Sun Koshi River “8-9 day River of Gold Expedition”
The Sun Koshi means “River of gold “- perhaps named after the gold that is sometimes panned from the river gravels, or alternatively it refers to the orange colour of the water in the monsoon when it is thick with alluvial silt. The Sun Koshi flows from the Himalaya to eastwards in Nepal through the great valley between the Mahabharat range Mountains. It forms the watershed for most of eastern Nepal and gathering strength from tributaries draining the highest mountains in the world it emerges onto the northern plains of India where it joins the Ganges.
Rafting trips start right here from Dolalghat. Since the Banepa-Bardibas highway is now in operation, it is possible to arrange a trip from Dumjabesi. One of the nice things about the Sun Koshi is that, with the exception of a few big rapids like Harkapur the general standard of the river gets progressively harder as you descend it so there is time to lesson up and practice your skills on easy water before you reach the more interesting bigger and more challenging rapids lower down the river. You will be pleasantly surprised and flattered by how much your skills improve by the end of the trip!
For the vast majority of the river there are no roads or towns, just the occasional picturesque village and friendly shouts of “Namaste” from the bank this is un-spoilt, rural Nepal at its best. All along the river are beautiful large white sandy beaches for camping, and the lower section of the river is heavily forested with troops of monkeys and an abundance of brd life.
|September - December
||Approx. 300 cumecs
|January - May
||Approx. 200 cumecs
|June - August
||Approx. 450 cumecs
Note: A new Highway is complete alongside the top 40km of the Sun Koshi.
Rafting put in point
Rafting ending point
River wear gear
Shorts- half pant, T-shirts (long sleep for sun protection), swim wear, Sun Cap/Glass/Cream, personal water bottle, a pair of river sandals.
- Private Transport from Kathmandu to Kathmandu by van or Private Mini bus, as per above itinerary
- All International standard Rafting equipment as necessary such as self bailing rafts, Gear raft Safety kayakers, Helmets, (PFD) life jackets, outfitter plastic paddles, dry top jackets, waterproof barrel for camera and valuables things, Dry bag for multiday trip, wet-suite if necessary etc. well trained and highly experienced English speaking Trip Leader, raft Guide and helper etc.a day meals during the rafting,
- Personal nature expenses like toiletries, drink, Trips, gratuities, laundry etc
- in case of any emergency accident, rescue & insurance such as health, evacuation & loss, theft of or damage to baggage & personal effects Trips
- Things you need to bring for the trip
Accessibility and Location
The trip begins and ends Pokhara to Pokhara-after breakfast early morning from Lakeside, transferred by private transportation to the put in point Maldhunga of the Kali Gandaki River bank (appr. 3 hr.drive) and after 3-day apr. 60 km. wildness expedition trip ends and take out at dam (Mirmi). We serve you lunch there, clean up and load the gear and drive back about (5hr.) journey to Pokhara again. Kali Gandaki rafting trip is ideal for combining with any Annapurna region trekking trip before and after according to your holiday plan.
The kali Gandaki River is one of the oldest major tributary of Gandaki river system in mid-west of Nepal. Before Himalayan born 70 million years ago, the river was following from the marginal Himalayan range of Tibetan plate it was falling into the sea of Indian Ocean. After Himalayan rage born it cut the valley of Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) massif in between formed deepest gorge in the world. The kali Gandaki river valley route also known as oldest trading route and holy pilgrimage trail to the Muktinath (nirvana centre).
The beautiful scenery, tumbling waterfalls and grate challenging rapids attract the many whitewater seekers to encounter once upon a time for their rafting experience. This holy river is ideal for medium length wildness expedition and a reward for bird watching and wildlife.
Trip Preparation and pre-departure meeting
Before heading every outdoor trip we would like to request to our guests to be gathered at our office for pre-departure meeting as it is also prime concern to introduce with our team-Trip Leader, Guides, trip staffs and other guests, complete official formalities, discuss about the trip system, timetable and other important matters to make your happy journey successful.
Equipments and Services we provide for the trip
Best quality self-bailing inflatable raft, Whitewater safety helmet, modern plastic paddle, neoprene-wetsuit, PFD-lifejacket, Dry top Jacket, Waterproof Container/Barrel for camera and valuables things, Dry bag, First-Aid Kits and Tents/mass fly sheet and sleeping mat, other necessary camping gear cooking utensils, hygienically prepared food and drinks.
Mountain River Rafting team takes safety issues very seriously for every rafting trip and believe every happy outdoor trip is a safe one. Our team members have updated training courses - SRT (Swift Water Rescue Technician), CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and Wilderness First Aid, and Whitewater Rescue Technician conducted by Rescue 3 International. Besides in every trip also provides expert safety kayaker for rescue and make your rafting journey with us more comfort and enjoyable
Care of Environment
The care of environment is our prime concern responsibility to protect the wildness resources of Nepal for future generation. We practice and follow minimum impact polices on our every outdoor journey- by using gas or kerosene as a cooking fuel instead of local firewood. Moreover by disposing and cleaning both biodegradable and non-degradable properly from the campsite.
How many in the group and how many in each raft?
The group size is required minimum 4 people above for each trip,
each raft must be at least 6 pax and a guide, however we can add
up to 8 pax depending on rivers.
How many gear rafts?
We provide gear raft for every multi days wildness trip 1-2 paddle rafts : 1 gear raft
How will you get to and from the river?
We provide private transportation to and from the river for each rafting trip and for those who looking for fly back after the trip to be on extra cost.
How long is each day? How many actual hours on the water?
Normally the rafting duration approximately 4-5 hours each day on the water.
How many in the river team and what are their jobs?
Normally in each trip, we provide a guide for a paddle raft. a safety kayaker and a gear raft guide and they do their team work job accordingly. Our rafting team members are professional and well known their job and you may join for with the team work together.
Where will you camp each night?
We camp each night by the river bank on the sandy beach everyday new camp site where we could set up tents.