Bhote Koshi River Rafting

Bhote Koshi River Rafting

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  • Starting PriceUS$ 150

  • Duration of Trips2 Days

  • Location: Kathmandu

  • Type of Trip: Adventure

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  • Trip Grade:5+

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Bhote Koshi River Rafting

Rafting in Bhote koshi River offers an exhilarating adventure for white water enthusiasts, featuring steep drops and continuous stretches of class III-IV rapids. This challenging river is not for the faint of heart, requiring a skilled and responsive team to navigate its technical and fast-flowing waters. Unlike the typical large rivers originating from the Himalayas, the Bhote Koshi River stands out with its steep gradient and demanding nature, demanding quick reflexes and expertise.

After an adrenaline-filled day on the river, take a moment to unwind on the pristine beaches surrounded by untouched natural beauty. The Bhote Koshi River carves its way through a narrow canyon, adorned with vibrant green vegetation and picturesque waterfalls cascading down the rugged stone walls. The scenery along this stretch is truly awe-inspiring, offering breathtaking views around every corner. Among the most thrilling rapids on this course is the renowned ExLax.

Located just a three-hour drive from Kathmandu, whether by bus or private vehicle, the Bhote Koshi River promises an intense but incredibly rewarding two-day rafting experience that will undoubtedly leave you with unforgettable memories. Whether you are a seasoned rafter or an adventurous beginner, the Bhote Koshi River is a destination that should not be missed.

River Bhote Kosi: meaning - 'The harmony of Tibet and the Himalayas' (1 to 2 days)

Season Grading Water Volume
September - December 5- Approx.100 - 50 cumecs
January - May 4+ Approx. 40 cumecs
June - August Lower section only 4+ Approx 180 cumecs


Day One night Two days rafting trip 95 km. east from Kathmandu

We take a trip to 95 km. east from Kathmandu is the starting point Lomosangu- Dam of the trip. This is a spectacular drive through villages and if weather permits. we raft the first 10 km of the MOST exciting stretch of the river and then return to the start to play again the same stretch the next day rather than continue with only half a day paddling to the end. Drives back to our camp.

Cost Details

Cost Includes

    • Transportation from / to Kathmandu by tourist bus as per itinerary.
    • All International standard rafting equipment as necessary (Such as self bailing rafts, helmets, life jackets, kayaks, plastic paddles and spray jackets etc.)
    • Well-trained and highly experienced rafting guides, cooks, and other helper staff.
    • Camping & Cooking equipment (tents, mattress & kitchen gear). ( only for camping group)
    • 3 times’ a day continental & Nepalese meals during the rafting period (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
    • Accommodation in 2 person capacity tent during the rafting
    • All staffs salary, insurance, meals etc.
    • All necessary fees, Government/Local taxes, all national park and conservation area fees. Tourist service charge,

Cost Excludes

    • Any type of personal expenditure such Alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone, and laundry.
    • Food & accommodation cost in case of any natural accident caused by weather.
    • Tips, Gratuities and other expenditure.
    • Rescue & insurance such as travel, cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss.
Note: one of the best short white water rafting trips in the world.


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What is Bhote Koshi River Rafting?
- Bhote Koshi River Rafting is a thrilling adventure activity that involves navigating the Bhote Koshi River in Nepal on an inflatable raft. The Bhote Koshi River is a fast-flowing and challenging river known for its white-water rapids, making it popular among adventure enthusiasts and rafting enthusiasts.

Where is the Bhote Koshi River located?
- The Bhote Koshi River is located in Nepal. It originates from the Tibetan plateau and flows into Nepal through the Sino-Nepal border. It is a tributary of the Sun Koshi River and eventually joins the Indus River in Tibet.

How difficult is Bhote Koshi River Rafting?
- Bhote Koshi River Rafting is considered one of the most challenging river rafting experiences in Nepal. It features intense white-water rapids with varying degrees of difficulty, ranging from class III to class V rapids. The river's fast-flowing nature, steep gradient, and technical sections make it suitable for experienced rafters who are comfortable with thrilling and adventurous rafting experiences.

What is the best time for Bhote Koshi River Rafting?
- The best time for Bhote Koshi River Rafting is during the dry seasons, which are generally from October to November and March to May. During these months, the river has lower water levels, providing a more manageable and enjoyable rafting experience. It's advisable to check with local rafting operators for the most up-to-date information on river conditions and availability.

How long does a Bhote Koshi River Rafting trip usually take?
- The duration of a Bhote Koshi River Rafting trip can vary depending on the specific itinerary and the preferences of the participants. Typically, a standard Bhote Koshi River Rafting trip lasts for about 1 to 2 days, including transportation to and from Kathmandu, the rafting experience itself, and overnight camping by the riverbank.

Is prior rafting experience required for Bhote Koshi River Rafting?
- While prior rafting experience is not mandatory, it is highly recommended for Bhote Koshi River Rafting due to the river's challenging nature. Participants should have a good level of physical fitness, swimming ability, and be comfortable with white-water rafting. It's advisable to consult with professional rafting operators who can provide guidance and assess your suitability for the activity.

Are there age restrictions for Bhote Koshi River Rafting?
- Age restrictions may vary among different rafting operators, but generally, participants must be at least 16 years old to join Bhote Koshi River Rafting trips. Some operators may have higher age requirements or additional restrictions based on the difficulty of the rapids. It's important to check with the rafting operator beforehand to ensure you meet the age and health requirements.

What safety measures are in place for Bhote Koshi River Rafting?
- Safety is a top priority during Bhote Koshi River Rafting. Professional rafting operators provide trained and experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the river and its challenges. They also provide safety equipment such as life jackets, helmets, and rafts that meet international standards. Before the rafting trip, participants receive safety briefings and instructions on paddling techniques and what to do in case of emergencies.

What should I bring for Bhote Koshi River Rafting?
- When going for Bhote Koshi River Rafting, it's recommended to bring the following items:

  • Quick-drying shorts or swimwear
  • T-shirt or rash guard
  • Water shoes or sandals with a strap
  • Sunscreen and sun hat
  • Sunglasses (with strap)
  • Personal medication, if required
  • Towel and a change of clothes for after the rafting trip

It's advisable to check with your rafting operator for a comprehensive list of recommended items to bring and any additional equipment they provide.

Can I go Bhote Koshi River Rafting if I don't know how to swim?
- While it's beneficial to have basic swimming skills for safety purposes, it is not always a strict requirement for Bhote Koshi River Rafting. However, it's important to inform the rafting operator about your swimming ability so that they can provide appropriate guidance and take necessary precautions to ensure your safety during the rafting trip.

River Rafting Scale:

River Rafting is divided into five scales according to the international rafting standard.

Scale 1 : Simple & Very Easy: Trisuli river

Scale 2 : Slightly difficult: Seti and Marshyangdi river

Scale 3 : More difficult: Bhotekoshi and Sunkoshi river

Scale 4 : Very difficult: Kali Gandaki

Scale 5 : Extremely difficult: Karnali.

Major Rafting Rivers in Nepal:

Name of River Duration River Grade Starting Point Ending Poing
Trisuli 01-02 Days 3+ Baireni Simaltar
Bhote Kosi 02 Days 5+ Barbise Dam
Kali Gandaki 05 Days 4+ Baglung Mirmi
Seti 02 Days 3+ Damauli Gaighat
Sunkoshi 09 Days 5 Class Dolalghat Chataira
Karnali 10 Days 5 Class Sauli Bhen Bridge
Marshyangdi 04 Days 5+ Ngadi Bimal Naga
Bhote Koshi River Rafting