Rafting in Nepal – Nepal’s Rivers for White Water Rafting


Rafting in Nepal – Nepal’s Rivers for White Water Rafting

Rivers of Nepal are famous among world’s rafters for rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. Trips for Rafting in Nepal’s white water rivers are very challenging rafting.

Millions of tourists visit Nepal every year in search of wilderness in a profound way. The sports of rafting and kayaking in some rivers of Nepal have been very popular and highly appreciated among them.

Whitewater is the best water (river) for rafting. Where can we go for best white water rafting then? Wait, ask no more! Nepal has some of the wildest fast flowing rivers where you can experience the best white water rafting.

Nepal, a place where you can find one of the wildest rivers in the world. Well, not only one but more than one. So, Nepal has many fast flowing rivers that can give you an adventure of world-class rafting. One of the other adventurous thrill in Nepal.

Rafting has been one of the most popular adventures in Nepal that is growing rapidly.The rivers flowing in between the hills and mountains with the green trees adding more beauty to it that you just can not complain but enjoy every moment of it.Rafting has been popular day by day among the youths and others.

The numbers have been growing rapidly. Not only Nepalese but we can see many people from different parts of the world travel here in Nepal just for rafting.

Rafting in Nepal's River Images
Rafting in Nepali River Image

For those tourists who wish to have fun with rafting, Nepal is the perfect place. Fast flowing, beautiful and powerful rivers rafting has made it perfect fun to make your heart feel happy and enjoyable.


The rivers of Nepal are very perfect one for rafting because of having their sources in the glaciers draining the slopes of one or other of the great peaks, these mighty and powerful rivers cut through the Nepali countryside, swift and turbulent sometimes, placid and calm at others, providing an exhilarating means of viewing and ever-changing scenery.

Rivers Nepal Rafting Water Images
Image of Rafting in Nepa’s River

Nepal is home to eight out of the fourteen highest peaks in the world with colorful. From these breathtaking heights, rivers crash down through the foothills, fed by monsoon rains and melting snow, on their way to the Great Plains of the Ganges.

The rivers of Nepal are one of the most exciting ways of exploring Nepal’s unspoiled landscapes. The rivers of Nepal plunge through narrow gorges and traverse their rugged foothills rising from the glaciers of the highest mountain range on earth and from the mysterious high plateau of Tibet. Along with its course, the rivers pass through many life-zones traveling through alpine meadows, sub-tropical forests and the lush tropical jungles of lowland Nepal.

Many of Nepal’s rivers offer some of the most exciting and challenging excellent rafting or canoeing trips for rafters and kayakers. There are plenty of rivers to complete your imagination; some of them are just for an advanced kayaker, many of them for intermediate kayaker /rafter, some for filming group and beginners.

Rafting in Nepal's River Images
Rafting in Nepali River Image

Exploring Nepal via the river is a unique way to get off the beaten track and embrace our fascinating culture, pristine wilderness, and diverse wildlife more intimately.

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.

Himalaya kingdom of Nepal has many rivers for rafting and kayaking such as Trishuli River, Seti River, Sunkoshi River, Kali Gandaki River, Bhotekoshi River, Arun River, Marsyangdi River, Karnali River, Tamor River etc.

At the foot of the Himalayan Mountains, Nepal is blessed with an amazing diversity of rivers. From convenient ½ day excursions to full on 12-day river expeditions, the possibilities are endless!

Rafting in Nepal's River Images
Rafting in Nepali River Image

Note: There are many Travel, Tours and Trekking Agency Companies registered and licensed that arrange and manage a trip for rafting and kayaking in Nepal. If you are interested in rafting in Nepal, then you can contact any of them. But keep in mind; don’t book your trip to rafting in Nepal with those Trekking Agency companies which are unregistered.

A registered Trekking Company will suggest and gives them all the way and solution about how to enter Nepal, passport and visa documentation, Airports Tax, Rafting Fees, Trekking fees and estimated cost of your rafting trip in Nepal’s rivers.

Rivers Nepal Rafting Water Images
Image of Rafting in Nepa’s River

There are many rivers in Nepal where you can get the thrill of rafting. So you have options to raft in any rivers you want with the rivers having 6 different classes according to their difficulty where class-1 becoming the river with a low flow of current and class-6 being one of the difficult rivers to raft.

The rafting held in different rivers of Nepal are:

  • Bhote Koshi rafting
  • Kali Gandaki rafting
  • Sun Koshi rafting
  • Trishuli river rafting
  • Seti river rafting
  • Marshyagndi river rafting
  • Bheri river rafting
  • Karnali rafting
  • others

Major Rivers for Rafting in Nepal

Rafting at Bhote Koshi, sun koshi, trishuli and Kali Gandaki are the most popular amongst. Let us take a closer look at some of them.


Trishuli River Rafting

Trishuli is one of the very famous for rafting in all over the world. This rafting river is easily accessible from Kathmandu and Pokhara. It is the perfect trip for the time or experienced rafters. It is easy to access to get rafting trips. Trishuli is also an ideal beginner’s rafters. The classic river for first-time paddlers, a trip down the Trishuli is an experience not to be missed.

So, It is one of the short river rafting with class2-3 rapids. It is one of the smoothest rivers that flows west of Kathmandu where you can swim as well. You can see beautiful landscapes throughout the trip.It is suitable for people of any ages, the river is not very harsh to deal with but still provides the best experience. The the best season for this rafting is September-May. This short river rafting (1 day) has a distance of 60 kms.

Sunkoshi River Rafting

Sunkoshi River Rafting is long and challenging rafting adventure in Nepal. The Sunkoshi means Golden River. It flows through the great valley between the Mahabharata Lekh Mountains & Himalayan. The Sunkoshi originate from Tibet.

The spectacular Sunkoshi combines an exhilarating river expedition with one of the best short treks in the Himalayas. It forms the watershed for most of Eastern Nepal, gathering strength from many glaciers fed tributaries on its way to India & the Ganges. The beginning of the trip sees high mountains, open valley, forests and small remote villages.


So, Sun Koshi is one of the longest rivers in Nepal, where you can experience from class-3 rapids to class-5 rapids. According to Nat Geo, it comes under the top 10 rafting adventures in the world. Ah! Now that’s the class 5, get ready for the most thrilling fun you will ever have.

But don’t worry, safety will not be a problem because you will be rafting with a well-experienced guide. The best season for this rafting is September-May.It is a gift for any adventure lover. The rafting that normally lasts for 8- 10 days has a distance of 270 kms.

Bhotekoshi River Rafting

Bhote Koshi River is the best for rafting and kayaking in Nepal. The Bhote Koshi is one of the recently opened rivers & represents the forefront of river rafting, which is just three hours far from Kathmandu. The Bhote Koshi River is regarded as one of the best short white water rafting adventures trip. It is considered as one of the world’s most challenging, tough and exciting white water rafting.

So, Bhote Koshi is one of the wildest and steepest rivers in the world. The river flows at the class 3-5 rapids. Bhote Koshi rafting is one of the best rafting that lets you experience the white river rafting. You will be well-informed about the safety instructions.

All safety precautions are taken and you will be rafting with a well-trained guide. It’s a 3 hr ride from Kathmandu by bus. The best season for this rafting is September-May. With a distance of 22 km, the rafting in this river can last up to 1- 2 days.

Kali Gandaki River Rafting

The Kali Gandaki is a holy river named after the much-revered Goddess Kali of Hindu Religion. This river is famous for its whitewater rafting and descending from the deepest gorge in the world. Kali Gandaki River is a beautiful unspoiled river with good white water, gorges, wildlife and a feeling of remoteness.

A total of 105 km covered in four days with excellent white water, this fabulous river offers a mixture of astounding mountain views and pure adrenaline with a full immersion into the wilderness.

So, Kali Gandaki is one of the holy rivers of Nepal. So there is no doubt that you are getting the sights of temples throughout the trip. Here, you can have one of the short white water rafting. With class 3-4 rapids, Kali Gandaki river lets you have one of the best white water rafting experience. The best season for it is October-May. Read more…

Marshyangdi River Rafting

Marsyangdi River Rafting is not only popular rafting trip package but best whitewater runs in the world. Marsyangdi This river is recommended for expert kayakers and rafters. One of the best classes for kayaking rivers in the world-continuous, exhilarating white water with magnificent mountain backdrops is the Marsyangdi River Rafting. It may be a hard experience for new rafters.

So, Marshyangdi is one of the wildest rivers in Nepal that flows through the gorges of Annapurna. The river has the class 4 -5 rapids. The rafting in the marshayngdi river is newly launched.But still, you can have some coolest white water rafting in this river. It is normally of 4 days rafting trip that ends on bimalnagar With a distance of 27 kms. Read more

Seti River Rafting

The Seti River Rafting is an excellent trip in an isolated area, where beautiful jungle, plenty of easy rapids and fantastic Himalayan scenery. The river is excellent for beginners, intermediate, learner and family trip.

The Seti River is famous for its dazzling scenery is a gentle river, attracting families, bird watchers, nature lovers, and dreamers. However, during the monsoon, its swollen rapids prove an exciting test for experienced rafters.

So, Seti is one of the smoothest rivers in Nepal. This is a very much suitable river for beginners to the raft.The river normally has 2-3 class rapids. The rapids here are very small and the flow of the river is very calm, thus we can take our family for this rafting.  The best season for this rafting is September-May. Read more…

Arun River Rafting

Arun River Rafting is one of the best White Water Rafting trips in Nepal. Arun River is famous for fantastic white water rafting trip in the world. Nepal has 3 chief river systems with more than two- hundred fifty considerable branch.

Arun River flows in the Eastern region of Nepal belonging to Saptakoshi river system. As we all know that Saptakoshi River is the greatest river of Nepal. There are several ways to get the Arun River such as by fly, by public bus, by private car and by bike as well. Read more

Tamur River Rafting

Tamor River begins from Mt. Kanchenjunga, third highest peak in the world and other numerous mountains of the Eastern part of Nepal. A trip to rafting in Tamor River offers a thrilling experience combined rafting, trekking, and exploration through cultural heritage.

A trip to the spectacular Tamor combines an exhilarating river expedition with one of the best short treks in the Himalayas. The short trek is stunning, with great views of Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Everest. Read more…

Tamakoshi River Rafting

The Tamakoshi River starts from the Tserolpa Lake and Gaurishanker Glacier, Rafting/Kayaking starts from Busti. There are some copper mines around this river (Tama means copper and Koshi = river, hence the name).

Actually, this river is too wild for a commercial run because it has 4 to 6-grade rapids and some of the rapids are runnable but for the Kayakers this river is excellent. This trip is considered as the most adventurous and dangerous river trip. Read more…

Bheri River Rafting

Bheri River Rafting trip package is relatively an unexplored rafting river in Nepal because it is not easily approachable but hard access and remoteness. The Bheri River rises in Dolpo district. Two large tributaries, the Thuli Bheri (meaning big Bheri) and Sani Bheri (Small Bheri) join at Ramnaghat to form the Bheri River.

You have two options for a trip to Bheri River Rafting to get the river. One way is taking the flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu for one and half an hour.

So, With jungles passing by and with full of natural scenery their rafting provides you one of the smoothest white water rafting in Nepal. It is the perfect place for rafting with your families. It is also perfect for the beginners. The river normally has grade 3 rapids. The best season for this rafting is round the year.The 4 days rafting With a distance of 105 kms the rafting ends at Bardia National Park. Read more…

Karnali River Rafting

Karnali River is Nepal’s mightiest river. It is arguably the finest multi-day river trip in Nepal and the classic Himalayan River expedition. The person who has rafted once in Karnali river says and agrees that it is one of the best trips offered anywhere in the world. On our 180 kilometers River journey, you won’t see a single sign of the modern world but natural beauty and cultures.

So, Karnal river rafting provides you one of the best rapids, so you need to quicken you paddling speed here.You can get one of the best rafting experience in this river. The river normally has4- 5 grades Rapids. The 10 days long rafting has a distance of  180 kms. The best season for this rafting is October-November and April- June. Read more…

These are some of the popular rafting in Nepal where Bhote Koshi rafting and Trishuli rafting being the favorites. These rivers provide you the best white water rafting, not only in Nepal but the whole world. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready to have some white water rafting experience in the wildest rivers in the world.

Don’t worry, safety is not a problem. All the necessary precautions will be taken and you will be guided by some of the well-experienced guides.Find the best available rafting packages and get ready to have one of the chilling and best white water rafting experience.

Author: Sharad Yadav, Rijan Maharjan

Rafting in Nepal – Nepal’s Rivers for White Water Rafting


Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a writer of 12 Nepali literature books, film director of Maithili film & Nepali short movies, photographer, founder of the media house, designer of some websites and writer & editor of some blogs, has expert knowledge & experiences of Nepalese society, culture, tourist places, travels, business, literature, movies, festivals, celebrations.

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