Rafting in Nepal

General Information

Rafting in Nepal is on of the popular tourism activities in Nepal. Nepal is 2nd largest country for water resources and we have numerious 1310 rivers amoung them more then 12 revers are very popular for river rafting in Nepal. White water rafting is a popular water adventure sport in Nepal, River adventure /journey is not only for encountering with challenge of the torrential rapids of the mountain rivers but also to explore a typical cross section of the country’s natural as well as ethno-cultural heritage. The northern part of Nepal is confined by the ever snowing mountains- Mt. Everest, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and numerous peaks. The melting snows of these mountains enrich Nepal the second richest country in water resources and equally make the best country for whitewater rafting and Kayaking.


All major rivers created from the Himalayas and running down the mountains offers tremendous exciting experience of white water rafting. Nepal river journey is one of the most enjoyable and effective ways to experience the life of rural areas and spectacular scenery of nature’s beauty. Himalaya journey is a professional rafting company for the arrangement of thrilling white water rafting trips in Nepal with safty. Our top preference is to provide quality service with safety to every client. Out rafting guides inform all the aspects of rafting and river safty before starting of each journey. Safety Kayakers are always along on high water expeditions. Nepal has many rivers for you to explore: Trishuli river rafting, Seti River Rafting, Bhote Khosi River Rafting, Kali Gandaki River Rafting, Marshyandi River Rafting, Sun Koshi River Rafting, Arun River Rafting, Karnali River whitewater Rafting, Tamur River whitewater Adventure, on these rivers you will find the world’s most thrilling whitewaters with a wide range of diffifulties, warm water and bug free beaches for camping. All this makes a wealth of unlimited opportunities for great rafting, Kayaking, Climbing, Mountaineering, Biking, Hiking and ever Popular trekking adventures in Nepal.

 Professional approach and white water expertise are what put DNTT’s guides and staff in a category of their own. DNTT is the company to have all guides that meet the highest safety standards, with required certifications & Wilderness first aid etc. During the rafting expeditions experienced river guides and our well-trained cooks, and camp in luxury will escort you on clean river beaches.





Kayaking is usually an individual water sport. Kayaks are made from a special type of plastic and have floatation devices inserted to aid buoyancy. Kayakers move through the water with a double blade paddle, and are able to negotiate rapids and obstacles on the river
With its wide range of rivers and wealth of challenging rapids, Nepal is the perfect destination for kayaking. Whether you are a total beginner or an experienced white water kayaker keen to tackle one of our more challenging rivers, we can arrange a fun and rewarding kayaking experience for you.

White water rafting

White water rafting means cruising down a rushing river in an inflatable rubber raft or white water kayak with a team of up to eight people and a river guide over crashing waves and swirling rapids for the excitement of lifetime. Nepal has earned a reputation as one of the best destinations in the world for white water rafting. Nepal’s thundering waters, coming rom the glaciers of the mighty Himalayan, provide unmatched thrills for rafting and immersing oneself in the landscape.



  • Grade 1-2 (Easy)
    Flat water, little current and mild waves,
    Rivers – Trishuli and Seti
  • Grade 3 (Moderate)
    Waves, swift current and narrow channels. Paddling is modestly physical.
    Rivers – Marsyangdi and Kaligandaki
  • Grade 4-5 (Difficult)
    Powerful water, constricted channels, steep drops and the possibility of overturning a raft. Paddling is challenging and at times strenuous.
    Rivers – Karnali, Sunkoshi, Arun and Bhotekoshi.
  • Grade 5 (Big jump from Grade 4)
    Being the absolute limit of what you would consider running commercially.
    Rivers – Bheri, Tamor, Tamakoshi

Note: River grading is subject to change according to the season of the year.


October through mid-December and March through early May are the best times. It is possible in winter, but you have to watch out for hypothermia. During monsoon (June through September), the white water sections are dangerous, but gentler stretches are runnable.

DNTT takes the safety and security of all its clients very seriously. It is our primary concern and reflected in every aspect of your time with us. All our guides are licensed trained in CPR, first aid and advanced river rescue techniques. All our equipment is world class, up to date and carefully maintained. We use Avon self-bailing rafts. We always use experienced guides and safety kayakers on every trip. We prepare all food with the utmost attention to hygiene.



  • Normally the first day of a river trip begins early morning around 7 a.m. You are driven to the put-in point of the river. Depending upon the distance between Kathmandu and the put-in point, the drive can take from a couple of hours to over 4 hours. This is the situation if you choose between the Trishuli and the Sunkoshi. A river trip on any other river requires a longer drive or a flight plus drive and even a trek in some cases.
  • If you start at 7 a.m. and the driver drops you at the put-in point exactly after three hours, rafting is likely to begin around 11 a.m. After you reach the put-in point, a safety talk takes place along with the inflating of the rubber rafts and organizing other river equipment by river crew.
  • The talk includes delivering know-how about measures to be taken in case of an emergency need. The participant should listen to the river guide very carefully. Questions can be raised to make things clearer.
  • The life-vest must be worn all the time while on the river, irrespective of whether you are hitting a major rapid or running a flat-water section. A protective helmet is suggested if you are running a high class rapid.
  • Frequently the river outfitter provides the option between an oar and a paddleboat. Kayaking is another option. Normally the kayakers bring their own kayaks. There are outfitters who provide with a kayak, however. If your option is the paddleboat, then you are instructed to properly use the paddle either during the safety talk or before sailing off. If you were of participative nature, then your choice would be paddling. Paddling is more challenging and thrilling. The paddleboat requires well-coordinated team effort between the paddlers and river guide who stays at the back and plays his paddle in the role of the steering wheel of a car. The responsibility of the participants is to follow his instruction in a proper manner. The thrilling moment for paddlers is while hitting a rapid.
  • It is usual that you get wet whether you hit a rapid or not within half an hour after sailing starts. In an oar boat, the  river guide alone rows lightly and slowly on the flat water and penetrated and boldly while hitting a rapid. The oar boat gives you an opportunity to observe the surroundings.
  • As for meals, the river outfitter normally provides all meals during the trip days except for the breakfast of the first day.


 Equipment checklist:

  • Bathing Suit
  • Books to read
  • Camera, films and batteries
  • Cloths for evenings including pullover (Warm)
  • Diary and pen
  • Flashlight with spare batteries.
  • Hat/cap
  • Lip protector.
  • Medicines
  • Pant- 2 (Warm)
  • Sandal –1 pair
  • Shoes – strong lace up 1 pair and Running shoe 1 pair (tennis shoes are best)
  • Shorts-2
  • Sleeping bag and mat.
  • Snack treats for your personal use
  • Sun glass with crook or string retainer
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sweater – Fiber Pile or Fleece Jacket
  • Swim wear
  • Toiletries- environmentally friendly is best
  • Towel-1
  • T-Shirts – 2
  • Underwear Set
  • Walkman/Discman
  • Water bottle



  • Orientation meeting before your trip (rafting procedure, safety, diet, medical conditions etc.)
  • Experienced river guide
  • Rescue expert kayaker
  • Transportation to take you to and from the river.
  • Plentiful, healthy and hygienically prepared food and drinks.
  • High quality, clean and well maintained: self-bailing rafts, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits, lifejackets, dry bags, waterproof camera barrels, safety equipments, medicine and medical instruments and Tents.
  • Cooking and kitchen utensils.
  • Sleeping bags and mats are provided upon request.


  • Biscuits / Cake or Pie
  • Bread White/ Brown and Jam
  • Butter / Cheese
  • Cabbage Salad with Mayonnaise Cream
  • Chicken Soup/ curry
  • Egg Boil / Fry
  • French Fries
  • fried Rice
  • Fruits (Seasonal)
  • Luncheon Meat
  • Mixed Salad
  • Mixed Veg-Curry
  • Museli with Milk
  • Mushroom Soup
  • Noodles
  • Peanuts
  • Popcorn,
  • Porridge of Rice Pudding
  • Potato Salad with Mayonnaise Cream
  • Rice / Dal / Curry
  • Salami
  • Tea / Coffee / Squash
  • Tomato Soup
  • Tuna fish



Growth in the number of rafters over the years has put some strain on the environment of the rivers and beaches. A little thought and action is required to conserve the river environment. The river outfitters and the rafters can play a role in the conservation by burning down such items as toilet paper, left over food etc. Undisposable items such as tin cans, bottles, could be handed out to the local villagers who could use them for their domestic purpose. While digging a toilet pit, make sure that it is deep enough. Please do not throw any thing about the river. If you care the river, it will be with you forever nice and clean.

Sample Itinerary

Trishuli River


The name of this river is after a legend that says, high in the Himalaya at Gosainkund the god Shiva drove his trident into the ground to create three springs –the source of the river and hence its name Trisuli.
The river has carved some truly impressive gorges in its lower part as it cut its way through the 2000 meter high Mahavarat Range. These gorges are also the rout flowed by the main Prithivi Highway and the road diesel trucks undoubtedly detract from the River itself. The opposite side to the road is relatively wild and you should see some wildlife, a profusion of colorful bird, including eagles and vultures.

For many people this river represents the ideal compromise rafting trip: just the right length of time, exhilarating rapid, but not too difficult, easily accessible from Kathmandu. Certainly if you’re looking for more of a ‘wilderness’ experience unsullied beaches, no other rafting groups, and un-spoilt scenery then you should consider one of the other river.

The rapid on Trisuli are mainly big, bouncy and relatively safe; ‘flips’ (where the raft capsizes) or other accidents are rare in normal water condition, and if you wish, it is possible to walk around the few difficult rapid. Since the highway follows the river you can easily come back to Kathmandu in few hours after completion of the trip.

We offer a trip of 1-3 days, starting at Baireni and taking out at, or before Narayanghat. This gives you a full and satisfying experience –you run all the major rapids watch the river grow as its tributaries join, marvel as it cuts its way through impressive gorges, then leave it when it spreads out over the great plain of the Ganges.



From : Betrawati : Alt 625 m
To : Narayanghat : Alt 170 m
Distance : 141 km
River days : 4-7
From Katmandu : 2-4 hours
Difficulty in November : Class 3+ (4)
Average gradient : 0,3 % : 16 ft a mile
Est. max. gradient : 0,7 %
Volume in November : 300 cumsecs
Best season : Oct > Dec and March > May 


Day 01 : Drive from Katmandu to Fishling.

Day 02 : Raft from Fishling to Mugling.

Day 03 : Drive back to Katmandu or Pokhara.

Source: Destination Nepal Tours and Travels

The river outfitters operate river trips in Nepal. Our outfitters can arrange the trips within a week either your confirmed booking date or from the date of arrival in Kathmandu. Rivers i.e. Trishuli, Bhotekoshi and seti river rafting can be organize even in 3 days in advance booking.
Rafting in Nepal is a separate program but most of the river rafting is combined with other tour and trekking. However, other than Trishuli, Seti and Bhotekoshi offer special rafting of long duration for those rafters who seek only rafting adventure within Nepal. 
River grades are supposed to be international constant.Nepal has 1st position in water resources of Asia and 2nd rich country in the world after Brazil. Few rafting rivers in the world can match the thundering course of the rivers of Nepal originating from the snow meltdown of the Himalayan terrain. There are so many big, medium and small rivers for river rafting in Nepal.

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