Rafting FAQ

Introduction

Rafting FAQRivers of Nepal are coming from the glaciers of High Himalayas. There are eight rivers in three River System of Nepal which are open for White Water Rafting for Tourists. They are Koshi (east), Gandaki (central), and Karnali (west) . A river in Nepal is regarded as sacred and is used for religious rituals including cremation. The adjoining slopes of the river often harbor dense vegetation and interesting wildlife. Most rivers do not have highways along side them. Hence you can expect some wilderness, white beaches, clean blue rivers, and friendly locals.

Nepal, a river trip is one of the best ways to explore a typical cross-section of the country's natural as well as ethnic-cultural heritage. The river flows and passes through some of the most beautiful canyons, ethnic villages and landscapes of Nepal. The trips offer full spectrum of wilderness river experiences from the gently flowing stretches to the loud roaring wild and wet rapids.River rafting implies voyaging on torrential rivers on an inflatable rubber boat. If you are looking for an adventure with excitements then Nepal’s rivers provide the ultimate opportunity. The picturesque landscape and the magnificent mountains provide a perfect environment to ease anxiety-ridden nerves.

Rivers of Nepal are enjoyable for both novice and experienced rafters. A beginner can enjoy rafting in friendly rivers like Trishuli and Sheti where as wild waters of Karnali and Sunkoshi are waiting the experienced rafters.

What is a white water rafting?

White water rafting means cruising down a rushing river on an inflatable rubber raft with a whitewater life-vest and helmet put on all the time while on the river. A trained professional river guide heads the rafting team, drifting easily often times paddling away in a frenzy whooping and screaming with waves crashing in.

Safety

Most people's image of white water rafting is one portrayed by films and the media and almost everyone who hasn't done it imagines it as a horrendously dangerous sport. But the truth is reverse. Accidents, even minor ones are rare and rafting has a much safer accident record than say driving, cycling, or probably walking. This is because when you are on the river you are in relatively protected vehicle - a nice big bouncy rubber raft directed by an experienced river guide will never get out of control. All river gears: rafts, Kayaks, paddles, life jackets, helmets and wetsuits are state of the art, and meet international standards. They are checked periodically.

River classification of difficulty

Class 1 (Easy): moving water with occasional small rapids. There are a few or no obstacles.
Class 2 (Moderate): small rapids with regular waves. Some maneuvering is required but easy to navigate.
Class 3 (Difficult): small rapids with irregular waves and hazards. More skilled maneuvering is required.
Class 4 (Very difficult): large rapids that require careful maneuvering.
Class 5 (Extremely difficult): long powerful rapids with confused water makes path - finding difficult and scouting from the shore is essential.
Class 6 (Nearly impossible): might possibly but not probably be run by team of experts at the right water level, in the right conditions with the all possible safety precautions, but still considerable hazard to life.

Climate and when to go?

Autumn (Mid September to late November): Most ideal time. The raining season is over, lot of greens, blue sky, rivers are moderately high but dropping, temperatures are warm with fine mountain views. It is a peak season of tourist arrival and sometimes difficult to get airlines reservation. Winter (Late November to mid February): The winter months are cold, but skies are clear and river levels are low. You should expect cold water. Spring and Summer (Mid February to mid June): It is also a good time for river fun. In late spring and summer rivers are fed with molten glaciers. River's levels are low, air and water temperature warm. The spring is often hazy. A shower is expected in spring and late summer. Monsoon (Mid June to mid September): The monsoon brings torrential rains that flood the rivers so most people do not fancy rafting or kayaking at this time.

What you should bring?

The fewer luggage you carry, the more you will enjoy yourself. Synthetic fibers are preferable to cotton on the river, as they are light, quick drying and provide insulation even when wet.

For camping and traveling: Sleeping bag and pad, lightweight pants, cotton underwear, lightweight long-sleeved shirt or t-shirt, fleece jacket, toiletries (Including moisture lotion, spare glasses / contact lenses, torch or headlamp with extra batteries, water bottles. River wear: Secured-fitting river sandals or running shoes are essential in the event of fall off raft. Shirts, or a swimsuit, sarong (for women are recommended when visiting villages, as it covers the legs and doesn't offend the locals), baseball cap, sunglasses with retaining device, sunscreen and leap balm.

Optional items: Small binoculars, camera and film, fishing equipment, Walkman / Discman and tunes, reading and writing material and a personal first aid kit.

Physical fitness

You do not have to be an athlete to join our trips. A reasonable level of fitness is recommended though, as it will add to the enjoyment of your adventure. We do suggest some swimming ability, but non-swimmers can be accommodated.