Sun koshi River Rafting

Sun koshi River Rafting

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  • Duration of Trips Days

  • Location: East Nepal

  • Type of Trip: Rafting

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  • Trip Grade:5

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Sun koshi River Rafting

The Sun Koshi River, also known as the "River of Gold," is located east of Kathmandu and is an excellent choice for those looking for a longer, wider, and more remote rafting or kayaking adventure. The starting point for Sun Koshi trips is Dolalght, about 3 hours (60km) drive east of Kathmandu on the road to the Chinese border. From there, you will be out of touch with civilization for 8-10 days as the Sun Koshi flows through a region without roads or towns. The Sun Koshi River is considered one of the ten best rafting/kayaking rivers in the world and is known for its unpredictable nature, with moods ranging from serene and tranquil to wild and turbulent.

The Sun Koshi is the longest river trip in Nepal, stretching 270km through the beautiful Mahabharata range. The river begins its journey slowly, allowing rafters to get a feel for its ways. As it progresses through fantastic scenery and quaint villages, its intensity increases and boasts some of the biggest waves seen on raftable rivers. This trip is listed as one of the world's top ten classic river journeys and is a must-do for any outdoor enthusiast.

River Sun Koshi: meaning - 'The River of Gold' Mt. Everest region (7 to 9 days)

Season Grading Water Volume
 September - December  5  Approx.475 cumecs
 January - May  5-  Approx.100 cumecs
 June - August  Not runable  Approx 1200 cumecs


Day 01Early in the morning we drive from Kathmandu to Dolalghat 60km it takes three hours, rafting starting point at Dolalghat.and sort raft Dolalghat to tarang Gaon.

Day 02Tarang Gaon to Dumja village (4 hours)

Sunkoshi is considered as a Holy river by the Nepalese Hindus, the river flows into the Holy Ganges in India, soon we hit the very technical rapid called Khuei Bhai rapid, strewn with rocks and boulders, hence, considerable care is need. Camp for the night near the Mahadev temple, reputed to be the first Shiva temple in Nepal.

Day 03Dumja village to Khunkot (6 hours)

we are hitting the rapids passing enroute the fishing village of Kodaris’ and the Chamera Bhir were you see hundreds of bats screaming and clinging to the walls of the cliffs, some good fun filled rapids takes up to Khunkot where we camp for the night.

Day 04Khurkot to Likhu Khola (5 hours)

Habitations dwindle, few poor “Rai villages” enroute, exciting rapids in the afternoon with good photo prospects

Day 05Likhu Khola to Harkapur village (6 hours)

Today, we pass through deep gorges punctuated with exciting rapids unfolding pleasant floats in the afternoon troops of Langur and Rhesus monkeys can be seen romping the riverbanks.

Day 06Harkapur village to Rai Ghat (6 hours)

Today is one of the most exciting and challenging days of the expedition encountering some very demanding rapids where you witness the skills of our guides, we pass through ‘Bridge rapids’ and ‘Krishna rapids’ stopping to carefully plan our strategy through the next rapids.

Day 07Rai Ghat to Bander Ghat (6 hours)

Hold tight, the ride is not over yet. As past the point of Sap Su Khola is a rapid with the greatest drop Huge ‘holes’, ‘eddies’ and churning ‘stopper waves’ demands team work and hard paddle.

Day 08Bander Ghat to Bonjur Ghat (7 hours)

We take to the rapids again, busy all morning earnestly thanking for the lunch break, emerging from the Mardheku gorge the river spreads wide, less agitated after its confinement between steep cliffs and gorges.

Day 09Bonjur Ghat to Barahchhatra (6 hours)

Today the whole stretch is a mixture of fun filled rapids and calm undulating floats, you are somewhat relived, yet sad that the trip is coming to an end, all good things ultimately does.

Day 10Short rafting reaches out points Chatara, after lunch takes night bus to Kathmandu or drive to Biratnagar to take a flight back to Kathmandu.

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).
    • 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.


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Useful Information

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 Nagar
Sun koshi River Rafting