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Sun Koshi River Rafting

Rapids name:
Meat Grinder, Punch & Judy, Valentino, High Anxiety, Jaws Ei Wasto, Rakshi Roller, Dead Man's Eddy, Big Dippe

One of the ten best white water rafting trips in the world. Big rapids, warm water beautiful scenery and great camping make this a classic multi-day river trip. A great trip for intermediate and advanced kayakers. At its best in medium to high flows.

A new road is under construction down a small part of the top section of the river and o completion (around 2005?) this should allow a 6-day trip.

The River

Sun Kosi means 'River of Gold' -perhaps named after the gold that is sometimes panned from the river gravels, or alternatively it refers to the ornate colour of the water in the monsoon when it is thick with alluvial silt. The river rises near Tibet and is joined by the Bhote Kosi just downstream from Barabise. Most raft trips start below here at Dolalghat -the section above here is normally ran as a one day trip and we describe it briefly in our section on other rivers.

The Sun Kosi flows eastwards in Nepal through the great valley between the Mahabharat Lek Mountains and the Himalaya. It forms the watershed for most of eastern Nepal and gathering strength from tributaries draining the highest mountains in the world it emerges onto the northern plains of India where it joins the Ganges.
The volume increases considerably with the flow from these tributaries. In November, the flow at Dolalghat is about 100 cubics: lower down the river, through the big rapids of the 'jungle Corridor', it would be about 400 currents which is approx. 11,000 cfs-a typical low flow on the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. At the take-out, at Chatra, the flow is a mighty 800 cubic- still only a fraction of monsoon levels!

This is a large volume river where most of the major rapids are formed by season debris brought in by side streams, and loose rock fall so these rapids change from year to year depending on the severity of the monsoon, for example El wasto', a big class 4 never existed as a named rapid until 1993. Most of the rapids in this guide will be there, but expect new ones and some to disappear.

Fact Box  
Difficulty in Nov:
Class: 4 (5-)
Dolalghat (Alt. 625m)
Chatra (Alt. 105m)
260 km (170miles)
From Pokhara
3 hours.
Av. Gradient:
2m/km (10ft a mile)
Volume in Nov: 400 cms (14,000 cfs)
Best Season: Sept-Oct and May
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01 We meet in our office in Kathmandu and drive to Balephi, the raft put in point (3hrs will be exercise for the learner rafters. The area is scenic and panoramic. Camp set at Dolalghat. Enjoy the Dinner and camp fire. We meet in our office in Kathmandu and drive to Balephi, the raft put in point (3hrs will be exercise for the learner rafters. The area is scenic and panoramic. Camp set at Dolalghat. Enjoy the Dinner and camp fire.
Day 02 After having Breakfast we paddle down to encounter with challenge of "Meatgrinder"i.e. IV+ rapids.
Day 03 Until the confluence with the Likhu Khola, we have short easy rafting and rapids are only iii class.
Day 04 After facing a several 3+rapids, we stop for a while to buy some necessary provisions and beers.
Day 05 After the confluence with the Dudhkoshi river from Mt.Everest, the river becomes wide in size. But very soon we meet the "Jaws", iv rapid.
Day 06 Today is the hard day as you will encounter with V class rapids"Rhino Rocks" and "Jungle Corridor"
Day 07 Relax yourselves because you paddle too much for couple of days.
Day 08 Great waves not a big rapid so you can ask our kayakers to instruct you about how to roll. .
Day 09 Today we are going to face the last rapid of this trip "Bigdipper" is a series of huge standing waves. We finish our trip to Chatra then drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 10 Arrive in 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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