Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal, the magnificent staircase to the top of the world. Sandwiched between the vast Tibetan Plateau to the north, India to the south, the Indian Himalayas to east and west, Nepal is packed with otherworldy landscapes, fascinating history, rich art and architecture, and abundant wildlife. This is the land where Lord Buddha, the greatest apostle of world peace was born (Lumbini), a country where ancient and modern culture meet. If you are keen for an exotic experience you’ll find it here.
Nepal is a river runner’s paradise no other country has such a choice of multi-day trips away from roads, in such magnificent mountain surroundings, with warm rivers, a semi-tropical climate, impressive geography, exotic cultures, wildlife and friendly welcoming people.
Why go rafting?
The rivers of Nepal take you away from the busy trekking routes and penetrate the heart of rural, roadless, and unspoilt Nepal. Rafting offers an attractive alternative to trekking, something to note if you don’t enjoy walking. It also complements trekking, in that you see the country from a different viewpoint like locality, custom and culture with the traditional way of life style. We raft with the mantra ‘leave no footprints’, making minimal ecological effect. There are few better ways of viewing wildlife than from a boat.
White water or flat water?
Rafting has this image of crashing through horrendous rapids and monstrous waves, and yes at the time of high flow in the monsoon, this may be justified. However, at most flows there are many class 3 and class 4 rivers of moderate difficulty and also many rivers of class 2 where you can float along admiring the scenery and running a few very small rapids. Rafting in Nepal is a superb experience in it’s own righ t- the thrill of running white water rapids is the cream on the crop for those who enjoy it! Many people are naturally a little bit fearful if they haven’t been on white water before, but after the first rapid ‘hit’ – as long as people are physically fit and not scared of water - they can safely go on water of class 2 to 3. Remember that we grade a river on the hardest section – most rivers have days of easier water and long stretches in between the rapid in which to relax. For more difficult and exciting class 4 rivers people should be active, confident in water and preferably have some previous rafting experience.