RAFTING IN NEPAL
With mighty rivers flowing from the majestic mouth of the Himalayas, it is no surprise that Nepal is one of the top rafting destinations in the world. With grade 5+ rapids for those seeking an adrenalin fuelled white water adventure, to softer grade 2-3 rivers for those after something more tame, Nepal and its expanse of rivers has it all.
As pioneers of commercial river rafting in Nepal, Himalayan River Exploration were the first to run successful descents on most of the major rivers in Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan. All our guides are trained to international rafting standards and qualified in basic first aid and survival techniques. Their knowledge of local history, culture, and the flora and fauna you will encounter while on the water, will make the journey informative as much as an adventure.
Safety is the priority of all Himalayan River Exploration rafting expeditions. We use only the best quality inflatable rafts made of heavy gauge nylon and hypalon material. Each raft has six independently inflated air compartments to ensure maximum safety and comfort.
The Government of Nepal has opened multiple sections of 10 diverse river systems for commercial rafting. The best times for rafting are from October-mid December and March-early May. The winter season makes rafting at high altitudes impossible, while white water rapids are too dangerous in the summer monsoon months. Gentler and lower stretches of rivers can be accessible all year round.
RAFTING FOR EVERYONE
Rafting with Tiger Tops and Himalayan River Exploration is for everyone. Trips are tailored to suit your skills set, needs and timeframe.
BEST FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
The Trishuli River
With a gentle river flow dispersed with pockets of rapids, the Trishuli River is one of the most popular destinations for first time rafters. Similarly, for people with only a limited amount of time, the Trishuli offers short 1-2 day rafting trips out of Kathmandu. Choose to return to Kathmandu or extend your adventure onto a Tiger Tops Lodge.
The Seti River
Rising from the slopes of Machapuchare Mountain in the Annapurna region, Seti River rafting boasts superb forest scenery and gentle rapids. If relaxing is more on your agenda, settle down on one of the sandy beaches for a swim or explore the forest for some wildlife. This beautiful two day expedition can be accessed from either Pokhara or Kathmandu, so can ideally fit into most itineraries. Combine rafting on the Seti with a trip to Tiger Tops Lodge in Royal Chitwan National park, or continue on with a trek in the Annapurna region.
The Bheri River
A remote river in Far West Nepal, rafting on the Bheri is perfect for those seeking an authentic, quiet and real escape. On a longer 3-4 day trip, see untouched landscapes visible only to those on the water as you meander through the surrounding jungle. Finish up at Royal Bardia National Park and settle into a superior room at Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge.
SERIOUS WHITE WATER
The Kali Gandaki River
Wind your way across the huge gorges of the Annapurna ranges, making your way through remote canyons and intense rapids of the Kali Gandaki River. Take time out to visit temples, villages and an old Rana Palace en route.
The Sun Kosi River
Originating in the heart of the Tibetan Plateau, Sun Kosi is one of the longest and most exciting rafting trips in Nepal. Fed by the tributaries of Mount Everest, the major rapids are similar to those found at the Grand Canyon. Secluded sandy beaches lining the river are ideal for camping, while the lower section boasts thick vegetation which shelter monkeys, leopards and an abundance of birdlife. For adventure rafting enthusiasts this nine or ten day trip through some of the best rapids with a large volume of water is not to be missed.
The Karnali River
Karnali River offers the ultimate rafting experience in Nepal. Requiring a two day trek just to reach its banks, this remote river is for those seeking the best of wilderness rafting. Originating in the Holy Mount Kailash in Tibet, no human habitation is encountered on the eight day journey. Thrill seekers and adrenaline addicts will be in their element tackling continuous and difficult white water rapids, that includes a staggering 7km ride through a stunning gorge. The Karnali River is one of the most challenging but rewarding rafting expeditions of all.