Nepal is considered the second richest country in the World in terms of freshwater resources. Countless fast-flowing rivers in Nepal follows down from the Himalayas. There are over 6000 big and small rivers that are fed by the mighty Himalayas, mountain ranges. These rivers make their way to the lowland of Nepal cutting through hills and carving deep gorges on their way down. This setting gives the best opportunity for rafting trips Nepal. Nepal is popular for trekking or mountaineering but there’s another great option for extreme sports in Nepal like white water rafting at the raging Himalayan Rivers. Nepal is renowned as the best white freshwater rafting destinations in the world. The rafting rivers in Nepal go down faster at a longer distance than most rivers in the world. Raft tour in Nepal is the best after a Himalayan trek should one is planning more to explore Nepal and interested in adventure sports in Nepal.
Below are the popular rafting rivers in Nepal in no particular order. There are various categories of whitewater rafting in Nepal from easy graded to hard rafting experiences with various rapids encountering during water rafting in Nepal.
Bhote Koshi River Rafting
Starting Point: Baseri or Lamasanghu
Ending Point: Dolalghat
Duration: 1 or 2 days
Distance: 22 – 25 kms
Best Season: March-May or Oct-Dec
Difficulty: Good for all skills level
The river of Bhote Koshi comes from Zhangzangba Glacier in Tibet which is a part of the Koshi River System in Nepal. From Kathmandu, it takes about 4 hours to reach the rafting put-in-point. Bhote Koshi rafting is the best short rafting trip in Nepal. It’s a quick rafting tour of the thrilling best white water rafting in Nepal. rafting in Bhote Koshi also offers a great Himalayan panorama of the mountains like Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirubg. The rafting tour passes over beautiful waterfalls, beautiful remote villages, landscapes, and impressive riverbank resorts. Bhote Koshi rafting package is ideal both for beginners or experienced. the lower side of the river has a more smooth and regular flow of water where the upper side has more thrilling and jumping sections.
Trishuli River Rafting
Starting Point: Charaudi
Ending Point: Gaighat
Duration: 1/2 Day
Distance: 60 kms
Best Season: Around the year (except monsoon)
Difficulty: Best for the beginners
Trishuli river rafting Nepal is one of the most popular river rafting in Nepal. Rafting at Trishuli River suits all age groups, professional rafters, or adventure enthusiasts. rafting in Trishuli passes through beautiful lush green sal forests, small villages. Trishuli River is just a stone’s throw away from Kathmandu City and both a day’s program and two days rafting program can be done. Trishuli river rafting package is also popular among trekkers who wish to have more thrill and adventure after a tiring trek high up in the Himalayas.
Seti River Rafting
Starting Point: Damauli
Ending Point: Gaighat
Duration: 1/2 Days
Distance: 35 kms
Best Season: Sep-June
Difficulty: Preferred for the experienced one
Seti River Rafting is done in Pokhara where it takes about two hours to the rafting put-in-point from Pokhara City. Seti River rafting Pokhara passes over the lush green forest, in between the giant hills, and fascinating paddy fields. The river is ideal for Kayaking learning as well since Seti river flows gently except in Monsoon months during when the intensity of water flow speed increases. For two days of Seti river rafting is camping nearby a jungle, so a wonderful opportunity to witness some wildlife. Seti river white water rafting can also break into lower Seti river rafting and upper Seti river rafting.
Kali Gandaki River Rafting
Starting Point: Maldhunga
Ending Point: Miramare
Duration: 3 Days
Distance: 90 kms
Best Season: Autumn and Spring
Difficulty: Favourable for everyone
Kali Gandaki River can be reached from Pokhara after 3-4 hours drive. Kali Gandaki River is one of the Holiest Rivers in Nepal. The river is named after Hindu Goddess ‘Kali’. Kali Gandaki white water rafting offers a great chance to witness mountain views, traditional village, sandy beaches, endless suspension bridges, dense forests, waterfalls, cultural temples, and remote locations. Kali Gandaki River rafting is a combination of challenging rapids speed to calm speed. The rafting tour is a full three days program with camping.
Marsyangdi River Rafting
Starting Point: Bhul Bhule
Ending Point: Sangha or Phailiya
Duration: 2-3 Days
Distance: 27 kms
Best Season: Sep-Nov, May-June
Marsyangdi River is reached after a 5-6 hours drive from Kathmandu. Marshyangdi river rafting adventure is ideal for those who are looking for a daring adventure trip with the most exciting rapids. Marshyangdi river rafting is gaining its popularity due to its challenges and the number of difficulties it throws at beginner rafters. The rafting tour offers a most adventurous and thrilling rafting experience with some great mountain panoramas. The river is not for faint-hearted people.