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Rafting In Nepal
Nepal has been blessed with numerous fast flowing rivers that gush down from the Himalayas cutting through mountains and caving deep gorges to finally reach the vast plains where, showing down they meander lazily towards India. Many of these rivers are ideal for rafting and some are considered the best in the world by professional rafters from the west. Rafting is also fascinating means of getting to know the country as the rivers flow through some of the most enchanting landscapes that includes snow-covered mountains, terraced hillsides, sparking waterfalls, lush green valleys and typical, charming little Nepali villages. Rafting is one of the most popular adventure sports in Nepal.
Sample Packing List for rafting (autumn and spring day trips):
* T-shirt (or long sleeves and collar if it you need sun protection)
* Shorts (or loose, light cotton trousers for sun protection)
* Sports sandals or old trainers,
* Light Thermal top,
* Woolen socks, (in case it gets cold)
* Light nylon waterproof jacket, (…and wet/windy)
* Sun hat with brim,
* Sunglasses (plastic lenses are safer) and tie,
* Suntan cream (high factor)
* Personal water bottle,
* Some small amount of Money (for cold drinks and perhaps tips to Staffs)
* Towel and a complete warm Change of clothes,
* Shoes (for the return drive and camp wear).
* In addition, for camping trip:
* Sleeping bag,
* Washing kit,
* Light sweater or thermal tops for camp wear extra Shorts and shirts,
* Flashlight or headlamp.
* Optional extras:
* Reading and writing materials,
* Personal medications,
* Camera and film Binoculars
* Pocket -knife,
* Walkman and tapes.
Additional gear for winter trips:
* Extra thermal tops,
* Thermal long trousers,
* Light nylon waterproof trousers,
* Wet suit boots or thick pair woolen socks,
* Warm trousers and warm jacket (Pile, pelt or down)
Fitness Level of Participants:
Basic day rafting trips: Take place mainly on low volume flatter water. These rafting trip are quite a bit shorter in the river they descend. There is no specific pre-rafting preparation required for these trips but you should aim to have a reasonable level of general fitness.
Introductory rafting trips: You will descend by raft or be actively involved in an activity for up to six hours per day, excluding some of our relaxed shorter multi-day rafting trip. Some months prior to your rafting you should take some opportunity to do some paddling, although this is not required.
Moderate rafting trips: You will be rafting for 3-5 continuous days (in most trips) six to seven hours per day. Your preparation will be much the same as the introductory trip but should include some harder paddling if possible.
Challenging rafting trips: These trips will involve very high-intensity activity, paddling hard and bouncing through rapids, 6-7 hours per day. It is important to be aware of the physical and mental needs of this type of trip. You will need to be fit and prepared for a high level of fitness as this will increase your enjoyment of the trip.
Nepal Rafting Season
The time of the year can really make a big difference in the flow of water in the rivers. The flow of the rivers during the monsoon in July and August are ten times are more than the flow of water in March.
It is usually best for beginners to go on a trip after mid-October, when the rivers become milder. During the November the rivers are mainly fast-moving, but not too difficult. The busiest rafting season is in October and November. The best seasons for rafting are from September to December and March to early June. In December and January many river become cold and unless you have a wetsuit they may not be enjoyable. The winter is not as cold as might be expected because most of the trips are on rivers areas below 500m elevation. The rivers are the most mild between from December to April. During the winter is a slower time for tourism, there are less options with tour operator for rafting trips.
From March to the mid-May because the river flow is low, the rivers do not move as quickly. If the water is running faster on a river at a particular time of the year, the trip can take a shorter time than if it is running slower.
From early September to early October and late-May to late-June (when snow melts in the mountains and some pre-monsoon rainfall) the rivers can flow very quickly. During this time rafting can be more dangerous than normal. It is best to raft with an experience company at this time, because extra precautions need to be taken.
During the monsoon, from June to August only experts should do rafting trips. During this time there may be 10 times as much water flowing in the rivers. Rafting can only be done on certain rivers during this time.
Various rivers can be different depending on the time of year. Depending on the time of the year you are in Nepal, can adjust what river you go on.
Easy Moving water with occasional small rapids. Few or no obstacles.
Moderate: Small Rapids with regular waves. Some maneuvering required but easy to navigate.
Difficult: Rapids with irregular waves and hazards that need avoiding. More difficult maneuvering required but routes are normally obvious. Scouting from shore is occasionally required.
Very Difficult: Large rapids that require careful maneuvering. Dangerous hazards. Scouting from shore is often necessary and rescue is difficult. Kayakers should be able to roll. Turbulent water and large irregular waves may flip rafts. In the event of a mishap there is significant risk of loss damage and/or injury.
Extremely Difficult: Difficulties of class 5 carried out to the extreme of navigability. Might possibly (but not probably) be run by a team of experts at the right water level, in the right conditions with all possible safety precautions, but still with considerable hazard to life.
Extremely difficult but can be run by extremely Rafters exports.
The River Trsuli which is relatively close to Kathmandu and also Pokhara, is one of the popular rivers for rafting and is ideal for beginners.
Ideal for those looking for a short two days trip in a remote location, the river Seti is suitable for a family outing. This river takes rafters through lovely forested regions and over pleanty of easy rapids. The put -in point being close to the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway, is easily reached after a short drive. The Seti is a very suitable river for family trips and it's the best river to learn kayaking in Nepal.
Another most popular river for rafting, the Bhote Koshi originates in the Tibetan plateau from where ist flows down steep gorges to Nepal in the South. Neturally, the landscape is flows through is rugged, adding thrills to the trip. It's through ride with class IV and class V rapids at the higher flows and class III in the lower levels.
The Sun Koshi upper is the ideal river for novices as it has no big, challenging rapids. The surrounding scenery is beautiful and the trip is relaxing with mountain views to admire.The river run is a short half-day of rafting through forested valleys and white sandy beaches. Combining an overnight stay at Dhulikhel, rafters can enjoy superb views of the Himalyas and a stunning sunrise the next morning before heading out to the river.
A deservedly popular and medium length of river trip is combining exhilarating white water with fine scenery. One of the famous names of Himalayan Rivers, The Kali Gandaki raises in Mustang an enclave of Nepal Poking into Tibet on the other side of the Himalayas here; it is a flat and braided river, flowing in an arid open valley. As it tumbles down between the majestic Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna ranges, it creates one of the world's deepest gorges. The explorer Michael Peissel ran this stretch of the river in a small hovercraft in 1973 and at least two other groups have rafted and kayaked in this section.
Seasoned eafters from around the globe consider the Marsyangdi one of the best rafting rivers in the world. Encounters with rapids of class IV to class V make this run an exciting and exhilarating one. To further add to the thrills on this river, there are superb views of the Manasalu and Annapurna massifs throughout the trip.
The Karnali river is a perennial, torrential, turbulent and undisturbed river of the Himalayas, which is one of the three major rivers of Nepal, the other two being Gandaki or Narayani River and Sapta koshi River. It originates from Mansarover and Rakes lake and receives many snow fed rivers such as Mugu Karnali and Humla Karnali at Himalayan belt. The Karnali basin lies between the mountain ranges of Dhaulagiri and Nanda Devi, in the western part of Nepal. In the north, it lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas. The Karnali river has its origin in the perpetually snow covered Himalayan mountains.
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