Introduction of White Water Rafting in Nepal - Bhote Koshi River Rafting
Bhote Koshi is yet another popular river for rafting. It flows down from the plateau of Tibet where it originates to Nepal in the south. Passing through deep gorges, the Bhote Koshi offers a rugged landscape and a great river trip. With its classic rapids of class III in the lower level and class IV to V at higher flows, Bhote Koshi offers a terrific trip.
The Bhote Kosi offers the steepest, action packed, white water rafting in Nepal. Experience two days of turbulent rapids and sheer drops, providing you with continuous thrills, laughter and fun. One exciting padding command heard throughout your trip "hold on" The river twist and turns past beautifully sculpted terraces, steep mountains and emerald green field. Bhote Koshi is a grade 5 river and not recommended for beginners. From the mountain Shisa Pangma (the 10th highest mountain in the world) the glacier waters roar down into Nepal. It is a challenging and enthralling water trip which gives the rafter an experience of rafting in Nepal.
One Day Bhote Koshi Trip
An early start and it's off to the Bhote Koshi put-in point, 96 km away. The river offers real adventure with a roller coaster ride. The drive to the put-in point is interesting as it passes the town of Thimi, the old city of Bhaktapur and two other towns Banepa and Dhulikhel along the Aranico Highway that leads to Tibet. After the scenic drive across the countryside, we arrive at our Put-in point, which lies below the dam on the Upper Sun Koshi, 40 km south of the Tibetan border. All the gear is then unloaded, and preparations are made for the rafting trip. It is time to get into rafting outfits and considering the strong sunlight, sun screen lotion is recommended.
On the Bhote Koshi, the rapids appear one after another and are highly technical. It must be stressed here that it is very important to listen to the guide's instructions. The paddle must be used following his instructions and a great time can be had by all. This is a great outdoor experience and everyone plays a part. The rapids that are at first encountered are a series of Class III rapids. They are comparatively easy yet mean a lot of adventure. Then it is time to hit upon the real thing: the first class IV rapid known as Gerbil in the plumbing. This is soon followed by the technical rapid Frog in a Blender, which is a lesson in tackling rapids before the boat is caught in a big swirling pool. Then what follows is a long rough ride on what seems like the back of a gigantic dragon. Immediately after this is the lunch stop. After lunch there are more challenges to face which bring more excitement. The run in now through lovely narrow canyons covered in lush green vegetation while the waters tumble down from the great waterfalls to mix into the churning waters of the great Bhote Koshi. Further ahead are more exhilarating rapids that add to the thrill of rafting. The next big challenge is the Dazed and Confused, rapids that come in quick succession. There is a choice of take out points at this juncture, either near Barabise Lamo Sangu Dam. Barabise has much to offer as there are resorts for overnight stays.