Sun Koshi River Rafting

Trip Duration 11
Group Size 2-20
Best Time for Visit March to May, October to December

Trip Overview


The Sun Koshi River, located in Nepal, is one of the most exhilarating and picturesque destinations for white water rafting enthusiasts. This river renowned for its challenging rapids, breathtaking landscapes, and cultural encounters along the way. A Sun Koshi River rafting trip also offers a thrilling adventure that combines adrenaline-pumping rapids with the tranquility of the surrounding natural beauty.

Thrilling Adventures on the Sun Koshi: Exploring Diverse Landscapes and Challenging Rapids

The journey typically begins in Dolalghat, a small town situated on the banks of the Sun Koshi River. From here, rafters also embark on a multi-day expedition that covers around 270 kilometers of river distance. The trip also takes you through diverse landscapes, ranging from lush terraced fields and remote villages to dense forests and deep gorges. As you navigate the river, you'll encounter rapids of varying difficulty, providing an adrenaline rush for both beginners and experienced rafters. The Sun Koshi River known for its continuous rapids, including famous stretches like Meat Grinder, High Anxiety, and Rhino Rock. These rapids challenge your rafting skills and keep your heart pounding as you maneuver through the swirling waters. In between the rapids, there are sections of calmer waters, allowing you to soak in the serenity and appreciate the stunning surroundings. Throughout the journey, you'll have opportunities to interact with the local communities residing along the riverbanks. The Nepalese people are warm and welcoming, and you can witness their traditional way of life and experience their unique culture. Camping on sandy river beaches each night adds to the adventure, as you relax under the starry sky and share stories around the campfire with your fellow rafters. A Sun Koshi River rafting trip is not only about the thrill of rafting; it's also about immersing yourself in the beauty of nature and embracing the spirit of adventure. The trip concludes in Chatara, where you can reflect on the incredible journey you've experienced and relish the memories you've made.

Conclusion and Summary

In summary, a Sun Koshi River rafting trip offers a perfect blend of adrenaline, natural beauty, cultural encounters, and camaraderie. It's an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with a deep appreciation for Nepal's majestic landscapes and the power of its rivers.

 Trip Highlight

  • Thrilling white-water rafting adventure down the Sunkoshi River.
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Dolalghat, the starting point of the expedition.
  • Settling into the picturesque campsite by the Sunkoshi River.
  • Safety briefing and rafting instructions by experienced river guides.
  • Overnight camping at Dolalghat under the starry sky.
  • Navigation through thrilling rapids, surrounded by lush forests and picturesque landscapes.
  • Serene camping along the riverbanks each night.
  • Delicious meals prepared by the skilled expedition team.
  • Exploration of riverside villages and interaction with friendly locals.
  • Experience the adrenaline rush of conquering challenging rapids.
  • Tranquil moments of camping under the stars.
  • Arrival at Chatara, the endpoint of the expedition.
  • Disembarkation from the rafts and transfer to a nearby lodge for a comfortable overnight stay.
  • Scenic drive from Chatara back to Kathmandu.
  • Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to a hotel for relaxation.
  • Free time for shopping, sightseeing, and experiencing vibrant Kathmandu culture.
  • Farewell dinner with the expedition team and fellow travelers.
  • Immersion in the bustling atmosphere and rich heritage of Kathmandu.
  • Reflecting on shared memories and bonds forged during the expedition.
  • Departure from Tribhuvan International Airport, marking the end of an unforgettable Sunkoshi River rafting adventure.


Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, travelers are greeted by the bustling energy of Nepal’s capital city. After clearing customs and immigration, they are transferred to their hotel where they can unwind and settle in. Here, amidst the comfort of their accommodations, participants receive a warm welcome briefing and trip orientation from the expedition organizers, setting the tone for the adventure ahead. With the formalities concluded, travelers are free to explore Kathmandu and immerse themselves in its vibrant culture. Whether wandering through bustling markets, visiting ancient temples, or sampling local delicacies, there is no shortage of experiences to be had in this eclectic city. As the day comes to a close, participants return to their hotel for a well-deserved overnight stay, eager to embark on their Sunkoshi River rafting expedition in the days to come.

The adventure of the Sunkoshi River rafting trip begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Dolalghat, the starting point of the expedition. As participants wind their way through the picturesque landscape of Nepal, anticipation builds for the thrilling adventure that lies ahead. Upon arrival at Dolalghat, adventurers settle into the campsite nestled by the tranquil Sunkoshi River, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Himalayan foothills. Here, they are greeted by the expedition team and receive a comprehensive safety briefing and rafting instructions from experienced river guides, ensuring a secure and enjoyable journey down the river. As the sun sets on the horizon, participants retire to their tents for a night of camping under the starry sky, filled with excitement and anticipation for the adventures that await them on the Sunkoshi River.

The Sunkoshi River rafting expedition begins with a sense of anticipation and excitement as participants embark on their journey down the majestic river like Chainpur, Jhagare, Rasuwaghat, Tribeni. Led by experienced guides, adventurers navigate through thrilling rapids, each turn offering a new adrenaline-pumping challenge. As the rafts carve through the water, surrounded by lush forests and breathtaking landscapes, participants are treated to a visual feast of nature’s beauty at every bend. Each night, the expedition team sets up camp along the riverbanks, providing a serene and picturesque setting for rest and relaxation under the open sky. Amidst the tranquil ambiance, participants indulge in delicious meals prepared by the skilled expedition team, satisfying their appetites after a day of adventure. During the expedition, adventurers also have the opportunity to explore riverside villages, immersing themselves in the local culture and forging connections with the friendly locals. The journey is a perfect blend of exhilarating white-water rafting and serene moments of camping under the stars, offering participants a truly unforgettable experience in the heart of nature’s bounty along the Sunkoshi River

As the Sunkoshi River rafting expedition enters its final leg, participants eagerly continue their journey towards Chatara, the designated endpoint of their adventure. With experienced guides leading the way, the group navigates through the remaining rapids, embracing the adrenaline rush and excitement that comes with conquering the white-water challenges. As the rafts glide through the glistening waters, surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, anticipation builds for the culmination of the expedition. Upon reaching Chatara, adventurers disembark from the rafts, greeted by a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Awaiting them is a nearby lodge where they will spend a comfortable and well-deserved overnight stay. Nestled amidst the tranquil surroundings, the lodge provides a peaceful retreat for participants to unwind, reflect on their journey, and savor the final moments of their unforgettable Sunkoshi River rafting experience.

After bidding farewell to the Sunkoshi River and its surrounding landscapes, adventurers embark on a scenic drive from Chatara back to Kathmandu, reminiscing about the thrilling rapids and serene stretches of the river. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, travelers are greeted by the familiar sights and sounds of the bustling city. They are then transferred to their hotel, where they have the opportunity to unwind and freshen up after their journey. With the rest of the day at their disposal, participants can choose to explore Kathmandu at their leisure, indulging in shopping for souvenirs, visiting historical sites, or simply soaking in the vibrant atmosphere of the city. As evening approaches, the expedition team and fellow travelers gather for a heartfelt farewell dinner, sharing stories and laughter as they reflect on their shared experiences on the river. Amidst a backdrop of camaraderie and gratitude, the dinner serves as a fitting conclusion to the adventure-filled journey. With hearts full and memories treasured, participants retire to their accommodations for a restful overnight stay in Kathmandu, carrying with them the spirit of adventure and the bonds forged during their Sunkoshi River expedition.

On the final day of the Sunkoshi River rafting trip, adventurers begin with a tranquil breakfast at the hotel, relishing a moment of calm after the exhilarating journey down the river. Energized and satisfied, participants gather their belongings, reflecting on the memories made and the bonds formed during their adventure. With a mix of excitement and a hint of nostalgia, the group bids farewell to the expedition team and fellow travelers, expressing gratitude for the shared experiences. Following breakfast, it’s time for the transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport, where the journey comes to a close. As participants make their way to the airport, they carry with them cherished memories of navigating through thrilling rapids, camping under the stars, and immersing themselves in the natural beauty of Nepal. With the sound of rushing water still echoing in their minds and hearts, they board their departure flights, marking the end of an unforgettable Sunkoshi River rafting expedition filled with adventure, camaraderie, and lasting memories.

Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Start Date Price Availability

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

  • All meals during the rafting period
  • Rafting permit
  • Transportation going by tourist or local bus depending upon the mode of transportation
  • Available at put-in and pull-out point
  • Rafting, kitchen and camping equipment experienced Captain
  • Cook and other staffs group leader will be free over ten pax

Price Excludes

  • Airfare domestic / international
  • Visa Fee US $ 30.00
  • Airport tax domestic / international
  • Hard / Soft Drink like alcoholic beverage / mineral water
  • Personal travel insurance / medical insurance
  • Emergency evacuation things of personal use
  • Tips for rafting crew

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Trip Information

Sun Koshi in Nepali means “River of gold”. This name might have stuck with this river because small quantities of gold is panned from its sand. Sun Koshi river is one of the top 10 exciting white water rafting in the world by lonely planet. The rapids in this river, except for few cases, gradually become more complex. Hence, it is suitable for the first-time rafters and for those who want to brush up their rafting/kayaking skills. The river itself starts from Tibetan border, passes through high mountains and valleys down, to the plains of Nepal and into the mighty Ganges in India.

This is a perfect match for rafters who want to raft to their heart’s content, as this river is a whopping 270 kilometers long. To add to the excitement, rapids may appear and disappear according to seasons. Some of the most interesting, challenging and popular rapids that you will be passing are Harkapur I and II (Class V-), Meat Grinder (Class IV-), Punch (Class IV-), Judy (Class III), Pre-anxiety (Class III) and High-anxiety (Class IV-).  During the entire length of your trip, you will be surrounded by outstanding sceneries, remote villages and white sandy beaches.

We have operated in this river for more than ten years. During this time, we have helped thousands of people raft/kayak in the waters of Sun Koshi. Thanks, to our experience – our friendly but professional guides, will be there to suggest and advise you on how to make the most out of this trip.

Moreover, for this trip, we will provide you Nepal Government licensed river guides, who have completed Red Cross first aid training. Our guides hold rafting certifications from International Rafting Federation (IRF) and are also trained as Whitewater Rescue Technicians (WRT).  Be assured that you will be in our safe hands.

Sunkoshi River Rafting Route Map



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