Sunkoshi River Rafting

Sunkoshi River Rafting

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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12 Days

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Group Size

Minimum 8 pax

Trial Access:

Private comfortable vehicle (optional flight Biratnagar-Kathmandu)

Best Season:

Spring, Summer & Autumn

Sunkoshi River is a part of the Sapta Koshi river system, a group of seven big rivers in the eastern region of Nepal. Literally, Sun Koshi means “River of Gold”.

The eastward flow of the Sunkoshi passes through the beautiful valley between the Mahabharat range and the Himalayas. The originating point of Sunkoshi is Tibet - the autonomous region of China. It gets its big shape when Bhote Koshi joins it at Barbesi.

Sunkoshi river rafting begins from the Dolalghat. However, our trip is possible from Dumjabesi because of the Banepa Bardibas highway. You can experience the different grades of water rapids, exciting and huge challenges as you progress ahead.

While rafting, you cannot see any towns or roads but just the rhythm of water and the stunning views of the often seen villages and huge mountains with lush vegetation. You can feel the hospitality of the people while you are rafting as they say “Namaste” and goodbye by waving their hands.

On the way, all along you can see the sandy beaches for camping and resting. While you come down to the lower fraction of the river, you may witness some monkeys and beautiful birds as the forest are really dense here.

One of the significances of Sunkoshi River Rafting is that the journey will start from an easy point and gradually goes on increasing level of difficulty. It is progressively harder when you descend but will provide time to learn rafting skills, especially for the beginners. It will provide you an interesting experience when you continue rafting rapids lower down the river.

Starting Price

USD 1049 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in the land of Mt. Everest.

Meals included: BB

On the first day of this trip, you will be received by a representative of Himalayan Trekkers from the airport at Kathmandu who will direct you to your hotel.

Once the check-in formalities are over, it is up to you as to how you want to spend the day. Take rest or go out into the streets of Kathmandu for a taste of their local culture.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

Day 2

Sightseeing of some popular landmarks of Kathmandu valley.

Meals included: BB

After your breakfast, you will be received by a guide for full day sightseeing where you will visit some of the beautiful and important landmarks of Kathmandu valley.

Kathmandu durbar square, Bhaktapur durbar square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath stupa, Swayambhunath stupa (Monkey temple) and interesting local markets.


Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Short drive to Dolalghat (put-in-point) and raft to Butterfly Beach, Pachuwarghat.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After enjoying delicious breakfast, you will check-out from the hotel and take a short drive to Dolalghat; put-in-point of the river expedition journey. After enjoying lunch, geared up with all safety instructions & rescue methods and begin a journey on the Sun Koshi river which is of 270 km total river journey.

You will raft for a short time where you will encounter level 2 rapids. You will also visit the local temple. After a few minutes of a raft, you will be at Butterfly beach; Pachuwarghat for a night halt.

Accommodation: Tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 3 hrs drive

Day 4

Rafting journey continues to Chainpur.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

With all packing after enjoying breakfast, you will continue today’s portion of the Sun Koshi river rafting journey. You will come across two big and exciting class rapids “No Exit” and “Meatgrinder” with many small rapids and waves.

 Furthermore, if you want a bit of excitement then you can enjoy cliff jump, explore bat caves where you might witness the footprint of Tigers, enjoy scenic views of woods with small villages.

Reaching Chainpur, you will enjoy night halt where the team of Himalayan Trekkers will set-up camp and prepared delicious dinner. You can share your stories and experiences with the team and fellow rafters.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 5

Raft till Jhagare.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

As of the previous day, you will continue your “River of Gold” rafting journey after grabbing your breakfast. With a few minutes of rafting the volume of water increases as the “Tama Koshi” joins the river.

 It will be a much more exciting day as you will face different kinds of rapids like Punch, Judy, Anxiety (Pre, post and high) before setting your camp at Jhagare for night halt.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 6

Rafting to Ranighat.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

It’s the most exciting and frightening day of your river journey as you will encounter the biggest rapid “Hakapur”. It’s gone be a great story to share with your friends and family members.

 After completing those amazing rapids, you will see another river “Dudh Koshi” mixing with “Sun Koshi” where the water of this particular river is very cold as its origin is from Mt. Everest.  You can witness the change in water-color.

 With a few minutes' paddling, you will reach a campsite where you can take good rest, play football. You with your team will stay overnight at the beach of Ranighat.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 7

Raft till Rasuwaghat.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After enjoying breakfast with the team, you will continue today’s portion of the river journey till reaching the next campsite at Rasuwaghat.

On today’s journey, you will face Jaws, Dead Man Eddy, and most popular Rhino Rock rapids which are 10 km long and non-stop one.

At the campsite, you will enjoy food, make a good talk and relax at the beach. Night halt.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 8

Continue rafting to Waterfall.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

With breakfast, you with your team will carry your raft to the river bank and begin today’s journey. After a few paddles, you will observe the difference in the vegetation and find the “Sun Koshi” river getting narrower.

Today’s exciting rapids will be Jungle Corridor which are of continuous rapids. After clearing all those rapids, you will reach your campsite destination which has a series of waterfalls.

You can spend quality time in those waterfalls. With good dinner prepared by the team of Himalayan Trekkers enjoy overnight at campsite.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 9

Rafting to campsite; Tribeni.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

At the starting of today’s rafting journey, you will only encounter the small waves and rapids but the highlight for today will be two amazing rapids ‘Big Dipper’ and ‘Black Hole’. After facing those beautiful rapids, you will observe two mighty rivers “Arun” and “Tamor” mixing with Sun Koshi which forms Tribeni (confluence of three rivers in the Nepali language).

Today, you will spend your night at a campsite in Tribeni.


More info;Till today the six different rivers {Tama Koshi, Bhote Koshi, Dudh Koshi, Arun river, Tamor river and Indravati (Likhu Khola)} get mixed with Sun Koshi and forms “Sapta Koshi” which means (seven Koshi in Nepali tone).

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 10

Raft till Chatara and return back to Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is the final day of the “Sun Koshi” river rafting where you with all team members enjoy delicious breakfast and get prepared for rafting. After a few paddles, you will reach a popular pilgrimage site; Baraha Temple where you will explore for a few minutes.

After 2-3 hours raft, you will be at Chatara; put out a point of this amazing river journey. After carrying out your raft and photoshoot with team members, you will be taken to a local restaurant for delicious ‘Dal-Bhat’ and chilled beer as part of a celebration for completing this amazing river journey with Himalayan Trekkers.

Then, you will enjoy a scenic drive back to Kathmandu which is of 12-15 hours.

(You can fly to Kathmandu from Biratnagar which is an hour drive away from Chatara).

Accommodation: Hotel/ private & comfortable vehicle

Day 11

Free day and farewell dinner.

Meals included: BB

It is a free day, where you will arrive early morning, where you can enjoy sightseeing, visit the local market or can take rest.

In the evening, you will join the Himalayan Trekkers team for a farewell dinner with a short meeting in an authentic local restaurant.


Accommodation: Hotel

Day 12


Meals included: Breakfast.

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel to catch your scheduled flight to the Airport with an assessment of the Himalayan Trekkers representative.

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Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.


Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.


Whats Included

Whats Not Included


Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.


  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities


  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers


  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash


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