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Arun River Rafting

Powerful rapids in a wild and committing gorge and a scenic trek to the start. Substantial high-class paddling for the expert kayakers.

The River

The Arun is respected as one of the most mightily and powerful rivers of Nepal. Its source is on the Tibetan Plateau, to the north of Kathmandu and it then swings in an easterly arc for some 200 km, drinking the Northern slopes of Everest and Makalu before cutting south through the Himalayas and into Nepal. It cuts through the Himalayas in some deep and awesome gorges that have fascinated explorers, join the Sun Kosi shortly before the Indian Plain. The gorges and gradient ease off near Chandanpur as the valley opens out and the hills get lower.

L.R. Wager, a mountaineer and geographer, explored these gorges on the upper Arun and as a result, in an article in the Geographical Journal in 1937, he suggested the now accepted theory of antecedent drainage- that these major rivers had developed before the Himalayas and that they had maintained their courses by cutting progressively deeper gorges as the mountains were uplifted. In more recent years the river has been the subject of 'Arun iii', a proposed huge hydroelectric project that thankfully this has now been shelved.

The river and its tributaries drain a huge watershed and the river carries a high load of sediment and glacial silt- colour varies between a milky brown to a granny. The deep gorges of the upper river have granite canyons clad in overhanging jungle and a wide variety of plant and animal life - very beautiful, but at times damp and gloomy.
Mainly Bhotia people, many of whom still practice the old Bon Po religion, sparsely inhabit this upper valley. In the old days one of their main sources of income used to be trading goods to and from Tibet as the main trail up valley used to be an important trade route through to Tibet. Below Sedum most confect is with the hardy Rai tribe who eke out an innovative existence on the walls of the gorge.

Fact Box  
Difficulty in Nov:
Class: 5(6)
Hedangna Bridge (Alt. 790m)
Tumingtar (Alt. 280m)
50 km (31 miles)
4 (6 to chatara)
From Pokhara
4 days fly plus trek.
Av. Gradient:
10m/km (50ft a mile)
Volume in Nov: 150 cms (5300 cfs)
Best Season: Nov-Dec, Apr-may
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01 Drive to Hille by bus
Day 02 Arrival at Hille Bazaar, after lunch a short trek and overnight camping.
Day 03 Full day trekking and overnight camping.
Day 04 Full day trekking and camping on the bank of Arun river near Tumlingtar.
Day 05 Rafting and camping on the beach at Andherighat.
Day 06 Rafting and camping on the river bank at Barachhetra.
Day 07 Rafting to Chatara, lunch and then drive to Dharan, continue by night bus back to Kathmandu
Group Size
2 - 3 
4 - 5
6 - 7
8 - 9
10 - 11
12 + Above 
Price in US$ 
800 750 700 700 650 600 550

What's Included:

  • All meals during the rafting period
  • Rafting permit transportation going by tourist or local bus depending upon the mode of transportation available at put-in and pull-out point rafting, kitchen and camping equipment experienced Captain
  • Cook and other staffs groupleader will be free over ten pax

What's Included:

  • Mineral water,Cold drinks and Alcohols during whole trip.
  • Emergency evacuation things of personal use member insurance

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