Rafting Information

Rafting Information

White Water RaftingRiver Rafting

Nepal has 1st position in water resources of Asia and 2nd rich country in the world after Brazil. Few rafting rivers in the world can match the thundering course of the rivers of Nepal originating from the snow meltdown of the Himalayan terrain. There are so many big, medium and small rivers for river rafting in Nepal.


Kayaking is usually an individual water sport. Kayaks are made from a special type of plastic and have floatation devices inserted to aid buoyancy. Kayakers move through the water with a double blade paddle, and are able to negotiate rapids and obstacles on the river.

With its wide range of rivers and wealth of challenging rapids, Nepal is the perfect destination for kayaking. Whether you are a total beginner or an experienced white water kayaker keen to tackle one of our more challenging rivers, we can arrange a fun and rewarding kayaking experience for you.


River grades are supposed to be international constant.

Grade 1-2 (Easy)
Flat Water, Little Current And Mild Waves,
Rivers – Trishuli And Seti

Grade 3 (Moderate)
Waves, Swift Current And Narrow Channels. Paddling Is Modestly Physical.
Rivers – Marsyangdi And Kaligandaki

Grade 4-5 (Difficult)
Powerful Water, Constricted Channels, Steep Drops And The Possibility Of Overturning A Raft. Paddling Is Challenging And At Times Strenuous.
Rivers – Karnali, Sunkoshi, Arun And Bhotekoshi.

Grade 5 (Big Jump From Grade 4)
Being The Absolute Limit Of What You Would Consider Running Commercially.
Rivers – Bheri, Tamor, Tamakoshi

Note: River grading is subject to change according to the season of the year.

When To Go

Best times of the year for river running in Nepal are September through early December, and March through May. In September, early October and May the rivers are running high with the monsoon runoff. From the middle of October, the weather is settled, and this is one of the most popular times for rafting and kayaking in Nepal due to warm water and long hot days, perfect for the river. The spring season has lower flows to begin with, which generally means the rapids are more technical and not quite as pushy – a good time for trying some of the steeper runs. From June till August the monsoon rains arrive and the rivers hold 10 times their low flows, and can flood with 60 – 80 times these flows. We are always keen to get out in the Monsoon as the rivers are huge and if any group is looking for something outrageous we can provide you with a definitely unforgettable experience.


HAC takes the safety and security of all its clients very seriously. It is our primary concern and reflected in every aspect of your time with us. All our guides are licensed trained in CPR, first aid and advanced river rescue techniques. All our equipment is world class, up to date and carefully maintained. We use Avon self-bailing rafts. We always use experienced guides and safety kayakers on every trip. We prepare all food with the utmost attention to hygiene.

Free River Permit & Fee

A foreigner must obtain a permit before going on a river trip from Ministry of Tourism. This process completes in a day. A copy of passport and a pp size photo is most.

Permit fee:
A fee of Rs. 800 (equivalent payable on cash in any convertible foreign currency) must be deposited at the Nepal Rastra Bank, Thapathali, Kathmandu.

Trip Arrengements

The river outfitters operate river trips in Nepal. Our outfitters can arrange the trips within a week either your confirmed booking date or from the date of arrival in Kathmandu. Rivers i.e. Trishuli, Bhotekoshi and seti river rafting can be organize even in 2 days in advance booking.
Rafting in Nepal is a separate program but most of the river rafting is combined with other tour and trekking. However, other than Trishuli, Seti and Bhotekoshi offer special rafting of long duration for those rafters who seek only rafting adventure within Nepal.

A Day On The River

  • Normally the first day of a river trip begins early morning around 7 a.m. You are driven to the put-in point of the river. Depending upon the distance between Kathmandu and the put-in point, the drive can take from a couple of hours to over 4 hours. This is the situation if you choose between the Trishuli and the Sunkoshi. A river trip on any other river requires a longer drive or a flight plus drive and even a trek in some cases.
  • If you start at 7 a.m. and the driver drops you at the put-in point exactly after three hours, rafting is likely to begin around 11 a.m. After you reach the put-in point, a safety talk takes place along with the inflating of the rubber rafts and organizing other river equipment by river crew.
  • The talk includes delivering know-how about measures to be taken in case of an emergency need. The participant should listen to the river guide very carefully. Questions can be raised to make things clearer.
  • The life-vest must be worn all the time while on the river, irrespective of whether you are hitting a major rapid or running a flat-water section. A protective helmet is suggested if you are running a high class rapid.
  • Frequently the river outfitter provides the option between an oar and a paddleboat. Kayaking is another option. Normally the kayakers bring their own kayaks. There are outfitters who provide with a kayak, however. If your option is the paddleboat, then you are instructed to properly use the paddle either during the safety talk or before sailing off. If you were of participative nature, then your choice would be paddling. Paddling is more challenging and thrilling. The paddleboat requires well-coordinated team effort between the paddlers and river guide who stays at the back and plays his paddle in the role of the steering wheel of a car. The responsibility of the participants is to follow his instruction in a proper manner. The thrilling moment for paddlers is while hitting a rapid.
  • It is usual that you get wet whether you hit a rapid or not within half an hour after sailing starts. In an oar boat, the river guide alone rows lightly and slowly on the flat water and penetrated and boldly while hitting a rapid. The oar boat gives you an opportunity to observe the surroundings.
  • As for meals, the river outfitter normally provides all meals during the trip days except for the breakfast of the first day.

Equipments Checklist (Recommended Accessories)

White Water RaftingAs on the trip’s nature on the rafting it is best to bring as little as possible to the river. There are however, some essential personal items that you may need.

  • Bathing Suit
  • Books to read
  • Camera, films and batteries
  • Cloths for evenings including pullover (Warm)
  • Diary and pen
  • Flashlight with spare batteries.
  • Hat/cap
  • Lip protector.
  • Medicines
  • Pant- 2 (Warm)
  • Sandal –1 pair
  • Shoes – strong lace up 1 pair and Running shoe 1 pair (tennis shoes are best)
  • Shorts-2 -Sleeping bag and mat.
  • Snack treats for your personal use
  • Sun glass with crook or string retainer
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sweater – Fiber Pile or Fleece Jacket
  • Swim wear
  • Toiletries- environmentally friendly is best
  • Towel-1
  • T-Shirts – 2
  • Underwear Set
  • Walkman/Discman
  • Water bottle

What We Provide

  • Orientation meeting before your trip (rafting procedure, safety, diet, medical conditions etc.)
  • Experienced river guide
  • Rescue expert kayaker
  • Transportation to take you to and from the river.
  • Plentiful, healthy and hygienically prepared food and drinks.
  • High quality, clean and well maintained: self-bailing rafts, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits, lifejackets, dry bags, waterproof camera barrels, safety equipments, medicine and medical instruments and Tents.
  • Cooking and kitchen utensils.
  • Sleeping bags and mats are provided upon request.


  • White Water RaftingBiscuits / Cake or Pie
  • Bread White/ Brown and Jam
  • Butter / Cheese
  • Cabbage Salad with Mayonnaise Cream
  • Chicken Soup/ curry
  • Egg Boil / Fry
  • French Fries
  • fried Rice
  • Fruits (Seasonal)
  • Luncheon Meat
  • Mixed Salad
  • Mixed Veg-Curry -Museli with Milk
  • Mushroom Soup
  • Noodles
  • Peanuts
  • Popcorn,
  • Porridge of Rice Pudding
  • Potato Salad with Mayonnaise Cream
  • Rice / Dal / Curry
  • Salami
  • Tea / Coffee / Squash
  • Tomato Soup
  • Tuna fish

Environmental Tips (Help To Clean The River And Beaches)

Growth in the number of rafters over the years has put some strain on the environment of the rivers and beaches. A little thought and action is required to conserve the river environment. The river outfitters and the rafters can play a role in the conservation by burning down such items as toilet paper, left over food etc. Undisposable items such as tin cans, bottles, could be handed out to the local villagers who could use them for their domestic purpose. While digging a toilet pit, make sure that it is deep enough. Please do not throw any thing about the river. If you care the river, it will be with you forever nice and clean.

The same beautiful Himalayan mountain ranges which draw trekkers and climbers shape an incredible variety of whitewater challengers for paddlers .A series of the world’s most outstanding river journeys are   Found here. Here are some that we run on a regular basis . if these dates don’t fit we also have a series of private trips we may have space on so check with us . placing service above all else . We devote ourselves wholeheartedly to making every trip the finest possible .

At the Forefront …. We thrive on new challenges and each year run first descents. Some of the rivers we explored have recently been opened for commercial operation . They represent a new era for river running in Nepal , Being steeper more continuos mountain streams – Raft them for the wild Ride ‘’.


The Karnali . Nepal’s mightiest river , descends through the Himalayan in a series of magnificent gorges . In traditional Nepalese fashion dozens of porters carry our equipment for two days as we trek to one of Nepal’s most isolated and least explored areas . Exceptional big volume rafting through tropical , deserted and small villages.


The warm waters of sun kosi surge for 270km between roads .Whipped foamy white narrow canyons constrict the rivers flow . the cataracts are long and powerful . There are dozens of adrenaline pimping rapids and miles of water to reflect on this beautiful area. The classic Monsoon Madness high water sun kosi –“Wet & Wild “

EXTREME MARSYANGDI – 6 DAYS (ex pokhara ) – COST US$ 480

“Steep and challenging “ Marsyangdi means “ “Raging River “ in the localdialect and this aptly describes one the best whitewater runs in the world . We trek through charming Gurung village and emerald fields to Ngadi . Children play excitedly as we pass snow capped Himalayan giants surround us, and the champagne river churns and bubbles below . Few rivers rival this for exhilarating whitewater , and sustained section of steep technical rafting test our teamwork … The river section from high at Ngadi gives us more than double the rapids of other companies .

CLASSIC Kali Gandaki Expedition 5 days (ex pokhara ) – COST US$ 400

“Nepal ‘s premier medium length river journey “ Turbulent rapids intertwine with abrupt drops as we dodge our way down intricate chutes of sparkling water . Village terraces cling precariously to the slopes and surreal snow capped peaks hang suspended above as we drift through the world’s deepest gorge . Ranighat is the site of a splendid derelict

” Indiana Jones “ style palace . Raft it while you can-in Nov 98 the dam is complete and the river no longer flows wild.

KAYAK CLINICS –learn to kayak in the Himalayan – 4 DAYS – COST US$ 300

With the support and guidance of our internationally certified instructors we can make your introduction to kayaking enjoyable and positive . The thrill and gratification of learning to kayak in the Himalayan is a great start to kayaking . This clinic is joined in pokhara .

WILD & STEEP Bhote Kosi – 2 DAYS – COST US$ 170

“Nepal ‘s steepest action packed rafting trip” If you have limited time , of just the desire for an adrenaline overland . This is the river for you Ultimate Descents are rightly proud of their base 20km from Tibet , 10 acres of sprawling terraces right beside the river . surrounded by mountains and forest . The Borderland Resort has spacious safari tents . toilets and a massive dining hall with a well stocked bar . All the indulgences of   home in a very exotic setting Owning the put in gives us a lot more river time where no one else can raft .


A classic river at high flows only when the river turns into a churning ocean .During monsoon it does not gt much bigger….

  • Due to pre – monsoon storms and snow melt and expedition at these will be really high flows, so expect more challenging rivers…

Please note: The trips costs quoted above relate to booking made directly at our office in Kathmandu . There is an additional standard US$50 booking fee per person for all advance bookings taken from overseas clients (US$20 for Trisuli and Bhote Kosi trips .)This additional fe

e goes partway toward covering administration and communication costs involved in overseas bookings.

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