In Nepal are the highest peaks in the world, which discharge their water into a spectacular network of navigable rivers for the practice of Rafting and Kayaking. You have a wide variety of options for beginners and also for experts who are looking for the most exciting white water (rapids), and with the possibility of sailing for several days and many kilometers, camping during the trip on beautiful river beaches. Spending the night camped under the stars in these places is an unforgettable luxury.
We show you some of the most popular rivers to navigate in Nepal:
Easy level (1 to 3 days)
Trisuli is one of the most popular rivers in Nepal due to its proximity from Kathmandu and Pokhara, and also because it is not a river of great technical difficulty for beginners. It is perfect for an adventure with the family and with children, since the rapids are not complicated and there are calm waters to swim safely.
The landscape changes as we descend from Kathmandu to the Terai jungle and along the way you discover populations of diverse ethnic groups and varied fauna.
It can end with a tour to see wild animals in the Chitwan National Park.
Seti Khola river
Easy level (2 days)
The Seti River is located an hour and a half from Pokhara and is ideal to start in Rafting or Kayaking, since the route takes 90 minutes and there are no great rapids that require a lot of skill or experience. The landscape is pure Himalayas with the Annapurna mountain range in the background. You can also extend the descent 2 days down the Trisuli River to the Chitwan Jungle, where you can take a tour to see wild animals in their natural habitat. During the night we will camp on a fabulous river beach under the stars.
Bhote Koshi river
Medium level (2 days)
The Bhote Koshi River is a 3-hour drive from Kathmandu and is a great option for those who do not have many days to sail and want to live an intense experience, but without any too demanding rapids.
Rafting begins in the north, near the border with Tibet, and there are about 95 kilometers of white water (rapids) that cross ravines, canyons and some calmer areas with beautiful landscapes of cultivated fields.
Sun Koshi river
Moderate to difficult level (7 to 9 days)
The Sun Koshi is one of the most popular for rafting or kayaking, especially for those who can do a longer expedition, as there are 270 km of navigable exciting white water (rapids). This trip requires 9 days to complete. Access is located 3 hours from Kathmandu and you will not find any exit points or towns between the starting point and the arrival point. It has a great flow, especially at the end of summer, after the rainy season, and that means that there are many stretches of white water (rapids) followed immediately by calm waters, which makes it safe for beginners and a lot of fun for experts. . During the trip you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of lush hills near the Tibetan border, passing through the jungle, to the flat plains near the border with India. To spend the night we will camp on beautiful white sand beaches on the banks of the river.
Difficult level (3 days)
The Kaligandaki is another of the most navigated rivers in Nepal. It would be at a medium difficulty level due to its abundant white water (rapids), its waterfalls and its ravines, considered the deepest in the world to navigate. It is perfect if you have a few days but you want to experience intense sensations.
The tour starts 3 and a half hours from Pokhara, very close to the border with Tibet, and covers 55 km through a beautiful valley with the Annapurna mountain range on one side and the Dhaulagiri the other.
Although we will not see towns, being a sacred river in honor of the Hindu goddess Kali, we will see small cremation places for the deceased at the confluences with other rivers …
At the end of the day we will camp on beautiful white sand beaches where we can relax near the fire after the effort.
Difficult level (3 days)
Marshyangdi means “Furious River” in the local dialect and this characteristic describes how it is one of the best white water rivers (rapids) in the world. Sailing this river is an exciting challenge for rafting and kayaking enthusiasts, and requires technique and a lot of attention to overcome the uninterrupted white water of this powerful river during the 3 days of sailing.
The access point to the river is at the beginning of the Annapurna trek circuit, near Pokhara, and throughout the tour you will have beautiful views of the area.
Difficult level (11 days)
Access to the Tamur river requires a multi-day trekking expedition through the incredible and wild Makalu and Kanchenjunga area, close to the Everest area but much less traveled by tourists … The descent will take us about 6 days, sailing the 131 kms of intense white water (rapids) of this powerful river. Not suitable for beginners.
Very difficult level (10 days)
The Karnali river is the longest and largest river in Nepal, but there are sections where it narrows and the flow accelerates and rages down through canyons forming continuous rapids… Navigating the 180km of this river is reserved only for people with experience and desire for adventure. It is recommended to sail with lower waters in the season from November to April.
This river is the furthest from Kathmandu, so getting to the starting point requires a couple of days overland or an internal flight + jeep. Although the access is more complicated, for those who really enjoy this sport it is worth it, since the virgin jungle landscape is spectacular at all times and the feeling of being in an isolated area to discover is very exciting. Undoubtedly a good opportunity to practice a bit of hiking in addition to sailing, and to finish we can visit the Bardia National Park in southern Nepal close to India.
Sailing through these dream places is an original way to discover Nepal and an unforgettable experience to take home.