Kayaking / Rafting in Nepal
Nepal is the world’s second richest country, in terms of the water resources. Nepal has nearly 6,000 rivers and rivulets. While majority of them are not possible for rafting, there are still a handful number of rivers to choose from for rafting. Some of the most popular rafting and kayaking rivers of Nepal are Bhote Koshi, Balephi Khola, Kali Gandaki, Karnali River,Marshyandi, Seti River, Sun Koshi, Tamur, Trishuli and many more. The rivers of Nepal have earned a reputation as one of the best white-water rafting around the world. The rivers have learned to live up to the expectation, taking the rafters within them and emerging them after a couple of seconds- the experience of which can be described once you have been in it for yourself.
Nepal is also a paradise for many rafters around the globe. Rafting in Nepal not only provides us the thrill of rafting but also a chance of observing the typical Nepali culture. It is because wherever we go, we simply have to do a day’s trekking to reach destination for starting of the rafting itself. In that trekking, we see the antediluvian tradition of the various ethnic groups. From the boat also, we are able to have a close-up look at the green hills, terraced framings and simply plain fields cultivated with various crops that is dependent of the season. And that is to say that it gives us a sense of geographical location of a river too.
Many of the rivers- that offer rafting facility- usually come straight from of the Himalayan region. The water is thus fresh and chilly at the same time. But it is important to notice that the ferocity of rivers of Nepal change with the change of the seasons. It is preferable to go rafting at the time when the water is not flooding with monsoon rain and it is not freezing because o the winter season too. Rafting trips are usually planned in the dry seasons from October through mid-December and March through early May. But if you are an expert in rafting and looking for a adventure, you might go in the rivers when they are fast-flowing and ferocious at the same time.
Rafting in Nepal can be planned from 1-2 days to up to 2 weeks too. Trishuli, Marshyangdi, Seti, Bhote-Koshi mainly are favorable of rafting of 2 days. But in rivers like Tamor and Sunkoshi, we can raft from 7 days to 11 days too. It gives us a chance to come to Nepal to enjoy the rivers on the basis of our holiday length too.
A trained professional river guide heads the rafting team. It not only helps the experienced rafters but also allows the newcomers- in the rafting world, to equally enjoy it. A rafting permit must be taken for rafting in the rushing rivers Nepal.