Sun Koshi River Rafting

Trip Level
Trip Duration
10 Days


One of the gorgeous rivers, Sunkoshi displays you a tremendous viewpoint of rafting. Your excitement starts and ends only after you covered 210 km of a wild stretch as calm flows through high rocks were strewn passages eventually emerging from the mountains to the flat plane of southern Nepal. One of the tenth classic and best whitewater journeys on Sunkoshi (river of Gold) is in Nepal offers the longest river trip and most fascinating among the few rivers, which flow down from snowcapped mountains. Big rapes, warm water, beautiful scenery, and great camping make this a classic multiday trip. There will be a great trip for intermediate and advanced Kayakers and rafting. This enchanting river expedition of 9 days will definitely be the highlight of your visit to Nepal its memory shall last forever and ever. Sunkoshi is an unpredictable river, it has its own moods, scene, calm and tranquil one moment, wild and turbulent the next always changing and challenging, the ultimate in the river adventure. So Sunkoshi is famous for rafting, circles and with good reasons.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: 3hrs drive to Dolalghat; rafting starting point and short rafting camp in Tarang Gaon.

Day 2: Tarang Gaon to Dumja village rafting approx. 4 hours The gathered villagers shall cheer you as you drift away slowly gathering momentum, slowly leaving behind the Langtang ranges. Sunkoshi is considered as a Holy river by the Nepalese Hindus, the river flows into the Holy Ganges in India, soon we hit the very technical rapid called Khuei Bhai rapid, strewn with rooks and boulders, hence, considerable care is the need. Camp for the night near the Mahadev temple reputed to be the first Shiva temple in Nepal.

Day 3: Dumja village to Khunkot rafting approx. 6 hours WET AND WILD…immediately we are hitting the rapids passing en route the fishing village of Kodaris' and the Camera Bhir were you see hundreds of bats screaming and clinging to the walls of the cliffs, some good fun filled rapids takes up to Khunkot where we camp for the night. 

Day 4: Khurkot to Likhu Khola rafting approx. 5 hours Habitations dwindle, few poor Rai villages' en route, exciting rapids in the afternoon with good photo prospects.

Day 5: Likhu Khola to Harkapur village rafting approx. 6 hours Today, we pass through deep gorges punctuated with exciting rapids unfolding pleasant floats in the afternoon troops of Langur and Rhesus monkeys can be seen romping the riverbanks. 

Day 6: Harkapur village to Rai Ghat rafting approx. 6 hours Today is one of the most exciting and challenging days of the expedition encountering some very demanding rapids where you witness the skills of our guides, we pass through 'Bridge rapids' and 'Krishna rapids' stopping to carefully plan our strategy through the next rapids. Mr. Mangal Gurung was the first rafter to successfully take rafts in 1979 and he has the distinction of being the 1st Nepali to raft the Sunkoshi, it was a no mean success, hence, the rapid is named after him 'MANGAL RAPID'. Floating past the confluence of the Dudh Koshi, we hit the last rapid for the day, 'Roller Coaster' a hair rising rapidly. 

Day 7: Rai Ghat to Bander Ghat rafting approx. 6 hours Hold tight, the ride is not over yet…as past, the point of Sap Su Khola is rapid with the greatest drop Huge 'holes', 'eddies' and churning 'stopper waves' demands teamwork and hard paddle.

Day 8: Bander Ghat to Bonjour Ghat rafting approx. 6 hours We take to the rapids again, busy all morning earnestly thanking for the lunch break, emerging from the Mardheku gorge the river spreads wide, less agitated after its confinement between steep cliffs and gorges.

Day 9: Bonjour Ghat to Barahchhatra rafting approx. 6 hours Today the whole stretch is a mixture of fun filled rapids and calm undulating floats, you are somewhat relieved, yet sad that the trip is coming to an end, all good things ultimately does…

Day 10: Short rafting reaches out points Chatara after lunch takes the night bus to Kathmandu or drive to Biratnagar to take a flight back to Kathmandu. After a while, we join the turbid waters of the Arun Koshi encountering our last rapids to the junction of the Tamur Koshi. The river changes its course from west-east to northeast through beautiful gorge floating to the white temple of Barahchhatra set upon the east bank. This is a Hindu temple dedicated to 12 different Hindu Gods and Goddesses; we stop to pay a visit. Suddenly we break through the Mahabharat and Rapcha ranges and spreading before us is a completely flat horizon, slowly we drift to Chatara. After Chatara we drive to Koshi Tappu or Chitwan National Park for an excellent Safari or drive back to Kathmandu or drive to Biratnagar for your flight back to Kathmandu.

Departure Dates

No fixed departures.