Bhotekoshi Rafting

Rafting put-in point is about a 3hour bus ride from Kathmandu.  The Bhote Kosi is without a doubt the most action packed short white water run in Nepal. The river drops steeply  offering relentless stretches of class III-IV white water. Boulder gardens, small waterfalls steep chutes and 90 degree bends are just some of the obstacles to be overcome. Like the Marsyangdi this river is not typical of the big volume waters of the Himalayan it is steep and technical and requires a reactive crew. But the fun of rafting in Nepal doesn’t stop there. At the end of an action packed day relax in unspoiled surroundings on the beach.

Day 01:     
Meet and travel by bus to the river starting point of the trip.
This is a spectacular drive through villages and, if weather permits, you will have fantastic mountain views (Ganesh Himal, Langtang, etc.). Upon arrival in the camp lunch will be served. After early lunch your expedition leader will deliver a safety talk and provide all paddling gear for the trip. The first day provides about three and a half hours of pure white water. After a long series of class III rapids we drop into the first class IV drop known as Gerbil In The Plumbing. From here there is a stretch of class II whitewater and then we come to the crux of the day, which is a long, technical rapid called Frog in a Blender. After this rapid we settle down for about twenty feet, and then it’s back into the soup with a long series of class III+/IV drops which lead us into a nifty little rapid called Carnal Knowledge of a Deviant Nature. The remaining ten kilometers of river is a non-stop series of class III and IV drops terminating into short pools with the next drop just a few feet away. The river flows through a beautiful narrow canyon with lush green vegetation and waterfalls coming in from the steep stone walls. At the bottom of this stretch is a rapid called Exalt. Just before we hit the village of Barabise we load all the boats onto our bus and drive back to our camp, change our wet clothes, enjoy the scenery and late evening have dinner and camp.

Day 02:     
Rafting on the Bhotekoshi River.
Early morning, have hot drinks and breakfast then pack your gear. You have a second chance to show how your raft team can work well together in challenging rapids. We have lunch on the river and continue the action until the take-out point. We run the top stretch again in the morning, though most people don’t recognize it the second time through. Today instead of getting out at Barabise we continue on down through the center of town and onto a short flat stretch. Upon reaching the dam, the entire gradient of the last kilometer fulminates into fifty meters of incredibly steep and technical rapid known as The Great Wall. The Great Wall’s one redeeming feature is that there is a pool at the bottom, because right after the pool is an incredible rapid called Liquid Bliss, which leads directly into a rapid called Fake Right Go Left, which leads directly into another rapid called My God, What To Do?. The trip ends with a bang on a long series of drops known as Dazed and Confused. Without a doubt this is some of the finest whitewater rafting to be had anywhere. Our trip ends by mid-noon. Once you load up all the kits on the bus, drive back to Ktm.
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