Rafting in Nepal

Nepal has some of the top whitewater in the world. From novices to experts, Nepal's rivers allow for safe rafting and kayaking guided by professionals using top quality equipment.


Rafting in Nepal is full on - and you have to paddle, as the steepness of the country makes for very technical non-stop whitewater fun. For a very long time, Nepal has been mastering the art, and there is a huge amount of very technical professional manpower, making sure that the descents are fun and safe.

Trishuli River (grades 3 - 5)

Closest to Kathmandu, and between Kathmandu and Pokhara, the Trishuli is the most popular river, considering its access and the gentle whitewater grade. Dotted with many river camps around the area, it also allows for good stay, whether at a river camp or even on the nice sandy beaches.

Seti River (grades 3 - 6)

Closer to Pokhara, the Seti is getting popular for fantastic descents, upper Seti for more hardened rafters and Kayakers and the lower Seti for overnighters suitable for novices all the way to experts.

Bhote Koshi (grades 3 - 6+)

Some of the most technical descents happen on the Bhote Koshi and SunKoshi combined with some of technical descents on the tributary called Balephi. Novices are only allowed on the lower portions of the river, and on overnighters you go on the lower to start with and then to the upper sections once you have mastered the teamwork required for hard paddling.

Kali Gandaki River (grades 3 - 5)

Passing throught the deepest gorge in the world in the Annapurnas, the Kali Gandaki is one of the big five rivers of Nepal, gushing down through gorges and spectacular nature. A current favourite is the three day Kali Gandaki expedition, where you sleep on the river banks, and carry supplies. You do need to have prior expereince for this river.

SunKoshi River (grades 3 - 5)

Another of the longer expeditions possible in Nepal, the SunKoshi offers around eight to nine days expeditions suitable for people with prior expereince. Stay is usually in the river banks and/or small villages.

Karnali River (grades 3 - 6)

Depending on when you go, the Karnali expedition that can last upto seven to nine days can be one of the lifetime achievements in rafting. Remote and stunning, this expedition will create memories to last a lifetime! Suitable only for enthusiasts with prior experience in bigger rivers!