The Sun Koshi ‘River of Gold’ due to the color of the sun setting on the water, is one of the finest rivers available for rafting and has been rated as one of the top ten rafting trips in the world. It is also in the list of ‘must do while in Nepal’. It drains the snow melt from the Langtang and Phubichyachu Himals bordering Tibet and beyond, largely through the Bhote Koshi, then flowing on into to meet the Ganges.
Rapids encountered are between Grades 3-5 and have acquired names like Meat Grinder, High Anxiety, Jaws and Big Dipper, from previous experiences on expeditions. From the “put in” at Dolalghat to the “take out” at Chatra, near Dharan 270 km away in eastern Nepal. It takes a two-day walk out from the river to the nearest road. Only small isolated villages are encountered en route, so it is necessary to take all food and equipment to be fully self sufficient-a true expedition.
To break up the return journey from Chatra we have an overnight stay at our exclusive permanent tented camp located just outside the Royal Chitwan National Park boundary. The final day brings you back to Kathmandu.
Departure Point : Kathmandu
River Start Point : Chaatra
River Finish Point : Dolalghat
River Grades : Class iv-v
Travel Finish Outward : 3 Hours
Return Travel Time : 14 Hours
Morning at 7 am meet at Sales Office – store baggage and finalize plans a quick breakfast then we drive at rafting starting point. Lunch break – After lunch your expedition leader will deliver a safety talk and provide all paddling gear for the trip. Then we drive about 9 km up stream to Khadi Chaur the starting point of the trip. This is very good class 3 white water section excellent for first time rafter for warm up. Also this section provides you with beautiful scenery. After, couple of hours addling down we will reach our resort. Then change your wet clothes, go for hot drinks, rum punch, enjoy the scenery and late evening have buffet dinner. Have fun and chill out.
After breakfast, we will take a truck as far as the road goes until about lunch time [this all depends on availability be flexible]. After lunch we walk all afternoon to the put-in point at Sauli. A great walk which high lights just how “out there” you really are. You pass local villages and spectacular scenery, then you hit the river.
Continue our trip further – today you will encounter a big class 4+rapid ” Meat grinder”. It is fairly straight run down the center avoiding holes left and right. A few meters below here the Tamba Kosi joins the Sun Kosi on the left with a beach on the confluence. There is another beautiful Shiva temple overlooking the two rivers. We camp here.
Today a few kms below the confluence of the Likhu Khola is a short, class 3+ rapid Anxiety’ soon followed by a long class 4 rapid ‘High Anxiety’ with a large hole on the left halfway down and a series of holes at the bottom. Float a while and then. Camp.
This day starts with several class 3+ rapids then a quick stop for buying food and maybe beer. Then prepare for a big and interesting one ‘Hakapur 2 and 3 the hardest rapid on the river which should be carefully scouted. Camp
Some kms below Hakapur, Dudh Kosi joins the Sun Kosi from the left. Below here the river widens into an arid area of gravel. You meet some small rapids and then you are into another aptly named rapid ‘Jaws’. Camp
Today is a hard day as you will be encounter most of the grade 4+ rapids – you are straight into good exciting rapid “Rhino Rock” which is a grade 4+ followed by “Jungle Corridor” a kilometer of continuous white water. Waterfalls cascade on both sides of the river. One waterfall makes a great spot for a team shower Camp.
Last few days are mainly wave trains if you are interested you can try kayaking where our experts will teach you the basic skills needed to maneuver the boats or learn the Eskimo roll Camp.
The last stretch of river which brings you to the last class 4+ ‘Big Dipper’ is a series of huge standing waves. A few kms later Big Arun and Tamur joins together to form the Sapta Kosi. Then you float along on the powerful current , the hills dramatically give way to totally flat Terai and the northern plains of India. This is the end of a classic and memorable river journey. We will finish our trip around 2 pm pack the gear and then drive back to Kathmandu around 4 pm from Chattra. This takes around 13/14 hours.
For this day you follow the same route as above and start and finish at the same times on the first and last days. There is an extra day on the 10 day expedition to allow for the fluctuations in the speed of the water. If the water is still flowing fast, you can enjoy a rest day in the middle of the trip to relax, play volleyball or go for a walk. The 10 day expedition gives the extra day rafting to allow for a slightly lower flow of water and a rest day.