Sunkoshi River Rafting

Trip Overview

Sunkoshi River Rafting

The River,It offers the longest trip in Nepal in terms of river days. It has many tributaries entering from the north that drain Himalayan peaks including the mighty mount Everest. The character of the river changes with amazing wide valley sections and large sandy islands becoming narrow jungle gorges and corridors.

There is only one large village on the river, the hardest rapid – Hakapur is named after it.
The upper section is known as the Bhote Kosi, an adrenaline charged section of river described separately in this guide.The commercial trips start at Dolalghat, which is close to the confluence of the Bhote kosi, and the Indrawati.
You can expect the trip to take 10 days, this may include a lay-over day. Post monsoon it can be rafted in 8 days, 6 in a kayak.

Transportation to the river
The Sun kosi has the great advantage of having a Put-in point near Kathmandu. You could expect the bus to take about three hours, which is ideal to unpack, have lunch and depart at the start of the afternoon.

On the river
On the first day you are likely to encounter big and bouncy wave trains at class 2-3 and you may reach Meat-grinder (4-) close to the confluence of the Tamba Kosi. From here class 3+ to 4- is the order of the day, with some rapids like High Anxiety (4-) which are just massive surf waves during early October descents.

The Hardest rapid Hakapur (5-) is just before the halfway point and often a layover day follows at Little Devisthan beach. Below here the Dudh kosi enters and the river narrows into the jungle corridor – Imaginative names of rapids within (Rhino rock, No Quiche, Dummy to the wall, Roller coaster, El Wasto!, Arthur Daley?).All the above in the class 4 region. The river continues then with several more rapids at a lower grade. The Arun and Tamur rivers join just before the Sun Kosi breaks out of the valley it has been held in for 270Km into a vast wide plain taking it eventually into the bay of Bengal. In a kayak it can be done more quickly but the thought of a self-sufficient trip of that length would make me think twice – most raft operators offer good deals to kayakers (especially early season) and I would recommend using raft support or tagging along to a scheduled raft departure.

Ten days is a long time on a river – the only other advice is to bear in mind that you are confined to the area of an 8 man raft for 8 – 10 days with people who you may not have had chance to get to know beforehand. Lay-over days are a great way of breaking up that time – check if the operator you use includes that option.

Lastly, the journey to the river may be short but the journey back ain’t……unless you fly you’re looking at a 16 to 20 hour bus journey from hell (all part of the adventure ! ? )

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Detail Itinerary

Day 01:

Leave Kathmandu, bus to the river, unpacks and lunch, begin river trip early afternoon, steady afternoon with nothing too difficult.

Day 02:

 Past ‘Meat grinder’, and the Tamba Kosi Confluence.

Day 03:

‘Punch and Judy’, Likhu khola confluence and maybe as far as ‘High Anxiety’

Day 04:

Past ‘High Anxiety’, to Hakapur village & rapid. Big day.

Day 05:

 Layover day? Little Devisthan beach.

Day 06:

Dudh Kosi confluence, ‘Jaws’, camp above jungle corridor.

Day 07:

Probably the best, numerous big class 4’s in the jungle corridor, ‘Rhino rock’, ‘El Wasto’ and others.

Day 08:

Out of the corridor, odd class 3 / 4, ‘Big Dipper’, could arrive Chatra p.m.

Day 09:

Arrive Chatra, pack, bus to Kathmandu.


The trip, depending on the level of the water can take as minimum as 8 days and as maximum as 10

Include Exclude

Trip Cost: Contact Us

Cost Includes:

  • Kathmandu to Rafting starting point and Rafting ending point to Kathmandu by bus (if you want both way private vehicle also available on additional cost )
  • Twin/double shearing accommodation during the Rafting
  • Three meals a day; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the Rafting
  • Rafting equipments
  • Safe drinking water and first add kid box

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fee (Bring accurate fee in USD and two Passport size Photo)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • All meals and Accommodation in Kathmandu (We do provide on your request with extra charge)
  • Personal travel and health insurance and insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • Extra night accommodation and meals, extra activities (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes column

Equipment List

Suggested Equipment for this trip

On the Raft:

  • Shorts
  • Sun Hat/ Cap
  • Sports Shoes (Trainers) Teva-type sandals (It’s important to have Rubber soles and that the shoe is either tied or uses Velcro/ Buckles to stay on the foot)
  • T-shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuit
  • Sun Block
  • Water Bottle

Off the raft (at camp):

  • Long Lightweight trousers
  • Dry Shoes/socks
  • Warm Jacket/fleece
  • Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Good Sleeping bag
  • Towel
  • Torch/Flashlight
  • Toiletries
  • Any special personal medications


Before You Go

Trekking Planner takes the safety and security of all of our clients very seriously. It is our primary concern and reflected in every aspect of your time with us.

  • All our guides are licensed, trained in CPR, first aid and advanced river rescue techniques.
  • All our equipment is world class, up to date and carefully maintained.
  • We use Avon self-bailing rafts.
  • We always use safety kayakers or double catamaran team on every trip.
  • We prepare all food with the utmost attention to hygiene.
  • Whenever possible we use our own private minibus and driver.

What we provide

before your trip you will be invited to an orientation meeting in order to meet the rest of your paddling team, our rafting crews (Guides and Safety Team who will be on your trip). At this meeting there will be opportunities for you to ask any questions that you may have and discuss any personal requirements, such as a special diet or medical conditions that could affect your time with us.

  • We have our own private transportation to take you to and from the river if possible if not then we use tourist bus to rafting starting point and local bus from ending point to onward. When our own coach is not available then we provide a privately booked alternative.
  • We provide plentiful, hygienically prepared and wholesome food and drinks.
  • Along with our high quality self-bailing rafts, we provide helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (during winter), lifejackets, dry bags, camera barrels, all necessary safety and medical equipment. 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 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 well being on the trip. Don’t forget to request vegetarian or other special meals if required.

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