|Trip Duration:||8 days|
|Trek Start Point:||Dolalghat|
|Trek End Point:||Chattra|
|Meals:||Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee|
|Mode of Travel:||Land|
|Transportation:||Car / Bus|
|Best season:||March - June / September-November|
Sunkoshi River Rafting is one of the ten best white water rafting trips in the world. Big rapids, warm water beautiful scenery and most camping make this a classic multi-day river trip. Sunkoshi River Rafting is Great trip for intermediate and advanced kayakers in Nepal. At its best in medium to high flows.
Sun koshi means “River of Gold”-perhaps named after the gold that is sometimes panned from the river gravels, or alternatively it refers to the orange colour of the water in the Monsoon when it is thick with alluvial silt. The river rises near the Tibet and is joined by the Bhote Koshi just downstream from Barabise. Most raft trips start below here at Dolalghat- the section above here is normally ran as a one day trip and we describe it briefly in our section on the rivers.
The sun koshi flows eastwards in Nepal through the great valley between the Mahabharat Lekh Mountains and the Himalaya. It form the watershed for most of eastern Nepal and gathering strength from tributaries draining the highest mountains in the world it emerges onto the northern plains of India where it joins the Ganges.
The volume increases considerably with the flow from these tributaries. In November, the flow at Dolalghat is about 100 cfs., which is approx. 11,00 cfs.; lower down the river, through the big rapids of the ‘Jungle corridor’ it would be about 400 cubes which is approx. 11,000 cfs- a typical low flow on the Grand canyon of the Colorado. At the lake –out at Chatara , the flow is a mighty 800 cfs.-still only a fraction of monsoon levels.
Most raft groups at present start at Dolalhat, and from here the first few days are relatively easy and are a relaxed warm –up for the rapids below. In future when the new road is completed then it seems probable that many trips will start two days has at least one or two major rapids and lot’s smaller fun ones. Most major rapids are pool/drop with huge bouncy pressure waves near the bottom-similar to the rapids of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. Days of running big rapids and floating through lush green countryside make this a truly memorable river experience.
River flows vary immensely – from the huge post-monsoon run-off in late September down to low winter flows in January and February, rising again in May with snow melt and per-monsoon rains. With the right group and experience it is possible to raft in high water conditions post –monsoon in September or in May. At this time the river the river is high and wild and certainly not for the faint-heated.
Day 01: Morning at 7 am meet in Kathmandu office
Day 02: Have breakfast pack up the gear and start rolling down the river.
Day 03: Today a few kms below the confluence of the Likhu Khola is a short, class 3+ rapid
Day 04: This day starts with several class 3+ rapids then a quick stop for buying food
Day 05: Some kms below Harkapur, Dudh Kosi River
Day 06: Today is a hard day as you will be encounter most of the grade 4+ rapids
Day 07: Last few days are mainly wave trains if you are interested you can try kayaking
Day 08: The last stretch of river which brings you to the last class 4+
Day 01: Morning at 7 am meet in Kathmandu office – store baggage and finalize plans a quick breakfast then we drive to Dolalghat the put-in-point of Sun Kosi. The drive is beautiful. In clear weather you will have a magnificent view of the Himalayan Ranges. Upon arrival at Dolalghat we unload the gear – lunch will be served and a full safety briefing will be given by your expedition leader. The first and second days are easy paddling. The big one you will encounter today is a class 4+ rapid “Rotten Cave”. We will choose our beach campsite, where dinner will be served amidst the splendor of the star-filled sky.
Day 02: Have breakfast pack up the gear and start rolling down the river. Today you will encounter a big class 4+rapid “Meat grinder”. It is fairly straight run down the center avoiding holes left and right. A few meters below here the Tamba Kosi River joins the Sun Kosi on the left with a beach on the confluence. There is another beautiful Shiva temple overlooking the two rivers. We camp here.
Day 03: Today a few kms below the confluence of the Likhu Khola is a short, class 3+ rapid ‘Pre-Anxiety’ soon followed by a long class 4 rapid ‘High Anxiety’ with a large hole on the left halfway down and a series of holes at the bottom. Float a while and then camp.
Day 04: This day starts with several class 3+ rapids then a quick stop for buying food and maybe beer. Then prepare for a big and interesting one ‘Harkapur 2 and 3 the hardest rapid on the river which should be carefully scouted. Camp.
Day 05: Some kms below Harkapur, Dudh Kosi River joins the Sun Kosi from the left. Below here the river widens into an arid area of gravel. You meet some small rapids and will teach you into another aptly named rapid ‘Jaws’. Camp.
Day 06: Today is a hard day as you will be encounter most of the grade 4+ rapids – you are straight into good exciting rapid “Rhino Rock” which is a grade 4+ followed by “Jungle Corridor” a kilometer of continuous white water. Waterfalls cascade on both sides of the river. One waterfall makes a great spot for a team shower. Camp.
Day 07: Last few days are mainly wave trains if you are interested you can try kayaking where our experts will teach you the basic skills needed to maneuver the boats or learn the Eskimo roll. Camp.
Day 08: The last stretch of river which brings you to the last class 4+ ‘Big Dipper’ is a series of huge standing waves. A few kilometer later Big Arun and Tamur rivers joins together to form the Sapta Kosi. Then you float along on the powerful current, the hills dramatically give way to totally flat Terai and the northern plains of India. This is the end of a classic and memorable river journey. We will finish our trip around 2 pm pack the gear and then drive back to Kathmandu around 4 pm from Chattra. This takes around 13/14 hours.
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