Uno Travels and Adventure P. Ltd.
G.P.O. Box: 13648, Kapan, Kathmandu, Nepal
Fax No.: +977-1-4812579
Nepal has earned a reputation for being one of the best places in the world for white-water rafting and kayaking. The ultimate combination of stunning rivers, mountain vista and a rich cultural heritage make Nepal an obvious river runner’s destination.
Fed by glaciers of the world’s highest mountains and the shows of the Tibetan plateau, Nepal’s feverish rivers provide exciting opportunities for white-water rafting and an unbeatable profile of an ever changing landscape. On their way to India’s peaceful Ganges, the melt-waters surge through Himalayan gorges, traverse rugged foothills, course between tropical forests and meander across the Terai plains –through the many faces of Nepal.
Rafting is one of the best and most thrilling ways to abandon the cities and experience the fascinating rural life of Nepal without investing the time and energy required for a long trek. No other country has such a choice of trips on wild rivers with warm water, a subtropical climate, and huge white-sand beaches that are ideal for camping.
Some rafting trips let passengers partake in the paddling leaving the steering to a professional guide. Others allow you to relax and enjoy the fun while the river guide controls the boat using centre-mounted oars. Either way, rafting is a combination of introspective tranquility and unreserved thrills.
Many of Nepal’s rivers are remote and unpredictable and a responsible river company is vital to ensuring your safety. The more reputable companies employ guides trained to international standards with years of experience on Nepal’s rivers. Their training includes first aid and rescue, sanitation and environmental awareness.
September through early December and March through May are the best times to river raft in Nepal. From late September to early October the rivers can be extremely high with monsoon run-off. In December many of the rivers become too cold to enjoy, and the days are short with the start of winter. During the ideal rafting season, the water temperature is generally about 6 to 10 degree Celsius (43 to 50 degree Fahrenheit) and the air clean and warm.
The best outfitters provide all the essentials for a safe and fun trip: life jackets, a medical box, ropes, buckets, waterproof bags and an “ammo box” for valuables, all meals and, on overnight trips, tents, sleeping bags and pads.
On longer trips time is set aside for hiking into side canyons, visiting nearby villages and swimming in the river or lazing on sandy beaches. Transportation and a government river permit fee is usually extra.
River rafting is an exceptional experience anywhere – but with Nepal’s unique topography, playful people and traditional culture, it is all the more rewarding.