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River Grade: IV to V+ (V)
Departs from: Kathmandu
Put In: Doban (15hrs by private bus from Kathmandu plus 4 days trek – optional flights)
Alternative Put In: Taplejung (22hrs by private bus from Kathmandu)
Take Out: Chatra (18hrs by private bus to Kathmandu or Pokhara – optional flights)
Returns to: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hillside and river beach camps
Meals: 12 X lunch, 11 X dinner, 11 X breakfast
Baggage: Take only what you need, we can securely store the rest for you in our office.
Included: Raft Guides, Safety Kayakers, Support Staff, Rafting equipment, inc. CE rated helmet and buoyancy aid, Spray Jacket, Wetsuits if required, Meals, Transportation to and from the river, Waterproof ‘Pelican’ boxes, Dry Bags, Camping Equipment
Excluded: Insurance, Sleeping Bag, Additional snacks, Alcoholic drinks, Optional tips for guides
Depart Kathmandu in the evening traveling overnight to Basantapur.
Watch in awe as Nepalese porters clad in flip flops carry 80kg rafts as we begin a spectacular journey to the river through Rhododendron Forests. Our trek takes us over a 10,000ft pass above the sacred lake at Gopa Pokhara rewarding us with stunning views of Kachengunga, Makalu and the majestic Mount Everest. We descend through terraced rice paddies and mountain villages which lead us to the river.
After a comprehensive safety talk we put on the river and take on some of the most challenging whitewater in Nepal. This river is a whitewater delight with one rapid leading into the next. Steep canyon walls enclose the river and the rapids are powerful and continuous, many of which are unnamed, perhaps your chance for some fame. As the river opens up we pass by small fishing villages and watch wild monkeys on the river banks. Overnight camp on a beautiful white sandy beach.
Layover day, and a chance to do exactly what you want. Whether you choose to relax and read or join in on a spot of volleyball or a swim, the choice is yours. And what a spectacular setting for it.
A relaxing day punctuated by some fun whitewater.
It is possible to reduce this trip to 9 days and cut out the trekking, for those who would prefer to get straight to the river. For this we travel from Kathmandu to Taplejung by bus from where we can put in and start our river adventure!
All members of the Rapidrunner Guide Team are trained to international standards in Safety and First Aid and hold current Wilderness First Aid, CPR and WRT qualifications!