Rafting in Nepal.Day 11: Raft from Riverghat to Ranitar

As the untamed river cuts against the rocky banks, crash into rocks and crevices breaking into foaming white water rapids, we position the raft securely abiding the instructions of our river guide. Enjoying the stunning scenery, we paddle through the narrow canyons and furious rapids like "Chamereghat" and "Darsandhungat" until we arrive at Ranitar. Overnight at tent in Ranitar; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 




Day 12: Raft from Ranitar to  Chatara; drive from Chatara to BiratnagarChatara, Koshi District, Nepal.

On this last rafting day, we kiss goodbye to Ranitar paddling along the imperial rapid, "Big Dipper". Soon after discovering the enchanting waterfalls and paradisiacal side canyons, we enter the Tribeni Ghat, the confluence of river Arun and  Tamur. It is from this point where the Sapta Koshi River begins. Like all good things come to an end, our sizzling water fiesta concludes as we arrive at Chatara. There is a Barahi temple in the vicinity of Chatara. We can visit this temple and offer our prayers and gratitude for having successfully accomplished the venture with the blessings of God. From Chatara, we drive all the way to Biratnagar, the second biggest city cum an industrial hub of Nepal.
Owing to its proximity to the Indian border (Jogbani), Biratnagar gives us the reminiscence of a typical Indian city. We drive in to our hotel and relax for some time, retrospecting on the awesome water journey we just had. In the evening, we can stroll around the local market place and some industrial sites. Overnight at hotel in Biratnagar; breakfast included.

 

Thamel, a popular spot for souvenir shopping in Kathmandu, Nepal.Day 13: Flight from Biratnagar to Kathmandu

A good night's sleep on the comfy beds of the hotel after almost a fortnight in the congested tents, would perhaps wake us afresh! After breakfast, we drive to the Biratnagar airport and then board on a flight back to KTM. In just about 35 minutes, we land at the domestic wing of the Kathmandu airport. You will then be driven to your designated hotel, where you can rest and relax for some time. The remaining time is on your own; you would probably want to indulge yourself in some souvenir shopping. Thamel is your hot spot for shopping. Hoard anything that strikes you but make sure you portray yourself as a shrewd customer when it comes to bargaining, or else you might just be ripped off by one of the seemingly amiable storekeepers. Once you are done, get back to the hotel and do some packing.
We have the last bit of fun still in store for you. In the evening, Marron Treks will host a dinner program featuring a range of traditional Nepali cuisines and cultural show. Cut loose but sleep tight. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast and dinner included.

 

Day 14: Final departure to your homeland or onward destinationTribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Unless you intend to extend your trip, this will be your last day in Nepal. A representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, three hours prior to your flight schedule.
As you wave us good bye and enter the terminal block, you would perhaps recall your arrival at this place. No wonder, everything seems so familiar now, because you had come here as a tourist, but you are going back as a friend! Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your travel companion in Nepal again!

 

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  Important  Snippets  

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Besides, the domestic flights in Nepal could be subjected to delays or cancellations owing to adverse weather conditions or technical glitches. It is worth mentioning that the flights cannot be operated in the condition where the visibility is less than 1600 meters. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.

The accompaniment of a skilled rafting guide shall ensure your safety. If you are not a confident swimmer or not so accustomed to water sport, we can provide you with the life jackets.


Accommodation

During  Sunkoshi River Rafting  we opt you accommodate in 3 star or 5 star hotels like Hotel Royal Singhi (3 star), Hotel Manaslu (3 star), Radisson (5 star), Yak & Yeti (5 star) or similar in Kathmandu city.

 

Personal Spending

You will not get many things around the river as no such items are available except cigratees, chocolates etc. Therefore it  will be better if you bring a few refreshments for your personal use.

 

Our Guides

Marron Treks has experienced and helpful guides who make your trip enjoyable as well as successful. To make our visitors journey fruitful, the team of MarronTreks has got the best rafting guides who are white water professional, good helper during the emergency and give mush priority towards the safety of all.

 

Useful Tips

We need to have the heavy breakfast before heading towards the river. You have to paddle hard along with the other members. During rafting we are atleast for 4 hours on the water so it is necessray if you follow all the instruction given by our guides.

  

Travel Insurance

Before starting your journey with Marron Treks it is advised that you arrange your travel insurance before leaving your homeland. The main thing is to make sure your insurance covers you for both medical and evacuation costs. In some places it is not necessary but it would be better if you have the travel insurance with you all the time. That would make your trip safe and hassle free.

 

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Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Applicable domestic airfare as per the itinerary.
  • Ground transportation as prescribed in the itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation costs in Kathmandu & Biratnagar on "BB" basis as per the itinerary.
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city.
  • Accommodation cost during the rafting period on "full board" basis. Generally tents are set up on the beautiful milieu by riverside.
  • All applicable tourist entrance, monumental and local permit fees as deemed necessary for the tour.
  • Necessary high quality rafting equipments like-self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (on certain rivers), dry bag for gear, camera barrels.
  • Remunerations to rafting crew (guide, cook, helpers, etc.).
  • River permits fees.
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • Company’s t-shirt, cap and a day pack and duffle bag (provided as complimentary gears).
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by your accompanying guide).
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.

 

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and departure taxes.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner expenses incurred before or after the rafting period.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days costs US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days costs US $40 and $ 100 respectively. You will need a valid passport and 2 copies of your recent PP sized photos).
  • Tips to the guide, driver, kitchen staffs, helpers etc. (Tipping is expected).
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry etc.)
  • Cost of personal rafting gears (kindly refer to our equipment lists: http://www.marrontreks.com/itinerary/143/sunkoshi-river-rafting-14-days.html#equipment-list).
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the real course of the itinerary because of bad weather conditions, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies like (but not limited to) natural calamities, accidents, illness, thefts, damages etc.
  • Garbage deposit fees (refundable).
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the 'Cost Includes' section above.

White water rafting Equipment List

The suggestive list below only reflects the items that you have to bring on your own.  The actual rafting equipments will be rented and managed by Marron Treks. Generally, the items you are supposed to bring highly rely on the season and duration & toughness of the adventure you are pursuing.  Hope the list below provides you a general conception regarding the rafting accessories.

 

  • Essential Items

Wetsuit

Fleece jacket/sweater

Energy Bar for the river

Biodegradable soap

Windproof & water proof outerwear

Plastic bags to pack out dirty items

Life Jacket

Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)

Duffle Bag (provided as a complimentary gear from Marron Treks; you need not return it)

Head Torch/Flash Light

Hard shell water bottle

Loose pants

Shorts

Synthetic undergarments

Polypropylene / quick dry long shirts

Hand Towel

Sport Sandals

Running Shoes
 

  • Miscellaneous Bits

The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!

 

Toiletries

Quick-drying camp towel

Detergent powder/bar

Toilet paper

Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm

Pocket knife

Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)

Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter

Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms

Stuff sacks

Earplugs

Candlesticks
 

  • Medicaments

It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines. Generally, our guide carries the first aid kit with him, but it’s always better to have your own kit.

 Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)

 Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets

 Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)

 Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)

 Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)

 Assorted band-aids

 Small gauge pad

 Roll of adhesive tape

 Iodine tablets

 

  • Optional Carry

Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret as they might just come handy during the trip.

Water proof camera, memory card and battery charger

GPS unit Altimeters

Binoculars

Plastic bags for wet cloths

Books and magazines

Dry food/fruits

Departure Date

Generally, there are no fixed departure dates for the optional adventure like “White Water Rafting". If you intend to pursue the adventure on any specific date, please contact us directly and let us know about your preferred schedule. We will endeavor our level best to make sure that the adventure commences on the set date.





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