You know that Nepal is home to eight out of fourteen highest peaks in the world, but did you know that Nepal is also called world’s second largest country in terms of water resources? Nepal three great River Systems, i. e. the Kosi(or SaptaKosi) River, the Narayani River (Gandak River), and the Karnali River originate in Tibet from glaciers & lakes, flow down south through deep gorges, and after overflowing and irrigating the Terai plains flow toward Ganges in India. Each of these mighty rivers have seven major tributaries – the tributaries themselves no less ferocious. For example the famous Bhote Kosi or Sun Kosi Rivers are the two tributaries among the seven of the SaptaKosi River.
Adventurous souls recently discovered that some of the thousands of roaring rivers in Nepal offer a variety of white water sports. Rafting, Kayaking, & sightseeing along the river course from the Himalayas to the Terai plain have become popular activities among those yearning for adventure, nature, & cultural insights.
Kayaking: Besides general group raftings, many professional companies also organize Kayaking & Canyoning trips & trainings in these rivers. The rivers have been graded from I to V, according to their speed, so that anyone from novice to professionals may enjoy their Himalayan water adventures.
Nepal River Rafting Grades
Whitewater Rivers have an internationally recognized grading scale as follows:
Grade I - Flat water, (little current)
These types of rivers are flat and slow moving. A river with a 1 grade listed will have some flat spots. A completely 1 graded river will be totally flat. This kind of river is good for sightseeing and relaxing.
Grade II - Bubbling current (small rapid)
A grade II river has a swifter current and some small rapids
Grade III - Technical & Exciting (needs trained guide)
In a Grade III river, the rapids are becoming more serious and technical. Grade III and above can only be rafted with trained guides. This is a fun river with lots of excitement
Grade IV - Seriously big rapids
This is where the adrenaline gets going; grade IV River has a fast moving current with many big drops and rapids. This kind of river is action packed and needs technical paddling.
Grade V - The hair-raising limit!
This is a serious river not for the faint hearted, with a torrent like current and huge rapids this is the ultimate in white water adventures.