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Sunkoshi River Rafting - 9 Days

Sunkoshiis one of the ten most benevolent whitewater rafting rivers in the world; originate near mt.sisapangma and flows 270 km. down the eastwards through the great Mahabharat-lakh range. The further we raft down, the river becomes bigger after the confluence with its numerous tributaries encompassing Dudhkoshi from the Mt. Everest, Arun, Tamur etc. This area is remote side so that we always have a relay on our supplies and fears. As it has a huge volume of water, the rapids (3-5 class) are so big that the raft will disappear from the sight of those standing on the shore.

General Information about Rafting Programmed

Team composition:

We operate rafting trips for the private team of your friends and family so you can enjoy your private trip without having to deal and confront with others people with different interests and attitude. Normally, we take 6-8 people including rafting guide in a raft

Rafting guide:

We have a team of highly experienced English speaking rafting guides professionally trained and thoroughly versed in topography and nature of the river. They have absolute expertise in whitewater rafting, swift water rescue and emergency wilderness first aid.

Classification of rivers:

Maintaining the highest standard of safety and service, river trips have been classified in accordance with the status of water flow, rapids & remoteness.

CLASS I Easy: Small rapids, fast moving water with riffles and small waves, few obstructions, minimal risk to swimmers and possibility of self-rescue.

CLASS II Novice: Gentle straightforward rapids with wide and clear channels and slight manoeuvring required.

CLASS III Moderate: Exciting rapids with irregular waves and hazards, strong eddy and current and skilled manoeuvring required.

CLASS IV Very difficult: Raging Rapids, powerful manoeuvring required and turbulent water flow.

CLASS V Extremely difficult: Long and very violent rapids with several hazards, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes, a high degree of danger to swimmers, expertise and reliable high-quality equipment required for safe passage.

CLASS VI Unburnable: with this extremely difficult rapids, high chances of death and destruction of equipment and very slim chances of rescue.

Name of Rivers Class:

Trishuli II+ to IV 
Seti Karnali III to IV+ 
Seti III 
Bheri III+ 
Arun IV 
Sunkoshi IV+ 
Tamor IV to IV+ 
Kali Gandaki IV to V 
Karnali IV+ to V 
Marshyangdi IV+ to V 
Bhotekoshi V 
Tamakoshi V TO V+

Duration of rafting:

Generally, rafting hours is 4-5 hours a day. In case, rafting trip is extended for more than a day, the rafting hours will automatically be more. Duration and rafting highlights are mentioned in all our detailed itineraries. Relevant tips/information will be briefed to you before you embark on any of our trips.

Day on the river:

We usually start our day after thorough briefings on the safety measures by a river guide. Generally, we raft for 4-5 hours a day. Around a midday, after we have our share of glorious rafting experience with the challenging rapids, we stop for lunch at the sandy beach. On a multiday trip, we set up a camp by the riverside. Once we arrive at the camping site, we can wander around nearby locality or simply relax basking in the splendour of nature. Spending the night at the Riverside.

Meals & drinking water during rafting:

For a river trip exceeding more than a day, breakfast, dinner and lunch will be served at a campsite including tea, coffee and snacks. A team of cook and kitchen staff prepare healthy and nutritious meals under the strict hygienic procedure. Boiled and treated water shall be supplied to you before you board the raft.

Meals & accommodation in Kathmandu:

We have specially negotiated rates a range of hotels, we can offer the best deal to suit your every budget and preference. If you also book your hotel with us in Kathmandu breakfast is usually included in our package cost. 

In Kathmandu, plenty of best and quality restaurants serve Nepali, oriental and continental dishes. We are able to recommend a good one depending on your taste preference. A good continental lunch or dinner at a good restaurant approximately costs USD 6-10.

Clothing & equipment:

You are required to bring some shirts, T-shirts, socks, hat, suntan lotion, sunglasses with string, river shoes or flip-flop, flashlight, personal medication, a couple of shorts and pants for the evening and morning, a sweater or a jacket.

The company provides raft (number of rafts depends on the size of group), safety devices, sleeping bags, mattress tents & kitchenettes.


Satellite Treks and expedition always regard the safety of rafters as the utmost priority. Prior to venturing into a rafting trip, rafters are thoroughly briefed about the safety measures and rafting guidelines.
A rafting trip is piloted by a river guide professionally trained in emergency wilderness first aid and swift-water rescue. Rafters venture into a river trip with safety jackets, flotation devices, helmets and river-friendly clothes. We use high-quality inflatable rubber raft capable of giving extraordinary performance, agility, stability and manoeuvrability. Our rafts can swift through the wildest and strongest of waves and guarantee hundred per cent safeties.

Extension or side trips:

In addition to your trek, we can organize extensions both within Nepal and other neighbouring countries. You may want to combine any rafting trip with a jungle safari in Nepal or Nepal Cultural Tours. Maybe a trip to Tibet, India or Bhutan, whatever it is or wherever it is, we can make all the arrangements for you with standard service and reasonable rate.


Please visit our ‘booking condition’ section of this website and also visit ‘know before you come’ page for comprehensive information on Nepal.


Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Early morning drive to Balephi (65 Km), Start rafting from Balephi& Raft up to Dolalghat

Early in the Morning drive from Kathmandu to Balephi, the raft put in point (3hrs driving), Lunch served, equipment packed and be ready to listen to some important safety and paddling briefing by our guides. Immediately, the action starts- paddle forward and harder. The three class rapids will be the exercise for the learner rafters. The area is scenic and panoramic. Camp set at Dolalghat. Enjoy the Dinner and campfire.

After having Breakfast we paddle down to encounter with the challenge of \"Meatgrinder\" i.e. IV+ rapids. A few meters below here the Tamakoshi joins Sunkoshi on the left with a beach on the confluence. There is another beautiful Shiva Temple, where the local Pilgrims come for worship every morning. For overnight, we camp here.

Until the confluence with the LikhuKhola, we have short easy rafting and rapids are only iii class. Thereafter, very soon we face the iv + rapid \" High Anxitiety\" with a large hole on the left highway down and series of holes at the bottom. Swim for a while splashing each other and camp there.

We continue our Rafting onward. After facing several 3+rapids, we stop for a while to buy some necessary provisions and beers. Be ready to paddle faster because we encounter with the challenge of v class rapids \" Harkapur 2\" and \"Harkapur 3\", the hardest and biggest in this trip, which should be carefully scouted. Camp set and just thinks what a great day we have an overnight stay at camp.

After the confluence with the Dudh Koshi river from Mt.Everest, the river becomes wide in size. But very soon we meet the \"Jaws\", IV rapid and overnight at camp.

Today is the hard day, as you will encounter with V class rapids \"Rhino Rocks\" and \"Jungle Corridor\" and a few continuous white water. Waterfalls cascade on both sides of the river. One waterfall makes great spot for a team shower. We set camp and enjoy the tranquil night.

After proper rest, you can explore the areas around the campsite. You can even have the beauty of nature evidenced in your picturesque snapshots. Viewing the most blissful sight of the mesmerizing Mt. Everest is another visual treat sprawled before you.

Great waves not a big rapid so you can ask our kayakers to instruct you about how to roll. Overnight spent at camp.

Today we are going to face the last rapid of this trip \"Bigdipper\" is a series of huge standing waves. A few KM down we meet Arun and Tamur to form the river As Saptakoshi(seven rivers) and we will have numerous waves and whirlpools. For a short time we go to visit Barahi temple in order to pick a so-looked small rock. We finish our trip at Chatara and then drive back to Kathmandu or you can take plane to fly back to Ktm. from biratnagar. What a great day we had!


  • All rafting equipment with guide and helper, Meals while you are on river, accommodation  in two men tent, all necessary fee and round trip transportation by bus


  • Personal expenditure, food & accommodation cost in case of any natural accident caused by weather. Tips and other expenditure.

Trip Facts

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Trip Grade: Very Strenuous
  • Grade for Autumn: 3 month
  • Grade for spring: July 3 to Sept 3
  • Possible Operation: Autumn & Spring
  • Rafting Days: 9 Days
  • Put in Point: Balephi
  • Putout Point: Chatara
  • Grade for autumn: 3 month
  • Greade for Spring: July 3 to Sept 3
  • Possible Operation: Autumn & Spring
  • Rafting Days: 09 Days
  • Entrance: 03 hours driving from Kathmandu
  • Putin Point: Balephi
  • Putout Point: Chatara
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