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Bhotekohi River Rafting

A beautiful steep mountain river only a few hours drive from Kathmandu offering two days of intense and challenging activity.

The River

"Bhote" roughly translates as "river from Tibet" so there are quite a lot of rivers with this name in Nepal. This Bhote kosi is the main branch of the sun Kosi and it has been descended by kayak from near the Tibetan border at Kodari. The Arniko Highway follows the river from Kathamandu to Lhasa, so access and souting are relatively easy. The upper valley above Barabise is impressively narrow with steep hill sides shooting up over 200m from the river, and there are come dramatic and scenic gorges down at river lever. Just to drive up the highway and look at the river is like reading an erotic novel- it quickens the blood and excites the mind!

Technically, the Bhote kosi ends just after Barabise where the Sun Kosi joins as a stream from the left: we have taken our description down to the dam at lamosangu, as this is the usual run. There is a new hydro scheme near Kodari and proposals for other schemes that if implemented at some time in the future, will mean that almost all of the river will be diverted.


The Bhote Kosi is probably the most exciting short rafting trip in Nepal and has area variously described as:
"Like a pin-ball machine-and you're the ball"
"Like being flushed down an open air toilet".

This isn’t the raft trip for everyone, but if you're into fun, challenge, intense physical activity, and non-stop action then this could be you. It makes a great dimax for any team who have just finished a longer multi-day raft trip and
want to continue the adrenaline high that white water induces.

Fact Box  
Difficulty in Nov:
Class 4+(5-)
Ngadi (Alt. 890)
Bimal Nagar (390m)
52 km (33 miles)
From Pokhara
1 Day
Av. Gradient:
10m/km (50ft a mile)
Volume in Nov: 80 cms (2800 cfs)
Best Season: Nov-Dec, Mar-Apr
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01 Drive to Dumre by bus, then drive from Dumre to Bensisahar by bus or truck, whatever available. Overnight camping at Bensisahar.
Day 02 Rafting from Bensisahar and camp at the beach at the confluence of Chepe River and Marshyangdi River.
Day 03 All day rafting and camping on the beach near Turtle Bazaar.
Day 04 Rafting to Bimalnagar. After lunch drive back to Kathmandu or Pokhara.
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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