Nepal is home to eight out of the fourteen highest peaks in the world with a colorful and intricate Hindu religion and the austerity of the Buddhist monasteries. From these breathtaking heights, rivers crash down through the foothills, fed by monsoon rains and melting snow on their way to the Great Plains of the Ganges.
There are various grades of white water rafting expeditions that be arranged dependant on your interest and the level of adrenalin rush you may be seeking. The Trisuli is the obvious and popular choice for either white water or easier rafting.
However we think that if you have 2 days and are looking for an easy trip then top choice must be the Seti River which is away from roads and with beautiful scenery. As always the time of year makes a big difference to your experience. From Octobers 1st week to late November the weather is settled and this is high season for rafting. Winter months are cold so this is a better time for shorter trips. The summer season from March to May has lower flows but warmer temperatures.
The Trisuli River rafting trip originates just 3 to 3.5 hours drive west of Kathmandu, making it an excellent choice for short trips or for those who are en route to Pokhara or Chitwan National Park. Most people do the classic two day trip however we can customise it as a day trip as well.
Being the most easily accessible from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan, the trip can be made for a varied duration depending upon the availability of time and interest. Scenic valleys and impressive gorges, exhilarating rapids and easier sections as well as the right amount of time all make it the perfect trip especially for first-timers.
You can have a fairly short trip in the Seti River which offers beautiful mountain views and also a unique river passing through two beautiful and contrasting scenic areas of Manaslu and Annapurna regions.
This River has relatively small volume but blue and warm water and we recommend this as an ideal short trip for first time rafters. For most of the year, the Seti famous for its dazzling scenery is a gentle river attracting families, bird watchers, nature lovers and dreamers.
The luxuriant vegetation visible along the river is a remnant of the vast forested area which once covered the middle hills of Nepal. This area is inhabited by Magar who are renowned for generations of service with the Ghurkha forces.
As all our holidays are tailor made we can organize exactly the right kind of rafting experience just for you. After your exhilarating white water trip you may want to drive or fly back to Kathmandu or to visit the Royal Chitwan National Park or you can go on a trek in the popular area of the Annapurna region for few days staying in lovely mountain lodges accompanied by friendly Sherpa guides.
Another option if you have limited time would be the Bhote Koshi rafting trip. A mountain river coming from Tibet - Nepal Himalayas. If you have limited time but desire an adrenaline overload then this is a perfect introductory trip for you. During the trips you get to observe emerald green fields that are terraced high above the river on precipitous slopes and curious villagers lining the suspension bridges as you plunge through cascading waves.
The skills of our professional guides and the stability, sturdiness and buoyancy of modern self-bailing rafts, enables us to safely challenge these exciting rivers. Nowhere are these voyages of exploration and rafting adventures better experienced than in Nepal, where the finest white-water rivers surge, through a spectacular land of dramatic contrasts, supporting an amazing variety of flora and fauna, interlaced with a myriad of centuries-old cultures.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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