Nepal is a land of adventure and amusements. With the change in altitude, the geography of Nepal also varies. And so does the mode of adventures you choose in the trek. One of the extremely crazy sports that is sure to leave you with a racing heart and goosebumps is rafting.
Rafting is one of the most famous extreme sports in Nepal right now. With rivers ranging from very easy and swift ones to the exciting, turbulent ones, all types of people can enjoy this sport. The mode of adventure you choose depends on the level of expertise, safety, and appetite for adventure.
A number of small and big rivers flowing from the melting ice of the majestic mountains, Nepali rivers are the perfect destination for rafting lovers all over the world.
The two most famous and frequented rafting spots in Nepal are:
Bhotekoshi River Rafting
It is a short yet, exciting whitewater trip that is sure to introduce you to an experience you will never forget. The white water flowing down from the Tibetan mountains create the perfect rapids that are turbulent, twisting, and turning in some spots and dying down into slow streams in others.
While trying to swerve through the water without hitting the shores or the rocks, one also gets to witness the majestic mountains like Langtang, Dorje Lakpa and the greenery around the area.
White water rafting in Bhote Koshi is a truly thrilling experience just a few hour’s drives from the capital. The river provides grade IV – V rapids at high flow and grade III rapids in lower flows, making it a sport both for experts and novices alike.
Bhotekoshi is among the fast-flowing rivers in Nepal so you will have extraordinary rafting experience. Along with the side views of the surrounding landscapes and the exotic boulders.
Trishuli River Rafting
Believed to be one of the sacred rivers of Hindu religion, Trishuli holds a myth that Lord Shiva formed this river with his trident. And the three outlets that the trident made is believed to be the source of water in the river. That’s why, the river is called as Trishuli- one that has three outlets in the source.
At a conveniently close distance from Kathmandu, en route to Pokhara, the river also provides the best experience with both exhilarating rapids and smoother, calming sections to cater to the adrenaline rush of enthusiasts and amateurs alike.
One gets to enjoy the beautiful scenes of lush greenery, deep gorges, wonderful beaches and the cable cars going to and from the Manakamana temple.
Trishuli river rafting is a short trip that allows adrenaline junkies to enjoy the most thrilling rapids in a short time.
While the river is gentle yet, exciting during winter, it turns into wild, turbulent raging water during the monsoon, providing the rafters exactly the kind of experience they have been craving for.
Besides Bhotekoshi and Trishuli rivers, there are other rivers too, that could cater to your need for whitewater adventures. Other rivers include the Upper Seti River, Lower Seti River, Marsyangdi River, Kaligandaki River, Karnali, Sunkoshi, Tamur, and others that vary in their rapids and topography, along with the distance and duration of the trips.
If you are really looking forward to a truly thrilling experience, learning more about the rafting options according to your expectation and going for it could possibly be one of the best decisions of your life.
Nepal’s identity is no longer confined as the home of Mount Everest or Lumbini the birthplace of Lord Buddha. With recent developments in infrastructure, Nepal has made a heady progress in terms of adventure sports, attracting thousands of local and foreign tourists every year.
From trekking in the most extreme conditions in the Himalayas to Paragliding, mountain flights, skydiving, and bungee jumping, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Nepal is becoming an exciting hub for adventure junkies all over the world.