Sun Koshi in Nepali means “River of gold”. This name might have stuck with this river because small quantities of gold is panned from its sand. The rapids in this river, except for few cases, gradually become more complex. Hence, it is suitable for the first time rafters and for those who want to brush up their rafting/kayaking skills. The river itself starts from Tibetan border, passes through high mountains and valleys down, to the plains of Nepal and into the mighty Ganges in India.
This is a perfect match for rafters who want to raft to their heart’s content, as this river is a whopping 270 kilometers long. To add to the excitement, rapids may appear and disappear according to seasons. Some of the most interesting, challenging and popular rapids that you will be passing are Harkapur I and II (Class V-), Meat Grinder (Class IV-), Punch (Class IV-), Judy (Class III), Pre-anxiety (Class III) and High-anxiety (Class IV-). During the entire length of your trip, you will be surrounded by outstanding sceneries, remote villages and white sandy beaches.
We have operated in this river for more than ten years. During this time, we have helped thousands of people raft/kayak in the waters of Sun Koshi. Thanks, to our experience – our friendly but professional guides, will be there to suggest and advise you on how to make the most out of this trip.
Moreover, for this trip, we will provide you Nepal Government licensed river guides, who have completed Red Cross first aid training. Our guides hold rafting certifications from International Rafting Federation (IRF) and are also trained as Whitewater Rescue Technicians (WRT). Be assured that you will be in our safe hands.
After breakfast, early in the morning, we will leave for our put in point Dolalghat. Before the rafting starts, our guides will give you instructions on how to use equipment and tips on how to remain safe. In Dolalghat, lower Bhotekoshi meets Indrawati and forms the Sun Koshi River. We will start to raft on Sun Koshi (“the river of gold” in Nepali). The start will be smooth with few rapids, which will give us some practice and warm up for the rapids that are yet to come. Towards the end of the day, you will experience the first of many Class III rapids. We will set up our camp at Pachuwarghat for the night’s rest.
When the night falls we will be setting up campfire. While basking on the warmth of the campfire, we will have little chit chats. We will share our own stories and if you are happy with sharing your own stories, you can do so too.
After breakfast, early in the morning, we will start from Pachuwarghat to reach Chainpur. We will be facing couple of exciting Class II and Class III Sun Koshi rapids. However, as we raft, you must take your time and observe the beautiful Nepalese countryside. When we reach the Hindu holy temple Kusheswor, the BP highway starts to run parallel to our rafting route. As we continue rafting down the river, you will see Majhee Gaun (which means fisher’s village in Nepali). True to its name, the inhabitants of this village make a living by catching fish. By the time we reach Chainpur, it will be evening so we will set our camp at Chainpur by the side of Sun Koshi River. As you rest and loosen yourself, our team will be prepare tasty food. After our meal, before sleeping, we will have some time for ourselves. We are open to all feasible ideas – that entertain or inform us. Then we will take a private bus and drive to reach Kathmandu. There is one more option, you may also fly to Kathmandu. If you want to do so, please mention it during the time of your trip booking.
Types of food provided:
Throughout our expedition, we provide treated stream water for drinking. We employ crews with great culinary ability and provide breakfast, lunch and dinner during the expedition in a buffet style. So, yes you have the freedom to choose what you like. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know about it at the time of booking, so that we can arrange accordingly.
Sample menu for the expedition