Sun Koshi River Rafting

  • Duration 9 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu
  • Style Camping
  • Group Size 2+
  • Best Time February to May and September to December


  • World best top ten rafting rivers full of white-water with enjoyable float.
  • An exciting rafting downstream within mid-hills and down to Gangetic flat plain
  • Paddle through and encounter world-class high-grade rapids and bouncy waves
  • Explore rural farm villages and observe the riverside farm life of great interest

‘Enjoy the adventure and great thrill paddling downstream on river of gold’

Sun Koshi River Rafting for 8 days, or more depends upon time of as well flow of water volume according to season-wise. Sun Koshi River, listed as the world ten best rivers for white-water rafting and scenic floats, as well a rafting expeditions.

The longest duration Rafting Rivers starts from Nepal Mid-East and ends at southern Gangetic plains around far southeast Nepal.

Sun Koshi, fed from the source of various glacial tributaries streams and rivers as far from the Tibetan plateau. The river known as Bhote Koshi later joins to make Sun Koshi River that runs through the great valley. As it flows in between the Mahabharata Range of rolling green hills and continues downstream to the warm tropical Terai belt.

Sun Kosi means “River of Gold” in the early days, the local villagers residing on the riverside, used to pan for gold. Where the trend continues but in smaller numbers than in the early days, which you can witness on Sun Koshi Rafting.

Sun Koshi Rafting, a moderate river in the first place after Bhote Koshi and Melamchi River joins. At a small town of Dolalghat where our rafting starts after two hours of drive from Kathmandu.

The river narrows through a deep gorge encountering mighty exciting rapids for some days as paddling progress heading further downstream. Further down the river broadens as Tama Koshi, Dudh Koshi and Arun River joins including Tamur River to form greater Sapta Koshi.

Sapta Koshi, the meeting point of all seven great rivers of mid and Far Eastern Nepal. As well as the end of Sun Koshi Rafting at Chattare, but the river continues downstream towards India to join Ganges.

The main highlights and fun of Sun Koshi Rafting is going through exciting rapids and camping on sandy beaches. Likewise, exploring rural farm villages and entering into a jungle corridor of mixed forest, with chances of spotting some wild-life.


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Starting early morning having breakfast, a few hour drive takes you away from Kathmandu city and the valley, heading east past nice town and farm villages.

A drive takes you to Dhulikhel an old Newar town, famous for grand panorama of Himalayan peaks, from downhill to reach at Dolal Ghat and Sun Koshi River, where our rafting expedition for eight days starts.

Here, get rig with life jackets and helmets our captain of the rafting expedition provides brief safety talk, and then get into an inflatable raft. In the beginning, the river is peaceful, leisurely and a good introduction to local villages folks and wildlife.

As paddling progress downstream, stop for lunch on one of the many sandy beaches that flank the river. An introduction to one of the many gourmet meals that follow. In the afternoon float downstream with views of small villages and temples and then camp a few kilometers above one of the many named rapids called "KUIRE BHIR" OR "MEAT GRINDER".

While the crew pitch up tents and prepare afternoon refreshing tea and snacks and dinner, with time to explore the area.

    After a hearty breakfast, pack and leave the campsite. After a few hours of float, we encounter the first grade III rapid "Meatgrinder".

    It is a straight run through avoiding drops and holes on the left and right, the first introduction to the general type of rapids as we go through.

    A few kilometers downstream the TAMA KOSHI or "river of copper" joins the Sun Kosi on the left side. Unlike other modes of travel, the river provides easy access to remote areas of Nepal, seldom seen or ventures by few westerners.

    After a nice picnic lunch, continue to explore the landscape and different ethnic groups as you float by. Then reaching our camp above the second named rapid called the "CHAMEREY BHIR" or "PUNCH AND JUDY".

    Evening time enjoy delicious dinner cooked by our rafting staff, while on can sit and relax at the campfire and talk about worldly life and around the universe.

      From here on the valley which varies in width from one half to one kilometer is never static. As you paddle a few kilometers downstream and come across at "Chamerey Bhir" or "Bat Cave".

      Here, stopping the boat, while our crew stops to scout and chooses the best and most exciting way to get through the rapid. Around the riverside inhabits Nepal's many ethnic groups like the Newar, Magar, Rai, and Tamang.

      After lunch, float downstream through a small splashy wave enough to get you wet and later on finding a nice sandy beach to set up camp, with the usual routine of a short walk before dinner.

        Start rafting in the late morning by 9 am after packing the camp and gear putting on raft, today the canyon changes, as the ridge begins to close in and the vegetation becomes thicker. Encountering several small to medium size rapids.

        A few kilometer below the confluence of the LIKHU KHOLA is a short rapid followed by the "LIKHU RAPID" or "HIGH ANXIETY" a long grade IV rapid, after lunch continue through amazing and interesting rock formations.

        The white water picks up. Later we camp near a small village called HARKAPUR on the next bridge to Okhaldunga. There are few shops where one can shop around for necessary items like cigarettes and drinks.

          Continue the morning routine and ready for the fifth day of rafting adventure, morning starts slowly and gradually picks up speed and with careful scouting, head through the biggest notorious rapid called "HARKHAPUR II".

          After an hour and a half float downstream coming across at the confluence of the Sun Koshi and Dudh Koshi River (fed from the glaciers of Mt. Everest and adjoining peaks). As rafting progress where the river valley widens into an area of gravel and rocks almost 2 k.m. wide.

          Afternoon time encounter several small rapids, from here onwards the topography changes as rafting heads pass below several suspension bridges, and then stopping at the bank close Raswa Khola on Ghat for overnight camp.

            Today, an interesting float within deep gorge is covered in dense rain-forest, as morning starts below a bridge heading through a small rapid followed by a rapid named "JAWS".

            A quite long series of rapid with a large ledge on the bottom right that forms a huge hole at certain levels. As afternoon leads past few small enjoyable rapids, after the pleasant float comes to a grade III rapid called the "RHINO ROCK" near our overnight campsite, just above the next bridge beginning of the "JUNGLE CORRIDOR". Where our overnight camp is set.

              From here onward enter the tropical vegetation area, as the river narrows into a gorge lined by thick forest on both sides of the river.

              This section contains several consecutive rapids which are named as "COOPER CHIN", "BLACK HOLE" etc. Lunch stop is made by the waterfalls where we can refresh with the nice clean cool which cascades in from both banks. The rest of the afternoon the river meander through the gorge and enjoy the changing scenery. Overnight camp on a road back bordered by a waterfall about four hundred feet high and a couple of kilometers from the last major rapids called the "BIG DIPPER".

                The last day of our paddling and rafting adventure, as morning leads to a couple of hours float to reach the last rapid called "BIG DIPPER" which is a series of standing waves with some nasty holes and leave some unusual experience if not inspected and maneuvered well.

                Afternoon can be an easy pleasant scenic float witnessing cremations and other activities of the locals like logging out bamboos, ferrying of people across on dugout canoes.

                This area is mostly inhabited by the Kirat tribes known as Rai & Limbu one of the ancient tribes of Nepal, their history dates back thousands of years. From here the river becomes "SAPTA KOSI" meaning where the great seven river joins, the pilgrims, and devotes camp at the confluence of the three main rivers of Eastern Nepal ARUN-TAMUR and SUN KOSHI.

                As raft nears to our last day of great adventure time permitting visit the famous Hindu Temple of "BARAH CHETRA" below Triveni Ghat which is the meeting of the other three great rivers as mentioned above.

                During the full moon in January thousands of pilgrims pay homage to worship the legendary Lord Vishnu's victory in the form of "BARAH" or a "Boar". The story says that a demon God used to inhabit the area. He had special power transferred to him by the great higher Gods, a boon of mortality and indestructible from any natural death by mankind.

                The demon with his superpower was such a nuisance to the Holy men and pilgrims who came to the temple to pray, Lord Vishnu descended from heaven and took the shape of a boar and killed the demon.

                Here at Chatra our wonderful rafting ends and we unload the gear from the raft and load them on the bus to Kathmandu or reach Biratnagar for a flight to Kathmandu.

                  Spending the last overnight stop in the industrial city at Biratnagar, located close to India border of Bihar state, from here morning or afternoon flight brings you back to Kathmandu after a great exciting adventure and experience on Sun-Kosi River Rafting Expeditions.

                  Options of overland journey taking near 7 hours to reach one of the best ways to observe Nepalese rural farm villages and towns an interesting and exciting drives to reach at Kathmandu.

                    Essential Info

                    If you have an Indian passport, the cost of trekking to Everest Base Camp is INR 100,000. When breaking down the cost, Indian citizens pay slightly less than citizens of other nations because India is a member of the SAARC (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri-Lanka), which lowers the cost of a permit. Additionally, Indian citizens pay less for airline tickets than citizens of other nations, which further lowers the cost of the trip. 

                    People travelling from SAARC countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri-Lanka). have low-cost permits, the cost of trekking to Everest Base Camp can be 20 to 50 dollars less for holders of these kinds of Trekkers and travelers coming to Nepal.

                    Climate & Weather:

                    Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to the first week of June will be the best time during spring times, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours.

                    Morning and night time as well in shade can be cold, other months from September and October great times for rafting, most days are clear for views of mountains and beautiful landscape scenery.

                    Although much colder months of autumn season with extreme cold during morning and night time, where sunlight much shorter.

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